LAND LORD by Cheryl Colwell ~ a review

Land Lord

There is no end to big surprises in this espionage thriller. The one at the end, I didn’t see coming. In fact, I didn’t see quite a few of them coming. It’s a story about an attempt to overthrow the United States government from within. The reader will have to remember not only the novel’s characters but also their code names. But it’s worth it. So much is not what it seems. So much is clandestine.

Secret Service Agent Dain Ryder is loyal to the president at a precarious time when not all the men sworn to protect POTUS are trustworthy. Dain’s family were missionaries in China where his grandfather was murdered and his father blinded. Thus, he has long lived with bigotry and hatred in his heart toward the Chinese people. So, he’s thrown a curve ball when President Robert Bradley gives him a special assignment to work with a beautiful Chinese spy to find out who is behind the plot to bring down his administration.

Lian Chen is not only gorgeous, she’s a biochemist, a superb classical Chinese dancer, martial arts expert, a crack shot, and proficient with explosives. Dain begins to doubt her loyalty to America and to the president. She could be on the wrong side. She’s hiding something big. As he fights his attraction to her, he fears she may have a secret relationship with Robert Bradley?

This story goes from the Oval Office, to the halls of George Washington University, to the streets of D.C.’s Chinatown and back again. It’s quite a thrilling journey.

 

I’m a First Time Voter in Florida ~ what a rush

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I couldn’t wait to vote this time, and it’s only a state primary but I just moved here from New York City. So it was kind of thrilling to be voting in the sunshine state.

I turned on my GPS and found my polling place with absolutely no problem.

 

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It was gratifying to see quite a number of cars in the polling location parking lot. After I slid my ballot through the electronic vote counting machine, they gave me a red, white, and blue sticker that said, “I Vote”.

 

I decided NOT to vote for Marco Rubio for two reasons, though I’m sure he’s going to win the primary and I WILL vote for him in November.

  1. He tends not to show up much on the floor to do his job.
  2. He hasn’t given only anemic support to Donald J. Trump.

I voted for Carlos Beruff because he is challenging Rubio on his pathetic work ethic and because Beruff exemplifies the Republican populist movement desiring to clean up Washington, D.C. When Rubio wins, I want him to know there was substantial grass-roots displeasure with him. I hope he gets the message, but I doubt he will.

I’m not at all AltRight, the name Hillary is trying to hang on Trump supporters. I’m much more ConPop (conservative populist).

9/11 ~ A Bitter Sweet Remembrance and a Look Forward

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Today even if we don’t want to remember, even if it’s still too painful all these years later,we remember.

 

 

 

There was the moment of silence this morning observed by the president. The names will be read off at the Pentagon, in a field in Pennsylvania and in New York.

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And now we’ve got to remember 9/11/1012 and the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi. For many our minds can’t help but drift to the Boston bombing and the devastation pain and suffering there. This is not easy to do…this looking at horrific events and seeing them for what they are. We don’t want to look at such ugliness. We are a hard working people, trying to provide for our families. And yet a world-wide war of terrorism seems to be creeping up on us. We’re now teetering on the brink of war with Syria.

America needs straight talk to come out of Washington, DC. We need our leaders to have a strategy extending passed next month. What will be the consequences of our actions? Who will benefit? Will our actions bring stability or greater instability in the long term? We need our elected officials to do their homework and answer the hard questions for us. We, the American people have the right to know.