It’s Veteran’s Day in the US of A, and there are lots of things you can do to thank a veteran, like picking up the tab at Starbucks, or saying, “Thank you for your service,” or many other things.
One thing you can do is to read a man’s book. That’s right; there is nothing you can do that will make a writer happier than reading something he, or she, wrote.
William Crandell, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War, happens to be a really talented writer in addition to being a veteran. He won the best short story nationally in 2019, in addition to his win in the state of Delaware.
Bill is releasing his first novel, one in a series of four starring hardboiled detective Jack Griffin, and he has already gotten a stellar review for it from Midwest Reviews.
Am I using a post about Veteran’s Day to hawk a man’s book? I am. It is no small thing to have served in a combat zone.
And, therefore, why not? What better gift could you give Bill than to read his book? He served; we should care, and while we have limited time and what-have-you, this is one way people who like writers and creative writing can also add in appreciation for veterans.
And, aside from that, this is really a very well-written book. It’s gonna grab you and transport you. And it’s fun; it has all that Humphrey-Bogart-patter you love in a good noir mystery.
Thanks for your service Bill.
> Balance of Fortune by Mel Lee Newmin – with signed bookplate
On the centennial of the signing of the Balance Protocols, an intergalactic treaty that ended hostilities between humanity and two warring alien species – the Gunera and the Amaurau – a cryptic message is intercepted by Protocol Officer Nick Severin:
THE DEATH’S FESTIVAL, a Guneri deep-space merchant freighter, has been destroyed.