This weekend, in spite of record heat here in West Virginia, I attended a self-defense handgun training course titled Critical Spaces. The purpose of the course was to train us in working with a handgun within very confined spaces, whether as the result of a close contact physical attack, or working within the confines of a building. It was an amazing course in the amount of information and practical experience I gained from it. I performed such activities as engaging in hand-to-hand combat, practicing defenses against a gun grab, shooting targets at extremely close range, effective movement while shooting, and clearing a shoot house filled with reactive targets representing bad guys and even rescuing a child from it. Below are a few pictures of me taken during the course. Click on any of them to see a larger version.
The initial order of my first published novel. Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors, was shipped off to Tamarack earlier this week. It should be available now, or will be very shortly, on the retail book shelves of “West Virginia’s Artisan Retail Center”.
If you are driving on Interstate 64 through Beckley, WV, I strongly suggest you stop and visit Tamarack, regardless of whether you purchase my book or not. There you’ll find lots of original and handmade items from WV to purchase in their store, wonderful food, and a beautiful fine arts gallery. It draws over half a million visitors a year and is well worth a stop.
My novel, “Trapped in a Hall of Mirrors”, has passed the jury selection process and will soon be sold at Tamarack, West Virginia’s Artisan Retail Center located in Beckley, WV. This facility promotes and sells WV-made products and draws over half a million visitors each year.
The jury process for books to be accepted for sale there is somewhat onerous and involves review by a panel of West Virginia published authors and literary experts. There is a lengthy list of criteria that must be met before a book will even be considered. My favorite is as follows: “Books with little literary merit are not acceptable.”
In any case, apparently my book has been judged to have a sufficient amount of literary merit, and will be sold there as soon as I can make the necessary arrangements with their Book Buyer. I’m really quite pleased by all of this!
This is my fourth Brad Thor novel, and it’s my favorite so far. Fun plot (and a reasonable one), great story, lots of action, suspense – everything I would expect from a Scot Harvath novel. Highly, highly recommended. If I could give it six stars, I would!
The thing I like the best about Brad Thor novels is that they are mostly quite reasonable and realistic. As you must all know by now, I’m a real stickler for realism and authenticity in novels. Brad Thor seems to have an excellent knowledge of firearms and tactics, and it shows in these books. He never stretches my “suspension of disbelief” and I really appreciate that!