United States Marine Corps Flag

July 14, 2018 Leave a comment

July 11, 1798 —  President John Adams signed the bill establishing the U.S. Marine Corps as a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of Navy.


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Clear and Present Dangers……Isaac Babel

July 13, 2018 Leave a comment

“A well-thought-out story doesn’t need to resemble real life. Life itself tries with all its might to resemble a well-crafted story.”

Isaac Babel

Review: The Invisible Mind by M.T. Bass

July 13, 2018 Leave a comment

Frank Frisson

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I began The Invisible Mind the third book in M.T. Bass’s Murder by Manchausen Mysteries, with a beating heart drowned in a tornado of conflicting emotions. It is mostly as a result of the events that transpired in the last pages of The Darknet, the second book in this futuristic technothriller mystery series that ends on notes that leave readers itching to find out what happens next. Jake, the Geek Squad cop and former partner of Maddie, a homicide detective, is in a coma where he remains among the living due to machines.

The patient lying next to a comatose Jake dies. Amy, a little girl, is shackled to a metal bed frame somewhere. Sitting with Maddie in a deli, Jake’s partner EC gets a call from a fellow Geek Squad member called Q. Jake, meanwhile, drifts through his own…

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Clear and Present Dangers……Henry David Thoreau

July 12, 2018 Leave a comment

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

Henry David Thoreau


Clear and Present Dangers……E.B. White

July 11, 2018 Leave a comment

“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.”

E.B. White


Clear and Present Dangers……Nikola Tesla

July 10, 2018 Leave a comment

“When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole.”

~Nikola Tesla

Clear and Present Dangers……Dean Koontz

July 9, 2018 Leave a comment

“Human beings can always be relied upon to exert, with vigor, their God-given right to be stupid.”

Dean Koontz

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