Tunes For Tuesday: A Day in the Windy City …

Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. They were originally called Chicago Transit Authority, shortening their name in 1969. No light shows, no costumes, no stage backdrops, just pure talent!

25 or 6 to 4 (Tanglewood, 1970)

Chicago has sold over 40 million records in the US with 23 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. The group’s first album, Chicago Transit Authority, released in 1969, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.Chicago was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 and will receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

Just You ‘n’ Me (1979

I had several Chicago albums as a teenager, much to the amusement of some of my friends. Yes, I love rock and roll. Hard rock, classic rock, metal, and yes, soft rock. There is a whole wide world of Rock music out there. Chicago is one of the best.

Will You Still Love Me?


Chicago is another one of those bands that it is better to not write a lot of words about in a post. You should just let the music speak for itself. So, that is what I will do here

Colour my World / Make Me Smile (Tanglewood, 1970)

If You Leave Me Now (1977)

It just can’t get too much better than that!

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Montagnard receives a second 5-Star review!

I was very humbled and honored to receive another 5-star review for my new release, Montagnard. This review is especially meaningful to me because it is from a fellow author who is also a Vietnam War veteran.

And Glyn Haynie is not just any veteran. During his 20-year career, he was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, French Commando Badge, Drill Instructor Badge, and Army Recruiting Badge.

I would bet that he probably has seen or had dealings with the Montagnard people while serving in Vietnam.

In full disclosure, I have read most of his books, and if you are even remotely interested in the Vietnam War and its veterans, I highly recommend them. His works include both memoirs and works of fiction.

Here is an excerpt from his review …

A must-read for anyone that read Gilbert’s first book, “Serpents Underfoot.”

I was happy that the author decided to write a second book about JD Cordell. The trip back to Vietnam was surreal. The characters were well developed and believable. The story centers on JD’s mother, Mai, returning to Vietnam to find her adopted brother, Dish, and she is kidnapped. JD and Ajax, with members of his SEAL team, head to Vietnam to find them.

Glyn Haynie

If interested, you can read this and other reviews here!

I hope you will check Montagnard out! The Kindle version is now available, the paperback will be in stock any day now, and the hardcover will be available July 1st! Click here to visit Montagnard on Amazon.com

The Gray Man by Mark Greaney

THE FIRST GRAY MAN NOVEL FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR MARK GREANEY

“Hard, fast, and unflinching—exactly what a thriller should be.”—Lee Child

To those who lurk in the shadows, he’s known as the Gray Man. He is a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible and then fading away. And he always hits his target. Always.

But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. Forces like money. And power. And there are men who hold these as the only currency worth fighting for. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness.

But Court Gentry is going to prove that, for him, there’s no gray area between killing for a living and killing to stay alive…

My thoughts …

Just wow! If you like fast-paced action bordering on unbelievable, you will not be able to put the book down!

The main character in The Gray Man, Court Gentry, is badder than James Bond, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Wolverine all rolled up into one. The action moves at a superhuman rate. You will certainly not be bored.

The question is … is it even close to realistic? The answer is no, In fact, it is about as unrealistic as any book can be. I’ve never read a book in this genre that has more action combined with a hero who takes that kind of punishment and then walks away like Deadpool.

I really did like the book and I will probably read the series but it is more of a superhero book than a political thriller based in any kind of reality.

If super-fast-paced wild and violent thrillers are your thing, this one is a must!

I will admit I wrestled a bit with the star rating, but I did thoroughly enjoy the read. So, I will have to go with 4 stars. However, I can see why some reviewers think it is over the top and give it lower star ratings. And, if superhero stories are your thing, you will probably give it a solid 5 stars.

I hope you will take the time to check out some of my other book reviews by clicking here!

A “Beary” Nice Review!

Adirondack Bear Tales just received another 5-star review.

This review is from someone named Sarah. I have no idea who Sarah is, but this review is special to me. I have displayed the review in its entirety below. To read other reviews on Amazon, click here!

Great!!

My husband and I have our own Adirondack bear jokes and I was so very excited when I found this book! He is deployed and missing out on all the summer fun. I sent him a camping themed package and this book was the perfect addition. The short stories are charming, simple, and fun.

Sarah

Sarah, I don’t know if you’ll ever see this blog post, but thank you for the thoughtful review. It is fantastic to discover other lovers of the Adirondacks in the world, especially those who are serving their country.

I also want to thank your husband for his service and for your sacrifice. When one spouse serves, so does the other!

Tunes for Tuesday: Fog Warning!

Do you have your Foghat on?

A bit of rock trivia: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin wore one for a short time during a concert in 1970! I bought one the first time I saw them in Springfield, MA. I have no idea what happened to it!

I saw this excellent blues-rock band a few times at the Springfield Civic Center, once as the warm-up band for, I think, Ted Nugent and once for Rush. And once, as the headliner. I believe some group called the Stars warmed up for them, but that was back in the 1970s. My memories of that time are a bit faded.

The founding members were Dave “Lonesome Dave” Peverett (Guitar, Vocals), Tony Stevens (Bass), Roger Earl (Drums), and Rod Price (Guitar/Slide Guitar).

Fool For The City (1975)

Fool for the City was the fifth album released by English rock band Foghat, released in 1975. This was their first platinum album and features, along with the title track, their most famous song, “Slow Ride.”

Home In My Hand (1974)

Sorry about the recording #’s, but still just great live music! Foghat left an indelible imprint on Rock history and were incredible musical talents. For some reason, they never really received the recognition deserved. It’s a real shame that they aren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I Just Want To Make Love To You (Dayton, OH 1997)

I mean, you are talking about a band with 5 Gold and 2 Platinum albums, for Pete’s sake!

Stone Blue (1978)

“Stone Blue” was the seventh studio album by English blues-rock band Foghat, released in May 1978. For this album, Foghat paired with producer Eddie Kramer, who had previously worked with Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Kramer and Foghat did not hit it off too well, but the tension in the studio probably helped to give the album an added edge. In addition to the title track, “Stone Blue” (a Top 40 hit), the collection also boasted a ferocious cover of Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago,” reasserting the band’s blues credentials.

Sweet Home Chicago (1978)

Foghat was a great band that history has kind of ignored. However, if you look, there are still some old die-hard Foghat fans like me lurking around out there.

I hope you will take the time to check out some of my other blog posts by clicking here!

Montagnard Paperback Release!

I am proud to announce the release of my new novel, Montagnard!

The paperback version of Montagnard is now available at Amazon.com. The hardcover will be available June 30th. It should also soon be available online at Barns & Noble and Books-A-Million.

In addition, it has received its first review … 5 Stars.

This review is special to me because it is from someone who very much enjoyed the story despite not being a huge fan of the military action genre. This reviewer found several threads in the story that she enjoyed even though the language and action were a bit outside her comfort zone. You don’t know how much I appreciate that. You can read the entire review here!

Action thriller indeed …

… If you enjoy details about martial arts and weaponry, combined with a well-woven thriller, you’ll enjoy this. I was more taken with a couple of threads of the story that hinted toward redemptive outcomes after such scenes of human despair left behind after the Americans pulled out of SE Asia.

Joy Neal Kidney

Thank you, Joy, for the honest and great review.

Your support is truly appreciated.

You can order your very own copy of Montagnard, by clicking on the links below!

Kindle

Paperback

Oops! Minor technical difficulty with the paperback copy. My apologies! Should be available later today! My fault … not Amazon’s.

Hardcover

Please, if you enjoy the read, take a minute to write a review and let me know what you thought.

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Love Numbers – Gabriela M.

Read this wonderful sample of Gabriela Milton’s wonderfully romantic poetry. So far I have enjoyed everything I have read written by her.

FREE VERSE REVOLUTION

You used to identify the beating of my heart according to the phases of the moon. 

The tonalities of my voice were symbolized by the heaviness of wheat in any given year. 

We laid in the grass, shadows of poppies playing on our faces with the same rhythmicity of the waves on tranquil days.  

At times we could feel the pulse of the new grains.  

The line of my décolleté – as you used to say – nothing else but the demarcation between inexorable sins and the blushing tones of the sunsets.

The wind tasted like mulberries. 

The Southern Pampas of Buenos Aires.

At the time it was one thing that I could not figure out. 

What was the relationship between our love and numbers? 

Were we one, were we two, were we three, or perhaps more? 

How many were buried beneath our passion or by our passion? 

Should we have…

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USS Barb – SS-220

Check out this fantastic story of a U.S. Navy submarine at the end of World War II I found on GP Cox’s blog, Pacific Paratrooper!

Pacific Paratrooper

Uss Barb, SS-220, May 1945

This post is in response to a suggestion I received from Pat at e-Quips.

In the closing months of World War II, heavy losses and depleted fuel stocks kept many of Japan’s remaining combat aircraft grounded and warships in port, awaiting an anticipated amphibious invasion. Starting in July 1945, Allied battleships embarked on a series of naval bombardments of coastal cities in Japan in an effort to draw these forces out to battle — with little success.

However, a week before the battleships began lobbing their massive shells, a legendary U.S. submarine toting a rocket launcher began its own campaign of coastal terror that foretold the future of naval warfare — and also engaged in the only Allied ground-combat operation on Japanese home-island soil.

Submarines still made use of deck guns during World War II, most of them ranging between three and five inches in caliber. These…

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Return to the Madness

Return To The Madness: A Vietnam War Novel (Promises To The Fallen Book 2

He returned to Vietnam for one last tour. But the war wasn’t done with him yet…

The year is 1970, and the war in Vietnam rages on. Sergeant Eddie Henderson returned home from his first tour of duty a broken man, haunted by the promises he made to his fallen brothers. Promises he failed to keep…

Now, he’s going back.

Leaving his new wife behind, Eddie returns to the war-torn jungles, where he is handpicked for a special recon-and-rescue squad. Again and again, Eddie and his team pull off the impossible, recovering downed aircraft, stranded pilots, and vital equipment. But the war takes an even darker turn for Eddie when his squad defends a hot landing zone, and he finds himself facing a brutal VC officer named Dang.

This savage killer has massacred hundreds of local villagers as punishment for helping American soldiers. As the conflict rages on, Dang and Eddie develop a personal feud that goes beyond the jungles of Vietnam. A private war that will leave Eddie haunted once more by a broken promise.

For the first time, will Eddie find himself putting vengeance before duty?

My thoughts …

This book is very much an emotional roller-coaster ride. It will take you through the complete spectrum of human emotion, and I am not ashamed to say that there were several points in this book where tears came to my eye.

I enjoyed reading this sequel to Promises to the Fallen very much. The Vietnam War is a fascinating topic for me from several angles. The author’s characters are authentic, and you cannot help but become immersed in their situation, You feel what they feel and become part of their experience.

While a work of fiction, Return to Madness places the reader in the middle of the American soldier’s experience in Vietnam. All of Glyn Haynie’s books give the interested reader a real glimpse of what the War in Vietnam was like for those who served.

I have enjoyed all of this author’s books and have seen his growth as a writer. Return to Madness is Glyn Haynie’s best work so far. I look forward to his next. This book is a definite 5 stars and I highly recommend it.

And if this book is your cup of tea, you might want to also check out Montagnard on Amazon.com.

Tunes for Tuesday: Soul Sacrifice

Sorry, this post is a little late. It has been a busy day putting some finishing touches in place for the release of my new book, Montagnard. If you are interested, you can check it out here!

Sometimes when you have limited time, you have to make a sacrifice. So, let’s head back in time to 1969 and Woodstock, and check out Soul Sacrifice by Carlos Santana.

Soul Sacrifice (Woodstock, 1969)

Carlos Santana was one hell of a guitar player. You’ve heard of blues guitarists making a deal with the devil at a crossroads for fame and success. Sometimes I wonder it Carlos Santana made a deal with some black magic woman.

Black Magic Woman (Tanglewood, 1970)

I once wondered if I could make a deal like that, but when I looked around, she wasn’t there.

She’s Not There (1977)

This was a poor sound quality video later dubbed over with the CD)

Santana’s guitar playing spoke may languages and his music is still appreciated around the globe.

Europa (Live, 1982)

Santana is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1966 by Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana. The group has undergone several line-up changes in its recording and performance history, with Carlos Santana being the only common denominator.

Maria, Maria (Live at Montreux, 2011)

This post does not have as much text and commentary as some of my other Tunes for Tuesday posts. Sometimes you just have to let the music speak for itself!