Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | October 29, 2014

An Audiobook Twofer (Free)

I now have two audiobooks available for your listening enjoyment. The first was Overload and the newest is Warrior’s Psalm. Up to twenty people can have both audiobooks for free!

Go to audible.com and sign up for the free 30-day trial— you can drop out at any time you choose— For your FREE book, and initial selection, choose Overload, narrated by Charles Kahlenberg or Warrior’s Psalm, narrated by Shawn Hughes.

Begin listening to your book, and when you’ve heard Chapter 1, send a message, Subject: Free Book to author999@gmx.com. Identify the book you chose from Audible and answer a question. I’ll send instructions and a code so that you can have the second audiobook free, too.

Here’s a thought: with the Holidays coming on—keep one and give the other as a gift. The code I send is not specific to an individual.

Happy freebies!

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | October 27, 2014

Halloween’s Coming

A post I published on Oct. 20 needs to be updated.

I just locked in V Trooper – First Mission with ACX!  Carl Moore does a superb job with the book.  To save your time, I’m republishing the audio sample. The full audiobook will be available soon, through  audible.com , amazon.com or the iTunes store.

What’s this got to do with Halloween?  The V Trooper is a vampire. He’s not the kind of vampire that we often fear—he’s on our side, but he terrorizes the terrorists in Afghanistan.  As one reviewer said, “… if we had a battalion like him, we’d be done with that war soon.”

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Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | October 24, 2014

A Different Kind of Book with an Unexpected Focus

When my friend, Donna Cavanagh, told me about Phillip Dillman’s book, I had a bit of trouble imagining what the finished product would look like.

I got the book yesterday and finished reading it only minutes ago.  It isn’t a long book, I had technical and logistical difficulties.

The book is well described in the interview at http://is.gd/r0wFJp  .   Enjoy the interview and descriptions.

Once I began to read the book, Phillip’s dry humor and his faith came through.  His pastor and congregation obviously love both him and his work.

There are religions in the world that openly state that fun is not a part of their ideology.  Christianity, I think is quite different.

Jesus was a man who people enjoyed hearing and being with.  I can imagine that he smiled and laughed a lot.  Evidence of this is in the second chapter of John’s Gospel.  Jesus and his mother were attending a wedding at Cana.  Yes, this is the miracle of water transformed to wine.  People who are difficult and sour are not the kind of folks who are invited to weddings.

Dillman has, in his book, given us reasons to smile and think about what we read and hear in Christian churches. One often grins and then, before going to the next cartoon, realizes a deeper meaning. Scripture Scribbles often changes the nature of our smile from fun to peace.
Get the book and read it—not once but, frequently. Phillip Dillman had given us a unique insight through his gift. Five happy stars!

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | October 20, 2014

Audiobooks from Novels

Soon I’ll have three audiobooks available for download. My soldier-vampire book, V Trooper – First Mission is in final editing before publication.

I’ve also contracted with two narrators to produce audiobooks from Devil’s Blade and Where There Were No Innocents, but those are in the earliest stages.

Overload and Warrior’s Psalm are currently listed for download on Audible.com, Amazon.com and in the iTunes store. Both are powerfully done by gifted narrators—Charles Kahlenberg narrates Overload and Shawn Hughes narrates Warrior’s Psalm. Both books have trailers on my page at http://is.gd/KL9ZfG .

We haven’t created a trailer for V Trooper yet, but there’s a superb cover and here’s a sample from the prologue. I hope you enjoy it. By the way, it is narrated by Carl Moore, and there’s a completed Second Mission book for the future. I’m planning for this to be a trilogy, or maybe a continuing series.

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Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | October 12, 2014

“Overload” Now in Multimedia

Overload, in the words of one reviewer is ” …[the] frighteningly real possibility of something just like this happening in the United States.”

Terrorists are coming across our Southern Border.  Today’s news speaks to all the dire possibilities this presents. Overload explores a scenario in which dedicated former Special Forces soldiers prevent one catastrophe and take down the terrorists.

Now, Overload is available as an audiobook, narrated by Charles Kahlenberg.  Be sure to listen to the sample. Notice that, if you download it as your first book on Audible, it’s free.

http://is.gd/xsT8VR

Here’s the trailer.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIhTywzJm7U

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Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | October 4, 2014

Warrior’s Psalm Will Soon Be Available in Audiobook

The dystopian science fiction audiobook, Warrior’s Psalm has been completed and is in final editing with ACX.  It should be available late next week. Shawn Ray Hughes has done a superb job in narrating the story and bringing the characters to life. I look forward to the work being available on three sites: audible.com; amazon.com and iTunes.  The book cover has been slightly changed to meet  ACX requirements.  Below is the cover and a link to the trailer created by Marjorie Ann Hatfield Drinkard (my talented wife).  Watch the trailer at:  http://is.gd/PV6IqU warriorspsalm-audiobook The trailer gives a brief description of the plot, but there’s many more thrills in the novella. Just by the way, the title comes from a familiar description of the Biblical Psalms:91.

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | September 1, 2014

Sample from “Overload” Audiobook Narrated by Charles Kahlenberg

This snip is the beginning of a crucial scene from the book.  Charles does it to perfection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdfGjDfQrKY

Enjoy and comment, please.

 

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Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | August 26, 2014

Learning from Vietnam: Confronting ISIS

I have posted this before in a slightly different form. It is more timely than ever, with the rise of ISIS.

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Ideology Versus Technology

“The West is still battling an ideology with technology.” Dr. Bernard B. Fall, author of Street Without Joy (Stackpole, 1961)

        When I went through the Special Forces  Course in Ft. Bragg (1966), Street Without Joy was one of the books on the list for required reading. I read it then because it was a part of the course and I wanted to excel.

        I also read it because it was (and still is) the definitive text on how the French lost the Indochina war and I knew I was headed for Vietnam. The opening quote is key to Fall’s analysis. It is also prescient about the nature of insurgencies, past and present.

        Today, in the middle months of 2014, America and the West are confronted with an ideology, Islam, that takes + if its strength from the idea that there is no distinction between matters of faith and matters of governance. There is Jihad and there is Shari’ah—they are inseparable.

        Islam is a seventh-century movement whose most radical members are happy to kill themselves and encourage suicide in others, in order to kill nonbelievers, or infidels.

        Westerners, including politicians and some military thinkers, are drenched in the philosophy of freedom. The goal of many overseas military operations is liberating and freeing populations. It has never occurred to many of these people that freedom is not what devout Muslims desire.

        I recently saw, on the Internet, a picture of a screaming Muslim demonstrator carrying a sign that said, “We want Islam, to hell with freedom.”

        Faced with an enemy—and Islam is, without question, the enemy of free people—whose controlling motivation is inimical and probably not understandable by the West. What is to be done? The enemy has, as its goal, world domination—a global caliphate. This has been, most recently, illustrated by the barbarism and single-minded viciousness of the group called ISIS.

        History tells us about the Crusades. There are still violent disagreements in the scholarly community about The Crusades. More about the possible motivation later.

Some deride the non-unified military conquests as useless and corrupt. Perhaps. Their ranks were rife with people whose motivations were, at best, questionable.

        But, they slowed down and, in some cases reversed, the rise and domination of Islam. The message: Christian Crusaders fought Islam with the message of Christianity—sometimes with the edge of a sword—and won.

        Have you ever noticed that Islamists have never forgotten The Crusades? There’s a reason for that; they lost.

        The Muslims have always despised free societies and allied themselves with dictators. In World War II, they were allied with Adolph Hitler. There are easily discoverable photos of Der Fuerher with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin al-Husayni.   The same Grand Mufti, moved into Berlin during WWII and is rumored to have visited several of the Nazi Death Camps. Adolph Eichmann, at his trial, denied this, but there are numerous photos of Husayni with Heinrich Himmler, the commander of the Death Camps.

        An Israeli historian writes,”[i]n any case, there is no doubt that Haj Amin’s hatred was not limited to Zionism, but extended to Jews as such. His frequent, close contacts with leaders of the Nazi regime cannot have left Haj Amin any doubt as to the fate, which awaited Jews whose emigration was prevented by his efforts. His many comments show that he was not only delighted that Jews were prevented from emigrating to Palestine, but was very pleased by the Nazis’ Final Solution.”

        The Encyclopedia of the Holocaust devotes more space to Haj Amin than any other figure, except Adolph Hitler.

        When the victorious allies swept through Europe, one can say that Christianity had overcome the ideology that was Nazism and, by extension, its partner, Islam. Our troops were imbued with Christian thinking and even, with grim humor, sang, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.”

        When weak-kneed Jimmy Carter failed to challenge Iran over the invasion of the American Embassy and the hostages, the election of his successor, Ronald Reagan—an outspoken Christian—was the signal to the Muslims. They released the hostages, knowing they would be invaded, otherwise.

        Reagan’s ideological influence, as a Christian President, led him to defeat the ideology of Communism. His ringing, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” was the clear call of the Christian ideology of a free people. Communism backed away. The Berlin Wall came down.

        Islamists began challenging America and the Christian faith in more than one way. The first attack on the World Trade Center, the bombing of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Lebanon and the attack on the U.S.S. Cole were probes. Bill Clinton failed to act, and when the Islamists found that there was no powerful response from a U.S. government, shackled by unmindful political correctness, the 9/11 attacks were inevitable.

        We’ve seen government weakness to a degree that would be unfathomable to our Founding Fathers. One example is the massacre at Ft. Hood which D.C. claims was nothing more than “workplace violence.” The fact that the Islamist, Maj. Hasan, jumped on a table, yelling “allahu akbahr!” the Arabic (Islamic) words for “God is great!” seems not to have penetrated politically correct government minds—or they simply don’t have the honesty to admit it.

        Islamists and their enablers understand the stakes and constantly seek to distance Americans from Christianity in every possible way.

        We are told, from the White House, that we are not a Christian Nation. This not a fact and, as usual from this administration, no proof is offered.

        Constantly, the ACLU is defending “atheists” who are “offended” by nativity displays and all other things Christian. Why, one may ask, does a tiny minority of people, spend so much time and money battling something in which they don’t believe. Money. Someone is paying people to be aggrieved because there is a public tableau at Christmas. Oh, and yes, we shouldn’t—according to them—say, “Merry Christmas.”

        In Afghanistan, our troops are restricted by Rules of Engagement that endanger their lives and make all combat missions doubly difficult. The allied forces (and they’re shrinking every day to just Americans) must be constantly on guard not to offend Muslims or insult Mohammed or the Koran.

        No such restrictions bind our enemies.

        It is time Americans and those European nations that still have a modicum of freedom, to realize the conflict.

        This war—and it is a war—is about ideology. We cannot successfully oppose ideology with technology. We can only win the fight against Islam with Christianity. Christianity is the light of love, hope, freedom and life. Islam is subjugation, intolerance, servitude and death.

        Choose.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | August 2, 2014

Sample Audio for “Overload”

Charles Kahlenberg will be producing the audiobook for Overload.  When we listened to this sample, we knew he was the producer we wanted for the book. Listen. His website is here:  http://myfifteenminutes.com/

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Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | July 26, 2014

Get The Book Now — The Price Is Going Up

Yesterday I listened to Carl Moore’s reading of the first two chapters of V Trooper – First Mission. The novella is currently listed at $.99 on Amazon. With an audiobook in the offing, the price will be going up to $2.49 on Tuesday.  Here’s the Amazon link.

http://www.amazon.com/Trooper-First-Mission-Thomas-Drinkard-ebook/dp/B00657YK94/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Although I wrote it, I’m enjoying rereading the book.

This is Carl Moore’s website (under construction).  http://www.carlmoorevo.com/

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