Book Of The Day – War Of Choice

by Greg on May 24, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is dedicated to a great friend and a frequent contributor of free books to ENT who has recently passed away – John Brinling. War Of Choice has a perfect 5.0 star rating and is only 99 cents!

I first knew John as a writer but soon he became a great friend. He loved writing and wanted to share his books with as many people as possible. John will be missed by a lot of people at ENT because of his many contributions of free books but I will miss him most as my friend. RIP John.

“There was plenty of pulse-pounding, page turning action in “War Of Choice”! I was immediately drawn into the story and I didn’t want to even watch TV, I just wanted to keep reading this book! I think that this book would make a great movie.” Debbie G. – Amazon Reviewer



War Of Choice
by John Brinling
Rating: 5.0 Stars
Category: Political Thriller
Price: $0.99

 

A reluctant extraterrestrial holds sway over war and peace when drawn into the Machiavellian politics of a warmongering White House. An FBI agent, his daughter and girlfriend must survive the murder and mayhem that ensue, and convince the ET to help them prevent a war with North Korea.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

I am definitely not a hard core sci fi reader but this novel weaves the possibility of an oceanic marvel so well into the plot of political intrigue that I found it both entertaining and plausible. Fast read, you won’t want to put it down.

*******

John Brinling spins another thriller with very scary sequences and very adept smart interesting heroes to keep cheering for from page one. Important people in Washington are at risk and strange blobs of weird material appear after people are killed. How? Why? Is the whole country at risk? What does North Korea have to do with all this? Why are people disappearing? Is the president at risk? How do the heroes figure out what international intrigue is afoot and how to stop it? This tale has plenty of bad characters, deaths and kidnappings keeping FBI agents scrambling to solve a mystery revolving around a scientific underwater discovery that could result in huge international problems if it falls into the wrong hands.

*******

My reading habits are the same with my Kindle as they were when I read regular books, in that when I find an author whose book I enjoy I tend to read as many books as I can by them. I have read a number of books by this author and “War Of Choice” is hands down, without a doubt my favorite book of his. I truly think this may be on his best one so far. I loved, loved this book!!! So if you have never read a book of his before, give this one a try, and if you’ve read one of his before and you didn’t care for it, go ahead and give this book a try!

Get War Of Choice here: War Of Choice

About The Author

RIP John.

I have been writing all of my life. I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. “Black Dawn.” It dealt with segregation and the KKK. Whatever happened to it I don’t know.

Since then, earning a living has preempted long periods of my life when I wrote very little. My wife and I are both in data processing (IT nowadays) and we usually work long hours when we are on a contract, which meant I spent little time writing fiction when gainfully employed. The birth of my daughter offered me another excuse for not writing, but that’s what it was: an excuse. Writing is hard. But it’s in my DNA and I keep returning to it, despite some part of me that prefers the lazy life. However, not writing is unthinkable, and I am constantly exploring ideas even when I’m not committing them to paper.

I lived and worked in Europe for seven years. I met my wife In Italy where we both worked for the same company, and were married in 1975. The contract we were working on ended that year and we took two years off to live in England, in a 300 year old farmhouse in Wiltshire. It was in that farmhouse that I wrote “The Ghost Of A Flea,” as well as another book titled “Quarantine,” which is a science fiction thriller.

“The Ghost” has a strong autobiographical component. I was a programmer/analyst. The office ambience in the novel is similar to life in my New York office, although the intrigues were of an entirely different nature. I had a good friend who lived in Sparta. I lived for a time near the George Washington Bridge. The building manager was an Irishman, who became a good friend, and an integral character in the book.

“Quarantine” is set in East Africa, where my wife and I vacationed, and I drew liberally on what we read, saw, and experienced.

I had an agent back then who marketed both books, and came very close to selling them to both Doubleday and St. Martins. Unfortunately he died before completing the sale and I put the books on a shelf and forgot about them for 35 years. Only this year did I resurrect them and publish them on Amazon’s Kindle and Smashwords.

In 1977, my wife and I returned to the states and founded our IT consulting firm, Brinling Associates. For the next fifteen years we worked hard building our business. I wrote one novel during that time, a book titled “Alone,” which dealt with a man in an irreversible coma who is aware of what is happening around him, but is unable to communicate with the real world. Unfortunately, most of that book is lost.

In 1990, during a down period in our business activities, I wrote several other novels which I am attempting to bring out of retirement. These novels were also put on the shelf when circumstances re-ignited our business opportunities. One book – “The Watcher,” a horror thriller – is already self-published. The other is a much larger work, a rural mystery series, that I’m still working on.

As you can see, writing books is one thing, marketing quite another. I am perhaps the world’s worst marketer, which helps explain why my writings have spent most of their lives on a shelf in my home in Vermont staring out at me asking “Why?”

For the past few years I have been writing screenplays, which are more bite-sized writing efforts. I have done fairly well in some contests, but am still waiting to be discovered. The small royalty check I earned from Amazon this quarter is the only money I’ve ever earned from my fiction writing.

My writing is pure escapism. When I sit down to write, I embark on an adventure. I let things happen and I let the characters be who they are. Since I strongly avoid outlines, I am as surprised by events as I hope the reader is. Pulling together loose ends is a subject for revision, which I do endlessly. This undoubtedly makes for more work and takes me longer to “finish” something, but it seems to be the best, the only, way for me. It is the candy bar just out of reach that keeps me at the keyboard.

My background illustrates my chaotic approach to life. I have been at different stages a pharmacist, a pharmacologist, a tech writer, a programmer/analyst, a business consultant, a business owner, a teacher, a novelist and a screenwriter. At one time I thought it perfectly acceptable, if not desirable, to change jobs/professions every year or so. I didn’t worry about the future, assuming I would always find a way to muddle through.

I’m still muddling through.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – John Brinling and ENT appreciate it.

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