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Here’s a selection of books members of our Underground Knowledge global discussion group on Goodreads are reading:

Classified Woman

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Sibel Edmonds
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Written by Underground Knowledge member Sibel Edmonds (AKA The most classified woman in U.S. history!).

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God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

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Gerald Posner
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Written by Underground Knowledge member Gerald Posner.

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The Untold History of The United States

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The companion to the Showtime documentary series, director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick chall…more

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Our Author of the Month this month is American writer George Shaddock, author of a number of published titles including the acclaimed Georgie: An Unexpected Life, The Interpreter and An Interim Assignment.

 

George Shaddock

George Shaddock…Author of the Month

 

A former salesman and company troubleshooter, George founded London Circle Publishing, one of the first eBook publishing firms. Now retired, he spends his time writing.

 

Books by George Shaddock:

Georgie: An Unexpected Life by [Shaddock, George]

Georgie: An Unexpected Life

The story of a beautiful and brilliant young woman, Georgianna, who has been raised from birth by an adoptive mother, Ann Fallon. Ann groomed her to take over her successful fashion design business. She saw that Georgianna was well educated and mentored to handle the business. However, at no time during her upbringing did Ann share any part of her life with her adopted daughter. When Ann suddenly passed, Georgianna discovered that Ann had been her true birth mother. Through clues lift by Ann, she is about to find the family life she has longed for. What she finds is totally unexpected, and a life she could never have imagined.                          https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01I7I1OGU/ 

 

The Interpreter by [Shaddock, George]

The Interpreter  

A story of love between two women who meet by accident in front of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. One woman is an instantaneous interpreter at the UN. The other is an aspiring and talented singer, looking for stardom in a Broadway musical. Both women appear to be in their early 30’s. They fill a mutual need for company and support and begin to share an apartment in SoHo, Manhattan. The Interpreter has an exotic background and is entirely familiar with twenty-to-thirty languages. She is on a personal mission that could threaten their lives. Both attend weekend gatherings held at the estate of a wealthy widow in Southampton, Long Island. One woman desires only to become the star of a Broadway musical. The Interpreter wants a child sired by the most intelligent man she can find.                https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071W38C1M/  

 

An Interim Assignment by [Shaddock, George]

An Interim Assignment

The old SNJ Navy trainer made a perfect wheels-up, dead-stick landing in Lake Winnebago. As it came to a halt 25 yards from the beach, the pilot’s desperate effort to open the canopy proved useless. The canopy is locked. A moment later, he watched a woman with a rock in her hand, smashing the canopy to bits. She continued to pound the Plexiglass and throw the shards away while shouting for him to remove all restraint straps. The moment the opening in the canopy was large enough, she pulled him out of the plane just as it began to sink to a watery grave. She then had to help him swim to shore.                                               

The pilot is Captain Josh Wiley, the best Navy fighter pilot the Navy has ever produced. Captain Wiley has recently been given complete control of the Top Gun School in Fallon NV. The woman who saved him is Sidney Davies, a retired commander of a Marine ground-support helicopter squadron.

Captain Wiley’s assignment has been to check F-15 fighter jets for compliance with a sales contract…a contract signed by the President with the Saudis. The Captain has uncovered a serious problem.

Captain Wiley’s survival from the crash make him a target for assassination and, by assisting him, Sidney has also become a target. Their struggle to remain alive and stop delivery of the aircraft is finally brought to the attention of Admiral James Fenimore, Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC.    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GXKXLZN/  

 

To view George Shaddock’s Amazon Author Page go to: https://www.amazon.com/George-Shaddock/e/B01D25QWZ6/

 

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White Spirit  and Into the Americas, our two historical fiction novels that are both based on true-life, wilderness survival tales, remain firm favorites with our followers, currently enjoying an average 4.5 star rating with Amazon book reviewers.

 

White Spirit (A novel based on a true story)            Into the Americas (A novel based on a true story)

Two novels for lovers of true-life, wilderness survival tales.

 

To see what the critics are saying go to:

White Spirit: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LWIRH9J/ 

Into the Americas: https://www.amazon.com/Into-Americas-novel-based-story-ebook/dp/B00YJKM51E/  

 

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THE DOGON INITIATIVE (The Deniables, Book 1)  currently has a 4.8 star rating (out of 5 stars) on Amazon and a 4.6 star rating on Goodreads, showing that reviewers are resonating with this new release novel by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan.

Co-authors of the bestselling historical adventures WHITE SPIRIT  and INTO THE AMERICAS, and the thrillers SILENT FEAR and THE ORPHAN TRILOGY, the Morcans say their latest novel and the series it has spawned, or is about to spawn, were inspired by the belief American intelligence contracts foreign mercenaries to undertake clandestine missions abroad.

“They’re known as deniable assets,” Lance explains. “Deniable because, if a mission goes belly up, the agency will deny any knowledge of their existence and no-one’s to their assistance. For obvious reasons, we refer to the assets as the Deniables.”

James say book one in the series shows how the CIA’s New Paradigms Team, a newly-formed humanitarian division of the agency, is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide.

He continues, “Although fictional, we consider it’s not too unlikely the CIA is pursuing humanitarian goals, and, with that in mind, that’s the basis of the entire series. Each book will focus on the Deniables’ latest mission.”

 

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

Available now via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NKTD515/

 

Random review excerpts for THE DOGON INITIATIVE  follow:

★★★★★ “Excellent Black Ops Adventure… There is plenty of action as the ‘Deniables’ first must fight to get the Dogon leader back to his former home village, and then fight to keep him alive.” –N. Hall

★★★★ “I found this a fascinating read… Highly recommended by me.. especially to fellow Africans (I’m South African).” –‘Dinx’ 

★★★★★ “This is a tale that pleads to be a film… Highly recommended.” –Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 50 Reviewer

★★★★★ “Compelling… A fascinating suspense and adventure.” –P. Blevins

★★★★★ “There are some books that just can’t pull yourself away from with the need to find out what’s going to happen, and this is definitely one of those.” –Todd Simpson

 

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“A novel of epic length, THE DOGON INITIATIVE proves once again that the Morcans are a very fine writing team. This is a tale that pleads to be a film…Highly recommended.” – That’s Amazon Hall of Fame Top 50 reviewer Grady Harp’s take on the new release action-thriller by Lance & James Morcan, the authors of nine published novels.

Excerpts from Grady’s Amazon review follow:

The Morcans know how to deliver intrigue, both on scientific subjects and most assuredly on suspense thrillers. They invite us in with their moody Prologue which in addition to giving us insight in the tale to follow allows us to appreciate some fine African ‘history’. ‘The first full moon of the rainy season was a momentous occasion for the Dogon people of Mali. It marked the day, many countless moons ago when, according to legend at least, Moussa Diarra, one of their ancient forefathers, discovered Sirius B, the second star in the Sirius solar system and one that wouldn’t be rediscovered by astronomers until hundreds of years later. And then only with the aid of telescopes. Every year, Dogon used the occasion to celebrate Moussa’s discovery and to pay homage to the greatest of all their spiritual leaders. Moussa had ruled over Dogon when the Mali Empire was the largest in West Africa. Its western border stretched all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and it was a center of culture, language, education, mathematics, science, law, trade, and great wealth. It was a time when Dogon had considerable more influence. In the present day they are a persecuted minority facing cultural extinction as they’re continually attacked by larger ethnic and religious fundamentalist groups whose number include disenchanted Muslims.’

With that flavor of credible authenticity the story proceeds – mood set, characters arise. Apropos of the authors the lead character is Australian – security consultant Dean Hawkins. Or as the summary of the plot states, ‘A group of foreign mercenaries hired as deniable assets by a newly-formed humanitarian division of the CIA is tasked with saving Mali’s persecuted Dogon people from genocide. The operation must be carried out in stealth while journeying across some of West Africa’s most hostile terrain. They are also instructed to help solve an ancient astronomical mystery linked to the pyramids of Egypt. Nicknamed the Deniables because their existence isn’t officially acknowledged by the CIA, the mercenaries are crazy enough to accept the mission anyway. However, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives when they get caught in the middle of warring ethnic factions in Mali. Their only way to survive is to join with the Dogon in a race against the clock. The stakes are so high that not only could an entire indigenous group be wiped off the face of the Earth, but all evidence that supports advanced ancient technology theories surrounding the Dogon and a lost civilization thesis may be destroyed in the process. Inspired by a true-life mystery of astronomy.’

Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Top 50 reviewer

 

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

THE DOGON INITIATIVE (The Deniables, Book 1)  is available via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NKTD515/

 

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Early in our new release action-thriller THE DOGON INITIATIVE (The Deniables, Book 1)  the CIA recruits an eight-strong taskforce of foreign mercenaries. They are deniable assets. Hence their collective moniker, The Deniables. Which means, if a mission goes belly up, no-one acknowledges their existence… and no-one’s coming to their rescue!

Meet The Deniables:

Aussie Dean Hawkins (40) provides security consultancy services to corporations and governments in Africa and Middle East when he’s recruited to head the CIA’s new taskforce. Ex-Australian Army special forces and an unarmed combat expert, Hawkins specialized in long-range combat reconnaissance and airborne operations, serving primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. He resigned the army abruptly for reasons never divulged. Intelligent and fluent in Arabic, he’s a natural leader.

Scot Iain Fraser (37) is Hawkins’ 2IC. An ex-SAS (British Army) and a ‘dems’ or demolitions expert, he was court-martialed after being caught twice for screwing officers’ wives whilst the hubbies were away on active duty. Fraser has since been working as a mercenary in many of the world’s hot spots. Big, bearded and tough, he’s a sergeant major type who is also a leader of men. He’s on probation because of his court martial.

Englishwoman Sandra Bishop (26) is the team’s signaler. She’s an ex-British Army-trained signaler, handling secure communications in the field – her specialties being HF radio and SATCOM (satellite communications). Bishop has served in various Middle East hot spots. Fluent in Morse Code and an IT guru and Internet hacker, she’s a tomboy type, quick to react to perceived insults and not slow to put the menfolk in their place.

Indian Harita Kumar (28) is a specialist sniper. Ex-Indian Army, she’s one of only two females to graduate as a sniper in the Indian Armed Forces, and the only female sniper to be accepted into the Indian Special Forces. Kumar saw recent action (2017/18) in the Kashmir conflict (counter-terrorist activities against Paki troops and Paki-sponsored terrorists). Cool under pressure and multi-lingual, she has many opportunities to prove her marksmanship.

Belgian Philippe Merckx (39) is a weapons expert. A former member of the French Foreign Legion, Merckx served with them in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan up to 2014 and in Rwanda and Chad prior to that. More recently has been a mercenary in the world’s hot spots. Huge of stature and immensely strong, he’s deceptively intelligent and multi-lingual, speaking five European languages. He’s also the only married member of the taskforce.

German Dirk Becker (29) is a demolitions/explosives expert who formerly served in the German Army. He left to serve as a mercenary, protecting oil interests in Iraq. Multi-lingual, Becker is fluent in four European languages. He’s also very ambitious and hyper-critical with a psychotic personality and no moral compass. He is on the taskforce against Hawkins’ wishes on the insistence of his employer who claims Becker’s the best at what he does.

Brazilian Rubens Senna (25) serves as the team medic. A Brazilian Army-trained medic, he was decommissioned because he helped himself to drugs he had access to. After kicking the drug habit, Senna reinvented himself as a mercenary and served in various trouble spots around the globe. A skinny, long-haired, unshaven character, he’s former Brazilian mixed martial arts welterweight champion who is also pretty handy with a knife.

Frenchwoman Marie Akinwande (29) is a former French Army-trained FAC (Forward Air Control) specialist who is back-up for signaler Bishop and spotter for sniper Harita. Born and raised in France, she’s the mixed race African-French daughter of immigrants. Before joining army, Akinwande was youngest-ever air traffic controller to serve at Charles de Gaulle Airport.  She’s also multi-lingual French, English and the Yoruba dialect of her Nigerian father.

Collectively, they’re a disparate lot, which doesn’t augur well for their first mission – to repatriate a high profile Dogon exile to his Mali homeland and to save the persecuted Dogon people from genocide.

The Dogon Initiative (The Deniables Book 1) by [Morcan, Lance, Morcan, James]

The Dogon Initiative  is available now via Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NKTD515/  

 

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Membership of our Underground Knowledge global discussion group on Goodreads.com continues to climb with the number of Undergrounders  topping 10,500. It remains one of the most active and fastest-growing groups on the Amazon-owned book site for authors and readers.

 

 

The group’s aim is to encourage debates about important and under-reported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind and a desire to gain or share ‘underground knowledge’. Everyone’s welcome!

You can visit the Underground Knowledge discussion group at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-underground-knowledge-a-discussion-group

Check out the near-limitless number of discussion threads, or, better still, have YOUR say.

And if you’re an author of alternative books YOU are invited to add YOUR books to our ‘Alternative Thinking Books’ discussion thread here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/241268?group_id=142309

 

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