Saturday, July 15, 2017

New Release: The Smear by Sharyl Attkisson

Dissecting #FakeNews

Award-winning investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson exposes the anatomy of "Fake News" in her new book, The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote.

Here's the blurb:
Ever wonder how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The New York Times bestselling author of Stonewalled pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinions.

Behind most major political stories in the modern era, there is an agenda; an effort by opposition researchers, spin doctors, and outside interests to destroy an idea or a person. The tactic they use is the Smear. Every day, Americans are influenced by the Smear without knowing it. Paid forces cleverly shape virtually every image you cross. Maybe you read that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist, or saw someone on the news mocking the Bernie Sanders campaign. The trick of the Smear is that it is often based on some shred of truth, but these media-driven "hit pieces" are designed to obscure the truth. Success hinges on the Smear artist’s ability to remain invisible; to make it seem as if their work is neither calculated nor scripted. It must appear to be precisely what it is not.

Veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson has witnessed this practice firsthand. After years of being pitched hit jobs and puff pieces, she’s an expert at detecting Smear campaigns. Now, the hard-hitting investigative reporter shares her inside knowledge, revealing how the Smear takes shape and who its perpetrators are—including Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal and, most influential of all, "right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin" (National Review) political operative David Brock and his Media Matters for America empire.

Attkisson exposes the diabolical tactics of Smear artists, and their outrageous access to the biggest names in political media—operatives who are corrupting the political process, and discouraging widespread citizen involvement in our democracy.

Attkisson is also the author of the best-welling book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Today is Prime Day

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If you are a Prime member, the Fire Tablets are practically on Black Friday discount today - only $29.99 for Fire 7 and $49.99 for the Fire HD 8.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

New Release Review: A Rambling Wreck by Hans G. Schantz

Georgia Tech Alt-Hist Thriller

I just finished a great book, A Rambling Wreck by Hans G. Schantz. It's the sequel to The Hidden Truth. You can tell from my review last year that I really enjoyed the first book, but I think this sequel is even better.

Here's the blurb:
He's a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech!

Off to college for the education he'll need to defeat the guardians of the hidden truth, Peter must infiltrate a deadly conspiracy, thwart an attempted social justice takeover of the school, save his professors from assassination, and somehow find time to study for finals.

The stakes are now higher than ever. To succeed, Peter must discover who burned down the Tolliver Library, find new allies in his fight, and secure the assistance of the legendary George P. Burdell himself.

The story picks up a year after the first book. Peter is now a freshman at Georgia Tech, where he and Amit land straight in the Social Justice Warriors incubator. They have to camouflage themselves while continuing their dangerous mission to uncover and defeat the machinations of the Civic Circle.

In their digging, they uncover even deeper secrets and come up against unexpected new players, including Chinese triads (cool) and a centuries old secret order (super cool). Throw in a Snape-like professor and a fair damsel in distress and sudden revelations about allies and it all adds up to a high-stakes suspense thriller.

I am not quite sure how the author does it, but once again he's made physics (alternate) history intriguing. And I really like how he handles Peter and Amit's college experience - they feel like college kids, and at the same time we get a clear picture of the SJW college infestation that seems very much drawn from the real world.

This is really such an original series of books that it's hard to describe it properly. Like Da Vinci Code meets Harry Potter meets Cryptonomicon by way of Michael Crichton. The author really knows his science and tech AND can spin a fantastic tale.

Highly recommended.

A Rambling Wreck is free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you want to see if subscribing is right for you, can get a Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

FREE: Hall of Heroes: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology

FREE New Fantasy Anthology

Hall of Heroes is a new anthology of heroic fantasy stories that is currently 100% FREE. Got a heads up on this from Frank Luke, author of the new Christian fantasy Rebirths: A Tale of Azuran, who has an Arthurian story in this collection.

Here's the blurb:
Twenty-Seven Thrilling Tales from Amazing Fantasy Authors!

Whether they are unwitting, plucky, or just plain epic, heroes capture the imagination and rescue us from everyday life. With stories set in fantastic, magical realms, gritty urban landscapes, and fairytale kingdoms, our heroes stand fast as defenders of good. Struggling against evil governments, wicked demi-gods, wrathful nature, supernatural con-men, and their own insecurities, each must find the strength to triumph and the will to persevere.

In the second anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy, twenty-three authors explore the theme of heroes, covering genres ranging from steampunk and fairytale to urban and Arthurian. These are the heroes you've been waiting for.

Enjoy Heroes: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology and join the adventures!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

FREE! Underlake by Kia Heavey

Free This Holiday Weekend

I really enjoyed the standalone YA Fantasy Underlake by Kia Heavey. Check out my past review here. If you haven't read it yet, here's your chance to get it absolutely FREE this Fourth of July weekend!

Grab it now, as the giveaway ends after Independence Day.

Underlake is also free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you want to see if subscribing is right for you, can get a Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Mad Scientists' Club by Bertrand R. Brinley (guest review by Hans G. Schantz)

Here's a great book series review from Hans Schantz that is perfect for the kids' summer reading.

The Mad Scientists' Club

Author: Bertrand R. Brinley
Reviewer: Hans G. Schantz

Bertrand Brinely’s Mad Scientists’ Club stories feature seven clever, independent-minded boys overcoming amazing challenges through ingenuity, teamwork, and, of course, a healthy dose of mad science. Embarking from their clubhouse laboratory, they employ Boy Scout skills, ham radio, electronics, and other technical expertise to not only thwart evil-doers, but also make life a little more interesting for the often bewildered inhabitants of Mammoth Falls. Brinley’s work exudes technological optimism and a can-do spirit – inspiring countless youngsters, present company included, toward careers in science, engineering, and technology.

Their original adventures, collected in The Mad Scientists' Club, include seeking out a hidden treasure, haunting a house, promoting tourism by creating a monster to roam the local lake, and rescuing a lost Air Force pilot. In The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club, the boys’ adventures include thwarting a bank robbery, refurbishing a vintage submarine, creating a flying saucer, attempting to end a drought, and a final confrontation with their arch nemesis, Harmon Muldoon. His first novel-length Mad Scientist’s Club story, The Big Kerplop, presents the origin story of the Mad Scientists’ Club, including how Harmon Muldoon, the club’s radio expert, was kicked out of the club for “conducting unbecoming a scientist” as the club searched for a missing nuclear bomb. His final novel, The Big Chunk of Ice, tells the story of a trans-Atlantic blimp expedition to an alpine valley, where the boys accompany a geologist, Professor Stratavarious, in his investigations of a glacier, which hides another “big chunk of ice,” a diamond. Brinley has trouble maintaining a fast-paced sense of adventure in his longer works, but they are still worth a read, particularly for fans. All four books are available from Amazon, or direct from Purple House Press. Purple House Press specializes in classic children’s fiction like Clifford B. Hicks’ The Big Chunk of Ice by Edward Ormondroyd, and several books from Alvin Fernald series.

Born a hundred years ago on June 19, 1917, Bertrand Brinley served in the Army in World War II and was aide-de-camp to the head of the United Nations delegation during the negotiations for the Korean War Armistice. His Mad Scientists’ Club stories were originally serialized in Boy’s Life. I’m deeply honored that Bertrand Brinley’s son, Sheridan, granted permission for me to include Harmon Muldoon as a villain in my forthcoming alternate history science fiction techno thriller, A Rambling Wreck. Although darker in tone than Brinley’s work, I try to capture the same can-do attitude and technological optimism of the Mad Scientists’ Club in my own series.

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Hans G. Schantz is a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and emerging science fiction writer, author of the Amazon top-ten alternate history science fiction techno thriller, The Hidden Truth, currently on sale for 99 cents, and the sequel to be released on July 1, A Rambling Wreck.

Most of 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.