Fiction

Solomon’s Men

Title: Solomon’s Men
Author: Glenn Starkey
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: Mystery/Thriller
Reviewed by: Edward Cox

ISBN (for Amazon store): 1932196072

Greg Valdez operates just the other side of the line, as a thief for private collectors. He's known as the best in the business. You name it, he's stolen it-from jewels to fine art. Now his mission takes him to an ancient monastery in Portugal, to steal a priceless artifact-the true Shroud of Turin-from beneath the altar. Centuries-old oaths and traditions come into play as modern day Templar Knights launch an international search for the thief and the Shroud. Glenn Starkey has written a book that will put you on the edge of your seat and keep you there. A real thriller in the tradition of the genre, Solomon's Men will take you on a roller coaster ride you'll wish would never end. You'll be asking yourself when Glenn Starkey's next book will hit the stands.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Starkey, Glenn

Silent Enemy

Title: Silent Enemy
Author: Thomas W. Young
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: Thriller/Mystery
Reviewed by: John Cathcart

ISBN (for Amazon store): 0399157794

Four years after the events of The Mullah's Storm ("an irresistible adventure story"-USA Today), jihadists strike the Afghan National Police training center in Kabul, killing many and wounding others, including Sergeant Major Sophia Gold. The injured are hurriedly loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy bound for Germany, but once airborne, the commander, Major Michael Parson, receives a message. The jihadists have placed bombs on some planes leaving Afghanistan, and the Galaxy is one of them. If Parson tries to descend-the bomb will go off.

Parson, Gold, and everybody else aboard are trapped at altitude, until either they or someone on the ground can figure out what to do. They can refuel in midair, but not indefinitely. The aircraft is deteriorating, the condition of the patients is worsening, the crew is tiring-and their biggest challenges are yet to come. The enemy is all around . . . and will take surprising form.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Young, Thomas W.

Fortino

Title: Fortino
Author: Jan E. Culbertson
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: Historical Fiction
Reviewed by: jim greenwald

ISBN (for Amazon store): 1453887008

Fortino is the story a young Mexican boy growing up at a time in history where Mexico experienced a revolution. As an unwilling participant, Fortino must deal with death, forced labor, and war, but in the end, will he survive?

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Culbertson, Jan E.

Centauri Intervention, The

Title: The Centauri Intervention
Author: David Michaelson
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: SciFi/Fantasy/Horror
Reviewed by: jim greenwald

ISBN (for Amazon store): B005D9TJ0A

Out of control human population and a depleted Earth has created a need to seek another planet to colonize. The trip to Alpha Centauri in the starship PEGASUS will take 20,000 years. Near the end of the long journey, the aliens (Odeons) finally make their appearance. We are now in their backyard. The two species cannot communicate in any way, resulting in a tenuous warlike situation between starships. Two unlikely young heroes emerge—one human, the other Odeon. Together they take clandestine steps to recreate an ancient dialogue technique in the hope of establishing meaningful communications.

To make matters worse, the humans suffer from catastrophic cryogenic failure, losing many of their brightest minds. When morality wanes, The Church Of The Eternal Insight, led by the Good Vidhali, sets the standards of behavior for the surviving humans, as the final leg of their journey brings unprecedented grief and sadness.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Michaelson, David

Allemagne Deception, A Novel of the Cold War, The

Title: The Allemagne Deception, A Novel of the Cold War
Author: Donald J. Farinacci
Genre: Fiction Sub-Category: Historical Fiction
Reviewed by: Terry Shoptaugh

ISBN (for Amazon store): 0983416818

A friendship formed in World War II may be the only thing that can stop World War III… Berlin, 1945 — A U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and a Soviet Army Lieutenant comb through the bombed-out ruins of the Nazi capital, searching for evidence to be used in the war crimes trials at Nuremburg. They are two warriors from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, drawn together by shared revulsion for the inhuman atrocities of the Third Reich. Two decades later, America is embroiled in the Vietnam war and the U.S.S.R. has become a ruthless empire of communist oppression. A team of U.S. military intelligence officers in Munich play deadly games against KGB operatives, traitors, and assassins. The Soviet military crashes across the border of Czechoslovakia, smashing all resistance beneath the treads of their tanks. The invasion of Western Europe has begun, and NATO is not ready for the assault. The Cold War is about to go hot…

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Farinacci, Donald

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