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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Book Review: Malayan Enigma by Nicholas Snow





Title: Malayan Enigma: An Andrew Bond WWII Adventure
Author: Nicholas Snow
Publisher: AuthorHouse UK
Genre: Military/History
Format: Ebook

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Malaya, 1941 – a fool’s haven from the devastating war raging elsewhere in the world Sent to Singapore towards the end of 1941 to evaluate the intentions of the Japanese Empire, Lieutenant Andrew Bond finds himself embroiled in a series of events accelerating towards all-out war in the region. The city, a heady, exotic blend of cultures teeming with intrigue, is oblivious to what lies ahead. Facing betrayal, incompetence, Japanese spies, and the Yakuza underworld, Bond manages to gather a band of trustworthy companions, including the striking beauty Liu-Yang. In a desperate race against time, he must force his way through enemy-infested jungles and seas to bring home a device that will help change the course of the war – the Malayan Enigma!


BOOK REVIEW:

Adventure, intrigue, drama, suspense...what more could you ask for in a book. After reading the synopsis I thought I had a pretty good idea what this book was about. And while I was somewhat right, it was WAY more involved and dynamic...I just loved it. This is a book that I would recommend, but word of warning. Don't start late at night or you may be up to finish.


Nicholas Snow is the pen name of Nicholas C. Kyriazis, who holds a diploma and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Bonn, Germany. He has acted as visiting professor at Harvard and at the University of Trier. He has worked as a consultant to the Directorate General of Research of the European Parliament, to the National Bank of Greece, and to the Ministries of National Economy and of Defence, and has served as secretary general of Public Administration. Professor of economics at the University of Thessaly, he is a member of the board of Alpha Trust Investment Fund (listed on the Athens Stock Exchange), vice president of Ergoman Telecommunications, and vice president of the Kostas Kyriazis Foundation. He has contributed more than sixty papers to academic journals and has published eight books on economics, history, and strategy as well as a volume of poetry. Poems of his have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Maltese. As a novelist, he has published eighteen books in Greece, several of which have been translated and published in English, including Themistocles (Kosbil Publications, 2004), The Shield (AuthorHouse, 2005), Assassins (AuthorHouse, 2007), and, in collaboration with Guy Féaux de la Croix, Last Love (Plato’s Last Love) (AuthorHouse, 2014).




Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Juncture by M. Kelly - Win a $25 Gift Card





Title: Juncture
Author: M. Kelly
Publisher: XLibris
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook
A juncture is a place where two things join and where worlds collide. It is the end of one road and the beginning of another. Juncture can refer to a riveting point in time, especially one made critically important by the concurrence of circumstances. At this stage, one must decide to stay and fight or to walk out. This story tells about the lives of a group people and how they intertwine with each other in a way that changes all of them. Its layers of mystery that are circumvented by a simple key reverberate through the interaction of the characters. It is the third book in the series Pathways in the Mind, which tells of Riccardo’s struggle to deal with the pressures of his personal life that leave him wondering what is real and what is not. Can a combination of circumstances break him?


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M. Kelly was born and livesin Western Australia. Although she has written many academic papers, this is her first novel. She developed the story based on her interest in paranormal psychology and the story, although fiction, is based on facts. She has a strong belief in social justice for all peoples of the world.
She is a proud grandmother of seven. She shares her life with one of her grandchildren and a crazy cat named Whiskers.
Her main interests are keeping up with the latest technology, painting abstract art and travelling.




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Friday, September 28, 2018

Book Blast: It Came By Loss by Bill McCausland - Win a $25 Gift Card





Title: It Came by Loss
Author: Bill McCausland
Publisher: XLibris
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook
It Came by Loss is a tale about Pete Gordon at the hospital bed of his charismatic mother as he struggles with her demise from alcoholic liver failure. An attraction with a nurse draws Pete to reveal his vulnerabilities. Pete is haunted by the tragic death of his friend, Alf, when the men surfed monster waves. Pete’s position at a marine center involves a research trip with unstable Dr. Fields. Pete and his new girlfriend advise against diving after a violent squall. Fields is lost at night. Pete rescues him in the dramatic ferocity of the sea. Form his connection with Valerie, Pete rises from the tragedies of his past.


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Bill McCausland has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is APA board certified in the treatment of alcohol and other psychoactive use disorders. He also has a master of fine arts in creative writing. Bill McCausland has also published In the Mouth of the Wolf that tells the story of three war veterans, their different levels of trauma, and the readjustment when they return home from war. The novel covers the adjustment of their wives to the veterans’ homecoming. In the Mouth of the Wolf is a powerful story.


BILL IS GIVING AWAY A $25 GIFT CARD!

  
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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins September 24 and ends on October 5.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on October 6.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Book Blast: Era Un Espia Americano de la OSS en Salonica by Helias Doundoulakis and Gabriella Gafni






Title: Era Un Espia Americano de la OSS en Salonica
Author: Helias Doundoulakis
Publisher: XLibris
Genre: Biography
Format: Ebook

Imagine the horror: One day in May 1941 that did not presage anything special, a boy from a small town in Crete faces an unexpected threat - the invasion of the German troops. Run to take cover - your first meeting in a series of meetings with the destination. Imagine the adventure: The boy and his brother work on behalf of the SOE, a secret nucleus of British intelligence. When the patriotic organization enters the peephole with cross-focus of the Germans, they immediately turn to the mountains of Crete, where, even during the day, they hide from the enemy. The danger lurks at each step. Imagine the greatness: The child is trained to become a spy for the OSS or the Office of Strategic Services (Office of Strategic Services, the only one of the central US SOE: Executive of Special Operations (Special Operations Executive). Imagine the risk: During a secret mission in Thessaloniki, the spy soldier runs the risk of losing his life daily, operating a radio under the noses of the Nazis. Will the German police eventually find out? Imagine the value: If you are arrested, the soldier-spy will swallow a poison pill to avoid suffering horribly under torture. Many times your escape is a matter of seconds. Imagine the victory of living at 92 years old to tell your story. Everything is true! The imagination is overcome. You could say that it is a script made for a movie - a story starring the game of life that is necessary for all to read. The story of the author, along with the stories of other agents, was the theme of the documentary "Campo X:

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Helias Doundoulakis was both an acclaimed Civil Engineer, an inventor, an author, a family man, and the patent holder of the world's largest radiotelephone "Arecibo Antena" is survived by his wife, Rita, their four children, and his ten grandchildren.


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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Book Feature: Malayan Enigma by Nicholas Snow





Title: Malayan Enigma: An Andrew Bond WWII Adventure
Author: Nicholas Snow
Publisher: AuthorHouse UK
Genre: Military/History
Format: Ebook

PURCHASE HERE


Malaya, 1941 – a fool’s haven from the devastating war raging elsewhere in the world Sent to Singapore towards the end of 1941 to evaluate the intentions of the Japanese Empire, Lieutenant Andrew Bond finds himself embroiled in a series of events accelerating towards all-out war in the region. The city, a heady, exotic blend of cultures teeming with intrigue, is oblivious to what lies ahead. Facing betrayal, incompetence, Japanese spies, and the Yakuza underworld, Bond manages to gather a band of trustworthy companions, including the striking beauty Liu-Yang. In a desperate race against time, he must force his way through enemy-infested jungles and seas to bring home a device that will help change the course of the war – the Malayan Enigma!



Nicholas Snow is the pen name of Nicholas C. Kyriazis, who holds a diploma and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Bonn, Germany. He has acted as visiting professor at Harvard and at the University of Trier. He has worked as a consultant to the Directorate General of Research of the European Parliament, to the National Bank of Greece, and to the Ministries of National Economy and of Defence, and has served as secretary general of Public Administration. Professor of economics at the University of Thessaly, he is a member of the board of Alpha Trust Investment Fund (listed on the Athens Stock Exchange), vice president of Ergoman Telecommunications, and vice president of the Kostas Kyriazis Foundation. He has contributed more than sixty papers to academic journals and has published eight books on economics, history, and strategy as well as a volume of poetry. Poems of his have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Maltese. As a novelist, he has published eighteen books in Greece, several of which have been translated and published in English, including Themistocles (Kosbil Publications, 2004), The Shield (AuthorHouse, 2005), Assassins (AuthorHouse, 2007), and, in collaboration with Guy Féaux de la Croix, Last Love (Plato’s Last Love) (AuthorHouse, 2014).





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Book reviewed at Harmonious Publicity

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Book reviewed at Blogher

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Guest post by William E. Jefferson, author of Divine Choreography of Redemption







Title: Divine Choreography of Redemption: Setting the Eternal Saga in Time
Author: William E. Jefferson
Publisher: Hybrid Global Publishing
Genre: Historical Fantasy


Divine Choreography of Redemption explores the story of redemption as divine drama advanced by acts and agents that transcend time and space. The novel is set beyond the Storied Sea on the ancient Isle of Estillyen, far from everywhere yet mystically near. There, a troupe of Message Makers from the seventeenth century mysteriously arrives to grapple with the theme in today's context.
At the heart of the novel, a battle brews between technology's driven existence--aided by modern devices and algorithms--and life centered in Scriptures ancient narrative. The story line begs the question: Does meaning truly abide in the saga of redemption's divine choreography, or in media's discarnate realm?


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The Son of God and Satan’s Demise

A few years ago, I wrote an article for Time magazine titled “Is Satan Dead?”[1]The piece was prompted by the 2014 movie release Son of God.[2]
To public surprise, Satan, the archenemy of God, had been axed from the film. Satan’s fall from stardom stoked rumors. Where did he go, and why? Did he have a more important role to play, a more lucrative offer? Or had the unimaginable come to pass: was Satan dead?
Though provocative, Satan’s 2014demise was not nearly as shocking as the supposed disappearance of God in 1966. Two days prior to Easter that year, Time magazine rocked the world with a three-word front cover boldly asking “Is God Dead?”The type-only cover was a first for Time.
Circumstances surrounding Satan’s departure proved more straightforward than the questionable disappearance of God. In fact, the executive producers of Son of God, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, were keen to speak about the villain’s swift exit.
Irish-born Downey, who plays Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the film, told USA Today, “It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the Son of God, and the Devil gets no more screen time, no more distractions.”
Downey expressed no ambivalence about the decision. “I wanted all of the focus to be on Jesus,” she explained.“I want his name to be on the lips of everyone who sees this movie, so we cast Satan out.”
So simple; it seemed so clear cut. A pair of modern movie makers exercised carte blanche mastery over the ancient narrative. Snip, Satan was gone, the Devil deposed. The filmmakers desired a movie about Jesus, the Son of God, minus the ancient foe.
Fortunately, the Gospel writers of old possessed a different resolve. They understood that the story of Christ would appear inept without the wicked one as part of the narrative. Concerning this point, the Scriptures are rather explicit: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”
Consequently, one might say that the dark, deathly role of Satan enlightens the light. The light of truth shines brighter still, when cast against the darkened veil. This point is not lost in my newly released novel, Divine Choreography of Redemption: Setting the Eternal Saga in Time. As the plot unfolds, readers will discover Satan playing a rather mesmerizing role.
The following is a brief except. Here, we find Satan at the Crimson Cliffs addressing a mass audience of discarnate souls:
The frightening figure [Satan] stood on a high platform built on top of giant round, red boulders. Behind him, mountainous red cliffs formed a high ridge that extended on an on in every direction. On the plane in front of him, row upon row of eyes stretched into infinity. The rows fanned out wider and wider as they spread across the barren soil.
“Look around you,” Satan said; “all you see are eyes. Look now at me, as I look upon thee. Many have longed to see what you now see. Gaze long. Look well. I have not forsaken or forgotten you. Know this: I am your shield and great reward.”
Divine Choreography of Redemption is a compelling read, a buoyant, allegorical tale underscoring the importance of incarnational faith and human worth. At the heart of the novel, a significant battle brews between augmented reality—aided by algorithms and modern technology—set against life inspired by Scripture’s abiding narrative.
So, when the subject turns to Satan, it’s not wise to announce his premature demise. The ancient foe has been around since time began, and he knows how to survive a fall. Just the same, Satan is well and truly doomed. Words penned by St. John speak to the heart of the tale: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”[3]
In a modern digital society, prone to nibbling on tiny tweets and tidbits, Scripture’s epic drama plays a vital role. The divinely choreographed drama draws us into matters that matter most. It halts the frenzied pace of mediated chatter and invites us to enter the eternal saga, set in time.

William E. Jefferson is author of Divine Choreography of Redemption: Setting the Eternal Saga in Time, available on Amazon.






[2]Son of God, Christopher Spencer, director; Lightworkers Media, 2014.
[3] John 1:5



Having lived and worked in London, Moscow, and New York, today author William Jefferson writes from a Civil-War era cottage in the rural Ozarks. He is author of Messages from Estillyen : A Novel of Redemption and Human Worth, and owner of Storybook Barn www.Storybookbarnmo.com Jefferson holds an MTh in Theology and Media from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Communications from the Wheaton Graduate School. 







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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Book Review: The Special and the Ordinary by David Clapham




Inside the Book:





Title: The Special and the Ordinary
Author: David Clapham
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Coming of Age
Format: Ebook
John Haworth, despite innate shyness, has floated upward in a comfortable English home environment under the influence of much older sisters and their friends. After he begins a new school in the early fifties, the seven-year-old is looking lost when a classmate, Martin Holford, decides to take him under his wing. And so begins a long friendship.

Ordinary rules of life apparently do not apply to the confident Martin except, perhaps, when he allows his mischievous humor excessive free rein against the self-important. While on separate coming-of-age journeys, Martin and John get on fine, despite John's occasional resentment about Martin's ability to bounce back after perpetrating 'wrong notes' against the wealthy while John slaves away attempting to make new music sound modern. John, who has no desire to be to be an apathetic musician like his viola teacher, unfortunately lacks the talent, personality, and love of limelight to match his glamorous piano teacher or Katherine, the singer he accompanies on the piano. Now all he has to do is somehow find his place amid an uncertain career as a ghost composer where chances come as infrequent as success.

The Special and the Ordinary shares the unique story of two young people as they come of age and step into the future, each with a different idea on what it means to be true to themselves.

iUniverse awarded The Special and the Ordinary the 'Editor's Choice' designation. Here are excerpts from the enthusiastic editorial reviews:

"Definitely a worthwhile read, I recommend The Special and the Ordinary to lovers of literary fiction." - Pacific Book Review

"...heartwarming and uplifting." - Kirkus Reviews

"The writing is clear and refreshing, with clean sentences that move the story along at a brisk pace." - Clarion Review



My Review:
I really loved this book. Being able to relate on all levels (as I feel I have been John and Martin) was a refreshing change in a novel with characters as strongly written as these two were. I felt connected to both of them at different times in the book, and while I thought I would like one better than the other, that wasn't the case at all.

A refreshing viewpoint into life and it's curve balls, this is truly a must read story. 

Meet the Author:


David Clapham grew up in in Sheffield, England and studied botany at Oxford. After working at the Welsh Plant Breeding Station in Aberystwyth, Wales, he moved to Uppsala, Sweden, where he still lives today. David and his Swedish wife Lena have two children. He has also published Odd Socks with iUniverse in 2013.