“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;
New York City: Hoping to cash in on the seemingly endless whining after President Donald Trump’s historic election, iconic franchise, Build A Bear, will be featuring a new line of “bear” products, Build A Bare. “These Bares will allow the many victims of the Trump Presidency cope with their grief and having lost so spectacularly in November.” said marketing VP, Madonna Judd. She went on to explain that “we probably won’t be selling these in stores throughout the country, but will focus on the larger cities like Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Hollywood. That’s where are market seems to be and we expect to make a killing.” Madonna Judd noted. “I have thought a lot about this product blowing up.”
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.”
Washington, DC: The Leek News Service has learned that the “fake news” service, The Onion, has filed a federal lawsuit against CNN for infringement on their long-standing fake news practice. The lawsuit alleges that CNN has violated The Onion’s news genre of fake news by continually spreading fake news. “CNN’s continued use of fake news in its broadcasts is a clear infringement on our schtick” offered an unnamed Onion source. “CNN’s fake news has damaged our ability to write our fake news and makes it hard for our readers to really know which of our stories are fake.”
As Framing The Dialogue has entered into its ninth year things now have changed. When B.H. Obama won in 2008, I didn’t protest; I didn’t throw rocks at police officers; I didn’t burn cars; I started a blog. A blog, sadly, that very few people read, but that’s okay as I like writing it. I was pretty dedicated to 3-4 posts per week and I still think many of them were pretty spot on. My start in the blogosphere was jump started by George W Bush’s failure to articulate and defend conservative fiscal values…heck he really stopped practicing them in his second term. The failure of Bush and the RINOs in Congress gave us the housing/financial crisis that contributed to the election of B.H. Obama. I started Framing The Dialogue shortly thereafter.
“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.”