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Book review: 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross (9780062196194)

This book is a thrill ride from beginning to end!  Dr. Henry Steadman is on his way to speak at a medical conference and then play some golf with his friend.  Little does he know that his life will change forever in 15 seconds.  After arriving at his destination, he is pulled over for a minor vehicle infraction, he is rudely asked to step out of the car at gun point and  frisked and handcuffed for no apparent reason.  After his registration is called in, he is let go, but before he can start his car, another vehicle stops and a shooter kills the cop that pulled him over and drives away.  Instead of staying with the officer and risk being arrested for murder, he decides to follow the shooter. And the story gets even more intense as it goes.

I loved this book!  I couldn’t put it down.  It’s a scenario that no one would ever want to be in and the choices Dr. Steadman makes may not be the best, but he is doing them for a very important reason.  Does he find the shooter?  Take the ride and see!

Thank you to Mr. Gross and Book Browse’s First Impressions for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: Is Journalism Worth Dying For?: Final Dispatches by Anna Politkovskaya (9781935554400)

Anna Politkovskaya was a correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper and was an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya. The definition of a hero in many people’s eyes is a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities.  Anna was more than a hero.  She was the voice of the Russian people…the suppressed, the murdered, the victimized.  She was extremely brave to speak out for the atrocities done to the people in Chechnya and other parts of Russia. She was murdered in her apartment in 2006.

This book is written in Anna’s words in the format of news stories and investigative reports she had done over several years.  She is one of many Russian journalists who has been murdered under Vladimir Putin’s regime and the judicial process for these murders, promised by Putin, are slow and lacking in conviction.

This is a very eye-opening book for those who do not know the details of what has been going in Russia for the last several years. It is a dangerous and many times fatal job to be a journalist in Russia and I commend those journalists who take the risk for the good of the Russian people. They will have their hands full now that President Putin has announced that he will seek a third non-consecutive term in the 2012 presidential elections.

Thank you to NetGalley and Melville House Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review – Forgiving Troy: A True Story of Murder, Mental Illness, and Recovery by Thom Bierdz (9781615394852)

Thom Bierdz is an actor, artist, author and loving brother who reaches into his own psyche to tell a heart wrenching and raw account of his life that will leave you breathless.

Not only does Thom write about his struggle to understand why his brother murdered his mother, but he writes about his struggles with his religious beliefs, his sexuality, his acting career and his own mental challenges. His writing style is remarkable. You feel like he is sitting right in front of you telling his life story and he leaves nothing out.

A very gripping book that pulled me in from the beginning. I read this book in one sitting and will not forget it. One of the best memoirs I have read in a long time. I look forward to Thom’s return to The Young and the Restless and I hope to see a motion picture soon based on this book.

Also, I want to mention Thom’s striking artwork that is displayed throughout the book. He has a website at http://www.ThomBierdz.com that shows more of his work.

Thank you very much to Thom and Bostick Communications for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell (0316032212)

This book is not for persons with weak stomachs.  It is very graphic and tells a unique story about a man, Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwna, who finds his grandparents’ murdered bodies in their home and vows revenge on their deaths.  Ironically, the killers were in the mafia and he becomes a hitman for the family that takes him in.  Unfortunately, he pisses off his adoptive family and goes into the witness protection system and eventually becomes a doctor.

An unusual story that when you get past the violence, is a real page turner.

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