Book Review & Giveaway: As Good as Can Be by Bill Glass

As Good As Can Be by William A. Glass

Publisher:  Hawkeye Publishers, (April 14, 2020)
Category: Fiction: Coming of Age; War and Military; Family Saga

ISBN: 978-1-946005-34-2
Available in Print and ebook, 400 pages

‘As Good As Can Be’ is a novel about the wayward son of an alcoholic army officer.  As his dysfunctional family moves from one military base to the next, Dave Knight develops a give-a-damn attitude that goes well with his ironic sense of humor.  In high school he joins other delinquents in a series of escapades, some dangerous, others funny, and a few that would be worthy of jail time should the troublemakers be caught.

After barely graduating Dave gets drafted into the army and sent to guard a nuclear weapons depot in Korea.  There he runs afoul of his sergeant and must scramble to avoid dishonorable discharge.

‘As Good As Can Be’ draws on the author’s experiences growing up in an out-of-control military family during the 1950’s and his own military experience.

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Guest Review by Sage Nor

‘As Good As Can Be’ is a delight! William A. Glass has the storytelling apparatus of a really good mini-series writer or movie-writer. I kept getting sucked into this book while I was reading it the same way I do with a good Netflix series. Coming-of-age is a type of story that can be very difficult to execute well. You have to create a likable character, figure out where you want them to end up and then mix in the discord that makes for relatability. Because who among us didn’t suffer a little when we were in our adolescence?

In this case, the likable character is Dave Knight and the discord centers around his alcoholic father and his large, unruly family. Oh, and the general building tension of the mid-20th century. Can’t forget that! Dave’s father is a very high up officer in the Army, so, of course, his family moves around frequently, upending Dave and his siblings’ lives every single time. The Knight’s do love their kids, but with a busy father and flaky, forgetful mother, no one is really getting the attention they need to grow into a stable adult. Of course, the 1950’s were the era of “go play outside and come back when the streetlights come on” so maybe it’s safe to say Dave and his siblings were never going to get that attention anyway.

Regardless, after some missteps, Dave does manage to begin to mature and become stable just as he is drafted into the Vietnam war. From there he must relearn everything he thought he knew about being a man and do it all under extremely high pressure. Although there was one small place where the story dragged a bit, I would absolutely say that anyone reading this review should read this book. I had a great time reading it and I felt for the characters so deeply. You won’t regret picking this one up! I give it 4.0 stars.

Praise for As Good As Can Be

“A sweeping family saga that takes you into the world of a military family.  A great read.”

“William’s book flows magically, I had a stack of papers to grade one night but thought I would read a chapter before I started. Next thing I knew it was 2:00 am and I hadn’t graded anything!”

About the Author

William A. Glass, formerly a VP at Gallup, now coaches soccer at a small college in South Carolina and writes. He lives with wife, Bettina, who is a high school German teacher.  They have three sons who have all moved away to pursue careers.

Website: https://williamaglass.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/william.glass.50767?ref=bookmarks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/williamasaglass/

Giveaway

This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of print or ebook however, print is open to the U.S. only and ebook is available worldwide. There will be 3 winners. This giveaway ends July 1, 2020,midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney

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Book Title:  Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney
Series: The Moccasin Hollow Series Book 3
Category:  Adult Fiction,  278 pages
Genre:   Mystery/Suspense
Publisher:  Sage Words Publishing
Release date:  April 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (gifted Kindle copy, PDF)
Will send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 28 to June 15, 2018
Content Rating: R (This book is rated R for explicit murder scenes.)
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Book Description:
As Craige Ingram climbed the stairs of the derelict building, that peculiar stench of a dead body hit him. It was the same smell no matter where—Spec Ops SEAL encounter gone sour, or in a vacant, roach-infested apartment. Inside, his SEAL buddy-turned head of Buckingham Parish Homicide’s Investigative Support Division, Grayson MacGerald, was huddled with the coroner next to a swollen decaying corpse that was days old and hardly more than oozing dead meat.The PI inside Craige had a gut feeling that there was more to this than a dead body, and Craige’s Grannie always told him, “Trust your feelin’s.” But that was before Mihály Keaulescu set down two of his Black Falcon choppers on Craige’s Moccasin Hollow private airstrip in an uninvited stopover. It got worse. From his airstrip to Israel, to Turkey and a nightmare-dream of one-of-a-kind ancient artifacts that not only threatened the serene life Craige knew and loved at Moccasin Hollow, it would destroy the world.
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read the first two books in The Moccasin Hollow Series so I was happy to read the next book about Craige Ingram. It did not disappoint.

Craige’s friend and ex-SEAL buddy Grayson has called him for his help once again. A body is found in a bad area of town but this isn’t an OD. In fact, several passports and driver’s licenses are found in the apartment with the body. When an autopsy is done, they find that not only was the woman’s neck broken but she was poisoned. This doesn’t look like any run of the mill murder so Grayson wants Craige’s input. That’s just the beginning…

There is so much going on in Curse of the Ancients it will make your head spin. Dead bodies, ancient parchments, a train crash, biochemical warfare, you name it, Craige seems to find it all. But are they unrelated or does everything fit together in a big puzzle? He knows he can trust his ex-SEAL buddies but can he trust anyone else?

Although at times I felt a little lost, this book is full of action and everything eventually falls into place. Curse of the Ancients is a good addition to The Moccasin Hollow Series.

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About the Author

With postgraduate degrees and faculty positions at several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to his work in classrooms and laboratories, he has written numerous professional articles on chordate neuroembryology and authored several novels that reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for both the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Hidden Vault of Secrets and Westobou Gold, Books 1 and 2 in the series, have received national and international attention. Hawk is also writing a science fiction series, The Cairns of Sainctuarie

Connect with the author:  Website 

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1st Prize: Win a print copy of Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney and a $25 Amazon.com gift card (open to USA only – 1 winner)

2nd prize: Win a print copy of Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney (open to USA only / 1 winner)

3rd prize: Win a gifted Kindle copy of Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney (open to USA only / 2 winners)

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Book Review: Dead Ground by Rod Humphris

31701679Dead Ground (Simon Ellice Book 1)

by Rod Humphris

Genre: military/war

Length: 57 pages

Publication Date: May 24, 2016

Summary

In the mountains and passes of Nuristan, the men of patrol base Azun grind through their days and nights of constant vigilance. They hunt the Taliban and try to win hearts and minds. Trouble is coming, that is certain. How or when, where and in what form, they do not know. They fear it and also long for it.

Only Lieutenant Simon Ellice, with a clarity born of grief and anger, can see the shape of it. Only he, being beyond care, will do what has to be done and pay the price. Not that he will be the only one to pay.

Dead Ground is a story of the impossibility of the task assigned to British forces in Afghanistan and the heroism of some of those who attempted it.

 

My Review

I chose to read this novella after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Simon Ellice has just returned to his patrol base after having time off due to the loss of a loved one. He is still in the anger stage of grief and, on top of that, he has a bit of a problem with authority which doesn’t serve him well. When he figures out when the base is going to be attacked, he takes it on his own to take his company to try to defend the base because he knows his commanding officer won’t believe him.

Dead Ground is short but not sweet. There was a lot packed into these few pages. I felt like I was just getting to know Simon Ellice and the book was over. It was one I won’t soon forget even though it was short. The futility of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan is well portrayed and a good lesson for all of us.

There were a lot of military terms in this book and most of them I knew or could figure out but there were some I didn’t understand. A glossary would have been nice for someone like me who has never been in the military.

Although Dead Ground could have been longer, it is a good beginning to the Simon Ellice series. 

 

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