November 18, 2008
There are a few books that you begin to read and know you in for a treat! Key Lime Squeeze is one of those rare books. Be prepared to miss meals, appointments and phone calls as you join Joe Banks on his adventures.
From the first page, to the last line, this exhilarating novel takes its readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions, tears, laughter, intrigue and tension. Trying to out-guess the plot is a waste of time. Even the good guy/bad guy border is hard to define. Just when you feel you know the lay of the land, the horizon alters. It is a great ride! The thrill of reading a novel of this genre is always anticipated with great expectation. Key Lime Squeeze delivers the pleasure, the intensity of characters and situations we expect, while supplying twists and hiccups that no one sees coming.
Ron Adams proves himself a master in the field of taking the reader and propelling them into stark moments of crisis. His realism and love of location brings the reader into the story, transporting them into the world of Joe Banks. The relationships between the key players develop with clarity and unexpected humanity. Joe’s feisty wife is one of my favorite characters. While Joe is portrayed as a caring, courageous father, he is also a diligent detective whose integrity lands him in trouble. Ron Adams’ memorable characters, with their personality traits and foibles, remain alive and compelling beyond the last page. Ron writes with compassion, humor, intelligence and empathy. Combined with his realism he succeeds in creating believable (if unexpected) heroes and shady, unsettling villains.
Easily the best book I have read this year. Definitely going onto my shelf of favorites, Key Lime Squeeze is a fine example of its genre.
Reviewed by Lady Rosalie Skinner
Author of the speculative fiction series ‘The Chronicles of Caleath’.
November 4, 2008
I was having a bad day, stemming from a fairly stressful weekend. I was not my usual fun-loving self, and my co-workers noticed. One of them had the misfortune to ask me directly. In no particular order, here’s what’s wrong as I see it:
– The designated hitter rule in baseball.
– The wearing of spandex by anyone over the age of thirty, over the 200 pound mark, or by anyone other than the most elite of athletes. The rest of us don’t want to have to look.
– Mohawks. Do I have to elaborate?
– Political campaigns that last longer than one year. This one for the 2008 presidency has lasted over 21 months.
– While I’m at it, spending millions upon millions of dollars for a job that doesn’t even pay half a million and has mandatory retirement after eight years is wrong.
– This will be unpopular, but having a hockey team in any town that can’t produce ice outdoors is wrong.
– Paying more for gas than anyone else in the country is wrong. We’re at $2.99 a gallon at the time of this writing.
– Michael Jackson is wrong. On more levels than I can describe.
– Spending BILLIONS of dollars on a military solution to the issues in the Middle East is wrong. So is wasting the lives of thousands of US soldiers. If you have to, pick one fight, WIN IT, then move on.
– Robocalls to announce the virtues of the same candidate 8 times between the hours of 6 and 9 pm is wrong. And yes, that was the count tonight.
– Beer flavored with cherries, limes, lemons, oranges or other fruits.
– Coffee that takes longer to order than it does to drink.
– A library of the collected papers of George W. Bush.
So now it’s my turn. Let me ask you a question: What’s wrong?
Leave me a message, I’d love to hear your opinion.
December 8, 2008
A friend of mine recently e-mailed me a series of Christmas-related poll questions. Just thought you’d like a glimpse inside my holiday thoughts. Who knows, you might even have your own set of answers…
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both
2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial – but the love is real
3. When do you put up the tree? As soon as I get a few hours to string together, the thing is HUGE
4. When do you take the tree down? after Jan 1
5. What do you do with your tree after you take it down? Back to the Basement with ye…
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Hockey Skates
7. Hardest person to buy for? Me
8. Easiest person to buy for? The kids…they want everything
9. Do you have a nativity scene? of course, it’s Christmas
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail, and yes we lick the envelopes
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Sweater – ugly, don’t ask from whom
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Tie between A Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim as Scrooge, and A Charlie Brown Christmas
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Start shopping for…DANG!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Haven’t you?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? No favorites, I’m Omnivorous
16. Lights on the tree? Please refer to answer #9
17. Favorite Christmas song? there’s two that many people don’t know, both from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra – An Angel Came Down/An Angel Returns (two songs at the beginning and end of the CD), and Old City Bar…Not Traditional, but for a real Christamas story, nothing work better than these for me.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer’s? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Biltzen…and the one with the red nose… what’s his name again…
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star, but we have done the angel as well
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Starting it in Freeking October!
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Family theme
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? The next one…
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? For a child’s dream to come true
26. Who is most likely to respond to this? Anyone with a heart
27. Who is least likely to respond to this? The one’s who really should have
Merry Christmas from My Family, and The Banks Family, to all of you!
November 11, 2008
I work in a nursing home where, on a regular basis, I have the privelege of providing healthcare services to men and women who served in the armed forces, and some who have even lost a son or daughter in the protection of our rights and liberties. These people have sacrificed much more than many of us will ever know, and have lived their lives in quiet dignity. They seldom share the magnitude of their contribution, preferring instead to keep the stories of battles, and bars, of bullets and bombs and blood, and of their lasting friendships locked away. Once in a while, I am honored to listen to their tales.
I have listened to the stories of a Gold Star Mother, whose son died in Southeast Asia, as she showed me his posthumous medals. I listened to a paratrooper who jumped (his words, not mine) “at” Nomandy on D-day, and actually landed some miles inland. I met and spoke with a bombadier on a B-24 Bomber, and to a German soldier who was “drafted”, in time to see the bombing of Dresden from the ground. He spent several months in a POW camp prior to coming to the United States. Closer to home, I am priveleged to be the brother, son, and friend to several United States Marines, to whom I send out “Semper Fi”, and my gratitude.
In the United States we celebrate the achievements of these heroes on Veteran’s Day, November 11. I’ll be working, because that’s what I do. They’ll be quietly remembered, and honored by those that know, and those that love them. My hope and my prayer is, while so many of “The Greatest Generation” pass on everyday, we learn from them the quiet dignity and grace that comes from serving a cause greater than ourselves, and from being role models in deeds, not words.
God Bless you all, as you have blessed us.