Ulf’s Tale: Annals of the Anglo-Scandinavian Empire by John Broughton

A Swedish nobleman. A kidnapped child. The choice between power and morality.At the start of the slaughter-marred eleventh-century, nine-year-old Ulf is taken hostage by King Aethelred.It’s the beginning of a life of luxury and opportunity for Ulf. But treachery and plotting throughout the country threaten uneasy alliances, while ambitious rivals attempt to seize power for themselves.His own life threatened, Ulf embarks on a quest for unity to bring peace to the Baltic states. Will his own moral convictions be enough to overcome divided loyalties, religious clashes and ambitious kings?

Author: John Broughton

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Regula by William S. Kerr

Cities never shed their pasts. They are marked by their histories. You do not walk through them and remain wholly in the present.In 1966, as the war in Vietnam escalates, twelve-year-old Holzli Lloyd’s family moves to Switzerland where his father is a cultural attaché with the American consulate, a job that seems to have hidden dimensions.Transferred from a village public school to an international school in Zürich, the boy meets Mark, who claims to have visions of the sixteenth century, the time of the Swiss Reformation. Mark tells of meetings with a girl named Regula, whose Anabaptist family is being persecuted by the authorities.Holzli is intrigued with the Anabaptists’ refusal to resist evil and becomes obsessed with finding out whether the stories are true. When the visions take a dangerous turn, though, he is led to intervene—and sees the cost of intervention.Though Regula deals with political and religious themes, it is more concerned with exploring the limitations of interpretation and judgment.William S. Kerr’s novel The Shield that Fell from Heaven was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2011.

Author: William S. Kerr

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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There’s a LION Under My Bed: A Life of Adventure and Intrigue (Quinn Matthewson Biography Books Book 1) by Quinn Matthewson

REVIEW: Fascinating and incredible biography from a cross between James Bond, Louis Leakey, Columbo and Indiana Jones.

Behind the scenes – exploration, the remote world, crime, secret agents, tribes, rebel wars and more!
At age 21, Quinn Matthewson was the youngest member in history of the Adventurer’s Club of Chicago and a distinguished military graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Follow Quinn on his adventures across the globe, and behind closed doors. Amazing stories, unbelievable situations, incredible peril – yet he lived to tell the tale

For a sneak peak at this great biography, click the cover of “There’s a LION Under My Bed – Book 1

Author: Quinn Matthewson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A Grandson’s Story: Beatrice, Nebraska 1977 by David Safris

Amidst the timeless rhythms of small town life in Nebraska during the 1970’s comes a boy’s realization that his beloved grandfather is tormented by memories of his experiences as an army officer in the last year of World War II. A thought-provoking and timely book about love, family, and the enormous strain placed on those that have protected America in times of war. The book explores how little we sometimes know about those we love the most and how relationships and loving bonds can change and evolve with the passing of time. Actual events and experiences are woven into a story that ranges from the calming Americana of small town life to the gripping action of World War II. Throughout the story, past and present are carefully melded together to allow the reader to experience life with a loved one that is experiencing severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at a time when people did not talk about the effects of combat.This book would be an excellent pick for a book club or history based book report. Sure to generate lively conversation and challenge readers to examine relationships with those around them that have served in the military.

Author: David Safris

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Jubilee of Jubilees: A Glimpse into History’s Years of Favor (The Trumpet Never Rests) by M. RUSSO

Your spirit will exult, smile, and soar with the lyrical visionary saga “Jubilee of Jubilees” that unveils a hidden tapestry of interwoven events over past centuries. Years of Jubilee, the infrequent sabbatical year in the Judeo-Christian tradition, supply the framework to reveal the hidden beauty of special lives. With both heart-wrenching poignancy and humor, Russo’s unique and strong voice journeys the reader with Francis of Assisi to Rome on pilgrimage the early 13th century for the beginnings of a radical new way of life. Russo subsequently engages us through the centruries of Jubilee to see the magnificence of the tapestry’s pattern through vignettes in France, Italy, Portugal, Poland, and Israel; culminating in an unexpected event during the Great Jubilee Year of 2000 in Rome. Combining history and the deepest yearnings of hope, “Jubilee of Jubilees” is a spring in the wilderness and required reading for anyone that wants to understand why Pope Francis will open the door to a new Year of Jubilee on December 8th of 2015.

“Jubilee of Jubilees” is essential reading for armchair pilgrims unable to travel for physical or economic reasons.

Author: M. RUSSO

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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There’s a LION Under My Bed: A Life of Adventure and Intrigue (Quinn Matthewson Biography Books Book 2) by Quinn Matthewson

REVIEW: Fascinating and incredible biography from a cross between James Bond, Louis Leakey, Columbo and Indiana Jones.Behind the scenes – exploration, the remote world, crime, secret agents, tribes, rebel wars and more!At age 21, Quinn Matthewson was the youngest member in history of the Adventurer’s Club of Chicago and a distinguished military graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.Follow Quinn on his adventures across the globe, and behind closed doors. Amazing stories, unbelievable situations, incredible peril – yet he lived to tell the taleFor a sneak peak at this great biography, click the cover of “There’s a LION Under My Bed – Book 1

Author: Quinn Matthewson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A Good Lie: The Short Story by David Ridd

A man lies across a mule, his legs dangling as blood drips from his mouth to a red trail across the dirt. With him, a father and son he’s never met. The boy is eager to return home. The father, patient to help the stranger. An interchange of fatherly wisdom, the innocence of youth, the choices we make and the lies we tell.

Author: David Ridd

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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