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Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server
Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server
Price: $3.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like a detective solving a crime, December 20, 2014
“Check please!” This satisfying serving of celebrity dish and meaty “where is my life going” angst will fill the bill for a delicious tale. Follow “Pauli” on his journey of discovery from rock musician with lots of boy band hair and attitude to haughty server to the rich and shamelessly obnoxious. Meet celebrities without the protective handlers and camera lens that separate them from reality. Try to figure out the real name of the restaurant/bar in Hollywood; accompany Pauli to orgies and the Italian adventure of a lifetime. Only the names are changed to protect the author from legal consequences. That’s okay. You’ll figure it out. Buon appetite!
This is a true story but told through the eyes of a pseudonymous main character and a disguised (due to legal consequences) setting. The rich and shameless are exposed and you’ll recognize all of them, even though they will be without their publicity agents and handlers. You’ll be trying to figure out the real name of the restaurant and the real identity of the waiter, like a detective solving a crime. Clues abound so pay attention.
Follow “Pauli” along an evolutional 10-year journey from disillusioned rock musician to semi-invisible waiter in Hollywood’s premier celebrity haunt. As a waiter, he’s in a position to get “up close and personal” with stage and film luminaries. He is witness to their behavior, sometimes abhorrent, often obnoxious, but occasionally classy and kind. If you’ve ever wondered how your favorite superstar behaves when there’s no camera or spotlight, you’ll grab this book and devour it like candy.
Pauli is of two minds: he believes he has the talent and good looks to succeed as a rock star, but he also loves (and is very dedicated to) his newfound passion of providing world class top tier service to those who are willing to pay for it.
The setting for much of the story is a barely-disguised restaurant/bar that everyone would recognize immediately. It’s an enclave of secluded exclusive privacy for those who crave pampering, have the means to afford it, and sometimes don’t mind abusing. Pauli knows he’s in a rarified atmosphere, struggles to make sense of the dichotomy – the clash of cinematic and stage greatness, and the petty debauchery that makes mockery of the stars of old. He often wonders what classy Frank Sinatra would think of today’s crass insincere celebrities.
No matter how much he learns, how well he does his job, and how much money he makes, there’s always a part of his brain that is hard-wired to the world of rock music. Money, cocaine, wild sex, and even a true romance can’t fill the void left when his long hair hit the barbershop floor.
No luggage or passport needed on this journey of discovery, only the cost of admission.

Runnin' the Red Lights
Runnin' the Red Lights
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, delightful, and harrowing, all wrapped up in one memoir!, December 15, 2013
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The author went from farming to fatherhood, then fighting fires and crime in California. In this charming and well told memoir, he tells stories, one after another, about his life, his wife of more than five decades, his children, and most of all about the ordinary (and some not so ordinary) citizens he encountered. Some of them he saved; others he could not. But they all touched his life and left an indelible mark on his big Irish heart.

If you loved sitting at your grandfather's knee and listening to stories of days gone by, you will enjoy curling up with Ron and listening to his stories. Some will make you smile. Some will make you angry. And others will make you cry. This is the quintessential American story of boyhood turning into manhood so missing in society today. I highly recommend it.

Under a Pacific Sun
Under a Pacific Sun
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure is in the air!, December 3, 2013
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Even if you are new to historical fiction, don't let that stop you from reading this high-flying delicious tale of adventure. The setting is fascinating; the characters are real; the action is non-stop. Pilots (or anyone who loves flying) will enjoy the flying elements of the book; you will fly "right seat" along with Gunner as he flies fighter planes and cargo planes; even a sea plane.

The author seems to be a bit of a poet at heart; his descriptions are lovely to read and both men and women will enjoy this book. And best of all: there will be more tales of Gunner McQuaid to come! Once I invest in getting to know a character, and care about his/her well being, I like to know the relationship will be ongoing.

I realize it's a bit cliche to say "there's something for everyone" in this book, but it's true. There is a bit of romance, some tasteful sex, adventure, guns, boats, airplanes, and delightful children. What's not to love.

I highly recommend this well-written novel of post-WWII adventure.

Arts to the Rescue
Arts to the Rescue
Price: $5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Always Knows Best!, April 23, 2013
Every mother, from conception through her child's teen years, wants to do right by her child. Obviously I am speaking here of conscientious, caring mothers, eager to raise a healthy child who will contribute to society.

Some children are `easy keepers' right from birth. They nurse well, cry little, progress along the growth charts as expected, and are a joy to have and hold. And then there are the challenging children. The ones who perplex us; try our patience, frustrate us, and make us feel inadequate.

The author of "Arts to the Rescue" believes that each child affects its mother in unique and special ways, whether healthy or born with disabilities. Each infant imparts special gifts to his or her mother; in her case it was the gift of spirituality (from her son) and an affinity for art and music (from her daughter).

Whether you have a child with disabilities or not, you will gain great perception about motherhood and parenting from this book. It is first person insight, offered by an intelligent, thoughtful, and innovative woman; someone who came to America and learned a new way of living, a new language, and overcame tremendous obstacles in parenting.

The author takes you with her on a journey from her youth in Russia to her wonderful life today; she shares her challenges, triumphs, and solutions along the way. Elena believes that very often a mother's instincts can be more helpful than clinical medical advice, as no one knows their child quite like a mother does.

The book, however, is not just advice on child rearing. Elena shares her philosophy, and offers real-world solutions to dealing with a child who has disabilities. She understands your emotions and you will feel like a wise and knowledgeable friend is helping you cope.

Packed with inspiration and information, from what to expect to solid, proven ideas, this little book packs a big punch for parents. Most of all, she urges parents to appreciate their children for all their special qualities. What seems like a challenge today may well turn out to be a huge blessing in the future!

With this book on your nightstand, and by also utilizing the referenced materials, you will be a better person and a better parent; your whole family will benefit. I highly recommend it.

Pat Barnhart, Writing Down Pat
Journalist, Editor, and Writing Coach

Interrogation of Morals
Interrogation of Morals
by Jason Meszaros
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WAR STILL RAGING, November 2, 2012
As the war continues to rage, this first-hand story of how it's been prosecuted is pertinent and offers great insight - sort of a "behind the curtain" peek. You will also learn that Lara Logan was at her work long before you heard about her being attacked during the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt.

Besides the insider's look at the war, the author has a larger message for America - one that is being played out in current elections.

I urge you to read "Interrogation..." - you will be entertained and informed. And isn't that why we read?

Black List: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)
Black List: A Thriller (The Scot Harvath Series)
by Brad Thor
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction imitating reality?, July 29, 2012
Just finished Brad Thor's latest Scot Harvath thriller, and thriller it is. Couldn't put it down; this is Thor's best yet. The worst thing about this book is how "ripped from the headlines" the plot is. Even while I was reading it a news report came on detailing a story that is right out of the book's pages.

Thor left us at the end of Full Black with Harvath in deep doodoo and I have been anticipating this book to see what happened. Now I know, and it's even more frightening from the reality of its premise. Trust me, you will not look at the government the same way after reading this book.

The Innocent (Will Robie Series)
The Innocent (Will Robie Series)
by David Baldacci
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.07
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94 of 109 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE INNOCENT IS GUILTY OF IMPLAUSIBILITY, April 27, 2012
Am a big fan of Baldacci and love this new character - Will Robie - an assassin with a conscience. If you are a fan of assassins, I highly recommend Barry Eisler's John Rain books. They are superb. This one began as a real page turner; I was captured from the first page and could not put this book down. Where it fell apart for me, however, was the wrap up phase. I could not imagine how the author was going to tie these seemingly unconnectable events and couldn't wait to be amazed. What happened, however, was that (without spoiling it for you) is that to me the way it was wrapped up was not believable. Go ahead and read it; maybe it was just me. I think it jumped the shark.
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The Detachment (John Rain Thrillers)
The Detachment (John Rain Thrillers)
by Barry Eisler
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.99
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another bulls eye for Eisler, March 22, 2012
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I have a Nook so had to download the Kindle version for PC and purchased the Detachment that way. I've read all the John Rain books, as well as Inside Out and Fault Line. Eisler is brilliant - a masterful story teller and I encourage anyone considering buying this book to read the others first. Believe me, it will be worth the wait. I couldn't imagine how the author would take four strong, lethal, and independent characters and put them together in a crucible. I also couldn't imagine which men would emerge alive. No spoiler here, but I was incredibly pleased with the ending. Readers will learn a lot of very provocative politics and be exposed to some, as they say, controversial ideas, but that just adds to the intrigue and suspense of the novel. It could double as a political science text book, sans the killing. Cudos to Eisler; I highly recommend all his books. Not to overstate, but they will change your life.

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
by Martin Dugard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.00
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life, November 18, 2011
If history were taught in the schools like authors such as O'Reilly and the folks at Disney who so skillfully bring it to life, American students would be a lot more interested in the subject. KL brings the tribulations and challenges of leading a divided country up close and personal. You can hear the gunshots, smell the gun smoke, and see the bodies strewn over the American landscape. It is exciting and sad. And due to an extraordinary level of research, we learn about John Wilkes Booth's fiance, and a peeking hole at Ford's Theater that we never knew. It's a wonder we survived the Civil War. I only pray that we are not about to face another civil war. I see no leadership on the horizon that could lead us through in tact like President Lincoln did. His memorial statue makes me cry every time, as did his (predictable) death in the book. I can't help but wonder what Lincoln would think about the mess Washington DC has become since he exited the stage in such dramatic fashion. He left a legacy of brilliance and it has been squandered for money, power, and political gain. Sad indeed.

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