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Book Reviews

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.


Escape From Iran Israeli Style

January 23, 2014

Escape From Iran Israeli Style.

The Dead Man Strikes Back

January 23, 2014

The Dead Man Strikes Back

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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
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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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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
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

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

Book reviews

December 2, 2013

My books are currently receiving their first reviews on Goodreads

Initial results are most promising:-

In Defiance Of Danger (Short Stories) Five Stars

The Dead Man Strikes Back (Thriller) Four Stars

Escape From Iran Israeli Style (Action/Adventure) Four Stars

All are available on Amazon/Kindle and further information is available at https://www.shelfari/com/jamesrl

I hope you all enjoy reading them.

All the best

James Lingard

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.

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