The Annual Lame “Best Of” Book List – 2013
Latest Posts / November 28, 2013

As is my habit (and many others), I publish a lame “best of” list every year. Mind you, these are just some of the book I really enjoyed this year, but not all. Usually a waste of cyberspace on Thanksgiving but hey … why not, right? Hope you enjoy my list, maybe get a few recommendations for you and yours and have a Happy Thanksgiving.   Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell &John Bruning Out­law Pla­toon raises some impor­tant ques­tions which needed to be asked (pre­pared­ness, effec­tive­ness, pro­fes­sion­al­ism) but that are dif­fi­cult to face. The book is a must-read for any­one inter­ested in the cur­rent war, com­bat or mil­i­tary life. Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format* The Ariadne Objective: The Underground War to Rescue Crete from the Nazis by Wes Davis The Ari­adne Objec­tive reads like a first rate World War II spy novel which could only be the prod­uct of the author’s fevered imag­i­na­tion. The fact the this book is non-fiction, with all the col­or­ful char­ac­ters, humor and fan­tas­tic adven­tures makes it all the better. Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format* The Color of Light by Helen Maryles Shankman The Color of Light by Helen Maryles Shankman is a novel which explores art, the Holo­caust, human­ity and, of course, vam­pires. The vam­pire in the story runs…

Book Review: Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 26, 2013

Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who is wanted for the attempted murder of her Danish fiancée escapes police custody. On that night the police finds the body of her ex-fiancée, a divisive journalist, after he has been tortured.

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, knows Natasha from her work at the refugee camp and has been following her case for some time. Nina cannot see how someone like Natasha was able to kill so brutally and tries to help her.

eBook Giveaweay: Phantasy by Marlowe
Latest Posts / November 23, 2013

: Story about a disgruntled young man who begins to therapeutically write and in the process, creates a fantasy world where, he ends up creating a monster which seems to be totally indestructible! Formats available: epub, mobi, PDF, pdb Number of winners: 100 Give­away Give­away ends: Novem­ber 30, 2013 International Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fun Facts Friday: George Eliot
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 22, 2013

George Eliot was the pseudonym of Mary Ann, or Marian, Cross, née Evans (22 November , 1819 .— 22 December, 1880) who was a English Victorian novelist which developed the method of psychological analysis characteristic of modern fiction.

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 21, 2013

I really enjoyed The Hunger Games when I first read it, while it’s not my usually genre my wife read it and thought I would enjoy it as well. Much like the first novel, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is also a fast read and introduces new characters as well.

Book Review: The Alligator Man by James Sheehan
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / November 20, 2013

Lawyer Kevin Wylie works for a shady boss who knowingly protects criminals under the thinly veiled disguise of being their lawyer. When he finds out that his estranged father is dying, Kevin decides to try and renew his relationship and leaves.

During his visit Kevin reconnects with his past and helps a family friend, Billy, who is charged with murder of a corporate tycoon who destroyed the lives of thousands of people (think Enron).

Book Review: Gracianna by Trini Amador
3 Stars , Fiction , Historical Fiction , Latest Posts / November 19, 2013

In the early 1940s, Gracianna Lasaga, a young girl from the mountains, sets her sights on reaching America. However, soon Gracianna is entangled in world War II and Nazi occupied Paris. Soon Gracianna finds a way to fight against the occupiers while also trying to achieve her dream and help her sister.

Fun Facts Friday: F.P.A.
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / November 15, 2013

Franklin Pierce Adams (15 November, 1881 – 23 March, 1960) was a writer and columnist as well as a radio personality. Mr. Adams wrote under the nom de plume: F.P.A. Adams’ given middle name was “Leopold”, he changed it to “Pierce” after his Bar Mitzvah. In his first writing gig with the Chicago Journal (1903), Adams wrote a sports column and a humor column Adams’ best known poem is “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon” or “Tinkers to Evers to Chance”. The poem is from the point of view of a New York Giants fan who is watching the Chicago Cubs infield of shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers, and first baseman Frank Chance complete a double play. Adams served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He wrote a column called The Listening Post for Stars and Stripes and was in military intelligence. Adams’ nick name was the “comma-hunter of Park Row” When Adams moved to his column, a parody of Samuel Pepys’s Diary, from Chicago’s Evening Mail to the New York Tribune his column was retitled “The Conning Tower”. In the column Adams featured contributors and it was said that just being published in “The Conning Tower” was enough…

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