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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dog & Bitch Island

Great reads are something I treasure. Ideally, I like to be thrown right into the story, to experience things first hand. If an author can take me to that place, then they have won my heart. Dog & Bitch Island got my attention.

It is no surprise that I have been enjoying the Ben Blackshaw series by Robert Blake Whitehill for quite some time. I have shared those reads on here, Twitter, and Facebook.

Blackshaw is awesome. I got to know him through Robert Blake Whitehill.  We are on a first name basis. I feel Ben and I are that close after all these years.

Ben's everyday life and high intensity exploits bounce off the sheets of Whitehill's smartly crafted adventures. But he doesn't just contain himself to a story-line that captures me hook, line, and sinker. There are times you might even find me interacting with him on Twitter.

He's real.

Well, at least he is real within the chapters of yet another fantastic page turner by Whitehill. Mr. Whitehill paints a vivid picture of Ben's adventures which unravel with each book in the series.

When I first dove into Dog & Bitch Island, I couldn't help but giggle at the dark humor Whitehill puts into the caption in Part I which contained his clever word play "My Body Lies Over The Ocean".

Maybe that was intended to put that song into my head.

Dog & Bitch Island sucked me in from the first page. I had to delay my read of it because of grad school projects and some testing. Boy, was I glad I waited. Well, sort of.

After I started reading, I realized I had missed Ben like a long lost friend. I would have surely flunked out of school by occupying my study time with reading. Once I started, I could not put it down. Your heart will not stop pounding from the first to the last page. Speaking of heart felt moments, you get one with the addition of a new Blackshaw character who leaves the door wide open for more thrills in the future. Wait for it.

Imagine an intro which sits in your gut like an overstuffed spicy burrito coupled with a tug at your heart like being homesick: a murder too close to home.  (I realize I have a way with words, but I had to explain that achy feeling.) What I am really trying to say is Dog & Bitch Island begins with intrigue and sickening news as Blackshaw is paid a visit by some feds.

“Plenty ways to get dead..." Blackshaw quips.

But he's not talking about a typical bad guy who might have been at the wrong place at the wrong time. He's digging at the messenger who delivers the news of his friend's homicide. Given bits and pieces of a classified cloud surrounding Lieutenant Cynter's death, Blackshaw follows the leads to unravel a cataclysm.

Well, I don't want to ruin it for you. Do these teasing bits interest you?

I am a little jealous of LuAnna Blackshaw who gets to be right there keeping Ben organized and focused.

Who am I kidding? A partner is more than an assistant. Family attaches you to things. "Things" or people who become ever so important. You can't help but like her.

“He killed a pony." Yeah, that didn't sit well with me either, LuAnna.

Making an innocent creature target practice really gets my goat. No pun intended. We are speaking of a horse after all, not a goat. Her take on valuing animals high above human casualties seemed to mimic mine.

Perhaps, I exaggerate. Maybe. I have a deep love for God's creatures.

How is a dead horse attached to Cynter? You must read on. Dark things happen. Every part of Whitehill's latest is action packed with plot twists and surprises. It won't disappoint.

If the allure of murder mysteries surrounded by military action, law enforcement, and classified operations is your thing, then you need this. Dog & Bitch Island has it all. So much fun!

I think you will be pleasantly sad, (if that is such a thing), that the end of another good book comes too soon.

Blast it!  Mr. Whitehill, you got me hooked all over again! Do not part me from Blackshaw too long! I cannot wait for the next one.

Dog & Bitch Island is where Ben Blackshaw's SEAL background becomes the foreground.

 Get it on Amazon! 

Unfiltered is how I take my politics

So Barbara Bush is not dead contrary to some fake sites I saw on friend's feeds and shared. Gah. I hate it when I am a sucker. I've slipped a lot.

Gunny's agent broke the news he had passed, but then I was skeptic about the real news because he had been subjected to a hoax toting those same words in 2009. I wished it weren't true.

RIP, R. Lee Ermey.

He reminded me of my dad in some ways.

For instance...this meme is pretty much a favorite saying of my dad's, especially when he was fly fishing or watching the news.

So, farewell to a great one. We can remember him in his greatest moments on Full Metal Jacket or as a History Channel narrator or a gun advocate.

He made a lot of sense which was often glossed over by those who do not understand dry humor or direct points. Unfiltered.

Prayers for Barbara Bush as she has surrendered her health to living without furthering medical care to enjoy her last days. She is a classy lady and matriarch of the Bush family.

Monday, April 9, 2018


A good book is like an old friend. It gets really hard when it comes to the final pages because you have conflicting emotions of sadness and satisfaction. Curtis succeeded in making me a bigger fan of his Grey Man series. Actually, now it is an addiction sneaking up on me like the Longmire problem. 

The Cronin chronicles get better with age just like fine wine. You would know that if you knew John Cronin. Twilight is the 5th book in the series and the story lines and depth gets better with each one. I am ready for 6. 

To my surprise, I got an autographed copy of Twilight in the mail this weekend. It was so thick and rich with book worm goodness! I might have squealed!

You can't go wrong with this series, especially if you like westerns with some action and good old fashioned cop stuff. Set in Texas close to border issues, you will find yourself right alongside John Cronin as he fights the bad guys. Cronin is a shit magnet for danger. He keeps trying to gracefully stretch into the veteran years of law enforcement, but he loves high crime. And high crime loves him because he has many enemies. 

While retirement is in sight for the ol' sheriff, trouble brews as he continues to be a knee deep in danger. There are times he is unsuspecting of the lingering trouble. But his keen sense kicks up or his mad skills to make it out by the skin of his teeth. 

He has a different approach now. 

He is passing on the torch. The family business of law enforcement grows and flourishes while John Cronin mentors the "replacements". 

One would note the stubborn streak was passed down to his daughter who seems to have his rough edges with a little of her own showing through. She is spunky. I think Curtis's characters might take on some real life similarities to himself and his family. I do not know them personally, but I am supposing. Cronin might be a "Mary Sue" or "Marty Stu", rather to Jim. Why do I think that? Because I have been around the interwebs long enough to detect characteristics and personality. It's a compliment, really. 

Action packed and full of thrills abound in this story of good versus evil. Will Cronin be able to hang up his hat? Can't tell you that, but you are sure to find fun and good old fashioned police work and bad guy problems in this one. 

Bravo, Mr. Curtis, for another great adventure in The Grey Man series. Keep them coming...even if you succeed in retiring the sheriff...or not. Twilight is definitely a thumbs up! Get it on Amazon!