Featured Book: Into the Skies: A World War I Aviator Story by Christopher Carroll

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This story portrays an American who gets caught up in World War One as an ‘aviator’ from the beginning to the end, an unusual achievement, which makes for an absorbing tale. The author has taken elements from the memoirs of aviation pioneers, most of which began in the last years of the war, modified them to reflect changes that occurred from 1914 to 1918, and added other adventures. The back story includes some instances from the infancy of flight and the inspiration it provided a boy as he grew up in Dayton, Ohio.
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Featured Book: Promises by Ardyce Durham

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About the book:

Promises chronicles the lives of two boys who are the same age and grow up together. They are more than friends. They are buddies, constant companions, confidants, and accessories in everything they do.

They join the Confederate Army together in March of 1862 and engage in and survive some of the most catastrophic battles of the War Between the States.  On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg their lives are forever changed.  One of them dies and the other one zigzags his way through another three-quarters of a century’s worth of joyous moments, heartbreaking tragedies, surprises, secrets, and the fulfillment of promises.
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Featured Post: Jacqueline by Jackie Minniti

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When ten-year-old Jacqueline Falna hears her mother’s scream, she is unaware that the axis of her world is about to tilt. Her father’s plane has been shot down by German fighters. In the midst of poverty, food shortages, air raids, and the grinding hardship of daily life under Nazi rule, she forms an unlikely alliance with David Bergier, a twelve-year-old Jewish neighbor who poses as her cousin after his family is “relocated” by the Nazis. When Rennes is liberated, Jacqueline meets an American soldier and becomes convinced that he has been sent to reunite her with her father.

Based on a true story, “Jacqueline” is a tale of family, faith, unusual friendships, and the resiliency of the human spirit set against the backdrop of occupied Rennes in 1944. With the drama of fiction and the authenticity of personal history, “Jacqueline” is both a story about family and a family’s story.  Continue reading “Featured Post: Jacqueline by Jackie Minniti”

Featured Book: Who Knew Not Joseph by Menachem Mannie Magid

Who Knew Not Joseph
by Menachem Mannie Magid

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About the Book

From a village in the Land of Goshen, a brilliant but physically challenged boy named Yoram manages to make his way into the heart of ancient Egypt.

Firsthand, he witnesses the changing culture of the Children of Israel and the different mindsets of the pharaohs who ascend to the throne.

Connecting the dots between the two histories, Yoram lives through the passions and frustrations that prevail as the weaker young nation falls inevitably into subjugation.

This fascinating novel covers the history of the Hebrew nation from its peak of contentment to its descent into slavery.

Through Yoram’s eyes and tribulations, Who Knew Not Joseph presents a real picture of the human side of that first holocaust. It tells how there indeed came a pharaoh who knew not Joseph (Exodus 1:8).


 

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How Teddy Took Panama by David Adamson Harper

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Former Rough Rider and veteran of the Spanish-American war, Jack Quinn has been sent on a top-secret mission to Colombia-controlled Panama in order to secure a deal for the United States to build a trans-oceanic canal through the isthmus of Panama.

With the senate in favor of Nicaraguan canal, and the Colombian president demanding a higher price for the treaty, there is but one option left in the eyes of President Roosevelt- support the Panamanian rebels in their efforts to secede from Colombia to become their own independent country, in exchange for the rights to build the Panamanian canal.

Fraught with danger and diplomatic challenges, Quinn’s very life depends on the success of his plans, and matters are made only worse as he finds himself falling in love with the alluring wife of Colonel Ochoa, a staunch Colombian loyalist. Can he manage to secure a deal with the Panamanians peacefully, or will he be responsible for igniting a bloody civil war?
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Scotch Rising (Markinch #1) by S. J. Garland

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Captain Clyde-Dalton is a broken man. Mourning the loss of his wife and unborn child, his only wish is to receive a dishonorable discharge from the British Military and disappear into the world.

Instead, he is ordered to Scotland as a spy -under the guise of excise tax collector on Scotch whisky; his duty, to keep a finger on the pulse of the people of Markinch and remain alert to any hints of unrest or talk of defection from the British throne.

Upon arriving, Dalton learns of the unfortunate demise of his predecessor, an apparent suicide, though the evidence does not quite add up. What’s more, the man has left behind a journal encrypted in a strange code that Dalton is determined to crack. But with each new discovery comes added danger, and time is running out for him to solve this mystery as Dalton’s life, and the lives of the people of Markinch, hang in the balance. Continue reading “Scotch Rising (Markinch #1) by S. J. Garland”

The Boy Who Ran by Michael Selden

ebq4star “To the people in the village, he was an unexceptional-looking boy, neither especially tall nor obviously talented. Few paid much attention to him if they thought of him at all. But the boy could move through the forest in a way that seemed almost magical -and he could run very, very fast.”

When marauders attacked his village, the boy’s dying mother brought him to the edge of the forest and told him to run. She knew that if he could only get away, he might survive. And so the boy ran for days- until he was found by a member of another tribe who brought the boy to live with them.

Though they feed him and provide him with shelter, the villagers do not accept him as one of their own. They refer to him simply as “the boy”, and take little notice of him. And so he spends most of his time in the forest with the animals, where he feels the most at home.

But as the boy begins to watch the people from afar, a struggle begins to emerge in his heart. Is he one of the animals, or one of the people? He knows he must make a choice, and that it will forever change who he is.  Continue reading “The Boy Who Ran by Michael Selden”