Articles for the Month of March 2014

The Pakistan Conspiracy, A Novel of Espionage by Francesca Salerno

Fast paced political thriller.

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After the horror of 9/11, the world searched for Osama Bin Laden, leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda. SEAL Team Six found, captured, and killed him in Abbottabad in May 2011, but the story doesn’t end there.


At the time of his capture and death CIA agent Kate Langley had been working at the American Embassy in Pakistan. Then, suddenly she’s transferred back to Washington, on the orders of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry, suspected of being a spy.


However, from her desk, back on American soil, Kate discovers that the Al Qaeda are about to seek revenge for the killing of their leader. Their plan is to destroy a western city. Yasser Khalidi Al-Greeb has managed to acquire a small, portable nuclear weapon, from a retired Russian KGB colonel, and they plan to use it in Manhatten, where it will have catastrophic consequences.


Kate returns to Pakistan, as an undercover agent, with no protection, no back up, only her instincts to keep her safe. With help, she manages to trace the path of the weapon from Moscow to Karachi, all the time aware that if it reaches America all will be lost.


Right from page one, this book is action packed, exciting, and full of political intrigue, I just could not put it down. It has very plausible characters, great attention to detail, and scene setting. If you are looking for a fast-paced political thriller full of suspense, with plenty of twists and turns I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Something Old, Something New by James R. Vance

Compelling reading.

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About the Book: Historical fiction novel, set in France depicting the conflict that still exists amongst families since the Nazi occupation of WWII. Two young sisters discover war memorabilia hidden in their grandmother’s trunk in an attic. They set out to trace their family history, an exploit that triggers devastating consequences.

About the Author: Originally from England, I now live in rural south west France. My first novels, ‘Animal Instinct’, ‘Killer Butterfly’ and ‘The Courier’ were published between 2008 and 2010. They formed a trilogy depicting the careers of two detectives. My knowledge of Cheshire and Greater Manchester is apparent in both ‘Animal Instinct’ and ‘Killer Butterfly’. The final novel of the trilogy,’The Courier’, uses my experience of working in France and London as an inspiration for the storyline. My fourth novel ‘Eight’, published in 2011,is a crime fiction novel set mostly in France, a sequel to the trilogy featuring one of the detectives and a former suspect. My knowledge of both countries enabled me to provide a backdrop for the plot. During this same period, I also wrote and published a children’s short story, ‘Goose’.

Having discovered that I live in an area swamped by a rich tapestry of war-time memories, I have since dedicated my time to unearthing stories of resistance activities in this region before the extraordinary tales disappear along with the ageing survivors of that period. My novel, ‘Les Ruines’, was my first foray into the genre of historical fiction. After researching local sites and listening to personal recollections of French Resistance exploits during WWII, I produced a mysterious tale of tragic events involving betrayal, retribution and chaos during the fragmented liberation of France. The novel was exhibited at the London Book Fair 2012 and a version of the novel in French will be available towards the end of 2013.

In April 2013, I published my next historical fiction project, ‘Risk’, about agents of the Special Operations Executive who organised evaders’ escape lines from occupied France during the Second World War. Combining romance and tragedy, the novel will have subtle links to ‘Les Ruines’. To learn more about these wartime exploits, I became a member of E.L.M.S. the Escape Lines Memorial Society, based in the U.K.

Our path through life, right from the beginning is composed of a series of small events. These, sometimes imperceptibly, cause change and each of these seemingly insignificant junctions cause a ripple effect, the results of which shape our lives. Sometimes, these junctions are hidden innocently, impossible for foresee and with no apparent ability to affect our future.

The story, which Elodie Arnaud recounts, starts innocently enough with her sister Monique’s fascination with the quaint English bridal tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Soon to be married to Gerard Thiebaud, the determined Monique convinces her sister Elodie to go with her into the attic and find their grandmother’s trunk. Monique reasoned that surely, there must be something, which she could use; however, nothing could have prepared them for the repercussions that simple action caused. 

Their grandmother, Marie Lafond had lived in Montauban, a large town in the Tarn-et-Garonne region of France during WW2, and during the war, she had been only a teenager, with a teenager’s perspective on life. The decisions she made and events in Oradour-sur-Glane, a village in the department of Haute-Vienne, are the substance of this book.

The Oradour-sur-Glane lived in today, is new, and built on the orders of Charles de Gaulle after WW2. The original village, which Marie would have known, stands as a permanent memorial and museum to the 642 men, women and children, slaughtered by the 2nd Panzer Division of the German SS on the 10th June 1944.

If you live in a rural community anywhere in the world, you accept that they are very close knit, with memories which are carried down through the generations. I live in rural France where the war is still so apparent both in monuments and remembrance days in every village; the horror of their lives through occupation and the work of the resistance, are very plain to see, even now.

This book is a beautifully written chronicle of the life of one family through three generations. The author, through meticulous research has given the reader a wonderful insight into what it would have been like to grow up and live in France under occupation.

Through Elodie and Monique’s discoveries and reflections, we learn how the outlook of modern generations has changed, on the surface, but then memories for some people, run deep.

Lest We Forget…

 Available in Paperback from Amazon

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 and Barnes & Noble in Paperback  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/something-old-something-new-james-r-vance/1118715231?ean=9781849611985

The Kidney Sellers – A Journey of Discovery in Iran by Sigrid Fry-Revere

New Release

One womans thought provoking journey of discovery.

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Not long after finishing her doctorate in philosophy (specializing in patient-care ethics), the author discovered that her 10 month old son had kidney cancer, the kidney was removed, but she was warned his other kidney would have to be monitored, and he might eventually need a transplant. That knowledge has never been far from her mind…

Years later in 2007, she began studying the merits of compensated organ donation and she discovered that in Iran, unlike America, donors were compensated both by the state and also sometimes by the recipient. No one had explored firsthand the donor recipient situation in Iran, and despite very bias viewpoints and open opposition, she decided to journey there herself to determine the truth.

This book chronicles her incredible, potentially dangerous journey of discovery as she interviewed hundreds of donors and recipients throughout Iran, with the assistance of her companion Dr. Bastani, a native born Iranian, who translated for her and assisted in making sure protocols were carried out correctly.  Through her we have the opportunity to discover some of the the reasons for donation, both personal, and ethical, and learn what the transplant really means to the recipient. The author also gives the reader, the opportunity to find out, through her visits to personal friends on dialysis in America, how they view their situation and what their lives are really like.

This research could have been stored somewhere gathering dust or taking up space on a computer drive somewhere, but instead this brave woman has decided to speak out, publishing her findings in an easy to understand way.

She takes an open look at the situation in both America and Iran, and admits there are flaws, in the Iranian policies but asks pertinent questions as to why thousands of Americans have to die waiting for a donor whilst the situation in Iran is so different.

Brutally honest, fascinating and heartbreaking at times, this book is thought provoking and gives someone, like myself, with no medical background, the opportunity to really understand the personal and ethical issues behind organ donation.

 Available in Hardback format from: http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611635126/The-Kidney-Sellers

and Amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/The-Kidney-Sellers-Journey-Discovery/dp/1611635128/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394716477&sr=8-1&keywords=the+kidney+sellers

Bella… A French Life – The Cookbook by Marilyn Z Tomlins

Traditional French recipes.

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About the book: Since the launch of Bella…A French Life in 2013, reviewers have loved the novel for the way it immerses the reader into rural France; helped in no small way by the descriptions of French cooking that Bella creates for the men in her life or while dining in restaurants.
The cooking is seamlessly woven into the text such that while evoking the sights, smells and tastes of Normandy, it isn’t easy for the reader to replicate these themselves.
So by popular demand, here is Bella… A French Life – The Cookbook.
It details the recipes from the novel with complete ingredients lists, methods, how to serve and what wine to drink with. All this set against a narrative of events in the novel that inspired them.

This is a beautifully written cook book, which not only contains wonderful recipes in various categories, Starters, Meat, Fish and Seafood, Chicken, Duck and Rabbit, Cake and Cookies but also provides the reader with the correct solution to that age old question “Which Wine With What? “

It is universally accepted, that the French are a nation of food lovers, producing recipes using exquisite ingredients. Living here, in France the importance of food is really brought home to you. The dinner table is the place for the family, eating and discussing topics, sometimes for hours at a time, over numerous courses of delicious food, which is freshly produced, and enjoyed with a fine glass or two of wine.

I have already read Bella… A French Life, and followed her fortunes, firstly as a paediatrician and then as a busy guest house keeper, so, I immediately felt at home with her in le Presbytere. The author sets the scenes beautifully with each recipe, which Bella shares with us. The recipes have either been made by herself, prepared by her wonderful chef Gertrude Duc, or enjoyed in the restaurants near to her home on the Normandy coast.

Some of the dishes you will recognise, others will be new to you. The only advice I will give is that, whether you are an experienced cook or not, there are recipes for everyone. Most importantly, as Bella says you can improvise, it’s okay, tailor them to suit you, or the person[s] you are cooking for, that way you will enjoy the whole experience much more.

The only thing which has stopped me giving this book a 5 star is the lack of pictures, in my opinion, no cookery book should be without them.

Available in Kindle format here:   http://www.amazon.com/Bella-French-Life-The-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B00HYN2W4S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393868840&sr=8-1&keywords=Bella…+A+French+Life+-+The+Cookbook

Below are the author’s own pictures, they are not in the book however, the recipe’s are.

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The Time Portal 5: The Nazi by Joe Corso

Escapism at its best!

About the Book: What if you discovered a portal that took you to the 12th Century, where you met, fell in love with, and married a princess, had a child together, and then you discovered that you might never see them again?
Lucky finds himself in this peculiarly unique situation when he discovers he no longer can access The Time Portal.
Because of obligations in the present, Lucky uses the time portal and leaves the 12th Century, his princess, and his son.
But unknown to him, his enemies are waiting patiently for his return, and several questions are raised as Lucky tries to regain control of his powers.
Adolph Mueller—Nazi billionaire—has pledged to destroy his enemies, but he needs Lucky’s unique abilities to accomplish it. What powers do the titanium bracelets that were placed on Lucky’s wrists hold over him?
Lucky has decided to bring a soldier back to the present with him from the past, but for what reason?
Why do the priests of the Spanish inquisition still pursue Lucky’s wife and child?
Lucky, in his weakened state, must somehow find a way to return to the past to help save the woman he loves…

 

About Joe Corso: I grew up in Queens,New York and my motivation to write came from my wish to help my grandchildren pay for their college education. So far I’ve completed 14 novels and a number of short stories including my popular ‘ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES’ trilogy and I’ve just finished the 5th installment in the ‘TIME PORTAL’ series. I’m just completed ‘LAFITTE’S TREASURE’ and then I plan to revisit ‘THE STARLIGHT CLUB 5 which I shelved about a year ago, When that book is finished I will write a sequel to my western ‘THE ADVENTURES OF THE LONE JACK KID’, titled ‘THE RETURN OF THE LONE JACK KID’. AWARDS THE STARLIGHT CLUB won the silver in the 2012 eLit contest in the ‘TRUE CRIME’ category’. In 2013 the book won HONORABLE MENTION in the ‘HISTORICAL FICTION’ category’. THE LONE JACK KID won ‘FINALIST’ in the 2013 Readers Favorite in the ‘WESTERN’ category. My short story ‘FIRE: BOX 598’ won the BRONZE in the 2013…

 

 

In Germany during WWII, a young Adolph Mueller Jr., is befriended by the head of the Gestapo, Heinrich Himmler.  

Falling in love for Lucky Campo knows no boundaries. He has been given the gift of time travel and his heart lies with the Princess Krystina and their son, in Medieval England at the court of King Richard where he is known as the wizard. They marry, and things could not be happier, until Lucky senses that his friends in the present day need him, and so, he has to leave his family in the trusted hands of his good friend Tor and return.

Back in the present day, he is dismayed at the turn of events; two of his friends have been taken hostage, and then he makes a discovery, which has devastating effects. However, whilst Lucky is fighting evil in the present, he is unaware of what’s happening in the past….

The Time Portal series of books are amazing, true escapism. As we travel through the time portals with Lucky and his friends, we are treated to snap shots in time, visiting historical events as they happen, meeting people from the past, and visit places many of us will never see, some destroyed forever, before we were born.

Another exciting science fiction adventure from this talented author, which stands-alone, or can be read as part of the series. The prologue sets the scene and after that, it’s just pure magic!

Available from Amazon: In Paperback http://www.amazon.com/The-Time-Portal-Nazi-Volume/dp/1495306380/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1393851276&sr=8-1

and in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Time-Portal-5-Nazi-ebook/dp/B00IEQ8XU6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1393851276