Spotlight on Idaho authors and books


by Robert L. Foster; Sunstone Press ($26.95)

Randy Johnson, a former green beret platoon leader in Vietnam, has now settled into the peaceful life of an Idaho rancher. It holds a kind of a magic, a new freedom, a relief from a cunning invisible enemy left behind in the dangerous jungles of Vietnam. He’s good with a gun, fast on a horse and as tough and smart as the next man, but he’s about to meet a new enemy more cunning and illusive than the one he left in Vietnam.

Idaho’s television stations issue breaking news alerts almost hourly providing the latest gruesome statistical details of newly discovered mutilated cattle — many found on ranches adjacent to Randy’s. Five hours later the mutilators strike Randy Johnson’s isolated horse ranch — and all hell breaks loose. It is up to law enforcement to find the answer and solve the mystery. Can they do it?


by Deborah Long (Meridian); CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ($16.95)

In the Spring of 1963, a madman was terrorizing West Texas. Taunting the cops desperately trying to catch him, this madman finally meets his match. For when his blood lust takes him to the little windswept town of Loving, a savvy woman sheriff joins the chase. When she gets inside the head of the Texas Ripper, all hell breaks loose.

On the surface, “Loving” is a rip-roaring who-done-it seasoned with a soupcon of gallows humor. At its core, it is a tapestry of gender and sexuality, friendship and family, loneliness and longing and, yes, loving.

“The Restoration of Our Common Home: Summary of and Commentary on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter: On the Care of Our Common Home”

by Mark W. McGinnis (Boise); CreateSpace Independent Publishing (free)

Artist and writer Mark W. McGinnis’ 37-page booklet contains summaries of and commentaries on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter On the Care of Our Common Home. The author summarizes and reflects on the pope’s profound document that lucidly describes our ecological crisis and proposes a “cultural revolution” to transform our relationships to nature, society and to each individual.