Thursday, November 1, 2012

"In Her Name: The Last War"- Trilogy by Michael R Hicks

I have not enjoyed a Science Fiction series this much since
reading the Isaac Asimov, "Foundation" series years ago!

The author has created great science, believable characters, and alien worlds.  Just when you think every plot and space exploration concept has been used up, like a dirty sock, you get proven wrong by a unique new author (new to me)!  Always a pleasant surprise.

I downloaded this to my Kindle Fire and found I ran the battery down before I ever put the book down!  I recommend this author to any hard core science fiction fan!  I plan on reading the prequel series of how the Empire started as well!

Hey Hollywood, these novels would make a great screenplay!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wordstock has come and gone.  Not very well publicized this year, as much as previous years or else I was overwhelmed by politics!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: "The Masada Protocol" by Lee Broad

A thriller set between the brokerage houses of NYC-London to the streets and countryside of Israel. Desperate to prevent another Holocaust, a rogue cabal of Israeli security and military decide to unleash all of Israel's nuclear missiles on a massive preemptive strike against it's enemies, mainly Iran!

The characters are intriguing and memorable...ruthless and highly believable! It is a great read, which I recommend to anyone interested in current topic political books of this type!

Monday, September 3, 2012

"The Traveler's Companion" by Christopher John Charter

This novel took a sharp turn from normal Science original idea!  "The Zone", a rift in space/time caused by mini-black holes, formed in a super collider, allowed individuals to create the world of their dreams, only limited by their imagination.  That it eventually made one go insane, was a minor side effect.  The plot was interesting, the characters memorable, and the climax appropriate!  I recommend this eBook to any hard core sci-fi fan!

I forgot to mention this was a "Free" Kindle eBook from Amazon!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Why I Love My Kindle Fire!

Before I had my Kindle Fire I bought the the Apple iTouch4....the apps beat the heck out of Android apps that run on the Kindle Fire, but obviously the small screen, even with the text enlarged to maximum, is difficult to read.  Enter the Kindle Fire, which I purchased in March of 2012.  The screen is perfect for eBooks, about the size of a paperback. Best features are the ability to change type faces, background color, text size and brightness...this really comes in handy when your a geezer and read late at night!  I don't play video games, so there are none...the news apps, weather, etc that I use daily on the iTouch aren't even available in android (WHY?) The Fire does play video well and Netflix works great, as well as it's not "Retina Display", so clear on the iTouch4 that you can see the baseball in a pop fly, even though the small screen.

Still, I made "trade UP" to the 7" iPad when it comes out...can still download eBooks, hopefully it will have a Retina Display" also.  Meanwhile I enjoy ready the Free Kindle Books available...there are hundreds, I store them in "The Cloud), not on my device! Downloads take only seconds...less than 5!

Friday, June 8, 2012

"The Pope's Assassin" by Luis M. Rocha

A great book with familiar characters from "The Last Pope".  As mentioned in another review, I am Catholic and a former Catechism Teacher for three years at St Mary''s School in Auburn, NY.  I have always enjoyed conspiracies of the Church as a plot in any thriller...there are many.  It had been about a year previously, when I read "The Last Pope" by the same author, but immediately recognized the main characters.  I look forward to new books by this author, and highly recommend them all!

"The Guardian" by Robbie Cheuvront & Erik Reed

As a Catholic and former Catechism Teacher for three Years, I am always intrigued by conspiracies involving the church. I found this book to be well written, and as far as I can tell, well researched. While written as a Thriller, it is also a book of faith in the Lord, the Church, and oneself! It was difficult to put down once started.  Many times I reread passages from the Bible mentioned in the book.  I found it an enjoyable experience and would recommend this to anyone interested in thrillers and/or Church conspiracies.  As I write this review, I can easily see myself rereading this in the near future.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"The Deep Zone" by James M. Tabor

This is an action-adventure novel about a new disease that is resistant to all anti-biotics (man made?)...first effecting soldiers in the Middle East it spreads like wildfire with a 90% fatality rate within days of exposure!

The only know "cure" lies at the bottom of a miles deep cave system in Mexico....the race begins! If you've been fascinated with caving or the idea, the majority of the novel takes place underground.  Personally..NO WAY!

The author also wrote the novel "Blind Decent".  I recommend this to readers of the genre.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"Agent X", by Noah Boyd

Agent X is a continued saga of "The Bricklayer"...a rather unorthodox part time FBI agent and part time bricklayer.  Steve Vail, the bricklayer, has no love of doing anything by the book or authority.  He does what needs to be done, and gets results...much to the dismay of the criminals in his path, many of whom end up dead! Kate Bannon is Vail's on again, off again love interest.  Also and FBI agent, she is more by the book and Vail's methods keep a barrier between them.  It is a well written novel and I look forward to more similar stories in the future.  I'd recommend this novel to anyone interested in crime, action-thrillers genre.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Science and Religion Readings for the Godly and the Godless

by Alan Boyle

Religious holidays such as Easter and Passover usually spark a spate of stories about the intersection of science and religion, and that's especially the case during this presidential election year. Some folks seem to assume that the scientific and spiritual ways of looking at the world are fundamentally at odds, but a new poll commissioned by suggests that scientific issues are hugely important to religious believers as well as non-believers.

This year, there's plenty to choose from, whether you're of the godly or the godless persuasion. Here are seven recently published books to get your brain working, organized alphabetically and covering a range of perspectives on science and religion:

"Born Believers: The Science of Children's Religious Belief," by Justin Barrett. One of the common views about religious formation is that kids are merely taught to believe what their parents believe. Barrett, a psychologist and anthropologist who's associated with the Fuller Seminary, takes another tack, citing research that suggests children have an innate inclination toward the "God idea." Based on those findings, Barrett comes up with checklists for becoming a confident atheist (step 2 is "do not have children") as well as for encouraging a child's religious development.

"Free Will," by Sam Harris. The well-known atheist addresses the well-known paradox of free will vs. determinism in this slim 96-page paperback. Harris cuts through quantum claptrap to argue that free will is an illusion, but he also argues that causes and consequences, intentions and actions provide a basis for morality.

"God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion," by Victor Stenger. This latest volume from philosopher-physicist Victor Stenger argues that Christianity held back the progress of science for a millennium, and that the current perspectives provided by science and religion on the origins of the universe, complexity and consciousness are incompatible. Stenger also decries the negative influence of organized religion on global issues such as overpopulation and environmental degradation.

"The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion," by Jonathan Haidt. A social psychologist focuses on why people of different ideological stripes find it so hard to get along, and suggests that it goes back to our evolutionary tendency toward "groupishness." Religion and politics provide ways to define in-groups and out-groups, and conservatives turn out to be better than liberals at taking advantage of those natural tendencies. Haidt also lays out some strategies to break the us-vs.-them impasse that has made American politics so uncivil. (Check out the strategies at

"The Spiritual Doorway in the Brain: A Neurologist's Search for the God Experience," by Kevin Nelson. Near-death experiences, out-of-body sensations, battles with the devil, religious ecstasy and psychotropic drugs all figure in this exploration of the neurological basis for altered states. I like the fact that Nelson doesn't pass judgment: "No matter if we could know how every single brain molecule makes spiritual experience, why the brain is spiritual will remain for many of us our most treasured mystery," he writes. "There is room in the brain for faith."

"Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism," by Alvin Plantinga. This book is something of a counterweight to Stenger's book, arguing that the seeming conflicts between science and religion are due to the scientific method's, um, methodology. Notre Dame philosophy professor Alvin Plantinga puts a lot of weight on the seemingly "fine-tuned" nature of the universe, which is definitely open to debate. And speaking of debate, there's an earlier book on this topic, titled "Science and Religion: Are They Compatible," which features a back-and-forth between Plantinga and atheist philosopher Daniel Dennett.

."Why Religion is Natural and Science Is Not," by Robert McCauley. This book draws upon findings in cognitive science and evolutionary biology to make the case that the human brain is naturally more suited to religious belief than to scientific inquiry. McCauley's conclusion is that the scientific perspective poses no real threat to religion, "while the unnaturalness of science puts it in a surprisingly precarious position."

More readings in science and religion:

•Gospels of science

•Stephen Hawking says God's not needed

•How to get a cosmos from nothing

•Richard Dawkins puts 'Magic' on a tablet

Alan Boyle is's science editor. .

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Best Selling eBooks

I was surprised today to find out from the Wall Street Journal that a "Best Seller" category for eBooks even existed.  Indeed, even our affiliate has such a category!  For some time on my "Library Thing" site, many new authors promote their books via free copies of eBooks.  It would seem only logical to have a best seller list for them! As book stores and printed books fall by the wayside, the digital media will continue to grow.  Good luck authors!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Top 10 Books to Have in Your Shelter or Hide-Away

I'd like to suggest what I consider to be the top 10 books to have in any survival bunker or hide-a-way. Disaster survival may be from a few days or forever depending on what happens. Reference books can be put to good use at anytime.

  1. Bible
  2. How New Way Things Work By David Macaulay
  3. Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills By Abigail R. Gehring
  4. Black & Decker The Complete Photo Guide to Home Improvement
  5. The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook
  6. The Vegetable Gardener's Bible By Edward C. Smith
  7. The Survival Manual (Outdoor Life): Urban Adventure - Wilderness Survival - Disaster Preparedness By The Editors of Outdoor Life Magazine
  8. Western Civilizations: Their History & Their Culture By Judith Coffin, Robert Stacey
  9. The Art of Blacksmithing By Alex W. Bealer
  10. Nature's Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants By Samuel Thayer

There are of course almost an infinite numbers but I believe these books will be a valuable resource for a long time. All can be ordered through by clicking on one of the links in the side bar! Remember, "Knowledge is Power"!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Current Novels Under Review

The gracious folks at Library Thing have provided me with the following novels to read and review!

  • The Popes Assassin, 2011, by Luis M. Rocha
  • The Guardian, 2011, by Robbie Cheuvront & Erik Reed
  • Agent X, 2011, by Noah Boyd
  • The Deep Zone, 2012, by James M. Tabor
Reviews will be published as reading is completed.  Thanks Library Thing!

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Secret Soldier

by Alex Berenson (C) 2011

One of my books from Library Thing, it is a novel of terrorism, political scandal and family drama within the House of Saud.

John Wells, former CIA operative is "hired" by the elderly King Of Saudi Arabia to stop a brother from toppling the regime after the King's Granddaughter is assassinated.

The race is on from covers locals in Lebanon, Cyprus, and Saudi Arabia to stop the plot.  with little or no backup from Washington, DC, Wells uses experience and skills to prevent what could become WW3.

It is an interesting read, and I recommend it.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Back to Reading!

After a 6 month hiatus from reading, due to my purchase of an ITouch-4 and spending hours per day on-line,

I am currently reading a Library novel called "End of Days", by Robert Gleason, (C) 2011.

Yes it's about the Apocalypse. Will do a proper review upon completion, stay tuned.