Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

‘Liberty Incident’ Author Missed Skipper’s View

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The author of a book claiming to be the “definitive account” of the 1967 Israeli attack on an American Navy ship says he is not aware that the ship’s captain had publicly stated his belief Israel’s attack on the Liberty was no accident.

“I don’t recall that statement” by Capt. William McGonagle, who died in 1999, said Jay Cristol, a Florida judge and former Navy pilot, at a March gathering at the Spy Museum in Washington. Cristol, author of The Liberty Incident: The Definitive Account of the 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship, maintains that Israeli naval and air forces believed the Liberty was an Egyptian war ship when they struck it on June 8, 1967, with napalm, machine-gun fire and torpedoes.

The United States accepted Israel’s apology for the attack but has never accepted its explanation. +Continue Reading

WWII Dinosaurs in ‘Chronos Commandos’

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Stuart Jennett wants us to imagine an alternate history of World War II, one where time travel would allow the Nazis to procure a few dinosaurs to turn the tide and win the war. His five-issue comic series has been collected into a new hardback graphic novel Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol available now from Titan Comics.

Jennett was a comic book artist in the early ‘90s who became a concept artist for video game companies. He’s both the writer and the artist here and his striking images were created digitally instead of with paper and ink. There’s a ton of gore: the dinosaurs freely dismember both Allied and Nazi troops and the machine gun-wielding lead scientist looks a lot like Albert Einstein.

The whole think reads like a tribute to low-budget war movies and even more low-budget sci-fi movies from the ‘50s and ‘60s, but the gore level is straight out of ‘70s-era drive-in horror movies. Check out an excerpt  in our slideshow below:  +Continue Reading

Will Hayden from ‘Sons of Guns’ Wrote a Book

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Sons of Guns, the reality skit show starring Red Jacket Firearms owner Will Hayden, returns to the Discovery channel this Friday for a fifth season. The customs-firearms business is evidently a bit more intimidating than the duck call business for family viewing, but the show is still the second most-popular real-life show set in Louisiana.

Will’s also just published a book that’s also called Sons of Guns. It’s both a memoir that offers up some more details on how he founded Red Jacket and a firearms guidebook where Will offers up thoughts on a wide variety of weapons. There are individual profiles where Will offers his take on the rest of the show’s cast and an entertaining and impassioned explanation on just how real he wants to make his own show. +Continue Reading

Garth Ennis Compiles New ‘Battle Classics’ Collection

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Battle Picture Weekly (published from 1975 to 1988) was a giant influence on an entire generation of UK comic artists. The magazine’s war stories aimed for a more true-to-life feel than what Americans saw in comic books like Sgt. Rock.

Titan Books has enlisted contemporary comics author Garth Ennis to put together Garth Ennis Presents Battle Classics, a collection that features several of Ennis’ favorite stories, including “HMS Nightshade“and the never-before-reprinted “The General Dies At Dawn.” +Continue Reading

Quarry Returns in ‘The Wrong Quarry’

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Quarry, the former Marine, Vietnam veteran and hitman created by author Max Allan Collins, is now the title character in a series pilot commissioned by Cinemax.  Previously played by Tom Sizemore in a low-budget movie called The Last Lullaby, the new version casts the much younger and less road-worn Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and features direction by John Hillcoat, who made the excellent movies Lawless and The Road. +Continue Reading

Comic Strip 007

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At some point in the late 1950s (and years before the character came to the movie screen), Ian Fleming allowed Britain’s Daily Express newspaper to publish a series of daily comic strips based on his popular novels. Those strips continued in the newspaper through to early 1977 and later off and on in syndication until 1984. +Continue Reading

The Art of Battlefield 4

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Now that Battlefield 4 has been out for a couple of weeks, devoted players will be looking for something more. If the game scenarios have invaded your dreams, maybe you’re ready for the behind-the-scenes view offered in the new book The Art of Battlefield 4 .

Since you won’t be focused on avoiding your opponent’s bullets, you can take a moment to appreciate all the detail in the game’s imagery. The book is 100% focused on presenting the images from the game and leaves out a lot of the interview and technical background that clogs up some of these titles. +Continue Reading

Jason Redman Talks ‘The Trident’

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Some of our readers know former Navy SEAL Jason Redman because they’ve seen photos of a sign he posted outside his door at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda after he was wounded in a 2007 raid against an al-Qaida leader in Iraq.

Redman’s determination resonated with a lot of people and now he’s written a memoir called The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader that puts the sign in context and tells both a more complicated and more interesting story than the one suggested by his “Like and Share” Facebook moment. +Continue Reading

Excerpt from Michael Crichton’s ‘Binary’

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It’s amazing that Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton became one of the world’s most successful novelists after writing The Andromeda Strain while enrolled at Harvard Medical School. That novel (and subsequent movie) made it easy for him to decide that a career in medicine wasn’t for him.

What’s more amazing is that Crichton managed to find time to write and publish eight novels under a pen name during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Those John Lange books haven’t exactly been a secret, but they’re now being reissued by Hard Case with excellent new artwork. We’ve got an excerpt from Binary, a thriller where a businessman John Wright decides to assassinate the President and decides he needs to steal a U.S. Army shipment that contains the chemicals he needs to make a deadly nerve gas called VZ. Federal agent John Graves must stop Wright before disaster ensues. +Continue Reading

Army-Navy Football & Service After 9/11 in ‘All American’

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Sportswriter Steve Eubanks had a great idea: write a book that follows one player each from the Army and Navy football teams who participated in the 2001 game through their military careers. With some help from the Army and Navy SIDs, he chose Army QB Chad Jenkins and Navy LB Brian Stann and uses their stories as the basis for All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq. +Continue Reading