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by Ted Halstead
Iran's Supreme Leader will use three nuclear weapons, VX and two armored forces driving on Riyadh to overthrow the Saudi monarchy. Can Russian agents, Saudi tanks and American technology stop him in time?
March 8, 2019: The author has done an outstanding job of exploring vastly different cultures and weaving the military tactics into those variations, waking the reader to underlying issues in a part of the world we rarely give much thought to until a seemingly random flair up attracts our attention. Realistic, gritty action sequences with well researched military weaponry, complex identifiable human issues/behavior and a thorough explanation of those politics makes this a truly believable-and potentially possible-scenario of world interaction in what would originate as a fist fight between countries we don’t often think about.
April 4, 2019: Excellent combination of spies, military, and politics! I loved the characters and their back stories. Speaking from the point of view of a retired military officer the author seemed to have a fairly good grip on the tactics employed by spies, the military, and politicians... Or at least it makes it all sound like he does. Overall the plot was very good and plausible, the characters engaging and realistic, and the story moved at a pace that kept me up most of the night reading. This is one of the best books I have read in quite a while.
Ted Halstead served twenty-five years in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, most of it overseas, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service after his second tour at US Embassy Riyadh. His tours included four years at US Embassy Seoul, and two years at the East Asia Pacific Bureau in DC. He is a National War College graduate, and served for three years at a regional US military headquarters.
2018 B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE & 2018 ONLINE BOOKCLUB C/M/T/H BOOK OF THE YEAR Akira Hamada is driven by past failure. Two years earlier, she had a chance to kill her greatest enemy–Kaito Mitsui. Instead, the Yakuza boss forced her to become an assassin in his employ. Now Akira carries out the bloody business of the… [Read More]
Young, bright, unadventurous Crystal Moore comes face-to-face with human trafficking in today’s Dallas, Texas. A woman is held, not by chains, but by threats to her two small children left behind in Mexico. Should she escape, or even tell anybody of her situation, her children will be killed. Crystal would like to walk away and… [Read More]
As the third book in The Cupolian Series, magical action and adventure will climb to the highest level yet. Friendships will change, and loved ones will be lost. The crown of Cupola faces its biggest challenge. With the Queen’s men at their feet, Anya must get her friends and family to safety. But the only… [Read More]
Now that everyone knows Anya can perform magic, she’s the number one enemy of the Queen of Cupola. But instead of being punished, she and her friends are being sent on a mission to find a lost treasure. Hmm… Well that’s odd. Anya thinks so too. In an effort to learn just what exactly the… [Read More]
Alone in a strange country and a bit cynical, 14-year-old refugees Baggy and Abigail are rounded up with other refugee kids. Taken to Transition House at the Plumkettle Learning Center, they await guardians. Photographer Baggy moves to the mountains with the secretive Captain Sodpeg. Abigail, who is losing her sight, gets a guide dog and… [Read More]