Don's Stimulus Package, The

Title: The Don's Stimulus Package
Author: Karl Boyd Hoepfner
Genre: Fiction Thriller/Mystery
Reviewer: E. Franklin Evans

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1105013391

While robbing a small bank in the Don's area of operation, cousins Stu & Lefty stumble across the twenty million dollars in loot from "The Texas Two Card Hold 'em Heist" and make off with the money, incurring the Don's wrath. When both are captured by the Don's men, Stu informs The Don the purpose of the robbery was to provide funds for the largest con in history; bilking the U.S. Govt out of one Billion Dollars in stimulus money. Intrigued by the plan, the Don calls his son-in-law, Roger Odem Booth and his partner, Carl Jesse James out of hiding to assist Stu in his efforts. With cunning and careful planning, plus the aid of greedy Senator Boehk, nearly one billion dollars is appropriated and the con game becomes a success. When faced with the present economy and the resulting clamor for jobs offered as a front to their actions, Roger and Carl take the Stimulus Package to new heights and once again prove these two con men have hearts as big as Texas. In the end, everyone is a winner, or are they?

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Boyd, Karl

Dragonslayers: Battle Rhythm

Title: Dragonslayers: Battle Rhythm
Author: K. Rowe
Genre: Fiction, Military
Reviewer: John Cathcart

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B006CBFKA6

Blood is thicker than water… and when it’s the blood of a Dragonslayer, there will be hell to pay.

The Dragonslayers return with a vengeance to fight terrorism with in another installment of the exciting Dragonslayers Saga. The unorthodox team comes under fire from the most unlikely source, so they must stick together, or be destroyed. They find out that state-of-the-art body armor isn’t the only thing that will save them when bullets are flying.

Not all of their battles happen on the battlefield. For many, there’s a battle raging within, as they grapple with their own demons and a society that doesn’t accept them. In Australia, Captain Tige St. Ivor is faced with his own dilemma: an assignment that involves killing one of his best friends. Captain Cabbott Westmoreland fights to be accepted by his own family. And terrorism hits too close to home for Major D.M. Elliott, as he must find a way to protect his father from extremists. Through it all, they live by the code of honor, valor, and sacrifice.

Be sure to read: Project: Dragonslayers, the book that started it all, which was nominated for the Military Writer’s Society of America Fiction—Thriller Award for 2011.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Rowe, K.

The Perfect Wreck

Title: The Perfect Wreck
Author: Steven E. Maffeo
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1611791510

"This is the true story of the battle between the famous USS "Constitution" ("Old Ironsides"), and HMS "Java," in late 1812. It's told from the viewpoints of the officers and men whose story it is. It's also a narrative of the preceding four months when both of the ships, their captains, and their crews took infinite pains in preparation for their two diverse missions -- missions which then took each of them thousands of miles in adventurous blue-water sailing.

I've used a slight fictional treatment, trying to mix solid reporting with novelistic description in a scenic, dramatic fashion; but, I assure you that the sequence of events is accurate, the events are confirmed, and every named individual really existed. I've tried to entertain you with an incredible sea story while simultaneously handing you accurate, unequivocal history."

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Maffeo, Steven E.

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.