Saturday, September 19, 2020

Long Live Death by A.H. Lloyd

The Real History of the Spanish Civil War

History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. And here's one the verses today's Left is trying to echo.

Add this to the list of history books that should replace the propagandized textbooks in our high schools; and definitely worth a read if you are home-schooling:

Long Live Death: The Keys to Victory in the Spanish Civil War.

Here's the blurb:
If you've ever wanted to know the real story about the Spanish Civil War, Long Live Death is the book for you. It strips aside the Leftist myths and lays out the causes of the war in a straightforward and fact-based manner.

It also explains the armies, weapons and tactics in a clear way and is the first book to dive into the strategies each side used.

It's perfect for the student of military history or someone wanting to know more about a conflict that is eerily similar to what is going on in the United States today.


A.H. Lloyd also writes science fiction and fantasy, including the A Man of Destiny series and Battle Officer Wolf, a retelling of Beowulf in space. You can check out his site at Chateau Lloyd

As of this time, these books are free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you want to see if subscribing is right for you, can get a Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Translations of Marcus Aurelius

This week I made an effort to borrow as many different versions of The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius as the local library had available. I want to find out which ones I prefer, and compare them to the very old and almost free translation by George Long I got online.
I got hold of these (putting initials at the end to id later):

Ok, so let's have a lookee-look at book 1, "chapter" 16, which starts off:
(GL): In my father ...
(AF/RR): From my father (by adoption) ...
(JN/JP): From my adoptive father ...
(GH): MY ADOPTED FATHER

and somewhere in the middle of the section:
(GL): He was most ready to give way without envy to those who possessed any particular faculty, such as that of eloquence ...
(AF/RR): A very strong point, to give way without jealousy to those who had some particular gift like literary expression...
(JN/JP): Importantly, to acknowledge without envy those who those who have special ability, be it in matter of public speaking...
(GH): This, in particular: his willingness to yield the floor to experts - in oratory ...

GH has the most modern, succinct translation, followed by JN/JP, AF/RR is more formal and GL is distinctly Victorian.

But let's return to near the beginning of 1/16, which actually has this *interesting* bit of information about the adoptive father:
(GL): And I observed that he had overcome all passion for boys ...
(AF/RR): Prohibition from unnatural practices ...
(JN/JP):
(GH): Putting a stop to the pursuit of boys

Nope, I didn't miss a quote - JN/JP omit that compeletely. In fact their 1.16 is a lot shorter than the others. I guess that "The Essential Marcus Aurelius" is an abridged version of Meditations. Of the remaining, AF/RR are very oblique, while GL is plain enough - in fact more direct than the modern GH. Never underestimate a Victorian!

Let's do one more look-see, at Book 2, "chapter" 4:
(GL): Remember how long thou has been putting off these things, and how often thou has received an opportunity from the gods, and yet dost not use it.
(AF/RR): Remember how long you have been putting off these things and how many times the gods have given you days of grace, and yet you do not use them.
(JN/JP): Remember how long you have been putting these things off, and how often you have received an opportunity from the gods and have not made use of it.
(GH): Remember how long you've been putting this off, how many extensions the gods gave you, and you didn't use them.

GL with the thou and dost - you either like that or not. AF/RR is readable and I like the use of "days of grace" which clearly communicates the thought. In contrast JN/JP are less clear with "opportunity" and, moreover, uses the construction "putting these things off" which I find off-putting. GH is blunt, and sounds rather like a he's your boss upbraiding you on a missed deadline. And he uses the same construction plus he uses contractions. There's such a different tone to all each of them.

In summary, of the four translations I have in hand, just from a beginning look, I've managed to find fault in all of them.

I'm inclined to eliminate this JN/JP (Needleman) immediately because it's incomplete (abridged). If there's a complete translation it would be ok, I think.
GL (Long) is free from Gutenberg and you might as well have a copy, but aside from the ornate style, it is not numbered.
I actually do appreciate the brevity of GH (Hays) - it reads a lot like Marcus Aurelius jotting down his thoughts. It is readable. I'm not sure if it's too modern. I feel like I'd need to still have a less modern translation to compare it with though.
AF/RR (Farquharson) I think would be ok as that second copy - more effort to read but still clear.

(There's another translation I want to have a look at - one by Robin Hard. )

Tell me your thoughts!

CAVEAT EMPTOR: Be very careful when buying classics like these on Amazon - they have a terrible way of mashing all different versions and translations together. You'll be looking at one translation on hardcover, then you switch to the paperback or Kindle tab it's a completely different translation! Double check the ISBN and the "look inside" feature to make sure you are buying the one you want.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Benghazi: The Other 9/11


As we remember September 11, 2001, I'd like to also honor the heroes and the fallen of September 11, 2012. Nobody tells the story better than Zuckoff. This is a repost of my book review of 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff.

(The image above is of course from the very good movie based on the book.) 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Amazing Labor Day Weekend 99c or FREE Sale

Over 80 books for 99c each or even Free!


Check out this mega sale of conervative fiction books over at Ratburger. The sale is organized by Hans G. Schatnz, author of the Hidden Truth trilogy, the first book of which is part of this 99c sale. (Check out my review of it).

The authors participating in this Mega Sale include: A.J. Ponder, Alexander Hellene, Amie Gibbons, Andre Norton, Bokerah Brumley, Brian Niemeier, C.J. Carella, Cedar Sanderson, Christopher Lansdown, Daniel Humphreys, David Drake, David Weber, Declan Finn, Denton Salle, Deplora Boule, Eric Flint, Eric M. Hamilton, Fenton Wood, Gibson Buffa, Hans G. Schantz, J.D. Beckwith, J.M. Anjewierden, James Courtemanche, James W. Bartlett, Jeb Kinnison, Jeff Duntemann, John C. Wright, John Ringo, John Taloni, Jon del Arroz, Jon Mollison, Justin Robinson, Karl Gallagher, Kia Heavey, Kyle Adams, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Larry Correia, Loretta Malakie, Lori Janeski, Marina Fontaine, Matthew W. Quinn, Melanie Niles, Michael Z. Williamson, Mike Smith, Mikhail Voloshin, Neovictorian, P.A. Piatt, Paul Clayton, Richard Paolinelli, Richard Watts, Robert Kroese, Sean Jenan, T.J. Marquis, Thomas Plutarch, Tom Kratman, Travis J. I. Corcoran, Will Neely.

I haven't had a chance to check them all out yet, but I noticed that among the FREE books offered is book one of one of my absolute favorite series, Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International. Be sure to grab MHI right now, before you get distracted, for the very reasonable price of FREE!

So go grab some good reading!

Watch this space

I was locked out for a while


and now I'm back, kicking the tires and changing the oil.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Another KU Series- The Last Brigade

KU Free for 3 months?


I just found out that some lucky Amazon customers are being offered a really special deal until the end of July - an extended 3 month free trial for Kindle Unlimited. I'm really not sure who it's being offered to - I think it may be only people who've never tried KU before. To check if you are being offered this you can click on the regular Kindle Unlimited Deals page and see what the offer is. (Amazon is not showing me this offer on my account, but a family member is being offered it, so now of course I feel like the black sheep of Amazon customers.*sob*)

While we are on the topic of KU, here is another great series that KU subscribers can read for free...

The Last Brigade


The Last Brigade by William Alan Webb is a best-selling epic series of Military SF set 50 years in the future, after the Collapse of the USA. The first book is Standing the Final Watch. Here's the blurb:
America might be dead, but Nick Angriff will kick your ass to resurrect her.

Lt. General Nick Angriff has spent his adult life protecting family and country from a world of terrorism spinning out of control. On the battlefield, off the grid, in clandestine special task forces and outright black ops, Angriff never wavers from duty. But when a terror attack on Lake Tahoe kills his family, he’s left with only the corrosive acid of revenge… that is, until a hated superior officer reveals the deepest of all secret operations. Against the day of national collapse, a heavily-armed military unit rests in cryogenic storage, to be awakened when needed, and Angriff is named its commander.

Fifty years later he wakes to find the USA destroyed and predatory warlords roaming the ruins. Stalked by assassins bent on seizing his command for their own purposes, Angriff has to prepare for war while avoiding murder.

Because the only wall still shielding survivors from slavery and death are the men and women of The Last Brigade.

There are three more books in this series so far: Standing Before the Storm, Standing at the Edge, and the newly released Standing Before Hell's Gate, and they are all on Kindle Unlimited.

Standing Before Hell's Gate, which is the fourth book of The Last Brigade, also kicks off a new trilogy! I think I can include the blurb without spoiling readers:
It was all going so well for Nick Angriff and the 7th Cavalry… until it wasn’t.

When Angriff awakened in a world where America no longer existed, he vowed to resurrect his beloved country. Put in command of Operation Overtime and all U.S. forces in the post-American world, he assumed that everyone under his command wanted the same thing.

But he was wrong. And now the forces arrayed against him have the power to crush freedom once and for all.

With all of the twists, turns, deceptions, and action you’ve come to expect from a series that one reviewer called “the best I've ever read,” Standing Before Hell’s Gate begins the Showdown Trilogy, where Nick confronts his enemies in a final fight for control of Operation Overtime, while the rebirth of the American Republic hangs in the balance.

Killing Hitler's Reich: The Battle for Austria 1945

By the way, here's some very exciting news from the very prolific William Alan Webb:
I also have a massive non-fiction book coming out in September. This is the definitive book on the Battle for Austria in 1945, topping out around 300,000 words. It's an expensive hardback, but the quality is first-rate and it's currently on sale for about one third off in pre-order. I can guarantee that nothing like it has ever been written in English.
Serious Military and World War II history buffs should check it out and think about pre-ordering - when he says it's expensive he's not kidding, and the pre-order discount is substantial.

Here's the description:
In the dying days of World War Two, when the fate of nations was being decided by the triumvirate of Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin, Hitler’s Austrian homeland provided a scenic backdrop for the last stand of Army Group South.

Killing Hitler’s Reich, The Battle For Austria 1945, is the history of the bloody Battle for Austria in 1945.

Austria’s fate held major ramifications for postwar Europe and the entire free world, yet there is no complete account of the campaign written in English. Given the scale of the fighting and the scope of the consequences, this book fills a major gap in the literature of World War Two.

On VE Day Army Group South listed 450,000 men still under arms in four armies. It was this massive force that made General Dwight Eisenhower change the entire focus of American ground operations to cut off Germans from retreating into the National Redoubt.

Moreover, it was Austria not Berlin, that proved to be the graveyard of the Waffen SS. No less than 15 of Himmler’s divisions ended the war there.

And as the German war effort disintegrated into chaos, high ranking Nazis fled the dying Reich through Austria and into Italy. Some made it, many didn’t. Killing Hitler’s Reich follows the chase and capture of some of the most notorious, such as Himmler’s Second in Command, Ernst Kaltenbrunner.

Long overlooked by historians, Killing Hitler’s Reich finally places this critical campaign in its proper historical place.


That's it for this weekend - have a great one!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Favorite Book Series - KU edition

Kindle Unlimited Series to Binge On


There's a pretty good Kindle Unlimited deal for new subscribers this month - get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for only $9.99 (offer is good until the end of July). That's basically a get 3 months for the price of one deal.
The nice thing about Kindle Unlimited is that if a series is on KU you can binge-read it straight through. Wouldn't it be nice if someone *coughmecough* could recommend some great book series on KU? Well, here you go - these are my personal favorites so give them a try!

The Hidden Truth

This is a fantastic alt-history SF YA thriller series by Physicist Hans G. Schantz - my review of the first book sums up why I love it:
The Hidden Truth is different, it's interesting, it's highly readable. It's a clean, exciting read that will have you thinking, and I recommend it to both teens and adults
Here's the blurb:
They'll do anything to hide the truth.
When high school student Peter Burdell uncovers a subtle clue in a dusty book buried deep in a forgotten Appalachian library, he realizes someone altered history. Who's been lying, and why?
His discovery lands Peter in the cross hairs of the deadly Cabal whose Deep State agents changed the past to control the present, so they can rule the future. Aided by family and friends, Peter races against the odds to expose the conspiracy and uncover the answer to the most important question of his life: What is The Hidden Truth?

There are three books in this series so far: The Hidden Truth, A Rambling Wreck, and The Brave and the Bold, and they are all on Kindle Unlimited.

Amy Lynn

My review tagline for this exciting series by US Navy vet Jack July is "An Action Hero That Captures The Heart" - it's about a sweet rural Southern girl who grows up to be an international assassin. A unique take on the genre, it's a series that will capture your heart while trying to induce a myocardial infarction.

The books in this series are Amy Lynn, Amy Lynn: Golden Angel, Amy Lynn, The Lady Of Castle Dunn, Amy Lynn, Into the Fire, and Amy Lynn, Hatchet.


Paxton Locke

This is a really fun urban fantasy series about "son of a witch" Paxton Locke, who talks to ghosts and has unresolved mommy issues. As I said in my review, he's my "new favorite paranormal paladin since Harry Dresden".
The books in this urban fantasy series are Fade, Night's Black Agents, and Come, Seeling Night.

Daniel Humphreys, the author, has another series that zombie fans devour - Z-Day. The first book is not on Kindle Unlimited but the two sequels are. The books in the Z-Day series are A Place Outside The Wild (NOT on KU), A Place Called Hope, and A Place For War.



These books (except for A Place Outside The Wild ) are free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. You can get a Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial OR you can sign up for 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for only $9.99 (the $9.99 deal is only available through July 31).