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Jim Robertson is our Inside Guard as well as the Editor of our house organ, The Shield! Jim is a proud veteran and his very well-recognized and extremely talented skills at writing are very obvious in the books Jim has written! Review Jim's two current books below and enjoy a Great Read!
FOR GOOD REASON: Twenty years after he survived Vietnam, Daniel Mulvaney’s memoir about it is a best seller. But success brings unforeseen attention. An invitation from a mysterious Vietnamese, to return to the land that nearly took his life, takes Danny back to when an idealistic kid was unjustly expelled from college and drafted into the US Army. The old nightmares resume. He can’t work. His marriage is in trouble.
As a young man in Brooklyn in 1968, Danny was unsure if his mom’s credo—everything happens for good reason—was wisdom or corny idiom, but he was determined to be a man worthy of Amanda, the girl he loved. Gino Sebastionelli, his closest friend, wanted to bolt for Canada together, but Danny wouldn’t be swayed. His idealism blinded him to the horrors ahead. He’d be wounded, decorated, betrayed, face court martial, and then be saved by Tom Tyler, an officer from Danny’s college town, where all his troubles began. When Danny’s platoon was nearly wiped out, Tyler was captured, and Danny would have to lead a green platoon, against orders, into the U-Minh—The Forest of Darkness—in order to have any chance of saving his lieutenant…
THE WOODSTOCK MURDERS: Detective “Doc” Wiley, an ex-Army Ranger Medic, a veteran of Vietnam and the Nassau County Homicide Squad, no longer knows what he wants, only that what he has falls short. Madeline Maclear, director of nursing at an area hospital, is a widow whose husband was a troubled Vietnam vet. She is trying to reassemble her life. The two rudderless individuals are thrown together when Carl, an untraceable expert assassin with a private arsenal, a fortune in cash, and a perverse sense of humor, returns to Long Island in the spring of 1999. Six former flower children that have all but forgotten an adolescent episode on the road to Woodstock in 1969 are scheduled for lethal vengeance. Carl’s targets begin to die in rapid succession, along with investigators who accidentally trigger bombs at the crime scenes. Peace symbols branded into certain victims suggest a relationship, but no one can fathom what that relationship is. Doc’s eclectic investigative team plays a frantic game of catch-up, encountering colorful characters and chilling traps along the way. Public hysteria and political recriminations emanate from the case like shrapnel from the killer’s explosives. Only the victims glimpse the twisted reasoning behind Carl’s mission of mayhem. When one corpse turns out to be the buyer of Madeline’s former home, the trail leads to the nursing director…
Ron Baumbach is our Council's Lecturer as well as our Webmaster. While he certainly has a love for the written word, he is more impressed over the meanings and thoughts that go into the cause and effect of it. His love of ‘story telling’ strives to always find a positive purpose and end result. Ron currently hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, called ‘The Last Walk…Remember When’, on TNR Radio, I Heart Radio and Apple Radio, He and his wife are lay Redemptorists Associates of the Baltimore Conference where they strive to assist in the goals and humanitarian pursuits of their local Partners in Mission (PIM). Review Ron's two current books below and enjoy another Great Read!
I SERVED THE WINE: What was it like to be at The Last Supper? Can you visualize the apostles and Jesus as they gathered for their last meal together? Imagine living in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus Christ. Think of the experience to be there the week from Palm Sunday to Easter. You actually witness the trial and Crucifixion of Our Lord as well as his glorious return! Demetrius, a Greek living in Old Jerusalem, wrote his eye witness account and hid it away only to be found some nineteen centuries later during an archeological expedition by a British exploratory mission. Relive life from those days, share in the meals, visit the home of Demetrius, listen to the crowds as Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem on a donkey, walk the path to Golgotha, cry at the Crucifixion, see the risen Christ and witness for yourself the impact and dynamic change that took place in the lives and souls of Demetrius and his entire family!
THE LAST WALK ON OUR BLOCK: You are invited to share in a family's last walk on their childhood block in Williston Park, Long Island, NY. A family of four gather together and walk their former block back to their past in a moving and touching journey in time. Revisiting their roots, upbringing and past they reconnect with their long gone childhood years. Their stroll is filled with lovingly shared adventures, wholesome values and inspiring virtues. Life in the 50's and 60's comes vividly back to reality in this awe-inspiring path to the past. Personal, humorous, and charming neighborhood reflections based on motivating and enlivened homespun memories line their journey. A time long gone by comes roaring back to life in this personal reflection! Join The Last Walk on Our Block and relive your own memories of life as we all knew it.