Experiences of a medical evacuation helicopter pilot in Vietnam. "Get on the radio and call for a Dustoff!" This was the urgent call that signaled the need for a medical evacuation helicopter and aircrew in the thick of the Vietnam War. That's where a 20-year-old farm boy from Arizona found himself: a Dustoff pilot risking his life to rescue wounded fellow soldiers from the heart of the battlefield. After spending over eighteen months enduring basic training, flight school, and medic training, he eventually found himself posted to the 236th Medical Detachment, located in Da Nang, Vietnam, where he and his fellow aircrewmen embarked on countless daring missions. This is the story of his year-long combat tour, filled with heartbreak, heroism, and unforgettable experiences. Based on true events.
A young woman's daring quest to free the . . . Prisoner of Wallabout Bay. Sarah Barrett has only two choices … She can bow to her mother’s nagging and marry a handsome young lawyer, who is well-connected to the British military occupying New York. Or she can stick to her inky grind as a lowly apprentice at a newspaper where her foul-mouthed, ill-tempered boss keeps assigning her stories on ladies’ hair trends instead of the Revolutionary War intrigue she so wants to cover. Sarah’s relentless digging uncovers a story that nobody wants to even talk about, no less print. The British have set up decaying prison ships in the waters off New York. Risking everything, Sarah fights to expose rampant cruelty and wretched conditions, and in the process just happens to find love.
Siberia, 1581. When Umey, an outcast woman of Samoyed and Russian blood, stumbles on a ravaged village, she unwittingly uncovers a plot that threatens to devastate her beloved forests and the Siberian tribes who live there. It's furs—soft gold—the invading Cossacks crave, and the greediest of them is Yermak, the man who saved her life and raised her. As the Cossacks, armed with fearsome muskets, plunge deeper into Siberia, Umey is forced to make a choice: accept Yermak's protection, or use her woodland skills to aid the Siberians in their desperate resistance. Umey and Alexey, a Russian soldier who has seen too much war, are soon enmeshed in an unfolding crucible of destruction where they must rely on their courage and new found love if they are to survive.
The audacity of a handful of New World colonies challenging an eighteenth-century superpower. The victories of the continental army and patriot militia in Saratoga, New York, in September and October 1777, shattered the perception of the English Crown’s military superiority. The capture of a British army persuaded France and Spain to ally with the Americans initiating a world war against the Empire. This is a story of those who fought. 1777: THE YEAR OF DESTINY parallels the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people and may serve as a reminder to the reader of the price of freedom.
A New World Aflame with the Bonfires of a Budding Revolution In the year 1775, Michael Redferne and Isaac Malot break out of a penal colony in Barbados and go their separate ways. Redferne home to Ireland, Malot, a black man, to the Caribbean to captain a pirate sloop. Years later, a shipwreck and the search for a lost child land them, unknown to each other, in South Carolina, a colony in the grip of the American Revolution. From his sharpshooter’s perch at the battle of Kings Mountain, Malot, a loyalist, adjusts the small telescope jury-rigged to his Ferguson rifle. Among the patriot enemy advancing into the killing zone, is none other than Michael Redferne. Malot faces a gut-wrenching decision, shoot his old comrade or risk forfeiting his newly won freedom.
An enduring dichotomy of war is that even as it evolves, its savage heart remains unchanged. For more than two decades Green Beret combat veteran, David A. Maurer, delved into the Civil War in order to compare his experiences in Southeast Asia with those of his great-granduncle, Jacob Shriver, who fought for the Union during the War of Rebellion. At times their two paths nearly merge when shared circumstances clear the blur of history. The rush of gratitude felt when sideling up to a campfire on a wet, cold night does not change. As this book reveals, just as unchangeable is the core of war that combat veterans see.
<p>For the love of love…and books...<br/> Mattie Mobley planned to be a teacher, but when times grew tough during America’s Great Depression and there were no teaching positions in her hometown of Asheville, NC, Mattie found work starting a school and helping the Pack Horse Librarians just over the mountains in the rural town of Certain, Kentucky. She’s not certain at all that this is a good situation, but she’s determined and honestly, a little desperate. Of all the things that Mattie does have—money, comforts, a good name, she doesn’t have what matters most—friends, love, and a purpose of her own.<br/> Daniel, “The Grizzly Bear,” Barrett had a lovely life for a little while. Overcoming his family’s bad name and worse reputation, he made a life for himself in Certain. He was married with children and a figure of respect in his church, but desperate times called for desperate measures and a terrible tragedy was the result. Now exiled with his children along the wily run of the Hell for Certain Creek, Daniel has gotten used to being the town pariah again. It’s in his blood after all. Right? Maybe not, but he’ll need the powerful influence of love not only to change his own mind about himself but to convince his estranged extended family and the whole town as well.<br/> Can one librarian with a saddlebag full of books make people see the difference between fact and fiction? Mattie loves a good story, and this may be her best one yet. Fiction tells the best truths and the best truth of all is love.</p>
A modern retelling of Jules Verne’s high-seas adventure, with an exiled captain using an illicit submarine for smuggling, discovering riches, and revenge. When a US expedition is attacked, three survivors are saved by a mysterious vessel. The enigmatic Captain Nikto elects to keep the captives alive, requiring each of their skills for his daring pursuits. As Nikto’s true motives emerge –and evidence of a rogue submarine alerts the world’s navies– the captives must work together to avoid annihilation. A fast-paced adventure-thriller that's described as "The classic Disney adventure meets The Hunt for Red October
Being a prisoner of war wasn’t an option. . . As Japanese forces corral almost eleven thousand prisoners after the fall of Corregidor Island in the Philippines, the remaining crew of the USS Tanager band together to escape to freedom. Pursued by a relentless Japanese officer, the escapees commandeer an old schooner. Through uncharted islands and stormy seas, they must outsail and outsmart Japanese forces sent to capture or kill them. Inspired by a true story of early World War II heroism, Flight to Freedom is the story of a diverse group of people who just won’t give up.
The Garretts and their friends and family tell our American story; the story we didn’t hear about in school. In Fire-Eaters, the second book in the Snakebit series, John Poniske skillfully shows how our Dis-United States came to be on a war footing. The humor, the humanity, and the horror blend in a tightly woven tale, as historical as it is fictional. Geoffrey Garrett acts as his family’s conscience. Geoff’s dead father, Valentine, acts as Geoff’s compass in a world gone snakebit-crazy. The Garret and McCune families introduced in book one Prelude to War live in Maryland, a border state torn between abolitionists to the North and slavers to the South. The McCunes are slavers, the Garretts are not. Geoff and his family pay a steep price for the stand they take. Runaways flock North, where they overrun Fortress Monroe. Armed militias spring up in every county of the country. Baltimore, Maryland, sees the first bloodshed in its streets and you are there to witness it. War profiteers slink forth as cannons are aimed and fired in Charleston, South Carolina, and the American Civil War begins in earnest.