Book Review for Stinger: Operation Cyclone (A Rick Fontain Novel Book 2) by Bill Fortin

Stinger: Operation Cyclone (A Rick Fontain Novel Book 2) by [Fortin, Bill]

Stinger: Operation Cyclone (A Rick Fontain Novel Book 2)

Book Review:

It is hard to believe that this is a work of fiction. It is so realistically written that it feels like a real adventure. I enjoy stories based on the Middle East and therefore this story is a good reading treat. The story dwells heavily with the military operation and how the supply of arms to foreign country is made difficult under the control of the USA. I like how the author described places like Afghanistan and Kuala Lumpur in detail that literally makes me feel like being transported to those places. Some parts of the book will require you to pay close attention to different timelines as the story jumps back and forth to different dates.

A great read and a well thought-out book!

A 4 star for this book

The books blurb:

Rick Fontain is back… A Cold War adventure that peers inside the exploits of Senator Charlie Wilson and CIA’s Task Force Chief Gust Avrakotos. Strange bedfellows they were… their alliance proved to be one of the most successful partnerships in the history of the CIA. Stinger: Operation Cyclone centers on the results of these efforts.

The adventure begins with the election of Ronald Regan in 1979. This was the same year that the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Early in 1982 POTUS called for a plan of action to arm and finance the Jihadi warriors known as the Mujahideen. Operation Cyclone was the code name assigned to this project.

CIA Officer Mike Vickers, not a participant in this story, was solicited by Avrakotos to help design and roll out the blueprint to equip the Mujahideen. Included in this Covert Action program was the Stinger guided missile. This weapon system would be credited as the major factor in the Russian withdraw in 1989.

General Gerald Bushman returns as the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency. Rick Fontain, who was now a Member, Technical Staff of AT&T’s Bell Labs, is brought in for his expertise with the Stinger technology. His familiarity with the Russian gunship, the Mil Mi24 was just icing on the cake.

Rick is re-united with his Redeye instructor, Andy Davis, and together they would lay out a plan to kill buku Russian aircraft. However, the operation stalls in 1982 and would not move forward until Rick thwarts an assignation attempt on one, Maalouf Torki bin Taisei. Mr. Taisei is a Malaysian government official. He is also the largest arms dealer on the Pacific Rim.

The KGB gets wind that the Pakistan ISI has agreed to support Operation Cyclone. Their attacks are fierce. However, the result was not what they expected. President Regan issued a change to the original operation requirements. The gloves were to come off. Rick Fontain is told to do whatever it takes to get Stinger into the hands of the Afghan Freedom Fighters.

In 1985 President Zia finally OK’s the American plan to provide the Stinger technology to the Mujahideen. American Special Forces, the Green Beret and DELTA, were assigned to the training center at the ISI’s Ojhri Camp. CIA’s, LTC Jim Pezlola and CWO Gary Larson, solicit the Mujahideen Command to provide students for the very first class of Stinger shooters.
Rick takes the graduating class into Afghanistan to the Russian airbase at Bagram. The rest… as they say… is history. Operation Cyclone may not have ended the Cold War, but it certainly had weakened the Soviet Union’s resolve. So much so… that in 1993 it financially collapsed.

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Book Review: Parisa by Conrad Trump

Parisa by Conrad Trump

Book Blurb:

When world class snowboarding sensation Scott Locke returns to his home in West Virginia to be honored by the ski resort where he worked as a teenager, a freak accident costs him the opportunity to compete in the upcoming X-Games. Broken and distraught, the competition soon becomes a secondary consideration when Scott unwittingly releases a force that has been locked away for centuries, a force so powerful and dark that it threatens all mankind. Parisa is an ancient spirit; exotic, beautiful, and mysterious, yet out of place in today’s world. Scott must find a way to help her acclimate and nurture respect, love, and tolerance for humanity. The plan begins to backfire as Scott develops feelings for Parisa and he is drawn into her world of magic and power. In the face of great temptations, Scott must make the ultimate choice. He must decide to sacrifice his love for the sake of all mankind or give in to his passion and enjoy the riches and rewards of unlimited power.

Review:

What I liked most about this book is the author’s choice to have Parisa, the lead woman in the story as the antagonist. This story is about the struggle of a man who fell in love with a spirit, Parisa while trying to save  mankind from an evil force. This story is a great escape for anyone wanting to get lost in a world full of mystery and fantasy as the lead character, Scott, struggles with the ordeals of having released a Genie out of a bottle.

I love the plots and character development, and that makes ‘Parisa’ easy to read.

A 4.5 star for this book

Book Review: Demon Within (Last War, Book I) by Josh Gagnier

The Demon Within (The Last War Book 1) by [Gagnier, Josh]

The Demon Within by Josh Gagnier

Blurb:

Joe grew up listening to the voice in his head. It helped him through school, helped him gain wealth in his career.

The final temptation of power was too much. He hadn’t considered the cost.

Now he must find a way to defeat The Demon Within.

Little does he know, his every move is being recorded. Every misstep is being judged. As he gets ever closer to winning over his demon, heavenly eyes watch from above. Some root for his success while others hope he’ll fail.

While Joe fights his demon on the battlefront, the angel Michael fights for his Soul.

Will Joe win out? Will Michael be able to save Joe’s soul?

Or will the Demon win and thrust Joe into the Abyss.

Review:

A fast-paced dark fantasy that makes you crave more for what is next as you flip through the pages. The author creatively weaved the story to integrate complex characters that sound very relatable. I like how the author used Joe’s own thoughts that turn out to be favourable and against Joe as the story develops. This is not a very long book and you can complete reading it in one sitting.

A 4-star for this book

Amazon link : https://www.amazon.com/Demon-Within-Last-War-Book-ebook/dp/B00T69ZCRC

Book Review: The Theater of Life by Charlyn Kent

The Theater of Life by Charlyn Kent

Review:

I loved every bit of this book as I have always been a fan of non-fiction books and this book literally brought me into a different world that explains our very own birth. Kent explained how everything surrounding us influences pregnancy and how it affects the baby later when it is born. Reading this book brings additional awareness on how parents should create an ideal environment for kids right from the gestation period.

Most importantly, this book reinforces the importance of focusing where you put your energy and how both negative and positive energies tremendously affect your life. Coming from an author who specializes in psychiatry with a focus on the paranormal, the book is backed by legitimate facts that would educate anyone reading this book on the subject matter further.

Blurb:

Kent’s work invites the reader into a psychological and spiritual Kent’s work invites the reader into a psychological and spiritual observation on why one should, “Be vigilant over your mind while exercising caution concerning powerful influences that the environment can impose on one’s life.”

– Audrey M. Murphy, Ph.D Candidate

Cognitive Psychology in Social Systems

The Theater of Life introduces a spiritual and psychological perspective of the unseen life forces that encompass each of us. Charlyn shows us real cases to explain these hidden forces in one’s own sphere of existence that can be healed away for the benefit of the individual.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Theater-Life-Charlyn-Kent/dp/1640451021

Book Review: Twenty-One Steps of Courage by Sarah Bates

Twenty-One Steps of Courage by Sarah Bates

Review:

If you love adventures and patriotic stories, this book will be a great read. I particularly liked the way the author stressed on family values and sacrifices family make for one another. This book is very well researched as you will come across a lot of acronyms related to military and that convinces me that I’m indeed getting the right facts on how a military life would be.

Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc.  (Mar 31, 2012)Category: Literary Fiction, Military Fiction, Adventure, Realistic FictionTour dates: Feb/Mar, 2018ISBN: 978-1-61434-957-0Available in Print, ebook, & Audiobook 280 pagesFrom award-winning author. In 2006, with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raging, Rod Strong enlists in the Army to achieve the goal his father sought before he tragically died in the Gulf War. His objective: The Old Guard regiment, the elite Soldiers who stand as Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetery. Rod overcomes the obstacles that litter his path until an unexpected firefight in Afghanistan changes his life forever.

Praise Twenty-One Steps of Courage by Sarah Bates

“Sarah Bates professes not to know much about the military yet she tells an inspiring story that captures the true essence of what the military is all about — love of country — unit esprit de corps — family values — personal courage. Every high school student, every parent and all of the politicians in this country should read this book.”- Lloyd N. Cosby, retired Tomb Guard (Alexandria, VA, US)“I…read the book and I cried A LOT–it was very heartwarming and extremely interesting. When you described the part about him fighting and saving his brother–I felt I was there–a sure movie deal I hope.”- Detra Hoffman (Los Angeles, CA)“The book covers a lot: what to expect in boot camp and after, the amount of control that the military has over your life once you join, and the responsiblities and hardships that your decision to join places on your loved ones. It also explores camaraderie between soldiers, the pride that attends possessing a strong sense of duty and of self, and the rewards of follow-through. Twenty-One Steps of Courage is a well balanced story about military life. Not too left or right, it’s a good read, one that I would recommend to anyone.”- Caradae Linore (San Diego, CA)“The author did a wonderful job portraying the feelings of an 18-year-old man. Although I’ve seen the soldiers marching at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, I was unfamiliar with the training and precision involved. I didn’t understand a lot of the military acronyms but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this story.”-Midnight Reader, Amazon Review

About Sarah BatesTwenty-One Steps of Courage by Sarah Bates

Award winning author, Sarah Bates’ fiction has appeared in the Greenwich Village Literary Review, the San Diego North County Times (now the Union-Tribune) and the literary magazine Bravura.She is the author of ‘The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’, published in 2016, and co-author of the 2005 short story collection, ‘Out of Our Minds, Wild Stories’ by Wild Women. Bates was an English Department writing tutor at Palomar College in California for ten years. She privately tutors academic and creative writing students and is writing a new novel.She is a Military Category Finalist for ‘Twenty-One Steps of Courage’, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, (2013) and 2nd Place Finalist, for ‘The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’, Unpublished Novel-Category, San Diego Book Awards (2015). It has since been published.Sarah Bates lives in Fallbrook, California.Website: http://www.sarahbatesauthor.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/bateswriter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahbatesauthor/

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Book Review: The Blasphemy Law by Salman Shami

The Blasphemy Law by [Shami, Salman]

The Blasphemy Law by Salman Shami

Blurb:

The Blasphemy Law is set in modern-day Pakistan, a South Asian country astride the geopolitical and ideological fault-line of Asia.
With the world’s 13th most powerful military, the 6th largest nuclear arsenal, a population of 207 million, high illiteracy, grinding poverty, and burgeoning support for Islamic fundamentalism, it is a nuclear-charged powder keg waiting to explode.
Terrorist groups vie for supremacy, trying to create conditions to topple the corrupt and fractured administration.
An Australian engineer, Jane Kelly, has completed installing solar panels to electrify a remote village in Central Punjab. She unwittingly runs afoul of a powerful and ruthless feudal landowner. He uses an emerging terrorist group to frame her for blasphemy, an offence with a mandatory death penalty.
Not satisfied with Jane’s incarceration and almost certain execution, her enemies plot to kill her family and her.
Jane’s only hope lies with her two loves, Sergei and Razane, but Razane is fighting the demons from her troubled past as a Peshmerga fighter. With the feared Pakistani Intelligence breathing down their necks, they’re running out of time, options, and hope.
This unpredictable, fast-paced thriller and erotically charged love story will have you on the edge of your seat and reading late into the night.

Review:

Reading this book makes me want to be Jane, who is one of the characters in the book! I love books that are based on Middle Eastern stories and those that have elements of cultural diversity, and this book draws my interest as it has both aspects that I naturally enjoy.

The plots in the book is well thought-out and romance in the story adds sensation to the whole book!

On another note, Blasphemy and Muslims are two things that just don’t agree with each other. I love how the author daringly wrote this book which could fetch a lot of controversion. Being a feminist and someone who thinks out of the box, I wish to see more characters like the ones in this book in real life!

A 5-star for this book.

Get this book on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Blasphemy-Law-Salman-Shami-ebook/dp/B077G7V97Z

Something about the author:

“Salman is an emerging name in the field of literature…” SBS Australia

Salman Shami was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1966 to a Pakistani Father and a Swiss Mother. He has written since an early age as a means of entertaining himself, family, and friends. Later he wrote junior fiction to have something to read to his own children at bedtime.
Salman has two Masters Degrees and is an Engineer by profession. A busy professional career meant little time to complete the arduous task of writing and publishing a book.
That all changed after he was physically attacked for talking about the injustices caused by blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Shaken by the incident and determined to do something about it Salman decided to go to war with unreasonable people with the only weapon he believes in, the proverbial pen. He hopes to contribute to pushing back the tide of intolerance and hate that threatens to engulf humankind. His cross-cultural background and his experiences in Pakistan shape his unique viewpoint.
Salman has been an outspoken critic of religious fanatics all his life. This has brought him many enemies, some of them powerful. To get an engineering degree in Pakistan students were required to enrol in Islamic Studies. His lecturer for that subject was the same person who co-founded Lashkar-e-Taiba with Osama Bin Laden. Salman used to confront him with questions about of the contradictions in Islam such as why it permitted slavery or why women were not allowed four husbands. His lecturer banned him from his classes. As a young and rebellious teenager, Salman did not realise just how dangerous the man was or how close he had come to being on a kill-list.

During his university years, Salman publicly backed a secular student union against a radical right-wing youth party, Jamaat Islami. In the course of elections, which the secular group won, he escaped being glassed, shot at, and was nearly kidnapped.

Salman lives in Australia with his family. When he is not writing, he travels, plays the guitar, and tinkers with his classic cars.

Author Interview: Gianni Shamari

Gianni Shamari

Gianni Shamari

Gianni Shamari is a lifelong New Yorker that has had a passion for writing since the third grade. He describes his writing style as fast-paced hip-hop erotic music videos on paper that captures the energy and glamour of New York City. His Second novella, His Highness, the Philogynist does just that and more. Learn more about this talented writer in our interview with him.

Please tell our readers about yourself? 

Gianni Shamari: I’m a lifelong New Yorker that loves taking long walks around Manhattan and creating something fresh. A winner at all costs, I strive to be the best in my field. I’m competitive and not afraid of challenges. I enjoyed sharing my stories with the world and inspiring people to live their dreams.

When did you first realize that writing was your passion and how did you start writing? 

Gianni Shamari: I first realize that writing was my passion in the third grade. I had journals filled with stories about my friends, favorite superheroes and my own characters. Writing helped me to create my own reality on paper.

What do you like to write about and what is your writing style? 

Gianni Shamari: I like to write erotica. My writing style is fast-paced hip-hop erotic music videos on paper that captures the energy and glamour of New York City. I call it “champagne erotica”.

What challenges have you come across when creating characters and story lines? 

Gianni Shamari: The challenges I have come across when creating characters and story lines are making them feel real and believable. I try my best to put the right emotions in the story so the readers can relate and connect with the characters, and also feel like they are part of that reality.

How does your family feel about you writing stories, especially erotic stories?

Gianni Shamari: My family supports me one hundred percent. They know I’m a gentleman and not a pervert. I get my writing ability from my mother. She loves writing.

Can you tell our readers about your novella? And how did you come up with the idea for the main character Maré?

Gianni Shamari: “His Highness, the Philogynist” is about a New York billionaire named Maré who is a ladies man and has a reputation of being the King of New York. His lifestyle is like a moving motion picture with all the VIP treatment, fast cars and epic sexual encounters with gorgeous women. Maré is a combination of Shemar Moore, Ric Flair, Hugh Hefner, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay-Z and me.

Are you like any of the characters that you write about?

Gianni Shamari: Yes, there are aspects of me in my characters. Maré has my personality and fashion style.

What do you see for your writing career in the next five to ten years?

Gianni Shamari: I see myself taking my writing career to the next level, my books hitting The New York Bestsellers list and becoming film adaptations. Also, I want to be recognized by my peers as one of the greatest writers ever.

Who are some of your favorite authors and why?

Gianni Shamari: Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines are some of my favorite authors because their books read like urban action movies. The street tales they wrote about felt completely real. It is hard for me to put down their books.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers?

Gianni Shamari: Thanks for the support. I greatly appreciate it! And I just completed my third novella, “Maré & Monica: The Best of Both Worlds” that should be out soon.

 

Urban Erotic Author: Gianni Shamari
Amazon Author/bio Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gianni-Shamari/e/B01MT4QWWW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1510942840&sr=1-2-ent

BOOK TO PROMOTE LINK at https://www.amazon.com/Gianni-Shamari/e/B01MT4QWWW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1510942840&sr=1-2-ent

He is also a contributing writer at Bare Back Magazine at www.barebackmag.com

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Billionaire playboy Maré is the creator of GoodFellas magazine and owner of Genisys, the hottest gentlemen’s club in New York City. Nicknamed Nature Boy, his extravagant lifestyle is a moving motion picture when it comes to VIP treatment, exclusive parties, exotic trips around the world, fast cars and trysts. Women love him and he lives for giving women maximum pleasure. Maré truly is the King of New York!

This novella takes you into the world of the King of New York where you feel like you’re in a hip-hop erotic movie and celebrating a lifestyle that very few can brag about. These erotic tales are perfect for your erotic fantasies and sexual desires.

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0776LMRKF

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0776LMRKF

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0776LMRKF

The release date for the book is November 27, 2017

Author Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gianni-Shamari/e/B01MT4QWWW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1511376031&sr=1-1

Check out the book trailer @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZapK61Qeokg