Daily Archives: February 2, 2012

Enterprise: America’s Fightingest Ship And The Men Who Helped Win World War II by Barrett Tillman

EnterpriseReviewed by Cy Hilterman

An excellent factual book that takes this fabulous ship from day of launching to the day she was scrapped. The Enterprise, as you will learn in this finely detailed book, had a torrid history in the Pacific area with only a few short jaunts elsewhere. If you are looking for a fictional war book, Enterprise is NOT for you. Barrett Tillman has researched far and wide to obtain the history of the ship, its commanders over the years, the many other officers that assisted running her, the many sailors that kept her shipshape, the various airplanes and pilots that lived, and some that died on or near her, the many sorties flown by her airmen, the many air battles against the Japanese in the air and on land, the attacks on many Japanese ships, and the losses of so many good men, American and Japanese.

You will feel as though you are walking in the footsteps of these battle weary men whether they are on the ship, in the air, or on a brief leave to attempt to settle their minds and bodies. The men of the Enterprise actually never relaxed; they lived the Enterprise as though she were a part of them and they were a part of the ship. Enterprise was launched on October 3, 1936 as one of the original “fast carriers” in the American fleet. Compared to today’s carriers the Enterprise was a midget but in those days she was a monster capable of holding her own in action. Fortunately she was not at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese launched their despicable attack on December 7, 1941, for those ships that were there suffered slight to mostly total destruction of ships and a huge loss of men.

This factual book gives a very vivid detailed description of her, her men, and her airplanes action throughout the war. It details each battle, each type of aircraft and the updating of them as the war went on, while giving the reader a history of the various areas in which the Enterprise was active. You will learn the many island battles fought on land, sea, and in the air to take back areas that the Japanese had captured in the beginning of the war. Enterprise had quite a few commanders each with his own temperament and personality and interacted with the ships men as different as day and night. Speaking of night, Enterprise was the first carrier to train and fly night missions, a very challenging act by pilots and deck directors, both launching and landing.

El Gavilan by Craig McDonald

El Gavilan Reviewed by Teri Davis

What do you do when your job causes the death of your wife and child? How do you go on?

Tell Lyon left the Border Patrol to start over as head of the police in New Austin, Ohio. Hoping that the problems of the past never reappear, heading a small law enforcement force might just be what he needs.

One of his first duties is to meet with the sheriffs of the two neighboring areas, Sheriff Able Hawk from Horton County and Walt Pierce from Vale County. He quickly realizes that there will be territorial and overlapping boundaries between these close-in proximity areas. Also, he quickly concludes that both have a completely opposite approach to law enforcement.

The problem of immigration, both legal and illegal, is the focus point for each of these three law enforcement leaders. How the three of them approach this realistic problem is visibly apparent in El Gavilan.

El Gavilan, which means hawk in Spanish in the nickname given to the highly opinionated Sheriff Hawk. This man assists the legal immigrants in numerous ways within the community but has no patience for the illegals. With introducing Tell into the community, he discovers a kindred spirit which assists in developing their respect and mutual friendship.

Uplifters, Inspirational Stories From The Heart by Debbie Hoffman Nutile

Uplifters~Inspirational Stories from the Heart Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

There are twenty-three mostly delightful heartwarming stories in this book, including one from the author. As I read each story I felt almost every mood I could possibly feel as others told me personal stories from their heart and mind as they remembered them. A few were a bit “out there” in my mind but in the writers mind that part of their life must have been very meaningful.

All of the stories were placed in this book exactly as each author remembered and told them. Some of the spelling and punctuation was off but the general meanings get through. The first story gets the reader started very well with a driver that knew something was wrong with them so they pulled over and requested an ambulance. Sure enough, she was correct regarding her health. The rest of the stories run from inner feelings of the writer, to their relationship with God, to their love of nature, to their love and sometimes failure of humans, to animals, and on and on. Most had a need for something, but they were not sure what that “something” was. Some had parents or other family problems that needed straightened out in their life; some needed a better presence with God; some just needed guidance for the next step of their life.

Four Below: A Detective Inspector Liam McLusky Investigation by Peter Helton

Four BelowReviewed by Joanne Reynolds

Detective McLusky is a disgruntled DI in Bristol, England. He is single, doesn’t eat right, smokes, etc. The police station he works at is rather small and so is his office. He really is not the happiest of men.

There is a murder of an individual who is found in Leigh Woods. The victim is partly buried and stoned to death. The murder victim is a drug addict and so we are being lead to believe this is a deal gone bad.

Within days, there are many drug-related deaths that are not as easily explained. It seems as if the addicts died by ingesting heroin that has been laced with anthrax.

After this, the death toll keeps going up with victims being drugged to death and then others that are found in the woods having been brutally killed with stones.

Chasing Her Destiny by Terri Friedlander

Chasing Her DestinyReviewed by Teri Davis

“I forgot to do something in my life. I forgot to have kids.”

Life has changed tremendously in the last hundred years. Where women use to dream only of marrying and having a family, now women can develop a career and decide themselves when is the best time to marry or to have children. However, life doesn’t always work out the way you plan.

Sherri Richmond loves her life of working in Manhattan for a group of attorneys. She is not concerned about money or the time that she spends earning that money. Life for her now is successful and she thrives on the stress, competitiveness, and ambition the keeps her near the top of the corporate ladder. Being briefly married earlier in her life, has just strengthened her sense of independence and made her proud of her personal accomplishments in the business world.

Then she meets Kent Weber. Skeptically, she finds him to be perfect for her. She is uncertain of anyone being just too good to be true, but he really seems to be genuine. The two quickly marry and begin their life together. Both though find themselves longing for children after being married for five years and this is their story of fulfilling that need.

The strength of Chasing Her Destiny is the realism when nature does not always cooperate with our personal desires. The struggle emotionally with infertility is a subject that is not often mentioned. This is a story for anyone who wants a child and for some undiagnosed or logical reason, just cannot become pregnant and the effect this can have on both a husband and a wife.