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“I’M NOT AFRAID OF DYING. I’VE BEEN CLOSE SO MANY TIMES.”

For whatever reason, God selected a humble, ordinary man named Arthur Mercado—known simply as Papa Cado by his grandchildren—to take an extraordinary roller-coaster ride through a life filled with “little” tests. When the dust settled, Arthur had 51 heart procedures, 32 stents, 36 cancer treatments, a five-bypass, 2 outer-body experiences, and advanced Parkinson's, among other tests. I... Learn More

DATE: Jan.21.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

TECH GIANT, APPLE, DECIDES TO BECOME “BIG BROTHER”

Refuses to stock critically-acclaimed, witty new satire called Donny and Vladdy. Amazon Books disagrees. God knows we live in controversial times!  There has been a lot of back and forth about the liberally-biased media (The New York Times, CNN et al) shaping the narrative as they see fit.  And, major social media outlets (Twitter,... Learn More

DATE: Jan.14.2019 | CATEGORY: Uncategorized

A BITTERSWEET LOVE STORY ABOUT HOW SUCCESS DISRUPTED SOULMATES.

An 8-year-old boy named Charlie and a little girl named Fanny become best friends. As teenagers, friendship turned to love. By the age of 20, they were one: soulmates, sharing dreams of a  perfect marriage and his musical success.   Charlie musical gifts brought him early fame as a radio and recording star. Ironically, his success led... Learn More

DATE: Jan.14.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

A DARING TEENAGE GIRL BECOMES HITLER’S WORST NIGHTMARE.

11-year Lilia Litvyak becomes fascinated with flight as she reads about the Wright Brothers. Tragedy strikes when her father is unjustly executed as an enemy of the state. Six years later, Hitler brutally invades Russia. The supremely self-confident yet conflicted 17-year-old Lilia realizes she must use now substantial flying skills to defend her Motherland.  Against all... Learn More

DATE: Jan.07.2019 | CATEGORY: My Books

TOP-SECRET PROJECT ZEBRA. ONE OF THE GREATEST UNTOLD STORIES FROM WORLD WAR II.

Project Zebra was the brainchild of Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. And, it would be the only time in history Soviet airmen were trained in America by Americans to fly American built aircraft. During the course of the 24-month mission, 185 huge, state-of-the-art amphibious warplanes, hand painted with Red Army stars, were built in a secured sector of the... Learn More

DATE: Dec.31.2018 | CATEGORY: My Books

First, THE GODFATHER. Then, WALL STREET. Now, THE SALAD OIL KING.

“Fonso” Gravenese was Vito Corleone plus Gordon Gekko on steroids.  Unscrupulous yet loyal.  Violent yet romantic.  Greedy yet benevolent. An unassuming, bespeckled, high school dropout who swindles the U.S. Government and Wall Street to the tune of $13 billion. Based on real life events, read how Fonso graduates from childhood pranks to stealing millions of dollars of Federal money, to bringing Wall Street... Learn More

DATE: Dec.31.2018 | CATEGORY: My Books

“Quite simply, lightning in a bottle.”

- Retired U.S. Brigadier General   Lt. Lilia Litvak (1921-1943), 268 missions, 15 solo kills, 22 assists About ten years ago, I accidentally met a determined and beautiful young lady named Lilia Litvyak, who was in fact the world’s first female fighter-pilot. The more I learned, the more fascinated I became that... Learn More

“Hitler’s worst nightmare. A teenage femme fatale.”

- American Russian Cultural Foundation   Lt. Lilia Litvyak, 20, humiliates Hitler’s elite all-male Luftwaffe over Stalingrad Hitler believed invading the Russians during WWII and turning its citizens into cheap Nazi slave labor would be a “slam dunk.” And, so on June 22, 1941, Operation Barbarossa, the largest single military invasion in history of... Learn More

“Ranks among the greatest books and stories about
World War II.”

-Boris Sapunov, PhD., Hermitage Museum   One of the world’s great museums acknowledges the cultural importance of the groundbreaking book about the life and times of Russia’s greatest female flying hero. Ten years ago, I visited a little-known traveling exhibition called World War II though Russian Eyes, at a museum in San Diego,... Learn More

“A female fighter-pilot during WWII?
Impossible!”

-US Navy Airforce Commander   Circa 1942. America’s WWII workhorse fighter-plane, the US built P39 Airacobra A few years back, I was aboard the celebrated World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Midway, dry docked in San Diego, to celebrate the accomplishments of the US Naval Air Force in war. The guide stood in front... Learn More