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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 106
Chinook Lane, Steilacoom, WA 98388.
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
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.