Joshua Tree Publishing

Based in Chicago, Joshua Tree Publishing specializes in works that uplift the human spirit, inspire people to reach for higher goals, and touch the hearts of readers.

Centaur Books

Centaur Books is an independent imprint of Joshua Tree Publishing. Specializing in fiction, Centaur Books is dedicated to helping first-time and seasoned authors in their writing careers. (more)

Chiral House Release

Undaunted A Memoir by Van B. Choat

Undaunted A Memoir is a harrowing story of unimaginable loss, horrible abuse, and unspeakable tragedy. For a young orphaned Vietnamese girl, living in a war torn country, growing up is the hardest journey. She flees an army of demons, ghostly soldiers, false friends, conniving and dangerous relatives, callous bureaucrats, and a complex, endless war that ensnared a whole nation. She struggles to endure a life of impossible circumstances and situations, until help comes and changes her life.

"Life makes orphans of us all. Some of us get a head start. I should begin this story when I was born, but I don’t know exactly when that was and those who could tell me are long gone, as is the world we once shared. It probably doesn’t matter. Ours is an old story begun afresh each day in war zones around the world. Orphans are one big family that seldom gets to meet. We know only those who hold our hands and we have only two of those. This book is about the two kinds of 'sisters' who held mine.

"The first are the little girls, strong women, weak women, kind or cruel women, and old ladies who, being real or spiritual sisters, guided me from ignorance and despair to some kind of peace and understanding in my life. The second are the angels who watch over us from eons before our birth to what, sooner or later, will become the end of time."

Van B. Choat was born Nguyen Thi Hien in the village of Rach Gia, southwest of Saigon. Orphaned at age four in a bloody Viet Cong massacre in 1964, Van begins a heart-breaking odyssey that takes her from the loving care of her stoic grandmother to foster homes where relatives both nurture and abuse her. Surviving the Tet Offensive, teenager Van escapes to the U.S. with her adoptive family on the eve of Saigon’s 1975 fall. She faces poverty, brutality, and discrimination in an alien land–compounded by the untimely death of her young husband and high-school sweetheart, a U.S. soldier who gives her two sons and a new mission in life.

Van B. Choat

13-Digit ISBN:

6" x 9" Perfect Bound; 246 Pages

Publication Date:
March 25, 2016

Retail Price: $18.95

For more information, visit Van Choat

Available through these Resellers:

Featured Book

Undaunted A Memoir by Van B. Choat

The Winds of Shamal depicts the use of psychic warfare techniques to counter Islamic fundamentalist militarism. Western governments, tiring of exportation of terrorism to their countries, form a coalition that targets the faith based organization, al Dar. A diverse clandestine group of intelligence agents and independent contractors execute the operation, the Protocol.

Through coercion an electronics engineer, Fouad Franklin Hindrix, serves in the Protocol organization to develop a computer driven machine to induce near death experiences. The machine effects the psychological reorientation of abducted militant Islamic clerics.

The story draws its power from the historic and current politicization of organized religion and the conflict it engenders.

What readers say about the book... 

"What an exciting book! I couldn't put it down. " Carol

"While this book is fiction, it sure would be great if Reed's approach to the world was being used. A lot of lives would be saved." Steve

Author F. D. Reed

A Ph.D. medicinal chemist, F. D. Reed spent his professional years as a pharmacist, a university professor, a researcher, an inventor and now an author. His research and patents include antibiotic substances, transdermal drug delivery devices and devices for administration of medicinal vapor to the respiratory tract.

A scientist and musician, Dr. Reed seeks harmony in the universe and pushes the boundaries of imagination with questions that begin with, “What if…?”.

F. D. Reed

13-Digit ISBN:

6" x 9" Perfect Bound; 272 Pages

Publication Date:
January 1, 2006

Retail Price: $17.95

Available through these Resellers:

Winds of Shamal Winds of Shamal