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Putin’s Gambit (Tor/Forge) is a pulse-pounding, page-turning international thriller, an intense adrenaline-fueled collaboration between famed TV broadcaster, Lou Dobbs, and author James O. Born. Its subject is a very relevant one, especially with both Russia and ISIS being in the news so much lately and the past several years. Putin is behind a KGB plot to use terrorist attacks as a cover for an incursion into Estonia by the Russian military.

By leaving a non-Spam related comment below, in the comment section, and also mentioning the state in the United States you live in, you are entered to win a hardback copy of this terrific new read! Due to postage rates, the giveaway is open only to residents of the United States. A few simple rules follow, including the date when the giveaway will end. The winner of the last giveaway, for the thriller, Tower Down (Tor/Forge), by David Hagberg, was won by Patricia Raymond, of Fort Smith, Arkansas!

Putin’s Gambit involves a Valdimir Putin’s scheme to make a behind-the-scenes deal with ISIS to supply them with arms and money, as he also asserts Russia’s power by attempting to build the Soviet empire back up, starting by a military attack on Estonia. Former Marine Derek Walsh and his buddies from his days in the Marines get caught up in the intrigue when the FBI discovers that somehow, a money transfer of $200 million was made by someone using his computer. Walsh has to clear his good name, but that, he finds, is easier said than done, especially with a group of Russians on his and his friends’ trail, who are intent on killing them.

The exciting novel, Putin’s Gambit, opens up with a focus on one of Walsh’s closest friends from the Marines, Major Ronald Jackson, who had been deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, Jackson has landed a job working for the American embassy in Berlin, Germany, and he is also “responsible for several diplomatic buildings,” including ones in Frankfurt and Bonn. As a part of his job, Major Jackson stops by the U.S. embassy and drops in on a new lieutenant in charge of security there.

While strolling outside the embassy, Jackson notices a Mercedes van ease its way toward the main gate. The occupants jump out, with the driver holding an AK-47 in his hands. Major Jackson quickly takes the initiative, and a firefight ensues. Jackson manages to take out a few of the terrorists, before his own life comes to an end. That is just the start of the action and thrills readers will find as they read the well-researched and thought provoking novel, Putin’s Gambit.

Want to win yourself a hardback copy of Putin’s Gambit? If so, the rules for this giveaway, courtesy of the book’s publishers, Tor/Forge, the authors of the novel, Lou Dobbs and James O. Born, and What’s New in Book Reviews, are few and simple! First, you need to be a resident of the United States, and 18 or over. Also, you must leave a comment below, which I will see as Feedback, but which won’t display on the page, mentioning what state you live in, so I will know you are a residnet of the United States.

Then, after the period the giveaway runs, which in this case will be from Friday, August 4 2017 through Friday, August 25 at midnight, I will select one lucky person at random as the winner. I have extended this giveaway on more week, to give people even more of a chance to win!

The person who wins will have five days, up through August 29, to get back to me with his/her complete snail mail address, so I can give it to Tor/Forge, who will mail out the hardback copy of Putin’s Gambit to the lucky winner. If the person chosen as the winner does not respond within the period of five days, I will select an alternate winner at random. You can only enter the giveaway once per contest period. If you’d like to purchase a copy of Putin’s Gambit, you can do so here, at Barnes and Noble. Good luck!

By Douglas R. Cobb

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Never-Ending-Snake is the fifteenth of sixteen Ella Clah mystery novels written by the duo of Aimee and David Thurlo. It, like the preceding ones, is largely set in Shiprock, New Mexico, and life and politics on the Navajo reservation there play a major role in the plot of this novel, especially when it comes to the shady doings of a Navajo casino and its manager, Alan Grady. Reading about the interrelationships among the various tribal factions and the Navajos who call themselves Traditionalists is almost as interesting as reading about how Ella solves the case in this mystery/thriller.

As Never-Ending-Snake opens, Navajo Special Investigator Ella Clah is returning from Washington, DC, where she was offered a better paying job with a private security firm. She is traveling with attorney Kevin Tolino (her former boyfriend and the father of her daughter, Dawn), and an Afghanistan veteran (considered by the tribe to be a hero) and Navajo lobbyist, Adam Lonewolf. Lonewolf is also the bodyguard for Tolino, but he is unarmed when the plane they’re traveling in lands and is attacked by men who jump out of a white van and open fire on them. Adam is seriously injured, but Kevin and Ella receive relatively minor injuries. Who was the intended victim, and why? Who was behind the attack? Those are the questions that Ella must discover the answers to in this page-turning addition to the Clah series.

Also, Ellah is stunned to learn that the Navajo lobbyist had $75,000 stashed away in a sealed Monopoly game he’d said he’d bought for a relative. Clah wonders if perhaps Adam Lonewolf is not all he seems to be. Was the money a bribe? Was Adam given the money legitimately? Is this why the men attacked, to get the money, or because Lonewolf had been targeted by the casino manager? Or, did the men know about the money at all, and were they actually after Tolino, Clah, or the pilot of the plane, and was Adam just unfortunate enough to have been wounded the most gravely? Unfortunately, as Lonewolf was shot in the head and is barely hanging on to life, Ella and Chief Big Ed Atcitty can’t ask him why he was carrying so much money with him.

Ella even theorizes that the attack might be linked to an alternative fuel project being planned on the tribal lands. It’s been discovered that Prickly Weed, or tumbleweeds, can be used as an alternative energy source to fuel cars. It can easily be grown on tribal lands, and if the project takes off, many Navajos could find employment and the entire tribe would benefit. But, does this plan interfere with Alan Grady’s schemes in some way? The development of an alternative energy source adds another interesting dimension to the novel’s engrossing plot.

Who was the intended victim? Who had the greatest motive? Figuring these questions out is a challenge to Ellah Clah, and reading about how she does it makes for another fantastic novel from the very talented duo of Aimee and David Thurlo. It’s a book that fans of the Ellah Clah series should love, and Never-Ending-Snake is also a novel that can stand on its own and be enjoyed by anyone who is new to the series. If you love reading mysteries set in the West, Never- Ending-Snake is a book you’ll want to add to your reading lists today!

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