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#BookReview: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn @ajfinnbooks

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“The definition of insanity, Fox,” Wesley used to remind me, paraphrasing Einstein, “is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result.”

Dr. Anna Fox is agoraphobic and has been holed up in her home for ten months after her tragic accident.  She spends her days drinking and medicating herself watching her neighbors through her window.  When her new neighbors, the Russell’s, move in, her life will never be the same.  She witnesses a murder and no one believes her.  Will her persistence put her life in danger?

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#BookReview: Into Hell’s Fire by Douglas Cavanaugh (9780985468415)

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It seems as though all hell has broken loose in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the administration is more than a little perplexed about how best to proceed.

Lucas Martin is a retired U.S. government agent who is asked to come out of retirement to help prove that the Serbian militia is murdering Croatians and Muslim people in Bosnia.  His Croatian family ties and contacts from earlier government assignments in the Balkans help him infiltrate the country.  However, the task is nearly impossible with dire consequences for anyone being caught by the militia.  Will he get the intel in time for the U.S. government and the United Nations to step in and help the people in Croatia?

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#BookReview: Permanent Happiness: The Only Way to Find Peace, Joy and your Life-Given Purpose by Iyabo Ojikutu @iyabomdauthor

35220706Peace is permanent happiness.

Dr. Ojikutu’s guide advises us that we have two lines: our spiritual  line and our physical line, and we have to simultaneously nourish them in order to achieve our goals of peace and permanent happiness.  She goes on to describe ways to balance our lines and to help balance our children’s lives as well.  For example, stop holding onto negative things and love others by being patient and using self-control.

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#BookReview: STUFF: The Fortunes, Foibles, and Fiascos of Those Who Sought to Understand Matter by George Graybill @dgraybill8

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Mr. Graybill gives a humorous, easy-to-follow,  history lesson in the study of matter.  He includes an extensive vocabulary of science terms from various theories, elements, and compounds to the explanation of wave-particle duality, quantum mechanics, and the Bohr model.

There are also profiles of various philosophers and scientists including Hermes Trismegistus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Dmitri Mendeleev and their noted scientific discoveries.

One will find answers to who discovered the element gallium (Ga), who created the periodic table, who had a crater on the Moon named after him, and what scientist lived with two wives?

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#BookReview: Vanishing Point, a Nikki Boyd Novel by Lisa Harris @AuthorLisaHarris

51KL15Xg44LSpecial Agent Garrett Addison is a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and his first case is tracking a serial killer named the Angel Abductor with the help of his former love of his life, Jordan.

Special Agent Jordan Lambert is a criminal profiler from the FBI and is called in to help the TBI with their investigation of a serial killer who is murdering young girls.  She is happy to be coming home, but she doesn’t need the added distraction of Garrett in her life.

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Book Review: The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz (9780345546807)

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Jane Hawk is a rogue agent fighting for her and her son’s life and avenging her late husband’s murder.  Silicon Valley billionaire David James Michael and owner of the biotech company, Far Horizons, is her target.  His company is making nanomachines injected into the bloodstream to be used as a control mechanism “eliminating people who will push civilization in the wrong direction”.  Her husband was a product of the experiment and as she delves deeper into the peculiar town of Iron Furnace, Kentucky, she finds a “menace of place as felt in Dachau or Auschwitz, or in the Soviet gulags”.

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Book Review: The Mountain by Charles G. Thompson (Kindle edition)

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Charles “Chuck” Thompson had terminal brain cancer, and he had decisions to make.  He had “climbed many mountains, but this one was going to take spiritual strength to conquer”.  He was determined to keep a positive attitude and keep going by giving everyone a smile, a hug and doing everything he could to make someone’s life better including sharing this book with others.

He tells stories of his time as a Mormon bishop at the Utah State Prison by helping those in need and he talks about his battle with depression and how he developed a routine “to rise, shower, dress, eat breakfast and be grateful to be alive”.

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