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: Making Peace with Suicide by Adele Ryan McDowell, PhD

Making Peace with Suicide by Adele Ryan McDowell, Ph.D.

Making Peace with Suicide

Blurb:

Insightful, provocative, and compassionate, Making Peace with Suicide: A Book of Hope, Understanding, and Comfort takes a good hard look at the world-wide phenomena of suicide. This book is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide and felt that sucker punch of grief; for anyone who is in pain, walking unsteadily, and considering suicide as an option; and for anyone who works with, guides, or counsels those feeling suicidal and/or suffering the profound grief from a suicidal loss. Making Peace with Suicide includes stories of courage, vulnerability, and steadfastness from both the survivors of suicidal loss as well as the unique perspective of the formerly suicidal. It offers shared wisdom and coping strategies from those who have walked before you. It explores the factors leading to suicide and the reasons why some do and some don’t leave suicide notes. Making Peace with Suicide sheds light on the phenomena of suicide vis-à-vis our teens, the military, new mothers, as an end-of-life choice, and asks if addiction is a form of slow suicide. It provides a seven-step healing process and opens the door to consider suicide and the soul, the heart lesson of suicide, and the energies of suicide. If suicidality has impacted your life, Making Peace with Suicide is a must-read. You will be guided through the unknown territory, given insights to allow understanding, stories to help you heal, and ways to make peace with a heart wide-open. Making Peace with Suicide is good medicine for the body, mind, and soul.

Review:

Lots of research involved in this book and you can tell this from the way they book was written. It is a bit like a work of academic and it helps you to actually understand coping mechanisms and how to embrace the fact that someone who had been a great part of your life had taken away his or her life. I’ve personally lost a friend who took her own life and I can relate to this book. The first part of the book was solid. However, as the approaches the mid section, some of the parts sound more like the author’s opinion. Therefore, I think this book is a mixture of both academic and non-fiction work.

I will give this book a 4-star !

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Book Review: Santa’s Little Helper by Ronald Destra

Santa's Little Helper by [Destra, Ronald]

Santa’s Little Helper

Blurb:

In the quiet town, snowflakes lightly fall. Though the road to town is not well-travelled, a special visitor is to appear.

It is Daniel’s first Christmas and he eagerly awaits him. Who is Santa Claus? Daniel wants to find out and see for himself!

When his parents are fast asleep, the sound of a Christmas carol makes him stir. His eyes slowly open, and the rumbling singing halts not. He must be here!

Running to the living room, his joyful gaze of anticipation meets that of the one and only Santa Claus, and does he have a job for Daniel!

This year, a Christmas wish is made come true! Being Santa’s little helper, Daniel finds out this is the season of love, joy, and giving!

Review:

I think this book makes a good Christmas gift for kids. A simple yet entertaining story. Great illustrations. The story could have been made more interesting as I thought it sounds like a normal Santa’s story.

A 3 star for this book