Review: Don’t Look Before You Leap

Don't Look Before You LeapDon’t Look Before You Leap by David Webb

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Don’t Look Before You Leap” was entertaining and funny…David Webb, a pilot for American Airlines, shares with his readers stories beginning with his childhood, his growing-up and going away to school. He even throws in additional stories about his brothers and the trips that they made, his “veggie truck” and provides his readers with a pointer on how to get rich. These stories were entertaining, funny and full of life…I especially enjoyed “Bugs,” “HeMen” and “Getting Rich.” The opening actually starts out a little slow w/”Coming Clean,” and, sometimes, it feels as if the author is leading his readers off on a tangent without a straight, narrow path in mind such as in “Eye, Eye Sir” and “The Dress.”

However, the best seems to have been saved for last as “Bugs,” “HeMen” and “Getting Rich” were the last three stories of the book…I would definitely have to say that the author seems to have been building his readers to an ultimate climax…which they are still high on, and hopefully can continue with his next book, “This is NOT a Serious Book” which he announces at the end.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers who favor more books that are more anecdotal and funny.

I give it 3 stars.

P.S.  “Don’t Look Before You Leap” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The e-version is available at both Amazon and Barnes&Noble for $2.99. 

 The paperback version is also available at Amazon.  However, you can visit Mr. Webb’s blog directly at and receive a 15% discount off the $6.99 list price…just enter the code YBTT9URW – it’s listed on his site as well.

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Review: A Bright New Morning: An American Story

A Bright New Morning: An American StoryA Bright New Morning: An American Story by Phil Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“A Bright New Morning: An American Story” by Phil Mitchell was okay…bringing a patriotic message, Mitchell discusses, throughout the book, his home state of Chicago, his beginnings, and the people that he has met while working as a trolley driver. While his message was important, to be honest, I did have some difficulties while trying to complete this book. Aside from the grammatical errors, Mitchell never fully completes any thought he brings up…many parts are scattered around, and even though some points that are presented hold validity, they are not completely explained.

Mitchell also relays to the reader that he is a musician, and he has written songs that relate to the message that he is desperately trying to spread, that it’s time for America to come back together, and we all need to work in unity to achieve this goal. His music does support his effort…I previewed the songs that were on his album, “America, ” and they were pretty good.

Overall, Mitchell has a strong message, a message that needs to be heard. And, should he decide to re-publish his book, I would strongly suggest an in-depth revision to tie up any loose ends that are still hanging. If he decides to go that route, I believe the revised copy along with his album will get him steps closer to the goal in which he is trying to acheive.

I give it 3 stars(the book was okay, but his music bumped the stars up a notch.)

P.S.  “A Bright New Morning: An American Story” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Dirty Little Angels

Dirty Little AngelsDirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Dirty Little Angels” by Chris Tusa was really good. The story is centered around Hailey, a sixteen-year old who is desperately trying to save her family from seperaration and divorce…she tries to keep them together the best that she can, no thanks to the activities of her mom and dad. However, as the story develops, this act proves more difficult especially considering Hailey and her brother, Cyrus, and their connection with Moses, a self-proclaimed preacher of a drive-thru church who believes that some people have to go through hell before they can be saved. The ending is unexpected, though, not surprising considering the events leading towards the end.

Overall, “Dirty Little Angels” was really interesting. I enjoyed the way Mr. Tusa developed his characters, right down to their mannerisms, and how he made them work together to help the story come alive. I just wish the plot would have been more developed towards the end.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S. “Dirty Little Angels” was provided courtesy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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