Saturday Book Review: “Sheila: Quest for the Golden Sapphire”

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Sheila: Quest for the Golden Sapphire Shawn Caldwell

Sheila: Quest for the Golden Sapphire

by Shawn Caldwell

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478771036

Synopsis*:

Sheila Domino is turning 15 . . . and her life will never be the same again. On the twilight of her 15th birthday, while blissing out on the screaming guitar of a Jimi Hendrix tune, tomboy Sheila Domino and her best friend are attacked by a clan of werewolves. Even worse, while fending off the mangy mongrels, Sheila realizes that her body is transforming into the likeness of her attackers… What the hell?! A dark stranger rescues the girls, ushering them into a new land called Thera. Once unsurpassed in elegance and beauty, Thera is now scarred by darkness and poverty. The stranger informs Sheila that her destiny is to save Thera from the tyranny of Benan, leader of the lycan clan called The Devil Dogs, but Sheila is unimpressed. She only wants to know how to make the physical changes stop before her boy crush realizes that they share the same interest in food and movies-as well as an abundance of back hair. But when her foster parents are brutally murdered by The Devil Dogs, Sheila must learn to use her gift of transmogrification to fight back. Will she be able to locate the golden sapphire and save Thera from total annihilation? Find out in Sheila: Quest For The Golden Sapphire, an enthralling new novel with a fun, fierce heroine.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

 “Sheila: Quest For The Golden Sapphire” is a riveting read from cover to cover and clearly showcases author Shawn Caldwell as having a genuine flair for original and deftly crafted storytelling, making this fantasy action/adventure novel unreservedly recommended for school and community library YA Fantasy Fiction collections in general, and the personal reading lists of dedicated werewolf fans of all ages in particular!

reviewed on the Fantasy/SciFi Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

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This book was awesome! Full of adventure and excitement! Could not put it down. I cant wait to read more from the writer!

– Amazon Reviewer Sheri

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Saturday Book Review: “Dual Mission”

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Dual Mission Nino Perrotta

Dual Mission

by Nino Perrotta

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478761259

Synopsis*:

A true story of one agent and his investigative experience as a United States Secret Service special agent assigned to the New York Field Office which was at one time located at 7 WTC. Dual Mission is a true story that at times reads as a novel. It is the account of one ordinary person who vanishes into the “uncharted waters” of long term investigations at an agency where such work is an unknown. His personal mission to take down the New York Mafia, the rogue pitcher, Denny McLain and other global investigations become his mission. A mission with a dual purpose.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

An incredible and complex account that is as inherently compelling as it is informed and informative, “Dual Mission” is very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “Dual Mission” is also available in a Kindle format ($4.99).

reviewed on the Criminology Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

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I am a retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the Secret Service’s International Programs Division and had administrative oversight for the foreign offices during Nino’s tenure overseas. The Secret Service was riding a tidal wave of overseas expansion under President Clinton’s International Crime Control Strategy. Unfortunately that came to a crashing slowdown with the attack on the World Trade Towers on September 11th.

As Nino explained out so well in this book – the Secret Service has always had a dual mission of protection and investigations. On the one hand, the relationships developed with state and local police bring value added to our protective mission. But on the other hand, anyone that is being honest understands that the core mission of the Secret Service is on the steps of the White House. It is a struggle – and continues to be a struggle to this day – for the fine men and women of the Secret Service to find balance between these two missions and to somehow find balance in their personal lives.

There are quality of life issues presented by the job that has led to retention issues unheard of during my tenure on the job. Nino – as you can tell right away from the less than polished dialogue – did not use a ghost writer during the development of this book. I have known Nino for a long time and I’d say two things – one, everything in the book is true and second, what you read in the pages of this book is pure Nino. He is not only honest about his on job experiences, but gives us a glimpse into his youth and family history, as well as his very unique personality. The man is a ball of fire! I wouldn’t want to be the bad guy he is chasing – he is relentless. I highly recommend this book!

– Amazon Reviewer James M. Caldwell

This book is both entertaining and full of factual and not-spun representations of what its really like to work real complex criminal cases. The interagency coordination and rivalries, the characters that he meets along the way, and how he uses his determination, skill and ability to connect with people to be successful at a dangerous game. Now put that in front of the backdrop of the Secret Service, an agency first founded in 1865 signed into existence shortly before Lincoln was assassinated, not to protect the president, but to be the first federal investigative agency. Fast forward 150 years to the present day – and most everyone knows is its protective mission and its work with high profile government officials. But, there still exists another mission and that’s fraud, counterfeiting, cyber crime, and the USSS are some of the best at accomplishing great results in the investigative arena. Nino’s story is an example of finding success in that mission in spite of the additional demands of protection, and in the most active office in the agency, New York City Field office.

– Amazon Reviewer bishop

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Saturday Book Review: ” Surviving in a Ever-Changing Healthcare Industry”

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Surviving in a Ever-Changing Healthcare Industry Donna Gault

Surviving in a Ever-Changing Healthcare Industry

by Donna Gault

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478780717

Synopsis*:

Surviving in an Ever-Changing Healthcare Industry is a short book that packs a powerful punch. Donna Gault, a registered nurse with nearly 50 years of experience, explains the many changes in the healthcare industry today and the challenges facing doctors, nurses, hospitals, and especially you-the patient. She then provides guidelines to help everyone obtain safer healthcare. The book includes sections written by two physicians who offer their own viewpoints on the changes facing physicians today, and how to help doctors provide the best care for you.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Practical, informative, insightful, and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in organization and presentation, “Surviving in a Ever-Changing Healthcare Industry” is very highly recommended for clinic, community, and academic library Health/Medicine collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that “Surviving in a Ever-Changing Healthcare Industry” is also available in a Kindle format ($5.95).

reviewed on The Health Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

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This book is a must read for anyone who is concerned about the changes taking place in our Healthcare system.

Donna does a great job of articulating the changes with good sound advice .
We all need to be prepared to ask the tough questions and get the answers we need to be better informed. Donna gives us well thought out and researched tools to take charge of our health.

I appreciated the two Doctors who contributed to this book . Each Doctor sharing their viewpoint their perspective on how the changes are affecting them and their practice.

This little easy to read 88 page book is a powerhouse. One that you will keep and refer to over and over in your life.

Bravo Donna and Thank you.

– Amazon Reviewer Brenda

This book is a must have to understand what you need to know to advocate for yourself and loved ones in an ever changing health system. Strengths are emphasized as well as weaknesses in the system. Times have changed since the days of the family physician and this book is based on reality and gives information and advise that every patient needs to know. I would highly recommend this book and encourage everyone to read it. The book is short and easy reading, but packed with vital information that will help you to better advocate for yourself and your loved ones.

– Amazon Reviewer Diane Gray

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Saturday Book Review: “Toxic Food Nation”

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Toxic Food Nation: Why the American Diet is Killing Us … and What We Can Do About It

by George M. Burnell, M.D.

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478775355

Synopsis*:

Toxic Food Nation; Why the American Diet Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It is a wake-up call to all Americans about the typical American diet, rich in processed foods, fat, sugar, salt, omega-6s, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and hundreds of untested chemicals. This diet triggers chronic inflammation in the body and brain, which leads to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, anxiety, mood and behavior disorders, and cancer. We are now faced with several questions about the safety and toxicity of the American diet. How harmful are these chemicals? Can we rely on the government and food industry to protect us from potential threats to our health? What can we do to protect ourselves?

Toxic Food Nation answers all these questions and tells you what the food and chemical industries don’t want you to know and why governmental agencies and elected officials remain silent on the subject. Our food supply is laced with dangerous toxic chemicals that will harm you and your loved ones for years to come unless you take action now. Toxic food is now the new tobacco. It took over two decades before the public accepted the fact that tobacco caused cancer. Meanwhile, plastics and pesticides in our food continue to stockpile in our issues for decades, eventually erupting into a full array of chronic diseases in midlife. In Toxic Food Nation Dr. Burnell shows you how to benefit from cutting-edge science, explaining how to protect and enhance your immune system, which is the key to overcome the devastating effects of chronic inflammation. Drawing from clinical and laboratory studies as well as the latest research around the world, Toxic Food Nation gives you a highly practical program of simple dietary recommendations to prevent disease and heal the symptoms that threaten you and your loved ones. In a clear and nontechnical language Dr. Burnell discusses the issues, choices and barriers to overcoming

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial to day-to-day well-being, as well as potentially saving a fortune in health care costs. Yet selecting healthy food is a challenge in the modern era of supermarkets filled with foods that are processed, high-calorie, high-fat, or low-nutrition! Toxic Food Nation discusses the chemicals commonly added to food, what to look for (or avoid!) in nutrition labels, the circumstances under which vitamin/mineral/dietary supplements can be toxic, and much more. Thoroughly accessible from first page to last, Toxic Food Nation is a “must-read”, highly recommended!

“…there are no studies supporting the use of colonics to enhance general health or provide cures for various ailments. In fact, potential side effects can be serious; they include nausea, diarrhea, life-threatening blood poisoning caused by contaminated equipment, […] inability to have bowel movements without colonic irrigation or enemas….”

reviewed on The Health Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

Dr. Burnell’s book, ‘Toxic Food Nation’, is an invaluable source of information about the toxic and medicinal properties of the food we consume.
Despite the book having an extensive amount of information, Dr. Burnell is able to explain complex subjects, backed up by the latest peer-reviewed research that a lay person can understand.
In today’s busy world where we may not have time to read ‘Toxic Food Nation’ cover-to-cover, in one sitting, the layout of the book allows me to open it to any area of interest, go to the grocery store, and change at least one food choice. By dinner time I am eating a meal that will be the first of many healthier dietary choices.
A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Burnell.

– Amazon Reviewer Craig H.

‘Toxic Food Nation’ is a comprehensive book on what’s bad and risky in the typical American diet today. Dr. Burnell has made this book very easy to read, and understand. He starts with a questionnaire that assesses whether your current diet puts your health at risk for future chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke and cancer) and compares it with a retake version of the same questionnaire after you finish the book.
At the end of each chapter you can follow a set of guidelines that will lead you to more healthy eating at your own pace. There is lots of invaluable information, well researched and backed by evidence peer reviewed studies up to 2016. You can always refer back to a given chapter or page you wish to tab for a revisit. Many of my pages are tabbed already. Our foods are becoming the good, the bad, and the ugly, due to so many toxins in processed and packaged foods, our water, and soil.
Organic is the way to go forward. Invest in good food now and save yourself the big extra bucks for medical care later on. Remember: It is never too late to start.

– Amazon Reviewer Elizabeth Ann Gomez


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Saturday Book Review: “The Best Investment Is Within One’s Self”

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The Best Investment is Within One’s Self

by Carrie Register-Haley

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478776871

Synopsis*:

My life coaching philosophy is grounded in the understanding that every individual is an innate expert in their own life realization. It is my fundamental belief that you possess the ability, expertise and knowledge to create and embody your own definition of success. Because happiness, self-defined success and peace are all at the core of your being; you just have to learn to invest time into tapping into it. Everyone that is willing to put energy into self-discovery has the capacity to obtain what you want. Since I value a holistic approach to coaching and believe the mind, spirit and body are the three pillars that ground us in our learning process. It is my responsibility as a coach to ask powerful questions to assist with identifying strategies for success, discovering self-empowering techniques, centering for self-discovery, and creating an environment for prosperity. I also believe in holding you accountable for moving towards your goals on the journey to success. So I urge you to contact me along your journey at drhaley@roi-coaching.com so together we can tap into your potential and bring forth a revelation of investment from this experience. This self-investment guide is designed to get you motivated in self-investment and potential realization. Being a Life Coach is who I am, so I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you. I believe that every person is perfectly imperfect and deserves the best me working to discover the best version of you.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

With her emphasis on self-empowerment being accessible to anyone and everyone, Carrie Register-Haley draws upon her years of experience and expertise as a mentor, a coach, a Human Resources Trainer, a Group Counseling Facilitator, a Victim Advocate, and a Back to School Event Coordinator to deftly write a self-help instructional guide that is impressively ‘reader friendly’ in tone, commentary, organization and presentation. Motivating, inspirational, practical, thoughtful and thought-provoking, “The Best Investment Is Within One’s Self: Self-Investment Quick Tip Guide” is a potentially life-changing read that is very highly recommended for community library and counseling center Self-Help/Self-Improvement collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “The Best Investment Is Within One’s Self” is also available in a Kindle format ($8.99).

reviewed on The Self-Help Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what another reviewer is saying:

Superb! What an amazing step by step guide to investing in one’s self. The book is practical, easy to read, well thought out and written makes acheiveable points and references towards improving oneself. Dr. Registerhaley I can’t wait to see what you have in store next. Thank You for sharing your insight. Andrea L. Wingo

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Saturday Book Review: “No More Tears”

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No More Tears

by Joseph J. Sollish

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478779957

Synopsis*:

No More Tears tells the story of a young girl’s aspiration to be a movie star, and what her life becomes in the years after she first leaves her home in New Jersey to travel to Hollywood. Candace Donato lives in many places; Perth Amboy. New York, Century City, Los Angeles. Her “family” is all she lives for.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

Written with a genuine flair for realism, “No More Tears” by novelist Joseph Sollish is a consistently compelling and unfailingly entertaining read from beginning to end. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “No More Tears” is also available in a Kindle format ($3.99).

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Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

Enjoyed this book a lot! I really liked the main character Candace who is a loving person, often putting her own dreams aside to care for her family, forgiving them when they behave badly, and bouncing back after any setback. A good story!

– Amazon Reviewer Claudia Moore

A real page turner! The author writes with fantastic energy and pacing and will keep your attention from page one. I found myself rooting for Candace. A truly satisfying read.

– Amazon Reviewer Mrs R E Brierley


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Saturday Book Review: “Untold Secrets About Auto Repair”

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Untold Secrets About Auto Repair

by H. Odi

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478772040

Synopsis*:

Hezekiah Odi wants to save you from being ripped off on your next car repair! As an ASE automotive technician since 1993, he has been helping family, friends, and customers save big money with his trustworthy approach toward car repair. Some of his customers refuse to drop their car off for service if Hezekiah is off duty. He often receives cash tips from grateful customers, and one even gave him a car in appreciation for his hard work, honesty, and respect. Now Hezekiah wants to help even more people by exposing the secrets of automobile repair. In his easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide, he shares tips on what to look for in a repair shop; when to do it yourself and when to let an expert take over; and even how to teach teenage drivers to take good care of a car. He also covers the basics of preventive maintenance, simple repairs, and how to spot warning signs. With countless concrete tips and down-to-earth advice, all designed to save time and money, Untold Secrets About Auto Repair is a must-have for every car owner.

 * courtesy of Amazon.com

Critique:

 

Enhanced with the inclusion of numerous concrete tips and replete with down-to-earth advice, all of which is specifically designed to save time and money, “Untold Secrets About Auto Repair” is thoroughly ‘user friendly’ in tone, organization and presentation. “Untold Secrets About Auto Repair” will prove to be an enduringly popular and highly valued addition to personal and community library instructional reference collections

 

reviewed on The Automotive Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

This book is an amazing book.It explained so many ways car owners has being exposing themselves in to unnecessary ripoffs. The book gives in details all signs to look for and way to correct it before it cost more money. The book further explain repair shop labor, how to find good repair shops, and other ways to save money on car repairs. This book in design for any body that has a driver license, or aspiring to get one.

– Amazon Reviewer olubunmi aina

This book has equipped me with a wealth of knowledge about cars. It is a MUST HAVE for anyone who owns an automobile. This book is especially helpful for women like me who tend to blindly seek out mechanics for repair work without knowing how simple or extensive the problem may be.

– Amazon Reviewer Lisa Johnson


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