“…the narrator has a voice like butter churned in heaven.”
The library is growing every few months, and as the days go by they get better with practice!
REASONED RESILIENCY: A RATIONAL DEVOTIONAL FOR FIRST RESPONDERS by Joseph Courtemanche and Rodger Ruge
Reasoned Resiliency: A Rational Devotional for First Responders is unique in that it combines a spiritual message with practical advice for a daily dose of uplift. Nondenominational and applicable to all spiritual philosophies, it probes the spiritual values of the listener and encourages them to grow in their resilience and wellness.
The authors are both senior mentors for Navigating Adversity (an internationally recognized program for improving resilience for first responders), and chaplains within that program.
There is a devotional for every day, because an uplift is an important part of working in a field that takes a piece of you each time you put on the uniform.
In ancient Samaria, Aban anticipates his rites of passage with excitement and dread. He yearns to join the priesthood of Ba’al Melqart, unlock the power of the rain god, and hear the deity’s voice. He’s been warned the licentious ceremony can take a dangerous turn, but as eldest son of the high priestess, he holds a privileged position. If he can make it through the ceremony, one day he’ll rise to high priest.
On the eve of the rituals, Aban’s mother confesses a dark secret about the bloody sacrifice demanded by Melqart. Aban may have escaped the flames, but if he is to save his brother, Aban must take his destined position of power as soon as possible.
When the mysterious prophet Elijah interrupts the rites, overturns the idol, and curses the land with drought, Aban’s world is shaken. The current high priest and the king appear powerless, but even more confusing is the fact that the rain god does nothing.
Against his better judgment, Aban conceals the strange prophet’s whereabouts, forfeiting the high priesthood. Now an enemy of the relentless Queen Jezebel, Aban has little time to question his fading commitment to Ba’al Melqart as he and his loved ones flee. But the conflict in Samaria is much larger than just a high priestess and her sons. Soon, Aban will have to choose a side in Yahweh’s war against the Ba’als—and it may cost him his life.
Digital Dreams and Other Distractions by Kerry Nietz
In this surreal landscape, dying legends haunt sheltered keeps, young boys reconstruct ancient giants, astronauts push the boundaries of the solar system, and metal nightmares reign over faraway rocks. Alluring and compelling, Digital Dreams is a multifaceted blend of mystery, imagination, and devotion—as thrilling as interstellar exploration, and as dangerous as another day at the office.
Sub Tales: Stories That Seldom Surface by Charles Hood and Frank Hood
Packed with 40 gripping stories from the annals of US submarine history, Sub Tales attempts to convey some of the drama, adventure, and humor that has typified service aboard the submarines of the US Navy over the past 100+ years. Included in this edition is a new completely new story about polar bear sightings by submarines, and a new description of an unlikely rescue at sea by the Seadragon! The 40 stories are accompanied by a bonus section that includes seven “submarine lists” that will be certain to entertain the reader. Stories vary in length from short to medium to long. You decide the reading order.
The last thing K-404 remembers is a happy home with the human child Ele, whose care is his primary purpose. So, when he wakes up in a landfill of tossed-away technology, his only thought is to reunite with his family.
This world is not his own, though. It’s a wasteland of desolate buildings, flying metal disks, and monstrosities that keep themselves active by stealing another bot’s power.
How did the world get this way?
And why was he discarded?
Hampered by imperfect memory, an obsolete body, and limited battery life, 404 sets out to find his home. Joined by other castaways, he faces off against scavengers and monsters, only to encounter greater threats.
Pursued, outsmarted, and manipulated on every side, 404 teeters on the brink of annihilation. His only chance of survival? Those bits of himself—the connections—he hasn’t lost.
SPIRITUAL SURVIVAL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT by Cary A. Friedman
Spiritual Survival for Law Enforcement provides a solid, substantive foundation for nourishing the soul of the cop and replenishing his or her reservoir of idealism and spirituality. Jam-packed with exercises, tools, and insights, this is your one-stop practical guide to restoring inner peace and clarity. This book will show you how to:
- Become emotionally and spiritually resilient
- Understand what you truly need to heal your inner wounds
- Find new meaning in the career
- Rekindle your warrior spirit
- Replace anger with peace, resentment with satisfaction
A “must-have” for all new and seasoned law enforcement officers!
KEEPING IT ALL TOGETHER: BUILDING RESILIENCE AT HOME WHILE SERVING THE COMMUNITY by Dr. Renee Thornton & Rodger Ruge
Public safety professionals rely heavily on the love and safety found within in their homes. Theirs is an emotionally taxing job, requiring a great deal of support and encouragement from the ones who love them most. Their wellness has always been a priority, but what about their loved ones? They need just as much care and consideration as the first responders in their lives…maybe more. Using personal stories and a diverse array of peer-reviewed behavioral, psychological, and organizational research, the authors present an evidence-based model for building physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional, financial, spiritual, social, and professional capital. This same whole-life approach to wellness is also used in the first responders’ edition of Navigating Adversity. Now their loved ones can learn to master the tools proven to build resilience on the home front, while helping our public safety professionals serve the community.
WHAT IS KOSHER? by Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez
The term “kashrut” refers to the Jewish religious dietary laws derived from the Torah. The term “kashrut” is derived from the Hebrew word “kasher” meaning “fit” or “acceptable”. From the word “kasher”, we derive the word “kosher” in its anglicized form. But before we discuss what kosher is, let’s discuss some ideas as to “why” kosher exists.
Why, after all, would a religious faith be concerned about what people eat? This audiobook answers these questions and provides the student or curious individual with the basics of what kosher is and why it is observed by religious Jews around the world.
RACE: A NOVEL by Nicole Petrino-Salter was released April 4th.
Race is a window into death and life investigated by a detective who has his own choice to make between heaven and hell.
Roman Diego, a thoroughbred assistant trainer, is found dead in his tack room at the Rainier Meadows Racetrack. Is the confused, barely covered young woman who had awakened next to the dead man a killer?
As Detective David James investigates the death of Roman Diego, a syringe containing a mystery liquid is discovered. The mystery deepens as the list of suspects gets longer. Who would want to kill Roman Diego, one of the “good guys”?
In this raw, romantic, and redemptive novel, David James searches for a common denominator between the suspects and the victim as the motive becomes harder to ignore.
POOPIE SUITS & COWBOY BOOTS is my foray into the biographical world. I worked on this one all summer, and it was a joy to read.
Poopie Suits Cowboy Boots: Tales of a Submarine Officer During the Height of the Cold War, now in its fifth edition since 2017, has earned a popular place in modern submarine literature for its engaging style and pacing. Set in the throes of the Cold War during the Nixon administration, the story follows the journey of Frank Hood through training and eventual deployment as a junior officer aboard a fast-attack submarine (USS Seahorse [SSN-669]) based out of Charleston, South Carolina.
The final product is our best effort yet in telling Frank’s compelling coming-of-age story during the contentious 1960s. While biographical in form, Frank’s story serves as a scaffolding of sorts to allow detailed side explorations of the basics of US submarine history; fundamental submarine systems such as sonar, propulsion, diving, weapons, and periscope functions; the intense training and repetition required to gain qualification in submarines; and the colorful traditions of the US Navy.
The book is replete with dozens of funny stories as well. It’s an enjoyable story that not only informs the reader of all things submarine-related, but also includes a number of cultural references that made life during that turbulent period both difficult and memorable.
DiMercurio has returned! After a decade of silence, he’s back with DARK TRANSIT. I loved narrating this book and it’s a solid 20+ hours of listening. High tech plot with great characters. Best danged submarine book I’ve read in 20 years! Publishers Weekly also loves it and gave it a starred review: that’s a big deal.
You’ve all heard me babble (or write) about my teaching/mentoring gig in First Responder wellness. Well, this is the audio book for the course, and I narrate it! Great gift for the stressed people you know. It’s aimed at First Responders, but works for nurses, teachers, and people under stress of any kind. NAVIGATING ADVERSITY is available now!
David Wilson and Crossroad Press honored me with a book by Irving Wallace. The Square Pegs is a story of eccentrics in American History. It’s a delightful read and I know you’ll enjoy these stories of largely unknown, but influential, weirdos. (I started seeing them crop up in popular culture items after reading the book!)
My dear friend, Anthony Horvath, has written a delightful book about an alternate plain that only the Wardens, and a very few others, can access. I was allowed the privilege of narrating it. I think it’s a masterpiece – and my narration was so much fun to do that it can’t help but come through in the final product. The Warden-Watch: The Annals of Myrtle and the Blood King, Book 1 is available now on Audible.
Some people like flash fiction and short stories. This one’s a doozy. All inspired by the pandemic, The COVID Quarantine Cantina has almost every genre of fiction. The gamut is run from Amish to Science Fiction.
Let’s start with NICHOLAS OF HAITI by Joseph Courtemanche.
ASSAULT ON SAINT AGNES by Joseph Courtemanche
THREAT VECTOR by Michael DiMercurio
ATTACK OF THE SEAWOLF by Michael DiMercurio
PHOENIX SUB ZERO by Michael DiMercurio
BARRACUDA FINAL BEARING by Michael DiMercurio
PIRANHA FIRING POINT by Michael DiMercurio
TERMINAL RUN IS AVAILABLE NOW IN AUDIO BOOK
EMERGENCY DEEP is now available in audio format