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American Made: Who Killed Barry Seal? Pablo Escobar or George HW Bush\

By: Shaun Attwood

Set in a world where crime and government coexist, American Made is the jaw-dropping true story of CIA pilot Barry Seal that the Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruise is afraid to tell.

Barry Seal flew cocaine and weapons worth billions of dollars into and out of America in the 1980s. After he became a government informant, Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel offered a million for him alive and half a million dead. But his real trouble began after he threatened to expose the dirty dealings of George HW Bush.

American Made rips the roof off Bush and Clinton’s complicity in cocaine trafficking in Mena, Arkansas...

**** 1/2

Excellent! Well researched and written!! Nice expose of the crimes of the Bush family!!!

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See Something Say Nothing: A Government Employees Tale of Corruption

by Jeffrey Luse

One mans attempt to expose the corruption within the secret fraternities found within the government. A fight for justice, and a journey of enlightenment.

Excellent read! If you think there is no deep state...read this book and get enlightened!!!

**** 1/2

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Nightmare In Bangkok

by Andy Botts

Nightmare In Bangkok is a non-fiction account of an intuitive criminal who dreamt his fate. Born and raised in Hawaii, Andy began his criminal lifestyle as a professional thief. After over a decade of close-calls, escapes, crime sprees and Hawaiian prisons, he was arrested for drug-trafficking in Bangkok, Thailand. The penalty was execution by gunshot to the head.The characters all all real, and everything is factual; verifiable by court documents, government files, newspaper articles, witnesses and photos. This isn't a how-to book, nor is it intended to glamorize crime and drug abuse. The message is that everything happens for a reason, and the worst happens for the best. There is no luck.

Interesting read.

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The Bag Carrier

By: Stephen Leather

One City, Two Cultures. One Murder, Two Cops

A dead body in the prayer hall of a mosque isn’t the best start to the day for anyone.
But for Detective Inspector Harold Porter it’s all in a day’s work – he’s a Murder Detective with the Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and Serious Crimes Command.
The problem is that DI Porter has been given a new partner – a young Muslim detective by the name of Mohammed Salim Nasri.
Nasri and Porter are both British and they are both cops, but they look at the world – and the case – from completely different viewpoints.
And when that case includes Islamic terrorists, acid-throwing fundamentalists and knife-wielding fanatics that can only mean problems.
As Porter and Nasri work to solve the murder case, MI5 is watching over their shoulders and one wrong move could mean a major terrorist incident exploding in the capital.

Another great Stephen Leather book. He use to visit Washington Square, usually the Texas.

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Nightfall (Nightingale Book 1)

By: Stephen Leather

"You're going to hell, Jack Nightingale.”

These are the words that ended Jack Nightingale's career as a police negotiator. Now a struggling private detective, the chilling words return with a vengeance when Jack inherits a mansion with a priceless library—and a terrifying warning from a man who claims to be his father.

Nightingale quickly learns his soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his thirty-third birthday, which is just three short weeks away. It’s a hard pill to swallow. He doesn't believe in Hell and probably doesn't believe in Heaven either. But when people close to him start to die horribly, he is led to the inescapable conclusion that real evil may be at work. And if he doesn't find a way out, he'll be damned for eternity.

Dripping with brooding intensity, unrelenting suspense, and surprising wit, United Kingdom thriller master Stephen Leather’s first book in the Nightingale series is a riveting, heart-stopping mystery with extraordinary range and power.

Good read. Moves right along. The first of the Jack Nightingale series.

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Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy

 

Thought I would take a turn towards some "serious fiction" and this is indeed that, but I was left cold - bleak, puzzling, violent, hopeless tale.  Prose style is a thing of marvel in its way, and the breadth of McCarthy's vocab had me checking words about every other page, but overall I did not see the point of this story of scalping, murder, rape and pillage - I think its probably sacrilege to doubt the great masters (you will never hear me wonder what the hell Bob Dylan was thinking about anything he's done; I know it's always just a question of me coming around to appreciate the latest from him), but I will not be coming back to Cormac for a while - I need a little more cynical joy and uplift from a novel, however bleak the world.  

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Midnight (Nightingale Book 2)

By: Stephen Leather

"Your sister is going to hell, Jack Nightingale.”

Somehow, variations of that line keep former police negotiator Nightingale’s life careening in wild, unforeseen directions. This time, it is uttered by a dead woman hanging over a staircase, her neck broken by the laundry cord she tied around it before tossing herself over the banister. But Jack and his sister have been separated since birth…How can he save someone he’s never met?

Nightingale goes on the hunt for the sister he never knew, but everyone he talks to about her dies horribly. It’s as if someone—or something—is determined to keep them apart. If he's going to save her, he's going to have to do what he does best: negotiate. But any negotiation with the forces of darkness comes at a terrible price, and first Jack must ask himself a question: is every soul worth saving?

Sharp and intense, UK master Stephen Leather’s second book in The Nightingale Trilogy is a taut, relentlessly paced thriller as terrifying and dark as midnight itself.

Another good read! The Nightingale series continues and keeps you interested!

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Nightmare (Nightingale Book 3)

By: Stephen Leather

The last case of police negotiator Jack Nightingale’s career ended in the death of nine-year-old Sophie Underwood. Since then he’s saved his own soul from the devil…but now he’s haunted by Sophie’s cries for help. And when a gangbanger lying in a hospital bed with no brain activity repeatedly drops Jack’s name, Nightingale realizes Sophie may desperately need him. But why?

Police superintendent Ronald Chalmers is determined to pin the gangbanger’s almost-murder on Jack, but he is preoccupied with Sophie and whether or not she’s in eternal torment—or if demons are torturing and deceiving him in order to gain the ultimate prize. With time running out, he’ll have to face down Chalmers and the police, south London gangs, and Hell itself in order to find the answer…

A riveting climax to The Nightingale Trilogy, Nightmare is a freight train of action, intensity, and suspense that delivers the force of eternal damnation and the power of the human soul.

Fun read but very fictional. The ending is a bit weak.

*** 1/2

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Ian Fleming: Licence to Kill

by Nigel Cawthorne

There have been many different James Bonds. Seven actors have played him in the official movies alone, and everyone has their favourite.

But there was only one Ian Fleming.
He is always pictured wearing a bow tie and usually with a cigarette holder or a gun in his hand.
Suave, sophisticated, Ian Fleming wanted to be James Bond, but when he was Naval Intelligence during World War II his plans to be a man of action were constantly thwarted by his superiors who thought he was too valuable to risk losing.
Yet he still smoked, drank and womanized, and shared many other characteristics with his famous hero.
Of his James Bond books, Ian Fleming said: “Everything I write has a precedent in truth.”
While Fleming was very conscious that his Bond books were pure fantasy, he insisted that everything withing them had its foundation in reality.
All the gadgets – in the books at least – he had come across in the war. The contacts he had made in the British intelligence services and the CIA also proved vital, and many of the plotlines mimic wartime operations he himself had planned.
James Bond is a remarkable creation, infested with many of the demons that plagued the remarkable man who created him.
But how true is James Bond’s character to Ian Fleming?
And what shaped the man who created the stories that have thriller the world for the last fifty years?
'Ian Fleming: License To Kill' is an essential biography of one of the greatest popular story-tellers of the last century.

Excellent and very enlightening! A good read!!

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You Only Live Once (A James Flynn Escapade Book 1)

by Haris Orkin

James Flynn is an expert shot, a black belt in karate, fluent in four languages and irresistible to women. He’s also a heavily medicated patient in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital. Flynn believes his locked ward is the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and that he is a secret agent with a license to kill.

When the hospital is acquired by a new HMO, Flynn is convinced that the Secret Service has been infiltrated by the enemy. He escapes to save the day, and in the process, Flynn kidnaps a young Hispanic orderly named Sancho.

This crazy day trip turns into a very real adventure when Flynn is mistaken for an actual secret agent. Paranoid delusions have suddenly become reality, and now it’s up to a mental patient and a terrified orderly to bring down an insecure, evil genius bent on world domination.

A fun read! A spoof on James Bond.

****1/2

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