Category: Book Reviews

Review – “The Great American Awakening” by Senator Jim DeMint

Review – “The Great American Awakening” by Senator Jim DeMint

It’s hard to believe it’s only been three years since Barack Obama was elected president, and not even a full year since the American public soundly rejected his socialist policies with a stinging election night rebuke in 2010.  The day after that election, Jim DeMint published an article outlining what the incoming Republican senators should expect in Washington.  I linked to that article on Facebook and posted the following thought –

 

You should read this article from Jim DeMint. I have to say – I wouldn’t mind seeing him challenge Obama in 2012. DeMint/Rubio 2012 anyone?

 

After reading “The Great American Awakening” by Senator DeMint, I believe it even more strongly that he has the answers to many of the problems we are facing today.

 

In “The Great American Awakening”, Senator DeMint chronicles the two years between Barak Obama’s election and the landslide Republican Congressional victory in 2010.  Looking back now, it’s easy to see the path from one Tuesday in November to the other.  Those two years, however, were a long march for conservatives.  People were enveloped in a self-congratulatory haze after electing America’s first black president.  Pundits were pronouncing an end to conservatism and the advent of permanent rule by the Democratic Party.  The future looked bleak.

 

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Review – “Full Black” by Brad Thor

Review – “Full Black” by Brad Thor

In my review of last year’s “Foreign Influence” by Brad Thor, I said the following:

 

If I have one criticism of the book it is that it reads like what it really is – a prologue.  The story is engaging, fast paced, and well written – but you can tell that it is essentially the foundation for a deeper and more far reaching narrative.

 

Tomorrow marks the release of that more far reaching narrative.  With “Full Black”, Thor pays off the promises found in “Foreign Influence” and delivers a thinking man’s thriller.  There’s plenty of action, military insight, and even more action – but there’s also a cogent political, social, and economic story woven into the fabric of the book.  Taking a step back and looking to the horizon, we find that while still dangerous, radical Islam is not the only enemy we face.  At times nuanced and at other times blunt, Thor pulls no punches in deconstructing the broader adversaries aligned against us in the world today. It’s a story about layers, and serves to lay the foundation for the continued evolution of both Thor as a storyteller and Scot Harvath as a character.

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Review – “Deadline” by Mira Grant

Review – “Deadline” by Mira Grant

When I finish a book, I usually like to let it sit for a few days before I start crafting my review.  I like to let it marinate, as it were, and bounce around unencumbered in the empty bell tower of my subconscious.  Not so with “Deadline”.  I just finished it seven minutes ago and felt compelled to grab the laptop, head out to the back porch, and start writing.  Why the rush?  Quite simply, I was blown away by the story and I have to share it with you.

“Deadline” is the second book in the Newsflesh trilogy from author Mira Grant.  The first book in the series, “Feed”, came out last year and landed the fifth spot on my “Top 11 of 2010” list.  As I said about it at the time –

Mira Grant constructs a world filled with characters and zombies that allow us to see not only what the zombie apocalypse might look like, but also forces us to ask the question – in a world full of danger, loss, and fear; how important is the truth?”

With “Deadline”, Grant dives headlong back into the world of “Feed” and shows us that some truths are more true than others.

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Pre-order your Maelstrom Books limited edition sets this weekend

Pre-order your Maelstrom Books limited edition sets this weekend

If you didn’t get a chance to order the inaugural offering from Maelstrom Books, your chance to order the second set of releases is fast approaching.  The next set of three signed and numbered books will be available for pre-order this Sunday, June 19th.

If you haven’t heard of Maelstrom Books, you can get the full scoop from Brian Keene’s website here.  In a nutshell, each set consists of three books – one novel length work from Brian Keene, one novella from Brian Keene, and one full-length novel from an auther of Keene’s choosing.  Each book is signed and numbered, with the entire release limited to 260 sets for wave one, and now 300 sets for wave two.

The first wave gave us a collectible version of Keene’s “A Gathering Crows”, a new novella set in the Rising universe, “The Rising: Deliverance” and the phenomenal debut novel “Six Days” from Kelli Owen.  (You can read my review of “Six Days” here.)

For wave two, Keene has contributed the novel length collection “A Conspiracy of One”, the novella “Alone”, and “Once Upon A Time In Midnight” by John Urbancik.  You can read more about each book and find out about the pre-order here.

No matter who you are – a Brian Keene fan, a horror fan, a book collector – do yourself a favor and pre-order the second set of releases from Maelstrom Books. You won’t be disappointed, unless you decide to wait until Monday and find they are already sold-out.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

Faithful readers will remember that I am a fan of “end of the world” stories. I read them regularly and enjoy them immensely. Always on the lookout for something I haven’t read in the genre, I came across “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald while exploring a string of “other customers also bought” recommendations on Amazon.  I took the plunge, punched the button, and decided to give the book a try.

“Level 7” was first published in 1959. It is constructed as the diary of Officer X-127 – a military officer who is part of his country’s nuclear weapons program. X-127 is deployed to the 7th level of a vast underground complex – the level responsible for the offensive capabilities of their nuclear arsenal (Level 6 is defensive, Level 5 is living quarters for the elite and political classes, etc.). Through his journal entries, you learn about life underground, the eventual start of a full-scale nuclear war, and the aftermath for the survivors.

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