Conner Meets Dark Cloud. By Col. Charles E. Shields, USA (Ret). Xlibris, (888) 795-4274, www.xlibris.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. ISBN 978-1-4797-4820-4. 66 pp. $15.99.
the Civil War, countless arrivals from around the world pushed into the West;
some seeking treasure, but most were hoping for the chance for a new life in
the New World. But a dark cloud hung over the area: the Indians who were
already living here. The new United States government helped the new settlers
by placing Indians on reservations, providing US troops to maintain order. One
of these was Sgt. Conner, who had just guided four new settlers into a lovely
mountain glade. Upon his return, he learned sadly that a band of young braves
had attacked a wagon train killing all but two, a boy in his early teens, and
his older sister who had been taken alive by the leader of the band, Dark
Cloud. The next day, Conner and his troops recovered the bodies and belongings
of the settlers. But to Conner’s dismay, there were tracks of the attackers
heading toward the very mountain glade he had just visited. Dreading the
outcome he led some troops back to that glade and found the four new settlers
killed by the attacking Indians. While there, the site was visited by Chief
Three Eagles who accepted his braves as responsible but added white men were
involved. Conner returned to the fort to learn what he could from the two
survivors. Would the Indians and white men be brought to justice? What would
become of the two orphaned survivors?
Ghosts of Bungo Suido. By Capt. P.T.
Deutermann, USN (Ret), Life Member. St. Martin’s Press. ISBN
978-1-2500-1802-1. 352 pp. $25.99.
In late 1944, America’s naval
forces face what seems an insurmountable threat from Japan: immense
Yamato-class battleships, which dwarf every other ship at sea. Built in
secrecy, these ships seem invincible, and lay waste to any
challengers. American military intelligence knows of two such ships, but
there is rumored to be a third, a newly-built aircraft carrier, ready to launch
from Japan’s heavily-defended and mined Inland Sea. Such a ship would threaten
U.S. Pacific forces, allow Japan to launch air attacks against the U.S.
mainland, and change the course of the war.
No American submarine has penetrated the Inland
Sea; five boats and their crews have perished in the Bungo Suido
strait. Lieutenant Commander Gar Hammond—an aggressive, attacking leader
with a reckless streak—is now captain of a new submarine. Hammond may be
the navy’s only hope to locate and stop the Japanese super-ship before it
launches . . . if it even exists.
P.T. Deutermann’s previous World War II
adventure, Pacific Glory,won acclaim from readers and reviewers, and was
honored with the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction,
administered by the American Library Association. In Ghosts of Bungo Suido, Deutermann presents another sweeping, action-filled
WWII novel, based on a true event from the Pacific theater.
Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá. By
former Air Force Capt. Graciela Tiscareño-Sato. Gracefully Global Group
LLC, 22568 Mission Blvd. No. 427, Hayward, CA 94541, (510) 542-9449,
www.captainmama.com. ISBN 978-0-9834760-3-0. 40 pp. $16.99, plus $2.99
shipping. Signed copies with embroidered patch available from the publisher.
Available at www.amazon.com.
A little boy named Marco is
walking to his bedroom in pajamas carrying his stuffed puppy dog when he
notices his mommy in an olive-green military flight suit. His curiosity about
the colorful patches on her uniform evolves into a sweet, reassuring bedtime
conversation between a military mother and her child about why she serves and
what she does in the unusual KC-135R aerial refueling airplane. He drifts off
to sleep with thoughts of his mommy in the airplane and the special surprise
she gave him stuck to his fleece pajamas
unique book was written by a Latina military officer and former aviator. It's
the first bilingual children's book, in English and Spanish, about why mommies
wear military uniforms.
Naturally Aged Nostalgia: Fun Stories for Spirited Seniors.
By Col. John C. Liburdi, USAF (Ret), Life Member, Catawba Valley (N.C.)
Chapter. Lulu.com. ISBN 978-1-3009-9732-0. 104 pp.
$9.75, plus postage or $3.99 Kindle.
Naturally Aged Nostalgia is a collection of witty
stories that depict our upside down world as seen through the eyes of mildly
disgruntled senior citizens. Each of these short stories is unique, portraying
a different facet of our rapidly evolving and often frustrating world. You'll
certainly empathize with the book's many characters as you get to know them.
the title implies, the book is packed with warm nostalgia-wonderful images
parked in the back of your mind will suddenly come to light. Plus, the stories
are sprinkled with wry humor and most have surprise endings, some of which are
"payback" scenarios that you'll surely savor. You're struggling to
keep pace with a world that's spinning out of control, and you're trying to
contend with continuous change. Lower your stress level by taking an occasional
timeout to read one of the amusing stories contained in this book. You'll find
this crazy world to be much more tolerable while you're enjoying these fun
Reflections of a Partly Cloudy Mind. By CWO5 J.W. Gee,
USA (Ret). Xlibris,
(888) 795-4274, www.xlibris.com, email@example.com. ISBN 978-1-4797-8284-0. 234 pp. $29.99.
The author takes the reader
on an entertaining journey through military life from the generational
perspective of a baby boomer. From dealing with losing his military draft
student deferment during the Vietnam War to serving as a bodyguard for the
Secretary of Defense, the author provides the reader with a unique, informative
and often outrageously hilarious glimpse of military life in the United States
Army intelligence and law enforcement communities as illustrated by the
following excerpt from the chapter titled “A Pointed Boot:”
"Yes sir, one of those
gentlemen had a bad case of sanpaku. Have you ever had the out-of-body
experience where you hear your voice but wonder why you are saying what you are
saying? That is what happened to me here. As soon as those words left my lips,
I regretted them. I was so desperate to have a conversation with this legendary
Texas Ranger that I manufactured an opportunity to speak to him and then said
something really stupid. I knew as soon as I said it that his response was not
going to stimulate a collegial discussion among professionals of the same ilk.
His face became quizzical and he asked without looking at me, "Sam-pack
who" With great trepidation, I began explaining sanpaku..."
Learn about sanpaku, snafu,
the Asoh Defense, modern day cattle rustlers, and obscure forms of military
jargon and acronyms. Get introduced to an ornery barnyard cat, clever
investigative techniques and the perils of using foreign language translators
to determine case facts. Laugh in wonderment at the murky world of lie
detection using a polygraph instrument. The colorful and memorable characters
described in each chapter, to include the author, are alternatingly frail and
courageous, naïve and crafty, cynical and patriotic, but always captivatingly
Golden Circle Secrets: How to Achieve Consistent Sales Success Through Customer Values& Expectations. By Ben Midgley and
Capt. Dale Midgley, USA (Ret), Southern Maine Chapter. John Wiley & Sons, www.wiley.com. ISBN 978-0-4717-1857-4. 192 pp.
$19.95. Available as an e-book.
Golden Circle Secrets reveals a new way of doing
business today. Much like the "golden rule" we're already familiar
with, the Golden Circle is based on the idea that what goes around comes around,
not just in our everyday lives, but in business as well.
According to the
Golden Circle principle, businesses do best when they embrace a core set of
values that their customers, employees, and shareholders can relate to. Simply
put, making decisions based solely on the bottom line isn't enough. In fact,
when businesses base their decisions on real values—such as integrity, honesty,
respect, genuine concern, and loyalty—they build trust in their customers who
reward them with more business.
The first step to
success as a Golden Circle business is to reform the sales process, since sales
is the first and primary means of communication between your customers and your
company. In step-by-step fashion, authors Ben and Dale Midgley show business
leaders, sales managers, and salespeople how to find those values that
customers care most about and deliver products and customer services in
accordance with them, leading to consistent sales success.
Most companies pay
lip service to the issue of customer values, but they don't do much else,
resulting in an erosion of trust among customers. Customers, however, have real
values they want companies to address. Any business that sincerely takes those
values to heart will earn repeat business and increased sales. But the Golden
Circle is about more than making customers happy. By embracing and acting on
real values, companies create goodwill and enthusiasm not only among customers,
but also among employees and shareholders—enriching the company as a whole.
Just as we base our
personal relationships on universal values like honesty, respect, and ethics,
customers want to base their business relationships on the same values. In a
highly competitive economy, companies that address these customer values
sincerely and effectively will be richly rewarded. Packed with proven advice
and practical guidance, Golden Circle
Secrets will put your business—and you—on the path to a bright and
Fair Winds and Following Seas: Reflections on the Navy Career of a Teenage Ensign. By Cmdr. Ronald Vail, USN (Ret), Life Member.
Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 839-8640, www.authorhouse.com. ISBN 978-1-4817-3487-5. 164 pp. $27.99.
book relates the military experiences compiled from a twenty-five year naval
career of a small town boy whose elementary and high school endeavors were
somewhat less than satisfactory, but who was given the opportunity, provided by
that inconceivably destructive event, known as World War II, to redeem his poor
educational activity and serve in the Navy reasonably successfully. The book
follows his career as he rose from a very young and inexperienced Ensign to the
rank of Commander. Early on, he acquired a specialty designation as
cryptologist, dealing with codes and ciphers in the Naval Communications
system. This book depicts the good times, the hard times, and the difficult
times of the voyage to the top of the military organization in which he spent
the biggest part of his Navy career. He spent many years in the field spreading
the communication security gospel directly to the communication officers of
various ships and stations. Finally, after 20 years of total service, he was
assigned to the Naval Security Group Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as deputy
to the head of the Communication Security Organization with oversight and
management responsibilities over the field activities. Later, when his boss was
assigned to duty at a field activity, he was elevated to the head of the
organization. After about a year as head of the Communication Security
Organization, he was given a very promising assignment as Commanding Officer of
a newly established Naval Security Group command in California. As expressed in
the book, this was a "Camelot" assignment.
after World War II ended and very early in his career, he met and married his
lifetime companion. This relationship produced six children, five daughters and
a son, who survived a change of venue every two to three years and all became
college graduates, including one daughter who was born with a physical
disability denying her the ability to get around without assistance. All
achieved exceptional success in their chosen occupational pursuits. He and his
bride’s commandment that all the children must expect to stay in school at
least sixteen years, was really very rewarding for them in their later lives.
Heretic Son: He Left Home and Church and Found God in a U.S. Navy Destroyer. By Cmdr. Donald A. Weir, USN (Ret). AuthorHouse, 1663 Liberty Drive,
Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 839-8640, www.authorhouse.com. ISBN 978-1-4817-5037-0.
182 pp. $25.19. Available at www.amazon.com.
socialists, and theologians have written about the dramatic changes in American
culture during the last half of the twentieth century. Chaplain Weir lived
through those changes, Viet Nam, Woodstock, Rock & Roll, Montgomery and
Dallas. Up close and personal Weir relates his own inner struggle to create a
new model of Christianity for himself and the Navy men and at last make peace
with his own parents.
Life of an Iowa Farm Boy. By Capt. Gerald D.
Love, USN (Ret), Life Member, Central Florida Chapter. Colorwise Inc, 1125 Northmeadow Pkwy, Suite 130, Roswell, GA 30076. ISBN
978-1-4675-8421-0. 377 pp. $30, plus postage.
This narrative describes the experiences, adventures, work, and life of
an Iowa boy who grew up on a farm in southeastern Iowa during the era of the
great depression. After attending a one room country school, high school, and
one year of college, he volunteered for active duty in the U.S. Navy during
WWII and after completing boot camp served aboard amphibious ships in the
Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations. After receiving his WWII discharge he
returned to college and received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a
reserve commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. His
first engineering assignment was aboard the USS
Tanner, a Navy Hydrographic Ship and at the outbreak of the Korean War, he
again volunteered and was assigned to a Navy Construction Battalion providing
construction and engineering support for the construction of airfields and
shore facilities in Korea and a number of Pacific Islands. After returning to
civilian life he continued a challenging career as a professional civil
engineer spanning a period of 63 years that included engineering assignments in
five continents ranging from snake infested jungles in Venezuela to the
mountainous rain forests of Cambodia. His successful career was due in part to
his adventurous wife and five children who always looked forward to moving to a
new location, as evidenced by the fact that during his career, the family lived
in thirty-one houses in various locations from the east coast to the west coast
and overseas. Throughout his career he recognized the importance of graduate
engineering studies to keep abreast of current technologies and in so doing,
received graduate degrees from Iowa State University, Yale University, and a
Doctorate in Engineering degree from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Stories and Fairy Tales: Memoirs of an Old Sailor. By Capt. Jerold J. Larson, USN (Ret), Life
Member, Hampton Roads (Va.) Chapter. Professional Press. ISBN
978-1-5708-7808-4. 143 pp. Contact the author: 3300 Ocean Shore Ave., Apt. 408,
Virginia Beach, VA 23451, (757) 460-9037.
True stories witnessed by the author or verified by two other parties and
related to the author. Names of most of the personnel and ships involved have
been withheld, but can be provided up on request. This was done to protect the
families of the personnel involved, and in some cases to avoid embarrassment.
The targeted readers are current or retired Navy people, or at least active or
The Sky Is the Limit: From Clod Buster toCloud Chaser. By Brig. Gen. Oscar
A. Hurt, USAF (Ret), Life Member, Southern Nevada Chapter. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-4811-8124-2. Available on www.amazon.com. 164 pp. $8.99.
The Sky Is the Limit is the story of a young farm boy who grew up
during the Great Depression and demonstrates these essentials as he pursues a
dream in aviation to become a brigadier general in the Air Force and a
commercial pilot as well. His path to success was punctuated with detours and
many forks in the road but it demonstrates that, in America, you can live your