It’s not in the Stars

519kWfgQqqL__SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ “It’s not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves”  ~ William Shakespeare ~

What does it mean to be human? That is the question Rick Yancey poses in this novel. It is a story about an alien invasion, about beings who are determined to wipe out all of humanity. They hide in our bodies turning the true humans against each other. Scary science fiction aside, this novel is about so much more. It delves into the human psyche. What do we sacrifice to be truly human? Is it in our DNA to sacrifice self for the life of another whether or not we care for that person? Time and again we’ve seen it in the headlines, how someone dove into a raging river to save someone, or rushed into a burning building to save an unknown person. Why do we do it? What causes us to self-sacrifice? Is it the ability to sacrifice our selves for another that makes us truly human? Is that the litmus test?

To quote Shakespeare, “To be or not to be, that is the question”





A Secret Weapon

 51mj7DtCJtL__SX277_BO1,204,203,200_  An EMP, Electro Magnetic Pulse Weapon is detonated over the continental US and in one second every electronic device is fried. Cars don’t run, phones don’t work, televisions turn off. All communications through every media shut down, permanently. We are suddenly thrown back into the dark ages. Food runs out, no electricity, no medicine. It’s every man for himself.  What would we do? How would be behave? This is the story of one man’s struggle to save his family and his small North Carolina town.

Science fiction? No, it’s an all too real possibility as stated in a foreword by Newt Gingrich and brought to the floor of the US Congress.  The author, William Forstchen, writes a gripping account of what could happen. After reading the terrifying story, I gave serious thought to stocking up on can goods and supplies. Well written and engaging, I recommend this gripping novel to all who want to find out, what if. . .