Follow a group of young men as they go through Marine Corps boot camp in 1962, at Parris Island, and then to their duty stations and Vietnam. If you want to know what the Corps was really like in... More > the 1960's and those that served during this tumultuous time in history this is the book for you!< Less
The author of Miami Rock scores again with Semper-Fi-Do-Or-Die, a hard-edged look back in Marine Corps history. The author takes us to Parris Island, the Marine Corps boot camp, in South Carolina,... More > where boys are so expeditiously turned into (men) Marines, and in only ninety short days. The story begins in the fall of 1962 when we meet a group of characters that could only match-up with the author’s previous ones in Miami Rock and we subsequently follow them through the very real horrors of P.I. to their duty stations and then, for many of them, to Vietnam. For the ones that live through Vietnam it is no picnic back in the World and the author shows us vividly why we should all be concerned with returning veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorders and their terrible effects on not only the veterans themselves but society at large. In Semper-Fi-Do-Or-Die the author, a Marine veteran himself, in the early and mid-sixties, shows us what the Corps was really like during that tumultuous time in American history.< Less
As the economy slithers towards a depression-era recession, in 1978, the comedy and pathos of the human condition in these stressful conditions shows us that not only can we survive but that we may... More > also even be able to redeem our souls.
In California Gary Greb, having a wife and two kids to support, labors in construction, as a carpenter, and also tries real estate sales where he finds unrequited malaise but also finds that there is one group that is totally unfazed by the recessionary stagflation, the wealthy, and particularly the wealthy land owners and when he locates a buyer who will purchase any land he can find at the right price, and even pay him in cash, he begins a career that will, inadvertently, land him in prison, as well as make him a part of the class of wealthy landowners that he had come not only to distrust but to dislike and disdain.< Less
The author of Miami Rock sets a blistering fast pace, and this mystery/thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat, reading from the first page to the last, as you wonder what next calamity may... More > befall one of the denizens of this sub-tropical area of our country, which many refer to as a paradise for its beautiful climate, sandy beaches, and famed tourist attractions. Its Latin beat provides the backdrop for another side of this city, however, and one also well-known to the public, for paradise can become a purgatory where crime is rampant and drugs are on every street corner in too many neighborhoods. The main characters, a rough-hewn group of construction workers, on a job site in Ft. Lauderdale, sojourn into Miami for a night out and encounter much more than they had bargained for as rogue cops, drug dealers, shapely vixens, and a briefcase full of money all collide in a thriller that you won’t be able to put down.< Less
The author of 5 novels, 7 books of short stories and poetry chapbook, Keith G. Laufenberg sets a and blistering fast pace and this mystery/thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat, from the... More > first page until the last, as you wonder what next calamity may befall one of the denizens of this sub-tropical area of the country, which many refer to as a tropical paradise, with its beautiful climate, sandy beaches and famed tourist attractions. Its Latin beat provides the backdrop for another side of this city however, and one also well-know to the public, for paradise can quickly become a purgatory where crime is rampant, with drugs on every street-corner in many neighborhoods. The main characters, a rough-hewn group of construction workers on a job-site in Ft. Lauderdale, sojourn into Miami for a night out and encounter much more than they had bargained for, as rogue cops, drug dealers and a briefcase full of money all collide in a thriller you won't be able to put down.< Less
The Tower of Power provides the reader with a rare glimpse into an American institution, the car business, and is written with such an insider's knowledge, truthfully showing, without any melodrama,... More > all the grief and ugliness as well as the joy and beauty that surrounds so many cunning, calculating and captivating characters' lives, that you'll remember them long after you've finished reading the book, when you realize that they're all bit players in this tragic/comedy called life and that one of them could have easily been you.< Less