The Island

iUniverse published author of "The Island", Angie Brijpaul, was only seventeen when she wrote this book. Her overview in the iUniverse Bookstore says,

“Marie’s surprise at the unexpected intensifies when the tour boat she’s on crashes, and she and twelve others are stranded on a deserted island, cut off from civilization. Beyond the normal hunt for goods to sustain themselves, Marie, Julian, and the others must deal with a mysterious forest from which some fail to re-emerge. What kind of evil resides there?”

"The Island" received four stars from the Clarion Review which earns it a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. "The Island" is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

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Good Food in Mexico City

According to the overview of "Good Food in Mexico City" by iUniverse published author Nicholas Gilman,

“This is a little book with a big purpose: to put Mexico City on the map as one of the great food capitals of the world. Written by a resident gastronome who knows the city inside and out, this guide takes the reader to out-of-the-way market stalls, taco joints, as well as fashionable high-end dining spots. Included are chapters on bars and cantinas, cafés, food shopping and short essays on various aspects of Mexican cuisine and its history. Clear maps of the city, as well as an extensive glossary of ingredients, dishes, and cooking terms, make this an easy-to-use guide to great food in a grand city.”
"Good Food in Mexico City" received four stars from the Clarion Review. This earns it a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. "Good Food in Mexico City" is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

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Deserts and Mountains

According to the overview of Deserts and Mountains by iUniverse published author, Yilmaz Alimoglu,
"Follow the character of Ali Dogan as he embarks on a transformative emotional, physical and spiritual journey from east to west in Deserts and Mountains, the new philosophical novel by Yilmaz Alimoglu. Frustrated with his business, career and family, Ali Dogan, an expatriate Turk living in Canada, turns to his spiritual adviser for guidance. The sheikh counsels Ali to embark on a journey in an attempt to understand the war in his heart and to examine ever more deeply the meanings of the separation from his wife and children, and of his journey. Ali is also instructed to keep a journal of his experiences, a map of his heart; out of this journal is born Deserts and Mountains. Ali leaves his adopted home on a trip which will take him to five countries on two continents, with no fixed agenda other than to reflect on his life. He first makes his way back to his family in Turkey, a visit that raises mixed emotions for the protagonist. Having endured physical and emotional abuseat the hands of Turkish state secret agents and his father, he struggles to cope with the effects as an adult. Ali, prompted to examine his life more profoundly, seeks a broader understanding of its significance, while critically analyzing the cultural context from which he has emerged.

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Lucy and CeCee’s

According to the overview of "Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School" by iUniverse published author Kimberly Dana, “Lucy and CeCee—the official self-proclaimed Madison Heights Middle School experts on how to deal with haters, hormones, and hot lunch dilemmas—are ready to demystify swirly urban legends and dish about academic and social topics.

They’re keeping it real, lacing diary entries with their own daily escapades regarding skater slacker boyfriend crushes, BFF shopping trips to the mall, and BEE (Bitter Eternal Enemies) text wars. The two seventh graders swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth … so help them Good Fairy of Popularity."

"Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School" received four stars from the Clarion Book Review which earns it a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

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The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

According to the overview of "The Secret of the Sacred Scarab" by iUniverse published author Fiona Ingram, twelve-year-old Adam and his older cousin Justin are in for some unbelievable adventure in this debut young adult novel. As the boys embark on a trip to Egypt with their grandmother and aunt, the adults are determined that the boys have a safe and educational trip with their tour group, but Adam and Justin are more intent on finding some of the ancient Egyptian treasure they have learned about in school.

This book not only received fours stars from the Foreword Review, but it also earned four stars from the Clarion Review. "The Secret of the Sacred Scarab" is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

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My Mother’s Secret is big news now

iUniverse Rising Star author J.L.Witterick ‘s debut novel is a bestseller with the Toronto Globe and Mail just a few weeks after publication. A successful investments professional, J.L. Witterick has always longed to write a book that makes a difference and this story of bravery and compassion based on an actual event that occurred in Poland during the Holocaust does just that.

What do the readers say?

Enough from us; just read on to see what readers have said across the board from Goodreads to Barnes and Noble:

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Mexico City A Curious Traveler Guide

According to the overview of "Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler" by iUniverse published author Jim Johnston, Mexico City can overwhelm even the most adventurous visitor. Thankfully, "Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler" gives you a thorough, guiding hand to make your stay outstanding. Written by Jim Johnston, a longtime resident who knows the city inside and out, this travel guide delivers detailed walking tours of the city that include the most popular tourist spots and the lesser-known areas. Johnston knows where to stay, what to do, and where to eat: everything from authentic market food to sophisticated Mexican cuisine.

"Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler" received four stars from Clarion Review which earns it a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. "Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide for the Curious Traveler" is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

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Operation Tiger

G. L. Eaves, iUniverse published author of "Operation Tiger", says this about his book in the overview in the iUniverse Bookstore:
"Aaron Haberman is having the best day of his life. After his sixth-grade teacher assigns his crush Kristin Kramer to his project group, he can hardly believe his luck. This is the moment he has been waiting for since fourth grade. Unfortunately, he has no clue how to even talk to her. Aaron is a regular kid who likes basketball, goofing around with friends, and avoiding homework, but the idea of approaching Kristin, a cute and competitive soccer player, is scary—like trying to play a video game without any thumbs. All Aaron needs now is a good plan. Everyone is ready and willing to step in and give him advice—whether he asks for it or not—and it is not long before Aaron’s attempts to win Kristin’s heart are unexpectedly halted by outside forces. As Aaron experiences one hilarious disaster after another, he is about to discover that being a secret admirer a lot harder than he ever could have imagined."
"Operation Tiger" received four stars from the Clarion Review. This has earned it a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. "Operation Tiger" is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

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A Personal Journey into the Quantum World

Here is what several book reviewers had to say about "A Personal Journey into the Quantum World: God's Silent World", by iUniverse published author Jean Paul Corriveau:
“Jean Paul Corriveau’s "A Personal Journey into the Quantum World" is an ambitious examination of a number of scientific ideas. The book is intelligent and well written and a prodigious accomplishment.”
—BlueInk Review

“Through a précis of basic physics and quantum physics, Jean Paul Corriveau’s "A Personal Journey into the Quantum World" presents his own unified theory. Many of the ideas he presents are original and exciting.”
—Clarion Review

“Equal parts physics and philosophy, Corriveau’s text aims at demystifying the theories of quantum reality and relativity. It makes for a varied and enjoyable read that will likely provoke much thought and discussion and delight readers.”
—Kirkus Review
"A Personal Journey into the Quantum World: God's Silent World" was awarded four stars by the Clarion Book Review. This earns it a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. "A Personal Journey into the Quantum World: God's Silent World" is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

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Under the Cover of Darkness

iUniverse published author Duane De Mello gives us a preview of his book "Under the Cover of Darkness."
“After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, CIA deep cover officer Mitch Vasari assumed there would be a couple months of peace on the foreign front. It turns out he was mistaken. President Obama, on a roll after the successful—and historic—terrorist assassination, has repealed an executive order that bans further political assassinations.”
The Clarion Review gave "Under the Cover of Darkness" four stars which earns it a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. "Under the Cover of Darkness" is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

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Tales of a Hollywood Housewife

iUniverse “Tales of a Hollywood Housewife”, written by self-published author and wife of Lee Marvin, Betty Marvin, is about Betty’s life in Hollywood, the stars she met and the racism and sexism in Hollywood in the 1940s. Betty ran away to Los Angeles at age sixteen. Her first job after college was as Joan Crawford’s nanny. Then, she met Lee Marvin.

According to the overview of “Tales of a Hollywood Housewife”:

“After a whirlwind courtship and a trip to Las Vegas, Betty and Lee are married. In this unique memoir, both hilarious and touching, we follow Betty as she creates a family with Lee, and is by his side as he works with Marlon Brando, John Wayne and a host of other stars. She is the ultimate hostess and Hollywood housewife. Nobody knew what was really going on at home – until, unable to take Lee’s womanizing, drinking and abuse, Betty leaves him and strikes out on her own. What follows are adventures that could only be Betty Marvin’s; from the building of her career as an artist. To a love affair with an Italian king, to dire straits as investment con artists leave Betty suddenly homeless. After years of the Hollywood life, Betty is left with only her car, her dog and her typewriter. Forced to employ all of her skills to survive, she comes out on top. This is the story of a woman who finds the real riches that come with learning the value of a joyful life.”

iUniverse publishing “Tales of a Hollywood Housewife” received an excellent review from the BlueInk Review, from which we have included an excerpt her.

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Terrible Tales

This collection of fractured fairy tales from iUniverse Publishing, a retelling of several popular, children’s fairy tales, includes such characters as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, but they might be rather hard to recognize in their alter-ego forms. "Terrible Tales", by iUniverse published author Felicitatus Miserius, received four stars from the Clarion Review and the Kirkus Star from Kirkus Book Reviews. This earns it a special place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. "Terrible Tales" is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

Clarion Review - "Terrible Tales" (4 Stars)
"Each of the stories retains enough of the traditional version to be easily recognizable, but the familiar main characters are cast in a wholly unfavorable light. Cinderella is a spoiled brat whose mother dies of despair over her daughter’s behavior. Greedy Little Red Riding Hood and her granny love to stuff themselves full of food while hungry peasants and animals watch. The three pigs are amateur bombers who end up doing themselves in with their explosive habit, and Rapunzel, Hansel, and Gretel are transformed into similarly distasteful characters. Fans of dark comedy in the style of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket will delight in these wicked alter egos."

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Tourist Trap

iUniverse “Tourist Trap”, a sci-fi book, by self-published author Sue Ann Bowling is about Roi and his best friends from slavery who are taking a trip on Falaron, a planet terraformed from Earth during the Ice Age. They are looking forward to a vacation of dog sledding, hang gliding, horseback riding, sailing, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing—but the friction developing within the group is adding its own level of challenge to the trip.

Award Winner

This book received a five-star review from Clarion Review which earns it a special place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website.

“Tourist Trap” also received a 2012 Reader Views -Reviewers Choice Award. “Tourist Trap” is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

Clarion Review – “Tourist Trap”

“Roi has come a long way from his days living as the dancing slave known as Snowy. He has a new family, he has just graduated at the top of his class, and he has a future laid out before him that includes membership in the elite inner council of the Jarnian Confederation. His father, Lai, rewards him for all that he has accomplished with an adventure expedition to the planet Falaron for Roi and his three best friends, Flame, Timi, and Amber.”

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56 Water Street

This young adult fiction book from iUniverse publishing has been compared with the Harry Potter and the Twilight series. It’s about two ten-year-olds who are the only people who can see the lights flickering on and off in the house at “56 Water Street”. In fact, they are the only ones who can actually see the house at “56 Water Street”. “56 Water Street” by iUniverse published author Melissa Strangway was awarded Four Stars by the Clarion Review and, therefore, deserves a place in the iUniverse Book Reviews website. “56 Water Street” is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

“Since the phenomenal success of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series there has been an explosion in the popularity of young adult fiction. Successful writers in the genre plant seeds in their readers’ imagination that bear rich fruit. They do not condescend or insult their young readers’ intelligence. Story takes priority over theme message and moral. Finally these authors must transfer to the reader a sense of wonder and the sheer pleasure of storytelling.

Melissa Strangway demonstrates these qualities in 56 Water Streetthe first book in her Derek and Ravine series. The main characters Derek and Ravine appear to be average ten-year-old children who live in an average community. But appearances can be deceiving. Only these two friends can see the lights flickering on and off in the house at 56 Water Street but even stranger only they can actually see the house on 56 Water Street.

“Ravine crawled into her bed…deep under her covers” Strangway writes “…why could she see the house when her parents couldn’t? She let that thought fade in and out of her mind until she fell into a restless sleep. Slowly a figure came into focus and stared at Ravine.” What the children don’t realize is that someone or something in the house is trying desperately to get their attention.

56 Water Street is not a typical supernatural story for children. The author shows readers how resilient and adaptable children can be when faced with extraordinary events. Even when faced with a ghost they can still attend to everyday life: “…Derek and Ravine couldn’t discuss the invisible house with their friends” Strangway writes. “For now they would need to focus on the things the end of the year brought like packing up lockers cleaning out desks…the really important thing was getting ready for the big end-of-the term carnival.”

Unfortunately the story is marred by sentence fragments and strange sentence structure. It maybe somewhat premature in Strangway’s writing career for her to experiment this way with grammar and syntax.

The author designs an exclusive clothing line for girls. Because she is so immersed in the lives of children she is able to understand them and describe their priorities wonder and fears. She combines this experience with her own adult perspective presenting the reader with multi-layered prose with themes including tragedy family death mourning trust faith and love.”

-Lee Gooden


Restoring Power to Parents and Places

Richard S. Kordesh, iUniverse published author of “Restoring Power to Parents and Places”, suggests that those roots (the family) need to be unearthed in order to recognize the dignified place that productive family institutions have long been accorded in our national identity. This book received Five Stars from the Clarion Review and has, therefore, earned a special place in our iUniverse Book Reviews. “Restoring Power to Parents and Places” is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

“Married adults in the United States may soon be in the minority as more parents live together outside of marriage and single parents raise children alone. This growing group tends to have less education and financial security than the traditional family unit. Richard S. Kordesh addresses this and related concerns about changing family mores in Restoring Power to Parents and Places.

This nonfiction book represents a serious study of the causes of and possible solutions to the loss of parental power in modern American society. Kordesh suggests that “thicker” parental roles existed when most people lived and worked together as extended families on farms. The Industrial Revolution caused many to leave the farm in favor of lucrative factory jobs in cities. That type of work kept fathers and sometimes mothers away from home all day, establishing a norm that continues today. Public school systems took over the task of looking after and educating children during the work week. Other public and non-profit entities came into existence to provide services for urban youth, further “thinning” parental roles.

The father of four children himself, Kordesh earned a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate in political science. For more than twenty years he has researched, taught, and written about how parents can create stronger, more productive families within their communities.

According to Kordesh, people of Native American and African American descent have each suffered a serious loss of identity because of the exclusionary treatment their populations received from white people. Many children, separated temporarily but sometimes permanently from their birth families, lost the advantage of living closely with parents during their formative years. Regarding the continuing struggle of African Americans, Kordesh writes, “Industrialized racism established through slavery must be taken into account to explain the perilous conditions faced by their children today.”

Kordesh also asserts that families have become primarily consumers, paying for tasks that used to be accomplished at home. Commercial enterprises now grow and prepare food, manufacture and sell clothing, and provide home and lawn maintenance. Parents could begin to build stronger connections with their children by working with them in the garden and kitchen to both create and prepare meals. In this way, home-based family businesses could be started. The author contends that community development groups have not established workable methods to encourage and facilitate this reversal.

Populism in today’s society is weaker than in previous centuries, but Kordesh suggests that its rich origins in American political history can and should be revitalized to advocate for stronger parental roles. He states, “those roots need to be unearthed in order to recognize the dignified place that productive family institutions have long been accorded in our national identity.”

Kordesh has crafted a thoughtful and comprehensive book that deserves attention. Sidebars and end-of-chapter summaries provide effective reinforcement of important points, and charts lend clarity to the written text. Notes that explain or document historical and sociological highlights appear throughout the book. The bibliography and index give additional reference information.

Those involved in supporting the growth of family-based productive activities, especially parents, educators, and community and political leaders, will benefit from reading this book.”


Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher

In “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher”, iUniverse published author Gwen Olsen states that:-

“Prescription drug use has become the third-largest killer of Americans behind heart disease and cancer.”

Her book received four stars from the Clarion Book Review which earns it a spot on our Book Reviews website. “Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher” is available at the iUniverse Bookstore.

“More than 180,000 people die annually from the effects of legal drugs.” This sobering fact is at the heart of Olsen’s provocative and chilling insider’s look at the pharmaceutical industry, the medical profession, and the government’s failure to provide adequate oversight.

For more than fifteen years, Olsen worked as a representative for major drug companies, enthusiastically introducing new drugs to doctors, even though the drugs might lack adequate long-term testing. She says that doctors’ prescription information is sold by pharmacies and tracked by the drug industry, and that reps are handsomely rewarded for sales.

“It would take many years and dozens of conscience-altering experiences before I really comprehended the scope of just how much my profession affected the medical industry and the contribution I had made to harming thousands of trusting people,” she writes.

The author’s confessions go beyond anger toward the pharmaceutical industry, the high cost of prescriptions, drug advertising, and the willingness of medical doctors to use pills in potentially lethal combinations. Olsen confesses her own drug use, which started in college, and the devastating effect that prescribed drugs had on her when she was depressed. She also confesses the wild dysfunction prevalent for generations in her family, and her struggles to find acceptance, meaning, and good health through taking responsibility for her own well-being.

If statistics, case studies, court cases, and scientific data about the dangers of prescription drugs aren’t enough to create a call to action, the heartbreaking story of Olsen’s niece, Meg, should do it. Olsen begins the book with the horror of Meg’s suicide by fire. Meg, a college student, had been given painkillers after an automobile accident, then took ephedra, and the combination gave her manic delusions. Olsen says Meg was later simultaneously prescribed narcotic analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drugs, antidepressants, anxiolytics, antibiotics, muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants, and anti-psychotic meds. She became despondent, dropped out of school, used street drugs, never received therapy, and eventually killed herself. “Compassion is what Meg really needed, not more drugs,” Olsen writes.

Olsen’s research underscores her concerns about the wide use of prescription drugs and the devastating effects that can occur. The book is a mix of these reports and her personal observations of children and adults on heavy meds. Instead of asking doctors to prescribe glamorous advertised drugs, patients should be better consumers and ask questions about the clinical trials and side effects, she urges.

Well-written and thought-provoking, the book would be better served by a professionally designed cover, an index, and a foreword written by a medical professional to support Olsen’s conclusions.

Olsen’s book sounds a wake-up call, especially as the national healthcare debate continues to boil. Reform in the pharmaceutical industry alone could save dollars—and more importantly, lives.”


Magnus The Viking

iUniverse self-published author Olav Crone-Aamot’s, “Magnus the Viking”, gets a rave review from Clarion Foreword. Olav’s near four decade long obsession with early medieval and Viking history, infuses this tale of adventure, duty, honor, and battle, with solid realism. Read the full Clarion Foreword below:-

iUniverse Magnus the Viking Clarion Review

“Oathsworn to avenge the death of his father and the ravishing of his mother and sister by Hjartan and his band of marauding Vikings, young Magnus sets about on a journey to find his manhood and reclaim his rightful home. Though action-packed and quickly paced, the story is more than a tale of hand-to-hand combat. The author shares the rewards of forty years of research into the culture of these seafarers, and in so doing, succeeds in portraying the characters and events of this early medieval era with great historical authenticity. Here the reader will discover the Vikings as they really were–much more than just bold warriors. They were shipbuilders, skilled navigators and explorers, traders, and artisans.

On his journey, Magnus trains in swordsmanship, martial arts, and tactical war strategy. At the heart of this tale is a coming-of-age transformation from a restless boy to a man and charismatic leader. With a magnetic persona and a bold, unpretentious nature, he magically moves others to feel empowered. As Magnus gains confidence and wisdom, his martial spirit builds. Soon he plots a bold course of action, carefully mobilizing a small but select band of warriors.

As the forces of Christianity begin to spread throughout the lands, the Old Norse traditions are on the verge of becoming lost. A sense of inevitability and impending doom pervades, for example, in the scene of Magnus’ rescue of two priests from certain death. Despite his rage at their ingratitude and demands for conversion, it becomes clear that the days of Norse pagan culture are numbered.

Magnus is joined by a fearless martial arts master who teaches him the art of fighting. Magnus and his cohort face all kinds of danger on their voyage—silent marauders lurking in the dark fjords waiting to pounce. But unlike other Viking tales, this story avoids the trope of gratuitous blood spilling. Indeed, there are battle scenes where cruel justice is meted out, but the fact that Vikings were nothing more than barbarians is simplistic. It was a matter of survival. The Vikings were not the only people who mustered their martial spirits for battle. They just happened to excel at it.

Magnus presents an attractive demeanor, much like the classic chivalrous knight Prince Valiant. In true heroic fashion, Magnus exerts a powerful presence to everyone he meets. And as expected, Magnus is distracted by fair maidens who test his self-discipline. However, the reader learns that there is more to him than his persona. Magnus symbolizes much more than a warrior nation. The Vikings were innovative shipbuilders and excelled as navigators, devised a humane code of morality in a just legal system (the Ting), and respected honor and loyalty above any passions for greed and glory.

As a historical novel, the book will appeal to lovers of early medieval history. In a uniquely epochal style of writing, the author has succeeded in creating a tangible and compelling sense of being there.”
-Gary Klinga


Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

iUniverse author Main advises the reader to aspire for the spiritual clouds, while at the same time keeping at least a foot on the ground. Emphasizing that yoga is a “middle path” to connect the spirit to the body. He stresses a way of living that restores peace and unity to a life lived in the contemporary world. Anyone who has ever attempted to make progress on a “spiritual path” can identify with the predicament of a seeker continually forced to balance spiritual pursuits with the exigencies of real life such as a job, relationships, money, or sex. The book is divided into two sections. The first defines the basic principles of yoga, and the second provides the textual and scriptural basis underpinning the practice.

The author bases his exploration of yoga on years of experience as both a practitioner and a teacher, and he supplements his own personal experience with a wide-ranging knowledge of ancient texts whose complexities he unravels by pointing out similarities to more familiar (for Westerners) sources of wisdom: Jesus, Einstein, Saint Paul, Isaac Newton.



“Scarred” from iUniverse publishing tells the story of author, George Molho’s horrifying childhood experience at the hands of his father. His memoir focuses on the year his father abducted him, and held him captive in the remote mountains of Greece. His story is a powerful and ice cold testament to willing yourself back into existence. Taking the hand you’ve been dealt and change the rules of the game.

“Dum spiro, spero. Dum Spero, spiro- while I breath I hope, while I hope I breath,”

This inspires us all to embrace the life we have.

His prose is as chilling as it is brilliant. He has distilled the essence of this horrific experience into something the reader can identify with. His feelings of guilt for his own abuse at his father’s hands, reminds all who have ever flagellated themselves for past mistakes to break these shackles. His strength through the confusion and violence are as inspiring as they are heartbreaking.

Read the full Clarion Five Stars Review of the iUniverse published “Scarred”

“Though countless children throughout the world have been abducted by a parent and held against their will, George Molho’s story will touch even the most jaded reader. Divorce often turns children into game pieces on a strategy game board, but few pawns of domestic violence have experienced the degree of physical and psychological torture as his ominous title suggests. This exploration of a seven-year-old boy’s hell on a mountain in Greece is a candid glimpse of a family torn apart, as well as a revealing look at desperate father’s misguided attempt to control his son in a secluded environment far removed from Molho’s accepted home in Texas where he lived with his mother.

Molho was inspired by a resilient Jewish grandfather and a Christian grandmother, both of them attached to the Greek underground and survivors of Nazi imprisonment. This detailed memoir is more than a graphic account of a dirty cellar, the implements of restraint, and the scars these bonds left behind. The trauma of his horrific encounters in Greece follows him into adulthood, influencing his relationships and disrupting his inner peace. The book moves through time, alternating past with present, juxtaposing abusive scenes with his father and recent events with family and friends. Though at first Scarred reads like a work of fiction, the tone quickly changes to one of genuine disclosure and intellectual discussion. Written with dramatic flair, Molho’s in-depth study of self and the sincere meaning of life deserve a high mark for composition and intriguing presentation. Articulate and descriptive, his words flow like the effortless prose of a seasoned literary craftsman. His is a story of discovery and rebirth, or, in twenty-first-century lingo, the author has reinvented himself without lingering on or sensationalizing the brutal elements of his youth. The following passage offers conclusive proof that he retained his ability to appreciate joyful, contemplative moments while away from his lovI spent the first weeks of our separation fantasizing about each time we passionately collided. I replayed the montages of heat, sweat, and moans in my head, reliving those images over and over. The secrets I only knew: the curve of her back, the small, inconspicuous dimples that only a lover can brush against, and the spontaneous giggle evoked by my five o’clock shadow brushing against her inner thigh. I smelled the rose hips, jojoba, and mountain spring water in her shampoo as she arched above me and her hair played against my chest like Medusa.”

Julia Ann Charpentier: Clarion

Born in Galveston, George Molho now lives in Houston, where he grew up. For over fifteen years he worked as a medical consultant, and today he is a recognized public speaker about child abduction. This award-winning iUniverse self-published author has created a promising literary career on his path to healing and self-awareness.


But One Husband

iUniverse publishing has unearthed another title that has received a coveted red star from BlueInk in their review of the historical autobiography by Luella Pool Saxby- “But One Husband: The Truth about Mormon History by a Woman Who Lived It.”

Here is the full BlueInk review:

“But One Husband The Truth about Mormon History by a Woman Who Lived It”
by Luella Pool Saxby

The subject of this mesmerizing historical autobiography is Sarah Ann Thirkell Pool’s gripping family journey from Yorkshire, England, to America during the mid-19th century and the family members’ travails as they begin a new life as Mormons. The details, drawn directly from Pool’s intimate diaries, were written into book form by Pool’s granddaughter, Luella Pool Saxby, over the course of 25 years. Sarah is just 13 when her family is recruited by Mormon missionaries to join the Mormon faith with the promise of a life of equality and brotherhood. They set sail in 1852, only to be confronted with a long and miserable voyage across the Atlantic and an even worse trek across the rugged West with scant water, rattlesnakes and deadly plague. After finally reaching Salt Lake City, the family is shocked to find that the rumors of polygamy are true. In addition, their life is a constant daily fight as they face against near-starvation, diphtheria and the tragic deaths of many of their children.

Devastating Circumstances

But One Husband takes an intimate, emotional look at a real family’s devastating circumstances, yet still works in the bits of joy they experienced through babies’ births, daily antics, and deep friendships. It also gives insight into the strict rules and secret rituals early Mormons were expected to follow and the difficulties faced by some men who preferred having just one wife when urged to take many.

Dramatic scenes, well-written dialogue and colorful, creative writing all contribute to a book that sings while advancing smoothly through events from 1849 to 1884. Black-and-white period photos are an added enhancement. While readers will generally be able to keep track of the great number of adults and children mentioned, a family tree would have been helpful.

Honest, heart-breaking and true, But One Husband gives fresh insight into families whose lives were trampled upon despitebright promises from a charismatic yet faulty leadership. It is sure to enthrall a wide audience.”

iUniverse, 364 pages, Available in hardcover, paperback and ebook. (Reviewed: March, 2013)

iUniverse thanks BlueInk

iUniverse reviews thanks BlueInk and wishes self-published author, Luella Pool Saxby, every success with “But One Husband: The Truth about Mormon History by a Woman Who Lived It.