Monday, December 31, 2012

Threat Vector by Tom Clancy

Well Tom Clancy does it again. His latest book, Threat Vector is a high powered, high energy techno-military thriller based upon real time military issues and probable upcoming threats. Yes, you have Jack Ryan, who is once again President of the United States. A President of integrity and grit, by the way. A President who we hope for, but is entirely fictional. Additionally, the rest of the book's protagonists include all those Clancy characters you also know and love from novels past. Tough. Honest. Patriotic. And, most of all kick-ass. Yet this novel is more about the next generation, Jack junior and his cadre. Super sleuths. Super spies. Heroes.

The younger Ryan, and his entire generation of characters, is part of a group called The Campus. An off the books, black-ops organization. Basically doing things even Navy Seal Team 6 is forbidden to do. But like clockwork those amazing young Seals even make quite an appearance in this novel. You know the story is fiction, but deep down inside you also know that these young heroes have America's back and do their job well.

The international problem in this story is the Chinese. In all honesty anyone who has been watching and following along with the issues in the South China Sea isn't really surprised by this choice of topics. China's aggression and actions vis-a-vis America's allies in that part of the world is bordering on volatile. Their threat to block and/or control that all important South China Sea trade route has been an on-going problem for years and is only getting worse. It is not hard to see the war footing of Threat Vector turning into reality.

Then there is China's use of cyberwarfare.  The ability of clandestine organizations in the Chinese military to infiltrate and expose the USA's weaknesses when it comes to protecting our infrastructure, our military and our every aspect of our lives is very apparent. There are interesting real reports that appear periodically in papers across the USA,  about possible Chinese cyber attacks even on the Pentagon. Cyberwarfare is real and it is a growing concern. Not only for the USA but for every nation on the planet. What this novel shows is, if we are not careful there are ways our enemies can defeat us without firing one bullet.

As usual Tom Clancy is spot on with issues and real diplomatic problems facing our world. What is really refreshing in this novel is that someone, somewhere realized that the biggest threat to our nation is not some terrorist organization in the Middle East. But our biggest threat is the nation that is our banker. When you are in hock to those that hate you, and wish to supplant you as a leading world power,  alarm bells really need to go off.

Hopefully someone in Washington is listening. not sure they are in the White House. Yet maybe a national security wonk is listening in the bowels of the Pentagon. Well listening until we get a SecDef who thinks Neville Chamberlain was a great statesman, appeasing our enemies is the way to deal with evil or that the USA is the problem in the world, instead of freedom denying oligarchical tyrannies or fascist theocratic states.

In the meantime read this new book. You definitely won't be able to put it down. Unfortunately, afterwards, you might not be able to sleep so soundly either.

Qi en Pace,


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Yes, I am Having Shoe Envy

Here is a look at my latest shoe-want..not that I am going to buy it. Have no where to wear it and well don't actually have a spare $1000 laying around. So ogling the picture will have to suffice for now.

Yes, of course,  they're  Louboutin's  (READ HERE)


OK for those who don't like the rosy color (even though the website calls it nude),  they also come in gold....

Qi en Pace,


Book Review: Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen

Are you a fan of the TV show Rizzoli and Isles? Well I am. I actually am ashamed to admit this, but I didn't realize the show was a mash-up of a book series by author Tess Gerritsen. Now I say mash-up because a few things have been changed for the TV series, but not much. Anyway I decided since I had watched every episode of the show I could just wade into her latest book. Actually you can, all you need to do is give a few background allusions a leap of faith. Not to worry it has no effect on the plot of this novel.

Here you find our heroines knee deep in trouble once again. There are mass murders, family intrigue and international espionage. There is police politics and underworld shenanigans. There is the good old fashioned Rizzoli family drama along  with the "nerd heaven" of the coroner's office.

This book, like the television show, is fun. Something not too serious, with highly intelligent super-heroines that solve unreal crimes, but have all too human problems.

And yes, aspergers even appears in this novel that was completely unexpected but considering the focus on autism lately I wasn't totally surprised.


Interestingly this is the first time, I used my Kindle Fire to read a novel. I have to say that I do tend to enjoy holding a book. Reading for me is not only about the words on the page but it is tactile as well. Now I had purchased a Kindle Fire in the mistaken belief that it was as useful as an iPad; wanted to conjoin the ease of an e-reader and a mini-tablet. Nope its really is not, but hey you live and learn. It does not have as much storage space as the iPad and I really don't like the Android platform. Anyway I had purchased Last to Die as soon as the Kindle arrived. Yep it took me months to get down to reading it.  (This is probably why) The Kindle part of the Fire is not bad. Honestly if I was going on a major trip its much better than lugging a huge and heavy book with me, but something still gets lost in the translation.

My recommendation: buy an iPad (yes Apple has a kindle app but it isn't really good for long term reading) and a basic kindle. That will keep you very happy wherever you go.

Qi en Pace,


PS: I tend to link to Amazon, simply because I am an Amazon Prime member. I get no kick backs for you clicking on the link above. I am certain you can find this book on Barnes and Noble or at any other book seller too.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cookies for Cancer

Love to bake cookies. It's that time of year....Christmas cookie season. While you bake help raise money to fight pediatric cancer.

For those that don't like to bake or have no baking talent (me) you can also create a virtual cookie jar over at GLAD.

Cookies for Cancer
Cookie for Cancer GLAD promotion
Cookies for Cancer Facebook Page

Remember, while baking that sweet comfort food everyone of us enjoys, you could also be saving the life of a child.

Qi en Pace,


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Million Dollar Rooms

Here is a show that will make your materialistic dreams come to the surface. Yes, this stuff is way over the materialistic top. And yes probably in really bad taste during a recession  with so many people out of work. But seriously these rooms are the stuff of fantasy.  From kitchen and baths, to play rooms, media rooms, dining rooms, living areas, foyers, even garages, the owners of these homes spent at least One Million dollars on each of these rooms. Here's a house called Chateau D'or..or House of Gold....

Go to the main webpage HERE and clink on all the links to see other episodes.

Qi en Pace,