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Bel Canto: A Chevron Ross Book Review

I couldn’t help thinking of that old movie Dog Day Afternoon while reading this story. Both deal with hostage situations that take unexpected turns, some of them comical. It is quirks of humanity that make both works memorable. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett’s fourth novel, deals with a formal gathering of…
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July 1, 2022
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Isaac's Storm: A Chevron Ross Book Review

Erik Larson has become my favorite historian. No matter what subject he chooses – Winston Churchill, the Lusitania, or the Chicago Exposition – he weaves his detailed scholarship into a fascinating narrative. In Isaac’s Storm, Larson takes on not only an historic hurricane, but the science of meteorology and the…
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June 24, 2022
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The Portrait of a Lady: A Chevron Ross Book Review

Henry James wrote so skillfully about America’s moneyed class that it’s easy to get sucked into their indolent, self-centered lives. But take a step back, and you wonder how they can stand themselves. All they do is travel around Europe in railway cars and carriages, visiting museums, attending concerts and…
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June 17, 2022
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A Free Novel in Memory of Gun Violence Victims

Dear Chevron Ross Readers, The novel Weapons of Remorse first appeared three years ago as an exploration of America's gun violence problem. Since that time, countless other innocent people have fallen victim to this persistent tide of murder. The recent shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York have made…
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June 3, 2022
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Storming Heaven: A Chevron Ross Book Review

It’s a sad irony that some of the characters in Storming Heaven witnessed the Civil War, only to see Americans go to war against each other again fifty-six years later. Again, the issue was slavery, although of a different kind. It was the tyranny of coal mining companies over their employees. The…
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May 27, 2022
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Native Son:A Chevron Ross Book Review

Bigger Thomas, an inner-city youth, is so full of anger and shame at being black in a white world that by age twenty he is a petty criminal, far down the road to disaster. Even the efforts of a benevolent white family to lift him out of his plight serve…
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May 20, 2022
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Intervention: A Chevron Ross Book Review

Life’s problems are sometimes so overwhelming that there’s only one solution. That is to place them in God’s hands. Terri Blackstock makes a persuasive argument for that choice in her suspense novel, Intervention. Emily Covington is sunk so deeply in drugs that her mother Barbara, having tried everything else, hires…
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May 13, 2022
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Child of Gilead: A Chevron Ross Book Review

Told in simple terms but deep in meaning, Child of Gilead is a parable of good versus evil. At stake in their battle is the destiny of a ten-year-old boy, child of an innocent young woman and a hoodlum long departed from their lives. The unnamed boy and his mother,…
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May 6, 2022
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Kindle Countdown Deal: Weapons of Remorse

From May 3 through May 10 you can purchase the first Chevron Ross novel, Weapons of Remorse, for only 99 cents (regularly $2.99). The novel is about a shooting incident that threatens to destroy America's most powerful gun rights organization. Weapons of Remorse has won independent publishing awards from Indies…
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May 3, 2022