It Was Fight or Die! by Raymond Cook

FightOrDie
It Was Fight or Die! by Raymond Cook
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full Length (224 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

“It Was Fight Or Die!” © 2014 by Raymond Cook is a 224 page story about the conflict between settlers coming to Colorado and the bands of Indians that inhabited that land in the 1890’s. Before the coming of white people to the land that would be called the ‘Colorado Territory’ many groups of Indians inhabited the land.

The Apache, Arapaho, Comanche, Crow, Kiowa, Paiute, Pueblo, Shoshone, Sioux and the Ute tribes relied on vast hunting and fishing grounds not only for food but also clothing. Some tribes lived peacefully near each other, traded and sometimes even inter-married between tribes. Other tribes though were bitter rivals and attacked each other.

The ‘Homestead Act of 1862’ was the match that lit millions of Americans dreams back east of wanting to own their own land out west. Each married couple was eligible to own 160 acres of land out west if they built a home, lived on the land and farmed it for five years. The gold rush era of Colorado too brought thousands upon thousands of pioneers to the rugged Rocky Mountains in hopes of striking it rich.

Some families traveled 1,500 miles by covered wagon to reach Colorado to stake their claim. For those who didn’t want to homestead, they could prospect for gold or silver or start up a business. As wagon trains brought setters to Gunnison County, Indian conflicts occurred frequently and the settlers demanded the U. S. Calvary remove the Indians.

Many battles large and small were fought. With the use of the Gatling gun and cannon, most Indian tribes were forced into surrendering. The Indian people were relocated to reservations with the promise of an annual allotment of cattle to feed their people and good land to live on. But the U. S. Government often times failed to provide the annual cattle allotments promised to the tribes who gave up their lands, hunting grounds and way of life.

If the Indians tried to flee the reservation they were either killed trying to escape or were hunted down and killed. Their children were spit upon and forced to give up their language and customs and learn the English language.

The town of Marble, in Gunnison County was prosperous by 1900. Cattle ranchers needed ranch hands and The Yule Quarry outside of Marble needed workers to work at the quarry.

By 1900 nearly 400 people lived in or around Marble. The town even had its own newspaper and a dentist. Not only that but they were about to have hand pumps in their houses and businesses so they wouldn’t have to go outside to fetch water. The railroad would soon come to Marble too and that would open the area up to even more settlers. But the families in and around the town of Marble needed food, lots of food.

Elk, buffalo, deer and antelope were free for the taking but cattle cost 15 cents a pound. As settlers hunted more game to feed their families, meat for the Indians dwindled. In Gunnison County there were scattered bands of Shoshone, Paiute, Ute and Sioux Indians who refused to go to reservations. As hunting parties returned to their villages with less and less game they knew they faced starvation in the winter ahead.

If they didn’t fight back against the settlers and try to reclaim their lost hunting and fishing grounds, the Indian people would surely to die. The Shoshone, Sioux and Paiute people had no choice but to join forces and make a stand or die trying after they discover an entire village of Ute Indians murdered. This is their story.

Western history about the white man and Indians has never been a pleasant read. The white man was greedy and felt the Indians were below him in importance. They were herded up and put in reservations for the most part. Many died during this process, including anyone that fought against it. No one should have been surprised when they fought back.

Mr. Cook has done a nice job of gathering facts about Marble, Colorado and the Indian wars there. He points out how the land was given free to anyone willing to homestead for five years, or they could buy the property cheaply if they planned to resell and move on sooner. He also mentions the lack of food the Indians got in reservation (many of soldiers in charge of delivering the animals sold them elsewhere and kept the money) and how they got smallpox from the used blankets they were given to keep them warm.

He makes his characters come to life and you care about the white families as well as the Indians. Many of the families had hard lives before they settled in the valley. Misfortune had touched almost everyone in town. Yet, they had courage and were willing to fight for their family and land.

Mr. Cook does a very good job of explaining the Indian’s war strategy. The white man didn’t give them credit for being smart and that was a big mistake. While the white man thought superior weapons and force would win the fight, the Indians used stealth and planning to take them down. This resulted in more guns and horses for the Indians.

I noticed a couple of historical references being repeated more than once in this book. Once is enough to establish the sequence of events. There were also some grammatical mistakes and a misspelling. Nothing too big, but I would suggest the author ask someone with new eyes to read his manuscript before publishing. They might catch these things, and then your book would be perfect.

All in all, it’s an educational read done in a fictional form and it makes reading history much more pleasant. Mr. Cook has the facts down right and his discussion of their motivations is also right on. Life was hard in homesteading days. Life was even harder for the displaced Indians. We have much to learn from history and this author will help you find out about it.

Who we are and why you should review for us!

Who is Long and Short Reviews?

Long time readers of romance, Marianne and Judy wanted a place to share with others about the books they loved. The one thing they promised themselves when the germ of an idea was born to start their own review site was to treat books and authors with respect and dignity. Not all books are destined to be great, but they bring enjoyment to someone somewhere, so, how to spread the word? Long and Short Reviews opened its doors August 27, 2007.

What Genres Are Reviewed?

In the beginning it was Mainstream Romance. As of 2014, Long and Short Reviews publishes reviews for Women’s Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, New Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Erotic Romance, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Mystery and Thrillers, and even Children’s Literature.

Who Can Review?

Anyone can review. No experience is necessary, just a desire to share your opinions about what made you like and enjoy the book. The only requirement is the ability and willingness to read in electronic format. Long and Short Reviews is an online review site and while print books are sometimes used for review, the majority of books are delivered via the Internet to a valid email address. No special computer programs are required other than the free programs of Adobe Reader and Adobe Digital Editions which can be downloaded from Adobe’s website.

What is the Cost?

Free. There is no cost to a reviewer for any book they review. In fact, we have a reviewer incentive program that allows you to earn gift cards weekly and annually to the online bookstore of your choice (i.e. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc).

How are the books I review chosen?

Long and Short Reviews leaves it up to a reviewer. Reviewers choose, always. A reviewer is not obligated to review a poorly written book or one that has content that is against Long and Short Review’s policy. There is a return policy in place for books that fall into those categories.

Common Issues

Time is a common concern. The minimum commitment is two reviews a month. That’s it. More is always welcome but we understand how precious time can be. If grammar is an issue, Long and Short Reviews has editors on staff. Current reviewers include some from France and Croatia where English is a second language. All reviews go through an editing process. There is reading material available to help with format and verbiage. Current reviewers are a good source as well; they enjoy helping.

What is Long and Short Reviews Looking For?

You! Reviewers are needed. An average month will see 900+ books submitted to our databases for review but many go un-reviewed because there are more books than people. Books come from Harlequin, Carina Press, Avon, and many other top online small publishing houses like Samhain Publishing and The Wild Rose Press. A full list can be provided if interested. Books are added to our databases every day.

Please consider becoming a reviewer and share your love of the written word. See here for more: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/become-a-reviewer/

A Weaver’s Web by Chris Pearce

WEB
A Weaver’s Web by Chris Pearce
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (238 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Handloom weaver Henry Wakefield, his wife Sarah and their five children live in abject poverty in the Manchester area of the UK in the early 19th century at the time of the Industrial Revolution. Henry hates the new factories and won’t let his family work in them. He clashes with Sarah, a factory agent, a local priest and reformers, and son Albert runs away. The family are evicted and move to Manchester but are even worse off, living in a cellar in a terrace and have another little mouth to feed.

Henry’s love of money overrides his hatred of factories and he starts one of his own, but it is beset with problems. The Wakefields eventually become quite wealthy, but Henry holds the purse strings and this has a devastating effect on the family. Albert is caught stealing and is transported to New South Wales. Her baby’s death, Albert’s unknown fate and society parties become too much for Sarah, who hears voices and is taken to the lunatic asylum. Son Benjamin faces eviction from the family home for having a baby with an orphan girl too soon after their marriage.

Family members, including Sarah who has got out of the asylum and Albert who has returned to England unbeknown to Henry, have had enough and seek revenge.

Every parent dreams of giving his or her children a better life. Henry Wakefield is convinced he has what it takes to pull his family out of poverty…at any cost.

I was impressed by how much detail Mr. Pearce packed into this story. His descriptions of English life in the early 1800s were so extensive that I felt like I was walking alongside the characters as they struggled to survive. My favourite passages discussed how grimly the weakest members of their society were treated by anyone who thought they could get away with it. They weren’t always easy scenes to digest, but they were so well written that I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page.

There wasn’t a great deal of character development in this book. The personalities of both the main and supporting characters relied heavily on the use of certain stereotypes about gender, social class, and religion. There were several scenes that would have been much more effective if I could have better understood why these characters behaved the way they did or what prevented them from learning from their previous experiences.

With that being said, this is a fascinating glimpse into the dark side of human nature. It’s easy to point out the faults of others, but it’s far more difficult to be on the other side of that judgement. This tale worked best when it showed just how easy it is to believe that you’re smarter and more resilient than every other person who has been hobbled by the same temptation before.

Reading A Weaver’s Web made me feel as though I’d travelled back in time 200 years. This is a good choice for anyone in the mood for a richly detailed historical novel.

In Sickness and In Health by Sean Michael

HEALTH
In Sickness and In Health by Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (86 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex
Rating: 2.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

The Jarheads back in a new adventure–a journey through sickness and health with Rock, Rig and Dick, who stand by their man come what may, no matter what they come down with. Colds and flu are no match for the Jarheads, who know that cold medicine’s great in its place, but the one sure cure for what ails them is good old sexual healing.

Even the flu can’t stop these randy boys. Sean Michael’s super popular Jarheads are back in this re-released novella featuring Rock, Rig, and Dick as they screw their way to happiness whether sick or perfectly well. The men are as happy and healthy as ever to start and their sex life has never been better. Then Rock and Dick go down with the flu, leaving Rig with two very grouchy and unhappy ex-marines. Just when they get over the bug, Rig comes down with it himself but the tender mercies of his two men will have Rig fighting for some loving soon enough.

In Sickness and In Health is a re-released story that originally appeared in the Bedside Manner anthology from 2009. I chose it because I have a real soft spot for the Jarheads series and wanted to revisit the trio, but realized when reading the novella that I had read it before. That doesn’t really matter because anyone who’s a fan of the series knows how these stories go. They’re remarkably similar, but any of the shorter stories and novellas are basically all porn with changing configurations of who sucks, who fucks, and who jacks off. The bigger novels actually have a little bit of plot but these shorter stories are entirely sex scenes. In Sickness and In Health is no different.

The story starts and ends with sex and there is little attempt at a plot or storyline. These are just slice of life, or sex, scenes featuring the men with repetitive dialogue and commentary. There are one or two scenes that don’t include sex when the men are sick with the flu and these scenes are kind of why I continue to read the porn heavy Jarheads series. The men are sweet with each other and emotional in a very grunt-orientated way of communicating. There is emotion, but never overly saccharine. The best way to describe these short additions is heartwarming. It’s always nice to see these three men together, although I’m partial to Rock and Rig scenes alone.

Honestly this is not great writing. The scenes are repetitious and the dialogue consists of the same words over and over with a chorus of sex sounds. Surprisingly amongst that little writing there are numerous typos. But really this is classic Sean Michael writing so fans of the author will know what they’re getting. It’s a nice revisit of the Jarhead series and characters because it’s exactly like all the other books with a little bit of emotion and the rest are porn sex scenes. So if you’re in the mood for that, which I was, enjoy it.

Riders in the Sunlight by Kent S. Brown

RIDER
Riders in the Sunlight by Kent S. Brown
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Full Length (178 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

When the door was opened, Coach looked into the bloodshot eyes of a scruffy face he remembered from years ago, Isaac Marlow.

“Justice is justice , depending on who’s dishing it out,” Isaac said, “You dished it out your way ten years ago. Now, I’m ready to serve some justice of my own. Different ways of hurting a man. Maybe through others, like his woman-folk, or children-folk.”

The reaction was sudden and unexpected; Coach brought his knee up into Isaac’s groin like a catapult.

“Coach” Dodge is a hard man of the Old West. He got his nickname from riding shotgun on the stagecoach. He’s still got his favorite shotgun, but both he and his gun have retired. At least he was until a gang came to town with his name notched on their guns…

Mr. Brown writes a pretty good western, showing how hard it is to survive and build a home in the wild lands. The biggest problem the Dodge family is this gang bent on revenge. They finally got out of jail and want Coach dead, just like their brother he killed.

The characters are bigger than life and have flaws just like all people do. One daughter has married a boy from back east and Moses is having a time trying to fit in. He works hard but he can’t do what those born to a ranch life can. It’s even worse when he has some hidden problems he can’t talk about.

The author puts this family through a trial by fire. First their ranch and outbuildings all burn down from a grass fire that has been set and then the gang starts tormenting them. It comes down to final showdown.

The author examines the philosophy of western life. Coach is ready to kill them to save his family. Moses would rather not kill. Coach’s son is like his father. It was like watching two cultures clash and I like how he pointed that out.

If you like westerns, you’ll like this story. Life is raw here, people fight and die to survive, and those still standing move on. There’s no sugar and sweetness here. Western life was a hard life and you’ll see that in this story. The author talks about working on a dairy farm and working with horses. That knowledge bleeds over into the book and makes it more interesting. Give it a try.

The Lonely Impulse by Jim Cort

LONELY
The Lonely Impulse by Jim Cort
Publisher: Deaf Dog Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (116 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Years ago Danny Carmody and Willie Dowd,two childhood friends from the slums of Belfast, served in the Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army. Dowd, slight and studious, gave himself without reservation to the cause and rose through the ranks by his dedication, intelligence, and talent for making bombs. Carmody, a big lad and far from intellectual, joined the Provos not from any political conviction, but out of loyalty to Dowd, following a pattern he had held to all his life.

Together they had planted bombs, staged ambushes and robbed banks in the name of the cause, each risking his life to save the other. But when Dowd forced Danny into a shameful act, Danny felt he had been betrayed. He quit the Provos and fled to America, nursing a bitter hatred of Dowd for what he saw as the wasting of his life. Burned out and plagued by guilt for the destruction and deaths he had caused, Danny drifts along the Eastern seaboard, winding up an unofficial bouncer in a black bar in Newark, New Jersey. He has changed his name to Milo Costigan.

In the meantime, Dowd pursued his IRA career, wounded by his friend’s desertion, but never once questioning the cause or his place in it. When a cease-fire begins, Dowd finds himself a man without a function. His uncompromising dedication and fanatic hatred of the British are no longer wanted. At the urging of a friend, he comes to America. His friend Terry has discovered some shady dealings at the plant where he works. Terry has a plan for hijacking evidence of the plant’s criminal activities, and demanding a million dollars ransom.

The plan goes through and they send a ransom demand to the head of the conglomerate that owns the plant, a ruthless and calculating billionaire named Jason Ackerdyne. Ackerdyne wants the situation dealt with and Dowd eliminated without involving the police. He gives the problem to his chief of security Julia Malcom. Malcom, a devious and fiercely ambitious woman, finds Milo Costigan, (the former Danny Carmody), and uses Costigan’s hatred of Dowd to manipulate him into taking the job, without, however, telling him the whole story.

The Lonely Impulse is a novel of a little under 70,000 words that tells what happens as Dowd tries to get his ransom, and Milo Costigan tries to hunt him down.

They say you can never go home again. If this is true, why does your past always seem to be dogging your heels? Milo Costigan is no doubt asking himself that very question the day Julia Malcom hunts him down in a seedy bar. With the mention of a name he’d long stopped thinking about, it all comes back in a violent rush and pours over into his future. What’s a guy to do but put it back where it belongs?

Milo Costigan is a confounding character. He’s not a nice guy. Not by any means. As an ex-IRA member, he’s no stranger to doing bad things. Yet, on the other hand, you develop a sympathy for him despite the fact he seems almost irredeemable. I found that to be both refreshing and a bit perplexing.

Willie Dowd is a ghost from Milo’s past, one he’d just as soon forget. Willie is even less redeemable than Costigan, if that’s possible. You get the feeling that he never gave up his past and has simply been hiding out, biding his time since his days in Ireland.

There were things I didn’t care for about The Lonely Impulse. At times there seemed to be almost too much going on for me to keep up with and just enough characters to confuse me. On the other hand, there was a lot that I did enjoy. As I mentioned, I really liked (as well as hated) the main character, Costigan. I also appreciated the flashbacks to his days in Ireland as a member of the IRA. It’s a portion of history that I don’t know much about but have always been interested in.

In spite of a few things that left me feeling confused and lost at times, The Lonely Impulse is a fast paced, exciting novel that will give you insight into the history of Ireland’s turbulent times. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a thrilling adventure coupled with an Irish brogue.

Look Away Dixieland by Marona Posey

LOOK
Look Away Dixieland by Marona Posey
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Historical, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (355 pages)
rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Jenna left her life of punishing poverty behind, finding success, romance, wealth and an Oscar nomination in Hollywood but what she wanted most was the forgiveness of her mother for a terrible wrong she committed against her. Her dark secret put the man she loved in a hidden grave while his brother searched to find him. Only the love of a mother, who would go to the ends of the earth for her daughter, gave Jenna the redemption she sought. Follow Skye Campbell and her daughters from a mountain cabin in Alabama to a vineyard in Napa and a mansion in Beverly Hills.

1941, a frigid December night in the mountains of north Alabama sparks an event that changed several lives. The death of Skye Campbell’s second husband will haunt Skye and her two daughters, Jenna and Carrie, for years to come. With the news of Pearl Harbor being bombed, Owen Campbell’s disappearance wasn’t so mysterious, until he didn’t return home from the war, nor did the army have him shown as enlisted. Owen’s younger brother, Colin isn’t too happy about the brother that took care of him during his youth disappearing without any word. He knows Skye and her daughters had something to do with his brother’s absence.

Seventeen year old Jenna took a hundred dollars of her mother’s money and caught the first train leaving Decatur, Alabama. She ends up in the cold big city of Chicago. With her past a haunting memory, Jenna changes her name, finds a job and a place to stay. Other than a daily reminder of her step-father Owen, life for Jenna is going pretty good. As with life nothing is perfect and Jenna will find herself having to make another quick escape during the night.

Skye remains in Alabama and continues to be questioned about Owen’s where abouts. With the war coming to an end Skye thinks it’s best to leave the state before Owen’s body washes up along the Tennessee River and she will have to surely answer how her husband ended up murdered. Skye, with her children in tow, journeys west to California.

Marona Posey delivers a magnificent start to the “Look Away” series. The first novel in the series is highly entertaining, and a fascinating mix of history and mystery. I found the novel very impressive and difficult to put down.  The characters are well developed and given likable personalities. Even though they were near poverty in the beginning of the book and things worked out financially well for them during their journey, their lives weren’t perfect. They did have to endure hardship in other ways. This to me made their lives more realistic and believable.

I do have to mention that the novel did have more than a few editorial typos through out the book.

Looking at the Hallmark picturesque bookcover I would not think this novel would be packed with such action and attention grabbing adventure. I am a happy reader and thank Mrs. Posey for an astonishingly exciting experience with characters that I look forward to following in the next installment of the Look Away series.

Please grab a copy of Look Away Dixieland I’d hate for you to miss out on a start to a great new series.

The Well of Being: A Children’s Book for Adults by Jean-Pierre Weill

WELL
The Well of Being: A Children’s Book for Adults by Jean-Pierre Weill
Publisher: Jean-Pierre Weill Studios
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (216 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

The Well of Being: a children’s book for adults is an illustrated inquiry into the pursuit of happiness, and what it means to be radically alive in our daily moments. This adult picture book takes its reader on a quest for well‐being and self‐acceptance, following the story of a wondering everyman. The projective tale summons the reader’s inner child as a complimentary vehicle to drive the plot through bold reflection and earnest doubt. Assisted by cosmic perspective, the faceless protagonist sets out to retrieve the deep self-comfort and inner wellness lost along life’s way.

Is happiness a choice? Come take a contemplative journey through lessons children know but adults have long since forgotten as you explore this question.

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this tale. The blurb piqued my curiosity as soon as I read it, though, and within a few pages I knew this is something I will be revisiting over and over again. I was especially interested in how open the author is to people from any religion. His message transcends the normal boundaries between religions and seems to be specifically designed to appeal to anyone who has ever attempted to improve the world around them.

My sole criticism of an otherwise wonderful story has to do with how quickly the author assumes that what he has to say won’t be useful to people who don’t believe in any gods. Given how inclusive his later discussions are about how to reframe our perceptions and quell our anxieties, I see no reason not to market this message to everyone. The few sections that assume a shared belief in the supernatural can easily be reframed for those who don’t agree with them due to how flexible the definitions of terms like Oneness have already become.

The illustrations that accompany each page are absolutely beautiful. They fit the understated tone and peaceful theme perfectly. Looking at them make me wish I had a hardcover copy of it because it’s the type of book that deserves to be proudly displayed in one’s home.

Take the time to explore the endnotes after the final scene ends. Some of the notes in it are about topics that virtually every adult has heard of, but others mention people, places, and things that were new to this reader. It was a real pleasure to thumb through it and catch references that I missed the first time around.

Don’t be fooled by the word count. The Well of Being: A Children’s Book for Adults can easily be read in one sitting. Like all timeless picture books, it’s as mesmerizing the second, third, and fourth time around as it was the first.

Lost in Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor by Eldonna Edwards

LOST
Lost in Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor by Eldonna Edwards
Publisher: Whole Heart Publications
Genre: Autobiography, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (249 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

One Gently Used Kidney, Free to a Good Home.

When 48 year-old single mother, massage therapist and returning student Ellie meets a young woman with kidney disease, she decides to make it her mission to save the girl. Unfortunately, outdated rules made it difficult for altruistic donors, and besides, the woman doesn’t want a savior. Does this stop Ellie from her quest to “be the change” one seeks in the world? Not a chance.

Told with humor and self-reflection, this inspirational memoir of courage and compassion is interwoven with anecdotal stories that help the reader identify what kind of person commits the selfless act of organ donation. Ellie,a self-described devout agnostic, is kind but often irreverent. She is generous, but she is no saint. Ultimately, becoming a kidney donor has given her a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment. Lost in Transplantation asserts that we are all capable of altering a human being’s life for the better, including our own.

How much would you risk to save the life of someone you’ve never met? It’s easy to talk about altruism as an abstract term, but it’s much more difficult to live in out in such a personal manner.

Ms. Edwards decision fascinates me, but it is her honest, wry sense of humour that made this story so enjoyable for this reader. She has the uncanny ability to find the light side of even the most serious topics. Nowhere is this more evident than in the beginning of her journey when she realizes that a classmate has kidney disease. Her spontaneous offer to give her classmate one of her kidneys gave me an early glimpse into the author’s character as well as provided some of the funniest moments in this tale.

As interesting as it was to read about everything else that was going on in the author’s life while she was in the process of donating her kidney, all of these subplots bog down the gist of her memoir. This is especially true when it came to all of the information I learned about her childhood and young adulthood. The tales were interesting, but some of them were off-topic for this particular book.

With that being said, Ms. Edwards descriptions of the donation and recovery processes are absolutely fascinating. By far my favorite sections focused on all of physical and mental health tests one must pass in order to be considered as a candidate. I wish more time had been spent discussing this part of the donation process because, at least for me, the risks weigh heavily on my mind when I think about the possibility of being a live donor. While the vast majority of donors recover without any complications, there is always a chance of developing an infection or having a bad reaction to the anesthesia with any surgical procedure.

Lost in Transplantation: Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor is a thought-provoking look at one woman’s unorthodox decision to save a stranger’s life. I’d recommend it to anyone who has even the slightest whiff of curiosity about this subject.

2013 Best Book of the Year Poll

LASR HEADER 2013 BEST BOOK copy

Vote for the book you like the best out of the books our reviewers rated as “Best Books” in 2013.

Poll runs from February 1 – 14, 2014.

NOTE: We’re aware the formatting of this poll is difficult to read on mobile devices. We’ve tried, with no success, to fix this problem and apologize.  We’ll continue to attempt to get this problem corrected.