Nazi Saboteurs on the Bayou by Steven Burgauer (A Review)

Review by Don Sloan It is 2 a.m. on July 30, 1942, and Heinrich von Brockdorff lies dead in a French Quarter whore’s bed. It’s a quiet start to a saga that spreads from Mahogany Hall in New Orleans to the war-torn islands of the South Pacific and beyond. For von Brockdorff is no ordinary…

How to Get Book Reviews: 5 Steps for Success from a Veteran Reviewer

How to Get Book Reviews Question: How many book reviewers does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Six. One to change the bulb and another five to offer wildly different comments on how he does it. An unfortunate truism about reviewers of books is that they all have opinions. And you know what…

The Essence of Life by Rain Arlender (A Review)

A Review by Don Sloan The Essence of Life is a superb collection of stories in the rich tradition of Roald Dahl’s adult works. These seven cunningly crafted works of fiction  — loosely connected into a saga spanning decades — draw you into a fascinating fabric  peopled with characters both comic and complex. First is…

The Beauty of the Fall: A Novel by Rich Marcello (A Review)

Review by Don Sloan Ten-year-old Zackery Underlight is dead. His father Dan, however, is just learning to live again. There is a certain haunting lyricism to this remarkable book about a father coming to grips with the death of his only son — a death he feels he caused. There’s also a tortured search for self-renewal and forgiveness that extends far beyond…

The MisFit: The Early Years by AB Plum (A Review)

Review by Don Sloan Alexei Romanov, teen-aged heir to a fortune, falls forward suddenly from a Copenhagen train station platform into the path of an oncoming engine. His death is instantaneous. His younger brother, Michael — unnoticed, unloved, unwanted by his feckless mother and brutal father — dances in his bedroom, mentally reliving the instant…