Member Books for April 2014

Fiction

The Barami Legends, Book I: Discovery. By Lt. Col. Dean Alexander, USAR (Ret). Outskirts Press Inc., www.outskirtspress.com/thebaramilegends. ISBN 978-1-4787-0509-3. 138 pp. $13.95.  

When Jonathan barely escapes the two carnivores hunting him, he enters a new world unimagined in his most adventuresome dreams. Intriguing new friendships mingle with dangerous challenges so great that he must draw on every lesson learned as a former commando.... The Barami Legends is a robust fantasy adventure written to entertain young adults and others who enjoy this type of story. It begins in the Florida barrier islands, and proceeds through the jungles of South America into the strange new world of the Barami. Here is a world that stretches reality, but retains a bond of believability with the reader. The world is radically different and hauntingly familiar. Tribes are real, but originally existed in a different world time line. Dragonhawks dart through the sky guarding their allies the Barami. The strange Url maintain their reputation as highly intelligent strategists and loyal friends, but look like giant whiskered monkeys. Some animal life existed in previous eons and others never existed. The danger and mysteries of this new world unfold abruptly. The tempo increases when an ancient enemy attacks the Barami village and their Hamadi minions kidnap the Barami Chief's son. New surprises and unexpected events punctuate each chapter as the Barami mount a rescue mission. Escaping from Gort Mountain with a ragtag group of ex-prisoners that includes children, the Barami know their enemy will mount a major effort to recapture or kill them. The protagonist must learn, grow and adjust to a world unlike anything he has ever before experienced. As the true nature of the Barami's virulent enemy is unveiled, it becomes clear that first they must avoid capture. Then the survival of the Barami and their friends will require the gathering of allies and a fight to the death. As a veteran soldier and great admirer of the Barami, Jonathan knows he will be deeply involved wherever the action leads.  

Pendulum. By Lt. Col. Randal R. “Randy” Jones, USA (Ret). Dogear Publications. ISBN 978-1-4575-2172-0. 354 pp. Purchase at www.amazon.com in hardbound, paperback, or e-book/Kindle or from www.bn.com

Pendulum pits a little known and heretofore classified organization, the United States Military Liaison Mission (USMLM) and its main character, Major Matt Bollard, against the Soviet forces of East Germany, and places this rivalry in the context of a Soviet military conspiracy against its own political apparatus. The catalyst for action by both sides is the fast approaching signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). While elements of the Soviet military seek to counter the political changes occurring within its own government and negate the effects of arms negotiations, equally determined members of the U.S. military seek to demonstrate through its intelligence collection that the Soviets cannot be trusted to enter into any viable arms control treaty.   

Penny Lost: A Novel of Pirates, Rape, Murder & Revenge. By Maj. Mark Druck, USAFR (Ret). Xlibris, (888) 795-4274, www.xlibris.com. ISBN 978-1-4691-7801-1. 

Penny swears to kill four men who killed her husband and her son, and did what they did to her. She set out to do exactly that! The detective handling the case… falls in love with her. It is a story like Les Miserable by Victor Hugo — but with a surprising ending.  

Restless Hearts: What if Fallen Heroes Could Go Home? By Cmdr. Dennis Baker, USN (Ret). Abbott Press, www.abbottpress.com. ISBN 978-1-4582-1193-4. 176 pp. $22.91. 

Restless Hearts recognizes all warriors and their families, as well as the hardships they encounter from the scars of war, and seeks to provide hope for a new tomorrow. 

The perfect gift for any veteran, their family, or active military member serving today. 

White Skin — Red Heart. By Capt. Dan Hill, USAR (Ret), Ancient City (Fla.) Chapter, Life Member. Dragunkelt Press. ISBN 978-1-49298726-0. 238 pp. $14.95. Available at www.amazon.com

In 1865 Arizona Territory an Apache band leader saves a 6 year old white settler boy, adopts him, and raises him as an Apache. The boy – known as Pale Horse among the Apache, grows to be a respected leader of his band, clan, tribe and other tribes. He witnesses the destruction of the Apache Nation as a free people. Yet he lives on – not as a white man, but as an Apache warrior and leader – still free after the end of the last free Americans.  

A Woman in a Red Dress: A Lambert Touhy Novel. By Maj. Mark Druck, USAFR (Ret). Xlibris, (888) 795-4274, www.xlibris.com. ISBN 978-1-4691-7803-5. 

He is like Sherlock Holmes — solves mysteries, turns them over to his pal on NYPD. He invites people to come on his nightly TV Show. He is a terrific talker — lures them into talking too much. That’s how he solves them like Sherlock did — “It’s elementary.”  

Nonfiction 

Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles From an American General. By Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, USA (Ret). Baker Books, www.rlynchenterprises.com. ISBN 978-0-8010-1565-6. 240 pp. $22.99.  

Many authors write about leadership, but few have lived it at the level of Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch. The world is in desperate need of authentic, reliable leaders at all levels of society. Twenty-first-century leaders face unprecedented challenges and rapid change, and leaders with a keen ability to adapt are in high demand. 

Sharing stories from the front and insights born from overcoming adversity on both the battlefield and in the boardroom, Lynch reveals impactful leadership principles ranging from earning respect and working effectively with diverse teams to adapting to new technology and laying a foundation of trust built upon integrity. With refreshing directness, he shows readers how to make wise calls and gain the confidence they need to lead in our ever-changing world. 

Asian Maritime Strategies: Navigating Troubled Waters. By Capt. Bernard D. Cole, USN (Ret). Naval Institute Press, www.usni.org. ISBN 978-1-5911-4162-4. 320 pp. $34.95. E-book available. 

Asian Maritime Strategies explores one of the world's most complex and dangerous maritime arenas. Asia, stretching from the Aleutian Islands to the Persian Gulf, contains the world's busiest trade routes. It is also the scene of numerous maritime territorial disputes, pirate attacks, and terrorist threats. In response, the nations of the region are engaged in a nascent naval arms race. In this new work, Bernard Cole, author of the acclaimed The Great Wall At Sea, examines the maritime strategies and naval forces of the region's nations, as well as evaluating the threats and opportunities for cooperation at sea. The United States Navy is intimately involved in these disputes and opportunities, which threaten vital American economic, political, and security interests.  

The most useful geographical designation for maritime Asia is the "Indo-Pacific" and Cole provides both a survey of the maritime strategies of the primary nations of the Indo-Pacific region as well as an evaluation of the domestic and international politics that drive those strategies. The United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Iran, the smaller Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf states are all surveyed and analyzed. The United States, Japan, China, and India draw the most attention, given their large modern navies and distant strategic reach and the author concludes that the United States remains the dominant maritime power in this huge region, despite its lack of a traditionally strong merchant marine. U.S. maritime power remains paramount, due primarily to its dominant navy. The Chinese naval modernization program deservedly receives a good deal of public attention, but Cole argues that on a day-to-day basis the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, as its navy is named, is the most powerful maritime force in Far Eastern waters, while the modernizing Indian Navy potentially dominates the Indian Ocean. 
Most telling will be whether United States power and focus remain on the region, while adjusting to continued Chinese maritime power in a way acceptable to both nations. No other current or recent work provides such a complete description of the Indo-Pacific region's navies and maritime strategies, while analyzing the current and future impact of those forces. 

A Captain’s Journal: Meditations and Medicine From the Iraq War. By Brig. Gen. Eric Charles, USAFR, Life Member. AuthorHouse, 1663 Liberty Drive Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 839-8640, www.authorhouse.com. ISBN 978-1-4636-0951-7. 68 pp. $23.85. Available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com

A Captain's Journal is a personal account of events from Balad Air Force Base Hospital in Iraq during a six month period from 2006 - 2007. The stories are told from the personal perspective of Eric Charles, an Anesthesiologist. Eric recounts his patient encounters that range from pleasant to gut-wrenching and from laughable to tear-jerking. The descriptions of the events are occasionally graphic, but strike a realistic chord. Eric also weaves into the narrative many personal and philospohical interactions from the every day events of living in the midst of the Iraq War.  

Generals of the Army: Marshall, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Arnold, Bradley. Edited by Lt. Col. James H. Willbanks, USA (Ret). University Press of Kentucky, www.kentuckypress.com. ISBN 978-0-8131-4213-5. 264 pp. $35. 

Formally titled "General of the Army," the five-star general is the highest possible rank awarded in the U.S. Army in modern times and has been awarded to only five men in the nation's history: George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry H. Arnold, and Omar N. Bradley. In addition to their rank, these distinguished soldiers all shared the experience of serving or studying at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where they gained the knowledge that would prepare them for command during World War II and the Korean War.  

In Generals of the Army, James H. Willbanks assembles top military historians to examine the connection between the institution and the success of these exceptional men. Historically known as the "intellectual center of the Army," Fort Leavenworth is the oldest active Army post west of Washington, D.C., and one of the most important military installations in the United States. Though there are many biographies of the five-star generals, this innovative study offers a fresh perspective by illuminating the ways in which these legendary figures influenced and were influenced by Leavenworth. Coinciding with the U.S. Mint's release of a series of special commemorative coins honoring these soldiers and the fort where they were based, this concise volume offers an intriguing look at the lives of these remarkable men and the contributions they made to the defense of the nation.  

Hal Moore: A Soldier Once... And Always. By Capt. Mike Guardia, USA. Casemate. ISBN 978-1-61200-207-1. 232 pp. $32.95.  

Finalist 2013 Army Historical Society Distinguished Writing Award.   

Hal Moore, one of the most admired American combat leaders of the last 50 years, has until now been best known to the public for being portrayed by Mel Gibson in the movie We Were Soldiers. In this first-ever, fully illustrated biography, we finally learn the full story of one of America’s true military heroes.
A 1945 graduate of West Point, Moore’s first combats occurred during the Korean War, where he fought in the battles of Old Baldy, T-Bone, and Pork Chop Hill. At the beginning of the Vietnam War, Moore commanded the 1st Battalion of the 7th Cavalry in the first full-fledged battle between U.S. and North Vietnamese regulars. Drastically outnumbered and nearly overrun, Moore led from the front, and though losing 79 soldiers, accounted for 1,200 of the enemy before the Communists withdrew. This Battle of Ia Drang pioneered the use of “air mobile infantry”—delivering troops into battle via helicopter—which became the staple of U.S. operations for the remainder of the war. He later wrote of his experiences in the best-selling book, We Were Soldiers Once…and Young.
Following his tour in Vietnam, he assumed command of the 7th Infantry Division, forward-stationed in South Korea, and in 1971, he took command of the Army Training Center at Fort Ord, California. In this capacity, he oversaw the US Army’s transition from a conscript-based to an all-volunteer force. He retired as a Lieutenant General in 1977. 

Killer Kane: A Marine Long-Range Recon Team Leader in Vietnam, 1967-1968. By Col. Andrew R. Finlayson, USMC (Ret). McFarland, www.mcfarlandpub.com. ISBN 978-0-7864-7701-2. 277 pp. $35. 

The leader of one of the most successful U. S. Marine long range reconnaissance teams during the Vietnam War, Andrew Finlayson recounts his team’s experiences in the pivotal period in the war, the year leading up to the Tet Offensive of 1968. Using primary sources, such as Marine Corps unit histories and his own weekly letters home, he presents a highly personal account of the dangerous missions conducted by this team of young Marines as they searched for North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong units in such dangerous locales as Elephant Valley, the Enchanted Forest, Charlie Ridge, Happy Valley and the Que Son Mountains. Taking only six to eight men on each patrol, Killer Kane searches for the enemy far from friendly lines, often finding itself engaged in desperate fire fights with enemy forces that vastly outnumber this small band of brave Marines. In numerous close contacts with the enemy, Killer Kane fights for its survival against desperate odds, narrowly escaping death time and again. The book gives vivid descriptions of the life of recon Marines when they are not on patrol, the beauty of the landscape they traverse, and several of the author’s Vietnamese friends. It also explains in detail the preparations for, and the conduct of, a successful long range reconnaissance patrol. 

The Liberty Incident Revealed: The Definitive Account of the 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship. By Capt. A. Jay Cristol, USN (Ret). Naval Institute Press, www.usni.org. ISBN 978-1-6125-1340-9. 416 pp. $36.95. 

The Liberty Incident Revealed is the complete and final story about the Israeli Air Force and Navy attack on the USS Liberty during the Six Day War in June 1967. Cutting through all of the controversy and conspiracy theories about Israel's deadly attack, Cristol revises his well-regarded book about the event with an expanded and in-depth analysis of all of the sources, including the released tapes of the National Security Agency (NSA) intercepts. 

When Cristol's first book on the subject, The Liberty Incident, was published in 2002, there remained many unanswered questions about Israeli Air Force audio tapes. The NSA intercepts tapes had not yet been released in 2002. Some conspiracy theorists alleged the NSA tapes would prove that the Israeli attack was premeditated. Cristol's successful Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the NSA, while resulting in the release of those tapes, has been greeted by anti-Israel sources insisting that the NSA tapes are fraudulent and are part of a larger conspiracy to deceive the American public.
After a quarter of a century of intensive research in both Israel and the U.S., researching all relevant archives from NSA, CIA and the State Department, reviewing both formerly classified and open source documents, and interviewing all then-living individuals directly involved in the incident, the factual and documentary record is clear. Cristol maintains that despite the fact that all of the official records and transcripts are now available for review, the truth has proven to be of no interest to those individuals and organizations who are motivated by hidden agendas, wish to keep conspiracy theories alive, or are trying to feed sensational stories to the media. Documenting his findings in six new chapters, Cristol establishes definitively that the Israeli attack was a tragic mistake and presents a convincing argument that will be regarded as the final chapter in the long-simmering debate about this incident. 

Picking the Right College & Finding Some Money to Pay for It. By Lt. Col. David G. Landfair, USAF. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-49094979-6. 112 pp. $15. Available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com

It is a shame that nearly 28 to 40 percent of college freshmen do not return to college for their sophomore year. Hopefully, this book will be part of the solution. Picking the right college and having some money to pay for it can make all the difference. From developing a list of schools to narrowing the list and picking the right college, this book covers the decision process with helpful hints and checklists. It also helps with the million dollar question ... how will I pay for college? Bonus sections cover the interview process and a four-year checklist of what to do to prepare for college. 

Thoughts That Surfaced: Poems of a Silent Service Cold Warrior. By Lt. Cmdr. Frank Kozusko, USN (Ret), Life Member. Moon Man. ISBN 978-0-9898-2910-6. 69 pp. $10, plus $2.50 postage. Purchase from the author: fpkozusko@cox.net

It is nearly a third of a century since I last served on a nuclear submarine. In those years, I have lost most of the technical knowledge that was required to be “Qualified in Submarines”, and to be qualified to wear the Gold Dolphins. Yet many memories of the experiences of the submarine service remained, albeit submerged.  

In this poetry collection, I try to recall and convey the personal aspects of being in the submarine service during the Cold War. How does it feel to get on a bus when the return trip is 105 days away, with a 70 days submerged run between? Some aspects are antiquated by technological advances. Example the Steinke hood in the poem “Ho Ho Ho” has been replaced by the Submarine Escape and Immersion Equipment. All my submarines were decommissioned long ago.  

I hope this book pulls on memories of my fellow nuclear submarine sailors of any era. I also intend that it provide insight to world of submariners for the uninitiated reader. To facilitate both, I have included amplifying details in the Notes section. 

Memoir  

Men Who Fought... Boys Who Prayed: A Combat Chaplain’s Story — Vietnam. By Col. Walter Carter Tucker, chaplain, USA (Ret), Northeast Georgia Chapter. Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC, (888) 361-9473, www.tatepublishing.com. ISBN 978-1-62902-100-3. 280 pp. $21.99. (Author will mail to veterans in the U.S. for $20.) 

Men Who Fought... Boys Who Prayed takes one alongside soldiers and their officers as they faced the violence of war. The reader will experience many feelings while going through this 275-page book, feelings such as sadness, joy, gratitude, patriotism, victory, loss, laughter, national pride, remembrance, “I-wonder-what-happened-to?”, and hope. In writing Men Who Fought … Chaplain Tucker was guided by a daily journal he kept during his first year in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division, 2nd of the 27th Infantry (Wolfhounds) in 1967. During that year the chaplain stayed close to the soldiers he served, digging in with them at night, experiencing fire fights with them, jumping from hovering Hueys with them, attempting to comfort them when they were wounded and praying with them in numerous field and memorial services. The reader will learn that during the author’s first tour the Second Wolfhounds lost 94 soldiers, many still in their teens. It gives a first-hand account of what some of the returning 19-25 year-olds faced when they returned home to America, especially in the latter stages of the war. The book gets at the heart of what was Vietnam, from the standpoint of a non-combatant. (Chaplains don’t carry weapons.) Hopefully, parents and other military family members will read it and be pleased that a special friend was with “their soldier,” then and now. 

Move and Other Four-Letter Words: Memoir of a Mobile Marriage. By Joan Brown. Hearthland Publishing, www.hearthlandpublishing.com. ISBN 978-0-9841693-3-7. 235 pp. $13.77. Signed copies (postpaid): (253) 588-2149, joantbrown@aol.com, 106 Chinook Lane, Steilacoom, WA 98388. 

Brown's astonishingly mobile life — 21 moves in 32 years — shows others forced to relocate that they're not alone in their feelings of desperation and helps them discover ways to move on. Whether for military, corporate or personal reasons, packing up one's whole life in boxes may not be easy but Move helps the reader see comedy in chaos and meaning in mobility. 

Most Americans move eleven times over a lifetime. And the basic demands on time and energy that stem from earning a living, family obligations and the basics of eating and sleeping continue unabated. Brown addresses the additional complexities of virtual single parenthood, variations in educational systems, dealing with separation from one's spouse and reunion, adjustment to new cultures, emptying the nest and retirement. 

Move also opens a window on a world totally unfamiliar to many, the life of the military family. For all who relocate, whether military or civilian, Move is a parable of hope.