Adventure Thriller – White Out

white-outWhite Out
By T.N.M. Mykytiuk
Published: October 2016
ISBN: 978-1539746140
ASIN: B01M4FZZHU
Pages: 361
Genre: Thriller, Adventure

Cole Samson, marine salvage expert, has been hired to explore a vast underwater oil bed by Unified Drilling. But this is no ordinary geological survey- it’s also the test flight of the top-secret airship Leviathan. A cryptic message from a waitress in a roadside diner sets Cole Samson and his team on a perilous quest to the top of the world when the discovery of a bizarre weapon from the Cold War pits him against the ruthless, Gregor Strelstin, arms merchant and killer, in a high stakes struggle across the frozen solitude of the Arctic.

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white-out-author-tom-mykytiukAbout the Author:
Tom Mykytiuk has been a career infantry officer in the Canadian Army for the past 25 years. In December 2014, he swapped his “sword” for a “pen” and took up writing full time. He includes John Le Carre, Steven King, and Nikos Kazantikus among his literary influences. He enjoys writing about his favorite people-soldiers and ex soldiers, and his personal experiences often find their way into his novels. He admits to dabbling in short stories, but his major works are thrillers with a historical theme.

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Political Fiction – BILLIONAIRES and BAGMEN

BILLIONAIRES and BAGMENBILLIONAIRES and BAGMEN
What Happens When A Small Town Takes Them On
By Ray Bourhis
Publisher: Blue Point Books
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 978-1883423438
ASIN: B01DFKB78K
Pages: 211
Genre: Fiction, Political Fiction

Are you fed up with politics, payoffs, corporate mega-profits at a cost to taxpayers, immunization of white collar crime, bribes and favors guiding the decisions made by our elected officials? Have you had ENOUGH of politics? There is only one way to fix it – rewrite the rules. It can be done!

Midwest Book Review “Highly Recommended”

Billionaires and Bagmen: What Happens When A Small Town Takes Them On, offers a surprising solution to the question many people are asking since the Conventions: How can we take our lives back from an over-reaching government, Wall Street power brokers, lobbyist-written laws, the billionaires who buy them off and candidates we don’t like?

His answer is for local governments to simply ignore Big Brother’s rules and write their own. All across America, town by town, regardless of who is president or who big money controls. It’s called Civil Disobedience.

History is full with examples of people refusing to abide by laws they consider unjust or immoral. In Billionaires and Bagmen, Bourhis explores the possibility of a whole town doing just that. This entertaining political thriller, described by the Midwest Book Review as “deftly crafted and compelling,” also a blueprint of how it could be done.

Sean Cogan, a funny, prickly, charismatic economist turned venture capitalist, is convinced that our system is no longer “of, by and for the people,” that all three branches of government are bought and paid for, and that reform efforts are a complete joke. He believes that no matter who happens to be President, we have become a nation held in a vice grip by powerful billionaires, corrupt multinational corporations and their bagmen: the politicians and lobbyists who carry out their agendas.

Billionaires and Bagmen – What Happens When a Small Town Takes Them OnHe gathers up a few old high school friends in their small town and decides to shake things up. Sean convinces them that if something dramatic doesn’t happen now, the very concept of self-government will become obsolete.

He heads to town hall, plunks down $250 and registers an initiative to be put on the November ballot for his hometown of Fairview to declare its independence from everybody. Jen Renton, a gorgeous, burned-out corporate lawyer who has morphed into a Tibetan Buddhist massage therapist; Ollie Waterson, Sean’s political opposite, with an “Don’t Tread On Me!” bumper sticker on his HumVee and a couple other friends become part of his team.

From a savvy newspaper reporter to a secretive former CIA agent who knows how the game is played to the idiot alcoholic mayor of the town who tries to sabotage the initiative to a controversial talk show host with an agenda, things start to spin out of control. Particularly when the powers that be in Washington become concerned that this independence movement could take on a life of its own.

Cogan and his gang plow ahead in spite of the collusion of spies, lobbyists, a controversial talk show host and a whole boatload of other unsavory characters. It’s an exciting, scary and dangerous ride.

The climate for real change ripens. But is it too late?

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BILLIONAIRES and BAGMEN Author - Ray BourhisAbout the Author:
Ray Bourhis is uniquely qualified to be a political pundit and an enemy of unbridled corporate and political corruption. A lawyer practicing out of San Francisco and Santa Barbara, California, Bourhis has been at the forefront of the battle against greed and excessive power for most of his life.

Bourhis grew up in the tough neighborhood of Elmhurst in Queens, New York. He credits an attempt by local street gang members to throw him, at the age of twelve, into a blazing bonfire with helping him develop the survival skills needed to spend his legal career taking on insurance companies.

Bourhis got his BA at Ohio State University. In his senior year, he created the University’s first mascot in eighty-five years with his then girlfriend, Sally Lanyon. Ray and Sally launched the mascot, unannounced, onto the football field in the middle of the marching band’s homecoming half-time show. When he waddled off the field, 82,000 fans chanted, “We want the mascot! We want the mascot!” and the OSU icon, now known as Brutus Buckeye, was born. .

After graduating from Ohio State, he took a job teaching in a rural high school in Appalachia, where he got fired for putting together a pilot project with Senator Robert Kennedy for students to work on Indian Reservations during the summer. Bourhis became one of Kennedy’s key staffers, working with the Senator on his presidential campaign.

Later Bourhis joined the Domestic Peace Corps (VISTA) and was sent to California as a community organizer with the farm workers. His passion for fighting for the underdog ultimately led him to the UC Berkeley School of Law. He decided on law as a career because he wanted to make a difference. Bourhis was inspired by the giants then serving on the Supreme Court, judges who bore little resemblance to those serving on the court today. While at Berkeley he founded a student-funded public interest law firm that was promptly vetoed by the University Board of Regents. The firm later became known as CalPirg (California Public Interest Research Group).

Since law school Bourhis has specialized in representing policyholders in cases involving the wrongful denial of long-term disability (LTD) insurance claims. His firm has set legal precedents and obtained record verdicts and settlements in that field. Again, this reflects his passion for fighting for the underdog.

Bourhis’ Billionaires and Bagmen reflects a lifetime of disdain for  what he considers the hijacking of America by an increasingly pro-business Supreme Court that has consistently ruled against “the people” and in favor of multi-national corporations. He believes and hopes that what happens with Sean Cogan and his friends in Fairview may well turn fiction into fact.

In addition to Billionaires and Bagmen, Bourhis is the author of the nonfiction book Insult to Injury and the soon to be released Preemption: A License to Steal Your Medical/ LTD Benefits. He also co-authored The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye: As Told to His Parents Sally Lanyon and Ray Bourhis, published in 2015 to honor Brutus’ 50th birthday.

Bourhis lives in San Francisco and Montecito, CA.

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Military/Political Fiction – Chosen: Commander in Chief

Chosen Commander In ChiefChosen: Commander in Chief
By Judith Galloway
Published: August 2015
ISBN: 978-0692458297
ASIN: B01784L1QC
Pages: 153
Genre: Military Fiction, Political Fiction

The Republican Party is looking for a presidential candidate who will capture the public’s imagination.

Enter Brigadier General Rachel Ryland, USAF, retired currently serving in the U.S. Senate. Appointed to her husband s senate seat after he is killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Senator Ryland is a thirty year veteran with extensive experience in foreign relations and strategic planning.

When asked to run for president, will she accept? If she runs, can she win? How does her military experience make her uniquely qualified to be commander-in-chief at this time in U.S. history?

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Chosen Commander in Chief AuthorAbout the Author:
Judith Galloway is a Retired Air Force Officer. As the first woman on the staff of the Commandant of Cadets she served as a military studies instructor and as Chief of the Special Planning Staff for the Admission of Women. Galloway was also the first woman to complete the Basic Freefall Parachuting course. She served as a management analyst and contract administrator for the U.S. Navy after medical retirement.

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Political Fiction – Pockets of Resistance: Martial Law in America

Pockets of ResistancePockets of Resistance: Martial Law in America
By F. Philip McIntyre
Published: August 2014
ISBN: 978-1500325886
ASIN: B00N2F32NW
Pages: 88
Genre: Fiction, Political Fiction

Buck McCurly attempts to save his family in the first fifteen days after the President declares Martial Law in America. While moving to a pre-designated location, and trying to dodge the mobs, the riots, turmoil and FEMA, he realizes Hell is facing him!

About the Author:
F. Philip McIntyre was an infantry combat soldier, intelligence analyst, and First Sergeant, who grew up in the hills of North Georgia just after the Great Depression. A small farm provided sustenance for a family of four during tough times but Philip was always a warrior at heart. He chose military life at age 17 and loved it.

Wounded in Korea in 1951, he returned to the front lines for an additional five months. Never knowing that he suffered from PTSD for over 50 years, a crippled right leg, hip and an injured neck. He didn’t ask the government for anything as long as he was able to work. Still a warrior!

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