Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Full House, But Empty

Full House—But Empty is a story that will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes. Angus Munro writes with great humility. I found myself respecting him more and more as I read his memoir.

He calls himself a neat freak. As a child, he was responsible for cleaning the house, cleaning up after poker games, and after the many frequent guests. As an adult, he never felt himself above cleaning the office on weekends. I know some neat freaks. Most complain the whole time they are cleaning up after someone else. Munro does not appear to have that type of personality. He sees something that needs to be done, and he just does it. His mantra is “Whatever you do follow through.” His work ethic is one that is to be admired. Rarely in this day do you meet someone that believes it is a privilege to have a job.

His father’s mantra of “do the right thing” has play a big part in Munro’s life as it should in all lives. It is an honor to recommend A Full House—But Empty to fellow readers. I commend Mr. Munro for living a life worth looking up to. There are not many heroes left in this world, but I deem Mr. Munro a hero.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Flight To St Antony

Aviation Mystery

Tony Blackman

ISBN: 9780955385667

Blackman Associates, 2008

Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 10/08

5 stars


One of the first things I noticed about Flight To St Antony was the Dramatis Personae and Acronyms and Definitions. Both are invaluable to this book. There are a great many characters in this book and the official jargon can be daunting to someone not familiar to the aviation industry (like me). Tony Blackman brings expertise to his novels. Blackman successfully combines mystery and romance to create an enthralling read.

Peter Talbot is an expert in the aviation field. At the insurance companies request He is investigating the forced landing of a twin-engine aircraft. Only 69 of the 245 souls on board survived. The heroes of the tragic accident were two flight attendant. One flight recorder is missing and the other malfunctioned. Several other puzzling facts make this a nightmare investigation. Peter and Helen (flight attendant) are determined to find the answers to the many questions surrounding the tragic accident.