The Drone Enigma. By former Navy Lt. Ron McManus. Koehler Books, www.koehlerbooks.com,
www.ron-mcmanus. ISBN 978-1938467868. 240 pp.
$16.95. Available from www.amazon.com and
Jake Palmer accepts an offer from a defense contractor and
his former SEAL teammate to consult with the company on the death of an engineer
assigned to the top secret Perseus Project—the development of the navigation
and targeting systems for an experimental Navy drone.
Two days into the case, Palmer finds the defense contractor
shot dead. What he discovers convinces him that the deaths of the defense
contractor and the engineer are both related to the project and that someone
within the company is working with terrorists to seize control of the drone
during a live fire test in Afghanistan. With no hard evidence to support his
theory, he is unable to persuade either the company or the Navy that an
imminent threat exists. Concerned he will disrupt the test, the company
terminates his contract and notifies the police.
Pursued by the police and headed for an engagement with a
large, well-armed terrorist cell led by the company insider, Palmer is close to
defeat when he receives help from the most unlikely person. With only hours to
spare, they race to stop an attack half a world away. The Drone Enigma will
keep you on the edge of your seat and make you question every news story about
Eden Lost. By Col. Richard Taylor, USA (Ret), Life Member.
Tate Publishing and
ISBN 978-1-62902-110-2. 296 pp. $18.17.
Dewey stormed into Manila Bay in 1899, sank the Spanish fleet, but then stayed
too long. Allies became enemies. Josh Armand and Isabella Germain converged in
Manila from divergent worlds but a precarious romance ensnared them both as war
threatened to devastate their dreams.
an American engineer and entrepreneur, savors America's Manifest Destiny until
nearly overrun by a coach carrying a most remarkable woman. Isabella, however,
is engaged in covert activities which clash with his loyalties and values. The
"splendid little war" with Spain erupts into America's ugliest war,
one of betrayal and conflict between Filipinos and Americans. Josh's and
Isabella's bonds are strained to the breaking point. Love is cruelly tested by
cultural divisions, divided allegiances and war-torn circumstances. They must
overcome danger and difficulty to find lasting love while Eden is in peril.
Hemlock Thrones: Dulcy, and the ‘Case of Six.’ By
Maj. Mark Druck, USAFR (Ret). Xlibris , (888) 795-4274, www.xlibris.com. ISBN 978-1-4797-9338-9.
do you go about solving a crime when you are a detective in the Victorian Age
of 1899? That’s when you don’t have a telephone, an auto, crime labs, or
computer and other high-tech gadgets like in the modern world.
the best thing is, you are blessed with the ability to read people, and undress
their body language even before they themselves, know what they are wearing. Is
that enough for the case of six? It is very complicated!
you able to analyze what was done, how it was accomplished, and put it all
together with your ability to … discern the motive, find the parts, fit them
into the puzzle?
you can do all those things – you are Hemlock Thrones. And your friend, Doctor
Marco Marconi, told this story about lovely, tormented Dulcy.
The March of the 18th: A Story of Crippled Heroes in the
Civil War. By former Marine Corps Capt. Kevin Horgan. Xulon Press, www.marchofthe18th.com. ISBN 978-1626971400. 214 pp.
$15.49. FIFTY percent of the author’s royalties will be donated to
charities for wounded veterans.
In 1864 the fate of the Union Army’s Veterans’ Reserve Corps
rested on the courage of its soldiers crippled by the war, whose only desire
was dignified service even after harrowing personal sacrifice.
The March of the 18th is a historical novel wrapped
around the true events of one invalid regiment created and then forgotten as a
footnote in our nation’s history.
Veterans’ Reserve Corps was created during the Civil War to allow severely
wounded soldiers to serve effectively, thereby freeing the able-bodied for
The invalid soldier is a living monument to our
freedom. The March of the 18th is a
small book but a big story, and brings this unit’s perseverance to light.
Noble Deeds. By Rear Adm. J.J. Zerr, USN. iUniverse,
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 288-4677. ISBN 978-1-4917-0612. 224
pp. $15.95. Available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com.
Captain Pete Adler has finally attained his goals. As he arrives at San Diego
harbor and bids his wife farewell, he feels the familiar magnetic pull of the
ship tugging him toward his greatest naval adventure. Pete is more than ready
to take over as the commanding officer of the USS Marianas. As he boards the aircraft carrier and heads for the
pilothouse, Pete battles a mixture of emotions that range from pride to
trepidation-all while secretly hoping he can finally leave the ghost of his
father's disapproval behind. Pete, known for trusting his crew more than other
commanders, relies on his twenty-eight years of navy experience to guide the
ship out of the harbor and into the open seas. But just as the ship's speed
reaches twenty-two knots, an alarm goes off, alerting Pete to a fire in an
engine room. As the massive fire intensifies, Pete attempts to lead his
five-thousand-man crew, despite being haunted by horrific childhood memories
and fears that his job is in jeopardy. Just when he thinks things cannot get
any worse, Pete is hit with another blow-his father is dead. In this fast-paced
naval adventure, one man takes an emotional journey from the present to his
past, where he uncovers surprising truths about the pop he thought he knew.
PV-11 Et Sequitur. By Lt. Col. William A. Keefe, USA (Ret), Life
Publishing, www.amazon.com. ISBN 978-1-62183-177-8. 362
Exploration Joint Service (SEJS) pilot, Patrick Callen, is about to embark on a
mission of utmost importance—command of his own reconnaissance warship—PV-11.
Callan, the advent of hyperspace capability has launched mankind, and the PV-11,
into a remarkable new era—the inductance into the Federation of Alien Cultures.
not all the races are in agreement.
of the Federation and its mission, several races, including cephalopods,
insects, arachnids, and saurians have abandoned hope of developing any type of
constructive alliance—forming instead, a sub-culture of bandits and
the artificially intelligent autopilot and Executive Officer of the PV-11, Peggy
Varner, the complex human condition is as distant to her as the earth’s setting
sun. Technologically superior to a typical human, Varner’s advanced
software functions are capable of accomplishing amazing feats of reason,
understanding complex languages, and…developing deep human-like emotions.
at the edge of space, Callan finds himself challenged by a dangerous assortment
of renegade aliens. Meanwhile, Peggy struggles to find balance between the
needs of the mission, her rapidly changing emotions, and the execution of her
primary function—keeping Pat Callan alive.
Shattering the Triangle. By Lt. Col. Dick Reynolds,
USMC (Ret). Valentine
Press, www.valentinepress.com. ISBN 978-0-615-78407-6. 310 pp. $11.69.
Available at www.amazon.com.
Krag escapes a near certain Colorado prison sentence for burning down her
husband’s cabin and flees to her villa in Tuscany. Two weeks after her arrival,
a businessman she’d met on her flight, Roger Halliday, appears at her villa
looking for a place to hide. He’s certainly not the man she thought he was.
Meanwhile, Leslie’s daughter, Julie, makes contact. She’s lost her New York
job, her husband has kicked her out, and she needs a place to stay. Leslie
reluctantly agrees to help and Julie comes to Italy for a temporary stay at the
villa. When Leslie’s world is turned upside down by a dramatic event in Denver,
she leaves Julie at the villa and returns to Colorado, hoping to achieve her
own brand of revenge and justice.
St. Catherine’s Crown. By Capt. S. Martin Shelton,
USNR (Ret), Life Member, Austin (Texas) Military Officers Association. Lamplight Press, www.sheltoncomm.com. ISBN 978-0-9892861-1-4. 373
understands that the Bolsheviks will soon topple the Czar. She charges her
godson, Kirik Pirogov, to carry the imperial crown of Catherine the Great and a
cache of Romanov jewelry to a secret czarist refuge in western China. Alexandra
informs her youngest daughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia, of the escape route
necessary to carry on the Romanov Dynasty.
Anastasia make perilous journeys across Siberia via the Trans‐Siberian Railroad. Their story is told
against a background of revolution, their hardscrabble life in the Russian
village, constant fear of the Cheka (Soviet secret police), and unscrupulous
America: A Cultural Enigma. By Lt. Col. Donald L.
Gilleland, USAF (Ret), Life Member. Black Rose Writing. ISBN 978-1-61296-302-0. 294 pp. $17.95. Available at www.amazon.com, www.booksamillion.com,
not unusual to hear someone yearn for "the good old days." For senior
citizens that usually means the 1950s or 1960s. Others almost certainly have a
different perspective. America: A
Cultural Enigma suggests that the good old days may not have been as good
as the reader remembers them or has been told about them. From the vantage
point of a retired military officer and corporate executive, the author offers
individual observations of seismic changes to our culture that have
dramatically divided our nation over the last fifty years. Whether the reader
is a senior citizen looking back at life through a rear view mirror, a young
adult contemplating an incomprehensible future, or a teenager studying history,
this book will appeal to each from a different perspective. Wherever the reader
fits into these categories, a 50-year mosaic of changes over this period
highlights profound generational differences. It has become increasingly
difficult for seniors to identify with the mores, customs, values, traditions and
habits of the younger generations and for younger citizens to relate to family
members who may be facing life in an assisted living facility or nursing home. America: A Cultural Enigma highlights
some of the things that account for those differences. It is not a historical
document. It is the author's personal observation of huge cultural shifts that
have taken place among diverse segments of our society over the last fifty
years. It may help the reader put those events into a more personal perspective.
Ban the Booze: Prohibition in the Rockies. By
Betty L. Alt and Sandra K. Wells, Ph.D. Dog Ear Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4575-2167-6. 119 pp.
the Booze: Prohibition in the Rockies is a brief look at
the eighteen years of Prohibition in Colorado. Its pages cover the purpose,
problems, and people involved in the "noble experiment" and the
fascinating (sometimes amusing) stories of the making and distributing of
The Belligerent Rain Crows and the Middle Border War: The Kansas-Missouri Conflict, 1854-1865.
By Col. Merle Leon Faubion, USA (Ret), Life Member. PublishAmerica. ISBN
978-1-4489-9369-7. 266 pp. $32.95. Available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com.
By the time the nation became engulfed
in the American Civil War, the inhabitants of the Kansas-Missouri border region
had already been subjected to a vicious local war of seven years duration.
Along this border area there had developed a deep hatred between the people of
Kansas and western Missourians which transcended the slavery issue. Much of the
history of that time and place, as we know it, has come from those who were
living in “bleeding Kansas.” There is, however, another history, sometimes at
odds with the Kansas accounts, which illustrates how profoundly devastated this
western edge of Missouri became. The
Belligerent Rain Crows and the Middle Border War revisits this chaotic time
from the perspective of Missourians who were living in a small region nestled
against the Kansas-Missouri state line. The death and destruction which
occurred here, leading up to the Civil War and on through the war itself, are
unprecedented in American history.
Combat Finance: How Military Values and Discipline Will Help You Achieve Financial Freedom. By Lt. Col. Kurt Neddenriep, ARNG (Ret). Wiley, www.combatfinance.com. ISBN 978-1-118-81750-6. 224
In this book, Kurt Neddenriep, a Senior
Vice President at a major investment firm who also served a tour in
Afghanistan, develops a set of leadership and service values to help
individuals and families to consistently achieve financial success. A
comprehensive guide to personal finance, this book is informed by the author’s
expertise in the financial industry and framed within the lessons, clear
thinking and organization he learned over the course of a parallel 23-year
career in the Army National Guard of Nevada. The book will tell the
stories of those who serve our country and how their values, discipline, and
morals can teach us financial lessons in our personal lives, taking military
principles and tactics and using them to explain finances for the mainstream
Economics for Smart Citizenship, 2nd Edition. By
Col. Mikel W. Cohick, USAF (Ret), Life Member, and James R. Richards. Hewell Publishing, www.smashwords.com. ISBN 978-130-139-0649. 250
Originating as a book for a one-semester course, it is
designed for the general reader who is interested in knowing how his or her
daily life is affected by economics. The book starts with the basics of good
decision making and how a society can be organized to best serve its citizens.
It emphasizes that, in order to make yourself better off, it is necessary to
make others better off also. Its treatise on markets shows how free trade,
unfettered by intrusive government edicts, leads to maximizing society's
standard of living. The economics of consumers, businesses, government,
international trade, and resource markets make up the micro part of the book.
The macro part of the book is organized around the two main problems: inflation
and unemployment. This is followed by the examination of policies that could be
adopted by government to address these problems. The book concludes with a
discussion of economic growth and productivity. The book discusses ideas and
has minimized the math.
Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors: A Comprehensive Guide to the Process and Benefits. By Maj. H.R. “Hal” Moroz, USA
(Ret). CreateSpace, www.amazon.com.
ISBN 978-1492943044. 228 pp. $9.86.
VA Benefits ... VA Claims ... Federal
Tort Claims ... THIS BOOK COVERS THEM ALL! "...this book's sections form a
comprehensive guide to the process and benefits available for U.S. military
veterans and their families. "And the beauty of this book is that it is a
compact, portable reference for veterans and/or their family members when the
need to know something about Veterans Law or VA benefits arises. More often
than not, people contact me or other attorneys or veterans advocates for help
on such matters, but many times those services incur costs. This book is a
low-cost, simple guide to understanding the process and the bureaucracy. It
does not eliminate the need for competent counsel on such matters, as this is
not the purpose of this work. This book is designed to educate laymen on
veterans matters, and better prepare them to ask questions of the VA or legal
counsel, should the need arise. In the words of Sir Francis Bacon, 'Knowledge
is power.'" This book is powerful!
Papers on That War: Cold Warfare VI. By former Army Reserve Capt.
Patrick Pacalo, Ph.D., Life Member. PublishAmerica. ISBN
978-1-63084-116-4. 132 pp. $19.95.
United States Marine Corps Lieutenant
Colonel Oliver North-a real American hero? Perhaps. The struggle for freedom in
Central America and the Caribbean was a turning point in the Cold War. North
played a role in it. Your author studied it from the Army War College Strategic
Studies Institute in 1983, and later as a Political Science undergrad in 1987-88.
The results of those experiences are contained herein. Was Pacalo's 1983
research paper stolen by the Iran Contra-Net? This is undoubtable. General
Douglas MacArthur made a grab for world power during the Korean Conflict. The
United States nuked Japan in WWII. MacArthur became the de facto dictator
there. The general plotted to dump dozens of nukes on China. Who would have
taken power there afterwards? MacArthur sought to implicate the Soviets in the
Korean War, can we assume he would have nuked them too, and taken over there?
Proceed to Peshawar: The Story of a U.S. Navy Intelligence Mission on the Afghan Border, 1943. By Capt. George J. Hill, USN (Ret), Northern New
Jersey Chapter. Naval
Institute Press, www.usni.org. ISBN 978-1-61251-280-8. 288 pp. $36.95.
to Peshawar is a story of adventure in the Hindu
Kush Mountains and of a previously untold military and naval intelligence
mission during World War II by two American officers along 800 miles of the
Durand Line, the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They passed
through the tribal areas and the princely states of the North-West Frontier
Province, and into Baluchistan. This appears to be the first time that any
American officials were permitted to travel for any distance along either side
of the Durand Line. Many British political and military officers believed that
India would soon be free, and that the Great Game between Russia and Britain in
the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries would then come to an end. Some of
them thought that the United States should, and would, assume Britain's role in
Central Asia, and they wanted to introduce America to this ancient contest.
So Help Me God: A Reflection on the Military Oath. By
Lt. Col. Brian L. Bohlman, ANG, Life Member. So Help Me God Project. ISBN 978-0976681953. 108 pp. $6.99.
Available at www.amazon.com. Proceeds benefit Operation Thank You.
As service members continue to fight
the War on Terror, many are reflecting on the military oath that they pledged
to keep. Four words ultimately transform American citizens into Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Bohlman, a veteran, considers the
importance of the military oath, examines the power of faith in times of
conflict, and helps prepare military members and their families for the
challenges of their service commitment. It is an excellent resource to inspire
the troops for service and preserve the core values of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Special Features: Appendix section includes reference resources such as a list
of all U.S. Military Oaths, the Code of Conduct, the Will to Survive, the Flag
Folding Ceremony, and much more. Also contains end-of-chapter reflection
questions that make it a great tool for individual and small group studies in
an academic setting or a deployed environment.
Be All You Can Be: From a Hitler Youth in WWII to a U.S. Army Green Beret. By Maj. Dieter H.B. Protsch, USAR (Ret). Trafford Publishing. ISBN
978-1412036740. 372 pp. $29.70.
Combat against the
Russians as a Hitler Youth, experiencing defeat and hunger, a young man finally
became 'all he could be' after emigration and becoming a US Army Green Beret.
Memoir: Dynamite, Check Six. By Col. Raymond L. Jones, USAF
1663 Liberty Drive Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 839-8640, www.authorhouse.com, www.dynamitechecksix.com. ISBN
978-1-4918-0338-7. 562 pp. $35.99.
This book isn't
primarily about relationships. There's no romance involved-not even any close
friendships. It's mostly about flying machines and their missions. But people
are important. After all, pilots fly the machines. There are a lot of
characters here that aviation buffs will immediately recognize: Lots of
record-setting test pilots, and even some astronauts. Older non-buffs will also
see familiar names: an aviation legend, first-ever moon walkers, a couple of
popular entertainers, a famous TV-news anchor and even two former presidential
candidates. Watch closely, some of them just flash past. Airplanes star in this
tale. None of them were perfect, but many of them excelled performing their
assigned tasks. North American Aircraft's F-86F was a beautiful machine. But it
was also a breathtakingly-good MiG killer. Because of its fine flying
qualities, it was fun to fly-a sports car among sedans. Fairchild/Chase
Aircraft's C-123B was an outstanding assault transport. It was almost perfect
for its mission in Vietnam, but it could be a real handful for any pilot to
fly. I have lots of "favorite" airplanes, but Douglas' A-1H Skyraider
stands out. There has never been a better attack fighter in terms of accuracy
in iron-bomb delivery, weapons load-carrying ability or endurance. Lockheed's
F-104A or C models were many pilot's dream machines. Their luster dimmed
somewhat for me after I flew them. But they were certainly suitable for
training Test Pilot School students to perform zooms and shuttle-aircraft type
approaches and landings. I'll stop with these four. There's much more on
airplanes inside-about 192,000 words worth. That's a lot to slog through and
you may find some parts too technical or too detailed. Ignore them. There are
also many numbers, but most aren't important. Browse for good stuff. If you
want more info on some airplane, Google her up.
A Summer to Remember, 1947. By Lt. Col. James D. Fox, USA
(Ret). Twyefort, www.amazon.com. ISBN 978-0-9646-8550-7. 113
pp. $10.99. For
autographed copies, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two young teenagers from Texas go to Oregon for the
summer. They intended to make a lot of money picking fruit. They
didn’t pick fruit, but instead went to work for the Southern Pacific
Railroad. They had many adventures, and close calls. It was a time when
you could take a girl on a date with just a dollar, but where could get the
dollar? This book is entertainment for young and old. The young
will find it hard to believe, and the old will enjoy the memories.
They Rest Not at Night: Footnotes From the Field of Operations Intelligence. By Lt. Mark W. Merritt, USN (Ret). iUniverse.com,
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 288-4677. ISBN 978-1491702918. 280 pp.
Every time Mark W. Merritt puts on the uniform of a US Naval
Officer, he is reminded of how thankful he is to be an American. He began
compiling his memories in 2008 while serving in Iraq, just after celebrating
his fiftieth birthday in a combat zone. In his memoir, he offers a collection
of lessons learned from his years in intelligence-through twenty-nine
countries, frost bite, two hip replacements, cancer, three wars, five combat
zones, eight marathons, multiple parachute jumps, three college degrees, and
two black belts. He has been an author, high school hall-of-famer and
collegiate NCAA athlete, mountain climber and kayaker, husband, son, brother,
warrior, scholar, and gentleman. As a special operations intelligence officer,
Merritt has always pushed to do more, but now he can step back and take in what
he has accomplished. He has failed many times, but he has succeeded often, as
well. Happiness no longer seems like an unobtainable goal. They Rest Not at Night offers both Merritt's personal life history
with all its variety and an exploration of his intelligence experience, sharing
his own commentary on the wisdom he has gained the hard way.
To Travel Is To Live.
By Betty Sexton Halsey Moorhead. CreateSpace, www.amazon.com. ISBN 978-1481265119. 382 pp.
up in the South during the great depression of the 1930's in a family with
eight children I could never have imagined the life I'd grow up to live. My life has been filled with love, adventure
and world travel but also great tragedy. Lucky in love I've been married to and
outlived two pilots named Chuck. The early death of my first husband and my
younger son's life destroyed by schizophrenia seemed unbearable. I survived to enjoy
many more years of love, adventure and happiness.
Un-Armed, Un-Armored and Un-Escorted: A World War II C-47 Airborne Troop Carrier Pilot Remembers. By Col. John R. Johnson Jr., USAF (Ret). Merriam Press,
www.merriam-press.com. ISBN 978-1-304-7078-4. 278 pp. Available at www.amazon.com. Available from the author:
6480 Carolinda Dr., Granite Bay, CA 95746, email@example.com. ($35 for hard
cover, $15 for paperback, plus $3 postage.)
book presents the author’s personal descriptions of his military service life
from Pearl Harbor Day 1941 to May 1945 when he returned to Kentucky and his
home from a German prisoner of war camp.
The Whole Nine Yards: The Memoirs of Colonel Alfred Asch,
United States Air Force, Retired. By Col. Alfred Asch, USAF, with David Asch. Don Wise Productions,
www.thewholenineyards.us. ISBN 978-0-944391-04-4. $24.95.
into the cockpit of a B-24 Liberator. Feel your heart race as you sight your
target and drop your bombs. Heading home, you are hit by dozens of enemy
fighters and flak from ground fire. The plane shudders as cannon shells strike,
smashing the trail, ripping into the bomb bay and severing the cables and gas
lines, spewing fuel in all directions. Another shell explodes under the pilot’s
seat, rupturing the oxygen lines. Watch as your pilot and crew members lose
oxygen and pass out, leaving you — a twenty-year-old co-pilot with untested
skills — to take the controls, making split-second decisions that will mean the
difference between life and death. And the fighters keep coming …
Witness to History: Reflections of a Cold War Soldier. By
Col. Robert R. Ulin, USA (Ret). AuthorHouse,
1663 Liberty Drive Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 839-8640, www.authorhouse.com. ISBN 978-1-4567-3615-6. 192
pp. $18.27. Available at www.amazon.com.
This book is a
first person account of military service during the Cold War in Europe from the
erection to the destruction of the Berlin Wall. It is also about combat in
Vietnam as an artilleryman in the Central Highlands and as an infantry advisor
in the Mekong Delta. The author participated in the investigation of a fragging
incident that killed an NCO, he put down an attempted mutiny and directed the
first artillery counter-battery attack on Soviet artillery manned by North
Vietnamese regulars in the tri-border era of Vietnam-Laos, Cambodia and
Vietnam. He worked with the CIA in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam managing the
Phoenix Program while assigned to Tam Binh District where he met the legendary
John Paul Vann and hosted visits by Sir Robert Thompson, the British guerrilla
warfare expert and John Erlichman, advisor to President Richard Nixon. Between
tours of duty in Vietnam, he returned to Germany with a Pershing Missile unit
that experienced severe discipline problems including drugs, assault and attempted
murder. This book is about a thirty-three year military career from private to
colonel during a particularly difficult time for the US Army. He served in
Germany, Vietnam and Belgium and conducted missions in Africa. While in Belgium
he served at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), the
American Embassy and finally NATO headquarters. The author participated in a
NATO Summit attended by President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher and
completed his career on the faculty of the Army War College in Carlisle,
Pennsylvania where he participated in the first uniformed visit to Warsaw,
Prague and Budapest following the demise of the Warsaw Pact.