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Newsletter for October 2012

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Book Giveaways for October

thepanther.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of The Panther by Nelson DeMille. Click on book cover for more information and to enter.








sayyouresorry.jpgOne random winner will be chosen to receive a copy of Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham. Click on book cover for more information and to enter.


 

 

Several other book giveaways are posted on the home page of Bestsellersworld.com. Be sure to enter.


Book Giveaway Winners for August

Winner of Low Pressure

Shelly Itkin - NY

Winner of Breed

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Featured Book - Murder Takes Time: Friendship & Honor Series, Book I, (Volume 1) by Giacomo Giammatteo

murdertakestime.jpgA string of brutal murders has bodies piling up in Brooklyn, and Detective Frankie Donovan knows what is going on. Clues left at the crime scenes point to someone from the old neighborhood, and that isn't good.

Frankie has taken two oaths in his life—the one he took to uphold the law when he became a cop, and the one he took with his two best friends when they were eight years old and inseparable.

Those relationships have forced Frankie to make many tough decisions, but now he faces the toughest one of his life; he has five murders to solve and one of those two friends is responsible. If Frankie lets him go, he breaks the oath he took as a cop and risks losing his job. But if he tries to bring him in, he breaks the oath he kept for twenty-five years—and risks losing his life.

In the neighborhood where Frankie Donovan grew up, you never broke an oath.


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Featured Book - Hitler's Priest by S.J. Tagliareni

hitlerspriest.jpgHitler's Priest offers a rare glimpse into the moral conflicts raised by Nazi Germany and the Catholic Church's role in the Holocaust,Hans Keller the main character is invited to become a Catholic priest by Josef Goebbels with the intent to prevent the Vatican's involvement against the "Final Solution". Hans is highly intelligent and ambitious and perceives that there is a bright future for him in the bourgeoning Nazi party.As his thoughts become more clouded and his morals crumble,he finds himself immersed in a shadowy role of manipulation and deceit: he becomes Hitler's Priest and pawn.

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Featured Book - The Farm by Charles C. Anderson

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Lieutenant Commander Andrew Carlson is a U.S. Navy SEAL-emergency physician who is part of a helicopter mission to investigate possible terrorist weapons at a prince’s palace in the Saudi Arabian desert during a sand storm. He is the first one down the rope when the helicopter engines suck in too much sand, causing the chopper to lose power and crash. Andy rolls out from under the fiery hulk of metal but has no significant injuries. His best friend never makes it out of the chopper. This kind of personal loss has dogged Andy throughout his career. Although he’s an experienced warrior and trauma physician, one of the SEAL’s elite, he’s also a binge drinker, never comfortable around women when he's not drinking, and scarred by his personal losses and survivor’s guilt.

Despite being thirty-six hours by foot from his destination, Andy makes his way across the desert by dead reckoning. After he shoots out the electrical transformer to the palace with his sniper rifle, the occupants flee in vehicles. The palace is empty except for a teenage girl, Sahar, who had been kidnapped and routinely raped by the men who fled. Andy had orders not to leave anyone alive, but the girl turned out to have a wealth of information about the sale of terrorist weapons from the palace and spoke English. For the first time in his career, Andy was unable to pull the trigger as ordered. The girl was incredibly bright for age sixteen and had already suffered enough. Besides, he was attracted by her spunk.

Sahar directs him to a truck in the compound, where Andy finds two 40-year old Soviet tactical nuclear warheads, each the size of a generator. Both had recently been recharged with new neutron reservoirs. Sahar informed him that it was Andy’s CIA contact, Harrison, who wanted to buy the weapons from a Russian black market arms dealer named Boris, formerly a member of the KGB. Andy knew that the U.S. had plenty of warheads of its own and didn’t need to buy any. And the U.S. had been helping Russia disarm its gigantic nuclear arsenal since the Cold War ended. Harrison had specifically told Andy not to disarm warheads if he found any. Because Harrison had visited the palace often to buy and sell weapons, and Sahar’s captives did not know that she understood English, she had learned that the CIA wanted the warheads because they were untraceable. The plutonium in the warheads did not come from a known Russian source. They were not on any list to be disarmed and Boris had destroyed the records that they ever existed.

Sahar explains that Harrison and the U.S. President have cooked up a scheme to blame a nuclear terrorist incident on the Saudis, allowing the U.S. to invade Saudi Arabia and confiscate its oil, now at $200 per barrel. Andy believes Sahar, partly because he has never trusted his CIA contact, partly because he knows the American president is desperate for cheap oil, and partly because the teenager arouses feelings in him that he is ashamed of. Instead of calling Harrison on the palace satellite phone Andy chooses to call his Saudi royal family contact, who he advises to remove the weapons before Harrison can send a team to pick them up. As Andy leads Sahar across the desert to his extraction point, he realizes that his life as a SEAL was over. He will not dishonor his dead SEAL buddies by participating in whatever Harrison has in mind. He delays his report to Harrison long enough for the Saudis to remove the truck and tells Harrison that he found the girl in the desert. He resigns his commission from the Navy and Sahar enrolls in college in Norfolk, Virginia, close to the hospital where Andy gets a job as an emergency physician.

Fast forward eighteen months and Andy is fighting off his urges for Sahar, who encourages his attention every day. Out of nowhere a beautiful new emergency department nurse comes into his life, Lindsey Baker. Lindsey is a CIA operative. Harrison has found out what Andy had done in the desert and Lindsey tells him that Sahar is the same girl from the palace in the Saudi desert. Both Andy and Sahar are not just expendable, they threaten both the CIA and the president himself. Andy and Lindsey go for a weekend drive to Andy’s farm in central Virginia, near Farmville. The farm is a 3400 acre 1743 land grant from King George II to Andy’s ancestor. The president wants to use Andy to confirm that the Saudis have armed nuclear weapons so that he can complete his original plan to set up the Saudi royal family as nuclear terrorists who are trying to destroy Hampton Roads, the largest U.S. Naval Base. Because the Saudis have a reputation extending back to 9-11 for supporting terrorists, the president only needs a credible witness to confirm that the Saudis indeed have at least two nuclear warheads. Andy is the only American to actually see those warheads. Lindsey intends to seduce Andy on the farm, where the CIA will kill him. Then they will kill Sahar.

But the CIA is still under the impression that Andy is a closet drunk who can be manipulated easily by Lindsey. And no one but Andy knows the secrets of his huge antebellum plantation, where he grew up and learned its network of limestone caves and its natural defenses. The caves on the Carlson plantation had served as an arsenal for both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Just before the Confederate surrender at Appomattox, only twenty-five miles away, the gold bars from the Confederate treasury had been hidden in the caves under the plantation. The Carlsons had always collected weapons, considering themselves to be true patriots, and Andy had continued this role all of his life. All of his skill and experience will be required to fend off multiple attacks on the farm, including being stabbed in the chest by Lindsey.

No one in Washington understands what one motivated SEAL can do against an army of invaders who don’t know the ground they are fighting on. After killing every CIA agent and mercenary sent to kill him, Andy confronts Lindsey and spares her life. In return, she allows him to escape and warn Sahar.

Andy’s wound heals as he hides out and is helped by the Saudi royal family. Andy has again warned the Saudis of the president’s treachery, making it possible for the Saudis to foil the nuclear terrorist plot. The Saudis now have the president in a pickle, warning him that if something happens to Andy Carlson, the price of oil will skyrocket. The president must postpone his plans to kill Andy and Sahar, while Lindsey returns to her job as a nuclear threats analyst at the CIA.

The Saudis warn Andy that Boris is trying to sell more reconditioned cold-war era nuclear warheads in America. Boris comes to the farm and Andy mesmerizes him with the Confederate gold and buys several warheads from him. These go into the caves. Eventually the president wants Andy and Sahar dead so badly that he sends several helicopters of mercenaries. Boris wants the gold so badly that he brings a truckload of soldiers. Re-enter Lindsey, now pregnant and near term, determined to convince Andy that he will soon be a father, but unable to figure out how to tell him. Andy is quite uncomfortable around Lindsey, who claims to have switched sides. He is hurt by the fact that she is pregnant, and blind to his obvious paternity. In addition to Lindsey, who can barely walk, Andy enlists a descendant of a former slave on the Carlson plantation, Ben Carlson, who shares an ancestor with Andy. They are few in number, but Andy uses the caves to move unseen on the battlefield and lures the invaders into one trap after another.

A final battle shapes up on the farm with everything at stake. Boris is there. Harrison is there. Andy succeeds in turning these two enemies against each other. The president waits anxiously in the White House for a call from Harrison as he watches satellite images of the battle. Lindsey is severely injured by a grenade. Twins are delivered in the cave in the middle of a war overhead. Ben is hit by a .50 cal round in the chest. Andy Carlson M.D., ex-Navy SEAL, ex-drunk, is a man you won’t forget.

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Featured Book - The First to Say No by Charles C. Anderson

thefirsttosayno.jpgThe First to Say No opens with a gritty, realistic rape scene as one of Parkview Hospital’s ED doctors, Elita Romanov, regains consciousness to find herself tied to a table and being assaulted by a member of the Plagues gang. Because of her specialized military training in her native Chechnya, she is able to kill her assailant and his partners, escape and blow up a gang house as several other Plagues walk in.

The Plagues have terrorized the citizens of Watertown and especially the ED staff for years, but attacks were now coming daily. The hospital administration refuses to protect or support its emergency staff, fearing that the presence of armed officers and metal detectors would frighten the public. The local police are corrupt, taking money from the Plagues to ignore their drug enterprises. Elita is the latest in a string of ED staff who have become assault victims, but her experience galvanizes the female staff to fight back.

Elita and her friend, Dr. Kate Taylor, discuss ways of dealing with the Plagues and decide that killing them is the only solution. How to go about ridding Watertown of these violent drug abusers/pushers is the next issue they must decide. Whatever they do must be undertaken with caution, so that none of their co-workers, friends or family members are implicated in the plot.

As Kate debates methods of killing the Plagues, she is stunned to discover that her mother killed her abusive stepfather with continued overdoses of a blood thinner prescribed for her mother. A chance encounter in the ED with an alcoholic who had accidently killed himself with acetaminophen gives Kate the idea to use acetaminophen to kill the Plagues. But how to overdose them without getting caught?

It is Kate’s mother who solves this conundrum by suggesting that the common painkiller be hidden in homemade chocolate bars and moonshine. Slowly, Kate’s mother, one of her mother’s friends, a sympathetic neighbor, and several members of the ED staff become complicit in the plot to kill the Plagues and document the police corruption.

Within a matter of weeks, the gang is decimated by a lethal combination of acetaminophen-laced chocolate and moonshine and a mystery sniper who takes out the survivors one and two at a time. Ridding Watertown of its “Plague” does not come without cost, however, as Kate’s mother and her neighbor, both suffering from terminal illnesses, take their own lives after implicating themselves in the string of homicides to cover for the younger doctors, nurses and EMTS actually responsible. The climax of the book is Dr. Kate Taylor’s fight to the death in a water fountain with her chief nemesis, the last of the Plagues.

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Featured Book - My Brother the Zombie by Douglas R. Cobb

mybrotherthezobiel.jpgThe aliens known as the Blaxons came to Earth on a peacekeeping mission. They did not know at the time they were bringing with them a version of our T. gondii Virus, the T. BZ (Blaxon Zombie) gondii Virus. The virus spread like wildfire. Ben, the older brother and zombie of the title, was one of the first to catch and spread the virus, which does not kill (except in its later more advanced stages), but which cause its victims to crave eating human flesh, though they are fully aware how disgusting it is to do so.

Kyle, Ben's younger brother by a year and also going to the same high school, idolizes his older brother. He wants to be popular, too, and more athletic. What lengths would you go to to be stronger? To get the opposite sex to pay attention to you? Would you give up your humanity?

Join Ben, Kyle, and Kyle's girlfriend Adele as they form the Zombie Revolution and try to wage resistance against the Blaxons, who have attacked the Earth when their emissaries were killed for spreading the T. BZ gondii Virus. When the stakes are the very existence of humanity, will the Zombie Resistance be up to the challenge of kicking some serious Blaxon butt?


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