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March 27, 2014

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1. BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? (paperback (ISBN 9781434359339) e-book (ISBN 9781434359346) (ASIN:B005QNPQLE) is a concise easy to digest history of the home front in Britain and of the salient campaigns in World War 2. The book brings alive the harsh realities of life in the war – life full of uncertainty and the danger of impending death. How did a family with a small child caught up in such a war survive? A series of narrow escapes induced the belief that: If a bomb has your name on it, you are dead whatever you do; and if not, it will miss you. The author’s memories are interwoven with quotations from Churchill’s speeches and overviews of the major campaigns.
2 THE DEAD MAN STRIKES BACK (Thriller) (ASIN: B00D1W030G): A short (19,224 words) fast moving blend of recent history with the fictional adventures of a British spy was inspired by Russia’s problems with Chechnya and the war between Russia and Georgia over semi-independent Abkhazia. The result is an action packed thriller full of danger and drama. Much of the action takes place in Sukhumi – then a veritable Cauldron of Hate – and against a background of the Caucasus Mountains close to where the Winter Olympics took place. Our hero is being hunted by Chechen terrorists – ‘You’re a dead man, English. We know who you are. Go home, or you die.’ But can he trust the Russian FSB (formerly KGB) officer who befriends him and how will she react to Anna, a Separatist?
3. IN DEFIANCE OF DANGER (Short Stories) (9372 words) (ASIN:B00D1VW5V2) is a miscellany of fact based short stories relating to:-
(1) D-Day. How would you feel approaching the shore batteries?
(2)MTB sights pocket battleship
(3)Germans surrounding the house
(4)Escape from German tanks
(5) Passenger in mid-air collision
(6)An enemy of the Mafia
(7 – 11) Other stories.
These stories are about real people and compare with any thriller. The war exploits – part of our history – are a tribute to the brave.
4. ESCAPE FROM IRAN ISRAELI STYLE (Action/Adventure) (ASIN:B00D1VPZXM): A fact based short story (8015 words) inspired by the action packed adventures of Israeli engineers who, whilst supervising construction works on a military base for the Shah’s army deep in central Iran, found themselves caught up in the Iranian revolution of 1st February 1979. Faced with a nightmare scenario, they regarded their chances of escape as negligible and resolved to arm themselves and fight if their desperate attempts at bluff failed. What should they do? Some were on the Palestinian death list and they had a newspaper photograph of Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader, shaking hands with Ayatollah Khomeini on the balcony of the Israeli embassy in Tehran.

Escape From Iran Israeli Style

January 23, 2014

Escape From Iran Israeli Style.

The Dead Man Strikes Back – Winter Olympics

December 30, 2013

The Dead Man Strikes Back, set near the Winter Olympics, describes the scenes in some detail, though the story is fiction. The ‘abundance of description’ is a point of criticism by the latest reviewer, but readers may find it adds interest in view of the Olympics and the latest unrest in the region.
Further reviews are expected shortly. In particular:
Book Highlights With Tina Marie Says
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THE DEAD MAN STRIKES BACK
This powerful fast moving blend of recent history with the fictional adventures of a British spy was inspired by Russia’s problems with Chechnya and the war between Russia and Georgia over semi-independent Abkhazia. The result is an action packed thriller full of danger and drama. Much of the action takes place against a background of the Caucasus Mountains. But can our hero trust the Russian FSB (formerly KGB) officer who befriends him and how will she react to Anna, a Separatist?
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Review by Tony Parsons of In Defiance Of Danger

December 19, 2013

This review is for: In Defiance of Danger (Kindle Edition)
Review from Tony Parsons
D-Day WWII fighting the Germans.
Maurice (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve). As the ship approached the beach head they begin to fire at the Germans. Their sister ships were being blown to pieces. Messerschmitt’s were also all around them. He returned to normal life as a hero and very successful in his career as a solicitor.

Richard (Navy) hunted German U-boats. On 1 battle his ships were low on fuel & had to abandon the mission, the Germans won this 1.

The Colonel had his men hold up in an abandoned farmhouse for a brief R/R when the Germans attacked. They returned fire & the Germans get beat finally left.

The Allied Colonel always liked to lead the way. In 1 battle his tanks/crew were surround by Panzer tanks. They were taken prisoner. The British officers were entertained & the other soldiers were escorted off to another building. The Allies overcame the guards and stole some tanks, when the Germans caught up with them later a battle erupted, he did not hang around.

After the war was over Tom (solicitor) received a call from a pilot who wanted to visit with him. When they met he told Tom his story of how they narrowly escaped death.

Tom had met a lot of eccentric PPL in his life. 1 is from South America, quite the worldly traveller he is an adviser on international finance to his President. In the winter he lives in South Africa. He needs protection because the Mafia is after him, more than likely a gambling debt; they owned horses. Tom never saw him again. He later read in the paper in South Africa the Africans must deal with the apartheid on a daily basis & someone who helped mercenary’s find employment had stolen an enormous amount of money & vanished into thin air.

A Chief Superintendent from Scotland Yard armed with a warrant wanted to visit with Tom. He was shown a picture of 1 of his former clients. The man worked for the embassy; Tom found out the officials investigating the case that he had taken money; he was executed.

8, 9, 10, 11.

Wow, I am retired US Army/reserves. This book not only has military in it but spy spoofs & devious PPL as well. What a great set of short stories to read.

I did not take notes on the last 4. Everyone was either a continuance or unique. Very well written; a great story line. I’m also a history buff; especially wars. I will have to rate this free book at a 5.

Thank you
Tony Parsons MSW

Review by Tony Parsons of Escape From Iran Israeli Style

December 10, 2013

Review by Tony Parsons of Escape From Iran Israeli Style.

Review by Tony Parsons of Escape From Iran Israeli Style

December 10, 2013

David (engineer) a former military commander, now a civilian contractor & others; including Israeli engineers are stationed in Iran to help rebuild. Ben is in charge of the various construction projects at the base. The Shah’s army is the security force.

Ben reads/shows the morning newspaper to the group with grave concern. There’s been a revolution in Tehran, Ayatollah Khomeini has returned from exile & the Shah has left the country. A picture portrayed Ayatollah & Yasser Arafat shaking hands at the embassy.

David was in grave danger also the Palestinians had him on a hit list.

The Shah had set down the rules & 100’s of demonstrators had been killed or tortured by his secret police. He was now considered a enemy combatant.

David decided he needed to take charge of everyone so they would not all be killed. Do they stay & fight the Shah or leave? The decision was made to leave the base at once. Those stationed at the base were: the majority engineering specialists, 2 pilot officers, a flight sergeant; a lieutenant, a few Jr. Tank commanders & artillery officers & 2 ex Special Forces NCOs.

They all helped round up what guns/munitions & food supplies they could scrounge up. They had 4 Iranian army trucks of stuff. They headed south away from Isfahan but encountered some enemy soldiers & a helicopter had flown over them.

A new decision had been made to plan an assault on a police station at Na’in. Everyone was taken captive with hardly any confrontation with the Israelis & placed in the cells. They confiscated all the guns/munitions & left.

4 different groups were detailed & were set up & also assigned to take watch duty.

Along the way they found some buses & remodelled them & abandoned the 4 trucks. In the next village they came to the spoke with the locals & took food/water from a local store.

The Israelis headed toward Tehran. Upon arrival there were people celebrating the return of the Ayatollah & the abdication of the Shah. Looting had gone on the rampage, buildings & property were set fire or destroyed, & lynch mobs were executing PPL.

David explained to the group they were neutral & must not take part or even intervene. What now? Where do we go from here?

They found an Iranian plane but it did not have air clearance to fly in Israel. 2 Israeli fighter jets, 1 on each wing, forced the plane down at a remote desert military airfield in Israel. Were the interrogators really going to believe they were Israeli engineers?

OMG, 1st I must say I am former military. When you are sent to a country to rebuild you must do minimal damage to the remaining enemy combatants, & help the citizens & politicians rebuild towns & restore their country to somewhat civil terms….things will never ever be the same.

There must be a continuance?

This was a very exciting book (short story) for me to read, great almost real characters & excellent content; very well written, I will give it 4/5 stars.

Thank you
Tony Parsons MSW

Books by James Lingard

September 6, 2013

BOOKS by JAMES LINGARD

ESCAPE FROM IRAN ISRAELI STYLE (Action/Adventure)
A fact based short story inspired by the action packed adventures of Israeli engineers who were supervising construction works on a military base for the Shah’s army deep in central Iran when they found themselves caught up in the Iranian revolution of 1st February 1979. Faced with a truly horrific drama, they regarded their chances of escape as negligible and resolved to arm themselves and fight if their desperate attempts at bluff failed. What should they do? Would war with Israel be declared? The result is a short but powerful thriller.
Char reviewed Escape From Iran Israeli Style
Excellent 2 June 2013 A great book to read for war literature lovers. Excellent writing and captivating story. Enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Tags: adventure, thriller, action, short stories, Iran, Israel, escape.

THE DEAD MAN STRIKES BACK (Thriller)
This powerful fast moving blend of recent history with the fictional adventures of a British spy was inspired by Russia’s problems with Chechnya and the war between Russia and Georgia over semi-independent Abkhazia. The result is an action packed thriller full of danger and drama. Much of the action takes place against a background of the Caucasus Mountains. But can our hero trust the Russian FSB (formerly KGB) officer who befriends him and how will she react to Anna, a Separatist?
Char reviewed The Dead Man Strikes Back
Powerful thriller I thoroughly enjoyed reading this action packed thriller, an excellently written and fast moving story that makes you want to keep reading.
Tags: adventure, thriller, contemporary fiction, action, war, Georgia, spy.

IN DEFIANCE OF DANGER (Short Stories)
In Defiance of Danger is a miscellany of fact based short stories relating to war, action packed adventure, insolvency or drama in the City of London. It reveals how real people behaved in dangerous or difficult situations both in war and peace. Their stories compare with any thriller and the war exploits – part of our history – are a tribute to the brave.
Char reviewed In Defiance of Danger
Must read 2 June 2013 An absolute must read for war story lovers. Revealing and compelling short stories that thrill as well as inform the reader.
Tags: short stories, war, action, adventure, London, insolvency, drama.

BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war?
Memoir Recalls Boyhood Spent Experiencing Harsh Realities of World War II
Combining the intensely personal with the indelibly historical, this powerful memoir reflects on a boyhood subjected to the harsh realities of World War II in Britain – a fascinating journey full of danger, uncertainty and the bonds of family.
A series of narrow escapes induces the belief that: If a bomb has your name on it, you are dead whatever you do; and if not, it will miss you. Set against a background of impending death, the prose is interspersed with quotes from Churchill’s speeches and an overview of the major campaigns in the important theatres of conflict, adding a political context to a personal story.
BRITAIN at WAR is dedicated to all those who suffered on the road to victory and was written primarily for readers curious about the life their parents and grandparents endured in wartime Britain. How did a family with a small child caught up in such a war survive?

Reviews include:-
The Historical Association – a charity which supports teachers in primary and secondary education but also academics at all levels and anyone interested in history – ‘Members will be interested in BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 what was life like during the war? by James Lingard (ISBN 9781434359339) which brings alive the harsh realities of life in Britain during the war – life full of uncertainty and the danger of impending death. It also provides ‘a concise history of the salient campaigns in World War 2 ideal for anyone who lacks the time or inclination to study the larger works.’
UCL People (University College London) (March 2009) ‘A memoir of boyhood in Britain during World War II, this short but powerful book brings together personal reflections with the historical and political context. The author’s memories are interwoven with quotations from Churchill’s speeches and overviews of the major campaigns. ‘Britain at War’ is written from the standpoint of people directly involved, and all personal experiences are based on actual events.’
Britain at War is available in paperback (ISBN 9781434359339) through local bookshops or on-line; or from AuthorHouse or Kindle as an e-book (ISBN 9781434359346). More information including extracts from the book is available at https://jamesrl.wordpress.com/ or on Goodreads.

In Defiance of Danger

May 30, 2013

In Defiance of Danger

In Defiance of Danger is a miscellany of fact based short stories. The first four chapters describe incidents which occurred in the Second World War and are a tribute to the brave. The following remarkable stories are about how real people behaved in dangerous or difficult peacetime situations and compare with any thriller.

Extract: “On D-day, Maurice’s landing craft had on board one tank and three guns – all modified with their barrels in fixed positions to fire straight ahead at a target one thousand yards away. He had orders to search out a shore battery; aim the guns by steering his boat straight at it, then fire at 1,000 yards. Training had shown that this was the best way to ensure accuracy by the army gunners, but approaching the alerted German guns in a straight line had to be insane.

Maurice and his sister craft approached the landing beaches at full speed ahead – not that their cumbersome craft wallowing in the swell had much of a racing capability. Their progress seemed leaden. What kind of reception could they expect? Would the Germans bother to use their heavy guns against such tiny targets? The whole area had been heavily bombed, but it felt as though they were alone against the might of an invisible German army.

A mile out and no target identified. Suddenly, a loud explosion to port. A quick glance – the sister ship had received a direct hit and exploded into pieces. Zigzag. Just in time. Another battery closer to Maurice fired at him. This is it. He headed directly for it. Hold on – 1100 yards. Wait for it – fire.

Maurice and the battery fired more or less simultaneously. They missed; he did not. The shell from the tank hit the concrete bunker housing the guns, but made precious little impression on it. The shells from the three guns exploded – – and produced red smoke. Red smoke, Maurice swore as he turned away from the beach to try another attack.

Suddenly, a tremendous explosion occurred. The battery had gone – not only the battery but the low cliff on which it stood had collapsed into the sea.

Now the time had come to take on the second battery which had sunk his sister craft. Maurice had to cover half a mile before he was in range. He did not hesitate, random zigzags and a lot of prayer.

Escape From Iran Israeli Style

May 30, 2013

A fact based short story inspired by the action packed adventures of Israeli engineers sent to supervise construction works on a military base for the Shah’s army deep in central Iran. They found themselves caught up in the Iranian revolution of 1st February 1979. Faced with a truly horrific drama, they regarded their chances of escape as negligible. What should they do? Would war with Israel be declared? The result is a short but powerful thriller as the Israelis metamorphose from fugitives to an aggressive fighting force.

EXCERPT: “Silence; total silence! No tramp of marching feet; no shouted orders; no trucks grinding passed the window of his quarters and why no reveille? David, always an early riser – ever since his own army days as a tank commander – stirred restlessly still only half awake.

He glanced at his watch – reveille should have sounded at least five minutes ago. Outrageous, such an omission was unprecedented. He listened intently. Had the entire garrison melted away in the night – quietly so as not to disturb his sleep – leaving behind a ghostly replica of their camp in the early morning mist? He must be having a nightmare; but the stillness was real.

Wide awake now, he found the mystery which confronted him totally disconcerting. Just what had happened? What should he do? He reminded himself that the Shah’s army had total responsibility for security, his own army days were over. The base was part of the Shah’s last desperate attempts to be invincible to all threats, internal or external.

As the silence persisted, he became increasingly alarmed – the more so when he caught the muffled sound of a suppressed oath outside his window. Dressing hurriedly and checking the revolver he always carried about his person, he decided to investigate before hastening over to join his fellow engineers for breakfast in the mess. Something must be seriously amiss.

Opening the door cautiously, he stopped and looked around. Not a soul in sight in whichever direction he looked – not even by the main headquarters building. Where was everybody? Normally, the first bus loads of workers would be arriving from Isfahan. Iranian troops guarding the base would be everywhere. Today, nothing; he was alone or so it seemed. Then the sound of running feet round the next corner, but when he reached it, they were gone.

The Dead Man Strikes Back

May 29, 2013

The Dead Man Strikes Back

This contemporary fiction is full of danger and suspense, blending recent history with the adventures of a British spy sent to rescue a missing colleague. The result is a fast moving action packed thriller, set against the background of Russia’s problems with Chechnya and Georgia. Much of the drama takes place against a background of the magnificent Caucasus Mountains. But can our hero trust the Russian FSB (formerly KGB) officer who befriends him and how will she react to Anna, a Separatist?

Extract: “A pistol shot echoed around the snow-capped peaks. Startled jackdaws rose from their nests. Night had begun to fall, and with it came the all-pervading cold made all the more merciless by a gusting north wind.

Down amongst the twenty or so dwellings huddled together on a narrow ledge high in the Caucasus Mountains, a group of women redoubled their ululating as they prepared a funereal supper. The men began to chant salaams, which carried to the tiny group of mourners clustered around the freshly dug graves.

Sergei, in his long grey overcoat and wide-topped sheepskin hat, gazed down at the two bodies lying at his feet in open rough pine coffins. Each had a bullet hole in the centre of its forehead, and another through the heart; both men would have been dead before they hit the ground.

He bowed his head in respectful silence. ‘So young, so very young,’ he sighed, staring thoughtfully at the lights of two distant villages, the one where he was born perched high above the other, under a massive rock peak which protected it from the worst rigors of the winter blizzards. These were his people, his mountains – range after range stretching into the mists.

Somehow, they seemed to give him the courage to glance across at Alexei, the local partisan leader, a giant of a man with an ugly scar on his right cheek which his black beard could not conceal. Their eyes did not meet and neither spoke.

‘They died for the cause. They are heroes of the Confederation of Mountain Peoples and must be honoured as such,’ a voice growled. ‘Good men, comrades. This is Captain Yusuf’s work – not many can shoot like that.’

Sergei nodded. One of the bodies could so easily have been his own. Rumour had it that both he and Alexei were on the Captain’s death list.

The partisan’s grip tightened on the strap of the Kalashnikov slung across his back, his face ravaged by exhaustion and sorrow; but he looked away, as if seeking comfort from the old sepulchres in the small cemetery and from the square stone towers of the mountain village – a relic of the past.

Crack. Two bodies; two shots – the proprieties had been observed. Sergei mouthed a silent prayer

Then the fire seemed to come into Alexei’s eyes as he pledged a blood feud with the Georgians – a feud to end all feuds. Sergei walked over and stood beside him – a gesture of solidarity.

The partisan responded with a hug and a kiss on both cheeks and turned to the villagers: ‘Now is the time for leadership; the time for vengeance. Follow me. These grenades clipped to the metal loops in my ammunition belt, this Kalashnikov, and the armed men around me, all have urgent work to do.’

He took a pace backwards, stood smartly to attention, then slowly raised his right arm above his head and clenched his fist. The whole village fell silent. With quiet dignity, he ordered: ‘Bury them. They will be avenged.’

Sergei bared his head and watched as the coffins were solemnly nailed down and lowered into the ground. Tears welled up in his eyes as they were covered with earth – out of sight for ever. As if to enhance the melancholy, a younger element began to dance to the haunting accompaniment of a balalaika – a dance which grew faster and wilder as it progressed.”


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