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A Drama of the Caribbean - William J. Brennan, S.J.
192 Pages, Softcover, $14.00
A remarkable historical novel which recounts the adventures of Fr. Antoine Lavalette as he struggles against forces beyond his control in trying to support his Jesuit mission in Martinique. The events recounted in this book led to a crisis that battered the French Catholic Church in the 1740's, as well as to the universal suppression of the Society of Jesus.
It Happened in Minnesota - Tony Bridwell
443 Pages, Hardcover, $28.00
Told against the backdrop of centuries of history, It Happened in Minnesota is an innovative portrayal of the people and events that make Minnesota unique. A top liberal arts college recruits Jim Makki, a college history professor, to drum up undergraduate interest in the state's history. The gentle voice of the 1970s professor entices college students into a love affair with the land and a rich past through colorful characters and fresh narrative voices.
Torbjorn's Gold - John Eric Nystul
219 Pages, Softcover, $16.95
John Eric Nystul's saga is a quick read but one that's guaranteed to activate your imagination. Well written with believable characters and a good dose of humor, you'll want to read it in one sitting. A warm befriending develops into a deep bond between two strangers and leads to a fantastic trip to Lake Superior's remote Isle Royale. Is the course that our hero follows real or a flight of fantasy? Sprinkled with legend and history, you won't soon forget this challenging ride/read!!!
With Malice Toward All - Roger A. MacDonald, M.D.
192 Pages, Softcover, $14.00
Dr. Noka MacPherson, M.D. is a son of the Ojibwe Nation. He has nearly completed a residency in Family Practice when he returns to Makwa Lodge, a borderland resort owned by his brother, for a three-day respite from the stresses of training. Fate catapults him into a whirlpool of conflicting currents. A painful ghost from his own past. Traps set by a ruthless hired killer. Dark currents that challenge his very belief in family. The appearance of an Ojibwe ghoul, a windigo. Or, is it?
Family Physician Dr. Roger MacDonald practiced rural medicine in the most northerly part of Minnesota for nearly fifty years. As an isolated doctor, he wore many hats, one of which was that of county coroner. During the latter third of the Twentieth Century, crime detection depended more on a perceptive team of officers than on laboratory science. Dr. MacDonald's intimate knowledge of how things worked then shines through in his stories.
Writer's Digest Book Awards (comments on a scale of 1 - 5 with 1 meaning "poor" and 5 meaning "excellent")
Character development: 5
Cover design: 5
What did you like best about this book?
First off, the layout of the book is so professional-- a joy for the reader to make his way through the pages. The writing is exquisite and the author's voice unique. The author has a gift for putting words together. All setting descriptions, inside and out, are exceptionally well-done. The mystery is set in an unusual place that was fun to read about.
All of the characters were three-dimensional and different. Fun to read about. The hero, Noka, wonderfully complex, was particularly intriguing, Indian, a medical doctor, intelligent and draws upon his culture for discernment. The dialogue was crisp, realistic, moved the plot along and revealed character. the solution of the mystery is completely satisfying.
How can the author improve this book?
I have no suggestions, but the book deserves a wide audience. Hopefully the writer will connect with writers groups in his area, give talks to libraries, social and service groups, book clubs and bookstores.