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.

Tuffy’s Heroes

Title: Tuffy’s Heroes
Author: Joe “Tuffy” Tofuri
Genre: Military Sub-Category: Air Force
Reviewed by: Robert Schaefer

ISBN (for Amazon store): 0983174520

Meet the basic trainees whose lives will never be the same once they meet their Air Force Training Instructor, Technical Sergeant Joe "Tuffy" Tofuri. A hard-nosed T.I. who conveys his years of training and experience by using creative tactics to gain the attention of his trainees

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Tofuri, Joe "Tuffy"

Silent Enemy

Title: Silent Enemy
Author: Thomas W. Young
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: Thriller/Mystery
Reviewed by: John Cathcart

ISBN (for Amazon store): 0399157794

Four years after the events of The Mullah's Storm ("an irresistible adventure story"-USA Today), jihadists strike the Afghan National Police training center in Kabul, killing many and wounding others, including Sergeant Major Sophia Gold. The injured are hurriedly loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy bound for Germany, but once airborne, the commander, Major Michael Parson, receives a message. The jihadists have placed bombs on some planes leaving Afghanistan, and the Galaxy is one of them. If Parson tries to descend-the bomb will go off.

Parson, Gold, and everybody else aboard are trapped at altitude, until either they or someone on the ground can figure out what to do. They can refuel in midair, but not indefinitely. The aircraft is deteriorating, the condition of the patients is worsening, the crew is tiring-and their biggest challenges are yet to come. The enemy is all around . . . and will take surprising form.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Young, Thomas W.

Fortino

Title: Fortino
Author: Jan E. Culbertson
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: Historical Fiction
Reviewed by: jim greenwald

ISBN (for Amazon store): 1453887008

Fortino is the story a young Mexican boy growing up at a time in history where Mexico experienced a revolution. As an unwilling participant, Fortino must deal with death, forced labor, and war, but in the end, will he survive?

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Culbertson, Jan E.

Follow Me: The Life and Adventures of a Military Family

Title: Follow Me: The Life and Adventures of a Military Family
Author: Elizabeth Carroll Foster
Genre: Non-Fiction Sub-Category: Memoir
Reviewed by: Charlene Rubush

ISBN (for Amazon store): 1450207545

On September 6, 1949, the author was a bride and clueless as to the twists and turns her life would take as the wife of a US Army officer. Her husband served sixteen months at the end of WWII and completed his three-year obligation in the reserve forces. Meantime, he tried to complete college and enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard while at the University of Oklahoma. The Guard unit was recalled to service with the 45th Division at the outbreak of the Korean War.
Elizabeth was ill-prepared for the kind of life she would experience as a military wife, the frequent moves from pillar to post while rearing four children, the separations from her husband, and parting from her friends and making new ones. Without a support system, she learned that military wives depended on each other.

It wasn't an easy life, but it offered many exciting adventures and presented friendships in many places. Her children adapted well to the nomadic lifestyle, despite transferring from school to school in midterm. Would she have made the commitment had she known what it entailed? She would have because it was a life of wonderful adventures shared with her husband, her children, their dog, and many, many friends.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Foster, Elizabeth Carroll

Centauri Intervention, The

Title: The Centauri Intervention
Author: David Michaelson
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: SciFi/Fantasy/Horror
Reviewed by: jim greenwald

ISBN (for Amazon store): B005D9TJ0A

Out of control human population and a depleted Earth has created a need to seek another planet to colonize. The trip to Alpha Centauri in the starship PEGASUS will take 20,000 years. Near the end of the long journey, the aliens (Odeons) finally make their appearance. We are now in their backyard. The two species cannot communicate in any way, resulting in a tenuous warlike situation between starships. Two unlikely young heroes emerge—one human, the other Odeon. Together they take clandestine steps to recreate an ancient dialogue technique in the hope of establishing meaningful communications.

To make matters worse, the humans suffer from catastrophic cryogenic failure, losing many of their brightest minds. When morality wanes, The Church Of The Eternal Insight, led by the Good Vidhali, sets the standards of behavior for the surviving humans, as the final leg of their journey brings unprecedented grief and sadness.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Michaelson, David

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