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…

Engaging College Students: A Fun and Edgy Guide for Professors by Mike Kowis, Esq. (A Review)

“You can’t effectively teach anything to students who are asleep.” In a breezy, yet highly practical, book on engaging today’s college students, first-time author — but long-time lecturer — Mike Kowis does an outstanding job of showing the “right” way to keep student attention high while imparting important knowledge about a potentially dry subject such…

The Road to War by Steven Burgauer (A Review)

It’s a little after 8 a.m., June 13, 1944, and Lt. William C. Frodsham, Jr. is in the fight of his life. Eight days earlier, he and his platoon had waded ashore on Dog Green Beach along with thousands of other determined G.I.s. during the famous D-Day invasion. Then, they had slogged 12 miles into…

Thawing A.C. Nielsen by Paul Carey (A Review)

Review by Don Sloan Get ready for the wildest, smartest, most imaginative medical mystery in years. Millennials and fans of SciFi stories everywhere will particularly love this thoroughly entertaining tale of futuristic fiction, tawdry reality TV plotlines, and spirited dialogue. It’s a cross-genre piece of epic enjoyment. Kate Pearson can hardly believe her good luck….

Glossolalia by Tantra Bensko (A Review)

Nancy is a young woman held hostage by her own mind in the intricately layered and darkly entertaining book Glossolalia. She sleepwalks through a shadowland of conspiracies and secret societies, snake-handling churches, and the evil intentions of a maker of forbidden chemicals. There’s danger aplenty — actual and imagined — in this fictional story laced…

The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King (A Review)

The best couple of con artists in contemporary fiction are back in this excellent new installment of the Traveling Man series by standout author Michael P. King. This is inventive noir fiction at its best as the Travelers, this time operating under the alias of George and Roslyn Harrison, try to shake down a philandering…

Arm in Arm With the Holy Spirit by Patrick Day (A Review)

A Review by Don Sloan It is Friday, October 11, 2011. Paul Chambers has just been told he has terminal pancreatic cancer. Like so many others hearing this kind of news, he goes numb. His wife, Molly, passes out. How could a merciful God do this to one of His precious children? This is the…

These Thy Gifts by Vincent Panettiere (A Review)

A Review by Don Sloan All Father Steve Trimboli wants is for his Puerto Rican flock of immigrants to be able to worship in peace at the Brooklyn storefront that doubles as Our Lady of Siena Catholic Church. But it’s 1956 and racial tension is running high in the borough. Suddenly, the door to the…