Friday, November 15, 2013

The Power of Storytelling

By Ty Bennett

Although The Power of Storytelling is geared toward presentation storytelling, Would be, and experienced writers should read this book because some of the techniques lend themselves to authoring books.

Books are a different type of presentation than those on stage. Everyone should be a good storyteller in social circumstances, in business, and of course in books.

Mr. Bennett offers how excellent storytelling is a requirement in presenting speeches, audio and visual presentations, and more techniques to become a better storyteller in any situation.

The Power of Storytelling is approximately one-hundred and sixty pages filled with all of the information on becoming a better storyteller.

Being a good storyteller is important to business people who must explain what they do when networking. Businesspeople should be comfortable with the elevator pitch, and authors must be good storytellers for their readers.

The Power of Storytelling is a recommended read for anyone who wishes to be a better storyteller for all occasions.

Like to tell stories and be better in situations where a good story is needed, get a copy.

Mr. Bennett’s The Power of Storytelling receives five stars.

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The Power of Influence

By Ty Bennett

The Power of Influence is approximately one-hundred and thirty pages of the most astounding information on how to increase your personal impact, and change the reader’s life in unexpected ways.

The Power of Influence is not a self-help book, it’s a change your life book for those looking to affect their personal, and professional life.

The Power of Influence is not about power over others, but the power you can create, which will memorable in your daily interactions with the people you meet.

Influence is not about bending someone to your will, but about influencing them with actions.
If readers wish to learn about the power of influence, and change their life, they need a copy of The Power of Influence by Ty Bennett, read it, and keep it handy for reference.

In The Power of Influence, Mr. Bennett is part author and part instructor teaching the principles of influence.

Mr. Bennett created a five star book that delivers on the premise of how to increase your income and personal impact in The Power of Influence.

The Power of Influence is a recommended read.

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The Thirteen Great Economic/Business Myths that Dominate Our Lives

By Sanford W. Kahn

Only forty-five pages yet filled with information, and a primer about how business and the economy works.

The Thirteen Great Economic/Business Myths that Dominate Our Lives is about making understanding economics easier for the average person, reading this book will help as readers can refer to the thirteen myths anytime they wish.

Reading The Thirteen Great Economic/Business Myths that Dominate Our Lives is easy and straightforward for all readers.

Mr. Kahn debunks the myths in plain English; a degree in economics to understand the myths isn’t needed. The Thirteen Great Economic/Business Myths that Dominate Our Lives is not filled with jargon.

The Thirteen Great Economic/Business Myths that Dominate Our Lives delivers its message clearly and succinctly.

This reviewer gives The Thirteen Great Economic/Business Myths that Dominate Our Lives five stars.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Thrown under the Bus: The rise and fall of an American worker

By Teresa Zerilli-Edelglass

Thrown under the Bus is the cathartic tale of a woman who put herself through college and entered what she thought would be a career in a government job with what most people known by the acronym MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority), or buses and subways.

Thrown under the Bus takes place in the state of New York, and in the boroughs of New York City, at a time when most of the jobs were held by older white men whose opinion of women is that they should be at home in the kitchen.

There was blatant cronyism. Many male managers did whatever they could to get women to leave, and promotions to supervisory capacity filled by men; regardless of any qualified female candidates.

Being female in this work environment meant harassment, unrealistic expectations, and doing the work of people who should be doing the work because it was their job; not a subordinate who was doing their pay level job.

Working for a government agency isn’t all roses. In Thrown under the Bus, the harassment caused a women unbelievable stress, demotions, and all manner of means to get her to walk away from a career she put herself through college and desired above anything. Yet she persevered as along as humanly possible until such time as the work place became intolerable causing psychological problems.

Going to the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) only exacerbated her problems, and the EEOC representatives sided with her employer. Suing a government entity only caused more problems.

If a hostile work environment was not enough to endure, try having the MTA deny benefits because you have no union representation.

This saga went on for over a decade.

Every congressperson should receive a copy of Thrown under the Bus, and the master at arms should make them read it.

Thrown under the Bus receives five stars out of a possible five stars with a must read recommendation.

Robert Medak
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Talon, Flight for Life: Book 3 in the Talon Series

By Gigi Sedlmayer

Talon, Flight for Life is the third book in the Talon series featuring Matica, and her birds (Condors) Tamo, Tima, and their offspring Talon saved from poachers by Matica and her father, Crayn before Talon was born.

Matica cared for Talon as an egg and they have become best friends along with his parents who have a special bond with Matica.

In Talon, Flight for Life Matica and Crayn go on a long trek in preparation for a trip from Peru to Australia; also pick up medicine at the hospital in Cajamarca.

On the trip from her home and back, Matica saw many animals, rain forests, cities with homes and a hotel.
On the way back home, something happens to Matica’s father, Crayn and they must stay on a large bolder overnight.

Without giving anything away, Matica’s birds perform something that surprises Crayn, as the trio of Tamo, Tima, and Talon act with almost human thought and presence of mind that no one believes possible.

To find out more, you will have to read Talon, Flight for Life and see the miraculous trio of birds in action for yourself.

The Talon series is for readers of all ages. Even for parents to read to their children. Talon, Flight for Life is about the bond between parent and child, and the courage that is within each of us and found when the situation arises and one must control themselves in a time of chaos.

Talon, Flight for Life is a five out of five stars read.

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Robert Medak
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Talon, On the Wing

Talon, On the Wing is book two in the Talon series. Talon, On the Wing is the continuing saga of Matica. Talon son of Tamo and Tima became the first friends to accept Matica just as she is, while the Indians in her community would only laugh and make fun of her diminutive stature.

After Matica and her father saved Tamo, Tima, and their unborn child, they trio became friends and through the amazement of the relationship between the family and Matica did the natives began to accept and care for Matica as well.

Talon, On the Wing is an engaging story about being who you are no matter what others may think of you, no matter your size, you can make a difference.

The author of the Talon series, Gigi Sedlmayer tells a story that readers of all ages will enjoy.

Talon, On the Wing is a story of love and friendship for all ages to reveal in. A book that parents can read to their children or children can read on their own. There is no violence for parents concern. It’s nice to see a book for children and adults to read.

Talon, On the Wing is a five star out of five stars read. Talon, On the Wing is a must read as well as Talon, book one.

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Robert Medak

Friday, July 26, 2013

Solomon's Justice: A PTSD Short Story

By Phyllis Zimbler Miller

The main character of Solomon's Justice is Judge Robert Solomon. Many soldiers, after being in a battle zone where life expectancy is an unknown, they see things that no one should ever see, deal with it, and live with it for the rest of their life. Each individual must handle it the best they can.

Psychological trauma can happen to anyone, from private citizen to soldier. Many soldiers come home changed, and unable to let things go as they try to reenter a normal society.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) called battle fatigue, combat fatigue, combat neurosis, and shell shock in WWI and WWII.

PTSD described by one dictionary as, “An anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness, and lack of involvement with reality, or recurrent thoughts and images.”

Solomon's Justice is a short story about a soldier suffering from PTSD in front of Robert Solomon Judge on trial for committing a crime, and how the judge deals out a special brand of justice to the ex-soldier before him in court.

Solomon's Justice is a quick but gripping tale that is a must read for everyone, because it gives a bit of insight into what many people go through who have been diagnosed with PTSD.

This reviewer awards five stars out of a possible five stars to Solomon's Justice

Robert Medak

Scrum Mega Pack

By Paul VII

The Scrum Mega Pack for the Agile Scrum Master, Product Owner, Stakeholder, and Development Team discusses the rolls of the project manager, scrum master, product owner, and development support team.

The Scrum Mega Pack also gives an overview of The Kanban System of project management developed in Japan in the 1940s, and designed after the way supermarkets stock and restock their shelves.

The Scrum Mega Pack is a modern approach to project management containing schedules, rolls of team members, and meetings working with and informing the product owner, scrum team, and stakeholder for optimum and effective communication to deliver the project on time with everyone’s input.

Although, the Scrum Mega Pack speaks about the scrum team, it also gives information on becoming a scrum master.

Even an entrepreneur might glean helpful information about project management when working with individual clients.

The Scrum Mega Pack receives four, and a half stars out of five stars possible per review.

Robert Medak

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Full-Grown Man

By Bill Hunt
The protagonist Ben, is in love with the beautiful Anna, but more than age difference makes their love impossible. Ben’s plans for his future with Anna must take a backseat due to circumstances beyond his control.
Ben must drop out of high school and take over Bennefield Farm at the age of18, losing as much if not more than he gained; the way Ben saw things.
A Full-Grown Man reads like a memoir, which also contains some history of living in southern Louisiana, in the town of Gold Dust. The timeframe as told by Ben of A Full-Grown Man is from the 50s thru the70s.
In each of our lives, there are many paths to becoming who we are and finding our one true love. A Full-Grown Man is the tale of Ben’s search for the love he knows is his. The search takes Ben many years, people touching his life, and many ancestors controlling his life.
Ben, at the age of approximately 18, must learn to deal with the angst of youth, becoming a responsible landowner; responsible for the well-being of others as well as others working the land. Because of others in his life controlling him for longer than he knew, Ben had no choice.
Over time, Ben learns much about how people around him have been devious behind his back, and stories about the people living in Gold Dust, Louisiana. The many untold stories Ben knew for most of his life growing up, and living in Gold Dust.
A Full-Grown Man is a story everyone can relate to about being in love for the first time, in their teen years.  
A Full-Grown Man is a five star book that everyone will find an excellent read.

Reviewed by Robert Medak, Allbooks Review Int.

Monday, March 18, 2013


By Gigi Sedlmayer

Talon is the story of Matica, a girl small for her age, and her family. When the children of the village see Matica and her father help Tamo and Tima chase two poachers away, their attitude about Matica changes, and she suddenly becomes a folk hero of the village and her schoolmates.

Matica takes it upon herself to foster Tamo andTima’s offspring for them keeping him hidden in case the poachers should return.   

Matica calls the child of Toma and Tima, Talon. She keeps Talon in her bedroom making sure he is warm and will grow big enough to take care of himself and join his parents in the mountains that are within a couple of miles of Matica’s village.

Matica spends her free time looking after Talon until he is big and strong enough to fend for himself. Will Talon be able to rejoin his parents in the mountains? You’ll have to read Talon to find out.   

Talon is an engaging read about how even you may be small, you can be great, and do great things by helping others.

Readers should pick up a copy of Talon for yourself, and enjoy a good read.

Talon receives five stars out of a possible five stars.

Reviewed by Robert Medak
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Secure Heart

By Charity Parkerson

A Secure Heart is a story with something for everyone. It contains everything from battles to romance, with characters with flaws just like average people looking for love in their life; and as in real life, you never know when or how you’ll meet the one.  

Black Ops personnel, a security company, an artist, and more are within the pages of A Secure Heart. You’ll have to read A Secure Heart to get it all.

A Secure Heart is an engaging read for anyone who picks up a copy, which I recommend.

A Secure Heart is not for young children because it contains some sex scenes. While not explicit, for younger readers, parents should review first.

This reviewer found A Secure Heart by Charity Parkerson well written and a good read. It kept this reviewer entertained with the story and characters with empathy while wondering what was going to happen next. Reading about the character’s backstory was an interesting addition that gives the reader a reason why the characters act the way they do.

A Secure Heart is recommended as a must read,  and is awarded five stars out of a possible five stars.

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Robert Medak
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Friday, February 1, 2013

The Other Island

Author: Jaime Martinez Tolentino

The Other Island is an engrossing tale of a Hispanic kid from Puerto Rico whose parents moved from the island to apart of New York in hopes of giving their children a better life.
People can relate on many levels to The Other Island. This memoir is also part history. Readers will learn something about growing up in the U.S. when English isn’t your native language, and one comes from a different culture.
The protagonist must face the difficult task of assimilating into a foreign way of life and overcoming not only language and cultural issues, but also health issues and issues of poverty and cultural stereotyping; being Puerto Rican growing up in the 1950s and 1960s El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) of New York.
Then there is the problem of having to move to El Barrio because New York declared eminent domain over 17 blocks (16.3-acres); including the one where you’re living, in a rundown building. Then, having to move into the only place available, which is a step down because the city is going to build the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where your building presently stands. All your family receives in compensation is moving expenses, leaving the family to find a new place they can afford.
This review is from reading The Other Island by Jaime Martinez Tolentino, a Puerto Rican who was the first in his family to entertain the idea of college. He was the first in his family to graduate from college.
The Other Island is a book for every reader. The Other Island receives a five out of five stars rating, with a must read recommendation.
Robert Medak
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Writing Is A Business

By Karen Rose Smith 

Writing Is A Business isn’t just another book about writing. Karen is an author with over 20-years in the writing business.

Make no mistake; writing is indeed a business as Karen expertly explains in her book Writing Is A Business.

Writing Is A Business is the perfect gift for anyone considering a writing career, and for today’s authors because of changes to the way book publishing is changing, and authors must keep up with the business of writing.

Anyone calling themselves a writer needs a copy of Writing Is A Business in their reference library. Writing has always been a business, because of changes in publishing, writers are required to learn the business side of writing and publishing. Writing Is A Business will help writers with the basics, and then writers must learn what they need from there to help their career in writing.

Writers need research for their stories; they also need Writing Is A Business to research the business side of their careers.

This reviewer found the information in Writing Is A Business useful and recommend writers grab a copy and learn about the other hats they must wear in today’s book publishing environment.

Writing Is A Business receives five stars out of a possible five stars.

Robert Medak
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Monday, January 14, 2013

A Dragon’s Path to Ascension

By J. C. Harker 

Follow the trials of Tharia in A Dragon’s Path to Ascension.

Tharia must hide from those that would harm her. While traveling she must avoid letting anyone see that she is different. This difference could cause her death at the hands of anyone who notices her flesh as others of her type.

She has seen what people are capable of when people notice beings like her. After seeing what happened to one of her kind, she is on a mission of survival, and ascension to a higher form.

Her mission is to travel to her mother without detection. If she can make it, she might survive.

Her trip is fraught with increasing danger and betrayal. Readers will have to read A Dragon’s Path to Ascension if they wish to find out if Tharia makes it to her mother.

Who is the woman Kaima? What does she have to do with Tharia?

When Tharia and Kaima meet, will there be sparks?

Reading, A Dragon’s Path to Ascension is the only way to find the answers to these questions.

A Dragon’s Path to Ascension is a book the can be read in a single sitting. The pace is one that by the end, readers will want more from author, J. C. Harker.

A Dragon’s Path to Ascension is a story for all ages.

A Dragon’s Path to Ascension is 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars.

Robert Medak
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Roots of Reno

By Al W. Moe

The Roots of Reno is a well-written history of the characters and area around parts of Nevada especially Reno, Nevada known today as The Biggest Little City in the World.

Reno, Nevada was a place of boomtown status along with sites like Carson City, Silver City, and the beginning of wealth for those who had the entrepreneurial spirit and willing to take chances.

The period of The Roots of Reno is the late 1800s through the first decade of the 1900s. A period when fortunes made and lost as boomtowns sprung up, then later abandoned as mines petered out, boomtowns becoming ghost towns. Miners spending their hard earned money on gambling, whiskey, and women. The ones making the real money were the saloon owners and some mine owners who knew how to build empires.

If you live in the area around Reno, or are a history buff, The Roots of Reno is a book for you to read. This reviewer found The Roots of Reno worth the read and recommends The Roots of Reno for readers wanting to escape for a while into another time and place with a skillful writer.

This reviewer is happy to reward The Roots of Reno fur out of five stars.

Robert Medak
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Blood in the Ground

By Robert Paul Blumenstein

Blood in the Ground is a psychological thriller about the eternal struggle between good and evil.

There is more than just the battle as the characters travel the world in pursuit of the fiend Opossum, responsible for unspeakable horrors.

Travel along with Mahoney and Peyton though history, visit sacred places looking for answers to the evil one who escaped from death row. How is a prisoner able to achieve this feat? You’ll have to read Blood in the Ground to find out.

Mahoney and Peyton travel the globe chasing after Opossum with a cast of unlikely characters that are able to help with the chase after evil. Mahoney and Peyton must capture Opossum before he wreaks more havoc, will they? Again, you’ll have to read Blood in the Ground to find out.

Blood in the Ground is a compelling and engaging read. Blood in the Ground is for any reader looking for something different to read in the fiction genre.

A work of psychological fiction, Blood in the Ground is well worth a recommendation of must read for adults. Blood in the Ground may not be suitable for younger readers because of some of the content. This reviewer recommends parental control of Blood in the Ground around younger children.

Blood in the Ground deserves four out of five stars.

Robert Medak
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