Review – Israela

by Dr. Batya Casper Israela by Dr. Batya Casper is a persuasive story that links the personal and the political, shedding light on the human experience against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The novel addresses the intricacies of identity, culture, and history, as seen through its characters—whose lives are closely connected with their country’s …

Review – Hidden: Nistar

by Batya Casper In Hidden: Nistar, Batya Casper masterfully weaves a tapestry of secrecy and survival, set against the stark backdrop of war. This compelling historical fiction novel tells two interlaced stories, bridging the lives of characters in Israel and England. The narrative begins in Israel, focusing on young Tikvah. Raised by her grandparents in …

Review – The Son

by David Sawyer This gripping story combines historical fiction and a spiritual journey, set against the backdrop of the Roman conquest and the rise of Christianity. The narrative begins with a devastating attack by two Roman legions on a remote mountain kingdom, resulting in the death of the king and the capture of the queen …

Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

by William Smither “Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’” is the prequel to William “Duke” Smither’s “Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue.” Set in 1693 during the waning days of the fugitive slave village in Northeastern Brazil, Smither explores the intricate sociopolitical climates between the Maroons before the First Maroon War in Jamaica. The Maroons were descendants of escaped slaves who had formed distinct …

The Further Adventures of Gentleman Jack and Mister Twist

Alan Montgomery presents a remarkable continuation in his book. Appropriately called The Further Adventures of Gentleman Jack and Mister Twist, he summarizes what transpired in the final events of the novel through Jack Dawkins’ eyes. After confirming the fate of these characters, we follow Jack’s life as he is sent to the United States, who is now indebted to work for seven years. Fortune has bestowed upon the former pickpocket when he is indebted to Mr. Galting Stone. Stone is a former gem cutter whose connection to Jack is closer than what meets the eye.

American River: Tributaries: Book One of the American River Trilogy by Mallory M. O’Connor

American River: Tributaries by Mallory M. O’Connor is a historical book that originates from when three families of different racial descents emigrated to America; then crossed paths in Northern California on a settlement by the river.