Member Books for June 2014

Fiction

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 www.bn.com

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 drones. 

Eden Lost. By Col. Richard Taylor, USA (Ret), Life Member. Tate Publishing and Enterprises, www.tatepublishing.com. ISBN 978-1-62902-110-2. 296 pp. $18.17. 

Commodore 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. 

Josh, 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. 

How 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.

Well, 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! 

Are 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? 

If 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. 

The 18th Veterans’ Reserve Corps was created during the Civil War to allow severely wounded soldiers to serve effectively, thereby freeing the able-bodied for combat. 

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

Navy 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 Member. Brighton Publishing, www.amazon.com. ISBN 978-1-62183-177-8. 362 pp. $13.46. 

Space Exploration Joint Service (SEJS) pilot, Patrick Callen, is about to embark on a mission of utmost importancecommand of his own reconnaissance warshipPV-11. 

For Callan, the advent of hyperspace capability has launched mankind, and the PV-11, into a remarkable new erathe inductance into the Federation of Alien Cultures. 

But, not all the races are in agreement. 

Skeptical of the Federation and its mission, several races, including cephalopods, insects, arachnids, and saurians have abandoned hope of developing any type of constructive allianceforming instead, a sub-culture of bandits and renegades. 

For 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. 

Alone, 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 functionkeeping 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

Leslie 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 pp. $12.50. 

1917‐ Empress Alexandria 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. 

Kirik and 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 treasure‐hunters. 

Nonfiction 

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, and www.bn.com

It is 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. $11.98. 

Ban 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 "bootleg booze." 

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 pp. $19.23. 

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 American. 

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 pp. $29.63. 

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. 

Proceed 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. 

 

Memoir

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 (Ret). AuthorHouse, 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 jfox@vvm.com

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. $21.01. 

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. $13.99. 

Growing 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, jjloj2@gmail.com. ($35 for hard cover, $15 for paperback, plus $3 postage.) 

This 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. 

Climb 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.