Absolute Authority: My Review


Absolute Authority:

David Workman

 

 

A clandestine operation in the middle of the night finds several black-hooded men placed behind some crates hoping to catch their preys. But, as each member checks his weapons, defines his position and strains to try and see what was hidden in the darkness little did they know what the end result would be. One figure on the starboard bow of the boat they boarded would ignite a carnage so terrible no one would see it coming. Talon Team 6 Leader sounding off, watching the target move and as each target was picked off no one saw the one thing that would end it all. An operation in 1988 that set off an explosion that would kill many. Thinking that they had taken out the entire enemy the last thing they expected was the loud boom to follow.

 

Flashing forward to the present we meet one man that would set in motion a plan so diabolical and deadly it would rock the world. One by one several unsuspecting people are brutally murdered. Linked to the President of the United States and a team of elite assassins, one man, Gordon McAllister has been left standing. An executive recruiter by profession dealing with major corporations and heads of Fortune 500 companies, Gordon McAllister, code name Zebra, reporting only to the President of the United States learns that someone knows he and his team exists. Eliminating three members and aiming for him next, a note delivered would provide the warning that he was next. Max Preston is dangerous. Coded messages and one click of the mouse and the world would rock.

 

Imagine going to the mall and hoping to shop but being blown to bits instead. One man pretending to be a lost and absent minded shopper plants a bomb in a strategic place taking out and trapping everyone in the elevator and causing 100’s of injuries in the wake of the explosion. Throughout the United States several malls were hit. Three members of his team killed. Just how does this fit together and why did the President create a team of assassins to kill for him.

 

Max Preston was wallowing in glory at his handiwork. Listening to the news and watching the cameras flash the pictures of the carnage he created brought a smile to his sinister face. A phone call would reconfirm his success as he and his assistant enjoyed the glory and celebrate his success.

 

Contacts in place and hoping to focus in on the killer’s identity with the help of a man named Willard Stanford, McAllister views the carnage, sees the face of the man responsible and hopes the team sent to raid his house is successful. Hidden and clothed in black the elusive team enters the house of the killer and what they find and the end result does not bring them any closer to finding out who is behind these mass murders.

 

But, Molly Hindan contacts McAllister and his whole world, thought to be a closed book is now wide open and the identity of his team revealed as she explains her link to one of the murder victims, identifies him as part of the assassin team code name Zebra and hopes to learn more about why her fiancé was murdered. Together she and McAllister hope to pool their resources and information to find the answers to these murders and how someone found out about Zebra. Dinner proved interesting and the conversation had just moved into another room when a sniper shot through his window hoping to take out Gordon. But, the end result would reveal to Molly just who Peter really was, his true job and the reason why he was targeted and killed. But, there is much more as the author reveals to the reader and to Molly the history behind the many terrorist groups, the restrictions placed on the CIA and the reason why Reagan all the way back in the 80’s realized a need for Zebra. As Molly learns more about Peter and what his role was in this organization more questions related to her attack and his murder are asked and the question still rings out as to why she was left alive.

 

 

As Max Preston inspects a Russian plane the truth behind its mission is revealed to the reader. A nuclear power station is about to be attacked as one of several targets on his list. Just why has not been revealed but as Willard and Gordon reveal to Molly the truth behind Peter’s job, how they met and what exactly he really did you learn more about who might be behind the murders but not why. The cover-ups are huge and the chain of events that has yet to come will shake more than just the nuclear plant that was attacked as author David Workman takes the reader inside the mind of someone diabolical. But, just when the reader thinks he/she knows all of the players you realize that the person behind these attacks is the one person you would never suspect. Just how this links together you won’t believe as Molly might have been an oversight before but not anymore. Why would this mission and these deaths be linked to the National Security of the country?  As Preston recounts his time in an Iraqi prison we being to learn more about this man and his missions and his link to the government. But not everyone was who they appeared to be deceits ran high and betrayals even higher before the final explosion takes place.

 

Lena Miller is smart and quite cunning. Working with Max was a cover. Finding Gordon and enlightening him to the truth behind the murders, who orchestrated them and what really happened to the members of his missing team hopefully break things opened. What she reveals would he believe? The links to the Department of Homeland Security will explain how she met Max but the reasons she chose to reveal the information to Gordon makes the reader wonder just who in the government can be trusted and who cant’. Why would the government want to create the illusion of terrorist attacks on our own soil? Why blow up a nuclear plant? How could this ensure National Security? Just how far up does this go and remember Gordon reports to only one man whose Absolute Authority should reign. Just how high up in the government does this go and just where do all the players fit in? Why doesn’t Lena trust the people she worked for and what exactly is on that flash drive she managed to get from Max’s laptop and emails?

 

When Gordon contacts Stanford something seems off as former operatives were killed and secondary targets were being exposed and his friend was in trouble but would he get there before it was too late? Enter FBI analyst Allison Crenshaw whose report to the President will enlighten the reader to the gravity of the situation and who is involved. The author flashes back to 1985 to give the reader a brief history of where this all began but that you won’t get from me you need to read it for yourself and take the journey along with McAllister, Molly, Lena and one computer geek named Martin who can hack anything and find out more than you would want him to about you or me. This is one great book that you will not put down once you start it.

 

When the pieces of the puzzle are put together and the players are all revealed you will not believe who is behind the plot, why and the end result they hoped for. Just how did this all end and will the next bomb get its target? Where is it aimed and will Gordon be able to stop the chain of events set in motion by one man who wanted it all? Who lives, who dies and who survives and who will remain the Absolute Authority? Author David Workman has created a character in Gordon McAllister that we hope he brings back again. Well defined characters, plot twists that you won’t ever see coming and extensive research done to create a plot linking the past, the present and what some hoped would be the future.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer

 

This book gets: FIVE ZEBRAS 

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Absolute Authority: My Review


Absolute Authority:

David Workman

 

 

A clandestine operation in the middle of the night finds several black-hooded men placed behind some crates hoping to catch their preys. But, as each member checks his weapons, defines his position and strains to try and see what was hidden in the darkness little did they know what the end result would be. One figure on the starboard bow of the boat they boarded would ignite a carnage so terrible no one would see it coming. Talon Team 6 Leader sounding off, watching the target move and as each target was picked off no one saw the one thing that would end it all. An operation in 1988 that set off an explosion that would kill many. Thinking that they had taken out the entire enemy the last thing they expected was the loud boom to follow.

 

Flashing forward to the present we meet one man that would set in motion a plan so diabolical and deadly it would rock the world. One by one several unsuspecting people are brutally murdered. Linked to the President of the United States and a team of elite assassins, one man, Gordon McAllister has been left standing. An executive recruiter by profession dealing with major corporations and heads of Fortune 500 companies, Gordon McAllister, code name Zebra, reporting only to the President of the United States learns that someone knows he and his team exists. Eliminating three members and aiming for him next, a note delivered would provide the warning that he was next. Max Preston is dangerous. Coded messages and one click of the mouse and the world would rock.

 

Imagine going to the mall and hoping to shop but being blown to bits instead. One man pretending to be a lost and absent minded shopper plants a bomb in a strategic place taking out and trapping everyone in the elevator and causing 100’s of injuries in the wake of the explosion. Throughout the United States several malls were hit. Three members of his team killed. Just how does this fit together and why did the President create a team of assassins to kill for him.

 

Max Preston was wallowing in glory at his handiwork. Listening to the news and watching the cameras flash the pictures of the carnage he created brought a smile to his sinister face. A phone call would reconfirm his success as he and his assistant enjoyed the glory and celebrate his success.

 

Contacts in place and hoping to focus in on the killer’s identity with the help of a man named Willard Stanford, McAllister views the carnage, sees the face of the man responsible and hopes the team sent to raid his house is successful. Hidden and clothed in black the elusive team enters the house of the killer and what they find and the end result does not bring them any closer to finding out who is behind these mass murders.

 

But, Molly Hindan contacts McAllister and his whole world, thought to be a closed book is now wide open and the identity of his team revealed as she explains her link to one of the murder victims, identifies him as part of the assassin team code name Zebra and hopes to learn more about why her fiancé was murdered. Together she and McAllister hope to pool their resources and information to find the answers to these murders and how someone found out about Zebra. Dinner proved interesting and the conversation had just moved into another room when a sniper shot through his window hoping to take out Gordon. But, the end result would reveal to Molly just who Peter really was, his true job and the reason why he was targeted and killed. But, there is much more as the author reveals to the reader and to Molly the history behind the many terrorist groups, the restrictions placed on the CIA and the reason why Reagan all the way back in the 80’s realized a need for Zebra. As Molly learns more about Peter and what his role was in this organization more questions related to her attack and his murder are asked and the question still rings out as to why she was left alive.

 

 

As Max Preston inspects a Russian plane the truth behind its mission is revealed to the reader. A nuclear power station is about to be attacked as one of several targets on his list. Just why has not been revealed but as Willard and Gordon reveal to Molly the truth behind Peter’s job, how they met and what exactly he really did you learn more about who might be behind the murders but not why. The cover-ups are huge and the chain of events that has yet to come will shake more than just the nuclear plant that was attacked as author David Workman takes the reader inside the mind of someone diabolical. But, just when the reader thinks he/she knows all of the players you realize that the person behind these attacks is the one person you would never suspect. Just how this links together you won’t believe as Molly might have been an oversight before but not anymore. Why would this mission and these deaths be linked to the National Security of the country?  As Preston recounts his time in an Iraqi prison we being to learn more about this man and his missions and his link to the government. But not everyone was who they appeared to be deceits ran high and betrayals even higher before the final explosion takes place.

 

Lena Miller is smart and quite cunning. Working with Max was a cover. Finding Gordon and enlightening him to the truth behind the murders, who orchestrated them and what really happened to the members of his missing team hopefully break things opened. What she reveals would he believe? The links to the Department of Homeland Security will explain how she met Max but the reasons she chose to reveal the information to Gordon makes the reader wonder just who in the government can be trusted and who cant’. Why would the government want to create the illusion of terrorist attacks on our own soil? Why blow up a nuclear plant? How could this ensure National Security? Just how far up does this go and remember Gordon reports to only one man whose Absolute Authority should reign. Just how high up in the government does this go and just where do all the players fit in? Why doesn’t Lena trust the people she worked for and what exactly is on that flash drive she managed to get from Max’s laptop and emails?

 

When Gordon contacts Stanford something seems off as former operatives were killed and secondary targets were being exposed and his friend was in trouble but would he get there before it was too late? Enter FBI analyst Allison Crenshaw whose report to the President will enlighten the reader to the gravity of the situation and who is involved. The author flashes back to 1985 to give the reader a brief history of where this all began but that you won’t get from me you need to read it for yourself and take the journey along with McAllister, Molly, Lena and one computer geek named Martin who can hack anything and find out more than you would want him to about you or me. This is one great book that you will not put down once you start it.

 

When the pieces of the puzzle are put together and the players are all revealed you will not believe who is behind the plot, why and the end result they hoped for. Just how did this all end and will the next bomb get its target? Where is it aimed and will Gordon be able to stop the chain of events set in motion by one man who wanted it all? Who lives, who dies and who survives and who will remain the Absolute Authority? Author David Workman has created a character in Gordon McAllister that we hope he brings back again. Well defined characters, plot twists that you won’t ever see coming and extensive research done to create a plot linking the past, the present and what some hoped would be the future.

 

Fran Lewis: reviewer

 

This book gets: FIVE ZEBRAS 

Porcupine Seeds


Porcupine Seeds

Viji K. Chary

Hi Everyone: My Name Is Porcupine: Here is My Story:

All my life I have been told that I would never be able to create a beautiful garden with magnificent flowers. My friend Raccoon has the most picturesque garden filled with soft grass, juicy apricots and precious sunflowers. He works hard on his garden. I have tried and tried but all I get are brown plants. Instead of a green thumb I have been blessed with a brown one. But, my friend Raccoon told me that I could grow sunflowers too. The secret he says: Sh: all you need is soil, sun and water and of course seeds. But, please don’t give it away. I want to make sure that no one knows what I am going to try and do and if everyone learns the secret things might get too crowded and I really want to surprise my friends if I succeed. Besides having a brown thumb is not something that I really want to get around and if I do not succeed I really do not want anyone to know. Determination and hard work is what it will take to get this special project done. Putting that extra effort and care into this will hopefully

Work. When my friend Raccoon heard me say that I would to plant and grow Sunflowers he told me the secret ingredients needed and he even gave me the most important ones: THE SEEDS!

Step one is to get all of the ingredients or things I need together in order to begin. I found a pot in the shed, an old bag of soil, a watering can of course the Sun. Hoping to get this right I scooped up some of the soil and filled the pot. So far so good. Next, is the hardest part. I had to pour out the seeds and make sure that I had just enough. Five should be about right. I do not want the pot to be overcrowded. Okay: One, two, three, four and five seeds. I did it! But, then a breeze came along the seeds blew away. Now I have to start over again.” Porcupine would not give up so he poured out five more seeds and this time using one of his own quills he managed to poke five holes in the soil and drop the seeds in one at a time.

I hope you remember the ingredients because Porcupine is not home free yet. “ Next, I needed to make sure that I watered the seeds, the soil part is done and of course the precious sun. Just hope it does not rain. I put the pot on my sunny porch and now for the water.” Filling the can it overflowed and he had to pour some of the water out. Lifting the lightened can Porcupine watered his precious seeds. So, proud of himself as you can see from the illustrations in the book and the huge smile on his face, he now did everything he could. “ All I need to do is water them every day,” he said. And he did!

Everything did not go as planned as you will learn. Porcupine noticed that the sun was brighter and stronger on the other side of the garden. He decided to move the seeds. Before he could get to the other side of the garden he tripped. Poor Porcupine was really upset and did not know what to do. The pot broke. The seeds and the soil splattered all over the place and the end result he realized that the seeds were gone or at least he thought they were gone. Porcupine was really sad. He did not even enjoy his lemonade or reading his book.

When he stepped outside after his nap you won’t believe what happened and what he saw. “ This is Porcupine and I have asked Fran not to tell you what happened after the seeds and the pot fell apart. I asked her to not give away whether my brown thumb ever becomes a green one. The seeds were gone and I won’t tell you and she won’t tell you where they wound up or if my garden has sunflowers. When my friends come over to see my garden will they be surprised? Will my garden be filled with beautiful sunflowers and maybe some other plants? I do not mind hard work and I know that if something really matters and is important then you have to work hard and try your best to succeed. Author Viji K. Chary created me and I hope she will bring me back for more adventures with my friends Raccoon and Skunk. She created the story and her friend Bridget McKenna made it come to life with her great illustrations. She really made me so handsome and my friends looked good too. Her artwork is so colorful and the characters, like me, look so lifelike. The author loves to write children’s stories and adult books too. But, just like me Viji enjoys reading and she hopes that you will enjoy reading the story she wrote about me Porcupine Seeds and find out what happens”

This is great read aloud story for younger readers to hear in school. It is a great book to teach kids about friendship, determination and hard work to get the job done. Beautiful story and great pictures and a really great way to teach kids about planting and gardening.

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

This book gets: FIVE GOLDEN SUNFLOWERS FOR PORCUPINE

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Porcupine Seeds: My Review


Porcupine Seeds

Viji K. Chary

Hi Everyone: My Name Is Porcupine: Here is My Story:

All my life I have been told that I would never be able to create a beautiful garden with magnificent flowers. My friend Raccoon has the most picturesque garden filled with soft grass, juicy apricots and precious sunflowers. He works hard on his garden. I have tried and tried but all I get are brown plants. Instead of a green thumb I have been blessed with a brown one. But, my friend Raccoon told me that I could grow sunflowers too. The secret he says: Sh: all you need is soil, sun and water and of course seeds. But, please don’t give it away. I want to make sure that no one knows what I am going to try and do and if everyone learns the secret things might get too crowded and I really want to surprise my friends if I succeed. Besides having a brown thumb is not something that I really want to get around and if I do not succeed I really do not want anyone to know. Determination and hard work is what it will take to get this special project done. Putting that extra effort and care into this will hopefully

Work. When my friend Raccoon heard me say that I would to plant and grow Sunflowers he told me the secret ingredients needed and he even gave me the most important ones: THE SEEDS!

Step one is to get all of the ingredients or things I need together in order to begin. I found a pot in the shed, an old bag of soil, a watering can of course the Sun. Hoping to get this right I scooped up some of the soil and filled the pot. So far so good. Next, is the hardest part. I had to pour out the seeds and make sure that I had just enough. Five should be about right. I do not want the pot to be overcrowded. Okay: One, two, three, four and five seeds. I did it! But, then a breeze came along the seeds blew away. Now I have to start over again.” Porcupine would not give up so he poured out five more seeds and this time using one of his own quills he managed to poke five holes in the soil and drop the seeds in one at a time.

I hope you remember the ingredients because Porcupine is not home free yet. “ Next, I needed to make sure that I watered the seeds, the soil part is done and of course the precious sun. Just hope it does not rain. I put the pot on my sunny porch and now for the water.” Filling the can it overflowed and he had to pour some of the water out. Lifting the lightened can Porcupine watered his precious seeds. So, proud of himself as you can see from the illustrations in the book and the huge smile on his face, he now did everything he could. “ All I need to do is water them every day,” he said. And he did!

Everything did not go as planned as you will learn. Porcupine noticed that the sun was brighter and stronger on the other side of the garden. He decided to move the seeds. Before he could get to the other side of the garden he tripped. Poor Porcupine was really upset and did not know what to do. The pot broke. The seeds and the soil splattered all over the place and the end result he realized that the seeds were gone or at least he thought they were gone. Porcupine was really sad. He did not even enjoy his lemonade or reading his book.

When he stepped outside after his nap you won’t believe what happened and what he saw. “ This is Porcupine and I have asked Fran not to tell you what happened after the seeds and the pot fell apart. I asked her to not give away whether my brown thumb ever becomes a green one. The seeds were gone and I won’t tell you and she won’t tell you where they wound up or if my garden has sunflowers. When my friends come over to see my garden will they be surprised? Will my garden be filled with beautiful sunflowers and maybe some other plants? I do not mind hard work and I know that if something really matters and is important then you have to work hard and try your best to succeed. Author Viji K. Chary created me and I hope she will bring me back for more adventures with my friends Raccoon and Skunk. She created the story and her friend Bridget McKenna made it come to life with her great illustrations. She really made me so handsome and my friends looked good too. Her artwork is so colorful and the characters, like me, look so lifelike. The author loves to write children’s stories and adult books too. But, just like me Viji enjoys reading and she hopes that you will enjoy reading the story she wrote about me Porcupine Seeds and find out what happens”

This is great read aloud story for younger readers to hear in school. It is a great book to teach kids about friendship, determination and hard work to get the job done. Beautiful story and great pictures and a really great way to teach kids about planting and gardening.

Fran Lewis: Reviewer

This book gets: FIVE GOLDEN SUNFLOWERS FOR PORCUPINE