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New On My Shelf This Week

Thanks to the lovely Lindsay Marshall, Marketing and Media Consultant, for the introduction to this series and its author. I am featuring the first two episodes in this proposed six part series, with Michael stopping by on Wednesday July 5th 2017, to introduce an interesting guest post, in which he will explain in detail why the number of books in the series is so significant. Hope to have you visit then, it will be great to see you!
VECTOR‘ – Tradecraft: Phase Zero
When researcher Jawad Khattib gasps his last breath on the Massachusetts General Hospital floor, the Department of Homeland Security answers—especially after a preliminary autopsy suggests he died of radiation poisoning. What exactly was Khattib working on? And who was he working for?
DHS Agent Lee Jansen is rushed to Boston and paired with expert toxicologist Dr. Emma Hess to crack the case. All evidence points to the creation of a dirty bomb, but the clues seem too clean, too obvious. During the course of their investigation, they discover the horrible truth.
This new weapon is far more deadly than anyone had expected. It isn’t just capable of killing hundreds—it’s capable of killing hundreds of thousands. Can they stop what’s been set in motion by a madman with a dangerous secret before it’s too late?
SHIFTING SANDS‘ – Tradecraft: Phase One

Iranian physicist Dr. Sara Qaderi has been leaking intelligence to the UN detailing her deadly work at a nuclear facility in Iran for months—but her time is running out. Colonel Mostafa Sabri is on the hunt for the traitors who have been compromising Iran’s national security. And he always finds his prey. 

Since birth, Sara has been taught that Americans aren’t to be trusted. Now her life is in the hands of Nick Shane, an American Marine whose mission is to get her and the vital information she carries to Afghanistan before Israel drops the first bombs of the next world war. He has his own reservations about this Iranian physicist and her motives. But he also has his orders, and will carry out his mission at all costs. 

Will they make it in time to save the world from erupting into a violent global conflict—or die in the unforgiving Iranian desert?

Clicking on the book’s cover image will link you directly with it’s Amazon listing.


Image Of Author Michael ShuskoMichael Shusko, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACOEM, is an author, medical doctor and decorated Marine and Naval officer who has worked on intelligence and medical missions across the globe. Fluent in Arabic, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Rutgers University. Post-undergrad, Dr. Shusko transferred from the Marines to the Navy Medical Corps and attended medical school at Wake Forest University, obtaining his medical degree in 2002. He also studied at Harvard University, earning his Master’s of Public Health degree in 2013.

Dr. Shusko’s Middle Eastern experience and language skills coupled with his background in special operations and intelligence keep him busy deploying around the world. He has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Dr. Shusko has been awarded the Bronze Star twice for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He currently lives in Japan with his wife and 17-year-old triplet sons.

Catch up with all the latest news at Michael’s Website 

Connect with Michael on  Facebook

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • This looks like an interesting series and the upcoming guest post sounds good. Yes, some series just have to be read in order, like the Harry Potter books.
    Happy reading!

    • Hi Naida,

      The upcoming guest post is definitely an interesting one and well worth stopping by for, if you have the time!

      It seems as though the books do work okay as stand alone storylines, although given the strong connection between them in Michael’s mind, they might well be more suited to a seasoned ‘series reader’.

      I am generally the worlds worst series reader, but as I have the first two books in front of me, I am mightily tempted.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Thanks Elizabeth,

      I always appreciate you taking the time to stop by, even though not every book I feature may be one for your own reading list. It wouldn’t do if we all liked the same thing, now would it?

      I hope that you enjoy your week and that your weather is much better than this UK muck. It’s so cold, wet and windy, you could be forgiven for thinking winter was just arriving 🙂

  • This series might be too close to current events for my taste, but it does sound interesting. And as I’ve said with others you’ve featured… it might make a good film!

    I look forward to the guest post and will keep this in mind for my husband. It sounds like a series he would enjoy.

    • Hi Kelly,

      If I am totally honest, being ex services himself, hubbie would probably enjoy this series more than me, however I am going to give the first book a try and see how I go from there.

      Michael’s guest post however, is quite another thing. It is so well defined both in content and presentation, that I couldn’t help but find it really interesting and intriguing and hope that you might too.

      Yes, the storylines are quite hard-hitting and relevant to todays worldwide events, however I have read books by many other authors (Andy McNab and Chris Ryan are two which come to mind readily) and it is very rarely that criticism is levelled at them for writing about areas of warfare which they know from firsthand experience, despite how current they may be.

      I’ll hold on to that thought about the film aspect of the project, as I’m not too sure whether all six stories might be made into a single ‘Tradecraft’ film, or whether each individual mission could be extended into its own film.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you are reading something good and that you enjoy your week 🙂

    • Thanks Serena, you too 🙂

      Thank You for continuing to co-host MM, I always look forward to checking out the latest reads and chatting to you all 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      Both books sound good, although I do have a slight preference for the premise of ‘Vector’, which is very intriguing and disturbing!

      Do stop by on July 5th, I don’t think you will be disappointed 🙂

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