Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pulse by Robert Cook


About Book
Iran has developed a nuclear weapon and is about to use it against Israel. The US decides to preemptively attack Iran. Alejandro Cuchulain, Cooch, and his team are sent to convince the Iranians that it’s time to make nice with the world’s military hegemon. In a cover comment, former Deputy Director of Homeland Security and Commandant of the US Coast Guard, says,.”
“Move over Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher, Cooch has taken over the helm!
“Cook’s best work yet could be an extract from the latest meeting of the National Security Council. The ride is manic moments of fear blended with others of sheer inspiration.”

Pulse plays out with Cooch debating the morality of the attack with the President and his staff, while he and his team try to fix mass education in the Middle East.
Team member and female protagonist, Dr. Caitlin O’Connor, is the smartest person in the room, any room, and so convinces the President. It is her data system that has delighted the NSA and predicted Iran’s nuke completion and her systems that provide effective mass education in the Middle East.
Pulse swirls through Tangier, Washington, Camp David and Tehran in an exciting blend of dynamic writing and believable plot. See more of Coook’s novels and thoughts on www.robertvcooknovels.com or order Pulse, Patriot and Assassin or Cooch at Amazon.


About Author

Shooter, soldier, entrepreneur, philanthropist, venture capitalist, vintner and now author.
Robert Cook is a United States Army Vietnam veteran, who attained the rank of Major and holds the parachutists badge, Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
Cook was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Metropolitan Washington, DC Region in 1987.
Mr. Cook is an active philanthropist. He endowed the Robert E. Cook Honors College of Indiana University of Pennsylvania that was recently covered in Donald Asher’s book, “Cool Colleges for the Hyper Intelligent, Late Blooming and Just Plain Different”. www.iup.edu/honors. He is currently active in its support, particularly for Achievement Funds used for assistance in study abroad and supporting low-paying, but valuable, internships.
Mr. Cook, originally of Altoona, Pennsylvania, holds a BS in Mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the George Washington University.

Interview

Robert Cook

Your contact info
E-mail:    recook619@aol.com                                                       Phone:707 967-8296
Book Title
Pulse
Available at
Amazon
Blog/website URL
Robertcooknovels.com
Video URL

Tell us about your latest worktitle, genre, etc.  and why you wrote it?
Pulse is a politico thriller. The protagonists are trying to fix the Middle East through mass education from the ground up, using technology—violence too as it turns out. The US preemptively invades Iran. The Pulse teams makes nice with Iran.
What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?
Current events draw a reader.  I put them in a thriller context with strong protagonists, particularly the women.
What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
I outline then write.
What kind of research was involved?
See author’s notes at back of book. Extensive research into Islam, Muslim feminism, new weapons and argumentsabout  the morality of war.
How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
There is more of what I know in the characters than there is any of me.
How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
It’s hard.  I try to write when I won’t be interrupted, which is even harder.
Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
I aspire to be a storyteller for thoughtful thriller readers. I like Daniel Silva in particular.
Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?
I’d like the reader to get a better sense of the enormous complexity of national security decision making and the preparation that goes into starting a war. Islam must be better understood. Jihad is an Muslim sound bite, not religion.
What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
I’ve started another similar book and a young adult novel involving the two Moroccan kids from Pulse.
Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
Book blogs are my main marketing approach, now that I have a few followers on Twitter, Facebook, et al.
What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?
Writing is a craft, like art or music.  It must be learned.

 Links and Buy

http://robertcooknovels.com/blog/
Amazon 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today is Earth Day

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Interview and Review ‘A Few Days with My God and My Angel’ Santhosh K. Thomas



Book Description
Life is beautiful when we have a destiny, hope and faith towards the Almighty God. Each one of us would have faced critical crises, unacceptable situations, heartbreaking incidents or total failures in life. One might find it extremely difficult to overcome such hurdles. This is my humble effort to share an incident in my life where I came face to face with God, feeling the warmth of His divine love and providence. I wish my brothers and sisters could get the faith to overcome their own challenges in life through this book.

"A Few Days With My God and My Angel" is a brief, though straight from the heart, description of the fifty six days which we spent in the hospital with our nineteen months old son Steve, thus changing our very perspective of life but left our faith unshaken. Here I am trying to explain my understanding on the depth of personal relation which God maintains with each one of us. The incidents written in this book may be painful, but my intention is not to make the reader feel the pathos or to make one look back at us in pity, instead one should be able to look past the mortal pain and sufferings to understand the intricate and mysterious ways in which God cares. I only want to share the love and support I felt from my God and I want to share how my prayers strengthened my faith. The pages that follow are extracts from my life and will reveal to you how I came to know the love and care of my God...

Book Readers Review

In the book ‘A Few Days with My God and My Angel’ Santhosh K. Thomas tells of the fifty six days he and his wife Bini spent in hospital with their nineteen month old son Steve.   This is a heart warming story of the love of a father for his son.  Thomas shows how prayers and strong faith help him and his wife through the trial of their son’s illness into a triumph.  It is impossible to fathom the true feelings of these parents and Steve in their sufferings.  The message though the words of Thomas tells of his and Bini’s profound faith and devotion to the Lord through this most difficult moment of their lives.  It is an inspiration to those who Believe and enlightenment to those who may doubt.



The story is heart wrenching and heartwarming and will bring tears to even the hardest and critical person.  Highly recommended read as an insight into the power of prayers and faith.  

About Author
Santhosh K. Thomas is an IT professional from India, born in the year 1975.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Electronic and communication) and he is currently working as a project manager for a multinational company in Bangalore, India.

He is married to Bini. Santhosh spends free time playing piano or learning new musical instruments. He loves travelling.

“A Few Days With My God and My Angel” is his debut work.


Q:
Tell us about your latest work—title, genre, etc. — and why you wrote it?
A:
A Few Days With My God and My Angel. This is my debut work. I wrote this book to help the disappointed/downhearted people by giving some hope and faith to overcome their challenges. This book explains how we (myself and my wife) faced a big challenge in our life. Our only son Steve, who was born after 6 years of prayers passed away when he was just 19 month old. But he left this world teaching many lessons to the people around him. We could face everything in a very different manner. A few friends encouraged me to write down my experience so that it can encourage and help many people in this world. That reasoned for the birth of A Few Days With My God and My Angel.
Q:
What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?
A:
All of us are having problems in one or the other way. Giving faith, hope or a new life, is the best thing which I can do for a person.
Q:
What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
A:
Yes.. I do explain things clearly.
Q:
What kind of research was involved?
A:
Honestly, no research. It was just the spiritual inspiration.
Q:
How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
A:
This is my true story.
Q:
How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
A:
I always give more time to my family, friends and society.
Q:
Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
A:
nope
Q:
Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?
A:
Yes, How strong faith and prayers can change a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into triumph and a tragedy into victory.
Q:
What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
A:
Nil
Q:
Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
A:
Facebook

Your Name
Santhosh Thomas
Your contact info
E-mail:    santho0875@gmail.com                                                      
Book Title
A Few Days With My God and My Angel
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Also available in all other Kindle, iBook and Google Play stores.
Blog/website URL