Kirkus Review of Magi Apprentice
A dying Magi tells Parthian Calvary Officer Rassan, son of Surena, the greatest of Parthia’s generals, that an angel appeared to him and told him that Rassan would come and continue in his stead, looking for the coming promised one who would save all people.
The dying Magi entrusts Rassan with the sacred star charts passed down from the first Magi Grandmaster, Belshazzar, and commands him to bring them back to Babylon to give to the new headmaster of the Astronomical Sect of the Magi.
Thus begins Rassan’s apprenticeship. He and Headmaster Daraya-Vous are at the tip of the spear in seeing and understanding the significance of a series of astronomical configurations that happen between 3 and 2 BC. The sightings send them on a quest to petition for safe passage to Judea to find for themselves the promised Messiah.
The Living Legend
Tommy Williams is the son of Mr. Rodney Williams, the 187th African American to be appointed as a United States ambassador to a foreign country, also retired Annapolis Naval Academy Grad Commander /JAG Lawyer. In the summer of 1975, Tommy has just finished graduating from Annapolis and is ready to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Graduating number 2 in his class at the academy, Tommy is primed and set to enter an Ivy League law school and emerge a JAG just like his father.
One fateful day while meeting with his father at a downtown café in Tokyo, Japan where his he witnesses his father’s execution by one of the most lethal assassins in the world. One minute his father is laughing at him for coughing and gagging while trying to swallow the cup of Saki he was toasting with his dad, and next he sees his dad’s corpse falling back in his chair with a round bullet hole in his forehead. That single moment changes Tommy Williams’ life forever.
Now bent on revenge, he seeks an opportunity that will pit him against his dad’s killer. Though he has considerable expertise with revolver pistols from competition in high school and has solid military training while attending the academy, it is soon made clear to him he lacks the skill to confront the assassin whom he later learns is code named the Chameleon. This path leads him to joining the Navy’s newly formed special forces branch called the SEALs. Three years later, he emerges as a highly trained and formidable special forces officer. He never dreamed that his very first assignment would pit him and his team against non-other than the Chameleon himself.
Makenna Aalee is the great granddaughter of Tumaini Aalee. Tumaini was the famous Kenyon hero who, a century earlier, stood up to the slavers from east Asia who raided his country and stole young girls to serve in sheiks harems. He, with his brave warriors, would pursue these vile men across the Red Sea into Saudi Arabia where under cover of night attack the caravans and liberate his people from being enslaved.
The people of Kenya came to call him The Legend, the slavers knew him as, The Devil who comes in the Night. Tumaini and his brave warriors have faded away. But today, though using different methods, the easterners still come in and steal young people from Kenya and bring them to their own lands for their cursed service and restock their leaders’ harems. The government calls it human trafficking. Makenna recognizes it for what it has always been: slave trading. She takes up her ancestors’ cause and builds a movement that will once again stand up to this vile practice.
Makenna and Tommy, though living in different parts of the world in lives that have nothing in common, will have paths that dramatically collide because of the assassin known as the Chameleon. Both must now learn to make Tumaini Aalee’s legend live again if they are to beat him and save those that they love.
Brandy, Ballad of a Pirate Princess
- 2022 Online Book Club Historical Fiction Book of the Year
- 2022 Feathered Quill Silver Medal Winner Romance
- 2022 Feathered Quill Bronze Medal Winner Women’s Fiction
Heroes and villains collide in this swashbuckling romp through historical fiction.
Brandy Erasmus is the daughter of the most feared pirate couple of the Caribbean, Eric Erasmus, “The Plague” and his wife, “The Scarlet Mistress. They’ve ravaged the Caribbean in the impregnable ship The Red Witch for over a quarter of a century.
One day both are killed. Orphaned and hunted, Brandy escapes with her uncle to hide out in Kingston, Jamaica where she unexpectedly finds peace and contentment helping her uncle run a tavern. Fate has a funny way of turning the table, however, because a chance meeting with one of Great Britain’s most beloved sea captains and his enigmatic first officer turn her world upside down.
Romantic sparks fly and adventure unfolds as Brandy is confronted with the choice to once and for all leave her bloody past behind and embrace a new life that promises love and purpose beyond all her expectations. But in doing so, she must reclaim the ship and crew she left behind and sail into hell to rescue the one she loves and embrace the cause to which he has dedicated his life.
- Amazon Number 1 Bestseller in Fiction Anthologies
- Readers Favorite Bronze Medal Winner Military Fiction
Commander Jacob Edwards is the best operative in the field for Captain Tommy Williams of Naval Intelligence.
As part of a secret elite inter-military/law enforcement task force, Edwards has risen to be the number two man in that organization. He is also the captain of the Coast Guard’s Hamilton Class Cutter, The First Responder. On the shakedown cruise after the ship was refurbished, all hell breaks loose in the Gulf of Mexico and Tommy calls on Commander Edwards to take care of the problem.
Industrial sabotage, mass murder, and terrorism are just a few of the things he must stop as he and his men try to figure out what’s really going in the Gulf. Edwards juggles the Coast Guard command structure while secretly carrying out orders that come from the President himself.
Best-case scenario, he gets the job done, and no one knows it was him that did it.
The Legend of Deputy Jim
- Readers Favorite Silver Medal Winner Western
It is 1974 and Sheridan’s newest deputy has a big problem. The Wild Wolves Biker gang all want him dead. Jim has a beautiful young wife and a four-year-old son to think about. Sheriff Manning and his top Lt., Al Freeburger, think Jim is the best deputy they’ve ever had, but Jim has a temper and it got him in some pretty hot water this time. The Wolves want Jim’s blood, and one of them wants Jim’s wife too. Can Deputy Jim handle this one?
In the present, Jim Edwards is the father of Commander Jacob Edwards, the famed “Hero of Cozumel.”
The whole world knows about the exploits of his son and how thirteen years ago in hand-to-hand combat, he fought and killed the most lethal pirate in modern day history. Jim, at 70 years old, helped rescue of his son, daughter-in-law, grandchild, and wife from a maximum security prison in Central America where they were being held captive in an elaborate ploy to take over Jim’s business.
Captain Tommy Williams, the retired Seal Team commander and leader of the rescue, has had a lot of questions about Jim’s pasts for a long time. All he knows is that Jim was a sheriff deputy in the early 1970s in Sheridan County, Wyoming. But when he investigated the records, he found nothing about his two years serving in that department.
After the rescue, Jim invites Tommy to visit Sheridan with his family. Tommy uses the opportunity to find out the truth of why some local law enforcement call the story, “The Legend of Deputy Jim”.
The Last Enemy
The Hero of Cozumel is Alive and he is the one who needs rescuing.
Danielle Edwards and Marnia Gonzalez have one thing in common. They both adored, loved, and looked up to Commander Jacob Edwards. Although Jacob is Danielle’s father, Marnia looks to him as a father figure too. Danielle was raised by the “Hero of Cozumel” and saved Marnia’s life and has been like a second father to her since. He has deeply impressed both young women with a high moral compass and a passion to do what is right no matter the cost.
Now, after three years of believing he is dead, Marnia has found proof of his being alive. Not only Jacob, but his wife and mother somehow survived the tragic plane crash over the Pacific Ocean three years earlier.
In book three, “The Last Enemy,” these two incredible women join forces and along with the help of family, friends, and one of the most formidable Seal Team commanders alive, embark on a quest to rescue The Hero of Cozumel. Take a wild ride with the Edwards family as the Last Enemy sag comes to a climatic conclusion.
The Cartel Crusher
- Amazon Best Seller 2018 #12 Military Action Adventure
Marnia Gonzalez, a pampered and protected daughter of one of Mexico’s most popular Presidents.
Brilliant and lovely, her privileged life seems all set for her as she embarks on a luxury cruise celebration of her 18thbirthday, beginning at the port of Cozumel Mexico. But the ship is attacked by modern day pirates, and it is non other than Commander Jacob Edwards of the United States Coast Guard who saves her from being raped and killed by a modern-day cartel thug. This event changes everything for the Mexican debutant.
Now all she wants is to do something about the cartels that plague her country. She abandons her lush lifestyle and attends the Heroic Military Academy of Mexico to be trained as an officer so she can join the newly formed ‘Mexican Anti-Cartel Task Force!
So begins the career of “The Cartel Crusher.”
The Good Fight
Danielle Edwards, heir to the impassioned family business, Edwards Auto, is trying to sort out her life after the deaths of her father, mother, and grandmother in a mysterious plane wreck.
Her father, Jacob Edwards, was the U.S. Coast Guard hero known as “The Commander” among Coast Guardsmen, and the “Hero of Cozumel” in Mexico. He was the target of an assassination attempt during a pirate attack near Cozumel years before. During the rescue he saved the daughter of the Mexican President from being raped and killed by a cartel thug. In the rescue he fights and kills a cartel man of whom it is later learned was notorious underground cage fighting champion.
After an investigation into the incident is inconclusive as to why modern-day pirates would go after a big ship that of a cruise liner Edwards is asked to resign his commission and he returns home to help his father run their automobile wholesale operation in Manheim Pennsylvania. 13 years later he, his wife, and his mother are reported lost in a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean. This leaves his father Jim Edwards and his daughter Danielle as the only owners of the highly successful business.
Things don’t add up for Jacob’s Kings Point Academy roommate, Charles Yeager, who is now the Deputy Director of the FBI in Philadelphia. His search takes him on a hunt for an ominous Russian assassin known as “The Chameleon”. Little does the Edwards family know that they have become the target of a syndicated crime king pin who wants something from them they won’t give, and he plans to take it.
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