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Apr 20, 2018

“President is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

I have this wonderful picture in my mind: Clinton goes to Patterson and says, “Jim!  Jim, we gotta write this, ya gotta help me with it!  Nothing classified, a course, cain’t do that.  But just something to let people know there’s stuff they don’t know!” 

This book is pure fiction (if it weren’t, Mr. Clinton would be under all kinds of arrest.), but what I think is true – and what is important – is that there are very often things that no one can be told, as a matter of national security.  I’m sure there are things that even Congress doesn’t know, that maybe even the president’s inner circle doesn’t know.  And the public certainly doesn’t.

“Homeland Burning”: Our Nation’s Worst Fear

If you follow me closely, you may recognize the names Brinn Colenda and Tom Callahan. One man is real, the other is his creation. Mr. Colenda is the author of two other books in the Callahan family saga, Cochabamba Conspiracy and Chita Quest. He has just released the third book in this eventual sextet, Homeland Burning. And it is at least as captivating as the other two.

"Wonder" is the Real Thing

Remember when everyone in the audience cheered when Han Solo suddenly showed up to help Luke and the rebels destroy the Death Star? Or how, after watching Tom Hanks and Geena Davis play baseball for more than an hour, everyone sat through all the credits, just watching the retired women play ball? Wonder is one of those movies.

"Switched On" by John Robison

The subtitle of this book is: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening. Author John Robison has a very mild form of autism known as Asperger Syndrome. Like all Aspies, Mr. Robison has all the emotions everyone else has, but didn’t express them the way other people do.

"Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman

In his college days in UC Berekely, Dan Millman met a sage in the guise of a service station mechanic. Socrates, as he dubbed him – for the man would never tell him his name – led Dan on an incredible voyage of self-discovery. If you have any interest in that sort of thing, Mr. Millman’s book about the experience, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, is a must-read I reviewed it here about six weeks ago.

"The Postcard Killers," by James Patterson & Liza Marklund

The Postcard Killers starts with a premise I’ve seen in a lot of cop shows: A brazen serial killer send photos of his latest murder with the “twist” that they are posed like famous works of art. But there are always of two victims. Fitting, I suppose, since this particular serial killer is two people, which we know from the start. And the globe-hopping killer announce their intention to kill again via a postcard,

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