Fiction

Fe Fi FOE Comes

Title: Fe Fi FOE Comes
Author: William C. Samples
Genre: Fiction, Sci Fi
Reviewer: Frank Evans

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 098006810X

This is a Saga in real time that links actions and consequences of yesteryear to the current maladies of civilization, then beyond to a possible future as an alternative to the ongoing drive to the continuation of catastrophes, and to the future extinction of all life. It begins in our world of the here and now. A storyteller, a praetorian, and two seemingly innocent bystanders are caught up in a race for their freedom from the authorities of a world now devoid of human rights or personal liberty. The crime? A manuscript the authorities find provocative. Now the ideas in the manuscript have been acted on and the Future is the Present; all that has happened is the Past. The links forged between progress and regulation, the rulers and those they rule, freedom and slavery are all broken, except in those places held by the rogues. Alaska is the focal point around which the Earth turns, and it has given birth to the champions of liberty. Life is war they say. All living things struggle against natural and organic forces that would end their living existence; in that sense all living things are in continual battle with the elements and living predators to stay alive. There is a new predator for the wicked in the world. Fe Fi FOE Comes! Yet it is in the Past that the foundation for the Empire must be built, and we discover it is forged in Hell. It is to Hell that all the Alaskans go, and this becomes a place where the tiny spark of freedom is fanned into flames. But fate is not kind, and those of the Alaskan Empire suffer treachery, and war beyond which they may not sustain.

A call has also come from the stars, and a single ship that took the wealth of a world and the geometry of an idea to create is dispatched to see if those across the vastness of space are friend or foe. The answer, which lies in the Future can only be answered if the Past has prepared for it. The blueprint is drawn in the Past and now an answer in the Future is possible ... it will take a new beginning.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Samples, William C.

D.E.R.O.S.

Title: D.E.R.O.S.
Author: John Rider
Genre: Fiction, Historical
Reviewer: Tony Lazzarini

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1601453205

The year is 1968. Wired in-series, trip-hammer shocks jolt the country...the capture of the USS Pueblo, Tet, LBJ declines to run, the murders of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy.

In Vietnam, a USAF pilot gets news that, to him, is every bit as jarring as those electrifying events: An airline wants to interview him for a cockpit job. In Dallas, three weeks from now. They have no idea he's in Vietnam. He still has fifty-six days and a wake-up before he can leave. Jack Boland is a Forward Air Controller pilot, part of a small USAF detachment stationed with a U.S. Army brigade, at a base camp in the jungle, seventy-five miles north of Saigon. Flying small, vulnerable spotter aircraft, the FACs fly over the jungle, looking for VC -- and when Brigade grunts get in trouble, bring in jet fighters to get Charlie off their backs.

The story is at times funny, as well as brutal, terrifying, idiotic, and in the end, tragic..Catch-22 in Vietnam.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Rider, John

Within the Walls of Santo Tomas: A saga of captivity and survival in Manila during World War II

Title: Within the Walls of Santo Tomas: A saga of captivity and survival in Manila during World War II
Author: Betty Bryon and Cassius Mullen
Genre: Fiction, Historical
Reviewer: Joyce Faulkner

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1617773743

'Do you believe that what we do in life comes back to haunt us later?' 'You mean like fate comes along and throws you a curve ball when you least expect it?' 'Yes, exactly.' 'There are so many strange things that happen to people, nothing surprises me anymore.' 'I think life is a mirror. What you do reflects back at you.' Former army nurse Molly Martin has never forgotten her experience in the internment camp at Santo Tomas University during World War II. The horrors she witnessed in her younger days are burned in her brain, along with the memories of the people who walked with her through hell and the enemies who put them all through it. When she sees a picture in the paper of the doctor that committed some of the worst war crimes and got away, she knows it is time to tell her story. It is the last chance for justice. Travel back to 1942, when twenty-eight-year-old Molly Martin's life was changed forever. She and other army nurses and soldiers are taken from Corregidor to Manila, where they are imprisoned by the Japanese within the walls of Santo Tomas University with innocent US and Allied civilians. Molly leads the nurses in establishing a hospital in the former gymnasium, and they attempt to make the best of things. Soon Molly and her friend Clara befriend an ingenious teenage boy nicknamed Scrounger, who uses his skills to make life tolerable for the internees. Over a three-year period, Molly and the internees suffer greatly. Food and medicine are hard to come by, and the commandant becomes harsher. A sinister doctor carries out cruel experiments on selected internees, resulting in more death. Things become even more difficult as the American army draws nearer. But Molly is determined to make it out alive, to make the evil pay for their wrongdoings. Will Molly see justice before her days end? Go Within the Walls of Santo Tomas to find out.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Byron, Betty
Mullen, Cassius

Devil In The North Woods

Title: Devil In The North Woods
Author: Walt Shiel
Genre: Fiction, Historical
Reviewer: Stephen Phillips

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0974655317

What would you do if a wildfire swept through your area without warning?

In October 1908, a wildfire swept through northeast Michigan and consumed 900 homes and two million acres of farms and forest. Despite the valiant efforts of the farmers, lumbermen, and shopkeepers, only Lake Huron could quench the flames. With no fire watch towers, spotting aircraft, telephones, or organized firefighting and only limited telegraph, warnings were too few and too late.

Devil in the North Woods accurately depicts the fire's genesis, growth, and aftermath. The story's real-life protagonist, 10-year-old Henry Hardies, survived the fire but family did not. Relying on Henry's personal recollections and author Walt Shiel's faithful recreation of time and place, the book vividly brings Henry's ordeal to life.

Devil in the North Woods contrasts the terror of nature's destruction with a chronicle of family, love, sorrow, and recovery. The story leaves the reader buoyed by faith in the resilience of the human spirit and belief in love's ability to germinate amid the ashes of ruin.

Includes a map and six historical photos.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Shiel, Walt

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