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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
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Severance A Chevron Ross Book Review

Ling Ma must have precognitive talents to produce a plague novel so eerily similar to the pandemic reality of 2020. Published two years before the Coronavirus, Severance sketches a world in which people wear personalized masks to fend off a fever that dooms victims to robotic, repetitive behavior. Civilization crumbles as…
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April 29, 2022
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Gilead: A Chevron Ross Book Review

The ministry is a unique and difficult occupation. Laypersons expect preachers to be closer to God and live on a higher plain of morality. Reverend John Ames, third in a generation of preachers, lives in a small, unexceptional Iowa town. He loves the ministry but admits to shortcomings everyone possesses.…
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April 22, 2022
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How Beautiful We Were: A Chevron Ross Book Review

Suppose your government leased your property to an oil company. That it did so without your permission. That the company’s drilling poisoned your children, your pets, your trees, and your garden. What would you do? Fortunately, we Westerners have laws to protect us from such outrages. The people of Kosawa,…
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April 15, 2022
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The Reckoning: A Chevron Ross Book Review

What makes this one of John Grisham’s better novels is the way he works the Bataan Death March into a murder mystery. A year after surviving the horror and returning to his farm, Pete Banning walks into his hometown church and shoots the preacher to death. He refuses to explain…
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April 8, 2022
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French Braid: A Chevron Ross Book Review

I love the deft way Anne Tyler draws you into the lives of her characters. A few pages go by, and suddenly you feel you’ve known them for years. Then the story is over, and you wish they’d have stayed around longer. There’s so much to like about French Braid,…
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April 1, 2022
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Salt Houses: A Chevron Ross Book Review

“When it happens, you must find a way to remember.” That admonition is the theme of Salt Houses, Hala Alyan’s tale of a Palestinian family spanning the years 1963 to 2014. The words come from Salma, the family matriarch. Her daughter doesn’t understand what she means, but we get a…
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March 18, 2022