Book Review: The Secret of Israel’s Power by Uzi Eilam

Title: The Secret of Israel’s Power
Author: Uzi Eilam
Genre: Nonfiction, Arms Control
Rating: 3,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The successful track record of Israeli innovation policies, told from within.

This is the inside story on how Israel became a military technology powerhouse within less than two generations, told by Brigadier Uzi Eilam. The story blends the broad view of a person who led the creation of incredibly far-sighted R&D programs, with intimate portraits of the main players in a complex strategy that spans continents, corporations and armies.

Eilam’s story focuses on Israel’s decision to add technology to the military factor when creating attack and defense mechanisms, against its threats. Eilam also tells how Israel, with its persistence, courage and “chutzpa”, made a very successful journey and was able to create an internationally competitive space program.

More than any other account, this book explains how a very small country was able to make a concentrated use of its limited assets with astute leverage of international relationships while at the same time, create the backbone of Israeli civilian technology industries.

In The Secret of Israel’s Power, the author investigates how Israel achieved a feat that not many nations did before: become a military powerhouse in less than two generations.

A lot of focus is put on the decision to add technology and combine it with military progress, creating various attack and defense mechanisms that eventually gave Israel a huge advantage over potential opponents. But it also focuses on the human component: on human’s strength and courage.

The book is nonfiction, but it’s far from dull or boring – it gives an intriguing, detailed insight and shows a thorough understanding of how the military works and how technical know-how can advance military forces.

Book Review: Not A Real War by Paul Longley

9781742845197_FrontTitle: Not A Real War

Author: Paul Longley

Genre: Military / Historical / Biography

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

This book describes the experiences of the author whilst serving with the Australian Defence Force with the United Nations Mission to Somalia in 1993.

An interesting book about a naval officer who is sent on a peace keeping mission in Somalia, under orders of the UN and the Army forces. Although he’s served in the navy for a long time, he has little experience with the army’s way of doing things. It’s at times an emotional book, at other times also a fun one, showing humor even in dark times. The writing is all right, and it’s a quick read but it does show deeper insight into the Somalian conflict and the author’s experiences during that time.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Not A Real War


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for “Not A Real War”. The tour runs from October 5 to October 26. I will review the book on October 18.

Tour Schedule

October 5th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

October 7th: Promo Post @ Books on Fire

October 9th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

October 11th: Guest Post @ Bedazzled Reading

October 13th: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

October 15th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

October 16th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

October 16th: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

October 18th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

October 19th: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

October 20th: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

October 22nd: Guest Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

October 24th: Book Excerpt @ Holow Readers

October 25th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

October 26th: Guest Post @ The Book Daily

About the Book

9781742845197_FrontTitle: Not A Real War

Author: Paul Longley

Genre: Military / Historical / Biography

This book describes the experiences of the author whilst serving with the Australian Defence Force with the United Nations Mission to Somalia in 1993.


Author Bio

The author is a former Royal Australian Navy officer





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Cover Reveal Party The Seal’s Angel


About the Book


Title: The SEAL’s Angel

Author: Petie McCarthy

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Military

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay’s teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay’s teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs.

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory’s whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother’s death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay — the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

Author Bio

Petie Bio picPetie spent a large part of her career working as a biologist at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job in order to write her stories full-time.

Petie is a member of Romance Writers of America, and she shares homes in Tennessee and Florida with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.


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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Atlas


I’m hosting the starter day party for the tour for “Atlas”, a military science fiction novel. I’ll be hosting an excerpt from the book on December 13. Meanwhile, visit the other tour stops!

Tour Schedule

December 1st: Starter Day Party @  I Heart Reading

December 3rd:Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Editor Charlene

December 5th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Hollow Readers

December 7th:Book Excerpt and Giveaway @  Bookish Madness

December 9th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

December 11th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ The Single Librarian

December 13th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @  I Heart Reading

December 15th:  Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Annette Gisby’s Blog

December 17th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Majanka’s Blog

December 20th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Misinterpreted & Unrepresented

December 21st: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

December 23rd: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ My Tangled Skeins

December 25th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Forever Book Lover

December 27th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Michael SciFan

December 29th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ The Book Gazette

December 30th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Books A to Z

December 31st: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Endazzled Reading

About Atlas

ATLAS_Cover-five-hundred-by-six-hundredTitle: Atlas

Author: Isaac Hooke

Genre: Military Science Fiction

Rade Galaal enrolls in the hardest military training known to man to become a member of the MOTHs, the most elite fighting unit in the galaxy. MOTHs are tacticians, corpsmen, snipers, astronauts and commandos rolled into one. They also happen to pilot the atomic-powered ATLAS mechs, specialized military hardware that brings new meaning to the phrase “one-man-army.”

When Special Warfare Command orders MOTH Team Seven on a covert operation 8,000 light-years beyond the furthest reaches of explored space, Rade realizes he’s signed up for more than he bargained for…

Author Bio

0B29DE19-765F-48BF-BCE5-613BFD2BCCAAIsaac Hooke is the author of the upcoming military science fiction novel, ATLAS. His experimental genre-bending action novel THE FOREVER GATE was an Amazon #1 bestseller in both the science fiction and fantasy categories when it was released in May 2013.

When Isaac isn’t writing, publishing, and blogging, he’s busy cycling and taking pictures in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

He’s been writing since 1997, and he has a degree in Engineering Physics.

You can follow Isaac on Twitter @IsaacHooke and his website


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In the meantime, you can check out a couple of short stories set in the ATLAS universe:
“Just Another Day” –
and “Caterpillar Without A Callsign” –


There’s a tour-wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card, 3 paperback copies of Atlas, and 3 digital copies of Atlas. Participate here:

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