Mar 10

Ken Howard’s Green ROI is a Vision of the Future

Ken Howard has written a book called Green ROI (also known as Internomics: The Lateral Collective Interface). The book is a blueprint for the future, utilising technologies we already have. Now, Ken has written this book to inform us all about the future of the world with a series of lectures and videos.



“Flat out, this book will make you MONEY! Lots of money!”

This book promises to make you “money… lots of money.” I can see where Mr Howard is coming from with this analogy. He gives a series of currently available technologies and then tells us how they can be used and what they can do. I have met Ken and I have found him to be a very interesting guy. He has the drive to make these things happen himself, yet he is sharing them with the world. This isn’t a book you will read for entertainment. This is a book that you need to concentrate on. In the first chapter, he explains about the changes that have taken place, for example, the gamble that became the Internet. Would it take off? How did it change the world? Of course, we know for a fact that the Internet was a huge success. Now what would happen if, say, one of these or all of these technologies Ken talks about took off? Who would get rich? Of course, the people who believed in them would get rich. I guess you could say that this book is not just a blueprint for the future. It is a blueprint for someone with enough guts to take the world by the horns and get rich. For example, Ken takes us through a series of possibilities… Garbage? How can you make money from garbage? He has a plan for that. Energy is also one of his big blueprint ideas. The motto of the book is simple: We have the technology.

As a guy who doesn’t read this kind of stuff, I have to ask myself, “Was I interested?” To begin with, I wasn’t. I really didn’t care one way or another about this book. I liked Ken as a guy and I enjoyed talking to him, but as a book, I wasn’t prepared to buy this one. I have heard many crackpot ideas in my life. This was just going to be another one.


Then I actually picked up a copy. I read the first chapter, aptly titled “Hey, Chicken Little, the sky is not falling in,” and I was hooked. I wasn’t hooked on the writing, I was hooked on the ideas that this book presents. The idea of being part of the future and investing in technologies to make the future green, sustainable and profitable. I think Ken makes some valid points. Why are these ideas not in place? It’s a risk. The technology we have already works and makes money. As the song goes, “Why try to change me now?” I guess whilst our governments are making money from these ideas, nothing will change… Or will it? If the right person reads this book and sees the money-making potential, then perhaps it will change.

Ken Howard promises that this book will make you money. He promises that this is the future; and I am starting to wonder, if this is the future, then why am I not investing? I guess like everyone else I am sceptical of the ideas presented in this book. Ken is convincing and his writing style is similar to that of Michael Moore. I would say in my learned opinion that Ken has got some good ideas brewing and I don’t need to explain his concepts to you. I think that this book may well find itself on many shelves around the world and when it takes off, it will take off. Ken will make sure it takes off. Go and get a copy now. This is just like the book says, a way to make money.

It’s available at Amazon in print format and through iTunes/iBooks.

Mar 04

The Gift by Mike Trahan

“The story of a man who knew, at a very young age, what he wanted to do with his life.”

Mike Trahan has written a book that really does something quite strange. It used to be a fact that a memoir would be a written account of the life of someone with a series of stories to tell. In modern times, post-1990 I mean, the memoir genre has been hijacked by every celebrity, near-miss pop star and TV personality in town. What has happened to stories of men who struggled against the odds to get to where they wanted to be?

Mike Trahan is what happened.

Now, that sounds a little dramatic– I grant you, I am rather dramatic. I got my copy of this book and I sat down expecting an interesting tale of a guy from Texas who got his wings and coped with life. What I actually found was the history of a time, a place, a family and the struggles and problems a family faced. Mike writes with striking honesty about his life– his father and his mother who raised him on a small farm over in West Orange, Texas. The man who would become Captain Mike Trahan started as just ordinary Mike who spent summers playing with his cousins and living off the land. This boy grew up poor, but never knew about poverty, because his family was so rich with love and devotion. He also left school at the beginning of eighth grade and didn’t look back. He just found another school, another route into his desired occupation. This book is not about great achievements, it’s not about fame– this book is about life, and most importantly, how you can deal with life.

Turning the pages, Mike writes as though he is telling you his stories over a beer and a smoke on a slowly closing day. You can feel the warmth of the love he has for his mother and the drive and ambition he had to reach his goal of being a pilot. You can pick any page of this book and you will learn something about Mike and in the process you will learn something about yourself. This is the real journey of life. Mike was lucky enough to know what he wanted from life– he took a fateful flight when he was fifteen and knew that he wanted to fly planes. So, Mike geared his whole life to fulfil that dream. He wouldn’t stop until he had his wings. That is the crux of the story. He didn’t sit back and say “I want to fly, but I am scared.” He looked at what needed to be done and he went straight ahead and did it. There were false roads and dead-ends of course. Mike spent two years on a football scholarship– it didn’t work out so he just changed schools and finished his education and jumped through the open window instead of banging his head on a firmly closed door. Trahan then found that he had a cyst on his tailbone– a cyst that would have made it impossible for him to join the forces. Did that stop him? You bet your ass it didn’t! He had it removed and bided his time until he could reconnect with his dream. Actually, this book isn’t really about flying or cysts or stories; this book is about finding your goal in life and creating acheivement. This book is about choices, actions, the ability to think for yourself and create your own future.

the gift

As you read The Gift you will be hooked by a book that has all the hallmarks of a touching and inspiring story. You will feel the love, the trials, the tribulations, the problems, the successes, the failures. You will discover a world that has all but disappeared now. You will hear stories of times long past; you will learn of a man who not only succeeded in his attempts, but he failed and he learnt from his failures. He didn’t give up; he didn’t say he couldn’t make it; he kept on going and going and going and going… He stood his ground and, sure, he hit the dust a few times, but Mike Trahan born in 1942 in West Orange, Texas, became Captain Mike Trahan after achieving over 600 hours of flying time whilst at college, whilst juggling his life, whilst living and breathing and striving.

For a guy like me, that’s a story I want to read. I know you will, too. Get the book and sit down and learn who the real Mike Trahan really is…and you may just learn something about yourself, too.

By Nick Wale


Feb 27

Mojave Winds: Second Edition by Mark Biskeborn


“Pacy writing at its finest from the pen of Mark Biskeborn….”


I have just finished reading Mojave Winds: Second Edition by Mark Biskeborn. What can I say? Give me a few minutes to digest this one… It’s big… I have a lot to tell you.



I wonder if this is the first book that has been written about finding love in the desert? In case you’ve missed nature documentaries or planes recently– the desert is this big hot mass– just sand and bleached skeletons for miles around. So how do two people fall in love in such a place? Well, author Mark Biskeborn made it happen– he put two lost souls together on a bus and made them connect. Let me tell you about them. Sheila is a beautiful, talented Persian dancer who works in the best joints in Vegas. She has a huge void in her being, though– she feels like a trophy for men. It’s lucky for her that she meets freshly-discharged-from-the-army Kris Klug. The two meet and fall in love, but their love is endangered by the very fact that the bus they are traveling on is hijacked by drug dealers… What do the dealers want? I’m not going to tell you… But it isn’t sand!


Hooked yet? Well, it doesn’t end there. Kris is on the way to meet his Uncle Fred. Now, Fred is a wealthy trucking boss who wants to pass down the business. Before getting on the bus, Kris is told by a shady FBI agent called Jaeger that his uncle Fred may well have been involved in drug trafficking…


Are these two things related? Is Jaeger involved? Is Uncle Fred involved? What do the dealers want? What is Sheila doing on a bus in the Mojave desert? All these questions and more are asked and answered. Let me ask you… This is 386 pages of written work. Let’s take a few off for the front and back pages. Okay.. 380 pages. I normally read pretty quickly and try to review as quickly as I can. I ACTIVELY slowed myself down on this one. I slowed myself down to enjoy it and take it in. I wanted to prolong the experience because I was enjoying the experience. I am probably the only person in the world right now who is going to book tickets to visit the Mojave Desert, bleached bones and all. Here I come!


Hooked now? Hey! Let me tell you about the writing. ‘Detailed’ is a word I would use– detailed, but not boring. The writing is never boring. The story bounces– swings– smoothly narrates it’s way along. You can almost feel the heat of the desert. You can almost taste love dripping from the pages. The dialogue is never phoney, the story-line is never out-of-this-world. This is real life in book form in so many ways. Have you ever been in love? You will feel the bond between Sheila and Kris. Is this book dark? At times. I found myself hooked for the third time this week.  I don’t think I could ever put a Mark Biskeborn book down again. He has a real talent for getting a story across to a reader and adds those little flourishes that make the words as addictive as the drugs Uncle Fred is meant to be trafficking.


So what do I think? I think you should go buy this one! I don’t mean right now– I mean like a few minutes ago. I usually try to find fault in a book but this one makes it hard. If I have to find a negative, perhaps it is a bit long? But then the plot unfolds in such a way that actually the size is perfect. Open your change purse, folks, and go buy this one.

Mojave Winds: Second Edition is available on Amazon. Also visit Mark’s Author Page.


Reviewed by Nick Wale

Feb 22

Chaos Theories by Stephen H. Banks

If you have taken the time to read the biography of Stephen H. Banks on his Amazon page, you don’t need to read any more of this review. The chances are you have already bought a copy of his book Chaos Theories and you’ve enjoyed it. You haven’t? Well… read on and you will find out why this book is such an incredibly enjoyable read.

chaos theories


When I read a book, I look for two things. I want to be captivated by strong writing and I want to be entertained. Chaos Theories manages both. I don’t know who said it first– perhaps me? But if it looks good, sounds good, and reads well then it’s a good book. I got my copy of Chaos Theories a few days ago. I professionally review books, so it was in the pile and I kept looking at it– it kept looking at me– I looked at it some more and closed the book I was currently reading (that’s pretty easy now with an ‘x’ at the top of the screen) and I opened Chaos Theories. I had read the blurb and it was already looking good. Let me ask you a question– a series of seemingly random events that by themselves are nothing more than small blips in a life, put together amounting to something huge? Is that feasible?


I think so, and so does Stephen. Take the character in his book, for instance. Jim Parish is traveling to work and minding his own business. Suddenly a car goes through a puddle and soaks his trousers. Okay, that’s an annoyance; but then he hears a scream and looks up. A body is falling from a third floor window. That’s a big event! Perhaps it’s a life changer? Jim holds out his arms and catches the falling body– the body of a girl. Three events: a puddle-happy driver who soaked the trousers of a man going to work, that man hears a scream, and catches a child… What are the odds?


I was caught up by this story in a big way. I don’t really have a lot of time, but I found myself sitting and reading this; ignoring my wife, ignoring the radio, ignoring clients, and just reading as I was drawn into the world of Jim Parish. Jim weaves his way through both big and small events. All of them seem random– just part of his life experience. I found myself grinning when Jim, not the most social of people, found himself entwined with a beautiful girl. I felt bad for him when he found himself going through a rough patch.  I identified with him. I could visualize him and he spoke to me. In many ways he is the ‘everyman.’ How many people have woken up one day and found themselves thrust into the spotlight? Given a huge break? Given the chance to make something happen? I think the chance is there for all of us and when that chance arises, we change. That, I feel, is the very nature of fate.


So why did I ask you if you had read the biography of Stephen H. Banks? Well, I think if you had taken the time, you would have realised that he, himself, has been very much a child of fate. Here is a man who was told by a school guidance counselor that he was so intelligent he could “do anything he wanted.” What did Stephen choose to do? He chose to forge his own path and didn’t go straight for the money or the fame. He chose to act, he chose to work as an electrician, he found himself in the computer industry. He built a career, he had kids… He trusted the actions of fate and found that all those little occurrences that seem like nothing are actually what build you into a person. This book is about life. Stephen has created a fascinating read that doesn’t need a gimmick or a ploy. It just needs a reader to open the first page and read. Once you start, you won’t stop. Stephen H. Banks makes sure you won’t begin to think about clicking ‘close’ until you’ve finished every last word.

Review by Nick Wale

Feb 21

The Dark Communion by Joey Ruff


 ”An unmissable read worthy of any library and certainly one to keep and read over and over again..”


Meet Joey Ruff and his new book The Dark Communion. I was fortunate enough to be asked to review this one. What can I say? At first glance it sounds like a good read. Jono Swyftt is a hunter, a predator and his prey are those nasties you grow out of believing in when you start to grow up and realise about the real-life nasties. You know those monsters you grew out of believing about? You know– Orcs, Goblins, Trolls and such– well they exist in this world created by Joey Ruff. Jono meets them and dispatches them with relative ease– he’s a gun expert, an ex-cop and a priest. Supernatural beings beware! In this brand new novel, Joey Ruff has created a book that is nothing less than a rollicking action-packed journey from page one.


The Dark Communion opens with a preview story– rather like a TV show. Jono Swyftt is searching for a young girl called Julie Easter who has gone missing. To me, this book reads like an episode of The Shield– the reader feels like they are there as Joey Ruff writes with incredible skill in the first person. Jono is led to a disused and rundown house on the wrong side of town. What will he find inside? All I am going to tell you is that Joey had me riveted from the get-go with this one. I was up all night turning pages to find out what would happen next. What does happen next?


With Joey’s law enforcement background, The Dark Communion is technically brilliant. The history of weapons is touched upon, ammunition, and his own personal knowledge of weaponry shines through. This makes it great for a European like myself to sit and immerse myself in a book that really does idolise the gun. However, just as gun-mad as Jono Swyftt is, Joey created a second character called ‘Ape’ (otherwise known as Terry Towers) who doesn’t use guns at all. The name ‘Ape’ should be explained. Jono calls Terry ‘Ape’ because of his impressive size and strength. ‘Ape’ gave the book a balance that said to me, “I thought of all the bases,” and it works very well. Traditional action and gun toting action are two different things and work together very well in this book. The nasties sometimes need a kick up the ass to get them to give up.


About the nasties! There are Orcs, Goblins, creatures of the night, and the kind of thing you would never want to meet in a dark alley–that is, unless you had a Glock to back you up! Joey writes with great description about the monsters his characters run across. These monsters aren’t created to do anything other than roar, be mean and get killed by Jono. I found it a relief to read a book that just pounded out action in this way.


What about the writing style? In the first person, you feel as though you are actually there. I began edging around as I enjoyed the action. The Dark Communion is a very addictive read in that way. You are immersed into the world of a hunter and as a reader the action is very easy to follow. This is one of those books you pull yourself away from and realise you read fifty pages without even realising it. The dialogue is traditional hardman fare including quips and one-liners, but is intelligent enough not to end up as an Arnie picture. Events, guns, creatures, and backstory are explained as though Jono Swyftt is talking to you over a beer at the local bar.


Overall, I think for a reader looking for a story–a really entertaining, action packed, immersing story– this is one to pick up. It isn’t overbearingly intellectual; it doesn’t give you insight into your past or present; it won’t save your marriage; but it will entertain you! Well done, Joey! This one is a stomper! Jono ain’t bloody cheap… but the price of this book is! Buy it now!

By Nick Wale

Read an interview with Joey on Novel Ideas here!

Feb 21

New Thriller Courier Takes You on an Amazing Ride

Courier ImageThe book is “Courier” and the author is Terry Irving. I know Terry through my interviews and I know he is capable of some slam dunk work. This book is one of those thrillers that you just can’t ignore. Remember “Airport”? Well think along the same lines… Here we go… Back to the seventies….

I had the privilege of reading Terry Irving’s latest work, Courier. This is a fast-paced, nail-biting thriller combining intrigue, suspense, a bit of romance, and mostly, edge-of-your-seat action.
Rick Putnam, the story’s protagonist, finds himself unwittingly smack dab in the midst of one of the biggest potential political scandals of the era. It’s 1972, and Rick, an emotionally wounded Vietnam vet is a motorcycle courier for a news agency in Washington, DC. Doing his job as usual, he suddenly finds himself in possession of a reel of film which exposes Nixon’s acceptance of bribes in the form of campaign contributions by the South Vietnamese in order to extend the war for their benefit. This footage is so explosive, so volatile, those who want to see it buried will stop at nothing to quash it, regardless of who is expended in the meanwhile. Naturally, Rick is the primary target.

Rick is an interesting guy– he’s a man’s man, but utterly vulnerable and tortured by visions of horror suffered in the war. To attempt to dull these memories which haunt him nightly, he rides his BMW motorcycle to its limits on a daily basis– by riding hard, fast, and a bit maniacal at times, his mind can push the memories away for a just a bit. If you’ve ever ridden a bike or even been a passenger, the action-packed descriptions of Rick’s many hair-raising, adrenaline pumping rides will take you right back to being on that seat. I am a former rider myself and I was instantly transported back to that feeling of tremendous power between my knees and feeling my hand twist the throttle just a little bit more- pushing my personal limits to balance the fear with the utter exhilaration I felt.

There’s even a sweet romance – Rick, who normally is quite emotionally closed off, finds himself captivated by a strong-willed Native American law student who is able to access those parts of him he thought he had shut forever. It shows Rick to be incredibly human and brings to light so many issues we know vets continue to suffer to this day.

Mr. Irving based the book on his own experiences as a motorcycle courier during the same time. He describes Rick as “far more daring and much better looking than I ever was”; although I have to wonder if he’s being too modest. Only personal experience could have allowed the descriptions of that type of amazing motorcycle riding. Additionally, the descriptions of the news production process during the 70s, when Mr. Irving himself was right in the middle of that business, was fascinating. He describes the process of film editing and that sense of constant urgency in the newsroom. Since most of his life after being a courier was spent in the news production environment, you can feel the reality of the scenes through his descriptions which can only be gleaned by being there. One gets a hint at what life in Washington was really like during that heady time.

I don’t want to give away any secrets– suffice it to say the twists in the story will have you gasping in surprise and chewing at your nails. I don’t normally read thrillers, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one and I know you will, too. It’s quite the ride!

Review by LoriAnn Murray

See an additional article about Courier here. Also, there are two interviews with Mr. Irving here and here.

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