All the major bookstores have highlighted some military titles in honor of Veteran’s Day (and I’ll have more in the Bargain Roundup later today). William Craig’a The Fall of Japan is a “thrilling account of the final weeks of World War II in the Pacific”, told from both Japanese and American perspectives. I already have the Kindle edition of Audible’s Daily Deal, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, but may pick up the Audible edition too, after listening to the sample this morning.
On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.
This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. But it is also, more than anything, the story of his teammates, who fought ferociously beside him until he was the last one left-blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe, who risked everything to protect him from the encircling Taliban killers.
A six-foot-five-inch Texan, Leading Petty Officer Luttrell takes us, blow-by-blow, through the brutal training of America’s warrior elite and the relentless rites of passage required by the Navy SEALs. He transports us to a monstrous battle fought in the desolate peaks of Afghanistan, where the beleaguered American team plummeted headlong a thousand feet down a mountain as they fought back through flying shale and rocks. In this rich , moving chronicle of courage, honor, and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare-and a tribute to his teammates, who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
There is nothing that terrorized Russian and Chinese-backed guerillas fighting Rhodesia’s bush war in the 1970s more than the famed Selous Scouts. The very name of the unit struck fear into the very heart and soul of even the most battle-hardened guerillas. Too afraid to even whisper the name amongst themselves, they referred to soldiers of the unit simply as Skuzapu, or pickpockets. It was not for nothing that history has recorded the Selous Scouts Regiment as being one of the deadliest and most effective killing machines in modern counter-insurgency warfare.
The Selous Scouts comprised specially selected black and white soldiers of the Rhodesian army, supplemented with the inclusion of hardcore terrorists captured on the battlefield. Dressed and equipped as communist guerrillas and with faces and arms blackened, members of this elite Special Forces unit would slip silently into the shadows of the night to seek and destroy real terrorist gangs. It became a deadly game of hide-and-seek played out between gangs and counter-gangs in the harsh and unforgiving landscape of the African bush. So successful were the Selous Scouts at being able to locate and destroy terrorist in their lairs that by the mid-1970s, they had begun to dominate Rhodesia’s battle space. Working in close conjunction with the elite airborne assault troops of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, the Selous Scouts accounted for an extraordinary high proportion of terrorist killed in Rhodesia’s bush war. Not content with restricting themselves to hunting guerrillas inside Rhodesia, the Selous Scouts began conducting external vehicle-borne assaults against terrorist camps situated deep inside neighboring countries with devastating loss to the terrorists.
Survival in this cauldron of battle was never guaranteed. In this special ‘deluxe’ edition of author Tim Bax’s hugely acclaimed Three Sips of Gin, we follow Tim on his missions into the silence of the shadows. As his story unfolds, we begin to understand how he managed to survive and it is here you will find the significance of ‘three sips of gin’ revealed. Readers of the earlier edition of the book will not want to miss reading this ‘deluxe’ edition, which, for the first time, is illustrated with dozens of photographs of every facet of Tim’s amazing journey, including stark, never before seen images of the war.
Three Sips of Gin is not just a book about war. It is a remarkable book about a remarkable man’s life journey. Tim tells his story with the wit, candor and self-deprecating humor for which he has become so well known. His amazing journey is one, which few could ever have experienced.
On 23 November 1977, an armada of helicopters and airplanes took off from Rhodesian airbases and crossed the border into Mozambique. Their objective: to attack the headquarters of the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, where thousands of enemy forces were concentrated. Codenamed Operation Dingo, the raid was planned to coincide with a meeting of Robert Mugabe and his war council at the targeted HQ. It would be the biggest conflict of the Rhodesian Bush War. In this fascinating account, Ian Pringle describes the political and military backdrop leading up to the operation, and he tells the story of the battle through the eyes of key personalities who planned, led and participated in it. Using his own experience as a jet and helicopter pilot and skydiver, he recreates the battle in detail, explaining the performance of men and machines in the unfolding drama of events. DINGO FIRESTORM is a fresh, gripping recreation of a major battle in southern African military history.
Book Description From the time Dana Liesegang could walk, she was out looking for adventure, and she never stopped. As a fearless child in the Pacific Northwest, she climbed trees, caught frogs, and held her own with any boy in town. She brought that true-grit, fire-in-her-belly attitude to the Navy . . . and to her recovery from the unthinkable. At the age of 19, she was sexually assaulted by a fellow sailor and thrown off a cliff, left for dead. She survived—but woke up in a hospital hours later paralyzed from the neck down, with doctors giving no hope for recovery.
They underestimated the spirit and stubbornness of their patient.
In Falling Up: My Wild Ride from Victim to Kick-Ass Victory, Dana recounts her agonizing and sometimes comical struggle from total dependence to doing the “impossible”: walking again. With equal parts humor and rawness, she brings us along on her wild ride, as she navigates her new world, hurtles through rocky relationships, deals with family secrets, and returns to her love of sports and the outdoors. In the process, she learns the importance of forgiveness, discovers the awe-inspiring power of belief and perseverance, and transforms herself from silent victim to outspoken advocate and inspiration for people everywhere.
After all, sometimes an unexpected fall can lead a person to reach for magnificent heights.
About the Authors Dana Liesegang is a certified life coach and expert in spinal cord injury recovery. When she’s not traveling the world as a motivational speaker, she’s taking university classes and hanging out with friends and the love of her life, Jack (a yellow lab), in a quaint little town in Colorado. She enjoys every minute of the life she has created in the now. Website: www.danaliesegangbook.com
Natasha Stoynoff is a New York Times best-selling author with a dozen books to her credit. She lives in New York City, where she writes books and screenplays, interviews the occasional celebrity, and eats too much chocolate.
Book Description As the Allied forces fight to repel invaders in the Pacific, the Duffy and Macintosh clans face their greatest challenges at home.
Sergeant Jessica Duffy relishes her work as a code breaker in MacArthur’s headquarters but is also secretly reporting on the Americans to the Prime Minister. When she uncovers treason at the highest levels, neither duty nor dishonour will stop her getting justice.
Captain James Duffy, a decorated fighter pilot with the United States Marine Corps, is expected to wait out the war assisting the bond effort, helping to make movies that gloss over the tragic realities of combat. Despite his scars, he is desperate to return to the cockpit…until a chance meeting gives him something new to fight for.
Major David Macintosh has survived prison camps, torture and countless battles, but can he endure the machinations of his obsessive cousin, Sarah? Sarah is prepared to do anything to take over the family companies, and will destroy anyone who gets in her way.
From the frontlines of the Pacific to the back lots of Hollywood, a new generation faces deadly missions, impossible choices and an inescapable family legacy.
About the Author Peter Watt has been a soldier, prawn trawler deckhand, labourer, policeman and private investigator. He has lived and worked with Aborigines, Islanders, Vietnamese and Papua New Guineans. He also speaks, reads and writes Vietnamese and Pidgin. His main interests in life are good friends, fine food, fishing and the vast open spaces of outback Queensland.
Book Description When a retired colleague dies of an apparent suicide, ex–Secret Service agent Joe Reeder knows there must be far more to the story. Why did the man leave a desperate message for Reeder moments before dying? And what could possibly make such a seasoned veteran fear for his life?
FBI Special Agent Patti Rogers has a mystery of her own to solve: she’s leading a task force investigating a brutal series of similar but seemingly unconnected murders across the DC area. Are they serial killings or something even more sinister?
Could Reeder and Rogers be tracking down different facets of the same conspiracy? And how do the continued assassination attempts on a presidential hopeful figure into an unprecedented attack on the heart of government?
The answers to these questions are uncovered in this riveting sequel to the bestselling Supreme Justice.
About the Author Max Allan Collins has earned a record twenty-one Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award nominations, winning for his Nathan Heller novels True Detective and Stolen Away, and has received the PWA lifetime achievement award, the Eye. His graphic novel, Road to Perdition, the basis for the Academy Award–winning film starring Tom Hanks, was followed by Road to Purgatory and Road to Paradise. His suspense series include Nolan, Mallory, Jack and Maggie Starr, and Eliot Ness, and his comics credits include the syndicated Dick Tracy strip and his own Ms. Tree series. His innovative novels about hit man Quarry are now the basis for a Cinemax TV series. He has written and directed four feature films and two documentaries, and his produced screenplays include The Expert and The Last Lullaby. His coffee-table book, The History of Mystery, received nominations for every major mystery award, while Men’s Adventure Magazines won the Anthony. Collins lives in Muscatine, Iowa, with his wife, writer Barbara Collins. They have collaborated on seven novels and are currently writing the Trash ’n’ Treasures mysteries.
Hell’s Half-Acre ($7.99 Kindle), by Nicholas Nicastro [Witness Impulse / HarperCollins]
Book Description Welcome to the bloody end of bleeding Kansas…
Based on true events, this unforgettable novel tells the story of the Bloody Benders, a family of grifters and thieves running an isolated feed store on the Kansas plains, boarding travelers along the Great Osage Trail.
Beautiful Kate Bender was mysterious and well-versed in the dark arts; Ma and Pa were quiet and foreboding, speaking in guttural tones; and young John Bender was thought to be insane. On land soaked with the blood of conflict, the Benders made their home. And one by one, prairie travelers began to disappear…
Rooted in history, this is a vivid tale of the Benders’ origins, and how they became some of the most horrific figures in early post-Civil War America. This gruesome Western thriller is perfect for lovers of Sweeney Todd, and fans of John Harwood and Sarah Raynes.
About the Author Nicholas Nicastro was born in Astoria, New York in 1963. Since that time his primary preoccupation has been in accumulating capital letters behind his given name, including a B.A. in English from Cornell University (1985), an M.F.A. in filmmaking from New York University (1991), an M.A. in archaeology and a Ph.D in psychology from Cornell (1996 and 2003). He has also worked as a film critic, a hospital orderly, a newspaper reporter, a library archivist, a college lecturer in anthropology and psychology, an animal behaviorist, and an advertising salesman. His writings include short fiction, travel and science articles in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Observer, Film Comment, and The International Herald Tribune. His most rewarding occupation, however, has been as husband to Maryanne Newton, whom he married in 1995. Their daughter, Nell Lindsay Nicastro, was born in March, 2002.
Book Description Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia’s great rivers that reveals the region’s essential history and culture. The world’s ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to examine the societies at Europe’s only borderland with east Asia. He follows a journey from the river’s top to bottom, and weaves the history, ecology and peoples to show a region obsessed with the past—and to show how this region holds a key to the complex and critical relationship between Russia and China today.
One of Asia’s mightiest rivers, the Amur is also the most elusive. The terrain it crosses is legendarily difficult to traverse. Near the river’s source, Ziegler travels on horseback from the Mongolian steppe into the taiga, and later he is forced by the river’s impassability to take the Trans-Siberian Railway through the four-hundred-mile valley of water meadows inland. As he voyages deeper into the Amur wilderness, Ziegler also journeys into the history of the peoples and cultures the river’s path has transformed.
The known history of the river begins with Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongolian empire a millennium ago, and the story of the region has been one of aggression and conquest ever since. The modern history of the river is the story of Russia’s push across the Eurasian landmass to China. For China, the Amur is a symbol of national humiliation and Western imperial land seizure; to Russia it is a symbol of national regeneration, its New World dreams and eastern prospects. The quest to take the Amur was to be Russia’s route to greatness, replacing an oppressive European identity with a vibrant one that faced the Pacific. Russia launched a grab in 1854 and took from China a chunk of territory equal in size nearly to France and Germany combined. Later, the region was the site for atrocities meted out on the Russian far east in the twentieth century during the Russian civil war and under Stalin.
The long shared history on the Amur has conditioned the way China and Russia behave toward each other—and toward the outside world. To understand Putin’s imperial dreams, we must comprehend Russia’s relationship to its far east and how it still shapes the Russian mind. Not only is the Amur a key to Putinism, its history is also embedded in an ongoing clash of empires with the West.
About the Author Dominic Ziegler is the Economist’s Asia editor. He was the founding author of Banyan, the Economist’s weekly column on Asian affairs. He has previously served as the magazine’s Tokyo bureau chief and as its China correspondent.
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After All These Years ($4.99 Kindle), the first novel in the Hometown Memories series by Kathleen Gilles Seidel, is free from Barnes & Noble, Google, iTunes and Kobo, courtesy of publisher ePublishing Works!.
Book Description Curry James knows how to cope with being left alone.
Still living in the same white farmhouse where she grew up, Curry watched those closest to her leave—her parents by tragic death, her husband to war, and her best friend, Tom, who walked away because he couldn’t deal with being left alive.
Then one day, without warning, Tom returns. Curry appears as down-to-earth as she ever was, but her survival has come at a cost and now it’s up to Tom to help Curry re-open her heart to life’s joy.
AWARDS: RITA winner, Best Single Title Contemporary Maggie Award of Excellence, Best Mainstream Romance Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance
Everybody goes through the ups and downs of motivation. Luckily, YouTube is chock-full of motivational personalities – from the intensely intimidating to the downright hilarious – guaranteed to get your drive back on track, and full-steam ahead. Here are some of our favorites.
No. 8: Kai Greene
His physical presence notwithstanding, The Predator is also a bit of a philosopher when it comes to lifting. Specifically, he preaches the “mind-muscle connection”, which he claims is the number one factor in successful training. In practicing this technique, your mind and muscles synch up to stimulate one another, which can positively affect your body during posing. If your game has hit a plateau, hearing Greene’s words might be just the spot you’re looking for to hit the next level.
No. 7: Andreia Brazier
She’s more ripped than Hulk Hogan’s t-shirts, and she preaches an “eat clean, train dirty” philosophy featuring high protein and a regimented carb structure leading up to competition. The 2013 WBFF World Champion’s YouTube motivational videos look more like a superhero montage, and her no-nonsense approach to training will definitely spark you.
No. 6: Kali Muscle
Let’s review Kali Muscle’s resume: bodybuilder, motivational speaker, actor, author, philosopher, ex-con, gang leader…and inspiration. By blazing a trail from humble beginnings to fitness icon, Mr. Muscle’s road has been full of potholes. While we don’t advise the prison workout – which Kali credits with much of his physique – we can certainly advocate listening to him for a good kick in the ass.
No. 5: BroScience
It’s hard to lack energy when you’re laughing hysterically. Enter BroScience – the work of Mike Tornabene (and his alter ego Dom Mazzetti), a self-styled “bro” with a vast love of fitness, and an infectious sense of humor. By lampooning the “bro culture” often associated with monster lifters, Mazzetti (and his nearly 1.5 million subscribers) let you in on the joke, while inspiring you to work out.
No. 4: Phil Heath
Known as “The Gift” and “The Next Big Thing”, Phil Heath became the first rookie to place in the Mr. Olympia top three in more than 15 years. Heath also became the first pro bodybuilder to own and run his own sports nutrition company (Gifted Nutrition) while still actively competing. Still feeling lazy?
No. 3: Cassey Ho
This YouTube sensation’s fitness mantras include “train insane or remain the same” and “train like a beast to look like a beauty”. Her overall approach to a healthy lifestyle and positive body image has made headlines across the world, and her following continues to grow exponentially thanks to her superb motivational energy.
No. 2: Furious Pete
Otherwise known as Peter Czerwinski, this nine-time Guinness World Record holder is a competitive eating juggernaut. As a teenager, he battled anorexia until he was hospitalized. And he credits bodybuilding as his means to recovery. The Polish powerhouse eats enough for two, downing nine balanced meals each day! His mere existence almost dares you to try one-upping him in the gym, or at the table.
No. 1: CT Fletcher
As one of the most outspoken and beloved heavy-hitters on YouTube, CT Fletcher is probably one of the more well-known dudes on this list. And for good reason. He’s an army vet, a second-degree black belt, and a survivor who “did not give up on (his) gift of life.” Coupled with the mouth of a Scorsese first draft, he’s a motivational figure like any other. If you’re in need of a push, remember Fletcher’s credo. He says, “You will no doubt encounter obstacles, but bear in mind…IT’S STILL YO MUTHA F%&^IN’ SET!”
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Starting Tuesday at 12 noon, Shia will be sitting inside the Angelika Film Center in New York and watching all of his movies, starting with his most recent film, Man Down,and finishing with his early days as a Disney Channel star — that’s right, The Even Stevens Movie!
Plus, it’s absolutely free!
For the next three days, all you have to do is wait in line until there’s an open seat to endure 72 hours of straight Shia LeBeouf goodness.
Book Description WHO WANTS MADELINE WESTFIELD DEAD? AND WHY?
Forensic Instincts’ first order of business is to find out who’s targeting their client. Under the leadership of Casey Woods, the investigative team has the resources to do just that, working inside the law—and outside it. FI’s strength is its members, among them Casey’s associate Marc Devereaux, former navy SEAL and a man who’s equal to any situation.
Except maybe this one…
Madeline’s case hits too close to home for Marc. She’s the only woman he ever loved, and she’s his only weakness. Now a nurse at Manhattan Memorial, she’s terrified because someone is trying to kill her. So she turns, reluctantly, to Marc and FI for help and protection.
Meanwhile, Manhattan Memorial is in turmoil. With a merger in the works, the staff is still haunted by their hospital administrator’s sudden death—during heart surgery performed by Madeline’s ex-husband, Conrad. A surgery at which Madeline was present. The killer seems to blame both Madeline and Conrad…
With a growing list of suspects—including the grieving widow and a string of scorned lovers—Forensic Instincts will have to figure out who has the greatest incentive to get rid of Madeline. And FI has to work fast to save her…before she’s permanently silenced.
The Nook Daily Find is Sing the Four Quarters, the first novel in the Epic Fantasy Quarters series by Tanya Huff, who recently released the first book in her newest, Military Science Fiction Peacekeeper series, An Ancient Peace. Kobo has the first two novels in Marissa Meyer’s popular Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Scarlet; the fourth in the series, Winter, was released today.
Cinder ($2.99 Kindle, Kobo) and Scarlet ($2.99 Kindle, Kobo), the first two novels in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer [Feiwel & Friends] – Age: 12 – 18; Grade Level: 7 – 12; Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Earlier this month, Adele dropped her first single, “Hello” from her new album 25 that’s set to drop November 20. With her musical comeback also comes the start of a strenuous fitness journey, taking a liking toward lifting weights.
The singer tells tv3.ie, “I’m not, like, skipping to the f**king gym. I don’t enjoy it. I do like doing weights.” She did confess that lifting doesn’t sit well with her beauty regime because it triggers blood vessels to burst on her face.
Her gym campaign has also made her adopt healthier lifestyle habits like quitting smoking and limiting herself to one alcoholic drink a week.
With all that said, we’re excited to see where her fitness journey will take her — keep lifting Adele!
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Book Description It’s been a long seventeen years since Jess last saw her grandmother or visited the family cottage set on an idyllic lake in Northern Michigan. For all that time, she’s been haunted by loss—of her innocence and her ability to trust and, most of all, of a profound summer romance that might have been something more. So when her grandmother leaves the house to her, Jess summons her courage and returns to a place full of memories—and secrets.
There, she stumbles upon old letters and photographs of a time not so much forgotten as buried. As she begins to unravel the hidden histories of her mother and her grandmother, she makes a startling discovery about a tragic death that prompted her family’s slow undoing. With every uneven and painful step into the past, Jess comes closer to a truth that could alter her own path—and open a door to a different future.
Revised edition: This edition of The Color of Water in July includes editorial revisions.
The Nook Daily Find has four books in the I Survived children’s series by Lauren Tarshis; only one is matched on Kindle, but several others in the series are on sale at Amazon (but not at B&N). The Bonus Daily Find, Michel Noir’s Dental Floss for the Mind is price matched, but it’s a Print Replica format, which means it only works on Fire tablets and the reading apps, not on eInk Kindles. The Audible Daily Deal, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is read very well by the author, Sherman Alexie, and has Starred Reviews and received the National Book Award, Young People’s Literature, 2007. Kobo has another award winner, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow, an Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2010 with Starred Review and winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction.