Saturday, March 16, 2019

Review: Leverage the Field for Success: Using Quantum Reality to Succeed in the Corporate World

Leverage the Field for Success: Using Quantum Reality to Succeed in the Corporate World Leverage the Field for Success: Using Quantum Reality to Succeed in the Corporate World by John Jay McKey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Leverage the Field for Success: Using Quantum Reality to Succeed in the Corporate World is a business help manual written by John Jay McKey. The author is a data analytics expert who claims that the key to success in business can be achieved using quantum reality. Basically, quantum reality is a fancy business version of using positive affirmations to bring good things into your life. Obviously it is a little more complicated than that, the word quantum should have been the first clue, but in only 178 pages, Mr. McKey spells out things quite nicely. People in business from CEO to low level managers can find wisdom here that will help along the past to success.

Though I am not in business in the traditional sense, I found this book to be positive and clearly articulated. I see this as a book that can only help both the business and people involved in business be quite successful.

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Review: The Helpers: An international tale of Espionage and Corruption

The Helpers: An international tale of Espionage and Corruption The Helpers: An international tale of Espionage and Corruption by S.E. Nelson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At 451 pages, this is not a one afternoon beach read. The Helpers: An international tale of Espionage and Corruption by S.E. Nelson is a meaty novel featuring murder, intrigue, corruption, romance, and suspense. Set in Congo, a notorious place of nearly constant unrest and violence, The Helpers are a powerful underground group trying to maintain control of the natural resources of the country. An American journalist arrives to document the resistance and finds herself in immeasurable danger when she uncovers multiple levels of corruption including a brutal murder.

Nelson has a writing style that is direct, which is perfect for this kind of story. The suspense and underlying danger of the plot demands that but beyond the assertiveness of the work, there is a tenderness underlying everything. That softness is where the reader finds the room to care about these characters and what happens to them. Some may call this dark subject matter but I found a hopefulness about it.

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Review: Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz

Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz by Eddie McPherson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fractured: Dereck Dillinger and the Shortcut to Oz is the second book by Eddie Mc Pherson I have read featuring Dereck Dillinger and his little sister, Jessie. I thought the Crystal Ball was superb and I hoped this would be as well done as that, avoiding the dreaded formula factory that series following the same characters sometimes can get swallowed up in. I needn't have worried. This time Jessie and Dereck are home alone when a storm moves in leaving them separated in the house. Dereck again finds himself in a warped world; Oz this time, though an Oz inhabited by the fairy tale characters Jessie loves. There is a lot of adventure, humor, magic, and heart along the way to get back to save his little sister.

Shortcut to Oz is an uplifting, bright story for younger readers up to teenagers. Lessons are taught through positives rather than the doom and gloom some authors use to create the same message and I think that is important. I hope Mr. Mc Pherson intends to write more Dereck Dillinger books.

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Review: Into the Unknown

Into the Unknown Into the Unknown by Sofia Jarlo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Into the Unknown is a 96 page, children's folk tale novella by Sofia Jarlo. The first in the Below the Earth series, Into the Unknown is the story of Ellie, a human girl who finds herself in a mystical land of tiny people, magic and kingdoms called the Underworld. Fearing the Evil One, the citizens of the Underworld are in danger and only Ellie can save them.

Young readers will love everything about this. It is full of the best things found in children's literature; magic, adventure, and lessons in friendship, kindness, bravery, and hope. Light-hearted and funny, there is no shortage of excitement and humor in this plot. The illustrations by Katarina Vintrafors are spellbinding and bring that extra bit of pizazz to Into the Unknown. I have a dozen youngsters in mind who will be introduced to Ellie, Mischa and the Underworld very soon.

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Review: Journey to the West Valley Wall

Journey to the West Valley Wall Journey to the West Valley Wall by Mark L. Lloyd
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Agoraphobia - an anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.

Canadian writer Jack Van Horne has written two best selling, science fiction novels starring Sage Sauer that have been made into wildly popular movies. Now Jack is under spectacular pressure to deliver a third. Everyone thinks the hold up is a simple case of writer's block but Jack knows it's so much more. His anxiety has turned to agoraphobia and the results are debilitating. The reader watches Jack deal with the pressures of his career on top of being called on to care for his precocious niece, Tessa.

In a parallel storyline, Jack's third novel comes together as space hero Sage Sauer materializes for us. By the end of Journey to the West Valley Wall, Mark L. Lloyd has the reader is equally immersed in both worlds, both stories and both main characters in dramatic fashion.

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