I wasn’t sure when I started reading God’s Middle Finger whether the book was a novel or non-fiction. As I read the Prologue I was pretty sure this was a fictional account of a writer’s journey “into the lawless heart of the Sierra Madre.” The Sierra Madre mountain range is just south of the United States’ border with Mexico near Arizona. The accounts of author Richard Grant are unbelievable except that they are believable. One description of the Sierra Madre is that the rules of law and society have never taken hold.
Set in Great Britain sometime in the near future, We Have Lost The Pelicans, we find our “hero”, Howie, and his fiancé “heroine”, Britt, on the day before they are set to get married. Both become part of separate adventures that threaten to interfere with their upcoming nuptials. Howie is the spokesman for the newly elected “president” of Britain after the overthrow of the Windsor’s and Britt is an investigative reporter.
This is a light-hearted novel by Paul Matthews, about life in a world turned upside down by a revolution of sorts and competing factions looking to cause chaos. The pelicans are just part of the scene and you’ll have to read to see what happens to these birds.
“the basic value proposition of Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”
“There are three deeply entrenched assumptions we must conquer to live the way of the Essentialist: “I have to,” “It’s all important,” and “I can do both.” Like mythological sirens, these assumptions are as dangerous as they are seductive. They draw us in and drown us in shallow waters. To embrace the essence of Essentialism requires we replace these false assumptions with three core truths: “I choose to,” “Only a few things really matter,” and “I can do anything but not everything.” These simple truths awaken us from our nonessential stupor. They free us.”
In Book of the Night by author Oliver Pötzsch, we meet young Lukas Lohenfels as he is celebrating his thirteenth birthday…before everything changes. His family is ripped apart and Lukas finds himself alone in the wilderness running for his life. His journey leads him to a lost family member and the man responsible for all of his troubles. When they meet, Lukas is no longer a young child playing with swords, he has become a man fighting with swords though not much time has passed for the young man. His life has forced him to mature.
“That’s how he spent his life. At the service of whichever high-ranking official needed him. Sent across the globe, dropped in the middle of war-zones. A combat operative for one of the most secretive and exclusive government departments on the planet. Black Force.”
In Hard Impact, operative Jason King is dropped into the middle of the Amazon rainforest to try to rescue three hostages from a gang of drug runners. Essentially King is one against a couple dozen heavily armed drug cartel members. Oh, and if he is successful, he really doesn’t have a way out of the jungle.
In the Market for Murder is a “Lady Hardcastle Mystery” and like the first Lady Hardcastle and her “servant” Florence Armstrong are tasked to solve a murder mystery as the local constabulary are busy with other, more pressing issues. Set in the early 20th century, the sleuthing is rudimentary, but that’s what makes these mysteries interesting and quaint. Setting off to find the killer before they even know for sure that the man was murdered. They come to find plenty of people who have motive and pretty much every person that they interview reviled the victim.
In this “story”, authors Ken Blanchard and Don Hutson allow us to follow the fictional journey of a young man and his wife as they start a successful business and most importantly keeping the business. The One Minute Entrepreneur is subtitled as “the secret to creating and sustaining a successful business.”
The dialogue is a little bit awkward at times, but as advertised, there are a great many tips to starting and running a business;
In Fool Me Once, author Harlan Coben brings us into the life of Maya Burkett who, in the opening paragraph, has just buried her husband. She finds herself alone with her 2 year-old daughter and while she has friends and family she feels alone and anxious to find the identity of the murderer. Maya is a retired military pilot who suffers from PTSD, though still seems to long for the “action” of life deployed. Life at home seems no better;
Lady Hardcastle and her “maid” Miss Armstrong move into what they believe to be a quiet country setting. On one of their first walks into town they discover something that is anything but what they expected in this quaint little town. They both dig in to solve the mystery…
“I have christened it the ‘crime board’, she said ‘Let me show you.’ She stood and collected a sheaf of papers from the sideboard before crossing to the blackboard.”
“Leaders don’t have all the great ideas; they provide support for those who want to contribute. Leaders achieve very little by themselves; the inspire people to come together for the good of the group. Leaders never start with what needs to be done. Leaders start with WHY we need to do things. Leaders inspire action.”
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