Monday, 19 February 2018

Childless (American Tragedy Trilogy) by Brian J Gail

Paperback:  This heart-pounding Catholic fiction adventure spanning forty years culminates in Childless (2011), the third and final novel in Brian J Gail's "American Tragedy Trilogy."

The reader is propelled from Manhattan boardrooms to European capitals to Middle East laboratories to Church chanceries and confessionals.

Step into these pages and follow Father John Sweeney and the families he serves as they struggle to live their Catholic faith in a world that grows more hostile with every turn of the page.

Gail throws back the veil on the architecture of the Life Sciences Revolution and its carefully planned milestones from the abortifacients pill to in-vitro fertilization to embryonic stem cell testing, and ultimately, to the very door of the Transhumanist project itself.

You will see something of your own soul in these characters as they struggle to survive the great apostasy and navigate their way to the Church's promised New Springtime.

The American Tragedy Trilogy is highly recommended to everyone, regardless of faiths or beliefs.

About the author:  Brian J Gail was a schoolboy baseball phenomenon recruited by Division One universities and scouted by Major League baseball teams;  he suffered a disabling shoulder injury early in his college career and was sent to the Philadelphia Phillies team doctor whose efforts to help him regain his exceptional pitching velocity were unsuccessful.

Fueled by a white hot competitive fire and magnetic rhetorical gifts, he rocketed to the top of the Madison Avenue advertising world in his mid-30s only to see his career derailed by a great moral business dilemma and a direct challenge to his Catholic faith.  A gifted entrepreneur and CEO, he provided strategic marketing counsel to elite Fortune 500 corporations and directed a variety of non-profit boards focused on assisting the underprivileged in Philadelphia.

Today, Brian J Gail is a critically acclaimed author, a Knight of the Immaculate, a co-founder of three catholic classical academies, a patent holder, and a highly sought after speaker on matters of faith and family.  Brian’s remarkable novel Fatherless (the first in the American Tragedy trilogy) is published by Emmaus Road Publishing and has become a powerful tool for catechesis.

Brian married his high school sweetheart, Joan Mary Kain, 40 years ago and they were blessed with seven children including two sets of identical twins and one set of “Irish twins.”  Brian has touched many lives with his optimism, humour, and unwavering Faith in Our Lady and the truths of the Catholic Church.  He and his lovely wife, Joan, divide their time between homes in Villanova, Pennsylvania and Jupiter Island, Florida.

Rating:  5/5

Friday, 16 February 2018

Blood On The Page: A Murder, A Secret Trial, A Search For The Truth (True Crime) by Thomas Harding

Hardback:  In June 2006, police were called to number 9 Downshire Hill in Hampstead to investigate reports of unusual card activity.  The owner of the house, Allan Chappelow, was an award-winning photographer and biographer, an expert on George Bernard Shaw, and a notorious recluse, who had not been seen for several weeks.  Someone had recently accessed his bank accounts, and attempted to withdraw large amounts of money.

Inside the darkened house officers found piles of rubbish, trees growing through the floor, and, in what was once the living room, the body of Chappelow, battered to death, partially burned and buried under four feet of paper.

The man eventually convicted of his murder was a Chinese dissident named Wang Yam:  a man who claimed to be the grandson of one of Mao’s closest aides, and a key negotiator in the Tiananmen Square protests.  His trial was the first in modern British history to be held ‘in camera’:  closed, carefully controlled, secret.

Wang Yam has always protested his innocence.

Thomas Harding has spent the past two years investigating the case, interviewing key witnesses, the investigating officers, forensic experts, and the journalists who broke the story, and has unearthed shocking and revelatory new material on the killing, the victim and the supposed perpetrator.  It is a story that has been described in the press and by the leading detective as 'the greatest whodunnit’ of recent years:  an extraordinary tale of isolation, deception and brutal violence, stretching from the quiet streets of north London to the Palace of Westminster and beyond.

Blood On The Page (2018) is an explosive and meticulous new work of non-fiction from an author working at the height of his powers. 

About the author:  Thomas Harding is an author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian, among other publications.  He co-founded a television station in Oxford, England, and for many years was an award-winning documentary maker.  He also ran a local newspaper in West Virginia, winning the West Virginia Association of Justice’s Journalist of the Year Award, before moving back to England in 2011, where he now lives with his family.

He is the author of Hanns and Rudolf, a Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the JQ-Wingate Prize; the internationally acclaimed Kadian Journal:  A Father’s Story;  and The House by the Lake, a Costa Biography Award and Orwell Prize nominee.

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