So many books, so little time! But that’s a good thing, right?
Since starting Writestream and joining the CFLA last year, finding time to read an abundance of compelling, high-quality books from immensely talented authors has been an ongoing challenge. But here are a few of the titles on my current list:
I interviewed this highly accomplished entrepreneur and author on Writestream a few weeks ago about his epic rags-to-riches tale set against the historical timeline from the American Civil War and Industrial Revolution to World War I. Listen below:
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As much as I love fiction, I believe there’s nothing as inspiring as real life. In this case, Angela Leigh Tucker proves the amazing resilience of the human spirit and a never-give-up attitude. Check out my recent Writestream interview with Bill Ramsey below.
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In the not so distant future, Michelle hides in the shadowy cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, waiting for her unborn child, targeted by the untouchables who have assumed absolute power . Michelle’s husband, Jason, remains in their hometown, struggling against overwhelming odds to keep his wife and child from being found. The blue-collar Catholic couple have already endured numerous losses, including that of a baby son, born under mysterious circumstances. This pair of childhood sweethearts and their family and friends have always stuck together, but the storms of transformation turn everything upside down. Friendships disintegrate, fathers and sons become enemies, and trust is a thing of the past. The ways of traditional America have gradually become what those in power term evil. What used to be evil is now the law, strictly enforced by the bureaucracy, and for ordinary people there is no middle ground; you either play or pay. Deviation from government policy will land you in jail… or worse. Media figures who aren’t part of the power structure begin slowly disappearing, and Jason must depend solely on God to help him save his wife and baby. Tears of Paradox is a story full of suspense, romance, sadness, humor, and nostalgia; a must read for Americans in these rapidly changing times.
George Galdorisi is a former naval aviator who began his writing career in 1978 with an article in U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. His Navy career included four command tours and five years as a carrier strike group chief of staff, as well as three years leading the United States delegation for military-to-military talks with the Chinese navy. He is currently the Director of the Corporate Strategy Group at the Navy’s C4ISR Center of Excellence in San Diego, California.
He has written nine books, including the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best seller, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor, the novelization of the Bandito Brothers/Relativity Media film starring U.S. Navy SEALs; the Amazon and Barnes and Noble top-seller The Kissing Sailor, which proved the identity of the two principals in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photograph; as well as over 200 articles in professional journals and other media.
George Galdorisi leverages his broad professional experience to deliver written products across a wide spectrum of media, providing diverse and unique professional writing talent. With nine books – both fiction and non-fiction – the primary focus of his work is in book format and also includes chapter-length contributions to other books. Additionally, he frequently edits books by other writers at all stages of the production process.
These book length-projects build on an additional body of work including over 200 articles in professional magazines, defense journals, newspapers, and professional conference proceedings, among others, and are captured in his curriculum vitae (also on this website). Additionally, he has presented over 60 professional papers at a wide array of professional conferences in the last decade and has published many of these papers in peer-review journals. Of note, he wrote or co-authored over 50 articles in 2011 and 2012 alone, demonstrating a unique ability to provide a substantial volume of quality, publishable content on deadline.
His work has been recognized with numerous writing awards, including the Navy League of the United States Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement, the Military Writer’s Society Award for both fiction and non-fiction, the Surface Navy Association Author of the Year, Hook Magazine Contributor of the Year, and a diverse array of literary awards from organizations such as the U.S. Naval Institute, the Naval Helicopter Association, the Navy League of Australia, the Naval Helicopter Historical Society, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego. Additionally, his articles in professional journals such as Joint Forces Quarterly, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings and U.S. Naval War College review have been recognized as identifying important military and technology issues and trends well before they are identified in the mainstream media.
His ability to write with authority on a broad array of military matters, cutting-edge technology, strategy and policy is supported by his thirty-year career as a naval aviator. His wide-ranging career included over 3,000 flying hours in multiple types of naval aircraft, as well as tours aboard aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, and submarines. His four commands, two as helicopter squadron commander of new-technology SH-60 series aircraft, the amphibious assault ship USS Cleveland (LPD-7) and Amphibious Squadron Seven, as well as his five years as a Carrier Strike Group Chief of Staff for two combat deployments to the Arabian Gulf embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), provide him with sustaining insights into the broadest possible array of naval, joint and coalition operations. Ashore, tours in Washington, D.C. the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College have provided him with a well-nuanced background in strategy, policy, programmatics and acquisition. His current work as a strategist, analyst and long-range planner at the U.S. Navy’s C4ISR Center of Excellence in San Diego supplements his active-duty experience with a full immersion in emerging command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies, including work with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
His ability to create quality prose, coupled with his ability to deliver it in a compelling way, has led to numerous speaking opportunities beyond the regular book signing circuit. He has been an invited speaker and panel moderator at venues as diverse as U.S. Naval Institute and Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association Conferences, the United Kingdom’s Royal United Services Institute Conferences, the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Conferences, Common Defense West Conferences, U.S. Naval Academy Naval and Maritime History Symposium, the National Fire Control Symposium, the International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Symposium, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Symposium, the Canadian Maritime Forces Pacific Maritime Security Challenges Conference, the Navy Human Systems Integration Symposium, and many others – as well as speaking engagements at several universities nationally and internationally. Additionally, he frequently is in demand to moderate panels at these and other conference and symposia.
Before 9/11 America was protected by a covert force known as the National Crisis Management Center. Commonly known as Op-Center, this silent, secret mantel guarded the American people and protected the country from enemies. The charter was top secret and Director Paul Hood reported directly to the president. Op-Center used undercover operatives with SWAT capabilities to diffuse crises around the world, and they were tops in their field. But after the World Trade Center disaster, in the interest of streamlining, OP-Center was disbanded—leaving the country in terrible danger.
But when terrorists detonate bombs in sports stadiums around the country leaving men, women and children dead or mutilated, the President executes an emergency order to bring back Op-Center—an Op-Center capable of dealing with the high tech crises of the 21st Century, and there is a lethal one brewing in the Middle East. A renegade Saudi Prince with ambitions of controlling the world’s oil supply has an ingenious plot to manipulate America into attacking Syria and launching a war against Iran. Next, they would ignite a sleeper cell to attack the America homeland, resulting in a bloodbath unlike any other. Only the men and women of Op-Center, using sophisticated technology, realize what is about to be unleashed. Only they have the courage to issue a warning no one wants to hear. But will anyone believe them?
Looking forward to a fascinating interview!
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Daniel Durand demonstrates his tough independence as a soldier during the Civil War. However, he must make a choice–follow an order or do the right thing–that will long remain secret, but will follow him for the rest of his life. Like America itself, he has to overcome tragedy and build upon the ruins of the war. He returns to his hometown, Cleveland, determined to capitalize on the nascent Industrial Revolution.
Smart and ambitious, Daniel gets a job at a bank and rises quickly, but runs into an obstacle: the bank’s president is a pompous fool. He rejects Daniel’s recommendation to lend to brilliant oil entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller, and forbids Daniel from seeing his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, Eleanor. Daniel outsmarts the president and marries Eleanor, but he’s too big a fish for Cleveland’s small pond. He moves his family to New York and starts a Wall Street investment house with George Woodbury, a canny stock trader. Unfortunately, Durand & Woodbury launches during a financial panic and severe depression that threaten its survival.
Revenge, Redemption, and Reconciliation
Emerging from the economic carnage, the firm has a front row seat on the greatest explosion of ingenuity and wealth the world has ever seen. Daniel finances the titans of the Industrial Revolution, but acquires a long list of powerful enemies, including Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and Daniel’s oldest son, Will. The Winfields, a secretive, ruthless dynasty, vow to destroy him. They promote Will’s political career and use him to uncover Daniel’s Civil War secret, a secret that could send Daniel to the gallows.
Daniel plots his revenge–an attempt to scandalize Will and ruin his chances in an election–but the tables are turned humiliatingly against him and Eleanor is furious. Ignoring her misgivings, a mysterious warning, public opinion, and the support of the financial and political elite, he testifies against a law that replaces gold with paper promises and imperils the nation’s hard-earned wealth. He risks his many enemies’ retribution and further family turmoil, but his decision ultimately leads to redemption and reconciliation.
The Durands’ saga captures what was, in Eleanor’s words, “The intoxicating spirit of unfettered freedom, unlimited possibilities, unbounded confidence, and buoyant optimism” of the Industrial Revolution. What made that time–so different from our own–possible? Was it really a dark age of robber barons, or was it America’s golden pinnacle? More than just epic historical fiction, the novel poses thought provoking questions about freedom, capitalism, and government that ForeWord Clarion Review says, “Are surprisingly relevant today.” The answers have never been more important.
Sixteen-year-old prodigy Joe Tolleson discovers the grisly truth about the venerated pillar of Hidden Falls, the Reverend Silas Wayne. Nobody wants to believe Joes story about Waynes crimes, not even his parents. Marshalling his ingenuity and courage, Joe unravels the ministers diabolically clever scheme to cover his tracks, only to have the tables mysteriously turned against him. Adversity forces Joe to face the truth about his parents, and to come to grips with complex psychological and philosophical questions. Only a newcomer to Hidden Falls champions Joe’s cause, but Wayne has a beautiful and brilliant civil liberties attorney on his side. Joe must overcome the hostility of his home town and his attraction to Waynes attorney if the truth is to prevail. The outcome of an intricate courtroom battle of wits hangs in balance until the final verdict. A murder mystery, legal thriller, coming-of-age novel of ideas with exciting twists and turns on every page.
Robert Gore grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a double major in economics and political science, and from UC Berkeley with graduate degrees in business and law. He held part time jobs throughout undergraduate and graduate school. He passed the bar exam and is an inactive member of the California Bar Association.
Mr. Gore traded bonds in Los Angeles for a Wall Street firm for five years before moving to a Southern California based brokerage. There he became one of the firm’s youngest partners, traded bonds for twenty-two years, managed the fixed income division, and was on the executive committee. A former president of the Los Angeles Municipal Bond Club, he has appeared on television and radio as an expert on fixed income securities. He has been quoted in various publications, and had a letter to the editor published in the Financial Times. In 2006, he publicly and frequently warned of impending housing and financial crises. He set up a propriety trading desk to capitalize on the situation, and his family sold their house. In 2012, he retired from finance to write full time.
Mr. Gore’s first novel, The Gordian Knot, a legal thriller and courtroom drama, was published in 2000. He writes about economic, political, and cultural issues on his website, straightlinelogic.com and his readership has steadily grown. The Golden Pinnacle, a novel about a rags-to-riches Wall Street titan and his family, set during the Industrial Revolution, reflects a lifelong interest in that period and the entrepreneurial giants who built America. It is the first of a projected trilogy.
Mr. Gore lives with his wife and son in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He golfs, skis, swims, bowls, and rides his mountain bike. The only television show he watches regularly is “The Big Bang Theory.” More about Mr. Gore’s views on a variety of issues may be found on straightlinelogic.com.
I am looking forward to talking to Robert about his books, his thoughts on independent publishing and marketing, and his opinions on culture and politics as part of the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance.
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Today on Writestream, I had the privilege of interviewing the multi-talented author and entrepreneur Alexandra Swann in the show’s first hour. Among other interesting topics, Alexandra talked to me about her experience of being home-schooled long before it was a popular alternative to traditional schooling, and her career as a business-owner and author. She was very insightful, knowledgeable and articulate about the current state of our culture, politics and nation.
In the second half of the program, we debuted the Riot Wing Riot featuring Roy M. Griffis, Jamie K. Wilson and Kia Heavey. The Right Wing Riot will be a regular weekly feature in the second half of Writestream Tuesday, offering a fresh, funny and unique perspective on writing, publishing, marketing, culture and politics.
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