The Virginian by Owen Wister

As a post-apocalyptic writer, I read an abundance of survival fiction. Like many like-minded readers, post-apocalyptic has become known as the modern day westerns like The Virginian by Owen Wister.

I read across many genres, but mostly modern bestsellers. It’s refreshing to delve into the older classics and rediscover something I’ve missed in the past. That’s the case with The Virginian. A friend recommended the piece to me and I loved the lengthy novel.

Owen Wister aptly captured the old west and traditions of the early 1900’s. It’s amazing to see the differences between human nature of those that lived then and even more surprising to notice the similarities today. Women are still doing their best to prove they’re more than just wives. Men are perhaps less hardened than they were in those days.

And yet, the criminal aspect of human nature certainly exists in the same form only this author caught even the minute malicious tendencies of manipulation between his pages. The subtleties of attitude which can change a man and wreak havoc on society then is also performed so today, but with social media tools, they exist even greater. For there are Trampasses in abundance today.

So after I finished the novel, I discovered that not only is there a film made, there are many. The first one was made in 1929, and so far the latest one was completed in 2014. I intend to start with the earliest and watch my way through; I expect the earlier films will be of the best quality and stick closest to the storyline.

So if you need a break from your current reading genre and want something different to help cleanse your palette, I’d suggest The Virginian. It’s a classic that appeals today as much as it did over a hundred years ago.


Catch me on the Prepper Chick’s Podcast Radio Show

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Tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 27th at 10EST I’ll be with host Annie Berdel on the Prepper Chicks Podcast Radio Show.

Tune in as we play the survival card game Conflicted.

One Year After by William R. Forstchen – A Review

After reading the much-anticipated One Year After by William R. Forstchen, I’ve become jaded against sequels.

I didn’t expect the wild twists and turns Forstchen paved for the reader and yet there I was in the midst of it all. The government, I mean assumed government because it’s only a claim, has taken over the United States. This new faction goes about helping it’s citizens in the oddest of ways.

Our protagonist recalls his training and steps up to the plate once again, even in his broaching golden years, though he complains about the efforts.

Overall, One Year After was beautifully written. Forstchen is a great writer and there isn’t anything to complain about. The action is there to get your heart rate up and there’s enough character development to keep you interested in the individual plights. It was a great read. If I’m sounding a little unenthused, it’s only because it wasn’t as great as the first. We all know that happens. I mean, One Second After was a tough act to follow and well even though I thoroughly enjoyed One Year After and the furthering of the storyline, I kinda, sorta hope there won’t be a third in the series. Some books need to stand on their own because they were so great to begin with; stringing out a second lesser sibling, takes away from the golden child’s spotlight.

This is just my opinion. Do I recommend you read it? Yes, please do! Let me know your thoughts too.

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The Martian the Movie?

Should you go and see The Martian the movie? Pay the $11 per person just to sit in a germ infested theatre next to a bird flu carrier just to see the movie before it’s available on Amazon Prime Instant Video or Netflix?

Um… Yeah! It’s that good. And even though there are a few differences in the ending and they left out a few little bits of humor, it’s still very good and you should totally pop for the exorbitant fee and buy the popcorn because when is there going to be another movie that I recommend you see before waiting for the cheaper less germy version? Like never! I’m a huge proponent of homemade popcorn and the comfy couch version.

Though there are a few changes in the storyline, it’s extremely entertaining and well done.

Hurray for Andy Weir and Ridley Scott!

I do however, hope you’ll read the book before you see the movie. If you haven’t done so, you’ll still enjoy the movie immensely but you won’t be able to detect how great or how funny the Mars inhabitant is.

 

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Things I never thought I’d say – My Name is on a Skull

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It’s been a year of new things for me. I never thought I’d write a zombie story. I never thought I’d write a complete series and I never thought I’d find my name on a skull.

There are plenty of months in the year for more firsts but today I get to share this one with you. After writing a mini zombie story in the anthology, Bite-Sized Offerings, for charity the organizers also set up a t-shirt with all the authors who participated in the project with Grunt Style. The proceeds from this will also go to the medical and travel expenses for a little girl with down syndrome who needs heart surgery soon.

It’s a worthy project and you can see my name right above the right eye of the skull not far from my buddy author W. J. Lundy. So if you’re in need of a t-shirt or even a hoodie like the one above and would like to have some of your favorite authors names within the skull motif, go ahead and click the link to Grunt Style and purchase one or three.

It’s all for a good and worthy cause and these days, we depend on one another for the best of deeds.

 

Have a great day!

Book Review – Friction by Sandra Brown

 

I just finished Friction by Sandra Brown and found the novel intriguing.

It’s about a widower who’s trying to regain custody of his little girl from his in-laws when during the court hearing a masked man runs through the courtroom and aims at the judge but kills the court bailiff instead.

Soon the judge and the father, who just happens to be a Texas Ranger during his day job, try to solve the mystery of the masked man.

When I started off reading this novel, I wasn’t really expecting a romance or the tantalizing bits of bedroom drama, though there isn’t too much of it to be a problem. In short, it’s a cute story though I wasn’t sold on a judge compromising her ethics. You have to remember, this is fiction.

Here is Amazon’s description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes a gripping story of family ties and forbidden attraction.

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter Georgia in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

Holly, ambitious and confident, temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford’s obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. Her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the custody hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet.

But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large . . .and a threat.

Catching the real culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. But pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter, and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them.

FRICTION will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world’s best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them.

So, if you’re looking for a quick read with a little romance and a nice ending, here you go.

Sandra Brown delivers well-written best-sellers. Check out her website here.

 

The Malefic Nation is Coming! Release Sept. 12th!

It’s finally here! The last book in the Graham’s Resolution series releases this Saturday, September 12th.

I was able to move the date up and as it turns out I will be attending the Southern Preppers Expo this Saturday in Alabama. So come down and meet me if you’re in the Oxford, Alabama area; it’s FREE to attend. I won’t have a physical copy of the paperback at that time but you can download the ebook from Amazon on that day.

It’s a bittersweet completion. I certainly feel accomplished but at the same time I’m leaving characters I’ve come to love. When I set out to write my version of a postapocalyptic adventure, I never thought it would turn out this successful. I didn’t intend to write a series, but I felt once The China Pandemic was complete that there was more to their story and so I found myself writing the rest.

Now, I’m ready to move on, sorta. I’m ready to start new projects. I’ve already begun a fresh idea. I hope that you’ll enjoy this series and realize my final goal was to show what I believed the worst catastrophe to our world would result in. I think I did that after all. There will be tremendous heartache and pain and successes coupled with grief along the way.

To me, this is the realistic version. It’s what could happen… Let’s hope it never does.

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“Powered by adept character development and relentless pacing, this post-apocalyptic novel, the first in a series…makes for a page-turning, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it reading experience. …readers will find Morgan to be an endearing hero at world’s end.

The beginning of what could be a riveting apocalyptic saga.” -Kirkus Review

Top 100 best seller in Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic fiction novels. A Prepper thriller fiction TEOTWAWKI favorite.

What the world dreads most has happened- because of a mutated avian bird flu (H5N1) pandemic. It has ravaged the globe to near extinction. Only 2% of the population has survived. A dying mother knows that her young child is among the few immune to the virus. What will she do to ensure his survival before her own coming tragic death?

Meanwhile, Graham has buried his last remaining family member. Following his father’s advice to make it to the family cabin, he meets with triumph and tragedy; learning new rules along the way in his quest for survival. Just when he thinks he’s finally got a handle on this new world, he’s taken by surprise, as he learns he’s not alone. A hidden yet vulnerable community of Preppers are nearby. Will he find the strength to escape these dangers and go on living? And more importantly, will he have the ability to protect those he’s come to trust?

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