August 15, 1769 – 2019 Marks 250 Years Since the Birth of Napoleon — Legal Legacy

Historical Non-Fiction Book of the Month and History Corrected Book Recommendation.

If you just read one book on the Life of Napoleon, read this one.

Most people have no impression of Napoleon other than one of his being short, pompous, exiled, and apt to keep one hand inside his coat. A recent and magnificent biography by Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life, helps to dispel the myths and misinformation, and to edify readers about Napoleon’s brilliance, achievements, and innovations. Many of […]

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Two New “Military Action Thriller” Authors Not to Miss

Let’s be honest.

The Military Action Thriller genre is crowded and stale and has become in the last decade boring and un-original.

I can name over a dozen authors of this genre whose stories and lead characters could be interchanged with one another and a majority of them would tie in together seamlessly. Not Good!

If ever a genre needed some fresh talent, aka a “Shot in the Arm” as it were, it is now!

Well, thank your lucky stars, because I have discovered two authors who I think, can do just that.

Both of them have Real World Military experience and it comes shining through in their writing.


Sean Parnell is an author who some of you fellow Military history buffs may recognize.

He wrote the superb non-fiction account Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, infidels and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan.

Being a Infantry Captain in the elite US Army 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan, Parnell definitely has the background and experience to write a “Military Action” novel!

I am big on trying not to include spoilers, so I will keep this short.

The novel is a thrill ride with teeth!

Eric Steele, the main protagonist is one bad hombre, but Parnell does not go overboard with it. He let’s Steele’s humanity and humor shine through.

Parnell’s style of writing is pretty standard for this genre with authenticity and realism being paramount. From the locations to the gear and weapons, you can tell the author has first hand knowledge.

The Second book in the Eric Steele series, All Out War will be released September 3rd.

Overall Rating: 8/10


Jack Carr is a former Navy SEAL and sniper with 20 years military experience.

Carr’s main protagonist, James Reece is a dangerous man full of loss and heartache.

Boiled down, this is a tale of revenge on an epic scale!

I will be honest and say I preferred Carr’s writing style more than Parnell’s. Both authors write descriptively and keep authenticity and realism at the forefront, but Carr has more of a rich, narrative style that actually paints that mental picture for you and places you right in the middle of the action! I will also add that Carr’s character development throughout the book is top notch.

My one big complaint with the book is like most every book that has been written by former Spec-Ops operators, it must go through a screening process by the Department of Defense. Well, for some reason the author decided to show the actual blacked out redactions in the manuscript. There are not a lot, I counted only a few, but still, I think this going a bit overboard for a work of fiction!

Carr’s second book, in the James Reece series, True Believer will be released July 30th.

Overall Rating: 9/10


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Military History Book’s to Read for 2019

Got a lot of catching up to do, but here are some that are on Tap for Summer/Fall.


Rick Atkinson who authored The Liberation Trilogy, quite possibly one of the finest WWII Trilogies ever written, has authored another Trilogy, this one on the Revolutionary War.

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777   is Book 1 of the trilogy, with the other two volumes to be released some time in 2020.

When it comes to Biographies, I am way behind also, but this is one I am definitely reading first. George Marshall: Defender of the Republic.

My World War II list always has room for another entry when it comes to Spies and Saboteurs and this one is especially interesting as it deals with the sabotage of the Nazi Atomic Bomb.  The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientist and Spies who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb.

On the Modern Warfare Front, and a very relevant topic as late is Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission to Eliminate Syrian Nuclear Power.

I have been meaning to read more books about the Korean and Vietnam Wars and will start with these two from two Authors I highly respect.

The First is On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, The Korean War’s Greatest Battle. by Hampton Sides.

And the Second is Hue 1968: A Turning Point in the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden.

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A World War Two Book Pairing

Every once in a while I come across a Non-Fiction and Fiction book that need to read together.

Jeff Shaara made a name for himself with Civil War Historical Fiction titles such as Gods and Generals and The Killer Angels but his WW2 offerings are just as good IMHO. The Rising Tide is the first in Shaara’s World War Two Quadrilogy.  It recounts the North African Campaign and the early days of the Sicilian campaign as seen from Allied and Axis Viewpoints. One of the beauties of Shaara as a writer is his ability to give the reader a broad perspective of the war while a the same time constructing solid, personable characters that give you exacting details.

Rick Atkinson’s An Army at Dawn, the first book in his Liberation Trilogy. It Recounts the Allied North African campaign in stark detail, covering strategy and tactics, biographical data on Field Commanders and eye witness accounts of such famous battles as El Alamein and Kasserine Pass.

Read together, these two books compliment one another in fantastic ways. So often people think of military history books as boring, plain or tedious, and granted, some of them are. But when you combine Rick Atkinson’s flowing narration style along with Jeff Shaara’s descriptive prose, you get an experience that not only will inform and educate but entertain and delight as well.

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: The Naked Truth: The Naked Communist Revisited, by J.C. Bowers, Sc. D.

This ‘must have’ book was written in 2012, and is an analysis of the section in W. Cleon Skousen’s book, ‘The Naked Communist,’ who, in 1958, documented the top…

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New Book About Chosin Resevoir Coming Out 10/2/18

I have been reading everything I can about the Korean War and have this in my Amazon cart for 10/2.


From the Amazon Description:

On October 15, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war.

As he was speaking, 300,000 Red Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Led by some 20,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, toward the trap Mao had set for the vainglorious MacArthur along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroic–and harrowing–operations in American military history, and one of the classic battles of all time. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage as they marched their way to the sea.

Hampton Sides’ superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly detailing the follies of the American leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt’s-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

Hampton Sides has been hailed by critics as one of the best nonfiction writers of his generation. As the Miami Herald wrote, “Sides has a novelist’s eye for the propulsive elements that lend momentum and dramatic pace to the best nonfiction narratives.”


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Book Suggestions: The Fundamentals of Shooting and Practical Wisdom from your Elders

These three books, all by John Farnam, need to be on every Civilian Operator’s bookshelf or hard drive IMO.

The first two books represent the fundamentals of gun handling, marksmanship and gun safety, both with Handguns and Long Guns. The third, Guns and Warriors, is what I would call “A book of Martialist Wisdom.”

I remember an old man once telling me that Wisdom can be defined simply as “Someone else learning about something (typically the hard way) and then passing that information on to you so you can navigate the issue more efficiently”. That is exactly what you will find in this book. 5 Years worth of emails, letters and articles aimed at helping you navigate this dangerous world in which we live.


The Farnam Method of Defensive Handgunning


The Farnam Method of Defensive Shotgun and Rifle Shooting


Guns and Warriors: DTI Quips, Volume I


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