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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Light Bearer" as it was rich in
historical detail. The story is set during the reigns of Nero
and Domitian, both in the Germanic region and in Rome.

Auriane, a young Chatti girl, daughter of a Germanic tribal
chieftan, becomes a warrior for her clan and leads them to
victories against their enemies. Living under a prophesy
told at her birth she struggles to change a doom foretold
and finds that prophesies have a way of coming true.
Trained to fight Roman style by a captive and
drawing upon her primal beliefs, Auriane becomes
expert with a sword and shuns old ways of fighting
and leads her people with new tactics.

A young Roman boy from the slums is rescued and
raised to his rightful status. Marcus is driven by his
search for truth and learning. Incurring the wrath of
his father and his enemies, Marcus strives to intercede
on the behalf of those unjustly accused, becoming the
bane of his friend, Domitian.

Their destinies collide after Auriane, now a holy
woman of her tribe, is defeated by the Romans
in battle, taken prisoner and trained to be a

With an epic fight for survival, assassination of
an Emperor, the author provides a story
that is not only believeable, but enjoyable.

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"Poison Study" a Novel by Maria V. Snyder

A young woman is spared execution in exchange for
becoming the official taste tester of a high official.
Risking poison, assassins amid abuse, intrigue and
magic, love and hate, Yelena finds her inner strength
and wins her freedom.

The sequel to "Poison Study" is "Magic Study".

www.mariavsnyder.com is where you can find out
more about the author and her books.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The latest True Crime book by Anne Rule

"Too Late To Say Goodbye" by Anne Rule is an depth look at the lives
and deaths of Dolly Hearn and Jennifer Corbin, and of Barton Corbin,
who killed them both. As always, Anne shows compassion for the victims,
the families, and those who are forever affected by the deaths, even
of those on the periphery of the case.

Barton Corbin's jealous attitude, his rage and stalking of women
who decided against further committment with him highlights the fact
that there was something wrong with his inner make up long before
he committed the murders. j

Anne digs into the background of those she writes about and this book
is no exception. Having followed the case(s) in the news and via the then
Court Tv, I was interested in what Anne would provide as background,
the things we didn't hear on tv or in the news. With photos, insight
and personal interviews, she doesn't disappoint.

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Under the Banner of Heaven

Since I've been following the news about the children
Texas CPS removed from a ranch compound owned by
the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints), I decided
to read up on the sect. One book that was recommended
by others on a crime blog was "Under The Banner of
Heaven" by Jon Krakauer.

This book outlines the history of the Mormon church
and its leaders; it also chronicles the split within
the congregation in more recent history. The FLDS and
its "prophets" are touchedupon as well. Krakauer also
focuses attention upon a brutal murder conducted by
fundamentalist zealots, those who knew of the plot
and failed to warn the victims, including close

I've not yet read or viewed Banking on Heaven
by Laurie Allen which documents escapees from the
FLDS sect but I'm hoping to do so. More information
about the film can be found at the link.

More about the FLDS:
Colorado City Polygamists: An Inside Look for the
Outsider By Benjamin G. Bistline

"Inside the World of Warren Jeffs,"
by Dr. Carole A. Western

Escape by Carolyn Jessop,
a memoir of life with the FLDS

Shattered Dreams by Irene Spencer
chronicles her life as a polygamist wife.

Polygamy Under Attack: From Tom Green to
Brian David Mitchell

by John R. LLewellyn

Colorado City and the Underground Railroad"
by Mike Watkiss
-- Winner of a 2005 Edward R. Murrow Award
-- Winner of a 2005 Rocky Mountain Emmy for
Best Documentary
-- The most watched, locally produced prime
time news special in Arizona history

He Loves Me -- She Loves Me Not
by Stacie Lee Hewitt

Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in
a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride,
and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
by Elissa Wall

When Men Become Gods: Mormon Polygamist Warren
Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought
by Stephen Singular

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