Operation Pineapple Express, By Lt. Col. Scott Mann (Ret.)
An edge-of-your-seat thriller about a group of retired Green Berets who come together to save a former comrade—and 500 other Afghans—being targeted by the Taliban in the chaos of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
In April, an urgent call was placed from a Special Forces operator serving overseas. The message: Get Nezam out of Afghanistan now. Nezam was part of the Afghan National Army’s first group of American-trained commandos. He passed through Fort Bragg’s legendary Q course and served alongside the US Special Forces for over a decade. But Afghanistan’s government and army are collapsing, and Nezam is getting threatening texts from the Taliban. The message reached Nezam’s former commanding officer, retired Lt. Col. Scott Mann, who can’t face the idea of losing another soldier in the long War on Terror. He sends out an SOS to a group of Afghan vets (Navy SEALs, Green Berets, CIA officers, USAID advisors). They all answer the call for one last mission.
Operating out of basements and garages, Task Force Pineapple organizes an escape route for Nezam and gets him into hiding in Taliban-controlled Kabul. After many tense days, he braves the enemy checkpoints and the crowds of thousands blocking the airport gates. He finally makes it through the wire and into the American-held airport thanks to the frantic efforts of the Pineapple express, a relentless Congressional aide, and a US embassy official. Nezam is safe, but calls are coming in from all directions requesting help for other Afghan soldiers, interpreters, and at-risk women and children. Task Force Pineapple begins all over again—and ends up rescuing 500 more Afghans from Kabul in the three chaotic days before the ISIS-K suicide bombing. Operation Pineapple Express is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of service and loyalty amidst the chaos of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Nexus Point, by K. Pimpinella
Late in the twenty-second century, teams of Time Rangers travel back in history to capture Time Runners, renegade time travellers who endanger the future by changing the past. Kai Sawyer, son of a rear admiral who was a founding member of the Time Ranger unit, is a Spawn, a genetically enhanced human with powerful strength and abilities. But despite his advantages, he carries the burden of his father’s cold and calculated plans for Kai’s future.
As Kai rises through the ranks to become the Time Rangers’ youngest commander ever, he must constantly prove himself to fend off perceptions, even from his own team, that nepotism is behind his meteoric rise. But when Kai and his team are sent to seventeenth-century France to capture a sadistic Time Runner altering the arc of medical advances, Kai finds his considerable strengths used against him. And he fears that he might be a pawn in a dark scheme concocted by mysterious forces even he can’t defeat.
They Lurk in the Murk: Home Waters, by Gage A. Peters
Catching Largemouth Bass was what Clay Booker and his father Red were all about. It was their passion, their identity, their way of life. Red owned a quaint marina and tackle shop on the great Lake Okeechobee, world renowned for its bass fishing. Life was simple for Clay, go to college, fish whenever he could, and love his girlfriend Abi. But after an epic day of fishing on Red’s brand new bass fishing boat, tragedy strikes. Clay is thrown obstacles that send him down a dark path in life. After years of mistakes and regret his family wants nothing to do with him. He finds himself alone with a drinking problem, a failing business, and fishless. To regain his family’s trust and save his business Clay must do the one thing he knows best, catch monster bass.
The Wise Investor, by Rich Fettke
What does financial freedom mean to you?
The Wise Investor is an inspiring parable about building what author Rich Fettke calls Real Wealth, the foundation of financial freedom. It tells the story of Ryan Brooks, a husband, father, and CaptivSoft’s hard-working lead coder who, with the help of a new friend and mentor, finds a different path to financial security for himself and his family and becomes wealthy in more ways than he thought possible. In it you’ll learn:
• Why working endless hours to climb the corporate ladder in search of “enough” may never give you the financial security you want.
• The true cost of a life lived on someone else’s terms—your time—which no amount of money can ever buy back.
• How to shift the limiting beliefs that might be keeping you stuck and blind to what’s possible for your finances and your life.
• An actionable, play-by-play guide to transforming your financial situation by taking charge of your habits so you can live your best life now, not in some far-off future.
Whether you seek an investment path that allows you to overcome the fear and overwhelm or are struggling just to start, the advice and wisdom in this book will help you get on track to financial freedom. If you’ve ever sought to build wealth, secure your financial future, and live a life that aligns with your values and dreams sooner rather than later, this heartwarming story about one family’s financial transformation will help shine the way.
Are you on the right path to financial freedom?
In Rich’s words: “In writing The Wise Investor, I dedicated myself to creating a story that would inspire and educate — and help you believe that you can live life on your own terms. Real wealth is having the money and the freedom to do what you want, when you want, with the people you want to be with. Each of us has the power to secure financial freedom by believing in what is possible in our lives and taking action to achieve it. If you agree… your transformation has already started.”
I am Justice, by D.P. Watkins
Introducing Justice Winters, an amateur detective juggling secrets, friends, and danger in the tradition of Veronica Mars.
Justice Winters is doing her best to live like an ordinary college student, keeping all her secrets—past and present—buried deep. Even Cadence, the friend she calls “sister,” doesn’t know how Justice earns the cash to cover rent, much less the unspeakable truth about Pop and the sisters she left behind.
On the night a careless boy threatens to reveal one of her secrets, Justice discovers she is willing to kill to make sure it never sees the light of day. When two more students turn up dead the next morning, she finds herself falling into a web of lies, brutality, and corruption—back into the darkness she thought she’d left behind.
Can Justice solve the murders and come to terms with the war between good and evil that rages within her? To do so, is she willing to unbury her past and face a reality more terrifying than death?