Book Review of “Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project”

“Truth Insurrected: The Saint Mary Project” was published in 2014 and was written by Daniel Douglas. This is Mr. Douglas’ first published novel.

I obtained a galley of this Science Fiction Thriller novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Mature Language and Violence. The novel is written in the third person and is set in contemporary America. The two main characters are retired FBI agent, now a Private Investigator, William ‘Bill’ Harrison and Las Vegas, Nevada Police Officer Nick Ridley.

Harrison is drawn into an investigation by an anonymous source. The more he looks into it, the stranger and more outlandish the claims seem to be, yet the evidence he accumulates indicates that it is the truth – Aliens did crash in Roswell, New Mexico in the 40s and the government is behind a massive cover up. The further Harrison digs, the more his life, and that of those around him, seem to be at risk.

Ridley experiences a strange incident, then he is pulled in by his sister as her husband, an Air Force traffic controller, begins to act strangely. Before he knows what has happened, he meets Harrison and is confronted with the conspiracy theory. Soon, he too is in danger of being included in an effort to clean up loose ends in the cover up.

I thought that this novel had a good plot, one that was not too outlandish. I liked the characters and enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this novel. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Rome is Burning”

“Rome is Burning” was published in 2014 and was written by Roy A. Teel Jr. Mr. Teel has published six novels, with this being the third in his “Iron Eagle” series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this Fiction Thriller novel as ‘R’ as there is Mature Language, Mature Situations and Violence. The novel is written in the third person and is set in contemporary Los Angeles, California. The primary characters are FBI agent John Swenson and Sheriff Jim O’Brian.

John Swenson is The Iron Eagle who has appeared in the first two novels of this series. While an FBI Agent, he anonymously sees justice carried out when the system fails. He has assembled a tight knit group of fellow Special Operations combat veterans around him to help with imposing justice when needed. They hold back nothing to succeed, and are not hesitant to resort to torture to get the information that they seek.

Sheriff Jim O’Brian is added to his group as Swenson discovers a plot to take over the US government. He and his crew strike out against terrorists attacking the Los Angeles area, and move to block those who wish to overthrow the government.

The plot is full of conspiracy theories, some kind of far fetched in my opinion. I also felt that there was not a lot of depth to the characters. There is a lot of action. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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FOSS Under OS X: Filezilla

A FOSS program that I use regularly is Filezilla, an FTP client. This is a cross platform client with versions that run on Windows, Linux, BSD and OS X. It supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). It has a very easy to use interface, yet the client has many features.

Below is a sample screen shot of the OS X version of Filezilla. To connect to another system that is running a FTP server, fill in the fields for Host, Username and Password at the top of the page, then click on Quickconnect. Once connected, the right side of the user interface will be populated with data from the server you have connected to. The working directory can be easily changed on either your system or the remote server. Files can be transferred in either direction by selecting the file in either the left or right lower windows, then simply dragging and dropping the file onto it’s destination in the other window.

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There is extensive documentation on the Filezilla web site including a tutorial. I have been using Filezilla on Linux and Mac OS X for over three years. I find it to be particularly useful when I need to upload/download a file from a server. The code is actively being supported with multiple updates each year.

There are commercial FTP clients for the Mac, but I have been able to do everything I wanted with this Free Open Source program.


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Book Review of “Twinkle”

“Twinkle” was published in 2014 and was written by S. J. Parkinson (http://sjparkinson.com). Mr. Parkinson has published 5 novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this Military Thriller novel as ‘R’ as there it does include some Violence. The novel is written in the third person and is set in more or less contemporary times. There are several characters that are followed in the book, but the primary character is US Air force Colonel Alvin Smith.

Hiding behind a world wide publicity stunt, the Chinese make a surprise attack on America. Most people world wide are left blind. The few who did not get a chance to observe the fireworks display that caused the blindness are left to take care of the rest. Colonel Smith is one of the few US officers that retained his vision.

Smith rallies troops together and aided what a cure to the blindness discovered by Doctors in Seattle, is able to oppose the Chinese forces that occupy the United States.

I liked this novel, the plot was good. I did find it difficult to believe that Smith and his forces could travel around so easily without discovery by the Chinese. That to me was a major hole in the plot. There is a bit of Science Fiction and some Romance, but the majority of the plot was Military Thriller. All that being said, I did enjoy the novel and give it a 4.5 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.

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How to Replace Your PC

A short time ago I heard about this site http://www.howtoreplaceyourpc.com and took some time yesterday to check it out. If someone you know is thinking of replacing their PC or tablet, this is a good place to refer them.

I liked that the first thing recommended is to just buy a Macbook if the visitor isn’t interested in taking the time and reading through the entire explanation that the site contains. I personally think that is very good advice.

Beyond that, the site contains a great deal of information that the potential buyer should look over before making a purchase decision. The site lets the buyer evaluate his needs so that they can purchase the best computer for them.

The only thing that I feel is missing from the site’s overview is the inclusion of Linux as a viable Operating System alternative.  I certainly feel that today’s most popular Linux distributions would work for many people.

Book Review of “Citadel of fire”

“Citadel of Fire” was published in 2014 and was written by Matthew Wolf (http://roninsaga.com). This is the second book of “The Ronin Saga” and Mr. Wolf’s second book.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this Fantasy novel as ‘R’ as there is Violence. The novel is written in the third person.

This story picks up a short time after the first novel of the series, The Knife’s Edge, ends. Gray, Ayva and Darius go to the Citadel to save Gray’s grandfather. They know he has been taken and is being tortured, but do not know by whom. Along the way they encounter new characters – Zane and his sister.

They split up to both save Gray’s grandfather and to rescue Zane’s sister. They find more allies, but uncover more dark enemies as well. I enjoyed the 10.5 hours I spent reading this novel. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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OS X Yosemite Survival Skills Guide

I came across this guide today and thought it was worth sharing. You can down load the “OS X Yosemite Survival Skills Guide” written by Jeff Graber for free. It may not solve all of your OS X Yosemite problems, but it should be a good reference to add to your collection.

This is not a long book, only 17 pages, but does contain some suggestions that might be useful.


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Book Review of “Feast of Fates”

“Feast of Fates” was published in 2014 and was written by Christian A Brown. This is Mr. Brown’s first novel.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. This Fantasy novel is written in the third person. The primary character is Morigan. Morgan is a young woman who takes care of the aging sorcerer Thackery.

I had to invoke the ‘Rule of 50’ on this novel (Taken from Nancy Pearl by way of Charlie Jane Anders : “I live by what I call ‘the rule of fifty,’ which acknowledges that time is short and the world of books is immense. If you’re fifty years old or younger, give every book about fifty pages before you decide to commit yourself to reading it, or give it up. If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100. The result is the number of pages you should read before deciding.”)

I read over 60 pages (12%) and just could not get engaged by this novel, so I have abandoned it. I give this novel a 1 out of 5.

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Book Review of “ATLAS 2”

“ATLAS 2” was published in 2014 and was written by Isaac Hooke(http://isaachooke.com). Mr. Hooke has published 7 novels, this is the second of his “ATLAS” series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there is Violence. The novel is written in the third person from the view point of Rade Galaal and Shaw Chopra. The story is set in a future where Earth has mastered space travel through out the galaxy.

SPOILER ALERT for ATLAS: At the end of ATLAS, Shaw stays behind to blow up the worm hole device after the others pass through. We presume that she is dead, but she is able to land on the planet and survive. Eventually she encounters a Chinese survivor and together they find a way to avoid the aliens.

Rade thinks Shaw dead and is distraught. The aliens break through into space held by the Chinese. Facing the menace to humanity the posed by the aliens, the Chinese and United Countries join together. Rade and his unit are paired with a Chinese unit in a daring attempt to capture an alien for questioning. As often happens with military plans, the mission plan starts to unravel once the the firefight begins.

As with the first novel of the series, this Military Science Fiction Thriller is full of action. I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Song of the Mountain”

“Song of the Mountain” was published in 2012 and was written by Michelle Isenhoff (http://michelleisenhoff.com/). This is the first of “The Mointain” trilogy. Ms. Isenhoff has published more than a dozen books.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG13’ as there is a little Violence. The novel is set in a land with oriental culture. The primary character is 13 year old Song Wei.

Song lives with his grandfather Li Min. Li lives almost as a hermit, but is called upon by the nearby village for medication. Living apart from the village, Song is treated as an outcast. A dragon returns and that involves Song in a prophecy as to how the dragon can be dealt with.

This Young Adult Fantasy is a relatively short story, only taking about 3 hours to read. I would say it is more of a novella than a novel. It also reads more like an oriental fable than a novel to me. I found it difficult to be engaged by the characters for some reason. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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