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.

Gunships: The Story of Spooky, Shadow, Stinger and Spectre

Title: Gunships: The Story of Spooky, Shadow, Stinger and Spectre
Author: Wayne Mutza
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Reviewer: Rob Ballister

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1580071236

Gunships: The Story of Spooky, Shadow, Stinger and Spectre tells the dramatic story of transforming military cargo transports into deadly ground-attack aircraft used by the U.S. and other countries in worldwide conflicts from the Vietnam War to the Middle East today. This comprehensive and detailed accounting of gunships begins with piston-powered, WWII-era C-47s and progresses to the four-engine turboprop C-130 Hercules, showing how gunships evolved from using 20mm miniguns to 105mm Howitzers with digital-age Battle Management Centers housed onboard. These highly effective airplanes made history by removing the safe haven of night operations from the enemy, and allowing strategic victory that might not have otherwise been possible.
Author Wayne Mutza not only carefully researched all of these aircraft and their paths to reality, but also tells the tale of the brave and persevering men who believed in this unique weapon system and who saw its development through to the end. This book features a wealth of outstanding color photographs, many of which have never before been published, and also contains detailed appendices documenting gunship production data, combat units, and aircraft losses.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Mutza, Wayne

Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy

Title: Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy
Author: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Genre: Non-Fiction, How To
Reviewer: Joyce Gilmour

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1450507654

An inexpensive little pop-in-your-briefcase booklet for boning up on word-trippers determined to slip into anything you writer--from a business letter to a manuscript.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Howard-Johnson, Carolyn

Grandpa, What If?

Title: Grandpa, What If?
Author: Sandra Miller Linhart
Genre: Children, Under 12
Reviewer: jim greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 098451273X

Homecomings are wonderful reunions, but they can be stressful at times. Will Momma remember me? Will I remember her? Momma is coming home, but she's been gone a long time. Will she recognize Bean? Will Bean be able to pick Momma out in a sea of soldiers? Being deployed is a fact of life for soldiers of all military branches. Humanitarian efforts, Operations Other than War (OOW), peaceful or wartime missions - a soldier's duty is to be there. And, when it's time to come home, sometimes the unknown can be scary

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Linhart, Sandra Miller

Gift of Change

Title: Gift of Change
Author: D. T. Sanders
Genre: Fiction, Sci Fi
Reviewer: Richard Barone

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0595193269

A talent for overcoming impossible odds, that's what got Jason McCullan, a brilliant Imperial engineering officer made a hero of the Empire. Now that the Empire has turned against him, he'll need every ounce of that talent if he and his starship crew are to survive.

Of course everyone needs a little help. For Jason, his pilot Falon, and their artificially intelligent ships computer, Fred, help comes in the form of a dead telepathic alien and a superior, ancient technology with a mind of its own. But free help can be as dangerous as free advice, as Jason and his friends soon find themselves struggling against the very technology that could save them. Jason and his friends must master this technology before either it or the Empire can control them. They will have to turn impossible odds into survival solutions.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Sanders, D. T.

From China with Love

Title: From China with Love
Author: Karl Boyd
Gener: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Reviewer: Mike Mullins

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1604520353

If China is to survive, it must have more land for its millions of citizens. The Chairmen of the Chinese Republic tasks his ministers to formulate a ten-year plan to conquer all of Mexico, the U. S. A., and Canada, thereby turning the territory into "New China" while avoiding a horrific third world war.

Within twelve months, the strategy is finalized and the multi-pronged invasion of North America begins quietly. The devilishly clever operation is totally unobserved by the American public, their military and/or politicians, and their neighbors to the north and south.

The diversified main characters are two new mothers from Los Angeles, and their babies attempting to reach safety inland; a college student from Utah whose family has been wiped out; a police lieutenant from Sulfur Springs, Colorado, the only survivor on his shift and tasked with trying to save as many citizens as possible while awaiting the conquering forces; plus a young FBI agent whose father was killed in the attack.

As the few lucky survivors struggle with their new situations in life and deal with the invaders, along the way there is mystery, suspense, danger and romance, together with a terrible realization that perhaps the United States is soon to be a thing of the past.

As with all of Karl Boyd's novels, the ending is unexpected and decidedly disarming. You'll be tempted to turn to that last page, but please don't until you arrive there naturally. Why spoil a wonderful novel

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Boyd, Karl