Category Archives: Action

A Land Remembered

Title: A Land Remembered

Author: Patrick D. Smith

In 1858 Tobias Maclvey abandoned his Georgia farm, loaded his meager possessions and his wife and infant son in a wagon, and headed south into the Florida wilderness to search for a new life. What follows in A Land Remembered is a big, rougy-to7ugh, folksy Florida saga — three generations of the MacIvey family (1858-s1968) from a dirt poor cattle-droving cracker (cattle rancher who cracks a whip) to a Miami real estate tycoon.

But it is also an epic portrayal of the American pioneer will to survive against all odds. And finally it is the story of the land, how at first bare survival is scratched from it and then how it is exploited far beyond human need.

The sweeping story that emerges is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a memorable cast to crusty, indomitable crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation and hurricanes and freezes to carve a kingdom out of the swamp. But their most formidable adversary turns out to be greed, including finally their own.

Love and tenderness are here too: the hopes and passions of each new generation, friendships with the persecuted blacks and Indians, respect for the land and its wildlife.

Liar’s Key

Title: Liar’s Key

Author: Carla Neggers

Emma Sharpe is suspicious when retired Special Agent Gordon Wheelock, a legend in FBI art crimes, drops y her Boston office for a visit. Gordy says he’s heard rumors about stolen ancient mosaics, Emma, an art crimes specialist herself, won’t discuss the rumors. Especially since they involve Oliver York, an unrepentant English art thief. Gordy and Emma’s grandfather, a renowned private art detective, chased Oliver for a decade. Gordy knows Wendell Sharpe didn’t give him everything he had on the thief. even now, Oliver will never be prosecuted.

When a shocking death occurs, Emma is drawn into the investigation. The evidence points to a deadly conspiracy between Wendell and Oliver, and Emma’s finace, deep cover agent Colin Donovan, knows he can’t stay out of this one. He also knows there will be questions about Emma’s role and where her loyalties lie.

From Boston to Maine to Ireland, Emma and Colin track a dangerous killer as the lives of their family and friends are at stake. With the help of their friend, Irish priest Finian Bracken, and Emma’s brother, Lucas, the Sharpes and Donovans must band together to stop a killer.

Treachery At Lancaster Gate

Title:  Treachery At Lancaster Gate

Author:  Anne Perry

Gripping and provocative, the latest Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry peers unflinchingly into the corrupt affairs of Victorian society on the brink of the century’s turn.  The world is poised for social and political change, but England holds tight to its traditions, classes, and prejudices.

When an explosion in London kills two policemen and seriously injures three more, many believe that anarchists are the culprits.  But Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, knows the city’s radical groups well enough to suspect that someone with decidedly more personal motives lit the deadly fuse.  As he investigates the source of the fatal blast, Pitt is stunned to discover that the bombing was a calculated strike against the ranks of law enforcement.

But still more shocking revelations await, as Pitt’s inquiries lead him to a member of Parliament hoping for a lucrative business deal, a high-ranking police with secrets to keep, and an aristocratic opium addict seeking murderous revenge.  As he pursues each increasingly threating lead, Pitt fines himself impeded at every turn by the barriers put in place to protect the rich and powerful–barriers that, as they start to crumble, threaten to bury him alive.

 

 

 

 

Forty Thieves

Title:  Forty Thieves

Author:  Thomas Perry

Sid and Ronnie Abel are a first-rate husband-and-wife detective team, both ex-LAPD.  Ed and Nicole Hoyt are married assassins-for-hire living in the San Fernando Valley.  Except for deadly aim with a handgun, the two couples have little in common–until both are hired to do damage control on the same murder case.  The previous spring, after two days of torrential rain, a body was recovered from one of the city’s overwhelmed storm sewers.  The corpse was identified as James Ballantine, a middle-aged African American who worked as a research scientist for a large corporation and was well liked by his colleagues.  But two bullets to the back of the head looked like nothing if not foul play.  Now, with the case turning cold, Ballantine’s former employers bring in the Abels to succeed where the police have failed, while the Hoyts’ mysterious contractors want to make sure that the facts about Ballantine’s death stay hidden, no matter the cost.

As the Abels and Hoyts proceed on their respective missions, both couples find themselves up against an enemy the likes of which they’ve never seen.  Dramatic car chases, illicit affairs, and a notorious ring of Eastern diamond thieves all play into the plot as the book races toward its high-octane climax, and the Abels circle ever closer to the dangerous truth.

 

Hammer-Head Six

Title:  Hammer-Head-Six

Author:  Ronald Fry

Two years before the disastrous events in Lone Survivor, U.S. Army Captain Ronald Fry led an elite Special Forces team into the same remote and notorious region of north-eastern Afghanistan.  In Kunar Province’s Pech Valley, the Green Berets of Hammerhead Six hunted “high-value targets,” seized weapon stockpiles, and dodged Taliban ambushers.  But their greatest success came through unconventional warfare–the men’s efforts to “win hearts and minds” of Afghan villagers.

In a country known as the “Graveyard of Empires,” the Pech stands out as a particularly brutal killing ground, where more than 100 American soldiers have lost their lives.  Huddled in shadow of the Hindu Kush mountains, fiercely independent Pashtun tribesmen have for centuries resisted intrusion.  It was here in 2003, in a place where the line between civilians and armed zealots blurred, that Hammerhead Six established Camp Blessing, the first Special Forces “A” Camp set up since Vietnam.

Captain Ronald Fry, whom locals took to calling the “Red-bearded Commander,” recounts how his team–despite the constant threat of rocket attacks and Taliban fighters–chose to engage locals, respect their economic and cultural norms, and show them, if only for a few fleeting months, that Americans could serve as liberators.  The Green Berets, in keeping with their motto De Oppresso Liber (To Free the Oppressed”0, repaired schools, offered free medical care, helped settle village disputes, trained local security forces, and created an atmosphere of trust.

For the first time, an ungovernable province seemed governable.  But it was not to last.  When Hammerhead Six left the valley in 2004, their successors reverted to a conventional search-and-destroy strategy.  Tragedy would follow.

In Hammerhead Six, Fry recalls the seemingly forgotten accomplishments of his unit–and makes a passionate argument that its mission is a blueprint for how the American military can succeed through unconventional warfare in the wars of the twenty-first century.