Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ebook of the Week: Buck Out by Ken Benton

About the Book: from book-jacket

          Malcolm Carter and Ryan Boone, two New York City friends whose lives have been dominated by the financial markets, are about to exchange their charts and reports for guns and survival supplies—but not because they want to. When China and Japan decide it’s time to dump U.S. Treasury Bonds, an economic nightmare plays out in America. The Federal Reserve watches helplessly as the dollar is decimated and the resulting food shortage spreads lawlessness across the land like a virus.

          Malcolm is a successful day trader who always needs to make one more score before he’ll listen to Ryan and diversify some of his assets into real estate or gold. He figures an impressively-larger bank account might be the only way he can lure his Secret Service agent ex-wife back. Malcolm finally hits it big by aggressively shorting bonds when the market crashes, but waits too long to invest in tangibles. All that newfound money suddenly won’t by him a bar of gold, a pint of beer, or a minute of Hannah’s attention—especially when she’s in the field chasing down a former counterfeiting gang.

          As luck would have it, Ryan turns out to be a closet doomsday prepper. The two of them attempt to escape the chaotic Big Apple and reach Ryan’s land in West Virginia, supplied only by the contents of Ryan’s bug-out bag. But it’s not going to be an easy journey. Traveling has become difficult and dangerous. Malcolm learns he must redirect the same tenacity which helped him beat the markets towards staying alive on the road …and, hopefully, finding Hannah.


About the Author: from Amazon 

         I'm probably a lot like you. I look around at the world we are living in and shake my head. The situation is unsustainable. But hey - we had a good run, right? Strong societies typically last about 200 years, and that's right where we are. Maybe we will keep it together a while longer.

          Even if the nukes don't fly and the viruses don't mutate, I cannot see our great grandchildren sitting complacently while we dump an unfathomable mountain of debt on their shoulders. At some point, the new generation will say nuts to that and refuse to accept being born into bondage to pay the bills for all the fun their recent ancestors had. This is exactly how revolutions start.

          Going off the grid and getting out of the system is not just for crazy people any more. It's also for very sane people. When you see an unsustainable situation and remain a willing part of it, hoping it holds together a little longer, what is it you are really hoping for? Don't psychologists call this living in denial? The type of economic collapse that looms on the horizon will make your bank accounts worthless. Hoarding gold is a viable option, but how much of it can you really store in your city home and hope to use for money one day? Where will the food and clothing come from that you hope to trade it for?

          Rural land and homesteading knowledge may be the only valuable things in the near future. This is what prepping is all about. Nobody says you have to wait until the SHTF to bug out. You can start building everything now and get out of Dodge well in advance. That way, you can get all set up with chickens and goats as well. When you have goats, you have milk - and when you have milk, you have all the dairy products you will ever need.

          Knowing what you know, and having the ability to prepare now, you have no excuse when the day comes upon you like a thief in the night. The modern-day city life becomes less fulfilling once you see how you can be living an off-grid, self-sustained life on your own little mini-farm. Instead of saving money in a soon-to-be worthless bank account, you can stock up on the things that really count. You can be making new friends with like-minded neighbors. You can be building a real future.

           If you are like me, this knowledge will eat away at you until you actually start to do something about it. Listen to your nagging inner self. Shift your focus. Become passionate about establishing the only form of security left to us.

          I lift my glass of homemade wine and wish you the best of fortune. Maybe I will see you out in the country someday. Cheers.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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I was falling, emotions first, in The Raven’s trap. And I didn’t try to stop myself.

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Is a future together worth drudging up their past?

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Make it Last is a second-chance love story about two people trying to find their way in life, and the friends that always support them.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Ebook of the Week: A Light in the Desert by Anne Montgomery

About the Book:
           A Light in the Desert traces the story of a lonely, pregnant teenager, a Vietnam veteran and former Special Forces sniper who, as he descends into the throes of mental illness, latches onto the girl, and a group of Pentecostal zealots – the Children of Light – who have been waiting over thirty years in the Arizona desert for Armageddon.
               
           The Amtrak Sunset Limited, a passenger train en route to Los Angeles, is derailed in their midst’s, a deadly act of sabotage. Their lives are thrown into turmoil when local and state police, FBI investigators, and a horde of reporters make camp by the twisted wreckage of the Sunset Limited. As the search for the saboteurs continues, the authorities find more questions than answers. The girl mysteriously vanishes, the assassin struggles to maintain his sanity, and a child is about to be born in the wilderness.

About the Author:  

          Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. She worked at WRBL‐TV in Columbus, Georgia, WROC‐TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP‐TV in Phoenix, Arizona, ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award‐winning SportsCenter, and ASPN-TV as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Montgomery has been a freelance and staff writer for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces. She currently teaches high school journalism in Phoenix, Arizona. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, scuba diving, football refereeing, and playing her guitar.

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Review # 294: Captive in Iran by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh


Description: (from book jacket)

Locked away, but not silenced . . .

          Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh knew they were putting their lives on the line. Though Islamic laws in Iran forbade them from sharing their Christian beliefs, in three years they’d covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen. They’d started two secret house churches, including one for prostitutes―many of them women who had been abandoned by their husbands and had no other way to support themselves and their children. Maryam and Marziyeh had almost been caught many times . . . it seemed like divine intervention when they were not.
         
           But finally―perhaps inevitably―in 2009, the two young women were arrested and held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, a place where inmates are routinely tortured, and executions are swift and sudden. But in the face of chilling interrogations and intimidation, and risking a death sentence, something remarkable happened: Instead of succumbing to fear, they chose to take the radical―and dangerous―step of sharing their faith inside the very walls of the government stronghold that was meant to silence them.

Review:

          After reading the cover blurb, I was hesitant to read Captive in Iran. The authors' story truly sounded interesting, but the thought of reading another book documenting religious persecution and torture was unsettling. Fortunately, once I began reading, I was surprised by how their story was presented -  slow, yet capturing the Iranian culture and way of life. I learned a lot about Iran's people and customs, mulling over the similarities and differences between America and Iran, and thanking God that I had been born in a place where people are not treated as property or punished for their religious beliefs. Their amazing story begins on the day of their arrest, and takes readers through some of the events leading up to their capture, their incarceration, and their eventual release and immigration to the United States. Their story is one I will not soon forget, illustrating the power of faith and belief, although I wish that there had been more details, especially about their pre-incarceration. The only aspect that I did not like was the overall pace. Some sections were slow and repeated events that had previously been discussed. Other than that, I actually really liked their message as a whole and recommend it.


Rating: Bounty's Out (3/5)

*** I received this book from the author/ publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Spotlight: Exodia (The Exodia Ledgers Book 1) by Debra Chapoton / Illustrated by Magali Fr├ęchette

About the Book:

          By 2093 American life is a strange mix of failing technologies, psychic predictions, and radiation induced abilities. Tattoos are mandatory to differentiate two classes, privileged and slave. 

Dalton Battista fears that his fading tattoo is a deadly omen. He’s either the heir of the brutal tyrant of the new capital city, Exodia or he’s its prophesied redeemer. Shy, handsome, smart and in possession of powers he doesn’t yet realize, he escapes an order for his execution by fleeing the city with the help of Lydia, who quickly captures his heart. But can he escape a destiny that will force him to marry another girl and return to Exodia as its liberator? 

          Based loosely on the ancient story of Moses, this two book dystopian journey (EXODIA and OUT OF EXODIA) crosses genres, combining young adult, new adult, sci-fi, magical realism, and speculative fiction for an adventure full of symbolism, hidden codes, and thematic imagery.




About the Author:

          Debra Chapoton grew up fascinated by codes and intricate puzzles, later graduating to treasure hunts and road rallies. She loves to weave clues into her novels and, after a career teaching high school Spanish and English, she peppers her novels with the personalities of former students.

Her YA novels handle the heavier themes of adolescence while her children's novels stick to the puzzling side of pre-teen life.

When not reading, writing or re-writing she is usually playing games or watching TV. You can spy on her blog at http://edgeofescape.blogspot.com/ or at http://debrachapoton.com. 


Excerpt:

Chapter 1 The Red Slum

From the first page of the Ledger:
The black voice said, “Live in fire, wild, souls howl here.”
There are two paths to every man’s life. Some choose hell …

IT’S AS IF I too am running for my life.
I sit transfixed by the scene outside the smudged window. A scrubby looking boy races away from a statehouse guardsman barely out of reach of the angry soldier’s whip. I clench my fists, press closer to the window, and let the pounding in my ears cover my idiot tutor’s droning voice:
“… after the Eurasian Nuclear War of 2049 when North America united into 90 states and declared trade independence from the rest of the world …”
The kid reaches the fence and scrambles up the chain links. The frayed end of the guard’s whip catches him on the ankle. Two small oranges spill from his pockets as he lurches to scurry over the top unfazed by the lashing or the broken barbs. He casts a casual, nonchalant glance over his shoulder and disappears out of sight.
My posture relaxes and my pulse returns to normal, but then my eyes fall to the words the tutor has scrawled on the wallboard: Eurasian Nuclear War. The letters jump around in my head and rearrange themselves into I aware casual runner. My heart skips a beat. I’ve been having more of these strange distractions lately. Words change in my head and I miss several minutes of time.
I slump down in my seat and glance at the three other boys forced to sit through this drivel with me. Not one is paying attention. We’ve heard it a thousand times.
“… post-apocalyptic immigration changed the culture of our new nation. Tattoos on the left elbow, red or blue, were given at birth to differentiate the two classes. Intermarriage is punishable by death and so is killing or breaking the bones of someone of the opposite tattoo.”
I fight the urge to cradle my left elbow even though it doesn’t matter since I’m wearing a long sleeved shirt. I can never draw attention to my fading tattoo. As grandson of the most powerful man in the nation, Executive President Bryer Battista, there should be no doubt that I am a Blue.
But I have a doubt. Something isn’t right. No one else’s royal blue tattoo has purpled like mine. For months now I’ve secretly dabbed blue dye on my skin, as much to hide the suspicion from myself as from anyone else, that maybe, just maybe, the tattoo I was given sixteen years ago was red. And maybe I, Dalton Battista, grandson of the cruelest tyrant ever, am not a true member of the elite ruling class. That maybe I belong to society’s religious outcasts–those poor hoarders, low class rejects, slave labor.
It takes a moment before the silence registers on my ears. The tutor is no longer speaking. Four sets of eyes are turned on me, watching, waiting.
“Excuse me? Could you repeat the question?”
“Certainly,” the tutor smirks. “What is the name of the resistance leader who tried to claim all of Exodia for the Reds?”
“Um,” I clear my throat. I love history actually. Half my life I was raised by a Red nanny whose tales of Ronel captivated me. “Ronel, David Ronel, he, um …” I run a hand through my hair, long by current standards, and simply stop talking. My fear of public speaking muzzles me even in this small group.
And now my mind swirls around the fact that this morning I ran out of blue dye.



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ebook of the Week: The God Test. A Future Experiment to Prove or Disprove God Exists by Robert & Jamie Bernhard

Does God exist? Can we prove it?... The God Test. A Future Experiment to Prove or Disprove God Exists by Robert & Jamie Bernhard seeks to prove God's existence from a neuroscientific standpoint. Quite an intriguing concept.
-Allizabeth (TPP)

About the Book:

          The God test is the first ever scientific experiment offering what thoughtful people everywhere have reasonably dismissed as impossible, as a violation of common sense, pure logic, and the concept of the scientific method: that is, an experiment that would provide biologic evidence either supporting the Judeo-Christian concept of God or indicating that God may or may not exist – the test results could be ambiguous in this regard -- but He/She is irrelevant in our individual creation. This is neuroscience, not spiritualism or intelligent design.

          The experiment does not address the broad philosophical concept of God, but targets specific Judeo-Christian definitions of God and the human soul given in standard theological sources..Briefly, the test is targeted only to determine whether a unique feature of our consciousness, the subjective first-person experience, or conscious feeling of the self, can in principle ever be described or explained by natural laws. This is a natural setting for an amicable tug of war between Christians and atheists. Christians easily may see this
feature as evidence that only God could have created it. Atheists will insist that it can be explained some day by evolution, and by earthly chemistry and physics.

About the Author:

          Robert Bernhard's 40-year+ career in the sciences includes working at Harvard's Computational Laboratory, MIT's Instrumentation Lab, The Monrobot Laboratory, the ITT (International Telephone and Telegraph) labs, the Grumman Aircraft Research Department, the Molecular Biology Department at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and the Medical Education Division at Excerpta Medica (a division of Elsevier). He has worked as editor at IEEE Spectrum, Nucleonics Weekly, and Drug Therapy, and editor-in-chief at Emergency Medicine magazine. He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, including "Correlation Waves in Brain-Like Structures" (Bulletin of Mathematical Biophysics), "Chemical Homologue of Freud's Model" (Psychoanalytic Quarterly), "A Kinetic Model of Memory" and "Irreversible Thermodynamics in Biology" (Journal of Theoretical Biology), and "Adrenoreceptors and the Anxiolytic Effects of Risperidone (The AMA Journal of Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry). He received the 1980 Communicator of the Year Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, published two novels, a short computer networking textbook, and played Crimson Tide football (both ways) from 1950–1952.

          Bernhard has lectured on computer emulations of neuron networks in the brain, and quantum physical applications in neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; the Johnson Research Foundation of the University of Pennsylvania; Queens College of the
City University of New York; the International Federation of Information Processing Societies (International Federation of Information Processing Societies Congress, Munich, 1964); and the Conference on Engineering in Biology (Chicago). He is listed in American Men of Science (Cattel), and The Bioelectronics Directory (Texas Christian University).

Expected Publication: August 6, 2015
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Spotlight: Burger Bar Dad by Ian Butler

About the Book:
         
          Paul Castle loves his son Jack and hates being a Burger Bar Dad. Seeing his son only on Wednesdays and Saturdays pulls him apart. His ex-wife is a thrusting ambitious banker and he is a middling, not very ambitious Birmingham journalist with hopes of being a playwright. The divorce gave her the house, and he got the guilt. He’s just about keeping it together, but after a disastrous parents evening, Paul discovers that Jack’s mother is planning to move to London and put Jack in a private boarding school. Paul must quickly sort his priorities and his life as he embarks on a hilarious campaign to frustrate his ex-wife’s plan. However, his life is just about to get even more complicated, when he meets Gillian and begins to remember the joys of being in love. All too soon, he is confronted with the reality that in order to maintain even his inadequate Burger Bar relationship with Jack, he will have to move down South. As he falls quickly in love with Gillian, he is then offered the chance to be a playwright in Birmingham. How can he choose between being with Gillian or being with Jack?

About the Author:

          Ian Butler began writing creatively in 2009 whilst living in County Fermanagh. He has over twenty years experience in social work, including working with high risk adolescents. Previous to this he travelled extensively across Europe and The Americas. He is currently developing other novels and is interested in both fiction and non-fiction, and is also developing short stories, plays and screenplays as well as other freelance work. He was shortlisted for the NI Screen Primetime Screenwriting Award in 2011. In addition to writing Ian is building a social, youth and community work training business. Ian likes to travel and is interested in all aspects of development and environmental issues and is active on these issues. He lives in the West Midlands, U.K

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