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March 27, 2014

All review copies of the following in Librarything are now fully subscribed:
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.

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Britain at War and other books available for review

February 26, 2014

The following books by James Lingard are now being added to LibraryThing and are available for review:-

ESCAPE FROM IRAN ISRAELI STYLE (Action/Adventure) (ASIN:B00D1VPZXM): A fact based short story (8015 words) inspired by the adventures of Israeli contractors caught up in the Iranian revolution who resolved to arm and fight if their desperate attempts at bluff failed. A short but powerful thriller.
Reviews include:-
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.

Review from Tony Parsons 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. Tony Parsons MSW.
Read an excerpt

Tags: adventure, thriller, action, short stories, Iran, Israel, escape.

THE DEAD MAN STRIKES BACK (Thriller) (ASIN: B00D1W030G): A short (19,224 words) action packed spy thriller set close to the venue of the Winter Olympics which blends recent history with the adventures of a British spy caught up in the war between Russia, Georgia and local Separatists.
Reviews include:-

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.
Review by Tony Parsons 4.0 out of 5 stars A dead man strikes back 23 Nov 2013 This was a very exciting book (short story) for me to read, great almost real characters & excellent content; very well written. Not sure if it is movie material. I would have to rate it at 4/5. Tony Parsons MSW.
Book Highlights with Tina Marie Says 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?
Extracts are available on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/jamesbat and https://jamesrl.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-dead-man-strikes-back
http://www.amazon.com/the-dead-man-strikes-back-ebook/dp/B00D1W030G
Tags: adventure, thriller, contemporary fiction, action, war, Georgia, spy.

IN DEFIANCE OF DANGER (Short Stories) (9372 words) (ASIN:B00D1VW5V2) A miscellany of fact based short stories relating to war, adventure, insolvency or drama in the City of London. The stories of real people compare with any thriller and the war exploits – part of our history – are a tribute to the brave.
Reviews include:-
In Defiance of Danger
Must read, 2 Jun 2013 By Char – See all my reviews
This review is for: In Defiance of Danger (Kindle Edition)
An absolute must read for war story lovers. Revealing and compelling short stories that thrill as well as inform the reader.
This review is for: In Defiance of Danger (Kindle Edition)
Review from Tony Parsons
What a great set of short stories to read. Very well written & a great story line. I’m also a history buff; especially wars. I will have to rate this book at a 5.
Thank you Tony Parsons MSW.
http://www.amazon.com/in-defiance-of-danger-ebook/dp/B00D1VW5V2
Tags: short stories, war, action, adventure, London, insolvency.
Extracts are available on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/jamesbat and https://jamesrl.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/in-defiance-of-danger
and http://www.amazon.com/in-defiance-of-danger-ebook/dp/B00D1VW5V2

BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? (paperback (ISBN 9781434359339) e-book (ISBN 9781434359346) (ASIN:B005QNPQLE)
is a history of the home front in Britain and of the salient campaigns in World War 2. 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 book has received excellent reviews including:-
The Historical Association – a charity which supports teachers in primary and secondary education but also academics at all levels – ‘Members will be interested in BRITAIN AT WAR 1939 to 1945 What was life like during the war? 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.’
History Direct and History Times (May 2009) ‘James Lingard’s Britain at War 1939-1945 presents the reader with an excellent easy to digest overview of the key events that affected Britain during World War two. He has skilfully weaved personal accounts and his own experiences into the book to deliver a fascinating insight into the trials of civilian life in Britain at this key juncture in our nation’s history.’
5.0 out of 5 stars WWII England, 24 Jan 2010
By Mr. M. W. Wabe (UK) – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)
This review is from: Britain at War 1939 to 1945: What was life like during the war? (Paperback)
This is a factual but interesting book of the lives of people who lived through WWII. It gives the stories of peoples lives, interspersed with the great speeches of such great men as Winston Churchill. It is enjoyable as a read in itself, but even more so for the memories it evokes for those who lived in those times. It provides a valuable insight into those times for us who were born in the 1950s, and onwards and without such a book, it is impossible for us to understand what life was like then. Death was almost always imminent from the bombing, food was short, hunger was not unusual, but a sort of national spirit emerged that is no longer present today.

5.0 out of 5 stars Britain at War 1939 to 1945, December 5, 2013
By Tony R. Parsons “tony parsons” (emporia KS) – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)
This review is from: Britain at War 1939 to 1945: What was life like during the war? (Paperback)
A glimpses of WWII (Battle of Britain) & the horrors Britain had to endure during WWII. Also how it affected lots of other nations worldwide; human lives, mental/medical, financial (cost of war), unemployment, poverty, politics/reasons why the war, personal individual/family perspectives…an endless list. In 2007, Britain had paid off their debt to the US from WWII.
Awesome story content, great summary of events, a few key characters; Churchill, General Eisenhower, President Roosevelt, General De Gaulle, Rommel, Hitler, General Alexander, General Montgomery, Kesselring, General Stilwell…
I am retired Army, a history buff, as well as my emphasis is on wars. This short story deserves 5 stars.
Tony Parsons MSW

Tags: Battle of Britain, Churchill, D-day, history, home front, military, world war 2

To read extracts from the book go to http://www.amazon.com/britain-at-war-ebook/dp/B005QNPQLE or http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=9781434359346

Escape From Iran Israeli Style

January 23, 2014

Escape From Iran Israeli Style.

Escape From Iran Israeli Style

January 23, 2014

Escape From Iran Israeli Style

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The Dead Man Strikes Back

January 23, 2014

The Dead Man Strikes Back

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In Defiance of Danger

January 23, 2014

In Defiance of Danger.

In Defiance of Danger

January 23, 2014

In Defiance of Danger

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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
If I am unable to review a book, or there is a delay in my review, I may feature the cover photo, book’s blurb, and a link to where it is available for sale on this page, along with author info and books average rating. My post will indicate if I will be reviewing the work in the future.
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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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Extracts are available on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/jamesbat and https://jamesrl.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-dead-man-strikes-back

Cover: http://www.amazon.com/the-dead-man-strikes-back-ebook/dp/B00D1W030G/

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 The Dead Man Strikes Back

December 11, 2013

Review by Tony Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars A dead man strikes back 23 Nov 2013 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.
By Tony R. Parsons – Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The scene opens in the Caucasus Mountains where Sergei & Alexei (partisan leader) are attending a funeral for 2 fallen comrades shot by Captain Yusuf’. They were part of the Confederation of Mountain Peoples (Chechnya/Ingushetia). The war with the Georgians had been going on for quite some time.
The Separatists wanted independence for Abkhazia. Daily shelling & air strikes turned the town into ruins & must be rebuilt. The KGB/FSB & the Russian Army controlled various parts of the city. Robert (British) another covert was to report to “Jane (M16)” for his duties.

In another episode Robert & Kristina Zentrovska (KGB/FSB) battle against an air strike & Georgian troops; Robert is not real sure if she is not the enemy, but saves her anyway.

Dr. Anna Latoya attends to their injuries she is a friend of Sergei’s. Anna joins them with their next confrontation against the Georgian Special Forces.

Their search for the missing Sergei continues, as does several more battles. He was found in a hospital.

In the end the final covert attack was foiled & Robert went back to England.

I enjoyed reading this free spy book, for a short story it was fairly easy to follow. Never really figured out who Jane is, but that’s spy stories. Not sure if it is movie material. I would have to rate it at 4/5.

Thank you
Tony Parsons MSW


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