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review 2021-04-18 19:57
Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy-Rollers and Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP - Victor Gold

Explains how the religious right and extreme conservatives have taken over the Republican party.  He begins in the 1960's and brings it up to 2007.  It is interesting as he shows the maneuverings behind the scenes of how these groups gain a hold on the GOP and how they only care about their agenda and not society as a whole.  They don't care the damage that is done as long as they get their way.  He is very open in his opinions of the party leaders and party nominees (losers and winners) during this time.  I found it eye-opening at times but I was not surprised by his opinions.  I just did not realize how bad it was.  I did laugh over some of his observations.  This is as timely today as it was when written.  I wish he were still alive so we could hear his opinion of what has happened since 2007 to now.

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review 2021-01-20 01:44
The Truths We Hold: An American Journey - Kamala Harris

I wish I had read this before the 2020 primaries.  This gives a good idea of what her platform was.  She describes the problems facing us today and gives solutions to those problems.  Utilizing stories from her own life and others who have crossed her path, she gives faces to those problems and solutions.  Ms. Harris comes across as someone who listens and tries to help where she can and she'll go where she needs to to lend that helping hand.  She has a lot of empathy and compassion.  I am glad I read this.  I think she will help lead this country back into the light.

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text 2021-01-10 01:43
#FreeEbook. The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, a Young Woman, an Uncompromising Ethic


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Young, talented, ambitious, Freyja Brynjarrson’s a photographer struggling to crash the art establishment, the challenges presented by her family, and still keep true to her uncompromising ethic.


Fate places her on the front line of a political demonstration where soldiers open fire on civilians. She photographs death for the first time and finds the surge of adrenaline  breathtaking


Because of the sensitive nature of her pictures the current government, facing an imminent election tries to suppress them. But someone far more unscrupulous than government spin-doctors also wants those images destroyed.


Gunnar Brynjarrson, Freyja’s eldest brother is the head of an illegal narcotics empire. He’s concerned about the opposition party’s platform to decriminalize drugs. His sister’s photographs could influence the outcome of a close election and put his business in jeopardy.


As events unfold, Freyja slowly becomes aware of the far-reaching impact the billions of narco dollars have on the government, the economy, friends, family, and even herself. Something insidious has infected society and like a superbug, it’s resilient, opportunistic, and appears as a mutation in the most unexpected places.


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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-12-20 10:34
Unter Wölfen: Der verborgene Feind von Alex Beer
Unter Wölfen: Der verborgene Feind - Alex Beer

Nürnberg, 1942. 3 Wochen nun posiert Isaak Rubinstein als der berühmte Adolf Weissmann, doch bald schon soll diese Farce zu Ende und er auf dem Weg zu seinen Lieben sein: Nur noch die Pläne eines neuen Panzers muss er ergattern während eines Abendessen, das ihn mit weiteren hohen Nazi-Funktionären zusammenbringt. Das Vorhaben gelingt, doch am nächsten Tag wird die Tochter eines der Funktionäre ermordet aufgefunden und Rubinstein erhält von Himmler persönlich den Auftrag, die Ermittlungen zu übernehmen.

Gewohnt routiniert malt Beer ein Bild der Gesellschaft in einem der Machtzentren des dritten Reichs. Rubinstein, der nur Abscheu empfindet, sich aber der Informationsgewinnung wegen einschleichen muss, balanciert wie bei einem Drahtseilakt - jederzeit kann seine Tarnung auffliegen, nicht zuletzt, weil seine Romanze mit Ursula von Rahn Nebenbuhler verärgert und dazu bringt, Nachforschungen anstellt.

Der eigentliche Fall kommt fast ein wenig zu kurz in all den persönlichen Wirren und Verstrickungen, als auch in der Polizei langsam Zweifel an Weissmanns Identität auftauchen. Und den wahren Täter zu schnappen, entpuppt sich als ein Katz und Maus-Spiel mit einem tragischen Hintergrund von Systemhörigkeit und Verrat.

Ich freue mich jedenfalls auf weitere Abenteuer mit Isaak Rubinstein - das Netz um ihn herum wird jedenfalls enger.

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review 2020-10-07 00:02
Political assassination thriller detailed and convincing.



When is having multiple personalities, or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), an asset? When one personality is a professional assassin and the others can cover for her. 


When former CIA assassination trainer Troy Greenbrier discovers Shinayne, a disoriented, young woman on the streets of Las Vegas, he selflessly decides to help her out. He gives her lodging; food and the following day buys her some new clothes.  He even takes her to a gun range where he is conducting training for his new government employer. 


Shinayne is a natural marksman as well as having some other personality traits Troy sees as making her a perfect candidate for a specialized career. Sensing her prospects, he makes some enquiries with his former employer, then puts her on military transit destined for a facility where she’ll begin psychological testing and training as a government assassin. 


A few years later Troy is working for the Federal Protective Service guarding Federal employees like judges and Congressmen, but he differs from others in the Service in that he does it proactively and not defensively.  He solves the problem before it shows up.  


So, when Misha Roberts, an American citizen, a known sympathizer to Iran, and a possible operative for other terrorist organizations enters the United States via Canada, Troy gets the call of duty to discover what she’s up to? But right from the start, they are bureaucratic irregularities that make him suspicious. Could someone high up in his own government be actually aiding and abetting this likely terrorist? 


So begins a game of high stakes intrigue with Troy trying to discover who or what Misha Roberts’ target is and prevent her from carrying out her deadly mission. But not only is his investigation being foiled by his own government, he’s up against a highly sophisticated opponent, and though he doesn’t know it, she’s the one he recommended for the job when he first recognized her potential. 


Author Clark Wilkins writes an impeccably researched account of how to plan, prepare, and execute the assassination of a High Value Target in America - all the while eluding the various agencies tasked with preventing it.  And he does by introducing a unique character, a young woman whose psychiatric disorder is an asset, allowing her to convincingly become different people, one of them a sociopathic murderer. 


With High Value Target, Wilkins’ provides the reader with a thrilling story, insight into Dissociative Identity Disorder, as well as a disturbing look at politics in America today. 

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