Friday, May 31, 2013

Threat Vector by Tom Clancy

            Clancy has done it again. He has written another book in the  series of thrillers centering on threats to the safety of civilization. 
            The usual cast is here. There is Jack Ryan, Mary Pat, Jack Jr, John Clark, Ding Chavez. Jack has been re-elected president so the ball is in his court..
            China has decided to declare war on America. This war is begun over cyberspace. A hacker has found a way into the computers of the government. No one is safe. Not even the secret organization  known as the Campus. The drones have been cyber attacked and are compromised.
            President Ryan has to hold things together. John Clark has retired because of his hand injury incurred earlier in the series. .Someone is killing other hackers. The Campus has an spy within it. Iran is once again involved.
         All the characters are here in this plot driven 823 page thriller. The battle between good and evil is on. The two super powers, China and the United States come face to face. Ryan wants to use the Campus but realizes it has been compromised. It has to remain a secret from the world or it is useless. The world must be kept from war.
        Clancy is still in control of the genre. Fans of  the Clancy novels will not be disappointed.
        For those who want to buy the book I will have a link to Amazon below. It will be both in print and in Kindle.
Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Novels) In Print
Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Novels) In Kindle

   I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Francis, Man of Prayer by Mario Escobar

  He took over from Pope Benedict XVI when  Benedict stepped down. So we wonder. Just what type of person is he and is he going to make a good Pope? Just how is he going to be different?
            These questions remain to be answered. The man has only been in office a short while. He has not been there long enough to make a definite mark or change.
            Escobar presents us a public relations look at the man called Pope Francis, - Jorge Mario Bergoglio.. Someone had to write the introduction to the man.
            Pope Francis is facing an institution rifled with problems. Only time will tell if he is the right man for the solution needed.
            Escobar has sectioned his report in three parts. The first part covers the early upbringing of Bergoglio , a peaceful  family life, a good education, a call to the priesthood.
            The second part covers the order he joined and the journey taken to get to the conclave of 2013. It details the  interfacing with previous Popes that kept him in the loop. He never put himself forward but blended.
            Part three  presents five challenges he will be facing as Pope.
            This small book200 pages including the notes and bibliography  is a good introduction to this new Pope. It is recommended for the general public.
            I received this book  free through the book review blog program of  BookSneeze and was not obligated to give a positive review. Any viewpoint expressed is that of the book reviewer and not that of the publisher.

Monday, May 13, 2013

American Phoenix by Jane Hampton Cook

Early in the history of America there was a time in which we were not recognized as an independent nation separate from the British Empire. We had fought the War for Independence but in the eyes of the other nations we were not recognized as sovereign.
 President Madison sent John Quincy Adams to Russia as our ambassador in order to get us recognition  as a sovereign nation.
 Or I should say, he was exiled. What else could be done with the son of a former president who had lost his favor as a senator and was dead weight?
Cook presents us with a  little known period of history- the time between 1809 and the war of 1812 when John Quincy Adams was sent to the courts of Russia to represent a small newly born country  struggling to be independent.
  Napoleon is part of the story as he controls the seas and is in conquest mode.    Someday  John Quincy will become president. But at this period of history he has been shuffled off to Russia. Traveling by ship was dangerous and slow. For all intents and purposes he is a forgotten man.
 I enjoy history and especially American history. This is a period of history that I didn’t know. The history books that are in class rooms didn’t cover this . That is why it is necessary for writers to research and write connective narratives.
I would recommend this book for students of history. And for those who are doing studies of our presidents.     
 I have received this book gratis from BookSneeze for review. I was not obligated to give a positive review. The views expressed are mine and not those of the publisher.   
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Post-Church Christian by J. Paul Nyquist and Carson Nyquist

         The church needs to keep growing and modifying.
This book written by a father and son who are both pastors and of different generations, the father is a baby boomer and the son is a millennial. It looks at what has to be done to have a church that millennial can call their own.
We unfortunately are living in a post church age. We boomers did our best but we need to ask forgiveness for what we were unable to do. Boomers were a little too strict and narrow minded. We need to ask forgiveness of the millennial. We did the best and we have not been the best model.
“The reputation of Christians in the world today is something of a patchwork. The world has been exposed to many flavors of Christianity.”
            Paul Nyquist, the president of Moody Bible Institute and his son Carson Nyquist  have sat down and dialogued between generations. The millennials are 800 million strong. They were born from 1982 to 2000. Most have been affirmed, prodded, molded but not often criticized. They also grew up in a church and mastered many technological gadgets. The land they grew up in was overloaded with debt and unable to control spending.
            Nyquist, the father, states, “This book is written to you and others in the millennial generation. We don’t want to describe you, we want to talk with you.”
            If we boomers need to ask forgiveness the millennials need to grant forgiveness.
            This book offers a beginning and is well written. I recommend it for those who want to understand the millennial and for those who are millennials.
            To get a copy of this book I will offer a link to Amazon below.
The Post-Church Christian: Dealing with the Generational Baggage of Our Faith