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The Kingdom: Here Be Dragons, Here Be DreamsThe Kingdom: Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams by Joanne Rolston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy reading independent works by authors who are beginning their writing journey. The combination of autobiography and fantasy (my favorite genre) intrigued me. I thought I would give Rolston’s book a chance and I was delighted. The book is well-written and immediately drew me in. Once I started I could not put it down. I rated it a four out of five stars meaning I enjoyed it enough to read again and again.

Why did I like it so much? It has been difficult to put it into words. On reflection I think I was intrigued that I was reading about real-life events that happened to a real person. On the other hand, it was written in the third person and so gave an analytical and objective perspective that I appreciated. It was filled with many remarkable occurrences that Materialists would ascribe to improbable coincidence and Christ-followers to providence. Mirroring the objective description of what was happening in the “seen world” was the insightful interaction with the King in the unseen world. The interweaving of the two was a delight and very thought-provoking for me.

In summary I would highly recommend this book whether you have an interest in the spiritual or not. It provides a profound and exciting view of one person’s life, both trauma and triumphs. It provides insight into the role the unseen plays in some people’s lives. I recommend it without reservation.

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Wishing You a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year


Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to family, friends, and readers. What’s behind this picture of a bridge over a castle dry moat? Find out what’s new with author Peter Kazmaier and his writing.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cactus_croppedTo my friends and readers, Kathy and I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and blessings in the New Year.


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First published in 1951 this details the exploits of a young man caught in a war of independence of the Venus colony from earth.

For me this is a book worth re-reading. On the one-hand it’s a science fiction story that lacks the cynicism and pessimism found in many more recent SF stories. On the otherhand it also gives a glimpse of the thoughts of scientists in the 1950s about Venus as a planet (a tropical jungle world, likely teaming with life) rather than the high pressure, searing hot planet we know it to be today. It’s interesting to see how wrong scientists can be about a world until a probe actually lands there.

If you enjoy action-packed space stories, filled with optimism and hope, I think you would enjoy this book as I did.

Between PlanetsBetween Planets by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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God's Battalions: The Case for the CrusadesGod’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know a book is superb, when the data presented opens up my eyes to new perspectives that I had not encountered before in my education and reading. Rodney Stark makes a thoroughly referenced case for the rationale and motivation of the Crusades. In contrast to the message I encountered in school, Stark argues convincingly that:

“The Crusades were not unprovoked. They were not the first round of European colonialism. They were not conducted for land, loot, or converts.” (page 348).

Particularly troubling for me was Stark’s evidence that modern scholarship deliberately overlooks many atrocities directed at Christians and citizens in Christian centres such as Baibars’s treacherous massacres of Christian and Crusader populations even after surrender agreements had been pledged (inter alia see for example page 232).

I can only suggest you read this book and weigh the evidence for yourself. It is well worth the read and will serve to counter balance much of the one-sided information that is taught about this important era in history in school today.

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The Battle for Halcyon by Peter Kazmaier (Review)

Check out this review of THE BATTLE FOR HALCYON.

David Hershey

In Peter Kazmaier’s fast-paced Halcyon Dislocation we read the story of an island university that disappeared from our world and appeared in a new, mysterious place.  Much of the story introduced us to this new world as university students along with naval officers stationed on the island explored the new world.  We learned that an evil force named Meglir had brought the university to his world and was possessing one of the faculty.  At the end of the book Meglir was defeated, but with him still present a sequel was clearly in the works.

The Battle for Halcyon is that sequel, picking up about a year after the events of the first book.  Dave Shuster, the main character of the first book, remains the main character here.  His exploration of the world leads to encountering a whole new civilization of humans.  But these humans, unlike Dave and the humans of…

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