S2 E18 – Kevin Schewe: Bad Love Medicine

From Russian spies to Nazi plots, to alien planets, to true love, Kevin L. Schewe is back on Book Spectrum with another action-packed romp in his critically acclaimed Bad Love series that will have you wishing for more.

Bad Love Medicine takes readers from the deep-space beauty of Planet Azur back to a WWII Europe riddled with danger and espionage, bringing the Bad Love Gang face-to-face with one of history’s greatest villains—Adolf Hitler himself.

In this 4th book of the Bad Love Series, The Gang (based on his own friends in high school) once again set out to save history—this time, by stopping the Nazis from efforts to create a time machine of their own.

S2 E17 – Phil Granchi’s Dystopian Comedy Thriller, Mart of Darkness

There aren’t too many Comedy Dystopian Thrillers out there, so naturally we had to put its author, Phil Granchi, on Book Spectrum.

In Mart of Darkness, the debut author takes readers (and your audience) to an American which has turned into a weird materialistic dystopia where Ted — a screenwriter with no marketable skills with little screenwriting talent and a long list of temp jobs — who finds himself somehow assigned to take down the CEO of Allmart, who is bent on taking over the world. Ted and his new team face off with Zombie shoppers, Purple Psycho People, Converts and Black Light Specials in this satirical homage to Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now.

S2 E13 – Bevis Longstreth: Chains Across the Hudson River

During the Revolutionary War, undermanned but with something of a home-field advantage, leaders of the Continental Army concocted a cunning plan to keep the British from advancing up the Hudson River: setting up long metal chains in some locations from end-to-end. While a sound defensive strategy, the chains were not needed. Historian and author Bevis Longstreth, a Hudson Valley resident, imagines a scenario where the British found a way into the Hudson and would face the mega-traps in his new book, Chains Across the River.

Longstreth brings to life the efforts of the Secret Committee of the “Committee of Safety” and how Thomas Machin was dispatched to handle the situation. He then tells the story of what might have happened had the British Empire sent an armada upward to try and take the Hudson.

“Why do historians devote so little attention to Machin?” says Longstreth. “It’s because of what didn’t happen on the Hudson. The British cut the first chain without testing it, and they never sailed against the second. Washington and Machin understood that the chain could deter without being tested at all.”

Bevis Longstreth is the author of four historical novels: Spindle and Bow, Return of the Shade, Boats Against the Current, and Chains Across the River. He combines his passion for history with a unique, contemporary perspective.

Pick up Chains Across the River here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56186392-chains-across-the-river—a-novel-of-the-american-revolution

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S2 E10 – Kenneth James Moore: Pieces of Wood. Exposing WWII Atrocities Against Women

If we do not learn, or know enough about history, perhaps we will repeat mistakes of the past. In an era when history has been oversimplified, much of the important events and lessons are forgotten or completely ignored. Such is the case with the atrocities committed against women by the Imperial Japanese before and during World War II. Kevin James Moore tells the story about the regime’s “Comfort Women” in his new novel, Pieces of Wood.

Kenneth James Moore was researching the whereabouts of his World War II hero uncle who died during the battles in the Pacific Ocean between US and Japanese forces. While tracking down the events of his uncle’s service and death, Moore uncovered information about how women were taken from poor villages in Japan and the nations it occupied then brought to any one of a series of facilities to be used as “Comfort Women” to be brutalized and used as sexual slaves by Imperial Soldiers. Moore turned this information into the informative and intriguing novel designed to tell us what schools and much of the media eschewed.

When one is seeking answers regarding World War II in the Pacific, it is virtually impossible to avoid uncovering Imperial Japanese atrocities,” says Moore. “I was looking for data regarding my uncle’s plane. I initially had no intention of writing a novel focused on violence against women. Though that subject has haunted me the vast majority of my adult life, it wasn’t until happening upon the ‘ovens’ that the need to write such a work imploded across every measure of my being.”

Kenneth James Moore was born in 1949 in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from Arizona State University and continued his education as a graduate student at Georgetown University. Political science and international relations were his calling.

Mentored by a former professor who was a Cold War counter-intelligence officer, Ken spent a year long stint as a volunteer alongside Admiral Bobby Inman, the Director of the National Security Agency during its reconstruction phase. Ken and his wife Patricia moved to Southern California, where Ken worked at Beverly Hills Securities as a commercial loan officer. He quickly moved to the investment banking side of the house and was able to retire at 45.

In 1994, Ken was the victim of a horrific automobile accident. Rehabilitation consumed every moment of the next four years as he relearned how to talk, walk, and swallow solid foods.

Ken was haunted by a promise he had made to his mother at age seven, pledging to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of her youngest brother during WWII, Lt. Billy Weber, a B-29 Bomber pilot. His journey to the Pacific theater lead him to write the books The Hunt for the Life of Riley and Pieces of Wood. Learn more about Ken at www.kennethjamesmoore.com.

S2 E05 – Kevin Schewe is back with Bad Love Beyond

The Bad Love Gang is back again and so is Dr. Kevin Schewe. The first person featured on Book Spectrum has made well with the COVID lockdowns joins Chris Cordani to talk about his third book in the Bad Love Sci-Fi/Time Travel thriller series: Bad Love Beyond.
This new book sees Bubble-But, Pud and the rest of the Bad Love Gang as they add space travel to their repertoire, driving across space and time to help President Gerald Ford deal with Soviet spies.
These stories come from the mind of Dr. Kevin Schewe, an oncologist, and the characters are based on his neighborhood friends from his halcyon days.
In our conversation, we discuss the story, what’s next and what Kevin’s friends think of their fictional counterparts.
Pick up a copy of Bad Love Beyond here on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56054373-bad-love-beyond

S01-E14: Kevin Schewe – Bad Love Tigers, a sequel to Bad Love Strikes

Kevin Schewe is back with a new Sci-Fi Time Travel Sequel: Bad Love Tigers, his sequel to Bad Love Strikes (which was featured on our first Book Spectrum show).

Author (and Oncologist) Dr. Kevin Schewe asks “What if you had the chance to go back in time and talk to President Roosevelt about the atomic bomb? What would you say to him?”Schewe explores this topic and more in his much-anticipated time-travel adventure novel, Bad Love Tigers.

After going back in time to rescue people from the Nazis, Schewe’s sequel to Bad Love Strikes sees the Bad Love Gang – Pud, Bubble Butt and the others – taking another trip to the World War II era, this time to warn President Franklin D. Roosevelt about the Germans’ plans to create the atomic bomb. The President would enlist their help to protect The US’ White Hole Time Travel Project, Area 51 and an adventure leading them all the way to WWII China.

Pick up the book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DPCPGD
Kevin’s website: https://kevinschewe.com/

S01-E11 – "King of Satire" Preston Coleman: The Lost Gospel of Donald

This week on Book Spectrum: During a time of political vitriol and comedians who are trying to pass themselves off as political pundits, what happened to the good old American tradition of light-heartedly making fun of our political leaders on both sides? Every president has mannerisms and idiosyncrasies which are ripe for some jocular ribbing, so let’s all lighten up a bit.
Enter Satirist Dr. Preston Coleman, who has lampooned pols from all over the spectrum, who joins Book Spectrum to talk about his new book: The Lost Gospel of Donald. A couple of decades ago, he targeted the Clintons with his humorist glasses in the book Those Arkansaw Bumpkins.
In The Lost Gospel of Donald, Dr. Coleman takes us back to Biblical times as we meet the Roman Empire’s Donald of Gaul, a casino magnate who witnesses Jesus’ miracles and constantly tries to sign the Son of God as a magic act at his venue. Coleman brilliantly plays around with the public persona that made pre-President Trump an enjoyably bombastic business celebrity to create a book which will entertain both Trump supporters and detractors.
Dr. Coleman talks with host Chris Cordani about the book, the Donald of Gaul character, how poking some fun at leaders on both sides of the fence can be politically therapeutical and how many in our nation might need to develop a sense of humor.

Pick up The Lost Gospel of Donald on Amazon: https://amzn.to/30WwBOw
Pick up Those Arkansaw Bumpkins on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hGuHHK
Preston’s website: https://prestoncoleman.com/

S01-E07-Carroll Baker of Classic Films: Who Killed Big Al?

This week on #Book Spectrum: star of the silver screen Carroll Baker talks with host Chris Cordani about her new mystery thriller, “Who Killed Big Al?” Known best for starring roles in the classic movies “Baby Doll,” “How the West Was Won,” “The Carpetbaggers” and “Something Wild” among many others, this is Ms. Baker’s fourth book.
During our conversation, we meet the characters who assemble on the fictional Escape Island off the Canadian coast, including the sharp-dressing but rather uncouth Big AL, who winds up dead where everyone has a motive and rather dark secrets. Can you solve the mystery?
We also look back at Carroll’s on-screen career and how she got into writing over the years.
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S01-E01: Kevin Schewe on Bad Love Strikes

What would you do if you and your friends stumbled across a time travel machine? Would you look into the future? Would you watch a live Greek tragedy? Would you try and right a historical wrong? Our first Book Spectrum podcast will feature Kevin Schewe, an oncologist whose first book, “Bad Love Strikes,” focuses on a group of young people in the 1970s who find an old World War II-era time machine and use it to rescue victims of the German Holocaust.

Thank you for listening. If you would like to pick up Bad Love Strikes, you can find it on:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1950895106/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bad-love-strikes-kevin-l-schewe-md/1133342636?ean=9781950895106

Kevin’s website: https://kevinschewe.com/bad-love-strikes

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