Wednesday, July 04, 2007

CFBA: Island Inferno by Chuck Holton

Song Stuck on the Brain: Babe by Styx... "You know it's you, Babe. Giving me the courage and the strength I need, Please believe..." Don't ask where that one came from. I woke up singing it.

That and the number series from Lost was running around in there too. If you're familiar with lost, you know that there is a series of numbers that ties in intricately with the plot. I've just started watching them on DVD, trying to get ready for the return of season 4, so I've plowed through season 1 and I'm about 3 discs in to Season 2. And the darned numbers won't leave me alone. I keep trying to figure out the pattern.
4 8 15 16 23 42.
Only one is a prime number, there isn't any sustaining pattern of ciphering. It's driving me nuts. I even googled the number sequence. There are lots of sites discussing the significance, but only one seemed to deal strictly with the math and they say there isn't a definable pattern either, and yet... It seems like there should be somehow. I blame Karen and Angel for this latest obsession before they rooked me into watching, I was happily oblivious to this new mathematical brain stumper.

Okay, so on to more important things, like what I've been doing on my time off. :) Three days into my vacation and I've only left my house once. I love it. I've worked on my current novel and the rewrite on the previous novel. Watched a whole lot of Charmed and Lost. Oh and completely devoured the new series by Chuck Holton. Which brings me to...

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:




As the global war on terror heats up, the U.S. deploys a team of highly trained special operators overseas to locate and neutralize threats, bringing EOD expertise to dangerous missions that have no room for error.

A new specialty explosive is on the black market: ITEB looks like water, but when it's exposed to air, the effects are lethal! The United States government is frantic to keep it from our shores. Staff Sergeant Euripides "Rip" Rubio knows how destructive ITEB can be. He has already risked his life to thwart a horrific terrorist plot involving the chemical. Now Task Force Valor heads to Panama, on the trail of an arms dealer who plans to use ITEB to make a killing...literally.

Fernanda Lerida is a University of Florida grad student who jumps at the chance to join a biological expedition to a mysterious former prison island. But the snakes, bugs, and crocodiles are soon the least of her worries as the group stumbles upon something they were not meant to see. To Make matters worse, Fernanda soon finds herself alone and being pursued by an unseen foe.

When Rip's path collides with Fernanda's, they find themselves caught in the midst of a brutal turf war. Can they use the chaos to their advantage, or will one false step set the entire island ablaze?

"Island Inferno is a boy-meets-girl story. But in Chuck Holton's world, boy meets girl in the middle of a jungle at 25mph. hanging under a parachute with an assault rifle strapped across his chest. You'd better plan on reading this in one sitting. And once you're done, you'd better give yourself time for your pulse to calm down."
----TOM MORRISEY, Author of Deep Blue, and Dark Fathom


Chuck served four years in the Elite 75th Ranger Regiment–the same unit profiled in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” Chuck saw combat in Panama in 1989. After leaving active duty, Chuck flew helicopters in the Wisconsin National Guard while attending the University of Wisconsin.

In 2004, after ten years as a stockbroker, Chuck left that profession to pursue full-time writing. At the same time, he began working as the "Adventure Correspondent" for CBN.

He is the author of five books, including A More Elite Soldier, Bulletproof, and
Allah's Fire, the first of three books in the Task Force Valor series.

Today, Chuck, Connie, and their five children live on a farm in Appalachia, where Chuck now pursues his varied interests of farming, writing, adventure travel and public speaking, among other things.
Wow, Tom Morrisey wasn't kidding. I read Allah's Fire first, because I can't start a series in the middle. Boy am I glad that I had time off work, because once you start reading, you do not want to put these books down. Both Allah's Fire and Island Inferno, were fast paced, heart pounding, action loaded, well crafted stories. And the simple non obtrusive romantic elements were well timed and well done. The stories were BETTER because of them. The spiritual elements were just as thoroughly thought out and well executed. Chuck has created an incredible team in the Task Force Valor series and I can't hardly wait for the next book.
Think we could get an ETA on that Chuck?

1 comment:

Daniel I Weaver said...

This is spot on. I definatley think you've nailed the spirit of this work. It is definately a page-turner. Anyone who loves a good, fast-paced story is going to enjoy this work.

God bless,