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Fractured Legacy
Fractured Legacy
by Charles B. Neff
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars `My dream is that Indians can keep tribal customs and beliefs, but also become modern Americans', July 29, 2014
This review is from: Fractured Legacy (Paperback)
Charles B. Neff comes to his stories with considerable experiences in the realm of international development and university level teaching - a fine baseline of cross cultural studies, learning the traits of all manner of peoples, and also a keyhole peek into the workings of governmental structures, law enforcement being at the top of the list. He also has a skill in planning the layout of his novels so that the reader, once engaged, is committed to a chapter topic schedule of hours and days that preclude setting the book aside to be read in bits and spurts. That is to say, each chapter is labeled from March 10 through to the final chapter of May 10 and within these chapters almost every page lists the time of day for the events that are occurring. It is a fine trick that works for reader retention.

In FRACTURED LEAGCY Neff keeps his sixth in the Cascades he knows and loves as his home. And that likely is the reason his books work so convincingly well - nothing seems out of place, every character's interaction not only with each other but also with the surroundings. The story is complex (in the right sort of way) but can be briefly summarized as a `complex murder investigation that involves the clash of an old family legacy, tribal land rights and a marriage in trouble. A suspicious death threatens the lives of those who try to discover its causes. Sara Winter has reached a crisis point in her Cascade Adventures tour business and also with her husband Jeff. Bebe Sorensen is distressed to find her protected life as a local historical archivist invaded. Police detective Bill McHugh tries to sort out a suspicious death, and rapidly finds that big business and political interests across the mountains in Seattle are closely following his progress. The twin Tomson brothers, heirs to a valued mountain property, are increasingly the focus of the investigation. Everyone involved in this intense investigation finds that there are just as many forces hindering as helping the discovery of what is at the heart of it all.'

Neff hits the nail on the head again and for those who have a soft spot in their hearts for the Pacific Northwest as well as an insatiable appetite for well constructed murder mysteries, this is a book as solid as the mountain range. Grady Harp, July 14


The Countershaded Ibex
The Countershaded Ibex
by Andrew Warren
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hiding in plain sight, July 29, 2014
This review is from: The Countershaded Ibex (Paperback)
Andrew Warren's book THE COUNTERSHADED IBEX is so important that reading it demands we know more about this very intelligent and informed scholar/writer. On his website he offers a bio that is illuminating and is shared here - because it needs to be known: `Born and raised in Bucharest in Communist Romania, Andrew learned the meaning of adversity survival at an early age. By the age of seven, he was already writing stories of hopelessness and escapism reflecting on the life around him. When he was nine, his father was arrested and thrown in one of the regime's most infamous prisons. During the following five years, his mother, an uneducated yet gutsy woman born in a Transylvanian shtetl, tried desperately to put food on the table through any means she could think of. Her exhausting efforts often left her impatient with Andrew's obsessive story writing, which drove Andrew to stop writing; in fact he stopped writing for the next thirty-five years. When Andrew was fourteen, his father was finally released from prison, and, for a brief moment, it seemed like his life was going to take on some semblance of normalcy. But the tough years apart left his parents virtual strangers, so a messy divorce quickly followed that turned even messier when, due to extreme housing shortages, his parents were forced to continue to live in the tiny, claustrophobic apartment that Andrew had shared with his mother during his father's incarceration. Two years later, Andrew and his mother were allowed to emigrate to the West provided they left immediately and only with the clothes on their backs. Their Romanian exit visa specified Paris, France as their final destination, and Andrew allowed himself to briefly fantasize about freedom and endless opportunities. But the harsh realities of an immigrant's life among the xenophobic French quickly set in. The most incongruous memory of this time was when the homeroom teacher at the day school he was allowed to audit denied him the right to stand with the other students in deference to the fallen French soldiers fighting in the Algerian War of Independence. The following year, he and his mother arrived at New York City's Idlewild Airport hopeless, penniless, and without even the rudiments of the English language, where they were met by caseworkers from an organization called NYANA who deposited them in a fleabag that, shortly after they moved out, collapsed of its own accord, killing four people. Despite the ominous beginnings, America was good to Andrew. He went to NYU where he first earned a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and later a Master's in Environmental Engineering. He married and had two children, Judy and Alex who are still the paradigms of his creative gifts. Unfulfilled with engineering and its confined possibilities, he decided on a whim to start his own engineering consulting firm, thinking that would allow him to choose the more social aspects of the business. To his dismay, the venture turned out to be more successful than he could imagine under the circumstances, which further delayed his return to his childhood passion of writing. But in the early nineties, though still saddled by the business, Andrew cautiously returned to writing and also went back to school to prepare himself for a career as a college instructor of English. In 2001, he sold the engineering consulting firm, which finally freed him to devote himself to full-time writing. Since then, he has written three novels, an extensive collection of short stories, essays, several plays, and countless pages of personal recollections. He also teaches literature and composition writing at two New York-area colleges and runs a creative writing workshop at a senior center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.'

What Warren has succeeded in creating is not only one of the most meticulous analyses of the Israeli/Palestinian crisis that is such prominent news especially at the present (this novel could easily serve as a text book on Middle Eastern history), but it also is a wondrous mystery thriller about the possibility of a long hidden secret map within the Dead Sea Scrolls whose importance would provide funding for a defense system for Israel which if used could abort WW III. Warren has created wholly credible characters for his story - Professor of Middle Eastern Studies Max Gillbert (the paper he presented to a conference provides more information about the politics of the Arabs and Jews and it is shared in toto at the beginning of the book), a Catholic nun Rebecca Logan, the Vatican, and an assorted cast, each of whom is a additive role to the plot.

Brilliant writing, this, by a man so well schooled in his craft and in his vision of how the world could be different that he stands with the major stars. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, July 14


The New Straight Ahead
The New Straight Ahead
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New York Standards Score!, July 29, 2014
This review is from: The New Straight Ahead (MP3 Music)
Formed in 2006 The New York Standards Quartet member share a love of standards played with a contemporary edge. This is called The New Straight Ahead. As band name and album title suggest, this is a collection of straight-ahead standards, given new arrangements and "redesigns" by the quartet.

It can be chancy re-inventing the standards (the songs are much loved in their original or classic incarnations). Changing tempos or altering time signatures can also impact on the emotional qualities of a tune. As critic Bruce Lindsay has state, `the NYSQ is inventive enough to give these familiar compositions a few new angles, but it's also intelligent enough to know how far to push things. The arrangements on The New Straight Ahead (each credited to the quartet as a whole) offer some new perspectives on some very well known tunes, but never get so radical as to render them unrecognizable.

The NYSQ members are Tim Armacost, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, David Berkman, piano, Daiki Yasukagawa, double bass, and Gene Jackson, drums.

The tracks are as follows:
Intro (Polkadots)
The Maze
It Don't Mean A Thing
When You Wish Upon A Star
Autumn Leaves
Misterioso
Ah-leu-cha
Zingaro
Remember
Outro (and Moonbeams)

All the tunes on this recording are favorites and have special memories of all of us. Now, allow those memories to be enhanced with this superb collection of those standards, sounding better than ever. Grady Harp, July 14


Vegetarian Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy Vegetarian Food at Home With Mouth Watering Vegetarian Recipes Cookbook
Vegetarian Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy Vegetarian Food at Home With Mouth Watering Vegetarian Recipes Cookbook
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and healthy Vegetarian Recipes, July 29, 2014
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Gina McKay has an entirely new set of books of recipes from around the world, the common denominator being these recipes, though at times novel to the reader, are very ease to create. Three steps and you are into new cuisine. Each meal is accompanied by excellent photographs in addition to nutritional facts with the number of servings per recipe, the number of calories, amount of total fat, protein, cholesterol and carbohydrates that are contained in the meal servings.

The book includes recipes for Vegetarian Appetizer Recipes (Smoky, Spicy Tomatillo Salsa Verde, Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries, Died & Went to Pimento Cheese Heaven, Tuscan Kale Chips, Jicama Chili Sticks, and others); Vegetarian Main Dish Recipes (Vegetarian Black Bean Chili, Black and Red Fiesta Beans With Rice, Nepalese Potato, Tomato and Pea Curry, Porotos Granados (Bean Stew), Tofu Fettuccini Alfredo, Easy Cabbage and Noodles and others); Vegetarian Salad Recipes (Macaroni Salad, Creamy Corn Salad, Mock Tuna Salad (Chickpea Salad), Edamame Salad, Hawaiian Coleslaw and others); Vegetarian Soup Recipes (Finnish Summer Vegetable Soup, Vegetarian Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup, Crock Pot Spinach-Tomato-Vegetable Soup, Italian Vegetable Soup With Pasta, Creamless Cauliflower Leek Soup and others); Vegetarian Breakfast recipes (Orange Julius Smoothies Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Golden Apple Oatmeal Vegan French Toast Peach Smoothie (Diabetic)
and others .

Healthy, easy, nutritious and delicious. Grady Harp, July 14


Asian Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy Asian Food at Home With Mouth Watering Asian Recipes Cookbook
Asian Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy Asian Food at Home With Mouth Watering Asian Recipes Cookbook
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5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of Asia, July 29, 2014
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Gina McKay has an entirely new set of books of recipes from around the world, the common denominator being these recipes, though at times novel to the reader, are very ease to create. Three steps and you are into new cuisine. Each meal is accompanied by excellent photographs in addition to nutritional facts with the number of servings per recipe, the number of calories, amount of total fat, protein, cholesterol and carbohydrates that are contained in the meal servings.

The book includes recipes for Asian Appetizer Recipes (Fried Sumac Eggs, Asian Hummus, Party Chicken Wings, Avocado and Prawns in Wasabi, Garam Masala Deviled Eggs, Chickpea and Tamarind Dip , and others); Asian Main Dish Recipes (Teriyaki Salmon Steaks, Spicy Pork Bulgogi, Chicken Fried Rice, Asian Spiced Chicken With Vanilla Apricot Sauce, Adobong Manok and others); Asian Salad Recipes (Persian Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Indian Cucumber Salad, Israeli Salad, Oriental Coleslaw, Oriental Pasta Salad and others); Asian Soup Recipes (Buffalo Berry Good Soup, Curry Chicken Udon, Asian Dumpling Soup, Curried Split Pea Soup and others).

Healthy, easy, nutritious and delicious. Grady Harp, July 14


North American Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy North American Food at Home With Mouth Watering North American Recipes Cookbook
North American Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy North American Food at Home With Mouth Watering North American Recipes Cookbook
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5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of North American Cuisine, July 29, 2014
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Gina McKay has an entirely new set of books of recipes from around the world, the common denominator being these recipes, though at times novel to the reader, are very ease to create. Three steps and you are into new cuisine. Each meal is accompanied by excellent photographs in addition to nutritional facts with the number of servings per recipe, the number of calories, amount of total fat, protein, cholesterol and carbohydrates that are contained in the meal servings.

The book includes recipes for North American Appetizer Recipes (Hidden Valley Ranch Oyster Crackers, Mouth Watering Frito Pie, Delicious Texas Caviar, Cream Cheese Pickapeppa Appetizer, Tasty Three-Step Truffles, and others); North American Main Dish Recipes (Smoked Sausage, Taters, Peppers and Onions, Fried Potatoes and Smoked Sausage, Flat Iron Steak, Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff, Chicken & Dumplings, and others); North American Salad Recipes (Hearts of Palm Parmesan Salad, Creamy Cheddar Pea Salad, Roasted Root Vegetable and Chicken Salad, Spinach and Strawberry Salad, and others); North American Soup Recipes (Crock Pot Beef Vegetable Soup, Vegetable-Beef Barley Soup (Crock Pot), Hamburger Vegetable Soup - Crock Pot, Creamy Chicken Soup, Crab Bisque in only TWENTY Minutes, and others).

Healthy, easy, nutritious and delicious. Grady Harp, July 14


American Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy American Food at Home With Mouth Watering American Recipes Cookbook
American Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy American Food at Home With Mouth Watering American Recipes Cookbook
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5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of Downhome, July 29, 2014
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Gina McKay has an entirely new set of books of recipes from around the world, the common denominator being these recipes, though at times novel to the reader, are very ease to create. Three steps and you are into new cuisine. Each meal is accompanied by excellent photographs in addition to nutritional facts with the number of servings per recipe, the number of calories, amount of total fat, protein, cholesterol and carbohydrates that are contained in the meal servings.

The book includes recipes for American Appetizer Recipes (Orange Ginger Asparagus Two Cheese Biscuits Blue Moon Sandwiches Cheesy Ham Quesadillas Texas Jalapeno Cheese Squares, and others); American Main Dish Recipes (Rice, Broccoli, & Cheese Casserole, Spicy Red Beans and Rice, Spicy Chipotle, Honey, Mustard, Grilled Chicken, Beef Tenderloin Steaks With Creole Spice Rub, Blue Plate Special Halibut, Cajun-Spiced Tilapia, and others); American Soup Recipes (Buffalo Chicken Soup, Hot Dog Bean Soup, Cheddar Cheese Popcorn Beer Soup, Daddy's Taco Soup, Vegetarian Black Bean Tortilla Soup and others); American Dessert Recipes (Sweet Potato Pie, Strawberry Pie, Blueberry Cake, Pumpkin Food Cake, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookiesand others).

Healthy, easy, nutritious and delicious. Grady Harp, July 14


FOXES: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Book 10)
FOXES: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Book 10)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting foxy..., July 29, 2014
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Emma Child one again invites us into the land of animals for entertaining and very information instruction about the animal kingdom, and as usual she writes with great skill and provides succinct facts and glorious photographs of her subject matter - this journey is with FOXES.

She opens with Fox Basics - The are members of the dog family but are smaller than most dogs, lighter in weight, and have triangle shaped faces, pointy ears, narrow noses and bushy tails. They can have either short or long fur and range in color from silver-gray to red. Foxes live in North America, Asia, Europe, North Africa, Mexico, South and Central America and the Arctic. They live in dens in caves, hollow logs or trees or in foxholes! Their diet is omnivorous (plants and animals). Female foxes are called vixen, males are called dog foxes and their babies are called kits. Foxes use 28 different types of calls to communicate and Child shares the period from birth to adult with stages and images. Wonderful photographs highlight the different families of foxes - the red fox (the most common), the gray fox (the second most common), the Arctic fox, the crab eating fox, and the fennec fox (the smallest fox, living in the Sahara Desert of North Africa). And with a list of facts we all should know about the fox family Emma Child brings her fascinating book to an end.

One of the consistent glories of Emma Child's books on animals is her ability to write so that children will enjoy the script while not neglecting to be as thoroughly informative as possible. This is another book to add to you collection of books for children - and interested adults! Grady Harp, July 14


CoQ10 200mg (Double Strength), 120 Capsules - High Absorption Coenzyme Q10 - Clinically Proven Extra Strength CoQ10 Ubiquinone
CoQ10 200mg (Double Strength), 120 Capsules - High Absorption Coenzyme Q10 - Clinically Proven Extra Strength CoQ10 Ubiquinone
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Supplement Double Strength from NutriONN, July 28, 2014
While there is a lot of talk about supplements few people can dismiss the significance of this supplement. CoQ10 is naturally orange and found in nearly every cell of the body. CoQ10 is a vitamin-like compound needed to generate cellular energy in the mitochondria, and it's found in the high concentrations in the heart, immune system, liver and kidneys. Containing antioxidant properties, CoQ10 helps protects cell membranes by defending them against free radical damage, and is a beneficial nutrient for supporting heart function. We do know that, like so many things, levels decrease with age and some cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can reduce CoQ10 production, which is why supplementing may be helpful to replenish CoQ10 levels in the body.

NutriONN's product is made in the USA under GMP manufacturing standards, so that product is dependable not only in what it claims but also in the correct dosage in each capsule. The other very positive aspect of this product is that it contains 200 mgm of CoQ10 and the capsules are manufactured for premium high absorption. It is difficult to find a better form of CoQ10 on the market. A worthy investment! Grady Harp, July 14


European Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy European Food at Home With Mouth Watering European Recipes Cookbook
European Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy European Food at Home With Mouth Watering European Recipes Cookbook
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5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of Europe, July 28, 2014
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Gina McKay has an entirely new set of books of recipes from around the world, the common denominator being these recipes, though at times novel to the reader, are very ease to create. Three steps and you are into new cuisine. Each meal is accompanied by excellent photographs in addition to nutritional facts with the number of servings per recipe, the number of calories, amount of total fat, protein, cholesterol and carbohydrates that are contained in the meal servings.

The book includes recipes for European Appetizer Recipes (Gambas Al Ajillo Catalonia, Fried Chorizo With Garlic ,Baked Apricot Brie, Parmesan Courgettes (Zucchini), Creamy Cucumber & Sweet Onion Salad W/ Dill Horseradish Dress and others); European Main Dish Recipes (Baked Chicken Dijon, Cod With Onions and Chives, Angel Hair Pasta and Crab With Alfredo Sauce, European Butter Noodles, Pork Chops With Blue Cheese Gravy and others); European Salad Recipes (Antipasto Pasta Salad, White Bean and Tuna Salad, Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Wilted Cabbage Salad With Bacon, Sweet Pea Salad and others); European Soup Recipes (Czech Sauerkraut Soup, Lentil and Tomato Soup, Polish Kraut Soup, 30-Minute Minestrone, Cold Mango and Rum Soup, German Noodle Soup With Prosciutto and others).

Healthy, easy, nutritious and delicious. Grady Harp, July 14


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