Book Review: Unrestrained Behavior

Unrestrained Behavior by Jerry Summers

 

Jerry Summers, former Chief of Police of McCall, Idaho, holds an undergraduate degree in pastoral ministry and a master’s degree in business administration in marketing from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.  Summers also has extensive experience in the various law enforcement fields.

Summers third book in his “Un” series has wonderfully twisted plot lines that carry through to a clean finally.  Wendy, domestic violence councilor, has taken her need to help her clients to new heights. Suicides and accidents are stacking up around her. She has new wealth and a new love interest, as well as new plans for the future.

Unrestrained Behavior is well written and readable. I would recommend it for adults who enjoy mysteries and thrillers, but suggest that they read the first two books in the series first.

Book Review: Uncontrolled Spin and Unmerited Favor

Uncontrolled Spin and Unmerited Favor by Jerry Summers

Jerry Summers holds an undergraduate degree in pastoral ministry and a master’s degree in business administration in marketing from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.  Summers also has extensive experience in the various law enforcement fields. Uncontrolled Spin, book one of a planned four-part series, is Summers debut novel. Unmerited Favor picks up the story line with no background introduction. I will be reviewing them as a single book.

Summers writes action scenes that are brilliant, bringing the characters and story to sparkling life. Characters begin as classic archetypes, the gold digger, the dumb blonde, the arrogant male, and do not progress into well rounded people except during action scenes. Summers plot lines are complex and interesting.  The books feature high-stakes marketing venture, serial murder, corporate espionage and romance.

In spite of the flaws typical of a debut novel, I plan on reading the third segment of Jerry Summers’ story which is due to be released in July of this year. This new author shows possibilities for future greatness.

Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is an American author and screen writer. She has written eight books, adult and young adult novels.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a delightful story about a bookstore. Fikry, recently widowed, is cranky, drinks too much and has no vision of a future worth bothering with. His bookstore, brainchild of his deceased wife, is failing and he doesn’t really care. Drunken, he dreams of his wife while someone steals his very desirable, first edition Edgar Allen Poe. Life changes soon after, when an odd gift is left for him at the bookstore. Life, once again, becomes interesting for Fikry.

Zevin is spare with her words. Description is used when it is necessary for the story, but does not clutter the stage. There are no unnecessary characters. This is a quick read, well worth an afternoon. It is hard to write about this book without giving away spoilers.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is my new number one must read, almost more so than A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. Those of you who have shopped at The Rubaiyat have probably already read A Town Like Alice, either to humor me or get me off of your back. Prepare to read Fikry.

Book Review: On the Trail of Bronco Billy

On the Trail of Bronco Billy, Third Edition, by Sandy Kershner

Sandy Kershner has put great energy and enthusiasm into recording the filming of Bronco Billy, directed by Clint Eastwood, as well as starring Clint Eastwood.

On the Trail of Bronco Billy is a marvel of local history, from locations to people.  Kershner interviewed many of the people who were extras in the movie as well as people who interacted with the cast casually. Her personal histories are capped with current information about the people she interviewed. Kershner includes historical information about locations used in the movie and added current information, as well.

This is a wonderful local history source. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the community, whether they liked the movie or not.

Book Review: Make Me Burn, Isle of the Forgotten #1 by Tiffany Roberts

Make Me Burn, Isle of the Forgotten #1 by Tiffany Roberts

Tiffany Roberts is the pseudonym for Tiffany and Robert Freund, a husband and wife writing duo.
Tiffany was born and bred in Idaho, and Robert was a native of New York City before moving across
the country to be with her. The two have always shared a passion for reading and writing, and it is
their dream to combine their mighty powers to create the sorts of books they want to read. They live
in southwestern Idaho with their three children, where they are now actively pursuing their dream.
Make Me Burn, Isle of the Forgotten #1, ‘Tiffany Roberts’ debut novel, is a paranormal romance.
Demon Morthanion is stripped of his magic and exiled to the Isle of the Forgotten by the mage
council. On the isle, he finds the love of his life and sets about courting her. The characters develop
though out the book, gaining a surprising depth for the genre. The plot is classic, but contains several
interesting twists that will enchant most romance readers. Over all, this is an excellent debut novel.
I will be recommending this young author duo to customers who enjoy romance novels and am
looking forward to following their career.

Book Review: In The Wild by Chef Steve Weston

Recipes from Base Camp to Summit

Steve Weston is a rabid outdoor enthusiast living in Boise, Idaho. During his Army years in Europe and
West Germany, Steve honed his culinary skills, taking his love of cooking from a hoppy to proficiency.
This is a fun cookbook, either while camping or at home. Ingredients are prepared in advance for ease
of cooking in camp. Recipes are divided by Class based on the type of trip, though this is not clearly
defined for the non-hiker. Recipes range from simple beverage ideas to complex-seeming gourmet
dinner entrées. A menu based on this cookbook will be varied and exciting without spending hours in
preparation.

I would recommend this book for both beginning cooks or hikers and advanced members of both fields.

Book Review: Evacuation Ambulance Company #8 in World War One

A. Gustaf (Gus) Bryngelson has been collecting World War 1 uniforms,
weapons and equipment since 1966 when he was given his grandfather’s helmet
and wound certificate. An avid enthusiast, he has studied all of the
combatants involved in the war and has had many pieces of his collection
featured in area museums and some of the historical reference books written
by Belgian author, Johan Somers. Gus is actively involved in several
international discussions about World War 1 on the internet, serves on the
board of directors of the local historical society and gives presentations
about World War 1 to local school children and service organizations.

Gus has spent the last three years researching and building an exact
replica 1917 Ford Model T ambulance from photographs and historical
documents. While researching documents for his replica, Gus stumbled upon the Frank K.
Frankenfield collection. In addition to providing excellent photographs of
the Ford 1917 Model T ambulance there was a treasure trove of information
included in Frank’s diaries, letters home, post cards and assorted
documents. Upon receipt of this fabulous collection, Gus knew that there
was a book that needed to be written about Evacuation Ambulance Company #8.
This book is his tribute to the men who served.

“Evacuation Ambulance Company #8 In World War One” is a delightful step
back into history about the men who served together in this unit. This
remarkable history contains over 170 photographs and first hand accounts of
the men, machines, equipment and living conditions of an American ambulance
company. This thoughtfully assembled book goes through their adventure of
World War 1 in and easy to read, chronological order, as seen through the
eyes of ambulance mechanic Frank K. Frankenfield and the men who served
with him.

This volume is a well referenced, historically accurate account that will
help anyone understand World War 1 on a more personal level.
Gus and his wife MagDalene make their home in south central Idaho where
they currently work together on their small farm.

Book Review: A Boy Ten Feet Tall/ Effective Orphan Care Ministry

A Boy Ten Feet Tall (originally published as Find a Boy) by W.H. Canaway and Effective Orphan Care
Ministry by Larry E. Banta M.D. These two books are about the same subject, one from the view point of
an orphan, the other written for the care giver.

A Boy Ten Feet Tall, a novel published in 1961, is a story about a ten year old boy orphaned during the
Suez war in 1956. Sammy sets out by himself to find his Aunt Jane in South Africa, a trip of over 5,000
miles. This is the story of his trials and triumphs as he makes his way south. It is a story that highlights
an orphan’s pain. The story does over-simplify the problems of recovery. I would recommend this book
for both adult and young readers with one reservation. Social values concerning some of the characters
in this story have shifted greatly in 50 years and some adult guidance might be advisable for young
readers.

Effective Orphan Care Ministry is written by a board certified psychiatrist who has provided specialized
training to childcare agencies around the world, specifically for the purpose of producing productive
adults who are Christian. Banta’s outline for orphan-care addresses basic mental and physical care
needs, as well as supportive care for children who may need additional psychiatric care. This is an
instruction manual for helping children who have been abused, abandoned or who are war-torn and
addresses the special issues that will come out with traumatized orphans. Banta stresses structure and
stability throughout the book.

Even though this book is generally Christian based, I would recommend it to anyone working with a
troubled child, without regard to religious affiliation. I would also recommend it to anyone considering
starting a family or even adopting a troubled pet.

Book Review: Dear Fiona by Angela Matlashevsky


Angela Matlashevsky is one of two young people who have founded Little Author’s Self-Publishing. She
is a resident of Caldwell. Dear Fiona was printed by Caxton Press.
Dear Fiona is Matlashevsky’s debut children’s book. Matlashevsky both wrote and illustrated this very
sweet story about Caldwell’s public library. The illustrations are the real winner in this pleasant
children’s story about managing the library while the librarian is sick. A delicate, gentle humor is
depicted on the pages of this story.
I would happily recommend this children’s book to anyone, of any age. The illustrations have depth that
is worth more than one glance.