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American Airman, a Memoir of a Wounded Veteran

Jonathon Benjamin | Biographies and Memoirs

American Airman by Jonathon Benjamin provides a heartfelt and captivating account, giving readers an honest and unrestricted glimpse into the experiences of wounded military personnel. The memoir starts by vividly portraying the author's challenges, encompassing both physical and emotional aspects, as he confronts the consequences of a devastating car accident that resulted in a severe brain injury while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Benjamin's written work effectively portrays the daunting experiences encountered by veterans who grapple with PTSD and the challenges of accessing healthcare within the veteran community. The writer's journey, characterized by unwavering determination, self-control, and persistence, unfolds amidst a disconcerting fact — the distressing frequency of veteran suicides in the United States.The narrative bravely exposes the misunderstandings and challenges that veterans encounter when they reintegrate into civilian life. It delves into the struggles of seekin...

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Privilege Lost

Joshua Elyashiv (Manhattan Book Group)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Privilege Lost by Joshua Elyashiv is a riveting memoir that offers a raw and unflinching look into the harrowing world of America's violent prison system. From the outset, Elyashiv's narrative grips readers with its compelling blend of action-packed scenes and introspective reflections, pulling them into a journey of survival, resilience, and personal growth. At its heart, Privilege Lost is a story of unexpected adversity and the quest for redemption. Elyashiv, a former Marine Corps veteran and martial arts instructor, finds himself thrust into...

Intended Consequences

John Morelli (Wrongway Publishing)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

Intended Consequences by John Morelli is a pulse-pounding thriller that grips readers from the very first page. Set against the backdrop of corporate greed and family loyalty, the novel follows Vince Reismuller, a battle-hardened Marine veteran and security detail, as he races against time to rescue his employer's kidnapped son, Tom Arena. With intricate plot twists and heart-stopping action scenes, Morelli skillfully choreographs the story's adrenaline-fueled narrative. At its core, Intended Consequences is a gripping tale of redemption and re...

MIMSY Cum Laude

Don Blossom (MindStir Media LLC)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

MIMSY Cum Laude by Don Blossom offers a poignant exploration of love, loss, and the lingering mysteries of the past. Blossom's debut memoir examines his obsessive quest to unravel the enigmatic life of his college sweetheart, Marilyn “Mimsy” Cosic, who passed away decades earlier. The narrative opens with Blossom’s near-death experience during heart surgery in 2020, he has a vision of Mimsy, sparking a strong desire to uncover the truths about her tumultuous life. Blossom vividly recounts their whirlwind romance during their college years, char...

The Nihilist's Pocket Survival Guide to Modern Society

Tungyn Cheque (Vox Veritas Vita Press)

| Reviewed by James Farlow

In The Nihilist's Pocket Survival Guide to Modern Society, Tungyn Cheque presents readers with a refreshingly irreverent take on navigating the stress and complex nature of contemporary life. Through the lens of R.L., an unusual protagonist born into a nihilistic existence and shaped by a peculiar name, the author offers a quirky yet insightful exploration of embracing indifference as a means of liberation from societal pressures, whether dealing with complicated relationships, the stress related to work, or issues at home. Cheque's narrative s...

Eye of the Champion: Unlocking the Power of Sports Vision for Peak Performance

Daniel Laby (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

Eye of the Champion: Unlocking the Power of Sports Vision for Peak Performance by Daniel Laby, MD, is an intelligent exploration into the world of sports vision, shedding light on its often-overlooked significance in athletic excellence. Drawing from over three decades of experience working closely with elite athletes from various sports, Dr. Laby delivers a wealth of invaluable insights and strategies aimed at enhancing visual capabilities for peak performance. What sets this book apart is Dr. Laby's remarkable ability to blend scientific expe...

ONCE UPON A TIME IN BALTIMORE

Sally DiPaula (Nicholson Books)

| Reviewed by Philip Zozzaro

In 1918, young Annie Finnerty lost her innocence after losing her sister and father to the influenza pandemic. The memory of the loss leaves a hole in her heart and instills a fear that never fades from her mind. As she grows into a teenager, her timid nature has inhibited her growth. Her family and friends believe she needs to partake in dates and find her zest for life. Vince Parisi lives a more carefree existence where work isn’t taken seriously and neither are relationships. His parents want him to settle down with a steady girl and become...

The Secrets of the Shallows

Gloria Barnett (Footprint to the Future)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

The Secrets of the Shallows by Gloria Barnett is an enthralling addition to the Lucy Morgan Adventure Series, tailored for readers aged 8-13. Barnett, a real-life ocean explorer and educator, weaves an engaging narrative that not only captivates young readers with its adventurous plot but also imparts valuable lessons about environmental conservation. The story follows 12-year-old Lucy Morgan, who, after settling on Pontus Island in the Caribbean, explores her newfound diving skills alongside friends, Jack and Solomon. Trusted to assist at the...

Overmorrow

HL Cherryholmes (Amazon Kindle)

| Reviewed by James Farlow

Overmorrow by H.L. Cherryholmes is a genre-defying tale with strong hints of the supernatural, a story that features the stories of three misfits whose lives converge in an unlikely sweeting. Meredith Percy hasn't been showing a lot of progress at the rehab and when someone suggests that it might be because she is still clinging to her past, she risks everything and sets out to find answers. Elijah Blanchard is on his way to a funeral. Yvonne Martinez is going back home after a visit to her friend. A storm interrupts the journeys of these three...

And Now There's Zelda

Carolyn Clarke (Black Rose Writing)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

And Now There's Zelda by Carolyn Clarke presents another engaging family drama, a clever exploration of the challenges of familial relationships. The narrative unfolds five years after Allison Montgomery's father-in-law, George, passes away, leading to her tetchy mother-in-law, Margaret, moving in. Despite initial clashes, Allie and Margaret have managed to not only coexist but thrive as business partners in a home staging venture. However, their harmony is disrupted when Allie's son, Cameron, brings home Zelda, his mysterious fiancée. Allie do...

A Schizoid at Smith: How Overparenting Leads to Underachieving

Blair Sorrel (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Blair Sorrel's A Schizoid at Smith: How Overparenting Leads to Underachieving presents a fresh perspective on the profound influence of parenting styles on a child's development. Within this enthralling memoir, Sorrel shares her own experiences, offering a poignant narrative that illuminates the repercussions of overparenting — particularly its enduring impact on self-esteem and accomplishment. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1960s, a period characterized by classic rock, societal upheavals, and cultural transformations, Sorrel deftl...

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