We Are Voulhire

We Are Voulhire A new Arrival under Great Skies is an e-book assumed published, copyright and written by Matthew Tysz.

This is the first of two books that follow the fortunes of Galen, a young man who has escaped from a war torn society/country through help provided by a solicitor who was paid handsomely by his dying grandfather to accomplish this rather dangerous feat. He is totally naïve in the sophisticated ways of this new environment and gradually begins to learn in this first instalment. The country itself is wealthy but lacking in any cohesive identity. It embraces various levels of culture and a wide range of technologies but also various levels and types of magical performance that seem pervasive and often dominant as well. Numerous powerful individuals, several of whom are viciously destructive, appear to be rising into the more powerful positions as this episode ends and the reader must wait to discover whether the seemingly portended hope for the future the young Galen represents actually evolves.

Discussion/Conclusion: The author has set forth a fantasy containing all of the elements that should appeal to younger readers. It is a well-conceived fantasy set in ancient times of the restricted world knowledge of the day. It has a nicely conceived plot with thought-provoking philosophical features, nicely done descriptions and characters with whom some degree of empathy may be developed. Unfortunately however, from this reader’s perspective, there may be a few problems most of us reviewers overlook. We all are somewhat beyond an age group for which we are attempting to provide a meaningful review and we often forget to really observe the developing members of society for whom we cavalierly express our views of what they will or will not enjoy. This story opens slowly, even a little confusingly with new characters being rapidly introduced and the basic theme of good vs. evil actually does not become evident until pretty well into the book. It must be remembered that younger people are more inclined toward a faster mode of life with regrettably most often lesser involved in philosophical thoughts. One simply must observe their choices with respect to music, movies, games, conversation and their activities in general. An amusing aside perhaps is the fact that recent studies have shown that the average attention span level now resides at a mere eight seconds. Thus, long passages of description, even well-done avenues of thought, may present some cause for hesitation. The evolving generations also seem less likely to enjoy reading something for which the final note is designed to arrive sometime in the future. Most appear to prefer the ‘now’. In summation, this is a well-conceived fantasy that provides the usual philosophical thoughts so prevalent in stories in this genre and can appeal to the usual reviewer. However, one must occasionally indulge seriously in a little introspective activity to ascertain whether we are actually reviewing a book from our perspective rather than that of a member of today’s seemingly somewhat differently developing type of individual.

3*     4* Interesting well-written Fantasy; 3(?)* Apropos discussion.


Ex-Acute, What every American Needs to Know ISBN: 9781514470053, Xlibris, Copyright and written by Dr. Josh Luke.

Apropos its title, this book offers a quite extensive look at the American health system presented in 26 chapters split into 2 parts. Part 1 provides 11 chapters examining “The Fee-for-Service Merry-Go-Round.” It contains some provocatively captioned chapters that when read, amply explain why the author so nicely sums their collective value by a statement opening Part 2; viz. “it is clear that the care we receive is the result of a screwed-up-system with twisted methodologies and incentives between the patient and the provider that are not often aligned.” They are a summation of the system everyone has experienced to some degree if they have had a health problem and attempted to have it resolved. Part 2 continues and contains 15 chapters examining “Lessons from the Field: Assessing Care for Your Aging Parents, Your family and Your Children.” This part provides the reader with details of the evolving system and how best to approach the inevitability of living and/or dying within what is evolving as well as what might eventually evolve. A Glossary, interesting facts About the Author and a few End-Notes conclude the book.

Discussion: This is a book that everyone needs to read, or at least Part 2. Anyone who has experienced a healthcare episode is only too aware of the situation (s) discussed in Part 1, although the author may provide answers to a question or two for which the reader never had been able previously to obtain. The second part presents a cogent discussion of the evolving picture of treatment that the individual must know, along with numerous empathetic suggestions of how to deal with often heart-rending decisions. From this reviewer’s perspective, the only disappointing feature of this presentation is introduction of a particular form of government as the culprit – the repetitive shunting of blame for healthcare’s inadequacies totally to Capitalism. The author most assuredly IS correct about the importance of ‘the-bottom-line’ to many individuals as being rampant. However, because human nature NEVER will allow much more than a modicum of altruism to exert itself regardless of the method of health care being provided, it would seem to be an error to blame the ‘system’ whether it be capitalistic, socialistic or some other provider. My concern with its introduction here is that readers will not concentrate on the importance of his message. Instead, many may pounce upon another factor to add to the growing belief in the need for a more socialistic form of government. Recently Argentina and Venezuela, have shown this form of government has not demonstrated any improvement in healthcare for their countries. Health care under the Russia regimes has been abominable. Great Britain’s record is poor as is that of most other countries in Europe. Interestingly, even Sweden’s top listed health system is again changing because it has been found to suffer the exact problems encountered in the U.S. (Perhaps as a somewhat tangent related aside, in a trip to that country a few years back, I noticed a huge building some distance away and upon enquiry was informed it was one of the largest hospitals in their country and treated only mental patients.) Even Canada’s system is nowhere as adequate as that provided in the United States. Thus, if nothing better is available, that which is provided appears to be better than others touted. Furthermore as the author discusses, better healthcare models gradually are evolving. So, to reiterate and petition the prospective reader, PLEASE do not permit your attention to be redirected to a political theme, when the problem is one with which every form of government has been forced to accept – the existence of only a small amount of personal altruism.

Conclusion: This truly is a must read book for anyone and everyone in the United States who has, is, or will require any level of healthcare. I hope the reader as well as the author will understand and accept my apologies for my reaction to his repeated mentioning inadequacies of a manner of governing as the main culpable reason for the country’s healthcare problems. I sincerely believe that such placement of blame can only add to the horrendously and dangerously chaotic political situation now rampant within the country – one that certainly is not ‘healthy for the country’ nor those living there.

3*    5* Recommended as Must Read; 3* required sincere caveat.

Dogs of War

Dogs of War, A novella. Amazon Kindle Edition, Copyright 2011 and written by Bradley Convissar.

Gary Lettner and Caroline, his wife of six months discover and purchase a home in a nice suburban area and in true dog-lover fashion he decides to visit a small animal shelter to get a dog. Not exactly in a manner favored by Caroline, he obtains Molly, a close to mentally beaten-down eight-year-old Dachshund. For little explained reasons other than a purported incompatibility, they divorce and he and Molly settle into an enjoyable routine until one night Molly awakens him in the middle of the night with incessant barking and a desire to be let out into the garden. From this point, the story become a tale of ghostly dogs and their insistence upon gaining Molly’s aid, with Gary in attendance, to attempt to right vicious wrongs they, and others, had suffered at the hands of cruel developers of dogs to be used in illicit dog fighting.

Discussion: The author has presented a tale describing in some detail the inhuman atrocities a certain breed of individuals will inflict upon animals to satisfy their sick minds. It is a short book that may be classified in the ghost/horror genre with a revenge theme that dog lovers no doubt will love. The pace is good, the rather detailed plot moves well so the reader feels compelled to continue to its termination. As an aside, as once owner of dachshunds, the breed is subject to the infirmities listed, but Gary’s treatment of Molly seems a little overdone especially in light of some of her described activities. But then, when one reads a ghost story, it is necessary to pretty much ignore any pragmatic thoughts.

4* Short, easy read ghost story with unusual protagonists.

Healer’s Hands Healer’s Heart

Healer’s Hands, Healer’s Heart ISBN: 9780986124723, Healer’s Hands Publishing (2015) by Gloria Kaye, PhD.

Sub-titled “Sharing the Gift of Healing”, according to the author this book presents “in-depth insights, practical techniques and inspiring stories of success with non-traditional healing.” It is composed of two sections. I – My World as a Healer that sets forth in 7 chapters the author’s background; a series of dramatic healings of numerous individuals; description of various conditions successfully treated; recounting establishment of a holistic care establishment for an elderly population; successful treatment of a number of animals suffering from various conditions; a chapter dealing with professional athlete’s; and one on Progress with Forward-Thinking Physicians. Section II: Healing Basics and Insights with chapters providing Healing tips for Beginners; Uncommon Solutions to Common Complaints; Classroom Experiences describing activities during and following a lecture at UCLA School of Medicine; Distance Healing Vignettes literally describing how these are performed; Small Moments that discuss subjects such as Regarding Relationships, Decisions, Anger, Control and more and a Summary. Chapter.

Discussion: The author has provided a discussion of a subject that gradually is causing an increasing amount of attention within the field of medicine. This new direction stems directly from the populace in general. In spite of the magnificent advances in medical technology and treatment modality, the patient increasingly is feeling that he/she no longer is ‘a person’. ‘Health care’ and all of the accompanying considerations has caused patient care to grow so much the physician has become overwhelmed. Frequently a patient may not even be seen by one, but by a ‘nurse practitioner instead’, or he/she may ‘dial a number’ or to ‘chat’ with one on a web line. As a result, the patient frequently is attended to quickly by some ‘health care provider’. Why? The number seen/day, or similar. is the important ‘bottom line’ for the health care facilities which are administered more frequently than not by an administrator with little to no medical knowledge or understanding of a patient’s needs. The patient’s complaints frequently are listened to but not actually ‘heard’. The ‘unwell’ individual, rightly or wrongly, is disgruntled. Thus, an increasing number of voices asking for personal attention.

The range of alternative medical treatment is quite large. This author, interestingly having successfully defended a PhD thesis in Yoga, believes (and makes a good case for) the fact that she probably belongs to a group of Russian Healers known as Mystics. She represents one phase that favors a mode of treatment more favorably looked upon by Eastern therapists who concentrate on movement of body energy. They address “the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of life” within the body. The Hindu tradition, for example, addresses the Chakras (specific control points in the body) that represent ideas rather than “something tangible that can be excised or palpated”.

Conclusion: The author has presented a most engaging discussion of one phase of the gradual rebirth of Alternative Medicine. From this reader’s perspective, she has spent too much time presenting different but similar case histories. Granted her desire is to show their authenticity through the variety and many glowing statements of corroboration. However, a smaller number would seem to have made the reading less redundant and still made her point. Part II is most informative and will stimulate interesting thoughts and conjectures.

4* Dichotomous 3* – 5* for reasons described.

The Promise of Blockchain

The Promise of Blockchain ISBN: 9781946197115 Prestige Publishing by Jason Schenker.

Sub-titled “Hope and Hype for an Emerging Disruptive Technology”, the book contains the usual Preface and Introduction followed by 18 Chapters describing, explaining and discussing Blockchain, it’s pluses and minuses, Bitcoin and assorted other cryptocurrencies for which it functions as ‘an engine’. The 18th chapter suggests eventual evolution of Quantum Computers (Subject of his next book already published and reviewed), a Conclusion chapter, an Appendix covering a glossary of terms used in the book that will no doubt be new to many, About the Author, Rankings, About the Publisher and Disclaimers.

Discussion: The author believes that his presentation is necessary because of the amount of misinformation, or incomprehension of it, that seemingly exists among individuals in the world of commerce today. Thus he offers this material: “For those strategists, economists and futurists who wish to be tech savvy without catching tech fever.” The explanations are enlightening, caveats well founded and all is most credibly set forth by a man eminently qualified to provide the material. The only disappointing feature of the book, possibly from this reader’s perspective alone, is the reader frequently being informed during the chapter discussions that more will be provided in a future chapter. The complexity of the subject under discussion is understood, but would more judicious editing have been able to provide a more cohesive presentation with less repetition of material?

4* 5* comments; -1* perhaps for this reader alone – see question.

Quantum: Computer Noveau

Quantum: Computing Noveau ISBN: 9781946139, Prestige Publishing, written by Jason Schenker.

The author has sub-titled this little book “The Technological Step Change that Could Foster Scientific Discovery, Break Blockchains and Trigger a Global Cybersecurity Arms Race.” It’s raison d’être is to present introductory material associated with the Quantum theory and where practical considerations are leading to a ‘need to know’ at least minimal facts about this field that presently is almost totally in the realm of academicians in physics and other fields of scientific endeavor. For the neophyte he enumerates the already existing early attempts at implementation of the processes and postulates with respect to future expansion to a viable and probably even importantly necessary tool for the not too distant future. The discussion begins with a preface explaining his desire to provide “a book that laid down the basics that put quantum in a context that business professionals could quickly grasp and that laid out simply the industries and sectors with the greatest opportunities and risks”. Next, follows an Introduction and chapter 1 – Why I Wrote this Book, both of which expand on pertinent reasons, including “Quantum could undermine the cryptographic value-add of Blockchain, Bitcom and any other cryptocurrency or encryption technology that currently uses non-quantum encryption.” Thirteen additional chapters continue plus a Conclusion, an Appendix: Quantum Glossary; Endnotes; About the Author; Rankings; About the Publisher and Disclaimers.

Discussion: The author has presented material with respect to the present state of Quantum Theory, its plusses and minuses, its present position and future possibilities in a manner that should be easily understood by the average reader. He describes how Quantum differs from the presently used Binary code that operates only at states of whole or entire (non-fractionated) numbers. Quantum functions using qubits (quantum bits – think fractions or decimals if it helps) of the whole numbers 1 and 0 which can exist in varying degrees at the same time. “This is called the quantum state.” The reason he believes that quantum may be most beneficial for future analyses is because of what it has to offer. It has been determined that the amount of new data acquired within the past two years is greater than the total gathered in all previous history. Quantum can handle such large quantities if incorporated into computers because they could run parallel analyses concurrently adding almost innumerable variables. Regrettably however, the author explains that their development has only begun with actually 3 prototypes now under development. He provides brief description of each and presents the main problems facing such developmental endeavors*. Also provided is a list of areas that perhaps can profit most by eventual development of such computers.

Summary: The author is eminently qualified to make this presentation and to reiterate, has provided most interesting postulates in a manner that the newbie can comprehend. The individual new to the subject might find it helpful to first read two parts of the material at the end of the book – About the Author, and the Appendix: Quantum Glossary. This material could provide the uninformed a better understanding of the presenter’s authoritatively personalized position from which he writes and also pre-knowledge obtained from the glossary that will save him/her from possibly repeated need to revert to it for definitions of terms with which they only may be marginally familiar.

5* Enlightening presentation.

*Traditional – qubits function best at absolute zero and are sensitive to noise also, thus requiring a large machine.

Emulated – “Quantum computing is closer in character to analog computing because the computational model for analog computing differs from the standard computing: a continuum of values, rather than a discrete set is allowed. It uses an analog signal-based emulation of a quantum computer for a computational approach using some of the probabilistic attributes of the traditional near-absolute-zero kind of computer” (these attributes allow it to function at room temperature).

Photonic – focuses on using large-scale silicon photonic circuits with the eventual purpose of achieving “full –scale universal quantum technologies using light”. This doesn’t require near zero chips and is not subject to the ‘noise’ of traditional quantum computing systems.

Dying for Justice

Dying for Justice, a mystery with romance overtones, copyright and written by Pauline Isaksen.

Plot/Characters: A prologue describes how sixteen-year-old Michael Bradley happened to kill the top candidate for the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer as he was hunting with Michael’s father on the Bradley’s spacious estate. He swears he shot at a deer, but no tracks could be found and he is charged with criminal negligence. Beautiful Julia Ainsworth did not follow her Nigerian born mother Elizabeth’s passion for art but studied law instead. Perhaps because Elizabeth apparently had little artistic talent other than recognizing it or more probably because Julia and her father became much closer after her mother’s death. Julia now is a lawyer in her father Jack’s prestigious London law firm. Unfortunately, he has become quite heavily involved in politics that is taking much of his time so he asks Julia to defend the boy as he is the son of his close friends Tom and Nicole. Julia, on visits with Tom and Nicole and then with Michael, uses a desktop device that contained a “Stress Detector Analysis Program” which “…was able to identify various types of stress levels, cognitive processes and emotional reactions.” The program is one suggested by Julia’s long-time friend Danny, who has a rather inexplicable relationship with various ‘dark’ groups. He suggests she consult with his good friend Chris, who is most knowledgeable in interpreting these programs, Chris is a former governmental operative now working in the private sector, handsome, recently divorced and the loving father of two very young children. He confirms her suspicion of Michael’s innocence, yet there is absolutely no evidence to support such a conclusion. Therefore, the boy enters a guilty plea which for several cogent reasons will reduce his sentence to a matter of little more than one and one half years of incarceration. She still cannot accept his confinement and continues her attempts to find an answer to the puzzling situation. As a number of most unusual clues emerge she comes closer to the truth, attempts are made on her life and her father urges her to leave the case alone. She continues, more clues are discovered, relationships are established, devastating revelations made and startling actions taken that provide an end result that many readers will not expect.

Discussion: The author has written an enjoyable first novel. The plot is interesting in the twists provided and the pace and verbalization good. There are a few features that could make the story a little more enjoyable, at least from this reader’s perspective. Most prominent was attempting to empathize with any of the characters. Danny and his relationship with members of the Ainsworth family had no explanation. Similarly that of Chris and his ex-wife, and both with Danny and the explosive reaction by Chris. Further, a loving relationship between Chris and Julia developed really only because it seemed reasonable; i.e. they were provided with little help and even Julia and some of her thought processes, reactions and emotions were marginal. Another basically disquieting feature is the description of the hunting incident – relationship of prologue as descried with respect to preparation, persons involved and the subsequent material – all are difficult to resolve for anyone who has hunted,

However to reiterate, the author has written an enjoyable book. The comments offered here simply are suggestions that this reader believes will provide more fully developed tales in the future.

3* 4* first endeavor; 3* as explained.