What books pique my interest and beckon to me?
A cover that is creative, lovely and inviting.
An author with an interesting bio on Twitter who is an engaging poster.
A book blurb that sounds fresh, intriguing or lyrical.
I have no special formula– just “aha! I can’t wait to read this book.”
I do not solicit manuscripts. I curate these on my own. Because…I am a writer who loves to read, learn and encourage!
This week I read:
“The baddest of the bad, the bravest of the brave.”
I met the author, Raphael Amadeus Hine, on Twitter. I had tweeted him when I saw that he was in the final stages of launching his debut novel, Bishop’s War. He replied and I kept track of his book and learned it was to be released on February 22, 2106. Time for me to meet Sgt. John Bishop!
Sgt. Bishop is a Green Beret, Special Ops, and the most decorated American soldier in recent history. But we don’t meet him at the beginning of the story. First we meet his family, headed by ruthless patriarch Gonzalo Valdez who was born in Panama. As a boy, he moved to New York City and through the years, he and his large family established a vast crime syndicate. When we do meet Bishop, he has just returned from Afghanistan where he fought in the War on Terror with distinction. He returns home to bury his demons and start a normal life. His normal life lasts a few hours before he single-handedly stops a terrorist attack in Union Square and saves thousands by his brave actions.
The plot continues as the government, the terrorists and the Valdez family square-off and lead us on may plot twists and turns. Bishop’s War is not an old lady’s cozy mystery. I liked this military thriller, and enjoyed the large cast of characters. Some of the players are active young men, who are drinkers and ribald at times. I appreciated the details in the book; we learn about military weapons and tactics. Bishop’s War is an exciting story. Men fight wars, but the most dangerous enemy is the one within their hearts and minds.
Visit the author’s website to learn more about him and his writing. He has a page encouraging us to donate and/or volunteer- a positive act of kindness.
In the Queue to be Read & Reviewed:
by Anna Aizic
I am a writer, blogger, book reviewer, and bon vivant and encourager. I have lived my entire life in Tropical Ohio. My goal is to make friends with everyone in the world. I am writing a fiction series, The Golden Age of Charli, that presents the problems and praises, and the love and laughter of family life and retirement.
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