Category: Book Review

Blue Gemini – An Amazing Cold War Technothriller!

Blue Gemini – An Amazing Technothriller!

Blue Gemini is probably the first technothriller I have read, and I will be honest, it took a bit for this book to hook me. But, once it did … it was tough to put down. This book contains all the elements needed for a good read; multiple intersecting plot lines, characters that are easy to identify with,  believable dialogue, believable scenarios, and a compelling topic. Author, Mike Jenne does an excellent job of blending the space program and cold war intrigue with just the right amount of romance.

It is 1968. A young Scott Ourecky joins the U.S. Air Force. He wants to be an astronaut. But for some reason, he keeps failing the aptitude test to become a pilot. He can’t seem to “make the cut.” However, as a brilliant engineer, he suddenly finds himself chosen to work for the Aerospace Support Project, an innocuously titled program whose real purpose is to train astronauts to fly missions designed to intercept and destroy Soviet nuclear missile satellites.

When one of the astronauts drops out of the program, Ourecky is asked to step up and fill the slot until a replacement can be found. He is assigned to work with Major Drew Carson, a full-of-himself, headstrong, and abrasive test pilot. Ourecky soon finds himself much more involved than he ever thought he would be … and in some grave danger!

Historically Relevant

Our Country is entering into a new era of space travel with NASA and private corporations competing to be the next to achieve a significant milestone in space exploration. We are planning missions to Mars! This book is a fascinating look back a the beginnings of this same Space Program, at a time when astronauts still made calculations and worried about things like fuses and circuit breakers. Scott Ourecky personifies the innocent American hero who fights because he has no choice; because not fighting is a real threat to his country, his family, his friends, and his team members.

Highly Recommended

Based on a real secret space program, Blue Gemini combines thrilling space action with excellent storytelling to create an exciting modern Cold War thriller. Blue Gemini is a must-read for fans of manned spaceflight and James Bond.

When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir

War MemoirA review of When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir by Glyn Haynie

The Vietnam War was an unpopular war. This war memoir gives a young soldier’s view of that unpopular war in a way that really touches the reader. The narrative is engaging and well written in a format the non-soldier can easily understand. The photographs are also fantastic and add greatly to the feel of the narrative. The author is fair and non-judgemental in his recounting his experiences. But, the reader can feel the fear, frustration, resentment, and anger that grows … seeing friends killed in a war with no clearly defined mission or purpose, and a war that, in the end, they are not allowed to win.

Author Glyn Haynie

When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir chronicles Glyn Haynie’s long journey as a nineteen-year-old that was sent by his country to fight in an unpopular war. In 1969, Haynie served with the U.S. Army in the First Platoon Company A 3rd Battalion/1st Infantry Regiment 11th Brigade Americal (23rd Infantry) Division. Haynie eloquently tells of his experiences in a manner that is easy to read and understand. Almost any reader can identify with and connect with the narrative. Whether running all-out to escape a jungle fire set by artillery fire on a hill they had just choppered in to or being blown into the air by a command-fired 250-pound bomb, or even a weekend of R&R in Bangkok, Thailand; the reader will enjoy the narrative and identify with the characters.

A Detailed and Cohesive Narrative

Author Glyn Haynie tells his story in a cohesive and easy to read style which is easy to follow even for those not familiar with military jargon and history. I also loved how the author used letters provided by other platoon members and their families to flesh out and add variety to the narrative voice. I highly recommend this book!

God of Vengeance: A gripping, bloodthirsty Viking saga!

god of vengeance

God of Vengeance: A gripping, bloodthirsty Viking saga!

The first of a series, God of Vengeance takes place in Norway in 785 AD. The story begins with the betrayal of a lord by his king. An ambitious King Gorm betrays his oath-sworn warlord, Jarl Harald, and puts his family to the sword. However Gorm makes one fatal mistake … he does not kill Harald’s youngest son, Sigurd.

A Life for a LIfe …

With his kin slain, his village seized, and its people taken as slaves, Sigurd wonders if the gods have forsaken him. In addition, he is now hunted by powerful men, and Sigurd has only a small band of loyal followers at his side. However, with them and with the help of the All-Father, Odin, Sigurd will make King Gorm pay with his life for his treachery. Slowly, Sigurd gathers together a band of loyal and battle-tested warriors; a band that includes his father’s right-hand man Olaf, Bram (a bear of a man), Black Floki who wields death with any blade, and the fierce shieldmaiden. Valgerd, a warrior who fears no man on earth. Whether Ódin is with him or not, Sigurd will have his vengeance. And, neither man … nor the gods … will stand in his way.

Accurate Viking Lore, Culture, and Warfare!

God of Vengeance is a good Viking tale. Giles Kristian has a great understanding of Viking history, culture, religion, language, and warfare. He manages to convey it all in a compelling if somewhat predictable, story. As a result, there is a great deal of authenticity in this book and Viking fans will love it. Kristian captures the Norsemen’s fatalistic sense of humor perfectly and the dialogue is very good. I enjoyed the comradery and how the characters were constantly quipping, insulting each other and egging each other on. That tradition is very much alive in the true warrior branches of the U.S. military today. The reader will really get to know most of Sigurd’s crew and will be vested in their respective fates.

God of Vengeance is a must-read for all who enjoy thrilling, action-packed fiction in the manner of Bernard Cornwell or George R R Martin.

Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for Serpents Underfoot on Goodreads!

Skadooosh!  Serpents Underfoot scores another 5 star rating! Thank you, Kevin Keegan, for your 5 star rating of Serpents Underfoot on Goodreads. Much appreciated! I am glad you enjoyed the book! Please keep an eye out for the sequel. It will be even better.

Cristian Mihai Reviews Serpents Underfoot!

Cristian Mihai  Reviews Serpents Underfoot …

An author, Cristian Mihai, reviews Serpents Underfoot! Thank you, Cristian, for your great review of my first novel. It is much appreciated. There were several very nice comments in his review. Here are a few excerpts:

  • Writing a good thriller is mostly about the pace you set for the story. The way all the pieces fall into place, how you build suspense, how believable are your characters, the setting. It’s not an easy job.
  • D.C. Gilbert achieves this with style. The story flows smoothly. Easy and fast to read, which is a good thing when it comes to thrillers. There’s nothing that stands in the way of the story.
  • Also, the author does a fine job of detailing the world. Put differently, he knows his stuff. And you can tell. It’s always refreshing to read a book written by someone who knows what they’re writing about.
  • So, yeah, this is a great book. Well worth the time.

I would also like to express my gratitude to those who have reviewed my book on Amazon so far. It is now sitting at 8 FIVE STAR reviews (2 for the Kindle edition and 6 for the printed editions). Serpents Underfoot is available in Kindle, paperback, and hardcover formats at Amazon.com. I hope you will give my book a read!

 

About Cristian Mihai

Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good.  He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing. His blog can be found here!

Thanks, Martha, for the Five Star Review!

Reviews, Five Star ReviewAnother Five Star Review for Serpents Underfoot!

Thank you, Martha, for your thoughtful comments and great Five Star Review on Amazon.com. That makes 6 so far!

I continue to be surprised by the number of women who enjoy this book. I think Martha’s review shed some light on this for me.  While it is a counter-terrorism-type, military thriller … which in my mind, would appeal more to men, woven through the story are elements of love, family, morals, loyalty, politics, deceit, and justice. It is not just about war. It is also about many of the things that made this country great!

Core American Values

A strong sense of family, a belief in God ( or for some, a higher purpose), love of Country, sacrifice, and a strong sense of right and wrong. I guess these things would appeal to a broader base.  It is just pleasing to see so many different people enjoying the book.

So, My Shameless Plug

Five Star ReviewChristmas is just around the corner! I bet you have at least one reader on your gift list for which this book would make a great Christmas present!  Get them a  great book to curl up with and read on a snowy, winters day while sipping on a hot cup of tea, hot chocolate, a glass of wine, or even your favorite bourbon!

If you were to get them a copy of my book, Sophie and I would greatly appreciate it!

Work on the sequel progresses!