Brothers Lost

Title: Brothers Lost
Author: David Michaelson
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Reviewer: Barbara Peacock

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0984842209

Twin Navajo brothers are separated at birth and sold illegally to finance their mother's desire to become a veterinarian. They are a product of a bad forced marriage-a man lacking in honor and integrity. "Bends Like The Willow" grieves for her horse when her drunken husband kills it during a race. Unable to save her horse, she vows to learn the skills needed to heal all animals. A shady underground organization specializing in the illegal purchase of children handles the transaction for a hefty price. The twins grow up in affluent but very different families. One becomes a decorated Navy SEAL. He is abducted and imprisoned by a rogue U.S. military-run drug cartel when his assignment to investigate the drug problem in the military uncovers the true kingpins. The other brother is an ordinary Certified Public Account who endures a nagging feeling that he has a brother in trouble. Edwin Collingsworth sets out to find his sibling, eventually locating him in a prison camp in Colombia. With the help of a former Navy Seal turned professional surfer, the two extract the brother lost. The two brothers plan their revenge on the rogue officers and break open the investigation begun by a Congressional Committee. They locate their long-lost birth mother and convince her to return to the Navajo Nation to clear her name, allowing her to become a legitimate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The brothers learn about honor, forgiveness, love of family and many of the old ways during their search for their mother and brothers lost.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Michaelson, David

Trail Cook

Title: Trail Cook
Author: David Michaelson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer, Betsy Beard

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0984842268

Young and penniless, Absalom Piddington journeys from England to America as a cook searching for adventure in the wild west of the 1870s.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Michaelson, David

A Passel of Hate

Title: A Passel of Hate
Author: Joe Epley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Edward Cox

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1461075939

Gripping, visceral, and full of intensity, A Passel of Hate is as historically fascinating as it is emotionally satisfying; capturing the heartache and triumphs of a war that brutally pits brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor in the western Carolina frontier in 1780. “The first link in a chain of evils…the loss of America” is how Sir Henry Clinton, Britain’s commander-in-chief in the Colonies, describes the decisive American victory at the battle of Kings Mountain. This fact-based novel brings the events leading to that battle into sharp focus through the highly personal experiences of families and individuals who shaped its outcome. Through the eyes of Jacob Godley, A Passel of Hate brings to life the hardships and challenges of frontier living where there is a constant threat from Indians, roving raiders and British invaders. Without government orders or formal training, mountain and piedmont patriots join together with their own weapons and horses to expel a British led Loyalist army that plunders the western Carolina countryside, delivering harsh retribution to those supporting rebellion. Jacob and his 15-year-old brother enter the savage fighting with the Liberty Men, but with a dread of having to face their three Loyalist brothers. The overwhelming victory at Kings Mountain is bittersweet for Jacob who suffers a crushing personal tragedy on the battlefield. In addition, his nemesis, the notorious Tory raider Rance Miller escapes, and Jacob, consumed by hatred, tracks the terrorist through the Carolina backcountry to seek the revenge he so desperately needs. A battle Thomas Jefferson called “the turn of the tide of success,” Kings Mountain has a devastating impact on the British Army’s goal of quashing the rebellion in the south. Brutal in its depiction of the harrowing nature of war and the price paid by our revolutionary ancestors, A Passel of Hate is a powder keg of highly charged personal feelings and military significance.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Epley, Joe

Tying Up Water and Other Stories

Title: Tying Up Water and Other Stories
Author: Ross H. MacKenzie
Genre: Short Story Collection
Reviewer: Rob Ballister

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B007K1VMYU

A helicopter crash leaves Stuart adrift with unreliable memories, foggy recollections, and bittersweet realizations. Through this catastrophic experience, Stuart must rely on his strength, his family, and his faith to try and persevere. Sensual passion, exhilarating rock climbs, and tender hope for a legacy combine to define this remarkable story as not only a harrowing adventure, but also a touching love story.

The collection delivers other stories equally captivating in arenas varying from Australian rock climbing to high-sea Navy adventures. Ross H. Mackenzie is an award-winning author best known for his Patriot Kids children’s book series that positively impacts military families every day.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
MacKenzie, Ross H.

Rich Man's War Poor Man's Fight

Title: Rich Man's War Poor Man's Fight
Author: Daniel Thompson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B005OAWJYQ

Rich Man's War - Poor Man's Fight, is the story of two Scot - Irish families who left Ireland for the promise of a better life in America. While accurately set in time and place, this is not a battle by battle account of Civil War history. It is the story of a determined people who were pressed into a war by a country who spurned their kind and used them as pawns so their wealthy sons could be kept out of harm's way. One family, a young man who hoped to use his family trade as a sword smith entered through the port of New York in 1862. New York was in the midst of the conscription riots as Abraham Lincoln's cabinet desperately fought to fill the ranks of an Army to hold the Union together. A second family left Dublin for New Orleans. They arrived as organizers tried to convince young Irish men that the South's fight for independence from the federal government is a struggle that the Irish should understand. Fate brings the young men together on opposing sides of a Virginia battlefield where they collapse in exhaustion and come to realize the irony of their meeting and the cruel circumstances that brought them together as enemies.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Thompson, Daniel