28 June 2009

Writing

I am working to finish the ms of the second book of my Axe of Iron series, Axe of Iron: Confrontation. Drop by my website for details on this exciting historical fiction series about the mysterious disappearance of the Greenland Norse settlers.

20 June 2009

Book Review--The Target: Love, Death, and Airline Deregulation


Title: The Target
Love, Death, and Airline Deregulation
Author: J. R. Hauptman
Website of Author: http://www.caddispublishing.com/
Publisher: Caddis Publishing
Website of Publisher: http://www.caddispublishing.com/
Genre: Historical Fiction
Copyright Date: 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4363-0934-9
Length: 320 pages
Format: Paperback
Reviewer: J. A. Hunsinger, http://www.vinlandpublishing.com/


The Target, set in the decade of the 1980’s, provides an engaging read, in a fictional sense, on the morass created by the administration of President Jimmy Carter when, in 1978, he and his Socialist minions decided to dismantle the greatest airline system in the history of commercial aviation. With the deregulation of the industry, utter chaos ensued, and the door opened to the vermin hovering in the wings. The effects are still felt today, thirty-one years later.

J. R. Hauptman gets the reader into the mind of the professional pilots who were some of the highly-trained, dedicated workforce disenfranchised by deregulation, and the humor, fun, sorrow, and rage that typified their lives during those years. He delves into the mindset of the corporate raiders who destroyed great companies, without regard to the bodies collecting along the way, while reaping billions in ill-gotten profits.

The story is a combination of mystery, intrigue, murder, and enough sex to stir the pot; all in a fictional setting made more realistic by our collective memory of actual events. The author’s plot is tight, continuity is maintained throughout the story, and he uses the characters to skillfully relate the murderous feelings harbored by many of those who lost everything. The antagonist, Carlo Clemenza, is a fictional man who deserved to pay the ultimate price for what he did to his employees and their labor groups. There are a couple great twists as the story plays out.

Those of us, who were a part of commercial aviation during those years, eventually losing everything we had worked for, will never forget. I recommend this novel wholeheartedly. The Dénouement at the end has little to do with the book and seems to be offered as an aside, but it is my only negative comment on an otherwise good story.

J. A. Hunsinger
June, 2009

19 June 2009

Writing vs. Promotion

When a writer is a one man show, as I am, many tasks consume time to the point where little writing is achieved. That is where I am with the continuation of my Axe of Iron series. Promotion of the first book, Axe of Iron: The Settlers has taken most of my time, especially the Internet Virtual Book Tours during March and April--and the beat goes on.

Axe of Iron: Confrontation is essentially complete and 3/4 of the manuscript has been edited, but it is still not complete. To all my readers who have asked: I will finish the manuscript sometime this summer.

09 June 2009

Reviews and Press Releases are Posted

See all the latest reviews and press releases for the Axe of Iron series of historical fiction novels about the medieval Greenland Vikings settlement of North America in the face of hostile opposition.

Book #2, Axe of Iron: Confrontation will be released soon. Read the excerpt and learn all about it on the Vinland Publishing, LLC website.

07 June 2009

Social Networking Tips

The IBPA Independent, a monthly magazine for independent publishers, has some excellent articles on social networking that anyone would find of interest. Access is from their homepage under 'Resources' and 'Newsletter.'

Alternatively, you can click the IBPA link on the Vinland Publishing website homepage, where you can also find up-to-date info on my Axe of Iron series of historical fiction books about the medieval Greenland Viking's settlement on the North American continent.

05 June 2009

The Final Edit

"The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

And, that is what I try to do each day.

The final edit of Axe of Iron: Confrontation, the second book of the Axe of Iron series, continues. I hope to have the manuscript to the printers by July 1st. This blog will suffer until I achieve that end.