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Michael Bernhart “How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive”

HHow Speleology - book coverIf the title of Michael Bernhart’s latest book is confusing, don’t feel bad. Speleology is the study of caves and cave systems, and you already know about sex drives, but the snake? Well, I think Bernhart is selling himself short here because this is the third book in a four book series and it reads well, but the titles aren’t helping to get readers. That’s unfortunate, and while he almost lost me because of the cover, I did start reading the story, and it was interesting.

The truth is that How Speleology Restored My Sex Drive is a good clean (mostly) read about a family that travels to Georgia to hunt lost treasure left during the Civil War. It draws on a possibly true legend of lost gold and presents some characters with colorful back stories of their own.

Bernhart writes in first-person and the main character, Max, tells us about his wife Sally and their two twins, who somehow manage to convince their parents to go on the treasure hunt in the first place. Much of the story is tongue-in-cheek, although there are some serious issues involved when the foursome is forced to interact with the Ku Klux Klan, who is also searching for the same treasure. Needless to say, struggles ensue.

This is a 265-page, easy-reading book set in 1993. It’s available on Kindle for $2.99, and you are likely to enjoy the read.

 

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Dean Klein “The Jerusalem Stone”

the-jerusalem-stone-book-coverInside The Jerusalem Stone, author Dean Klein tells a sprawling story about a paid assassin’s life from the protagonist’s upbringing in a moneyed home to his training as a Marine Scout Sniper. This happens after he suddenly enlists, leaving his Yale education and new wife behind as he tours Iraq.

As a Lance Corporal, Simon Banner does a fine job, but he becomes disillusioned with his job and leaves the service. He drifts, takes care of his daughter (his wife has died), and eventually sells himself and his soul to work for drug cartels.

The book is 507 pages, not a late night treat you can finish in one sitting. It will take an investment, a good bit of reading, before the story turns to something strange, something unexplainable. He and his daughter visit Jerusalem, she finds a strange stone, and his life changes, but is his soul worth saving?

This is a new issue, published December 9, 2016. It’s also a bit pricy, at $9.99. The “Look Inside” feature at Amazon generously gives those interested several chapters. Check it out to get a feel for the authors use of language and the image he presents through his words.