Lima Public Library Book Reviews


Iwo, 26 Charlie by P.T. Deutermann

The tiny Pacific Island of Iwo Jima was the focus of an epic land and sea battle that produced one of the most iconic images of World War II: U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi, an active volcano where American and Japanese soldiers, desperate to secure the island’s airfields, fought hand to hand and always to the death. In this gripping novel, award-winning author and retired commodore P. T. Deutermann follows a young Navy gunnery officer stationed on the battleship Nevada from the beginning of the battle to its decisive end.

Mother Howl by Craig Clevenger

Sixteen-year-old Lyle Edison recognizes the face of a murder victim on the nightly news – the waitress at his local diner. A place he often frequented with his dad. The following day his father is arrested and charged with her murder. And then eight further bodies are discovered. Following the revelation that his dad is in fact a serial killer, Lyle is outcast and shunned. Forced to abandon his family, illegally obtaining a new identity, he moves away to start all over again. Some years later, Lyle thinks he has finally moved on. But after several brushes with the law, Lyle’s past eventually catches up to him when a mysterious stranger known only as Icarus shows up and seems to know Lyle’s secret.

Cape Rage by Ron Corbett

The FBI has a hundred undercover agents who can work in the city, but Danny Barrett is the one they call when they need someone to investigate crimes in the wilderness. This case is a particularly difficult one. For more than a century the Danby family has ruled as kings in their corner of the Pacific Northwest. The Feds were mostly willing to look the other way while the family smuggled everything from liquor to cigarettes across the border, but lately things have taken a darker turn. A recent bank robbery in Seattle looks like it may have been committed by the Danbys, but there’s no way the FBI can get any locals to turn against them. Only Danny Barrett has what it takes to get inside the organization and shut them down.

Mal Goes to War by Edward Ashton

The humans are fighting again. Go figure. As a free A.I., Mal finds the war between the modded and augmented Federals and the puritanical Humanists about as interesting as a battle between rival anthills. He’s not above scouting the battlefield for salvage, though, and when the Humanists abruptly cut off access to infospace he finds himself trapped in the body of a cyborg mercenary, and responsible for the safety of the modded girl she died protecting. A dark comedy wrapped in a techno thriller’s skin, Mal Goes to War provides a satirical take on war, artificial intelligence, and what it really means to be human.


UFOs: A Scientist Explains What We Know (and Don’t Know) by Robert Powell

Powell begins his book by familiarizing the reader with the history of UFOs and he identifies the more enigmatic and interesting UFO sightings. He examines the characteristics of these sightings that argue against a prosaic explanation: extreme acceleration, electromagnetic interference, bending light, no obvious propulsion mechanisms, and a lack of interaction with the atmosphere. Powell’s later chapters in the book discuss the extraterrestrial hypothesis considering the thousands of exoplanets that have been discovered in the last 20 years. Powell challenges the reader to consider all the implications that must be considered if intelligent life discovers us first.

Raising Mentally Strong Kids by Daniel G. Amen, MD and Charles Fay. PH.D

In this groundbreaking book where neuroscience meets love and logic, parents are given practical tools to help children of all ages go from behavioral problems like defiance, meltdowns, and power struggles to being responsible, confident, kind, and resilient, better prepared to make good decisions, more focused and motivated, better able to have healthy relationships, and more. Let Dr. Amen and Dr. Fay help you learn how to be the parent you’ve always dreamed you could be―and raise great kids who are on their way to reaching their full potential, including their best possible mental health.

Rainmaker: Superagent Hughes Norton and the Money-Grab Explosion of Golf from Tiger Woods to LIV and Beyond by Hughes Norton

At the peak of his career, agent Norton earned a million-dollar salary, flew to all corners of the world in first class, and enjoyed a lifestyle nearly as lavish as his A-list clients. That dizzying success, however, came at a high price. The 70-hour work weeks, constant travel, and intense pressure — both from his players and their corporate partners — took Norton away from his family and ultimately led to divorce. At the same time, in an effort to protect his players and his career, he found himself making ethical and moral choices he would later regret. Soon, he realized he had made as many enemies as friends. Now, in Rainmaker, Norton draws back the curtain on his meteoric rise and abrupt fall.

Hell Put to Shame: The 1921 Murder Farm Massacre and the Horror of America’s Second Slavery by Earl Swift

In the spring of 1921, a small boy made a grim discovery: the bodies of two drowned men. Within days a third body turned up in another nearby river, and in the weeks that followed, eight others. And with them a deeper horror: all 11 had been kept in virtual slavery before their deaths. In fact, as America was shocked to learn, the dead were among thousands of Black men enslaved throughout the South in conditions nearly as dire as those before the Civil War. Hell Put to Shame tells the forgotten story of that mass killing and of the revelations about peonage, or debt slavery, that it placed before a public self-satisfied that involuntary servitude had ended at Appomattox more than 50 years before.

Team: Getting Things Done with Others by David Allen and Edward Lamont

When Getting Things Done was published in 2001, it was a game changer. By building on the effectiveness of what GTD does for individuals, Team will offer a better way of working in an organization, while simultaneously nourishing a culture that allows individuals’ skills to flourish. Using case studies from some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, Team shows how leaders have employed the principles of team productivity to improve communication, enable effective execution, and reduce stress on team members. These principles are increasingly important in the post-pandemic workplace, where the very nature of how people work together has changed so dramatically.


The Boy Who Said Wow by Todd Boss

So many of us are moved and inspired by music, especially kids. This picture book tells the true story of a nonverbal 9-year-old, Ronan Mattin, who was moved to a literal “Wow!” at the Boston Symphony Hall in 2019. Children who have never experienced live performance and seasoned music lovers alike will be drawn in by the magic, warmth, and “wow” of this simple story.

Ages 3-8


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