Overwatch | Thursday Reads

“Overwatch” by Matthew Betley

The political thriller genre has a new author in town! Matthew Betley’s debut novel “Overwatch” is amazing and nothing like I’ve read before. And like I’ve said about Joshua Hood and his debut “Clear By Fire” it is hard to believe that this is Matt’s debut novel. It is very well written and very commanding.

Again, I was very fortunate enough to receive an ARC and this novel makes its debut on March 1st, 2016.

Logan West wakes up to the sight of being captured. Events have taken place and now Logan finds himself in a global race against the clock to track down an unknown organization searching for an Iraqi flag central to a planned attack in the Middle East. One that bring the US into a major conflict with Iran. All the while, the former Marine Force Recon commander Logan battles his own demons from an ambush back in 2004.

If you are a fan of the genre (political thrillers), put this on your reading list. Be a Fan From Day One!

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The Day The Music Died

57 years ago today, on February 3rd, 1959, is The Day The Music Died. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash north of Clear Lake, Iowa.

While on their Winter Dance Party Tour, Buddy Holly chartered the plane for himself and Crickets band mates Tommy Allsup and Waylon Jennings. Buddy desperately wanted to avoid another long, cold trip on a converted school bus that kept losing heat during their ill-advised tour that was crisscrossing the Upper Midwest in the middle of a bad winter.

J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) was coming down with the flu and Waylon gave up his seat on the plane for him. Tommy Allsup decided to flip a coin with Ritchie Valens, who won after calling heads and took his seat.

The plane was headed for Moorhead, MN, but went down in field about five miles north of Clear Lake.

A sad note is that when Buddy learned that Waylon was not going to fly, he said in jest: “Well, I hope your ol’ bus freezes up.” Waylon responded: “Well, I hope your ol’ plane crashes”, a humorous but ill-fated response that haunted him for the rest of his life.

In my opinion, Buddy Holly is the greatest musician to have ever lived. If his life wouldn’t have been cut short, he would have certainly been bigger than Elvis. He had a huge impact in music that unfortunately most don’t realize. And anybody who is anybody has covered a Buddy Holly song!

So, while I obviously never had the chance to meet Buddy Holly, he most definitely lives on through his music. When I was younger, I did have the chance to see The Crickets perform at the Minnesota State Fair. All I really remember is asking my Dad if that was Buddy Holly, since I was obsessed with his/their music and thought it was him (not knowing better that he was deceased).

I haven’t made a trip down to Clear Lake yet, but think I will have to plan a trip for the 60th anniversary.

Motivational Mondays | #4

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

So when I was searching quotes today, this one really spoke to me. Because it is very true. And if you always have self-doubt and self-worthlessness (like I do), you will never succeed.

It’s time for ourselves to stop doubting ourselves and start believing in ourselves. The time is now! Let’s not worry about what others may think, and just do it. And if you don’t try, you will never know

Keep your head up! Stay positive and stay strong!!