Historical Fiction – Bones in the Nile

BONES IN THE NILE: The Omdurman Chronicles
Author: Omer Ertur
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1456320522
Pages: 826
Published: September 2011

Bones In The Nile is a narrative of historical circumstances that led to the fall of Chinese Gordon and the Sudanese Mahdi. This historical narrative covers a period of nineteen months, January 1884 through July 1885, during which the Mahdist uprising in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan matures and forms the state of Mahdiya. Two principal characters in this armed political struggle are Charles George Gordon, the British general sent by the government of Great Britain to Khartoum to evacuate the Anglo-Egyptian garrison, and Muhammed Ahmed Al Mahdi, the leader of the Sudanese uprising against British colonial rule, whose army laid siege to the garrison town. Both men, the British general and the leader of the Sudanese uprising, meet their demise in highly questionable circumstances.

Five months after successfully declaring independence from British-ruled Egypt, the leader of Mahdiya dies under mysterious circumstances. The story explains and describes the circumstances that resulted in the assassination of Muhammed Ahmed and connects his unexpected death with the assassination of General Gordon. The narrative reveals the modus operandi of the two assassinations and the rationale of the assailants in undertaking these bloody actions and accomplishing their deadly aims.

The storyline is based on actual events that are described in chronicles presented at the end of the book. The main theme of the story is a contemplation upon the injustices and sufferings that resulted from the clash of two distinct civilizations, each with sharply enunciated political values, cultural habits, and religious dogmas.

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Mystery/Suspense – Doing Max Vinyl

Doing Max Vinyl
Author: Frederick Lee Brooke
Publisher: Frederick Lee Brooke
ISBN: 978-0615469492
Pages: 464
Published: February 2012

Earth first. Okay, maybe second. Third? She’ll KILL you!

Max Vinyl’s type of success story can only happen in America. Rising from humble beginnings, he has reached the height of the computer recycling racket. Problem is, he’s using Lake Michigan as his own personal profit center. Even that wouldn’t have been a problem if his environmentalist girlfriend Tris hadn’t found out his dirty secret. And while Max is devastated by his love crashing down around him, he’s about to learn that the rage of a woman scorned packs far more firepower and potential for destruction than he had ever imagined.
Iraq War veteran Annie Ogden has spent three tormented months living in a cabin alone trying to re-discover her purpose in life. When two of Max’s thugs threaten Annie’s sister, she is dragged into his corrupt world in an unwitting alliance with the environmentalist, Tris. Which is really lousy news for Max. Will he hold up under the coordinated attacks of two furious women? As things spin completely out of control and complications mount, it’s all Max can do to stay one step ahead until it’s all he can do to stay alive!

A farce full of hysterics and chicanery, Frederick Lee Brooke’s first installment of the Annie Ogden mysteries is an incisive examination of corporate lunacy, greed and modern disconnection. Having received multiple four and five-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.com, Doing Max Vinyl: An Annie Ogden Mystery is loaded with razor-sharp dialogue, ingenious plotting and so much fun it should be illegal!

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Religious Fiction – Michael’s Reward

Michael’s Reward
Author: Mario Bernheim
Publisher: Bernheim Press
ISBN: 978-057800747-2
Pages: 250
Published: June 2011

New Spiritual Drama Shows How to Get God’s Attention When Your World Is Falling Apart

Historically, there is only a handful of men whose lives crossed the spiritual intersection of three major religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Michael’s Reward tells the story of a very rich and happy family man whose life is turned upside down when Satan gets God’s permission to wage a battle against him in an effort to show God that Michael’s love for Him is directly tied to all his riches. The ensuing catastrophes in Michael’s life reduce him to living by the freeway in a box. But through is perseverance in faith, he is blessed with a visit from the Almighty, and his life is turned around. This beat-for-beat modern retelling of the Old Testament story of Job takes the classic duel between God and Satan and reshapes it to the challenges and test of our faith today.

If Job were alive today, this would be his story.

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Historical Science Fiction – ADIN

Adin: A novel of prehistory
Author: David Uerkvitz
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1467979610
Pages: 503
Published: August 2012

AND ONE MAN SHALL LEAD THEM.

On the steppes of Central Asia in the Fourth Millennium B.C., the’Ur are the most powerful of the kurgan clans. This has been so since Adin’s grandfather, Ja, became the first man in history to tame and ride a horse. But Ja has died, and a raid on his burial mound by Schthians has led to a blooc fued between Dahig, the scion of the ruling clan, and Adin, the young, soon-to-be leader of the ‘Ur. But Adin’s wife, Fi’Me, is practicing the dark arts and Adin, leery of her sorcery, takes their son and his childhood sweetheart and embarks on a journey of discovery and to find the place that is calling him from the ground. Traveling from one kurgan tribe to the next, Adin spreads the skill of hourse-riding and the deep and rich history of the tribe. But Dahig is never far behind, and as Adin searches for the place of his destiny, he also knows that the Scythians will stop at nothing to satisfy their lust for vengeance. Intent on building a new city, Adin must prepare his followers for the ultimate battle, an epic struggle where there will only be life. . .or death.

The author, David Uerkvitz, in his search for the origins of his unusual surname, found, through DNA testing, that he is a descendent of a person buried in a kurgan mound more than 5,200 years ago. While doing research on this tribe, he began to fantasize about how living under their circumstances must have been, and wished to breathe life into his ancestor’s bones, thus creating Adin’Ur, protagonist of this unusual novel.

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Historical Fiction – A Song In My Heart

A Song In My Heart
Author: Roma Calatayud-Stocks
Publisher: Beaver’s Pond Press
ISBN: 978-1-59298-395-7
Pages: 376
Published: June 2011

A Song In My Heart is a unique historical novel set in Minneapolis, New York, Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, and England during the early 1900’s that highlights the contributions of many artists and cultures through music, art, and history.

A Song in My Heart is about the life of Alejandra Stanford who is born to
parents of American, Hispanic, and European heritage. As a young pianist and budding composer, “Ale” is inspired by legendary composers and dreams of one day becoming an orchestral conductor.

The CD/soundtrack that accompanies the narrative includes original songs and instrumental compositions with classical, jazz, and Latin influences. It was created to “exemplify the moods of different story segments as they unfold, since music was intrinsic to Alejandra’s creative and emotional expressions. As Bob Spear from Heartland Reviews who gave A Song in My Heart (5 stars) said, “This highly unusual and well-done project marries the written word with the musical words.”

And Archer Anderson wrote: “A Song in My Heart – Through her novel, Calatayud-Stocks establishes herself as a first-rate storyteller, showcasing her equal talents for both writing and music through the story of Alejandra Stanford. The theme of music is interwoven throughout the storyline; and Calatayud-Stocks deftly interweaves the themes of music, art, romance, passion, and history. The novel is absolutely spellbinding, transporting readers to another time and place with its words and accompanying musical journey, whisking them into the realm of the extraordinary.”

History and fiction converge impeccably in this historical novel infused with music, art, and romance, creating a compelling first installment to the A Song in My Heart trilogy.

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Children’s – Pockets

Pockets
Author: Cindy R. Juckette
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1470014216
Pages: 26
Published: July 2012

Pockets is a new children’s book that features the bond between a grandparent and grandchild and the memories, stories and special moments they share together. Juckette explores the relationship between the elderly and the young in a playful and happy way that both children and parents can enjoy.

When Colton runs into problems carrying the things he’s collected in the back yard his great-grandpa comes to the rescue.

Pockets is a fun loving story that will touch your heart through the very last sentence.

“Pockets” is Cindy R. Juckette’s first book and was inspired by a weekend visit at her grandparent’s home.

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