Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Dancing Valkyrie book review by Allbooks

The Dancing Valkyrie book review by Allbooks

Blood and sex. Of course love, but not the way humans think about it.
This is the recurring theme throughout The Dancing Valkyrie, a story about Mary Hoffman, librarian by day and exotic dancer by night. Mary, needing some time alone takes a hike along a secluded upstate New York trail. She is saved from two predatory young men by Beth, a beautiful woman slightly older than Mary. The two join together for the rest of the trail, becoming romantically involved along the way. Beth, it turns out is a vampire, and quickly introduces Mary to the mystical world she lives in. After inviting Mary back to her castle, built by her brother, Joseph, in a remote area, Mary is seduced into becoming a vampire as well. Joseph and Beth are hundreds of years old, and pose as brother / sister, but are husband and wife, or, in vampire terms, father and daughter. Thus begins the fascinating story of Mary's transition from human woman to vampire.
This book is full of rich and incredibly descriptive prose that makes you feel you are in every scene. The dialog is both thought provoking and believable (or course we are talking about vampires), with an excellent mix of philosophical, religious and historical references mixed within the real time story.
The plot is not complex, as the story is more of a journey than a twisty-turny, keep you in the dark project. It is more than adequate, however, as you quickly become submersed in the protagonist's discovery process. Klein presents vampires in a light never seen before, and frankly one of the most inventive and most original depictions I've ever read.
This is an absolute must read if you are a vampire fan. It should be tempered with the fact that it is an erotic novel, however, the sex is an integral part of the novel's framework and not only necessary, but adds to the overall richness of the work. A pleasant surprise on the last page was: "TO BE CONTINUED".
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 23, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1440432198
ISBN-13: 978-1440432194
Paperback price - $12.59
Ebook price - $2.99
Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Gregg J. Haugland, Allbooks Reviews.
MEDIA CONTACT: Pete Klein: email at -, write to: Peter Klein, POB 116, Indian Lake, NY, 12842

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Ukraine

So now Obama want to give $1 billion to the Ukraine.
Isn't about time we stop picking on Russia, sticking our big nose all over the world and giving away money to other countries while we are in debt and don't seem to want to spend any money fixing our infrastructure and educating our children.
If our fearless, over paid elected representatives don't wise up, the people will start coming after them with torches and pitch forks. 

Book Review of Compass: Creating Exceptional Organizations: A Leader's Guide

Genre: Business
Title: Compass: Creating Exceptional Organizations: A Leader's Guide
Author: William F. Brandt, Jr.

Compass: Creating Exceptional Organizations: A Leader's Guide by William F. Brandt, Jr. is much more than just a guide for leaders in business, be they leaders of for profit or not for profit organizations. The guide could also be used by entrepreneurs starting a business, small business owners and even be used by individuals seeking to improve their success in life.
What struck me most about this book was the universality of the principals and the ways of sustainable growth among the pages of this easy to read book.
If you are someone who has come to know you and or your business needs to change to survive, Brandt understands your problem when he writes, “Everyone believes in change, provided it happens to someone else. Few of us are willing to change our own behavior, and the higher we are in the organization’s hierarchy, the less we are willing to do so.”
But change for the sake of change is not what this book is about. It is about demanding excellence from yourself and your business. Can you really separate the two?
The author proposes behavior that goes beyond economic profits to include other goals that would make you proud of yourself and your business.
This book is about respect and the integrity you need to gain respect.
Brandt writes, “This book postulates a new, more powerful paradigm, one that advocates the simultaneous pursuit of both ‘self-interest and ‘concern for others.’”
I strongly recommend this book to those in business who wish to enhance their companies, be they large or small, and anyone who wants to enhance the quality of their own life.
About the Author
William F. Brandt Jr. is a co-founder and former CEO of American Woodmark Corporation, a $600 million public company. He consults and is a university educator in the areas of CEO coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, and cultural change. Brandt also serves on a number of for-profit and nonprofit boards including a university, a healthcare system, a hospital, and an international humanitarian aid organization assisting 37 countries.
Brandt’s company, American Woodmark, is the third largest cabinet manufacturer nationally, serving Home Depot, Lowes, and major builders.
He lives with his wife in Winchester, Virginia.
Reviewer: Peter Klein Allbooks Reviews.
Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and many other book sellers.
Title: Compass: Creating Exceptional Organizations: A Leader's Guide
Author: William F. Brandt, Jr.
Publisher: Winter Vale Press (May 15, 2013)
Pages: 344 pages
Retail - $28.19 hardcover - $11.49 ebook
ISBN-10: 0988320509
ISBN-13: 978-0988320505