Issue 5 – May 2006

Current Affairs Essay
Democratic Rebels Attempt to Overthrow Corporate Fascist Shadow Government in USA by J. F. Miglio
New Arrival
Sunshine Assassins  By J. F. Miglio
Book of the Year 2005 (Nonfiction)
Bush on the Couch  By Justin A. Frank, M.D.
Book of the Year 2005 (Fiction)
Clearing Customs  By Martha Egan
Books of the Year 2004 (Nonfiction)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
The War on Freedom  By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed
Crossing the Rubicon  By Michael Ruppert
Books of the Year 2004 (Fiction)
Candle in a Dark Time  By Virginia Stuart
My Life: A Story By Jesus Christ  By Christopher Miller
The Others at Monticello  By Esther Franklin
Recommended Reads
An Audience for Einstein  By By Mark Wakely
A Consequence of Greed  By Jack Eadon
"Gigolo" on the Row  By Jack Eadon
Through Katrina's Eyes  By Ed Kostro
The Always Present  By Theodore & Renee Weiss
Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds of the Past and Present  By Richard A. Singer Jr.
The Menagerie: A Vision Journey  By Lawrence E. Kelly
The Culture Struggle  By Michael Parenti
Pleasant Hell  By John Dolan
Tiboli Taboo  By Christopher Howard
Cricket's Journey  By Barry T. Rubin
Custody of the Eyes  By Diamela Eltit
The Good I Stand On  By David Tucholski
Night Work  By Rush Williams

Recommended Reads

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An Audience for Einstein
By Mark Wakely


www.anaudienceforeinstein.com
(Fiction)
Award-winning, inventive story about a neurosurgeon who achieves the secret of transplanting memories from one person to another to save the life of a brilliant scientist– with dire consequences.
…Read Review
…Read Review

A Consequence of Greed
By Jack Eadon


www.eadonbooks.com
(Fiction)
&nbsp Engaging tale about a corporate trouble-shooter from Chicago who is transferred to Texas where he is possessed by the spirit of a man murdered a decade before to avenge the crime.
…Read Review

“Gigolo” on the Row
By Jack Eadon


www.eadonbooks.com
(Fiction)
Fast-paced thriller about a struggling writer who searches for the truth about his wife after she is killed mysteriously by a hit-and-run driver from the neighborhood.
…Read Review

Through Katrina’s Eyes
By Ed Kostro


edkostro@comcast.net
(Poetry)
Inspirational poems based on the author’s personal thoughts and emotions about his trip to the Gulf Coast and his effort to rescue pets that were victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Always Present
By Theodore & Renee Weiss


www.princeton.edu/~qrl
(Letters-Poems)
“A tender, moving and fascinating memoir comprised, most originally, of letters and poems jointly written by a husband and wife clearly devoted to each other as to the life of the mind.”– Joyce Carol Oates

Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.
www.yourdailywalk.org
(Nonfiction)
An inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.

The Menagerie: A Vision Journey
By Lawrence E. Kelly
lek1123@netscape.com
(Poems)
Heartfelt poems about life, love and inspiration.

The Culture Struggle
By Michael Parenti


www.sevenstories.com
www.michaelparenti.org
(Nonfiction)
Insightful and provocative analysis of culture in modern society, including such topics as “Psychiatry as a Control Weapon,” “Slavery and Gentlemen Imperialists,” and “The Myth of Individuality.”

Pleasant Hell
By John Dolan


www.capricornpublishing.com
(Fiction)
Witty and self-deprecating confessional about a misanthropic college professor’s life and struggle for meaning in a hostile and unforgiving world.

Tiboli Taboo
By Christopher Howard


www.capricornpublishing.com
(Fiction)
Hard-hitting, realistic tale about an Army infantry team that steals a bizarre Mohammedan artifact and provokes the wrath of a centuries-old Moslem brotherhood.

Cricket’s Journey
By Barry T. Rubin


www.bazzawan.com
(Fiction)
Beautifully illustrated book of philosophical lessons presented by Shao Lin priests to their young disciple, known as “Cricket,” on his journey to spiritual enlightenment.

Custody of the Eyes
By Diamela Eltit


www.lumenbooks.org
(Fiction)
Poetically written, avant-garde story of a family living amidst repression and perpetual surveillance in Augusto Pinochet’s Chile.

The Good I Stand On
By David Tucholski


www.thegoodistandon.com
(Fiction)
Well-written, heartfelt story of how a young boy’s life is consumed by the events leading up to an old man’s death.

Night Work
By Rush Williams

www.nightworkrwilliams.com
(Fiction)
Fast-paced narrative about a straight-laced company man who loses his job and learns some tough lessons about life as he helps solve a murder mystery.

 

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,”

click here.

 

Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.

 

Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Acqweb: Book acquisition site for librarians
• Books-in-Print.com: Registry of electronic publications
• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data
• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Published.com: Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Business.com: Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Independent Publishers Bestsellers Hall of Fame: Title says it all
• Book Sense.com: Family of bookseller Web sites
• Nospine.com: Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group
• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

Controversial New Political Thriller
Democratic Rebels Attempt to
Overthrow Corporate Fascist
Shadow Government in USA

By J. F. Miglio

The current political scene in America is about to split wide open with the publication of a controversial new thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the United States.

Does this lead sentence sound a little too hyped or exaggerated? Please forgive me if it does, because I happen to be describing my own novel, Sunshine Assassins (Capricorn Publishing; May 1, 2006; $15.99 Perfect Bound Soft Cover), which, so far, has earned critical acclaim from several reviewers. Here are a couple of samples:

“I usually don’t like modern-day novels, but I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. A masterfully convincing story about a fictional Corporate Christian America of the near future that rings so chillingly true for today. Well-written, engrossing, convincing, and wickedly entertaining. I recommend it most enthusiastically.”

—Michael Parenti, award-winning author of The Culture Struggle and Superpatriotism

“John F. Miglio’s Sunshine Assassins is a chilling tale of what could happen in the not-so-distant future if present-day Americans fail to safeguard our democracy.”

— Justin Frank, MD, author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President

Click here for all reviews

The novel is a cautionary tale that takes place in the near future when democracy is dead and America is ruled by the Sunshine Council, a shadow government comprised of ruthless multibillionaire power brokers and right-wing Christian fundamentalists.

In this nightmare scenario, ten percent of the population owns ninety per cent of the country’s wealth, a new government agency called the Department of Morality Enforcement (DME) demands Corporate Christian conformity of all citizens, and mind-controlled assassins systematically eliminate dissidents and progressive thinkers.

As a result, an underground revolutionary movement in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers emerges and challenges the Sunshine Council. The leader of the underground, Frank Corso, a well-known progressive activist who is labeled a “terrorist” and marked for death by the council, engineers a high-risk plan to expose the truth about the shadow government to the American people on prime time television, hoping this will incite them to join the underground and revolt.

But will average citizens be able to break through years of Corporate Christian conditioning and mind control and be willing to risk their lives for freedom and democracy? This is the central question of the novel, and it is the same one that many Americans are beginning to ask themselves today.

In spite of this weighty question and others posed throughout the book– including one about the true nature of Christianity– Sunshine Assassins is filled with action and adventure, and it is written with humor and irony in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut. It also abounds with memorable characters, some of whom are based on real-life contemporary newsmakers. See if you can guess which ones!

In addition, Sunshine Assassins is a spiritual road map for freethinkers, with each chapter representing a different phase in an individual’s life until he or she comes full circle. The term itself is a metaphor for average Americans who allow themselves to become manipulated by the mass media and become unwitting “assassins” of democracy and pawns in the hands of fascism.

Look for this novel to create a Donnybrook between liberals and conservatives, Christians and humanists, and “patriots and tyrants.” But most of all, look for it to start a serious dialogue about the most precious commodity we have in America: democracy.

Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Buzzflash.com: Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• Greg Palast.com: One-man army of investigative journalism.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays
• Mother Jones.com: Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• TvNewsLies.org: A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

New Arrival

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

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Sunshine Assassins
By John F. Miglio
(Fiction)
Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews

 

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the 2005

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amazon.com
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.


A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the 2005

bn.com

 

amazon.com
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan


A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.

 

Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


Pulitzer-prize nominated author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed


Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert


Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.

 

Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller


Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin


Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

 

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,”

click here.

 

Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.

 

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