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Enemy of the State

Author Kyle Mills has done more than an admirable job taking over the Mitch Rapp series after the unfortunate early death of one of my favorite authors, Vince Flynn.  I do think that the character of Mitch Rapp has changed slightly, but that is not a negative thing, just a bit different.  In Enemy of the State, Rapp is asked to go beyond “black opps” and take on the enemies of the United States, some of whom have been postured as friends.  While he was untethered, he also was without the help of his usual resources.  Rapp is forced to enlist the help of some former adversaries for this, perhaps his most dangerous mission.


Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes is the first novel in author James A. Corey’s The Expanse Series.  This futuristic setting shows the future of humanity once space is colonized.  The fragile peace between the Earth, Mars, and people who have grown up on asteroids (called Belters) is threatened when ships start being destroyed and a strange organism enters the universe.  The story is told through the eyes of a detective from the Earth (Miller) and a ship chief officer Belter (Holden).  Miller is a more realist and can feel comfortable stretching the rules while Holden seems above the frays and his willingness to share his truth no matter the consequences has the two at odds as the work together to solve the mystery of a missing girl and the strange goings-on in the universe.


Curse of the Woke Conservatives

Thanks to the good folks at I Hate the Media for sharing this article from The Hill.  It’s by Kurt Schlichter and is a treatise on how we conservatives/libertarians are now “woke” to the shenanigans (e.g. outright lies) of Republicans that we elect.

Curse of the Woke Conservatives

Click on the title to read the article.  A little taste;


The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today

I have been a fan of the television show Always Sunny in Philadelphia though I have not seen it recently.  The show is extremely “non-PC” to the point of being offensive in many ways…though still funny as edgy comedy used to be.  I’m actually not sure how they get away with some of the stuff they do.  When I saw that the “cast” had written a self-help book, I thought that it had to be funny.  Eh…not so much even though the title is great; The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today.


Law and Disorder: Absurdly Funny Moments from the Courts

Author Charles Sevilla has compiled a collection of humorous events from the courtroom in Law and Disorder: Absurdly Funny Moments from the Courts.  These snipits were submitted by members of the legal profession and each has a reference to where the action took place…in case, I guess, you’d want to verify.

As I read through the book I wondered whether use of the descriptive “absurdly funny” was apt.  While there are many funny moments, this is not an absurdly funny book.  Here are two of my favorites;


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is a wonderful story about a crotchety old widower who owns a book store on a small touristy island.  A series of events happens to Mr. Fikry and suddenly he’s not all that old and perhaps not so crotchety. 

“He wants to laugh out loud or punch a wall. He feels drunk or at least carbonated. Insane. At first, he thinks this is happiness, but then he determines it’s love. Fucking love, he thinks. What a bother. It’s completely gotten in the way of his plan to drink himself to death, to drive his business to ruin. The most annoying thing about it is that once a person gives a shit about one thing, he finds he has to start giving a shit about everything.”


Invitation To Murder

In Invitation to Murder a party is being held for current and former employees of a small television station.  As many of you may know when you spend a lot of time together, like eight hours or more a day – five days a week, you know a lot about each other and as the saying goes “familiarity breeds contempt.”  The celebration was planned by a co-worker who not many liked and her theme was murder mystery where the teams had to solve a murder.  I think that you see where this is going.


The Dead Man

Jack Davis suffers from tics.  Not any regular variety tic.  Jack gets body racking, bent over, shaking tics.  That’s a negative for a FBI agent.  Not surprising, Jack is a former FBI agent.  He is still a top-notch investigator and his skills are still valued by some.  In The Dead Man a series of seemingly connected deaths touch Jack Davis and he is hired to find out about the deaths.  When one of them has a link to Jack’s deceased daughter, the FBI roars in to try to pin the death on him.  The FBI doesn’t really like Mr. Davis and is looking to get back at him for the crimes that went down is the first book of this series.


The Big Book of Kombucha

A few months ago I’d never heard of kombucha. Now it’s a regular part of my diet.  Kombucha is a fermented tea that, by all accounts, is a very healthy beverage.  I just find it really refreshing and since I gave up sodas and artificial sweeteners, kombucha helps fill that void that water cannot accomplish.  My son got me started with a “daughter” of his SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and a bit of his starter liquid shipped via the UPSP in multiple bags.  I started brewing in a one gallon jug and soon found that I was always running out so I now have two alternately going.  I brew mine for about 10 days, bottle/flavor and have secondary ferment for 4-5 days.  I love experimenting with flavors so enter…


Promise Me

“Six years.  That was how long it had been since Myron had played superhero.  In six years he hadn’t thrown a punch.  He hadn’t held, much less fired, a gun.  He hadn’t threatened or been threatened.  He hadn’t cracked wise with steroid-inflated pituitary glands.  He hadn’t called Win, still the scariest man he knew, to back him up or get him out of trouble.  In the past six years, none of his clients had been murdered – a real positive in his business.  None had been shot or wounded – well, except for that prostitution beef out in Las Vegas, but Myron still claimed that was entrapment.  None of his clients or friends or loved ones had gone missing…”