I not only write, I read everything I can get my hands on. Some great, some not so great. Here you will find the books that I read and consider great. Each of these books got a 5-star review from me.
This is a really well-written and organized accounting of the events surrounding the serial killer known as the Zodiac. The author goes into a lot of detail, and has numerous texts and even photographs of both the victims and the Zodiac letters included. The recounting of the Zodiac events had me captivated throughout—especially given that this case remains unsolved. I found myself feeling like a detective working alongside those who actually investigated the crimes.
Mr. Cole has penned two more books on the Zodiac case, and I’m feeling fortunate to have purchased all three. If the second and third books are as good as the first, I’ll have to warn friends and family to simply stay away from me until I’m done reading!
This continuation of the author’s first book with the same lead title presents some intriguing analysis of the evidence surrounding the Zodiac killings. Probably the most intriguing discussion in the book for me was the segment on cryptography, given the unusual cryptograms delivered in messages the Zodiac sent to newspapers during the time he was active.
One can only speculate on the identity of the Zodiac killer, who has never been identified. But once again, as with the first of the author’s three-part series on this case, I find myself sleuthing along and coming to some conclusions of my own regarding the potential identity of the killer. As such, I’m looking forward to reading the next and final book in this three-volume set!
This book is both amusing and frightening. The true stories the author relates about those who have unwittingly said something to someone in law enforcement that subsequently was used to find them guilty of a crime they didn’t commit—in some cases, including the imposition of the death penalty—will stagger the mind. The twisted, convoluted, and totally nonsensical way that some of our laws are written, including federal laws carrying felony penalties, will have you both laughing at how ludicrous they are and crying when you realize, ludicrous or not, you could find yourself in jail for violating one. Even the seemingly innocuous Fifth Amendment plea can now be construed as an admission of guilt.
The author boils it down to two things: 1. Don’t talk to police; and 2. Say “I want a lawyer.” From what I’ve read here, this apparently will work for now, but who knows how long it will work in the future? Read this book and you’ll find out why I say that.
This was a really good, really engaging whodunit! The story takes twists and turns, and ends in a manner you just won’t expect—even after the last chapter is done. Six college friends having a reunion turns into a nightmare for just about all of them—except one, and it isn’t the one you expect! I really don’t want to say a lot about the plot; the book is so good you just have to read it for yourself. Take a bow, Claire! This one’s a real winner!
Author Joe Navarro does it again with an insightful book that examines the nonverbal cues the the inner workings of our minds – and the minds of others. This will be not only a beneficial book for those who might be conducting an interview, for instance, but also for those who care to observe themselves to determine how to better interact with others without saying a word.
I will have to say that I noticed with a slight bit of amusement that Mr. Navarro in one area talked about feet turned away from a person as being an indicator of wanting to leave, while in another (figs. 24 and 25) discussing a leg shown as a barrier and one not, the foot in fig. 25 is clearly pointed away from the person being talked to. Just what were you trying to say, Joe? I suspect, perhaps, “Let’s hurry up and get these photographs done!”
This one will be a keeper for my bookshelf.
This is a well-written insider account to the happenings in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deaths of 82 Branch Davidians, including their spiritual leader, David Koresh. I read it in the vein of, “There’s the official version, the opposing version, and the truth” – the latter often falling somewhere in the middle.
The important lesson I think this book has to offer is that in order to avoid tragedies such as happened at Waco, both sides need to understand the mindset of the other. Where those in law enforcement who were there may have believed that the Davidians were exhibiting obstinance by not simply surrendering, the Davidians, in turn, feared that they would be killed the minute they left the relative safety of their compound. This last turned out to be only slightly marred in the outcome.
Did the Davidians commit mass suicide, or did the FBI either deliberately or inadvertently set up the final calamity? Each must read this book for themselves and come to their own conclusion.
Most Powerful Police Novel Ever
This book held me in its grip. I found myself unable to put it down. A realistic window into police life, you will find yourself praying for the heroes and cursing the villains. Most importantly, you’ll find yourself understanding a bit more of what it means to be a cop. Well done, Frank!
A must read!
This intricately woven story of the interaction between a simple girl and a complex world sounds a heartbeat within those who search for the true meanings and the truly important things in life. Beautifully written, the story will grasp the reader and pull you into it, whether you want to be there or not, sharing the experiences and emotions of the characters. This is a must read. Bravo, Sonja!
This is a thoroughly enjoyable mystery/thriller.
When a young girl is left inside a suitcase on the steps of a federal building, her situation intrigues both local police in San Francisco and Abby Kane, an FBI Special Agent in the local Field Office. What I loved about this book is the realism: officers don’t go trampling all over the crime scenes, but wait for the CSIs to do their job; jurisdictional pushes and pulls have the inevitable effect of causing the case to bounce through the respective agencies, and all of it adds to the twists and turns of trying to determine just what’s going on with the mysterious 12-year-old who arrived in the suitcase. The ending contains a real surprise.
The book is well-written with just a few spots that need a new look by the editor but which won’t detract from the story. Characters are realistic, and the interactions believable. I would certainly not hesitate to read more of Hutchinson’s work. Well done!
This book is a very interesting portrayal of methods of interrogation that will help a person detect when someone is telling the truth versus when they’re telling a lie. CAUTION: You will find yourself using the techniques, and you might not like what you discover in the process!
Written mostly for law enforcement professionals and other professional interrogators (like the guy across the desk from you doing the job interview), it can be equally helpful to discovering answers to such questions as: Is my child using drugs? Is my daughter sexually active? Is my spouse cheating on me? Is that politician being truthful?
Like I said, you might not like the answers. But perhaps in at least the last case (is that politician being truthful), knowing how to deduce the answers can make a difference in not just your life, but the lives of others around you.
Twists and Turns You Will Love
I spent the entire time while reading this suspenseful psychological thriller trying to figure out whodunit and why. Just the thing I like! Well-written, superbly edited, with a plot that builds until you just have to keep reading. Should I complain that this one kept me up last my bedtime? I think not!
The events that occurred at Ruby Ridge in the fall of 1992, like ripples in a pond into which a stone has been thrown, moved on to affect events at Waco, Oklahoma City, the Bundy ranch, and others. This is well known; what is less well known is the cause behind this match that lit the fire. One must study the events for oneself and make up your own mind. This book is one that can help you accomplish the goal of determining the truth.
What struck me most while reading this well-written and documented book was the nearly complete failure of both sides – both the Weavers and law enforcement – to understand the mindset of the other: on one side, the Weavers’ desire to live apart from others and be free in their beliefs; on the other, law enforcement’s desire to enforce the rule of law. What started out as failure to communicate quickly spiraled into a clash between religious zeal and official excess.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to further understand what occurred at Ruby Ridge and how it subsequently has affected other events which occurred in its wake.
This one is hard to put down
I found both the interweaving of the plots and timelines particularly captivating, a technique that steeped the story in intrigue and then gradually peeled away the woven layers until the truth was revealed. If you like a good mystery/crime story that looks not just at the investigative aspects but also into the souls of the characters, this one is sure to please. Well done, Ms. Katchur!
I found this a well-written and very engaging book! Plenty of twists and turns to entertain the avid mystery reader, this one will keep you guessing, trying to figure out who done it. Be prepared: once you cross the 50% mark, you just might want to stay up a few more hours to get to the end. A hint, but not a spoiler: the story swirls around the various loves and realities in a young man’s life: the love for a friend, the love for a family not his own, the love for his own, and a love for the truth he can’t leave hidden—neither his truth nor the truth surrounding the death of his best friend’s mother.
Get this book, hold onto your hat, and don’t look back until you’re done. You’ll be glad you did!
As an author, I found this a nice little book on how to achieve better marketing success for my books. I also love that the author has included the ability to download the book in PDF format so I can go through it in more in-depth fashion as I try out his recommendations. He even writes in my genre, so I might just check out his novels as well! Nice job, Nick!
This historical novel, set in war-torn Germany, starts gently. At first, you might believe it won’t have the power to captivate you and draw you to its ending – but trust me: it will. I found myself gripped by questions: will love blossom between the two main characters? Will Anton escape the wrath of the Nazis? Will the children of the town be forced to march to Hitler’s tune rather than Anton’s? Will the ending be one of happiness, or one of intense sorrow?
This book will not fail you. Read it!
This book is a frank exposé of how Washington’s inner circle, and especially the White House, REALLY works. It appears that if you are analytical and a pragmatist, rather than an ideologue and “team player” (you can translate that to “adherent to the message”), you have little chance of survival in our government. Written from the perspective of Paul O’Neill, Bush 43’s Secretary of the Treasury for the first two years of Bush’s administration, it gives frank insight into the workings of our nation’s highest level of government that has striking parallels to what is occurring today. I highly recommend this book!
This is both an informative and sometimes humorous exposé of how our electrical grid works. Written in laymen’s terms, it will give you a much greater insight into the intricacies of just what happens when you flip the switch than you’re likely aware of at this point in time. From understanding what happens normally when that switch is flipped to what causes the lights to go out (did you pay your bill?), what the grid controller might see, and what the lineman might need to do to get the lights back on, you’ll take the electricity you use much less for granted. Instead, you’ll gain an appreciation of just what it takes for the lights to go on in the first place.
This is a very well done book that portrays the realities of police work, from an officer’s first encounter with the academy to officers’ thoughts on TV portrayals of their job. The main take-away: It isn’t TV out on the streets.
As an author writing crime/suspense fiction, I try to bring realism to my stories. This book will be a valuable tool toward that end, and I was pleased for the sake of those in law enforcement that I try to portray to see that my emphasis on the lives and interactions of my crime-fighting crew is better placed than would be a constant stream of unrealistic encounters with the public.
For anyone wanting to turn off the TV and get real, I highly recommend this book. Well done, Officer Lofland. And thank you for adding just a bit more paperwork to your career in law enforcement through the penning of this book.
Everyone should read this book. EVERYONE. Enough said!
A Delightfully Hilarious Tale
There haven’t been many books lately that have compelled me to read them in just a few hours. This one stands out to this author of crime novels as a futuristic example of how some things may never change. From the hapless new – and human – recruit to her robotic sidekicks, this one will keep you either holding your sides or spitting your coffee as you fail to restrain your laughter. I heartily recommend this book!
This telling first-hand account of the events that occurred during Operation Wide Receiver is a must-read for anyone seeking the truth behind both Operation Wide Receiver and Operation Fast and Furious. Read Mr. Detty’s account and judge for yourself what truth it holds.
I purchased this book in order to gain some insights into marketing strategies that might help me boost the sales of my own books. Although not every strategy given in the book would be applicable, there are many valuable insights into things that I can try to achieve my goal of being a more recognized author.
Well-written and edited, as well as being systematically presented, this book contains information that anyone trying to build a business (and self-publishing is a business) can use to get their brand recognized, all without spending a ton of cash. This one will be a “keeper” for my reference collection. I’m looking forward to additional editions that will keep this information up-to-date and relevant.
This is, obviously, a cookbook. The introduction to the topic is well done and written in an interesting way, giving the author’s background into how he came to write the book. Being a lover of things homemade, I’m drawn to trying out each of the recipes – if I can find a local source of veal (a requirement for some of them).
I’ve fermented to make kimchi and sauerkraut before, so I was interested to see what else might be able to be fermented. This book contains recipes for pickles to sauerkraut, and frankly I can’t wait to try them all!
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This is a book I first purchased as something to entertain kids whose parents were visiting me to discuss flight training while I had a flight school. I’d not read it before, but was really surprised by the contents of this book. Aimed at middle school children, it examines by experiments that they can easily put together with everyday household items how air influences objects and the basic properties of air.
This would be a great sourcebook for science teachers instructing middle school students, or for the parent homeschooling a middle school-aged child. Each concept is illustrated with things the student can make and then experiment with, as well as an explanation of why it works. This might also give some great idea for a middle school science fair project.
This is one of a collection of books I got for prospective flight students to entertain their children with while waiting to discuss flight training. It’s geared for the grade school student level, and has nice illustrations and easily understandable text—the sort of thing young children will find entertaining.
This would be a great little book for anyone homeschooling their children. A nice introduction to the world of flight.
I found this an interesting and well-written view into the mind of Timothy McVeigh. Although McVeigh’s act of terrorism holds no sympathy from me, the fact that he was a human being driven by events in his life that may have sculpted him into the terrorist he became is evident in the exposition of his life in this book. Reading this, it’s still unfathomable to conceive how one person can face adversities and come out of it committed to living a life untainted by criminal acts and another can emerge as someone willing to kill 168 men, women, and children – none of whom have done them any personal wrong. It will make the reader question how they, themselves, arrived at the human being that they are.
A good book detailing holistic methods for fighting inflammatory processes, with lots of recipes to make the going easy. Recommended for anyone looking to improve their health.
This is an excellent book for the person interested in a greater understanding of the factors that enter into making an accurate determination of a firing solution for long-range shooting. About the only detraction is that the enclosed ballistics program doesn’t run on a Mac, but fortunately they also have an app. I noticed a few typos/grammar errors that appear to be items overlooked during editing, but overall a well-written and nicely-arranged book on the topic of applied ballistics.
This is a really good book that will help you understand the complexities of how information is gathered and shared on the Internet as well as presents tools to help you regain your privacy while using the Internet. Even if you choose not to use the tools presented, the awareness of how your information is being gathered and disseminated will be an eye-opener. About the only omission I can see that the author didn’t address is the use of a Faraday bag to block the signal from your cellphone so you can’t be tracked via it. A must read for anyone concerned about their privacy in the digital age.
This is a well-written story that portions of which, in this time of Covid-19, will leave you wondering if the author possesses some unusual foresight. Well-researched and with enough believability for this reader with a background in biochemistry and molecular biology to thoroughly enjoy, I will heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves a good technothriller.
This was a really good book about an accidental creation of a self-aware AI. Lots of interesting twists, with corporate motivations to self-preservation entering as themes. Is artificial intelligence good or bad? The book makes points for both. Will the end result be the destruction of mankind or the enhancement of mankind? The story will leave you wondering.
Time for Book 2!
This is a basic grammar text, which I picked up largely as a review of fundamentals. It turned out to be a bit below the level of grammar I could most benefit from, but I still found it an interesting text. As someone who lives in a community bordering Mexico where many people learn American English as a second language, I think this would be an excellent text for teaching fundamental American English. Knowing very little Spanish, perhaps I should look for the analogous text for an English-speaking person to self-study Mexican Spanish.
Each brief lesson is accompanied by a page of exercises, with the lesson page facing the exercise page and answers for the exercises given in a section at the back. The book also has additional exercises with answers and a brief overview of some irregular verbs. With some basic vocabulary, studying this book can give the beginning American English learner enough information and practice to communicate effectively in American English.
I seldom find a book that is so intriguing that I can’t put it down. This is one of the rare few. I found myself sucked into one after another conclusion about what the truth would be when revealed, only to them question and dismiss my analysis. The end will surprise even the most adept readers of suspense novels. Five stars well earned!
What a great book for a writer like me who writes crime/suspense! Mr. Symon gives a breakdown of the most important things regarding blood at the crime scene that a writer might want to know so someone like him with a background in the topic doesn’t think he’s reading a comedy. I was heartened to see that I’ve been getting it right as well. For instance, in one of my books, one of the investigators is asked why he didn’t check for a pulse on the victim. He replies, “Didn’t have to. Dead men don’t bleed, and he’s no longer bleeding.” And for the writers who have erroneously declared that the victim bled out “gallons” of blood? Better rewrite that to say, “It looks like this guy bled out gallons of blood.” A little blood might get smeared around and look like a lot, but Mr. Symon points out that seldom, if ever, will a victim bleed out their entire 1.5 gallons of blood (max!) that they possess.
This is a must read for anyone writing about blood spatter at a crime scene, and a great read for anyone just wanting to understand the topic a bit. It’s even written in a bloody humorous way at times! I found myself chuckling when he talked of a spouse spilling red fruit punch on the floor potentially getting skinned alive by his/her mate, and then contemplated what sort of blood evidence might be found at the scene of the skinning. Well done, Geoff!
This is an insider’s view of what it’s like to serve among others on the largest police force in the nation. Given the size, it’s not surprising that New York City has its share of problems within its own ranks, but the recollections of how those problems have historically been addressed will likely surprise those not already familiar with the inner workings of law enforcement agencies. Charles Campisi recalls the efforts to address problems in the NYC police ranks in a down-to-earth, frank way that will enlighten the unenlightened. A must-read for anyone wanting a more rounded view of how corruption in police departments is addressed.
This is a book whose title says what the author wants it to say, but I highly suspect that when I try the recipes within it, I’ll find that it’s a bit more than a cancer-fighting recipe book in the sense conveyed by the title. The recipes are touted to help those who are undergoing cancer treatment. As a fairly accomplished cook, however, the ingredient lists tell me that these are wholesome dishes that anyone will enjoy. And who knows? They might be as effective at preventing cancer as they are at assisting those who have it.
I will point out to the authors that there is one serious proofreading flaw in the book: the last four lines on p. 28 are repeated at the top of p. 29. Otherwise, it’s a well-written and produced book, lush with color photographs of many of the dishes. I can’t wait to try some of these!
Yes, the pun was intended. This short book of rather intriguing jam recipes has me wanting to try every one. Not your usual apple jelly or grape jam group of recipes, to be sure! The only question is: which one should I try first? I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something different to can and keep in your pantry… If it makes it there. You might be tempted to just eat it right away.
This is a lengthy and comprehensive overview of the major issues confronting the Supreme Court, complete with case examples and excerpts from the findings of the Court. I wouldn’t recommend this book for someone completely unversed in law. but for those wanting to gain a more complete understanding of how our Supreme Court works, this is an excellent text.
This is a handy little book for a writer of crime fiction like myself. It details in simple terms the basics of crime scene investigation, and gives advice to authors of crime fiction on how to make their work believable without cutting out making it enjoyable.
I particularly liked the discussions of the JonBenét Ramsey and OJ Simpson cases. It reminded me very much of my undergraduate biochemistry studies and one of the course textbooks: Biochemsitry: A Case-Oriented Approach . How about it, Mr. Symon? Will we see a Forensics: A Case-Oriented Approach in the future?
This is an excellent book for anyone wanting to answer the question, “Will this person in my life, who I have so many reservations about, actually hurt me?” Giving examples, descriptive words, and checklists for determining if that person really is a threat and providing resources when you decide the person actually is and you must take action for your own good, this is an absolute must-read. Even if you feel you’re surrounded by friends, it can be the key to discovering that perhaps you’re not, or perhaps a loved one isn’t. I have only this to say for this book in addition: find it, buy it, READ IT!
This is a well-written and concise accounting of the programs the U.S. government has held (and in some cases, still holds) close to its breast. Starting with historical information on how the government developed its secret programs, it then progresses to a discussion of current affairs and projected potential that might be realized from projects either already underway or envisioned.
Another concept addressed is the effect that government secret-keeping has on perception of government actions and the potential distrust of the government that the revelations of secrets can generate.
For those wishing a comprehensive overview of the Games Governments Play, this is a must-read.
This is an interesting and well-written account from a Washington insider about the political “tricks of the trade” in the current United States. Almost frightening in its import, the reader will find him/herself wondering just what the heck is going on, who is profiting from it, and who is manipulating it. Contained within is the kind of information that will either make a person hide their head in denial or determine to be more involved in the political process and choice of leadership for this country. A must-read for anyone who may be looking the other way when they see our leadership taking a wrong turn.
The subtitle to this book is An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style. Whether utterly correct could be debated given the fluid nature of English and especially American English. But utterly wonderful it certainly is! What a relief from the stuffy texts typically encountered when wanting to refine one’s writing. Mr. Dreyer injects a degree of humor that will not only delight, but make what he has to say memorable—probably a good thing should your manuscript end up on his desk.
This one’s a keeper. It will reside on my reference shelf, among the stuffier books of my collection on grammar and style.
While I may not find myself requiring all of the methods outlined in this book, I consider it “must” reading for everyone for a reason not put forward by the author. The reason is to gain an awareness of just how intrusive many companies have become in our lives—especially our digital ones, and how that can be exploited to a person’s detriment.
From the websites that track you to the banks and utility companies that share/sell your information, it’s unbelievable how exposed we are. Utilizing some of the techniques outlined by Mr. Bazzell in his book can at least cut down on some of it, which can only be a good thing.
There are a few editing problems that wouldn’t serious detract the average reader, and I likely only noticed them because I’m an editor. The devil is in the details.
I did have to chuckle a bit at one statement in the book, where he writes about a client being victimized by a former lover and her wish that he thought she was dead. Mr. Bazzell writes, “I cautiously discussed the possibility, which she immediately demanded to be executed.” Executed, Mr. Bazzell? Perhaps a poor choice of a word in this particular case.
This is a well-organized and written treatise on the development of wide-area motion imagery (WAMI), how it has been used, how it may be developed further and used in the future, and the potential civil rights pitfalls of its use in the civilian environment. A technology I wager most have never heard of, reading this book will not only make the readers aware, but also elicit a lot of thought about just how this technology might affect their lives. The author has apparently taken great pains to get as much “up close and personal” information as he can, in spite of the secrecy that surrounds much of the development and deployment of WAMI. I found the information both exciting in the potential for good to come from this technology, and unnerving in the potential for abuse of it.
Beware. Once you’ve read this book, you may find yourself constantly looking over your shoulder and into the sky while wondering, “Who’s watching me now?”
This is a definite read for anyone wanting to know a bit more about the FBI and how it is often portrayed incorrectly by the media. Written by a former FBI Special Agent, it gives a lot of insights into just what it means to be a Special Agent.
I will probably continue to chuckle over Jerri’s rating scale for various movies and television shows that center on the FBI. She remarks early in the book that sometimes the egregious errors seen in different programs makes her want to throw a shoe at the screen. The reader thus finds her scale to be: I kept on my shoes with laces tightly tied, I kept on my shoes but loosened the laces just in case, and my favorite rating: has anyone seen my shoe?
I must admit, I found it somewhat reassuring as a suspense author to note that her rating of Criminal Minds matched mine exactly. I, too, am looking for my shoe.
I also roared when she recalls an interview with Debra LaPrevotte about watching fictional agents entering a darkened crime scene with a flashlight—this after the crime scene is no longer “active” as it were. The perpetrator is gone, you’re just looking for evidence, but you don’t turn on the light? Special Agent Williams, you must have heard me screaming the phrase “Why don’t you just turn on the light?” all the way from my home in El Paso, TX to yours in PA.
All I can say is “very well done!” I loved it, beginning to end.
This revealing book about the inside workings of the Trump White House is a must read for anyone who will enter the voting booth in November of 2020. Woodward uses his skills as an investigative reporter to reveal the inner happenings from Trump’s election to the Mueller investigation from the viewpoints of those who worked with and stood next to this President. As we continue to observe the saga that is the Trump Administration, this book stands as the revelation of what has been, what is happening now, and what may be yet to come. A must read.
This moving novel about war in Afghanistan from the viewpoint of Danish soldiers will have the readers so immersed that they will start to identify with each, clamoring for some to triumph and others to be vanquished. As the story progresses and the lines between good and evil start to blur, one gets the sense of what it must be like to stand in a soldier’s boots.
I can only say one thing: Wow. Simply wow. This is by far the most powerful book I’ve read in a long time.
This is the kind of suspense/thriller that will keep you riveted until past midnight, unable to put it down. Small town cop Susan and geology professor Eric find themselves entwined in a case of murder and intrigue that at first you think will come to an obvious conclusion. It then twists and twists again – all spurred on by the appearances of Lenny. Who is Lenny? READ THE BOOK – YOU WON’T BE SORRY!
A good read on a topic I’m well-versed in, this book describes both the history of biowarfare activity – both military and terrorist – and the difficulty of defining just what constitutes “activity” beyond an actual attack. It boggles the mind to consider that, given the same research that can arrive at a defense against a biological attack can also lead to the development of novel biological agents, no concerted effort to either inform and educate the public nor to put in place viable systems to protect the citizenry are in place. A must read for those wishing to inform themselves on the nature of “the poor man’s atom bomb.”
This book is captivating and delightful. Artfully written in first person narrative that doesn’t become tedious and sprinkled with humor, it will keep you scrolling for more as the tarot cards pull both the main character and you along for a delightful ride. As an author and editor, I found it superb in both respects, noting only a few minor editing errors that are easily overlooked in the quest to sink into the story. Good job, Jenn! I heartily recommend this book!
This crime mystery is a real page-turner. Well-written and edited, so no distractions from a truly great story about a reporter working her newspaper’s crime beat (Tess), an FBI agent in town visiting his mother and officially on R&R who becomes involved in the town’s cases of missing and murdered girls (Michael), and the mystery of just who was involved in each case and why. The guilty party is revealed part-way through the book, but the reader is still left wanting to scream at the pages to these two main characters: “HE DID IT! HE DID IT! GET HIM BEFORE HE KILLS SOMEONE ELSE!!!”
This is definitely a worthy read for anyone who loves a great whodunit with a definite plot twist … or two … or three! Bravo, Ms. Lund! You have a winner!
This is a great book for the student pilot wishing to learn helicopter flying. Well-organized, it goes through each of the expected flight maneuvers from doing the initial ground inspection of the aircraft to advanced maneuvers and emergencies. Each maneuver is explained, along with a step-by-step guide to performing the maneuver. Concentrating on the Robinson R22 (the most popular training helicopter), it even gives recommended power and control settings, along with expected behavior of the R22 as the maneuvers are performed. Airman Certification Standards for both Private and Commercial FAA certification are given, along with common errors that can lead to unsuccessful completion of each maneuver. Edges of pages in each section are color-coded, making locating maneuvers descriptions easy. There’s even a checklist in the back of the book where students and instructors can mark off successful mastery of each maneuver! For the aspiring helicopter pilot, this book is a must have.
Yet another book from my collection of aviation-related books for youth, this book on helicopter fundamental design and flight would be a good introduction to the topic for upper middle school to lower high school grades. I had to smile a bit while reading this book; as both an author and an airplane pilot, my most recently-finished book had to delve into helicopter flight—something I’ve never done—in order to write about one of the characters learning how to fly one. As I read the explanation of the workings of the swash plate in this book, as well as examined the very nice diagram of one, it impressed me that this book does a better job of explaining how the swash plate translates pilot control inputs into changes in the rotor blades than does the FAA Helicopter Flying Manual! Very good illustrations and photographs will hold the interest of young people interested in helicopter flight.
This exceptional view into the relationship between the Justice Department and presidential administrations, ending with the Trump Administration, gives a telling view into the ideals and realities faced by those in Justice when dealing with those in the Executive branch. The emphasis on the necessity of keeping the three branches of government – judicial, legislative, and executive, and in this case specifically the judicial and administrative branches – separate so as to maintain integrity in their actions is evident throughout. A well-written and edited manuscript, the points made by the author are relevant and succinctly related. This book is a must-read for anyone intending to enter the voting booth in 2020. And to the author: Thank you, Sir, for your service, and for penning such a compelling book.
This is a nice little book that would be valuable to homeschoolers as an introduction to telescopes and astronomy. Filled with illustrations, the language is suitable for 6th grade and upwards.
This is an excellent book written for the person wanting to research just about any topic. Written by a librarian with 25 years of experience, it will teach you everything from how to get better results from a Google search to how to obtain information from government databases. It will both amaze and perhaps shock the reader with just how much information is out there, how much is accessible by the pubic, and how much may be very personal in nature. This is a must read for anyone doing research, from answers to simple questions to that bit of information needed to round out your thesis.
This book has a lot of useful information for the independent author on how to get their work recognized, and thus how to get those coveted sales! I believe it could be helpful to those marketing things other than books for the wealth of information it has on utilizing websites, blogs, email lists, podcasts, videos… you name it. This one will be a keeper for my reference shelf.
This book kept me captivated by the characters and the predicaments they find themselves in. The way the story is told, shifting from one character’s viewpoint to another, gives insights that pull you into their lives and almost make you feel their emotions. I usually will devote a fixed amount of time each day to a book I’m reading, but this one kept me glued to the page. If you’re looking for a book that will capture you and not let you go, this is the one.
I chose this book to read as part of research for a book I’m writing. The book has always impressed me as an oddity, because it talks of social ills as ostensibly (according to Theodore Kaczynski) being caused by industrialization. Yet, Mr. Kaczynski isn’t a sociologist, psychologist, or any similar expert—he’s a mathematician. Still, his views on the topic of the effect technological advances have on society are interesting, as much as I might disagree with his conclusions that the effect is entirely negative and am more inclined to lean in the other direction. And, of course, one cannot condone his methods for bringing these views before the public eye: the maiming and killing of people he saw as contributing to what he questionably relates is the eventual downfall of human society.
Still, this is an interesting look into the mind of a madman-genius (he has an IQ of 167) that perhaps should be read by more people, even if the man and his methods cannot be appreciated.
As usual, author John Douglas gives a gripping account of his interactions with the criminal mind in its most horrific manifestations, along with the analytical tools the criminal profiler uses to determine the character of the “UNSUB.” He summarizes the book with a discussion of crime and punishment that’s both insightful and at the same time will doubtless be disturbing to some. A must read for anyone wanting to further delve into the intricacies of the criminal mind.
This book is a MUST READ for anyone wanting to understand the legal system in the United States. It should be a required textbook for ALL high school students. Our often-misunderstood legal system is aptly and concisely described in this well-written and well-organized book. Mr. Feinman, you did a great job! I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE interested in the U.S. legal system.
This is a brief book on marketing books on Amazon. As Amazon’s marketing algorithm changes frequently, it will remain to be seen how helpful this is to me as an author publishing via Amazon, but it certainly gives good suggestions that I’m willing to try. Written concisely and well-organized.
After reading the FAA’s Helicopter Flying Handbook, I found this book on helicopter flying both more understandable and a much more interesting book to read. Mr. Padfield’s mix of information with diagrams, photos, and an occasional bit of humor help keep the pace. Instead of the usual trudge through a dry instructional text, the reader will be captivated while learning the ins and outs of how those of us, like myself, who already have fixed wing pilot’s certificates call variously “eggbeaters” and “polliwogs with oversized beanie cap spinners” that “beat the air into submission” actually manage to fly.
For the student interested in taking on flying things where the pilot sits on the wrong side of the aircraft, this book is a must. Read it first before delving further into helicopter flying – you won’t be disappointed.
This is a well-written, clear, and concise book describing the workings of our nation’s electrical grids. Written by an industry insider, the reader will come away with new insights into how electricity gets from generating plants to the home, how problems that arise in that process get solved, and even how the rare grid blackout occurs. I believe that anyone who reads this book will have greater patience and understanding when things do go wrong as well as understand some of the modern-day threats to this all-important infrastructure. Kudos, Mr. Thompson, for a book well done!
This is an excellent overview of the growing threat from lone individuals to engage in acts of terrorism, with numerous case examples and contributing theories derived by other individuals examining the lone wolf terrorist threat. I found many of the conclusions regarding lone wolf terrorists to be relevant to terrorism engaged in by groups as well. I read this book as part of research I am doing for a series of fiction books dealing with similar topics, and find this to be a valuable resource for understanding the actions and impact of lone wolf terrorists. It will be interesting to see if Simon’s prediction of a fifth wave of lone wolf terrorism is upon us. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the phenomenon of terrorism and lone wolf terrorism specifically.
This is a well-written book for the beginning long-range shooter with valuable information for any rifle shooter. I am a competitive shooter in the sport of lever-action metallic silhouette, and found lots of good information here, presented in a concise and sometimes humorous way – not the usual dry stuff you find in books of this nature. Even though my sport only requires shooting to 200 meters, the information here will likely help me to improve my shooting. This book is something rare for me: a keeper that will go on my shelf of books devoted to marksmanship and which I will recommend to my fellow teammates and competitors. It’s one any rifle enthusiast should own and read over and over.
This is a really well-done sci-fi with so much realism you have to wonder if it actually happened. Well-developed characters and a very believable plot conspire to let you let your dinner get very cold while you race to the conclusion. The interactions of the characters as they deal with both the logistics and the politics of a tri-national space race to claim an alien object on the moon are as believable as it can get. The well-researched technical aspects support the plot beautifully. MORE, MORE, MR. MERCER!
Once again, John Douglas delivers a compelling account of life as an FBI criminal profiler. In this account of not only the cases he profiled but the effect the work had on him, the reader will find stunning accounts of the most depraved who have walked among us. Unthinkable but real, one has to wonder how the men and women who do this work survive – or if they do survive psychologically intact. A must read for anyone wanting to look through a window into the criminal mind.
This is an interesting novella-length prequel to the author’s The Traveler series, and is emphatically not your usual “head into space and shoot ’em up” sci-fi. Instead, Danforth shows you some seemingly unconnected scenes, laid out in a timeline, that will keep you wondering about the connections between them until you reach the surprising end. Once you arrive at the final scene, all of the others suddenly click into place and make sense. In a fashion, it’s both science fiction and mystery that I truly enjoyed.
I read this book again in its newly-edited form. It has a nice interior look now and maintains this not-your-usual SciFi story, maintaining a short and intriguing novella that will leave you wondering: could this be the reality of the universe?
I once again state my bias, given I am both the editor and the interior designer of Lauren’s book. MiT has been newly edited and sports an amazing (if I can toot my own horn) new interior look that will hopefully not only captivate the reader’s eye but help keep the multiple story lines apparent. It’s Lauren’s story, sprung from his boundless imagination for a sci-fi that’s far from the usual. If you have the capability of reading the ebook version in color, I think you’ll be very pleased with its new look. Lauren has also redone his cover, giving it a fresh new look as well that played well with those we presented it to prior to this new release. We both hope you will thoroughly enjoy this amazing new release of Moment in Time.
I found this a nice, little, concise book. Written entertainingly, it delves into the mystery of how to engage people via mailing lists, with my purpose to increase my visibility as an author.
Not having yet set up a mailing list (phew! I would have made some big mistakes!), I found the information on what to include and what to avoid in terms of mailing list content enlightening. I’m glad I read this book first before attempting to put together my own mailing list.
I think that some of the suggestions will work well for other areas, too. Blog posts, website content, and social media interaction are all areas where I think suggestions in this book can lead to better interaction with my fans.
This one’s a keeper. It will stay on my bookshelf and be consulted whenever I’m in doubt about which way to turn and what to say to attract fans and keep them engaged.
This is a really engaging book (she says, noting that it’s past 11 PM and the intention was to get to bed by 10) that’s not your usual sociopath-as-killer story. It takes a while to figure out exactly what’s going on, but that makes the story a true reflection of life. I would label this a psychological thriller/suspense, written as a tale that just might be true for someone out there. I really enjoyed the style of writing. This is a good one!
What a treat! It’s not often you find a crime novel that is not only full of suspense, twists, and turns but is also procedurally correct. This book is so well-written that you will swear it’s a true story. When a young boy goes missing, it isn’t long before foul play is suspected – especially given the pools of blood found on the floor. But when the blood turns out to be not quite what it seems, the twists begin. You will find yourself drawn into this story, racing toward the end to find out just what happens. WARNING: Don’t start this book late in the evening unless you’re willing to stay up all night finishing it – it’s that good!