This is a sequel to Arcadia’s Children 3: Pushley’s Escape. Like the other three books in the series, this book is just as poignant, and action packed as the rest of his books in this series.

   This is a story of action and intrigue in a unique sci-fi setting. It is a story that will have you reading and rereading passages because you just won’t be able to get enough of this wonderful story. It will linger with you, like a fine wine.

  Ed Pushley is a dangerous man. His mind seems to be influenced by the spirit of dead ghosts. He agrees to go to Midway and transport equipment so that some of the Great Ones can leave Arcadia, which is a dying world.

   Yalt joins Ed on this all-important quest. However, other assassins, such as Tarmy, must take concrete steps to remain hidden because dangers lurk all around them. They want to stay alive. But can they achieve this? Will Ed really complete his mission? Or will his efforts be thwarted, and his life put in danger too?

   This is a spell-binding story that will be hard to put down. I love this book and the whole series which I feel grateful to have read and reviewed. The author, Andrew R. Williams, is a wonderful, clear, and intriguing writer. His stories are deep, involved, intricate, and complex. And this one is no exception. I can’t wait to read his next book!

Irene S. Roth

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Posted by: irenesroth | July 13, 2021

An Intriguing Book That will Captivate the Reader

This story is a wonderful blend of many genres such as action and adventure, mystery, romance, and fantasy. It is written in a unique format—one that I haven’t ever seen before. And the depth and breath of the emotion expressed in this book is also beyond anything I have ever seen, making this a wonderful read!

This book is written by a debut author, Nora Delzelle. Her writing is clean, crisp, and moving. Death Mask is a modern re-imagining of the battles for supremacy between ancient Egyptian deities.

Alex Kincaid gets caught in a deadly conflict by placing a bid on an eBay auction for a golden mask. The bid for a beautiful mask would involve her in events that she never imagined and would ultimately climax to a test of her love and faith, both in herself and her friends. Can she survive these vengeful gods?

The characters and storyline are well-crafted. The story is about ghosts, gods, and cursed relics. It’s a tale of vengeance in which the reader will wonder what will happen next to Alex right to the very end. Alex had no idea that her life would turn into such a perplexing series of events as she picks up a listing with an Egyptian Death Mask that was up for bid on eBay.

This is a thought-provoking work. It is a powerful collection of poems that speak from the heart and soul of a pure artist. I feel that I grew as a writer having read this book. I can’t wait to read Nora’s next book.


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Posted by: irenesroth | June 12, 2021

Book Review: The ‘Great’ Kickin’ Dog: A family tree

The ‘Great’ Kickin’ Dog: A family tree

By Kenneth Allen Crutchfield, Sr.

   This is a wonderful story about a dysfunctional family that tries to cope with life’s ups and downs in its own way. There is sadness, turmoil, and anxiety throughout the pages of this book. But there is also the hope and resilience to overcome a lot of hardships in their midst through perseverance and hard work.

   The story is about John Coleman Sr. He has a large dysfunctional family to support. His wife has many psychological challenges that she is trying to work through. The family lives in a Chicago low-income housing unit during the 60s.

   He is trying to raise his family of four girls and two musical prodigy boys. The environment where they live is less than ideal to bring up kids. But John Coleman is determined to make sure that his family makes it and not only survives but thrives.

   He tries to get out of the pathway of their circumstances through his talented sons. He drags his musically gifted boys on a journey of hope, from talent shows to Blues clubs. He sees their reputation growing right before his eyes. He is so proud of them!

   But while helping his boys become great, he battles an alcohol addiction himself and his wife’s neurotic behavior that is fueled by resentment from his daughters who are envious. These toxic feelings stem from the family’s history of mental illness.

   However, he still is coping with these challenges when suddenly a family tragedy shakes him and his family to the core. Can he pull out of yet another tragedy in the midst of his many other challenges?

   This story is superably written and richly descriptive. The characters are drawn in a brilliant and luminous manner. The author is very obviously an accomplished playwright. It is a story that is loosely based on the author’s own family. It is a story of hope, redemption, and resilience.

 I loved this story from the beginning to the end. I will certainly reread the story in the future and recommending the book to my friends.


Paperback: ASIN: B094L7FFYX 3rd Edition




Posted by: irenesroth | March 29, 2021

Book Review: The Making of a Spy

The Making of a Spy

By Jay Johnson

    Everyone’s childhood is influenced by the parents and other adults. Some of these experiences are good and wholesome, while others are not so good. But this story is poignant and honest, and it showcases some of these experiences.

    Most of us, either intentionally or unintentionally, bring the experiences we had in our earlier years into our adult lives. Jay Johnson is no exception. He tells the story of a boy, Isiac, who had to provide for his family from a young age. The story documents his early years to his adult life where he was drafted into the army in with his friend Fritz. His childhood experiences, along with the skills he learned in the Army, turn out to play a key role in the creation of this book.

    The story takes us through Isiac’s tremendous skills of observation. Isiac learned to notice even the slightest changes in his environment and to discover the causes of all that he observed. He had a keen and skilled eye for things that are different.

    During the Great Depression, Isiac hunted and fished to feed his mother, sister, and brother. These too were skills that he learned when he was young that he carried into his later years. Isiac also had some experience with bootlegging. This helped him learn the importance of planning.

    Later in life, Isiac developed plans and contingency plans. These helped Isiac anticipate and later solve potential problems in his midst. He also had a black belt, and he was multilingual. This too helped him later on, in the army and in life.

    I loved Isiac’s insight and empathy into his characters. The story is original, and it showcases the author’s microscopic viewpoint of the human condition. The characters are real, and Johnson’s way of writing is so clear and crisp that there were some sentences that the reader will want to read and re-read. 

    This book will be especially interesting for people who love history and the outdoors. History is so full of personal stories. And this book showcases some of these stories and brings them to life in a clear and majestic way. The reader won’t want to stop reading this book until they turned the last page and read the last word.

Here are the links to Kindle, Paperback and Hardcover

Irene S. Roth

Posted by: irenesroth | March 10, 2021

An Important Book About the South China Sea

Raging Waters in the South China Sea: What the Battle for Supremacy Means for Southeast Asia

By Rachel Winston


This is a clear, well-written, and interesting book about the South China Sea. I had no idea that there were so many environmental issues in Southeast China. This makes this book a must-read for all conscientious citizens of the world. It is a book that will open your eyes and it should make you angry at the situation that South China has had to endure with no solutions being sought to date.


The power of awareness and activism is usually enough to propel environmentalists into action. However, it is disappointing that the destruction of coral reefs in the South China Sea has not reached a level of utter disbelief for environmentalists. In fact, they have turned their backs on the devastation that South China faces. The devastation caused by artificial island building in the South Sea is not only killing the coral but changing the conditions of sea life, marine habitats, and ocean acidification.


However, no one talks about this situation. The utter disregard for artificial island construction seems especially heartbreaking since we live in a social media saturated world that is technologically connected on every angle. There is a lot of attention to other environmental concerns. But the concern regarding coral reef loss in the South China Sea is missing.


Therefore, environmentalists must find a way to become increasingly interested and even angry at what is happening in the South China Sea. This book and all the facts that are contained in it should give them enough data to want to help and to want to improve this beautiful land and water.


China has a rich history. The book is full of important information, which is organized in small, easy to read and understand bundles. It uses map charts a lot as well as graphics and documents to illustrate the points that are made. The photographs are also stunning, showcasing the beauty of South China.


What a great book with an extremely urgent message. I will certainly pass this e-book along to all my friends and my husband who is the history buff in my life.


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Posted by: irenesroth | February 20, 2021

Book Review: 50 Years in the OR

50 Years in the OR:
True Stories of Life, Loss, and Laughter While Giving Anesthesia
By Ron Whitchurch

Ron Whitchurch’s book is an insightful and honest exploration about how an OR nurse, specializing in anesthesia manages to cope. The stories contained in this book are priceless. They clearly showcase that a normal day for a nurse anesthetist is difficult and hard to bear. Yet because of this its probably the most exhilarating and exciting type of nursing practise there is.

Whitchurch’s career spanned five decades. And during this time, he has a lot of stories from the OR. All his stories have heart and soul. They transport the reader into the world of the OR with all its successes and failures.

From airway management to intubation, working as a nurse anesthetist requires skill, hard work, empathy, and much more. Some patients were boisterous. Others were patient. Some were in pain. Others were scared. Some patients were laughing. Some were crying. It wasn’t uncommon for Whitchurch to witness all these emotions in a day. Being a nurse anesthetist was always an adventure.

Whitchurch was always extra empathic and patient with his patient. He always knew how scary it can be to go into surgery. However, when in the last third of his career he developed a deadly blood and immune system cancer called multiple myeloma, he had another kind of wake-up call. Before that he was in excellent physical condition. He was working full time and riding his bike about nine miles, three times a week. Suddenly, things became quite different.

The early symptoms he experienced were extreme bone pain in his ribs and sternum as well as thoracic pain. He had a cold which turned into pneumonia. This put him into the hospital. For the first time, he experienced how it felt to be a patient instead of a health care provider. Whitchurch now became aware firsthand what it meant to suffer and experience extreme pain. He knew how it was to be scared by a serious diagnosis. And he knew what it meant to feel hopeless because he no longer was able to function as he used to in the past.

Today, he continues to be in remission. But he must endure monthly infusions of an immunotherapy drug, along with pills, to keep him healthy. In the process, he developed even more empathy for his patients and what they were going through. This was a time of reckoning.

Its hard for any of us to know precisely what it is like to feel sick. Its equally difficult to realize how hard it is to go into major surgery with any kind of equanimity. All we know is that we need to have the surgery otherwise we will experience a low quality of life. When our thoughts get to this point, the choice is easier to make.

I loved this book. It is a book that will make you laugh and cry. But in the end, you will have an appreciation for how hard it is to be a nurse anesthetist and how hard it is to ensure that you care for more than just the body but also reach into the inner depths of the patient. Because when it comes to administering health care, its important to care for the body and mind. That is what humane health care is all about.

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Posted by: irenesroth | February 11, 2021

A GREAT Supernatural Story

Living in Cleveland With the Ghost of Joseph Stalin
By Marc Sercomb

This is a supernatural story that has deep metaphysical underpinnings. Being a philosopher, I genuinely enjoyed the story because it was so different and brilliant in the way it was portrayed and written. The characters are multi-dimensional and deep, taking the reader on spellbinding escapades never envisaged until its almost too late. It’s a gripping read.

As the story starts, the reader is transported into the summer of 1953 in America when Calvin Jefferson Coolidge is a thirteen-year boy. He thinks he sees the ghost of Joseph Stalin in his Aunt Evelyn’s cluttered attic. The ghost comes back later in the story which makes the read even more mesmerizing.

This experience has a negative impact on Calvin. He becomes a loner and even reclusive. He is a misfit in school and in his community. His best friends seem to be famous dead people. He lives mostly in his imagination. The world is too much for Calvin to bear in any kind of normal way.

Yet, he has normal teenage urges. He wonders what it would be like to kiss a girl—although he doesn’t have the hope of kissing one ever. The lady next door would love to instruct him on all things love. But is she able to do so?

To make matters worse, his family also has a problematic past. His father is a con man who lives in Florida. He is looking for his mother who has bipolar disorder. His cousin Buck is abducted and experimented on by aliens.

The other people in Calvin’s life don’t have a good opinion of him. The only person who thinks highly of him at all is his English teacher who calls him a savant. The rest of the people both in school and in his religious circle have nothing positive to say about him.

What makes Calvin tick? How will he pull himself together into later adolescence and adulthood have so many issues psychosocial issues and concerns? This story examines these issues in depth, making it a deep and provoking read. It is a story that won’t be soon forgotten.

Lastly, this is a story for the younger teen who finds himself out of sync with the ret of the world and countercultural. It can be very empowering for adolescents to read about another person who is struggling like they are and who may not be socially inclined.

I loved the story, and it will be encouraging a few teenage boys in my midst to pick up and read it.

Irene S. Roth

Posted by: irenesroth | February 1, 2021

Book Review: How to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse

How to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse
Begin by Asking: Is that a Sexual Predator Hiding behind that badge?
By Steve A. Mizera

It is sad that child abuse is so prevalent by law enforcement people such as the police. We are taught from an early age to respect the Police because they are supposed to serve and protect. However, when this doesn’t happen, our psyches are fractured, and a loss of trust ensues.

This book is a sad memoir of how a life can be hampered and destroyed by child molesters who should know better. Steve Mizera was physically and mentally abused as a child in an orphanage. Then they moved him into a second orphanage where he was again molested and abused. This left permanent marks on Mizera.

We live in a world where sexual molestation is rampant. There is so much abuse out there that isn’t reported or dealt with properly. Mizera asserts that sexual predators can be anywhere. Mostly, sexual molesters are in positions of power where their victims are young, disabled, or shy. These are usually the people who molesters love to go after because they feel that these poor kids will never muster the courage or have the self-confidence to report them.

Further, sexual molesters can be anyone. Most of the sexual molester’s attack people who are known to them. Some of them are even relatives or people who shouldn’t even think of abusing kids. Yet, molesters find it easier to abuse kids they know because no one would suspect that they would be abusive towards relatives.

So, how can we prevent children from being sexually abused by adults? There are three ways we can do so. First, law enforcement must register all adults who are responsible for the education and recreation of children before sexual assaults occur. Second, legislation must be passed requiring schools to teach sex abuse and how it happens and with whom. Knowledge is power. Kids will then be more aware of the possibilities for abuse and how to avoid it. Third, parents should never leave children alone with suspecting adults. Instead, parents should protect their children from child molesters. Together, these three actions can virtually eliminate child molestation.

This is a book that should be read by all parents. They are the ambassadors for change in our society and they must take concrete steps to ensure their kids are not molested. Perhaps its important for parents not to trust other adults, even if these adults aren’t supposed to be abusive towards their kids such as uncles, teachers, priests, and law enforcement.

I am saddened by how much child molestation there is out in our world. I so wish we can abolish this terrible plague in our culture. I further wish victims had the courage to come forward and ensure that a person’s abuse is out in the open and can be dealt with.

Thank you Mizera for such an important and honest book. It is one of the most poignant books that I have read and reviewed in a long time.

Irene S. Roth

Posted by: irenesroth | October 22, 2020

Book Review: The Big Fall

The Big Fall
By Tim Smith

This is a murder mystery that is unique and complex on every page. Its not only a gripping thriller that has perfect pacing and staging, it also has multi-layered characters that linger with you. It is an unforgettable story that will have you wanting to read more and more until the book is finished and the last word read!

The story starts in engaging moments and then intensifies as the story builds in emotional substance, one page and one chapter at a time. Between the words and scenes there is a pulsating intensity that makes the story memorable and feverish.

The story is about Nick and Felicia. They are former spies and decide to take a break from their ordinary lives to head to a casino for some rest and respite. However, their break is laced with unexpected events and even murder. Who would have thought that things would become intense so quickly?

This story shows how past loves can become hatreds to the point where one is willing to allow their feelings of vengeance to get the best of them to the point where unfathomable things happen within a matter of minutes. It made me reflect on the nature of past relationships and how once they are over, a person’s worse and most dangerous emotions come to the fore.

This story also has an intriguing plot and plot twists, giving the story an allure, which will stick with you long after you have finished reading it. It made me wonder how people who loved each other so deeply just a while ago can end up hating each other so deeply that they would want to kill each other.

I loved the story, and I will be re-reading it soon. The characters were unforgettable, setting up a tapestry of intensity and poise. Even the characters will linger with you just like a fine wine. A fascinating read from beginning to end!

Posted by: irenesroth | October 13, 2020

I am a Miracle Documentary by Clyde Hoch

Clyde Hoch lives in the same home he was born in Pennsburg, PA. The home was built on or before 1750. It was purchased by his family in 1869.
Clyde being a very patriotic young man enlisted in the Marine Corps while in high school. Three days after graduating high school he was on his way to Parris Island, South Carolina for boot camp.
After boot camp and infantry training he was sent to 2nd Tank Battalion in North Carolina. The United States has a fleet of ships and a battalion of Marines in the Mediterranean Sea at all times. Clyde spent six months in the Mediterranean, with tanks. He returned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for six months and returned to the Mediterranean for another six months. After returning he spent some time as a brig guard, before being sent to Vietnam.
Clyde arrived in Vietnam in the middle of Tet of 1968 and returned home after Tet of 1969. These were the years of the heaviest fighting of the whole Vietnam War. Clyde was a sergeant when he arrived and was immediately made a tank commander.
The tank he commanded struck a large land mine. He was knocked unconscious and suffered hearing loss. His tank and crew were hit by American artillery. His tank and crew were abandoned on the battle field. The worst battle for Clyde was coming home from Vietnam. I was more comfortable in war than in my own country.
Clyde became a brick layer for many years before settling on a career in printing.
The last thing Clyde ever expected to do in his life was to write a book. People who write books are educated and have great things to say. One day Clyde had a conversation with an elderly neighbor. When the neighbor left, Clyde thought what an interesting story he told. When he’s gone his story is gone. Then he thought well everyone has a story.
He felt he would put his story on the computer in chapter form. As he did this he sent the chapters to five friends he served with in Vietnam. He also sent them to his daughter to proof read. His daughter said “Dad you have to make this into a book.”
His first book “Tracks Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran” is all about his military experience. He was selected as one of fifty great writers you should be reading for this book.
His second “A Tribute to Tankers” has a short description of a type of tank used in combat and follows with stories of people who served in that type of tank in combat, starting with WWI and goes to Iraq.
 His third book “B. A. R. Man Browning Automatic Rifle Man” is all about a man who went to fight in the Korean War. He does some very amazing things until he is wounded by American planes. He is captured by the Chinese and is forced to march 200 miles with no medical attention and little food. He is held for two and a half years. Only to be released to an ungrateful country.
His fourth book “A Man Down” starts with a story of a childhood friend who was killed in Vietnam trying to save someone. Another friend was killed in a fire/explosion in Vietnam. Another young man was killed in a mine explosion in Afghanistan. The final story is about a young man in the Marine Corps who according to NCIS took his own life. Suicides in 2012 outpaced combat deaths in the military. Read what a veteran is doing to help veterans. Read the authors view of death. This book won a bronze medal at an international awards ceremony.
All profits from his military books are donated to veterans groups. He writes these books because he feels the sacrifices of these great men should be remembered for future generations.
His fifth book “Albion” is his first fiction work. The book is made up of seven short stories. Each chapter is another exciting story. There is a wide range of stories, from early humans, to a great English Expedition, to a boy in an automobile accident, to near death experiences. One story in this book is true. Can you decide which?
Book number 6 is about his own experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. It was written to be as inexpensive as possible and as easy to read as possible. It will help veterans and family member of veterans understand and why they do the things they do and how to live with it.
Book number 7 is about a young Chinese girl who has to flee China during the communist takeover. They arrive in Vietnam a refugee. They are caught up in the Vietnam War. She has a very abusive mother. She is eventually brought to the U. S. where she becomes a very patriotic American and a wonderful mother.
All profits from his books are donated to veteran’s organizations. The books he writes are all of individuals who stories need to be preserved for future generations. They are about very patriotic and inspiring people.
After retiring he set off helping veterans.
He became a volunteer veterans mentor for the Lehigh County District Attorney’s office.
He is a board member and facilities director for the Vets for Vets.
He is a board member for Rolling Thunder Chapter 8 PA.
He is founder of the Veterans Brotherhood.
He is producing a full length documentary on tanks called “Tanks a Century of Dominating the Battlefield.” It will educate the public on the history of tanks in America and teach them things they would otherwise never know about tanks. “I felt compelled to produce this documentary because I feel tanks will be obsolete in the near future.”
Clyde Hoch
313 4th St.
Pennsburg, PA. 18073
Phone 215 679 9580



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