Borderland War

Title: Borderland War
Author: Daniel Thompson
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B0062GM28Y

What would really happen if the President of the United States decided to use the Army's Delta, Special Operations Command of Fort Bragg to attack drug cartel operations along our southern border? If Mexico's economy, once supported by American tourist dollars fell flat after drug violence brought death to American tourists who would he call upon?

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Thompson, Daniel

NAVY RULES--in more ways than one!

I am a product of the U.S. Navy. It all started in my sophomore year of high school when a classmate did a presentation on the service academies. It didn't hurt that I was dating a future West Point cadet, either. After visiting USMA I realized I wanted to served my country but not in the Army. I ordered and read the USNA catalog and believed every word.

Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning)

Title: Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning)
Auhtor: David McKoy & Lynn Hallbrooks
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Reviewer: Joyce Gilmour

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0982792352

CIA Special Ops Team, Call Sign: Wrecking Crew is sent overseas on a Top Secret mission. Once the mission is completed, they rapidly realize they are merely Pawns in an International Chess Game that turns into a Political Firestorm. As a result, they are disavowed. Accompanied by Firefights, Fate, and Faith, they finally find a way home. After arriving, they discover governmental abuses of the Constitution. Will they survive long enough to thwart these enemies of the State?

Author(s) Mentioned: 
McKoy, David & Hallbrooks, Lynn

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense - Definition and Evaluation Criteria

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre may be broken up into two categories depending on the number and type of books submitted in a given year. They share many of the same elements and the aim is similar -- to entertain and excite the reader. The author does this by heightened expectation, surprise, uncertainy, unknown villains, and terror. He/she uses literary techniques like cliff-hangers, plot-twists, and clues that lead the reader to wrong conclusions. 

Literary Fiction - Definition and Evaluation Criteria

Literary Fiction is defined by MWSA to be complex, multilayered novels that wrestle with universal dilemmas. Some books that are identified in other genres like historical or mystery/thriller can conceivably be considered literary as well dependingon the interests and skill of the author. Member Jack Woodville London's French Letters triology falls into this category in that while his books are nominally Historical Fiction, they also have all the characteristics that would support them as literary novels as well.