Action/Adventure – ResTituTion

ResTituTion
Author: Terry W Drake
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 978-1469164212
Pages: 339
Published: March 2012

Restitution is the second book in the series of Father Damien’s War.

A compelling novel set before the final days of World War II which tackles crimes and atrocities committed by German military officers and the pursuit of looted treasures in an Italian community, Restitution follows the life of Father Damien in Bergamo, Italy towards the end of World War II. He inherits the responsibilities of the underground leadership through the death of his best friend Mathew Gillespie. He attempts to reconcile his faith with the obligations of war in his struggle to protect his community. Members of his alliance are called on to destroy the supply headquarters at the Bergamo airfields controlled by the German army.

Pure action and entertainment from beginning to end, Restitution is one scintillating read everyone, particularly fans of classic war stories are sure to enjoy.

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Medical – Healthy Prostate

Healthy Prostate: The Extensive Guide To Prevent and Heal Prostate Problems Including Prostate Cancer, BPH Enlarged Prostate and Prostatitis
Author: Ronald Bazar
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1466369252
Pages: 322
Published: October 2011

“Healthy Prostate” explains how to cure prostate problems naturally, without the devastating side effects of conventional medical treatments. Prostate cancer, prostatitis, and BPH enlarged prostate are names for prostate diseases. It begs the question: What causes an unhealthy prostate?

The problem with conventional prostate treatments is that they attack the symptoms of the disease, downplay the side effects of treatment, and do nothing to eradicate the underlying causes. Doesn’t it make more sense to treat the causes?

The author, Ronald Bazar wants readers to use their prostate condition as a wake-up call to get healthy! Chronic prostate problems can be reversed by changing one’s lifestyle.

Conventional medicine concentrates on the symptoms and treats them aggressively, which weakens the body. There are consequences to overpowering the body. Do not believe doctors who downplay the side effects of slicing and dicing, radiating, or poisoning the body—there is another way. Prostate problems can be healed without the dire side effects of incontinence and impotence. Better still, prostate disease can be prevented from happening in the first place!

Ron Bazar, a Harvard MBA and serial entrepreneur, experienced a sudden complete urinary retention (a painful inability to urinate). At age 55, Ron was diagnosed with BPH, an enlarged prostate. He was scheduled twice for emergency surgery but both times declined. Ron saw top practitioners of all kinds, diligently following their advice but failed to see any results. After over seven years of extensive research and experimentation, Ron finally discovered how to heal his prostate naturally.

In Healthy Prostate, Ron shares his insights and unique perspective to assist in empowering people to succeed and heal themselves—no matter what kind of prostate problem they face.

“If modern treatments had no serious side effects, I would have lined up to get them. Unfortunately they do, in as many as 70% of men who undergo conventional treatments. Men just don’t want to discuss problems of impotence or incontinence with anyone, especially when it is too late to do anything about them,” Bazar says.

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Psychological Fiction – The Dancing Masters

The Dancing Masters
Author: Bill Toole
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-4611-1864-0
Pages: 452
Published: December 2011

THE DANCING MASTERS describes the odyssey of Gene “Tiger” Bishop, a Korean war veteran haunted by the army’s cover-up of an ambiguous battlefield situation that led to the death of his best friend. He has been honorably discharged because he gave up his attempt to bring the truth out. He returns to the small South Carolina college he left two years previously because he was running away from a responsibility to a mill girl in the town who loved him. He finds that the girl has disappeared and gradually becomes aware as he emerges from the trauma of his experiences in Korea that what he has done to her is more reprehensible than what he did not do for his buddy. In the process of his attempt to find her, he discovers a secret from a deeper past that involves her–a secret that threatens the image of the town and the college. Though the truth about what happened to her and the sins of the past are covered up through the interactions of some of the people he encounters in his search, he does find her and the truth about himself in his journey toward moral insight and self-knowledge against a background of institutional and social hypocrisy.

The story is developed through several intertwining plot lines that unfold through the actions of multidimensional characters from various walks of life who are presented realistically in the light of their time and place. There are sensational elements in the plot–rape, adultery, pedophilia, madness, murder, suicide–as well as issues of gender and race. And there are a number of amusing segments in it, ranging from the satirical to the parodic and the broadly comic. But THE DANCING MASTERS is essentially a psychological novel, suggesting the various ways rationalization serves the needs of convention, image, and conscience as well as the capacity of the human spirit to overcome its inclination toward moral inertia and the duplicity that encourages it. These themes are reflected in the interactions of the characters who determine the course of the story.

The title is adapted from a line in Dostoyevsky’s THE IDIOT: “…grace and beauty come from the heart, not the dancing master.”

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Travel Memoir – Safari Jema

Safari Jema
Author: Teresa O’Kane
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1463741792
Pages: 294
Published: January 2012

INDIE BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR BEST MEMOIR OF 2012

Teresa O’Kane had always longed to see the world. She owned scads of travel books and maps to prove it and was about to buy yet another bookcase to hold the many Lonely Planet guides and travel essays that she and her husband had accumulated over the years when she turned to her husband and said, “I’m tired of storing our dreams. Let’s live them!” Within a month, they bought one-way tickets to Morocco, leased out their home, and set out on a journey of the African Continent top to bottom, from Casablanca to Cape Town. Transiting seventeen countries in 10 months, mostly by public transport, they explored wild, exotic, and historic locations they had only dreamed of and some they had never heard of. From sandy Timbuktu, to a tiny lemur populated island in Madagascar, the author embraces Africa. She strokes the manes of lions, contracts malaria, flies a micro light over Victoria Falls, earns a level one certification as a South African safari guide, discovers that an insect has turned her foot into a nursery for hundreds of eggs, grapples with the negative effects of foreign aid, and rubs elbows with European royalty deep within the Dogon in Mali. O’Kane offers an entertaining and enlightening look into overland travel on the African continent. Filled with helpful budget minded travel tips, this inspiring book may find you yearning to take a career break of your own.

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New Age Self-Help – Soul Secrets of Salsa

Soul Secrets of Salsa: How to Partner with Your Spirit and Dance through Life
Author: Claire Timberlake
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 978-1452539621
Pages: 190
Published: November 2011

Soul Secrets of Salsa is a self-improvement guidebook, based on an unlikely, but fascinating analogy of Salsa dancing. After an unexpected life detour that left her alone and directionless, Claire took up Salsa dancing. As Claire Timberlake’s Salsa instructor made comments – directed to improve her dancing – she found them amazingly apropos for improving her life. Soon she came to believe that her twenty-something-year-old Cuban American dance teacher was being used as a channel for the Divine. What she gleaned from Salsa was leading her toward health, happiness, and a new career. What she learned about following her Salsa partner was all she needed to know to follow her heart.

Far from being just an escape, Salsa classes provided lessons for life and helped her find her way. ‘Soul Secrets of Salsa’ clearly describes these lessons in bite-sized pieces enabling you to easily apply them to your own life.

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New Age / Memoir – Care and Feeding of Dragons

Care and Feeding of Dragons: Confession of a Diabetic
Author: Ahnalira Koan
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1466323360
Pages: 160
Published: November 2011

“When I died,” Ahnalira Koan begins…a head-on automobile accident and a near-death experience that resulted in the onset of type 1 diabetes, her life took a turn she didn’t expect. Amid the struggles to assimilate her health changes, she found herself on a journey of awakening. Transforming her personal tragedy into opportunity, Ahnalira learned how to embrace her fear of the “dragon within” and make it into, not only a friend, but a teacher as well.

All of us are evolving, and the more consciousness we can bring to the process, the more we can expand, explains Koan in her groundbreaking new book, BEYOND The Law of Attraction to Align Within…Care and Feeding of Dragons: Confessions of a Diabetic Filled with techniques and tips to help readers navigate any challenges that come their way, Care and Feeding of Dragons shows that all the answers needed are within reach. Using her background in Jungian psychology, Law of Attraction and personal experience, Koan guides readers on a playful and engaging journey to becoming the best version of themselves possible. Ask for what you want. Learn to align all the parts of yourself – including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual – and you can live a fulfilling life.

Beautifully written and filled with wit and warmth, Care and Feeding of Dragons shows you the deeper meaning behind the Law of Attraction. Deal with personality patterns that are not serving you. Figure out the patterns that are calling to “be made right”–and learn to care for, tend and listen to your dragons instead of fighting them. Whether you’re diabetic or you’re dealing with relationship or financial problems… or you are on a spiritual quest to awaken Consciousness, Care and Feeding of Dragons can jumpstart a new way of thinking to awaken greater possibilities. Life will always guide us to be the best we can be if we are willing to embrace the journey.

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