At Peace

Happy Memorial Day.

Remember and appreciate those who died in our defense and enjoy the holiday at peace…


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We are what we… read?

At least according to the Big Think article The Books You Read Really Make You Who You Are:

β€œThe takeaway from all [the studies] is that no matter the culture, humans are intimately attached to stories. They’re part of our makeup as a species. Stories can literally transport us into the mind and body of a character. They can move us toward empathy or action. Nothing has the power to inform, change our minds, unlock our potential, or transform us and our society in the most powerful and profound ways. Now, we’re starting to unlock the neuroscience behind this and learn exactly how they impact us.”

Courtesy of The New Republic

If this is true, that what we read deeply shapes who we are, and my common sense detector, aka my gut, tells me it is, then in a nation where reading for personal interest has been in steady decline since 1978, we’re in big trouble.

But it certainly goes a long way in explaining our national empathy deficit…

#readon

Shelter In Place and Read!

Hey, there. It’s been a while so I just wanted to check in to see how you’re doing during this post-apocalyptic world of bad fiction it seems we’re living in.

I assume you’ve been reading, a lot, during this extended vacation Mother Nature has forced upon many of us, so I figured I’d give you something else to put in your depleted TBR queue.

THE GOOD KILL is free from today through Wednesday at Amazon just for you.

Snag a copy right here >> https://amzn.to/3bWfOgF

THE GOOD KILL
In this action-filled thriller, a former Navy SEAL turned vigilante hitman finds trouble after rescuing a sex trafficking victim against her will…

Anyway, I’ve been working mightily on new material. Unfortunately, I’m not coordinated enough to be able to focus on a WIP and on blogging regularly so I’m not sure when I’m going to check back in on you.

So, until then…

Stay Safe!

Stay Positive!

Stay Home!

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THE GOOD KILL – A Review by Cathy Geha

I’d like to thank Ms. Cathy Geha of Cathy’s World for her review of The Good Kill. Cathy had, fortunately for me, come across the book at NetGalley.

Her’s is the forth review I’ve received from the site, which is pretty cool. It’s been downloaded from there over 50 times so hopefully we’ll see more than a few more as a time goes on. Fingers crossed.

Help me show my appreciation for Cathy’s review, and all the other many reviews she has prepared for us, by visiting her site and spending some time there with her.

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THE GOOD KILL – A Review by Jacqueline Sharp

A big thank you to Ms. Jacqueline Sharp of Jackie’s Reading Corner for her interesting, insightful, and in-depth review of THE GOOD KILL!

Jackie received her review copy of the book from NetGalley. If you are a NetGalley reviewer, you can check out TGK right here >> https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/173511

It is also available at the book review sight Book Sirens right here >> https://booksirens.com/book/G77PPZ6/OCQS18S

Jackie has a whole sight jammed full of reviews for your reading pleasure. So, after you check out her review of my book, make sure you don’t stop there and continue on to snack on all the other delectable literary goodies she has prepared just for you.

Jackie’s Reading Corner

SYNOPSIS

A former Navy SEAL turned vigilante hitman already in the crosshairs of corrupt Russian agents finds himself in even deepertrouble after rescuing a sex trafficking victim against her will just as she is about to be delivered into the hands of an unscrupulous corporate mogul, an impetuous and dangerous man who will not be denied his purchase….

During the battle to liberate Mosul from the brutal grip of the Islamic state, Killian Lebon, a war weary Navy SEAL Senior Chief, sustains life threatening injuries from an explosion during a rescue operation that goes horribly wrong.

Forced into early retirement from a vocation that for almost twenty years had been his sole purpose for being – that of a fearless warrior in defence of his country – Killian’s life quickly spirals downward to the deepest depths of hopelessness and despair due to the traumatic after effects of his injuries…

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THE GOOD KILL is now available at BookSirens

Hey, if you’re looking for a hip, as in cool, place to find and review cool, as in hip, books, look no farther than the hip and cool book review site BookSirens

Which of course is even more hip and cool since it is now hosting a book by yours truly.

;)

And if you’re not yet a member but would still like to take the opportunity to download The Good Kill from BookSirens…

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THE GOOD KILL – A Review by Mani

A yuge thank you to Mani of Mani’s Book Corner for her five-star review of The Good Kill. If you don’t know Mani, you really should introduce yourself to her and her bountiful website of all things books. What you will learn when visiting Mani’s site is that, not only is she a Happy Warrior fighting nobly on behalf of the Written Word, she is doing so all while facing personal health challenges few of us can imagine.

Thank you, Mani! You truly are an inspiration.

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The Good Kill: A Killian Novel by Kurt Brindley

The Good KillFormat:Β Paperback

Source:Β Sent to me by the author

Publisher: Self Published

Genres: Thriller

Publication Date:Β  May 1st 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Provided by author):

β€œDuring the battle to liberate Mosul from the brutal grip of the Islamic State, Killian Lebon, a war-weary Navy SEAL Senior Chief, sustains life-threatening injuries from an explosion during a rescue operation that goes horribly wrong.

Forced into early retirement from a vocation that for almost twenty years had been his sole purpose for being – that of a fearless warrior in defense of his country – Killian’s life quickly spirals downward to the deepest depths of hopelessness and despair due to the traumatic after-effects of his injuries and the overwhelming guilt he feels from the tragic consequences of his failed final mission.

Left without the will to continue on within such a dark and indifferent…

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Huzzah for ManyBooks

You may remember me whining about how my feelings were hurt because ManyBooks and Shelf Awareness never responded to queries I had sent to them over a week-and-a-half ago.

Well, today I’m pleased to report that I received a very kind email from a Ms. Lisa of ManyBooks apologizing to me for not responding to my query in a timely manner and thanking me for bringing the error on their website to their attention.

I truly appreciate that.

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So, recently I was looking into using the book review services of ManyBooks and Shelf Awareness…

You know, as an alternative to me continually spamming every volunteer book reviewer out there in a mostly fruitless effort to get them to review my book.

However, when I was researching the respective service offerings for ManyBooks and Shelf Awareness, I found I had a couple of questions I needed answering from them before committing.

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THE TELEPORTER by Lee Hall – A Review

BOOK | FICTION | HUMOR
THE TELEPORTER
LEE HALL
RATING: β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜…

What if there was a power like no other? What if one drunken slouch happened to stumble where nobody has stumbled before and discovered the ability to teleport!
Just when you thought there were enough super hero stories in this world, we made another one…
Kurt Wiseman is your average mid-twenties slouch with a serial thirst for alcohol, that is until destiny calls upon him to stumble where no man has clumsily stumbled before. By day he works for a familiar sounding, power hungry, media controlling, mega rich American businessman who represents everything wrong with society today. Whilst investigating this politically loaded story arc Kurt accidentally acquires a super power like no other. The ability to teleport!
Before he can think about saving the day, Wiseman must endure a journey of self-reflection by earning the trust of his friends and overcoming his greatest weakness, booze. Even if the path is filled with comic book clichΓ©, inappropriate one liners and genre busting fourth wall action.
Not all heroes in this world are the same and with great power comes the possibility to go viral! This is a story that will unite humanity…
Kurt Wiseman is the Teleporter!

Publisher’s Book Description
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THE GOOD KILL – A Review by Peyton Hammond

I’ve sent out many review request emails since I’ve published The Good Kill and after emailing one to Ms. Peyton Hammond the other day, I had just assumed, like most other requests, it would be a hit or miss whether it would get answered or not… mostly not as I’ve come to find out. As you can imagine if you’re an author in constant (desperate?) search of reviewers as I am, I was very surprised when I received a response from her that same day graciously informing me that she would review the book. That almost never happens. But then she surprised me again by telling me she would have the review up within a week. That never happens and I honestly, while thankful for the intent, was a bit skeptical. But I’ll be darned if she didn’t surprise me one last time by actually having the review posted within the week as advertised.

How cool is that?

Dry ice cold, that’s how cool it is.

I am a slow reader, almost as slow as I am as a writer, and I am so very envious of Peyton and others like her who posses the gift of not only being able to read a book all lickity split-like, but also being able to comprehend what has been read so quickly and then write about it in interesting ways that inform others as to why the book should or should not be read.

It truly is a gift, as it would take a month, at least, for me to read a book the size of my excessively wordy beast. And then to put a review together for it… it wouldn’t happen in a matter of days, that’s for sure.

Anyway, enough about my literary lameness and back to how very impressed I am with Peyton’s industriousness and the high quality of reviews that she so regularly posts to her well-kept, well-regarded, and interesting site, a site in which I recommend to you and all other book lovers like you most highly.

Thank you, Peyton!

Life in Books

Title: The Good Kill: A Killian Lebon Novel

Author: Kurt Brindley

Number of Pages: 404 pages

Publisher: Prosoche

Publication Date: May 1, 2019

Purchase: Amazon

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A former Navy SEAL turned vigilante hitman already in the crosshairs of corrupt Russian agents finds himself in even deeper trouble after rescuing a sex trafficking victim against her will just as she is about to be delivered into the hands of an unscrupulous corporate mogul, an impetuous and dangerous man who will not be denied his purchase. . .

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During the battle to liberate Mosul from the brutal grip of the Islamic State, Killian Lebon, a war-weary Navy SEAL Senior Chief, sustains life-threatening injuries from an explosion during a rescue operation that goes horribly wrong.

Forced into early retirement from a vocation that for almost twenty years had been his sole purpose…

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THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollock – A Review

BOOK | FICTION | LITERARY
THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME
DONALD RAY POLLOCK
AUDIOBOOK
RATING: β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜…β˜…

Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifiΒ­cial blood he pours on his β€œprayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial killΒ­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.

From the Book Description
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THE GOOD KILL – A Review by Joan Wiley

I would like to thank Joan Wiley firstly for requesting a copy of THE GOOD KILL during my summer giveaway, and then secondly for sharing an ever so eloquent and enthusiastic review of it with her website audience and elsewhere.

And, while we’re on the subject of Ms. Wiley, I would also like to congratulate her on the recent release of her debut horror anthology VILLAINOUS MINDS. Go check it out, my friends… after first checking out her review of my book, of course.

Right on?

Write on!

Joan Wiley

Hello Friends.

I was given the opportunity to read β€œThe Good Kill” written by author, Kurt Brindley. I don’t usually do book reviews on this blog, but due to Mr. Brindley generously giving me a copy to review on Amazon, I wanted to share my thoughts with any followers here on WordPress as well.

The book tells a fascinating tale, which follows the story of Killian Lebon, an ex- Navy Seal who dives head first into the dark and dirty underworld of kingpins, killers, drugs and sex trafficking.

This is a gritty read depicting a realistic and disturbing world. I would say this is not for those faint of heart, but then again…it would serve as an eye opener for the masses to realize the tragic truth of these terrible things occurring all over the world. More vigilance and awareness of the sex trafficking trade and drug cartel is needed.

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