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BookTrib Review: ‘The Beekeeper’ Highlights Perseverance, Bravery and Strength

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The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, is, outwardly, a story of a beekeeper who risks everything to rescue Daesh women from torture and enslavement. While the beekeeper is a central figure, it becomes abundantly clear that the real focus of the story is on the women, themselves. Poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, through a series of interviews with various women escapees from the clutches of Daesh (ISIS), presents an unflinching account of tragic events. The reality of what they’ve endured is haunting: sexual abuse and assault, loss of family and friends, psychological torture, forced labor, and murder. Mikhail highlights their perseverance, bravery, and strength in the face of such hardships. In 2014, ISIS invaded northern Iraqi villages to…

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‘No Good Reasons At All’: A Literary View of the Full Implications of War

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Reckless saber-rattling with an unstable despot and growing nuclear power in North Korea, sixteen years of fighting in Afghanistan, insurmountable issues in the Middle East, irrational bigotry and hatred consuming far too many, an enemy power’s blatant interference with the sovereignty of our electoral process, terrorism both domestic and foreign, indiscriminately striking every corner of the world, American soldiers dying in far away places we didn’t even know we had a presence, an administration neither aware or concerned with the potential implications of entering into war and by all appearances far too eager to do so – all issues that take place in our country. We live in challenging times. Given the implications of modern warfare, if we make a…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast Speaks with Elliot Ackerman, Author of ‘Dark at the Crossing’

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy have been bringing us weekly podcasts of discussions they have with writers about the craft of writing and what motivates them to tell a good story. In this episode, Dave Pezza speaks with Elliot Ackerman about his writing.  In this episode of Writer’s Bone, Elliot Ackerman, author of Green on Blue and the recently published Dark at the Crossing, talks to Dave Pezza about toggling between journalism and fiction, painting an honest and realistic portrait of the Middle East, developing characters who feel real, and why it takes guts to write. Recently at BookTrib, we learned more about Ackerman’s inspiration and the sorrows of war and family in a…

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How ‘A Horse Walks Into a Bar’ Sheds Light on Advocacy

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A Horse Walks Into a Bar, the 2017 Man Booker International Prize Winner, is a stunning account of a middle aged, washed up comedian’s stand up show, but there is so much more. Taking place in the Israeli city of Netanya, Dovaleh Greenstein has invited a high school friend from military camp, Avishai Lavar, to watch the performance and then let him know what he sees…the person he really sees. In the audience, in addition to Lavar, now a retired judge, there is an unusual woman from Dov’s old neighborhood in attendance; a little person who endured bullying all her life, and throughout the show interjects comments and contributes her recollections from childhood. This book takes a hard look at…

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Trailblazing Author Mike Bond Answers One Question about ‘Assassins’

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Mike Bond writes with an urgency few other authors have been able to maintain. Mailer was able to do it to some degree. Tom Wolfe and Hunter Thompson had their ears to the ground. But Mike Bond has assumed this mantle for the 21st century. His writings have covered the most war-torn corners of the world to the familiar, rugged shores of Maine. Assassins (Mandevilla Press, December 8, 2016) covers a war that continues to define generations and it’s his most ambitious novel yet. With the Middle East being a melting pot of complicated strife, Bond maps a decades-long war through a military and cultural lens over several generations and characters. For our ‘One Question and Answer’ series I asked…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Mike Bond, Author of HOLY WAR

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Special offers brought to you by Enjoy HOLY WAR in eBook format provided by bookshout! at a special discount of 99 cents for BookTrib members. This discount is available for a limited time. You can access your eBook on the web, from your smartphone or tablet.  For a direct link,  text HOLYWAR  to 67076. Texting is within the US only. HOLY WAR The Battle of Beirut is worse than Hell, an irrational maelstrom of implacable hatreds and inconceivable suffering, of screaming bombs and exploding shells, crashing buildings, sniper battles, and deadly ambushes. Neill, a war correspondent on a secret mission for Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency, is trying to find Mohammed, a Hezbollah terrorist leader who may be willing to stop the slaughter and…

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Correspondent Mike Bond asks: Can we war less?

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Lebanon was a paradise when I first arrived there as a young man. The golden sun and brilliant sea, the ancient streets, the hubbub of cultures, the food and wines, the tanned and sensual young women, the perfume of many million flowers, the pine hills and cold white peaks, all imbued it with a near-sacred substance. This, I felt, is a place where all peoples come together, vibrant with history, wisdom, lust, and delight. Civil war soon turned Lebanon into a battlefield of smashed buildings and bloody streets. Syria was one of the loveliest places on our planet. Damascus, Homs and other cities so old that every handful of dust was thick with centuries of human flesh and blood. Iridescent…

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