the patriot threat

this month i had the recently rare opportunity to actually read my book club’s first pick for the new year.  yay!  it was the patriot threat by steve barry and i loved every page of it.  it is my first read by this author, and i enjoyed his no-fuss yet still descriptive writing style.  the story, set in both washington, d.c. and, can you believe it, croatia(!), surrounds the potential ramifications and legitimacy of a conspiracy theory that the united states’ 16th amendment was never legally ratified, meaning that taxes upon the nation’s citizens have been wrongfully collected for decades.  i mean, if that isn’t a headline to get you wondering, i don’t know what is!

this read is full of fact with fiction trickled here and there.  mr. barry is even so kind that at the end of the novel he helps you separate history from imagination.  a greatly written book makes for a great read, and that’s just what this one was.  it was this cool hybrid of action from a movie like national treasure and then curiosity and intrigue from a book such as the da vinci code.  no joke, as you turn to learn more about the characters and their journey, each page helps you picture the story on the silver screen.  perhaps they’ll put it in theaters some day!

the patriot threat is a novel that will make you dust off your thinking cap and wear it for a while as you ponder the what if’s of life.  i thought it an interesting pick for the group of ladies who i will discuss the book with on thursday, but you never know.  it could lead to some of our most interesting conversations ever!  or they could all think it was a flop and have a totally opposite opinion, and that’s what makes it fun!  all i know is that this book is one i would readily recommend if you’re a reader like myself.

death from above

as a software consultant, i have met many people, most of whom i like.  one of those folks is mark polino, a certified microsoft mvp.  mark’s success as a consultant has catapulted him into an exclusive realm of fame, a place to where only the most nerdy and dedicated are privy.  he has his own fan base for goodness sakes!

after many years of successful implementations, mark began to dip his toes into fictional writing with his dynamics gp short stories.  mark and i were coworkers at the time, and being a bit of a bookworm myself, he often asked me to read over his writing to critique and edit the work.  it was fun to see the quirky applications of accounting software in marginally realistic settings; i soon saw he had a way with words and with capturing a reader’s attention and imagination.

so, many short stories and consulting books later, mark has finally published his first, full-length fictional novel death from above.  we find ourselves on a bit of a sci-fi mystery with investigator jennifer lynch who is desperately searching for an answer to explain planes that are mysteriously dropping from the sky.  on her journey, jennifer joins forces with a peculiar personality in lizard wong and inquisitive expert max gutierrez.  is jennifer able to follow the clues and save thousands of more lives?  or does the mayan god q’uq’umatz continue to have his way?  i suppose you’ll have to read it for your self to see!

mark was kind to mail me a signed copy a couple of weeks ago, and you can bet that thing is propped up in my cube at work for everyone to see.  i almost feel like a proud parent!

mark – thank you for a humorous tale of mystery and creativity.  i cannot wait to see what you dream up next!

death from above is available in paperback on amazon.  you can also purchase the ebook version on your kindle, nook, or kobo.

they call me kiddo

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although i never exceled in my english and literature classes throughout school, i really do enjoy reading for pleasure.  after i graduated from college, i found i again had time to read for myself, without any expectation for reports or exams afterwards.  i did a quick search online and saw that a local book club met at the barnes & noble down the road.  i found out what the fiction forum was reading that august of 2010, and although i didn’t finish the book in time for the meeting, they invited me to join them at the café table with open arms.

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