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Anecdotes from Civil War battles as experienced by a Confederate soldier. Sometimes brutal and horrible, sometimes moving, inspirational, and spritual, sometimes humorous. This is definitely not your typical history book.

An excerpt from Wikipedia on author Sam R. Watkins:

"Of the 120 men who enlisted in “Company H” in 1861, Sam Watkins was one of only seven alive when General Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee surrendered to General William Tecumseh Sherman in North Carolina April, 1865."
05/13/2015
Barrister / detective Reginald Brett requires all his considerable powers of observation and deduction in this excellent murder mystery. Strong characters, lots of action, highly recommended.
05/04/2015
Foreign emissaries murdered, priceless diamonds stolen, and a high ranking member of the British Foreign Office has gone missing. What does it all mean? Reginald Brett, barrister and detective, is on the case. I liked it - lots of action and very entertaining. Things unravel a bit during a goofy ending, so 4 stars instead of 5.
04/23/2015
A forest ranger struggles against a witch doctor on a distant planet at the edge of galactic civilization. The story contains some interesting ideas, such as the use of hypnotism and power of suggestion as weapons. This would have been better as a longer book with additional explanation and character development. It is a pretty good read, the author just tried to cram too much content into too few pages.
04/08/2015
A schemer attempts to acquire a working matter transmitter secretly developed by a retired physicist. A wonderful story, highly recommended.
04/06/2015
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The discovery of "Plasmoids", developed and used by an ancient and advanced galactic civilization, has the good guys scrambling for control while the bad guys attempt a series of nefarious plots. I agree with a previous review, in that a lot of info is withheld until late in the book. Still an entertaining read, however.
04/02/2015
A shipment of Hlats, fierce and intelligent animals with the ability to pass through solid matter and of great potential commercial value, attracts criminals to the luxury space resort known as The Star. Tough criminal of repute, "Bad News" Quillan, has his own agenda as mayhem erupts. A good space / pulp short novella.
03/21/2015
Treachery and schemes abound on a salvage operation to a remote planet, with a vast fortune in precious gems at stake. It's a good short space-opera, plenty of action, and interesting characters - not the least of whom is the versatile and indomitable Miss Mines, mission pilot.
03/17/2015
Young English heir Hugh Henfrey is unknowingly the target of a complex criminal conspiracy. Assistance appears to come his way from an unlikely source, the mysterious criminal mastermind known as "The Sparrow". As schemes and counter-schemes develop, who is friend and who is enemy?



03/12/2015
A complex mystery, but with enough clues provided so that the reader has a chance at solving the case. I enjoyed it.
03/04/2015
Richard Turner - Fast-Paced Action-Adventure
FEATURED AUTHOR - Richard Turner proudly served his country for more than thirty years, all across the globe. He wanted to try something new and now spends his time writing.  As our Author of the Day, he tells us all about his book, Goliath.