Wednesday, February 25, 2015


By James Williams
A Facet of Afghanistan War with a Twist

This story starts out like most war stories with a battle ensuing and the protagonist, Dan Ross, an American soldier is very cognizant of the fact that he is responsible for the lives of the men who follow in his command.  In the beginning, he is pinned down on the side of a mountain and the Afghan insurgents are pummeling them.  Dan doesn’t have many men with him and his commander is supposed to be nearby supporting him, but he never shows up.  Dan finally is able to get his men in control and they capture an Ahman who is guarded by the ANA, which are a mixture of Afghan men who have joined with the American forces to fight the insurgents.  However, Dan is suspicious of them.  When Dan questions his commander why he wasn’t there to help them, the man replied he was where he was supposed to be and Dan was wrong.  Later Dan notices that the ANA men are very polite to the Ahman, which makes Dan suspicious and then one day the ANA shoot all of Dan’s men in the back and only Dan and another man escape alive.
Dan is so shot up, including a bullet in the spine that he is paralyzed from the hips down and he is in a wheel chair.  He intends to get well within the year and go back and find these men and kill them.  The fact that Dan lost all of his men but one weighs on him heavily.
Eventually the Army discharges him, feeling he’ll never get well enough to soldier again, which embitters Dan whose entire focus is getting back to Afghanistan and take his revenge.  The story picks up speed as Dan finds a way to get back there and the Afghan people he meet while he seeks out the insurgents.  This is what makes the story so different than many of these war stories and it shows Dan’s ingenuity.  This story is well written, is almost a page turner and brings out some true facts like the American people really don’t want to think about the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and since there is no draft, it is easy to just ignore it.
The story needs some editing for typos etc, but it doesn’t take away from the plot itself.  The reader lives with Dan and his life and emotions as the story moves along.  I recommend it for readers who like this genre.

I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Friday, February 20, 2015


By Koos Verkaik
Another time, another place, but was it reality?

This is an unusual novel in that it is written by a man who is a native of Holland, and it took  place in Holland in the early nineteenth century, when myths abounded relative to spells, paranormal events, telekinesis, ghosts, and everything that was not understood, fell under the veil of witchcraft.  The protagonist, Willem Wolf, a very rich man, was determined to learn the truth of all of this phenomena.  The story opened with him and his companions having offered a woman Wera Keller a goodly sum if she could prove telekinesis.  She said she could, she appeared and many unusual events occurred, but then she appeared to have over-extended herself and died.  Her last words to Wolf were to find her and save her.
This first of this novel lags at times as the author was setting up the scenes for the story.  Dr. Krone was a psychiatrist and believed there was a definite connection between the mind and  paranormal events.  Wolf, suddenly was able to appear and disappear at will and Wolf believed that it was the collective effort of seventy-nine mediums who gave him this ability and energy.
Throughout the story there was much violence as greedy men kidnapped Wolf’s friends and tortured them to learn more about Wolf.  As time passed, I felt like I was truly reading about the way people considered mental illness and witchcraft in the eighteen hundreds.  The last half of the book picked up speed and moved rapidly ahead, making it much more interesting for me.
I feel this is a little different outlook of the paranormal than what is usually found in stories today, and therefore may be refreshing for some readers.
I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.