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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Promises to Keep by R. E. McDermott

McDermott's Books Make You Think!

Author McDermott has outdone himself, AGAIN!  This book wrapped up  a series that was frighteningly realistic. For new readers, the world has suffered a vast EMP and the trilogy is based on the impact on civilization. I STRONGLY recommend reading the entire series.  McDermott writes well researched books that imbue both action and pathos.   The characters are real, they bleed and some of them die, just like the real world.  I think that is what makes R. E. McDermott so good, the ability to make the reader feel for his characters. 

The government is not painted as benign in this book.  The current state of self serving politics is extrapolated into the near future with disastrous results.  Look at the current crisis in Puerto Rico preceded by Florida and Texas.   There are people going hungry, without food or water or medical care weeks after the storms.   Project that forward for a world wide disaster and the consequences are too dire to conceive.

Good people with inadequate preparation die in this book and in reality, they would also die.  Don't get me wrong, the book is not just doom and gloom.  It is peppered with acts of generosity and courage that inspire you as you despair over the circumstances that require such sacrifice.

McDermott sees human nature with clarity and charity, he recognizes that there are unsavory elements while hoping that the positive nature of ordinary Americans will rise to the extraordinary when the situation demands it.

This is a terrific book and a great series.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Into A Dark Frontier by John Mangan

Whew!  The author has action and adventure nailed!  This was a hard book to put down.  In many places it was hard to read due to the brutality of the story but it was also very thought provoking.   Africa is depicted as a new frontier after a series of events leads to a dramatic depopulation.   The protagonist is a former Seal who has been identified falsely as a terrorist.  The story is his fight against a corrupt system.
Mangan postulates some potential issues with the United Nations and with the “military and industrial” clique.   The “fat cats” are dictating what is being done by the “one world” attitude and the U.S. military.  (the quotation marks are my interpretation and not necessarily what the author intended.  

The idea of political correctness running amuck and big brother rearing his ugly head is certainly alive in today’s headlines.  The best magicians focus your attention on their right hand while their left hand is lifting your wallet.   Focusing attention on professional athletes kneeling or not is clearly distracting attention from health care, national disasters and North Korea.   All of this taking place after Mangan paints similar behavior in his novel.  

Lt. Col. (R) John Mangan is a
decorated combat rescue pilot

The author grabs you by the throat, shakes you around and then pushes your nose to the page.   I look forward to seeing more from John Mangan.   A little polish, a nudge here and there and you are looking at mega best sellers.

I highly recommend but don’t expect to like a possible future.


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Rogue Justice by John R. Monteith

I think I  have read all of Monteith’s books.  Here are links to some of my previous reviews: Rogue Crusader and then Rogue Avenger  and  Rogue Betrayer.    This book includes the usual suspects and pits them against the  Israelis this time. 

As mercenaries, this group has a positive world ethic.  Pierre is money centric but seems to have a conscience.   Jake still has some anger management issues but is pretty much under control.   Terry is enigmatic in many cases.    Dmitry, the new guy, is working to be a member of the team.   He is fraught with some self doubt. 

The plot as always is complex.  This time diverse elements of the Israeli infrastructure are at odds.   The team is attempting to maintain stability in a highly volatile area.

The technology is always interesting.  The dolphins garnered a slightly larger role in this book.   Personalities and self interest clouding judgment seem all to real. 

 The book read easily and held my interest. 

I recommend the book.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Spotlight on DIRTY BOXING by Harper St.George and Tara Wyatt

About the book:
The Blood and Glory series
Volume 1
Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt
Pocket Star EBook
September 18, 2017

ISBN 9781501170195

St. George (A Marriage Deal with the Outlaw) and Wyatt (Necessary Work) have written a fast-paced romance filled with sizzling chemistry, which will have readers rooting for Jules and Nick to find their way back to each other. Verdict: This novel will have broad appeal for readers of sexy contemporary romance, not just those who have an interest in MMA.”
—Library Journal

After an unstable childhood, Jules Darcy is very familiar with the risks of falling in love. And as an adult, she’s never let herself forget just how high those stakes can be. That’s why she ran away a year ago after her fling with MMA fighter Nick Giannakis quickly got serious. But when she jumps at the opportunity to reconnect with her dad by accepting a job with his growing fight league, she’s stunned to learn the abs, the chiseled arms, and the rock-solid punches she has to market belong to none other than her former fling. Unable to run away from the sexy middleweight this time, Jules vows to keep things strictly professional. But one look at Nick, and her resolve starts to crumble….

The last thing Nick expects when he signs with the prestigious World Fighting Championship is that he’ll have to work with the only woman who ever broke his heart. Desperate to hide the pain she caused him, Nick vows to keep his distance from his gorgeous ex. But when he realizes their intense chemistry hasn’t faded after a year apart, he wonders if they could have a future together, even if dating the boss’s daughter could complicate his bid for the championship belt.

Under the bright lights of Las Vegas, in the world of high-stakes prize fighting, they’ll have to take a risk and decide if their love is worth fighting for.

About the authors:
Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days and it instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the romance novel, which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since. She currently lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast with her family and loves to connect with readers. She would love to hear from you. Please visit her website at or connect with her on Facebook at

Tara Wyatt is a contemporary romance and romantic suspense author who has won several awards, including the Unpublished Winter Rose, the Linda Howard Award of Excellence, and the Heart of the West. A librarian by day and romance writer by night, Tara lives in Hamilton, Ontario with the world’s cutest dog and a husband who makes all of her heroes look like chumps. Find her at

I avoid Romance novels but I am aware that lots and lots of folks love them so I will spotlight ones that look interesting from time to time. 

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