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.

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.