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J. Warren Benton

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A story that keeps you hanging until the end

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

When a string of suicide hangings all happen in Eugene Oregon it pings the OCLT radar. Sending in their man Bullfinch they think they can get a hold on these strange events. Bullfinch recruits some help in the local high school ghost hunting club. What they are dealing with takes almost the whole OCLT team.
Throwing together an interesting story Bischoff gives the story local flare, while mixing in New Jersey Pizza, the mob, goblins, ghost and let us not forget Adam Egan.

Not your average hero

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Roger is just an average guy who works in HR. When the love of his life Delores is kidnapped he feels he has to save her. Once he finds his way into the Cinverse his whole world is changed. In order to save Delores, he has to navigate the plot lines of B rated movies. Lucky for him, his would be murderer Big Louie is by his side every step of the way.

The Pawnees

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

A quick overview of the Pawnee's. This gives you a glimpse into the strong tribe, their values, their culture, and talks of when they did have a war they were fierce yet defeated. The Pawnee language is almost extinct. This short book gives you a lot of details and it is a nice quick read.

Sad and bitter

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Dostoyevsky seems to have a common theme of going against the grain of society. The main character seems a little bipolar. His lows are quite low, and he gets a little manic as he plays out everything in his head. He has these imaginary arguments and then tries to start them in real life with the person. The main character seems bitter at the world. Seems he doesn't like other people being successful when they are not as smart as he. Being a man of low means he at one point in the story tries to put on airs. He tries to show he can be affluent but he has to borrow money to pull it off. He feels so pitiful he tries to start a fight. But in the end, he spends the night with a prostitute. When he realizes his shame he tries to degrade the poor girl as much as he can. This only makes him feel worse.

This book seems to be touching on inner monologues of superiority, and how unjust society is.

Learning to lead

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I really enjoyed Laver's writing style. He gave the drudgery of military marching life and vigor. This book touches on Grant's early years in the military, from graduating in the bottom half of his class at West Point to his early days in the military. Grant often got bored and wanted to continue to push forward. Once the Civil War started grant was pulled back into military service. As he lead troops he often learned from his failures. Which he had many of them. But each new battle brought new challenges and as he got promoted up the rants Lincoln took a liking to him because he was constantly pushing to snuff out the Confederate resistance.

I also really enjoyed the narration in this book. Often NF like this can be a little dry but Bennett gives extra life to the well-written story.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Parables Explained

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Lots of scripture. One thing this book does that not all books on scripture does, is when he references a verse he quotes the scripture. Through this book, Halbeck runs many parables and then backs up his understanding of them with other verses. This book is short and good for anyone whether you are a bible scholar or just starting to read the bible.

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untapped workforce

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-18

What are women good for? They should be wives and mothers and their pay in Britain was held down so they would rely on a husband. This book could for some be viewed as dry. But the problem is this was a huge problem and required lots of explanation. The women not only programmed the computing machines but also repaired them. Then they were forced to train the men who would be their managers. This was a pathetic system that shows how men do not always know best.

Traveling the US in search of the American Dream

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Eli Teague is an ordinary guy. He grew up in a small town and had a strange encounter with a strange woman driving an even strange car. Now all grown up he works IT for a bank one county over. until the day he sees the strange woman with the strange car again. This time older and a little more sure of himself he begins to ask her questions that he has been holding on to since he was 13.
Things move quickly for him. He is trying to play catch up in a chase to find the American Dream.
This story charts a path across the united states as Mr. Teague and Harry travel through history to try to track down the American dream only to find it where it has always been.

Life during wartime

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This is such a well-researched story that it feels so much like nonfiction I had to double check to see that it wasn't. This gives you an account of Wakulla county Florida in and around the time of the civil war. Coming from a boy who was first was too young to join the war was stuck doing lots of chores for many families in the town because all the Men had gone off to work. This is an enjoyable read for anyone who loves civil war stories. This has little battle and more about what life was like back home. This also has historical relevance because it talks how lots of the men from Florida didn't even own slaves.

That's a wrap

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This book is about movies.  Not in the pop culture sense but in the acquiring film on reels and watching them on a projector.  This book covers many collectors who most happen to be mostly of baby boomer age and had lots of time in their youth where they were left alone and found solace in the movies.  I picked up this book not because I am a movie buff or a collector.  I picked this up because I don't watch many movies at all.  In fact, I have never seen Star Wars.  

This book has many characters.  And some are larger than life.  Dealing film to Hugh Hefner (who was a big fan of playing movies) and many were harassed by the FBI.  Some of the men discussed knew each other, some loved working with each other, and some hated each other.  

Creative destruction - this was discussed with how VHS replaced film, and digital has replaced both.  But in order for things to progress the old is normally destroyed. Film doesn't always last.  Sometimes it turns to vinegar.  Sometimes people have spliced and taken out scenes of a movie.  Most people may not even notice.  But the guys in this book will.  Sometimes they collected really bad movies, and not for any other reason than to have the film.  

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