Friday, August 25, 2017
Colonel Tobin’s Private Army #1: “Dead Sea Submarine” by Alan Caillou. The private army consists of the colonel, Matthew Tobin, his Son, Major Paul Tobin, Captain Rick Meyers, Major Bramble, Cass Fragonard, Ahmed Idriss, Edgar Jefferson, and many others that will be used throughout the series. Some will die along the way, but these are pretty well study. In addition, there are two main women, Pamela Charles and Betty de Hass, behind the scenes; Charles is Colonel Tobin’s all-around house keeper and help mate; Betty is a mapmaker. Other women are agents set in many trouble spot, keeping the colonel advised on happenings. In this first adventure Colonel Tobin has been hired to locate a submarine being pulled through the desert by camels, with missiles aimed at Israel. His men are in place, and finally locate its movements and know its destination, the Dead Sea. The Arabs plan on launching the submarine and keeping it underwater until night, then strike at Israel, finally destroying them as a nation. But Tobin’s private army never fails. A really nice read.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Adrano For Hire #1: “The Corsican Cross” by Michael Bradley. Johnny Adrano was running numbers for the Mafia by age 14, and before he finished high school he was collecting and enforcing for the mob. His patrone sent him to Harvard for an education and to become a lawyer, but now he was merely a button for Don Carmelo Tirizzi, and going nowhere. Sitting in on a meeting with the New York Dons, they discussed eliminating the New Jersey Don, Samuel Benacci who had cornered the heroin trade. Johnny decides it’s time he made his move and contact Don Benacci with a plan. This was an interesting series to start with. First, we have the Mafia without outside interference, just their own inside network of hoods and killers. Johnny Adrano was patterned somewhat after Johnny Cool, but fails to capture that novel. Most of the story is slow, though when there is action, it is pretty good. Johnny disguises himself as a rare book dealer, which was a neat angle, then travels to Marseille, France where he contacts the Corsicans handling the heroin shipments to America. It was a fun read, just slow in parts.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
"The Fatima Secret" by Michael Heseman (with an Introduction by Whitley Strieber). On October 13th of this year (2017), it will be the 100th anniversary of the incident in Fatima when three prophesies were given to three children by a vision supposedly from Mary, the mother of Jesus. She had appeared to the children several times, and eventually thousands came to see the miracle that was shown to them. The first two prophecies were released soon after, but the third was not released for many years, and even then what was released left doubts of their truths. The Diplomatic Version was released in 1963, but was different from the one released in 2000, as the century was coming to a close. Some don’t believe we have the correct story yet. The remaining child was 93 in the year 2000, and being a nun was under the influence of the Pope. She was happy the prophecy was finally released, and some think she may have agreed with it to finally put it to rest. Although the author of this book believes the final release in 2000 was the truth, and I have no reason to question it.
There have been many Marian prophesies throughout the centuries, and each one seems to have altered history in some way. Remember Joan of Ark? The messages in 1917 were for a Russia not yet in power. A Russia that would, in the future, become an atheist nation, and the church was pressed to bring them back to the Savior.
The author also brings the similarity of aliens and UFOs to the subject of Marian prophesies, with spinning saucer shapes shinning like the sun, and warnings alien abductee’s receive.
The author admits he isn’t an overly religious man, but believes in the visions, and also believes in a higher, divine intelligence. I found the story of Fatima very intriguing, and though I have problems with Catholics praying to statues and pictures, as well as praying to Mary or Saints, I have to admit the visions sound real to me. It appears that Catholics experience the Marian visions while the rest of us are abducted by UFOs. However, I realize there are probably one billion Catholics in this world, so why wouldn’t they be the logical choice for the Marian visions?
One thing is for sure, I believe we are living in the final days, and whatever has been prophesied for us may soon happen. I also believe there are good and evil powers at work, and we should be careful what we believe, and who we follow. Read the book with an open mind. It was well written, and I enjoyed learning about the visions. Looking at the world today, and the chaos, maybe we need a few more visions. Highly recommended.
Author of THE SOUL STEALERS
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Author of THESE ALIEN SKIES