Book Reviews

Reviews of books by MWSA members. Reviews appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent review posted appearing first.
Note: Some older reviews are being reposted to this site and those will appear out of order.

Constant Bearing - Decreasing Range: A Makeover for Sailor Sam

Title: Constant Bearing - Decreasing Range: A Makeover for Sailor Sam
Author: Skip Vogel
Genre: Fiction, Literary, Navy
Reviewer: Rob Ballister

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1419651455

Skip Vogel's CONSTANT BEARING - DECREASING RANGE: The Collision of Public Policy and National Defense is a compelling character-driven story of intrigue, tragedy, honor, and humor within the U.S. Navy as it was undermined by the questionable efforts of American politicians and social engineers as they attempted to integrate low aptitude personnel and criminals into our naval forces, and the unfortunate consequences that resulted from these policies.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Vogel, Skip

For the Good of the Many

Title: For the Good of the Many
Author: Gary Carter
Genre: Fiction, Literary, Military
Reviewer: Andrew Lubin

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1424138515

After surviving a helicopter crash during the 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam, Marine corporal Jason McBride and his fellow survivors are captured and tortured by a sadistic Viet Cong captain. Afterward, orchestrating a harrowing escape, Jason is awarded the Silver Star for bravery. Now, in contemporary America, with the world on the brink of war over dwindling oil supplies, Jason finds that he and his men are being hunted down by the CIA, under orders from the President to get them off the streets, dead or alive. What happened in Vietnam to make Jason, now a rich and powerful attorney, the victim of a nationwide manhunt? Betrayed by the country they sacrificed for, can Jason and his fellow Marines get to the bottom of things before they are killed? Or will they go the way of countless other veterans, caught up in a web of lies and deceit with some of the most powerful men in Washington?

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Carter, Gary

Irish Eyes

Title: Irish Eyes
Author: Zoe Grider
Genre: Fiction, Military Adventure
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): ISBN / EAN

Irish Eyes spins Danny Kirk from a boring desk job with the Army into the adventure of her dreams. From the island beaches of Hawaii, to New Brunswick, Canada, and the woods of Virginia, Danny vows to protect the country and its people by any means possible.

Recruited by the Secret Security Agency, the sky is the only limit. Killer sharks, dangerous parachute jumps into dense rain forests, and deadly terrorists keep her second-guessing her decision to become part of a team of government-backed renegades.

Just as she gets comfortable with the idea, her former trainer, Sir Edward, tries to drown her and a crazed maniac attempts to kill her. Her anger drives her, even as she succumbs to a dark and sexy security officer, Phil Salio, and embarks on her first dangerous mission. But will her training be enough to keep her alive?

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Grider, Zoe

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