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Initial post: Nov 15, 2010 6:06:46 AM PST
Richard says:
North Star Bay

On January 21, 1968 a B-52 Boeing Stratofortress, carrying four 1.1 megaton H-Bombs, caught fire and crashed in the Arctic Circle near Thule, Greenland. The Strategic Air Command's (SAC) Arctic Circle route was an airborne alert operation, referred to by the pilots of these large bombers as the "Chrome Dome," and was a 24-hour round-the-clock strategic undertaking. Carrying four 1.1 megaton H-Bombs, the B-52's were ready on a moment's notice to wage all-out warfare on an enemy that dare provoke an attack.

The "official" response by the United States was that all four H-bombs were destroyed on impact but theorist have long maintained that one of the bombs survived the crash and lies on the seabed off Greenland near Thule airbase. 34 years later, the lost bomb that America has always denied existed, has been found - snagged by a fisherman's net - setting off alarms deep in the bowels of the most fortified structure known to mankind - the CIA. Although the United States is eager to avoid a crisis in relations with its NATO ally Denmark there is more at stake than NATO relations: America is secretly mining raw plutonium in the area and conducting its most clandestine operation in the history of the United States - National Missile Defense.

In a remarkable depiction of clandestine adventure, North Star Bay weaves men, submarines, individual acts of heroism, moments of tragedy and unimaginable endurance into an intricate spellbinding story.

The Tiger Cruise

The Tiger Cruise is a novel about a Los Angeles Class nuclear attack submarine, the USS Woodbridge, which leaves Norfolk on a routine two day tiger cruise. The tiger cruise is a navy tradition whereby family and friends are invited to sail aboard a naval vessel to get firsthand experience of navy tradition at sea. After the Woodbridge embarks, a large earthquake strikes in the mid-Atlantic and, for the first time in recorded history, large tsunamis strike the East Coast all but destroying the naval base at Norfolk. Iraq, lying in wait for the opportunity to strike back at America, deploys a mini-nuclear submarine loaded with lethal anthrax toward the shores of America. The Navy, crippled by the large tidal waves that struck the coast, calls on the Woodbridge to seek and destroy the Iraqi invaders. The Woodbridge, having left a third of its crew behind to accommodate 14 civilians ranging in age from 10 to 72 and its nuclear reactor and sonar damaged by the quake, answers the call. Only one ship can stop them in a race for the coast.

Posted on Nov 22, 2010 5:27:57 PM PST
Millerfilm says:
Heroes and Hounds Heroes and Hounds teaches our next generation the value of helping others. There are lessons to be learned about how fleeting heroism can be. You are the hero one day and in the dog house the next. It is a book filled with valuable lessons for both young and old, yet doesn't preach or talk down to adults or children. Take a look. It will surprise you where heroes can be found, and why some people shy away from all the attention it brings.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 9:05:42 PM PST
I recently wrote the book, 'Endless Lies: Murder in a small town'. The book is a work of fiction that is a action/mystery adventure. The book is set in the fictional town of Elmsville, Georgia. The hero of the book is Derek Lancy, Derek had been a police officer in Sandy County until he was shot in the knee which forced his retirement. He moved back home to Elmsville and started up a private investagation business. Little did he know that this would but his life, those of his family members, and business partners in danger as he raced to solve a case that had haunted his home community for over thirty years. The book pulls the reader in and holds their attention until the end of the story. I decided to write this book as a way to put my Bacherlors degree in Criminal Justice to use.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 9:14:25 AM PST
Alan Caruba, charter member of the National Book Critics Circle, just posted a rave review for Web Games:

"This extraordinary author has the ability to anticipate events in ways that enhance his novels and Web Games, his latest, is no exception.... True to form, Samson is just ahead of the curve with yet another thriller and its theme is cyber-terrorism. ... Behind the pseudonym of Lior Samson is a university professor whose own background brings to his work a reality that only such technical knowledge could produce. He is aided by others with comparable expertise, but the end result is the story of Destiny Allen, a Web designer for a computer security giant who finds herself in a deadly game that may bring down the electrical energy infrastructure of America. We have seen damage that the WikiLeak revelations have done.... Web Games dwarfs that as the main character must enlist her friends to deter a catastrophe. You will not put it down."

See the complete review at

And buy the book!

Web Games - You will not put it down. (Alan Caruba, Bookviews)
The Dome - An exciting thriller...hard to put down. (Midwest Book Review)
Bashert - A page-turning retro-techno-thriller! (Brett James)
Bashert: Kindle Edition - All the action at a fraction of the price, still just 99¢!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2011 12:47:53 PM PST

Kera and Rand Priven must journey 2,500 miles across their country, trying desperately to find and protect their children. It is good they cannot foresee the horrors before them.

In a troubled marriage, the Privens live with their children, Andrew and Alissa, in New York City. As an up-and-coming fashion photographer, Rand is obsessed with making a name, and a lot of money-to the point of neglecting his family. Kera slips into a frustrated and lonely disillusionment; she yearns for a simpler more meaningful family life. Planning to confront and possibly divorce Rand, she sends the children to a respected summer camp. Her timing couldn't be worse.

Shocking events unfold as independent groups plotting against the United States successfully breach national security, attack military installations, and wreak havoc on public infrastructure: the system breaks down. All services stop... no lights, no flights, no food, no gas... nothing. Law enforcement and armed forces seem unable to contain this terrorism or... revolution. Lawlessness spreads, seemingly overnight.

What chance do these two average, unprepared, and conflicted people have for surviving such a hostile situation? Will the challenge pull them together or rip them further apart? Who will they meet on their journey across America? What will they learn? Will they ever see their children again?

Patrick Michael Murphy is an Emmy award winning writer and producer for film and video projects. Additional works of his fiction and nonfiction are soon to be released in digital form.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 9:40:34 AM PST
Larry Lavoie says:
James Cody only wants to be a firefighter long enough to earn his way through college, but a heroic act has now made that impossible. Painfully aware that no good deed goes unpunished James returns to his home town soon to find he is the prime suspect in the death of his mother from a horrific fire. He soon realizes there is a plot to frame him for more deaths by fire. He confronts an old girlfriend, now a reporter, who is putting his family tragedy on the front page of the local paper. He finds solace in the arms of a new girlfriend who is helping to hold the family together, and is at odds with an old nemesis from high school, now the county sheriff, who is convinced James Cody is guilty. As James unravels the mystery of the tragic deaths he becomes aware that those closest to him are not always who they seem to be.
Other books by Larry LaVoie: Army of the White Horse, Caldera, Destiny, Disappearing Inc., Jersey Twenty-Two, Leap of Faith, Lesser of Two Evils, and Light Stream.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 5:48:53 PM PDT

55-years old Sonny Busco is a big city, small-fry P.I. who's entering the final lap of life underemployed and overwhelmed. He's your grandfather's gumshoe: a man who has somehow managed to siesta his way through significant cultural and technological change. So much so that he has no cellphone or personal computer with which to solve cases. Just a clunker car, a wit stuck in reverse, and a gun with a cylinder full of five to keep him alive!

So why is this burned out, behind-the-times Boomer the perfect man for the daring plan to save a revolutionary alloy...and perhaps with it, the world?

If you like good old-fashioned escapist fare from the Hitchcock school (where memorable characters, methodical thrills, and unexpected chills abound) then climb in and give my first novel The Steel Deal a spin!

At stake: A revolutionary alloy called sentient steel.
The plan: To deliver it safely to Santa Fe, NM for $2500 cash.
The man: Sonny Busco.
The problem: Slipping the steel past a whirlwind of wicked men and women in black who want the goods--and Sonny--out of the way.

See if Sonny Busco has enough left to save the day. Pick up The Steel Deal and buckle-up for an offbeat ride on the edge of mystery, adventure, romance, and sci-fi.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 3:30:35 PM PDT
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Wild Meat

After escaping from machete-wielding logging-camp guards, surviving a beating by a territorial chimpanzee, and trekking barefoot and wounded for two days through the central African rainforest, eco-spy Amy Kellet figures she's finally safe.

She's wrong. Her curiosity about the strange animal carcass she saw during her ordeal has stirred up some dangerous people.

It has also caught the attention of amateur historian Stephen Stokes, who sends Amy images of something that's a pretty close match with the creature she saw. He says the drawings are from the Middle Ages and the Spanish Conquest. He says he's got a storage locker full of them, but wants her to keep it quiet because they're stolen goods.

After seeking out Stephen, Amy learns what made the animals valuable in the distant past, and why present-day thugs want to knock off anyone who knows about them. She realizes that her purely academic curiosity about the creatures has made her a target of ruthless thugs, and that her contact with Stephen has pulled him and others into the same line of fire. In order to survive, they must find a way to evade or thwart those with a high-stakes interest in keeping the animals a secret.

This was a surprise gem. The rather blunt and gory-sounding title belies the fact that this story is told with artful prose and not all that much blood. The level of suspense would certainly justify the label 'thriller.' But what really held me was the power of the writing itself. It is vivid, almost lyrical, without ever becoming even remotely florid. The storyteller's voice is a treat in itself, yet never distracts us from the story.

The principal villain (Hugh Sanderson, an increasingly deranged black-sheep playboy from a family of logging millionaires) sometimes threatens to outshine the protagonists in depth of character. Amy, described in the blurb above as an "eco-spy," is actually more of an environmental philanthropist by the time the story begins. She only heads to the rainforest herself because she feels responsible for the man she hired to spy on loggers, and who has suddenly dropped out of contact. Stephen, the amateur historian, is sort of a down-and-out version of Robert Langdon - he teaches social studies at an inner-city middle school, rather than symbology at an ivy-league college. The thugs who assail our hero and heroine on behalf of Sanderson are an entertaining crew, at one point briefly evoking some of Elmore Leonard's vicous halfwits, and in a later scene sounding more like Tolkien's squabbling trolls.

A fun, fast-pace read with an original premise and a great style.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 6:35:53 PM PDT
Eric Spudic says:
Yesterday, Trevor graduated high school. Today, his family was murdered. Tomorrow, this everyday American good 'ole boy is gonna strike with the devil's fury. It's payback time!

Teenage Vigilante

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 1:29:21 PM PDT
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Description: Mark Taylor discovers first hand that no good deed goes unpunished when the old camera he found during a freelance job in an Afghanistan bazaar gives him more than great photos. It triggers dreams of disasters. Tragedies that happen exactly as he envisions them. He learns that not only can he see the future, he can change it. Then the unthinkable happened and everyone ignored his frantic warnings. Thousands die. Suddenly, the Feds are pounding on his door and the name they have for Taylor isn't urban hero. It's enemy combatant. And, it means they can do anything they want to him. Anything at all.

Mark is haunted by his dreams even in prison until he turns them to his advantage and obtains his release. Penniless, alone, and his life destroyed, Mark knows a brutal terrorist attack is coming, and will claim countless lives. He puts everything on the line to stop it. With only hours to act, he must prevent the horror even at the risk of his own freedom. His only chance of thwarting the attack lies in trusting his worst enemy--the bastard who interrogated him for over a year.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 3:10:51 PM PDT
William Bassett is a land surveyor in the small Midwestern town of St. Elsewhere. While surveying along US Highway 40, he is accidentally struck by a car. He goes into a very deep coma. At first his past flashes through his mind, the free-spirited parents from California that adopted him, Mick and Stevie Woods, Jed Gerken, the surveyor and father figure that took William under his wing and the love of his life, the one that got away, Maggie Magnolia.

Then something unexplainable happens. His past becomes entangled with someone else, someone with the same name, William Bassett! It is December of 1818 and Illinois just became a state. William is a United States Deputy Surveyor in the new Capital city of Kaskaskia. He has been given the task of finding a more centralized location for the state's Capitol. He must form a survey party, gather supplies and be ready to embark on a journey through uncivilized territory in just a couple of months.

In the local tavern, he finds Duke and Montgomery Longhorn, brothers and buffalo hunters. Two French trappers, Martin St. Louis and Jacques Black agree to join the adventure. Two surveyor's helpers already with William, John and Wayne complete the crew. In his search, he finds more than he bargained for - a woman. The angelic vision of Mary Margaret Rose would capture William's heart.

The journey is more than an adventure of a lifetime, it is two lives intertwined through time, but only one makes it to the end.
Living The Dream: A Historical Fiction Novel
Living the Dream

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2011 9:12:26 AM PDT
Most live a relatively safe and tailored life in the United States. But that could change at any time. This is not a futuristic story of survival, it is a story that can take place now, today. The stage is set. And when society falls and each person, each family, each community must take care of their own with no help from the "law" who will make it through?


Posted on Apr 10, 2011 9:16:01 AM PDT
Christy says:
Memoirs Of An Antihero

Memoirs of an Antihero tells the violent, emotional & darkly comedic tale of a single father fighting to keep his daughter alive at any cost. When Drew Blank learns his daughter, Moxie, may be dying from a terminal illness, he is overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation and the hospital bills to follow. Living in the forgotten city of Cross, Drew's desperation drives him to get the money from the only people in town that have it: the criminals. He is initially introduced to the field of entrepreneurial vigilantism by sheer luck, being in the right place at the right time. After hospitalizing his targets and making off with a few thousand dollars, Drew realizes if he wants to continue to redistribute Cross' wealth from the drug dealers' pockets into his own, he will need a plan.

Posted on Apr 10, 2011 9:23:35 AM PDT
Nice to find a discussion that celebrates heroes. My book, One Small Victory, is based on a true story of a woman who infiltrated a drug ring and helped bring down a major distributor. She worked for a drug task force as a confidential informant. Some readers have questioned whether that could really happen, but it truly did. She risked a lot to help rid her small Texas town of drug dealers, and I found her story amazing when I read about it in the newspaper. I just had to write about her.


Posted on Apr 14, 2011 9:04:53 PM PDT

Presidential candidates and an assassin. A blind cop who sees with a GPS in his brain.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 9:07:41 PM PDT
The Gap

Could you murder someone and not know it? An ordinary schoolteacher trying to solve what may be his own crime.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 6:19:45 PM PDT
cpcooks says:
So many great sounding books, so little time. I must add one more, total page turner and hilarious.

A Guest in the Jungle by James Polster, just re-issued and coming out tomorrow!
I couldn't put it as well as this synopsis on the cover:

"It is high noon in the Amazon, and Whitehill is lost. In his Brooks Brothers pants, this lawyer from the midwest is easily the best-dressed man in the jungle. Unfortunately, he's no Indiana Jones.

Shanghaied by an evil botanist, Whitehill becomes the unwitting guest of a series of Indian tribes: the copycat Cofoya, the college-educated Lotimone, the barely human mole men, and the hostile Tsavi. He meets the strangest set of characters since "The Gods Must Be Crazy" and gets hopelessly entangled in environmental intrigue.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 5:43:30 AM PDT
My debut novel, Unleashed By The Flood, centers around a local doctor, along with his family and friends, who are drawn into an unusual fight for their lives. The story revolves around the great flood of '93 and an ancient Illini legend that was documented in the Lewis and Clark journals on their westward expedition in 1804. I'm just getting started in the Kindle market and have a sale price of $0.99 through May. So far it has received all 5* reviews. Thanks for the opportunity and I wish all much success.


Posted on May 1, 2011 8:17:51 AM PDT
Forrest Love says:
The Old Etonian (Systemic Risk)

It is fall two thousand nine, Manhattan. The craziness over government bailouts and Wall Street Reform is at its height.

The investigative journalists at GlobalReport magazine are already putting five to one odds on when Rebekah Shaheen will be fired from her internship, and she only started a month ago. But, after seeing a Federal Reserve economist killed by a car bomb, she starts getting anonymous tips via Facebook that a storied Wall Street investment house is behind the murder. In between fighting with her boss/would-be boyfriend and drinking herself stupid, she begins a perilous investigation. Along the way, she uncovers the real financial schemes (explained in layman terms) behind the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Rebekah is either going to use the story to get hired on full-time or die trying, literally.

This story is inspired by actual events.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2011 6:12:50 PM PDT
Hello, my name is Ty Hutchinson.

Chop Suey (A Darby Stansfield Thriller)
I want you to meet Darby Stansfield, the first telecommunications consultant to the criminal world. There isn't a handbook. He invented the job and he's trying to figure it all out without getting killed. It's a fun, fast read. You might want to strap in the last 50 pages.

When disgraced sales associate, Darby Stansfield, discovers he has six months to save his job, he does what any normal person would do. He freaks.

Desperate to resurrect his career at Teleco Wireless, he conjures up an international scheme filled with the promise of endless high-spending clients. It's brilliant, it's successful, and it involves doing business with organized crime.

But soon those closest to him find themselves caught up in his dangerous plan and one of these unknowingly has the power to destroy him. Darby must now make a tough decision--give up on the one good idea he ever had or risk it all.

This is the crazy life of Darby Stansfield, telecommunications consultant to the criminal underworld.

Chop Suey is a 90,000 word action thriller. That's 381 pages of holy moly.

Posted on May 2, 2011 12:14:36 PM PDT
Little Whiskey takes the reader into the fringe world of the vanishing American hobo. It's heroine, Whiskey, is a young teenaged hobo . . . a sort of female Huckleberry Finn of the rails. She is a survivor in a world dominated by men. Meet her and she will take you on a ride you won't soon forget.

A washed up writer, battling failure and the bottle; two murderous drifters, cutting a bloody swath through the Pacific Northwest, and a mysterious kid hobo with a dark and secretive past. Put them together on a freight train bound for hell, and you have Little Whiskey; an adventure on the high iron!

Check it out. I hope you enjoy it.
Steve (Gunsel) Abernathy

Posted on May 4, 2011 12:11:54 PM PDT
Some of the true American Heroes of WWII are not very well known such as the WASP female ferry pilots and the civilian pilots who flew the Hump in the China, India, Burma theater. In Winds of Fate by Robert F. DeBurgh, this world is brought to life in a historical fiction/action/adventure/romance that will bring that world to light.
Winds of Fate is the second in the Riders of the Wind series.

Riders of the Wind: A Novel

Winds of Fate: A Novel

Riders of the Wind, the first novel in the series takes you along on a grand adventure with Charlie and Doretta Cross and their friends during the pioneering days in aviation of the late 1920's until the beginning of World War II. The reader will experience the golden age of aviation including the great air races, rumrunning, the birth of the airlines, exploration in the jungles of Brazil and much more. This novel is filled with romance, adventure, humor, sadness and mysticism, something for every reader.
Winds of Fate continues the Cross's story during the World War II years. It takes the reader from the security of the civilian airlines to Natal, Brazil, across the South Atlantic to India and the heroic Hump operation over the Himalayas. It also takes the reader through the world of the WASPs and the lives of the female ferry pilots who flew military airplanes within the United States under the most difficult conditions.
Winds of Fate and Riders of the Wind are not just for the lovers of aviation and World War II novels. They are also epic love stories as well as being grand adventures that will transport you to a time and place you will not want to leave. Even if you are not familiar with airplanes, you will be caught up in the beautiful story and will not be able to put either of the books down once you start reading.

Posted on May 4, 2011 2:36:43 PM PDT

I have 2 books available on kindle.

First there is Living With The Edge: The Autobiography of the First British Masked Heroine, Val Phillips The story follows Val Phillips who decides to become a real life superhero called The Edge. Follow her biographical journey through her life as a mask.

The book has just been reviewed by Geek Syndicate. This is what they have to say.

'I love this book and the idea behind it...'

'I loved how a lot of the heroes were clearly based on Marvel and DC characters and where the author expanded on their back story and brought it into the real world. A lot of fun was guessing which hero they were talking about.'

'The writing is very good and I truly believed that I was reading the Autobiography of  Val Phillips.'

'The author Luke James Halsall has  lots of great ideas...'

My second book is called Forgotten Lies (The Sam O Hara and Jessica McIntyre Thrillers) the story follows journalist Sam O Hara and Jessica McIntyre. Both think there is something more to the recent death of a police officer. As they delve further into the underbelly they discover that the city and the police force is not what it seemed.



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