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LIVE FREE OR DIE FIGHTING- Survival in the North Country
LIVE FREE OR DIE FIGHTING- Survival in the North Country
by Ralph Gregorio Rating: 0.0

Since the beginning of the twentieth century, mankind had made great strides in ensuring the comfort and ease of living for his fellow man. The invention of the airplane and the ability to travel across the globe in hours, the invention of the automobile, giving man mobility that was unheard of in past times. The harnessing of electrical power, giving light at the flick of a switch and of course, the computer, making mundane work tasks as simple as pressing a few buttons.

Now at the beginning of the twenty-first century, all of those advances are being taken for granted. No one even thinks about waking up in the morning, turning on a bathroom light, taking a hot shower indoors, brewing up the morning coffee and then getting into his automobile and commuting twenty or thirty miles to work. Once at work, he turns on his computer, surfs the net and gets the latest stock quotes, baseball scores or checking his emails. In some cases, he may even actually use the computer for work related activities. All of this is done without a second thought. Sure there have been storms where the power had gone out for a few minutes or even a few hours, those were taken in stride as minor inconveniences. Whenever there was a major storm, some people even lost power for a few weeks but they always knew the power would be back on and the government would set up shelters for those not prepared for this type of incident. Many others have at one time experienced a breakdown with his automobile. A headache for sure but that person usually just took out his cell phone and called for a tow truck or family member to come to his aid. People who traveled a lot often had flight cancellations. A great inconvenience for some but everyone knew that within hours, there would be another flight and they would get to their destination.

No one in their right mind could ever fathom that the lights wouldn’t turn on, the computers would not work, the cars wouldn’t move and no airplanes would be flying. People thought that would be like going back to the middle ages, when in actuality, it wasn’t all that long ago. Modern people just can not cope with living without all of these modern appliances. It was their God given right to be comfortable without a thought of how it all comes about.

That is exactly what happened one hot summer morning. People were busy doing their normal everyday tasks of getting ready for work or commuting to their jobs or to go shopping. Others turned on the television to watch the news, while some were lying on an operating table, being worked on by skilled surgeons. Many were over the oceans or on a cross country flight when the unthinkable happened. The power went out. Not just the electricity to turn on the lights but all electrical power to include the computers that actually operated the cars, the planes, the trains and medical equipment. Soon, in a matter of minutes, people would be thrown back to the nineteenth century. Many of those people would die when the planes went down or in a hospital that lost its ability to perform routine operations. For many it was a major inconvenience, for a few, it meant the end of life.

This is a tale of one man's efforts to deal with not only a massive EMP but also a rogue government and UN troops.

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UNLEASHED
UNLEASHED
by Christina Hamlett Rating: 0.0

Since the 16th century, the Russians have had a secret weapon, an elite military brigade which strikes terror in the hearts of its enemies each time the moon is full. As the modern war in the Middle East continues to draw world criticism, American intelligence officer Lucy MacDonald and her aide, Captain David Armstrong, are sent to Moscow to engage Soviet assistance in wresting nuclear weapons from Islamic fundamentalists.

Lucy's forbidden attraction to Dmitri Volkov, charismatic leader of the Tsar's brigade, challenges her modern sensibilities against a backdrop of double-dealing terrorists, chauvinistic superiors, and a media that's literally out for blood. Compounding the unexplained presence of supernatural forces interfering with Allied maneuvers at the Pakistan borders is the legend that the brigade answers only to the man they recognize as their Tsar.

Lucy's endeavors to uncover the truth regarding the 1918 survival - and subsequent birth - of an unacknowledged Romanov heir put her in jeopardy at the hands of the brooding officer with whom she feels an inexplicable bond.

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Roots of Life
Roots of Life
by Sidney Decker Rating: 0.0

Roots of Life combines a sweeping historical epic with a hunt for a wonder drug lost for over a century. From Boston Harbor in 1838, to the Amazon, and Civil War battlefields the adventures and romances, victories and defeats of a brilliant southern surgeon unfold. The auction of a Civil War era chest leads a young man on an adventure of a lifetime as he follows the surgeon’s trail to find a medicine that could change the world. At every step he is met with intrigue and deception. This novel marries fiction with the actual historic events of a turbulent time.

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Ami Writes a Letter
Ami Writes a Letter
by Rosalinda Vargas Rating: 0.0

A kindergarten girl writes a letter to her mother serving in Iraq.

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White, Red, Black & Blue
White, Red, Black & Blue
by Chuck Fair Rating: 0.0

Against a background of revolution and counter-revolution, a love that should never be burns in war torn Nicaragua. The new revolutionary government wants to pick up the pieces and build a better future for its people, but the newly elected president in Washington D.C. is not about to let a ragtag bunch of communists supported by Fidel Castro exist, let alone flourish. He orders the CIA to get in there and get it right this time, no more screw-ups like in Vietnam, send in American veterans to retrain the fragmented Guardia Nacional driven from the country.

Battered by economic woes and loss of his family to another man, decorated veteran Danny Blaine can find no other way to reclaim his dignity than to accept the CIA offer to train the Guardia Nacional, now euphemistically called Freedom Fighters.

The first woman to join the Sandinista rebels in mountains attempting to overthrow the tyrannical president of Nicaragua, Violet Chavera becomes the highest ranking woman in the post-revolutionary army, locked in never-ending battles against an enemy crossing her country’s borders. Now mentally harden by the death of her infant and the execution of her lover, the female fighter routinely defeats undisciplined Freedom Fighters north of Managua. That is, until the ex-marine Danny Blaine arrives at the border, then events turn against her.

Facing a treason charge after the total destruction of her troops by the American mercenary, the disgraced heroine becomes the perfect scapegoat for political enemies. Sickened by the endless carnage in the border war and disillusioned by contra deceit, the American veteran defects to the Sandinistas.

When the communist commander and the capitalist mercenary find themselves pushed together by an explosion of events, they resist the passion they feel for each other, but are unable to contain it.

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