Ann Frailey

Ann has had articles published in the New Oxford Review and the Latin Mass. She won runner-up in fiction for ARAM in the 2011 Indie Publishing Contest. The Road Goes Ever On has an imprimatur from Bishop Paprocki of the Springfield, IL diocese. ARAM, and Ishtar's Redemption have won the Catholic Writer's Guild Seal of Approval. Neb the Great and all of her books are available as e-books and paperbacks through AMAZON Books.

Her newest book, Georgios, has made it through the 1st round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest.

Ann has a B. S. in Elementary Education. She was married to John Frailey who was also an educator for many years, but passed away in December 2013 due to cancer complications. She has eight children and she home educates them while maintaining a mini-farm.

Ann devotes her time to writing books that align Christian thought with the lived adventure of becoming who we are called to be. She loves her various roles as mother, educator, and author. She enjoys spending her time with her family and friends (& critters) on their mini-farm in rural Illinois.

Ann's future fictional works will reflect on the journey-quest of humanity from our ancient past into the middle-ages. Visit her website www.akfrailey.com often for her newest blog, chapters of her stories, movie and book reviews, rambling impressions on what our culture is up to these days, updates on her writings, book signings, and public speaking events.

For questions or comments please write to: akfrailey@yahoo.com

Book Reviews by Ann Frailey

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Children of the Good

Children of the Good S1:E1 Series Premier written by Felix Whelan is a difficult book to classify.  At first, I thought it was going to be a dystopia-parable story dealing with the end of times reflecting a kind of Brave New World theme. But as I got farther into the work, it plowed right into the background events and the history of the characters, and suddenly the book took on the tone of a thriller.  In spots, it refers to spiritual realities and I was suddenly seeing prophetic imagery.  So, though it is labeled fantasy, this book has a lot more to it than meets the eye at first glanc...

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The Scholar's Challenge

The Scholar’s Challenge by Julian Bauer is, in my humble opinion, one of the best new books on the market.  It starts with an informative preface which sets the scene and the background.  There are really two books here; the first focuses on the life and work of Origen told through his friend and servant, Ianos’, point of view.  Using the servant’s point of view was a clever and engaging way to present the story as Mr. Bauer had free license to make up a personal story while revealing the professional scholarship of this 3rd century Christian thinker. 

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The Tribune: A Novel of Ancient Rome

If ever there were time-travelers who could record their journeys into the long past, they could hardly do a better job of bringing ancient history vividly to life than Patrick Larkin did in his story The Tribune.

The Tribune is a story of a single man at odds with the world in which he lives, or at very least, at odds with the powers which direct his professional world. Lucius Aurelius Valens was born in the twenty-fourth year after Octavian became ruler of Rome. He serves his country faithfully as an honest soldier should in emulation and out of respect for his noble father. Lucius dis...

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Sacred Gold (Rocky Meadow Mysteries)

Sacred Gold by Linda Rawlins is an entertaining look at the life of a young female doctor, Amy Daniels, who is drawn into a web of secrecy and intrigue.  I have not read Rawlins’ earlier works, so I do not know their story lines, but Dr. Amy’s history with adventure is referred to throughout the story.  Still, I found Sacred Gold to be a stand-alone book in that you did not need to have any previous background knowledge to understand the plot and characters of this story.

There is a lot that is really great in this book. The story line flows smoothly and the characters a...

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Simple and Pure

The book Simple and Pure by Michael Rahlfs has many great qualities. It is the story of a young man named Thomas Clark transitioning from a private Catholic school to a public school in his senior year of high school. The observations Thomas makes and the impact he has on his fellow students are noteworthy, though I have to wonder at his advanced level of maturity.  He comes across more as a saint than as a young man discovering his strengths and weaknesses.  Still, he is an admirable character.

The overall story is rather simple. Thomas has grown up nurtured on his Catholic faith and the ex...

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The Lord of the Rings

For most people familiar with the story The Lord of the Rings made famous by director Peter Jackson’s movie based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien, one might think there is no need to read a review of the Tolkien trilogy. But there is more to this story than just the plot, action, characters and setting which Jackson has made familiar to us.

Dedicating his work and his life, to a higher goal, Tolkien was a man who ardently believed that what he wrote mattered to the world.  As a Catholic, his world view was wide.  Since Tolkien was a very well educated man, his mind was well equipped...

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Kristin Lavansdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter, written by Sigrid Undset who won the 1928 Nobel Prize in Literature for her work, is a masterpiece of ingenious story-telling. The three book trilogy; The Wreath, The Wife and The Cross, centers around a young girl growing up in medieval Norway who, though she has a very pious and loving family, makes choices which lead her down a path of sin, struggle, and repentance. 

This novel is a work of art which reflects the whole human endeavor to know oneself better and to come to terms with Almighty God. In particular, it is one woman&rsq...

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