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Thousand Letters Home, A

Title: A Thousand Letters Home
Author: Teresa K. Irish
Genre: History
Reviewer: Bob Doerr

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 098395531X

After the death of her father, Aarol W. Bud Irish, in 2006, Teresa Irish opened the Army trunk that had resided in the family home her entire life. There, nestled in row after row, were her Dads nearly 1,000 handwritten letters from WWII. Visited only by him over the course of six decades, the letters were postmarked from November 1942 to December 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Buds parents and to the sweetheart who would become his wife, Elaine Corbat. From lonesome, moonlit nights listening to the Hit Parade, to the foxholes and front lines in Germany where Bud would receive the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and two Bronze Stars, to correspondence with the heartbroken mothers whose sons died by his side, this is a moving and historic story of life and loss, hope and perseverance, unwavering faith, and true love. This firsthand account through the eyes, heart, and words of one soldier mirrors the journeys of many who served in WWII - millions of young Americans abruptly pulled from civilian life and thrust into the unfamiliar world of a military at war. At every opportunity, Bud poured out his thoughts and feelings in these letters, all amidst reassuring words to loved ones a world away. The transition from boy to man is apparent in the passing of the weeks, months and years. A selection of these poignant letters and accompanying photographs are contained in the newly published, A Thousand Letters Home. This book is for the children, grandchildren and future descendants of all veterans. This book is for all Americans lest we forget.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Irish, Teresa K.

My Peaceful Dad

Title: My Peaceful Dad
Author: Ross H. Mackenzie
Genre: Poetry
Reviewer: Hodge Wood

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B007K1V2X6

My Peaceful Dad presents practical lessons on life – its challenges, joys, and hopes – in easy-to-understand and approachable ways while also offering the reader biblical references to investigate more about Christ’s original teachings, making them realistic and tangible. My Peaceful Dad is perfect for anyone facing transition in life, from pre-school through grad-school and from puberty through retirement. “Your actions and your state of mind / Can influence all mankind.”

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Mackenzie, Ross H.

Team, The

Title: The Team
Author: David M. Salkin
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Terry Shoptaugh

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1479275247

Enrique Antonio Vega runs one of the largest cocaine cartels in South America, deep in the rain forest of the Tri-Border region. With a tribe of cannibalistic Guarani Natives as his personal army, he operates with impunity. That is, until he takes part in the murder of the U.S. Ambassador. When a small army is needed, but the operation must remain covert, the President calls on The Team—a very special ensemble of Marines, Rangers, SEALs and CIA operatives who make up one of the most lethal fighting forces in the US arsenal. Based loosely on a true operation run in Southeast Asia in the sixties, The Team is guaranteed to keep you turning pages!

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Salkin, David M.

Complicity Doctrine, The

Title: The Complicity Doctrine
Author: Matt Frick
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Reviewer: Joe Epley

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1479222070

Three bombs explode in Manhattan. The targets: a church, a synagogue, and a deli. On the surface, there is no ready explanation for the bomber's objectives, but when Casey Shenk, an analyst for the private geopolitical consulting firm Intelligence Watch Group discovers an altered report from the Congressional Research Service, he begins to put the pieces together. A murdered Government employee, the rantings of a presidential candidate, and a Senate resolution to take the People's Mujahideen of Iran off of the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations all point to something sinister at work inside the Washington power structure. With the help of a New York Police Department detective and the other analysts at IWG, Casey works to uncover the truth behind a network of conspiracy that is operating outside the law, where the ends always justify the matter how many people die.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Frick, Matt

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First, books news. Two new books out. Translations for German, French, Spanish and Italian. Likely also Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and Chinese with overseas editions for India and Indonesia done in English with publication in India. Second, Facebook. Recently, my followers rocketed to over 50,000. It's made sharing about my books, characters and creations a lot more fun, especially when you see 6000 or 7000 people have viewed something you posted. Hearing from a lot more readers in messages has been fun too.