Eric Fair always wanted to protect and serve. He dreamed of being a police officer, or maybe a Presbyterian minister. Instead he ended up running an interrogation booth in Abu Ghraib. “Consequence” tells the story of how, through a series of life choices that often seemed sensible at the time, Fair found himself conducting “enhanced […]
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Eric Olafson is a captain in the United Stars Navy, running a dangerous undercover mission for the Union into Freespace. Also, Eric is now Erica. This is part of a series, and while I haven’t read any of the earlier installments, I was able to follow along pretty well. Eric/a is a human from a […]
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Woohoo! It’s here! Today is the official release day of The Breathing Sea, Parts I &II! In celebration of this, TBSI is FREE today and tomorrow on Kindle! You can snag a copy here. As always, reviews are greatly appreciated 🙂
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In “The Hideout,” a Czech engineer writes letters to his wife, Hanichka, from his hiding place in occupied France. In them, he describes how he went to Paris in 1939 without her knowledge in order to chase after another woman, only to be trapped there when the Nazis, who have taken Czechoslovakia, declare him a […]
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How does an illegitimate Venetian girl become the wife of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire? What was her life like? What kind of power does she wield, and how? “The Mapmaker’s Daughter,” a fictionalized memoir of Cecilia/Nurbanu, the real-life Venetian captive who became wife and then mother to Sultans, seeks to answer those questions. […]
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A historical overview of the first Chechen war, and the first couple of years of the second, with comparisons of the Chechen situation with that of other autonomous republics of the RF such as Tatarstan, and discussions of possible outcomes. This is a detailed and informative book on post-Soviet Chechnya. While well-written, it is unquestionably […]
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When you’re in college, you think that those people who’ve already graduated and moved on with their lives have everything figured out. But then you graduate and move on yourself, and you discover you’re still the same person who always were, only with more responsibilities and life choices. How you handle that is up to […]
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An account of the first Chechen war written by two journalists who were on the ground when it happened, interviewing the leaders and even spending time embedded amongst Chechen units, “Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus” is both a thorough overview and a riveting story of the first war. Although it is distinctly dated by being […]
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Just one week till the official launch day of The Breathing Sea, I & II! To whet everyone’s appetite I posted excerpts from The Breathing Sea I and The Breathing Sea II, and put out press releases for both books. Of course, I am still more than happy to supply e-ARCs for those who want a sneak peek. Send me an email […]
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Reading Politkovskaya is always a draining experience, and this, the last complete book of her writings and released after her death, is particularly challenging. It is organized in the form of a diary, with daily entries compiled of Politkovskaya’s notes, many of which later became articles–it includes, for example, the infamous interview with Ramzan Kadyrov, […]
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