Showing posts with label Conspiracy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Conspiracy. Show all posts

Saturday, December 13, 2014

All Because of the Tip of a Needle - Philip Nork, Author

Reuben Dip
(A Philip Nork favorite)

4 packages of Bunning Corned Beef shredded
8 ounces of shredded Swiss cheese
8 ounces of shredded Cheddar cheese
1 16 ounce can of sauerkraut
1/2 cup of mayonnaise

Mix all together and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until cheese is melted. Try to serve on a hot plate along side rye bread slices or your favorite cracker.

All Because of the Tip of a Needle - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

An excerpt from the book- This last six years was a mentally draining one for me. I had everything I lived for - horse racing, my family, and my wife and kids - taken away from me.  All I could do was wait and wait and wait.  The lawyer told me not to talk to anyone, including my family, about what had happened.  He said it would hamper our case.

Sam Newman, twenty-one years of age, became known as 'Sam-the-man' at the track because he won with regularity.  He was disliked by some, and apparently, hated by more. His young life was going just as he dreamed it would. Using the advice his grandfather had taught him he found the best ways to work with horses and also to make them work for you. He had learned well and it was paying off in more ways than one.  Thanks to his success he was able to marry the girl of his dreams, have kids, and most importantly to him, he was winning at the tracks of his hometown, Chicago, Illinois.  His special 'way' with horses allowed him to spot a rundown horse and turn him back into a winner.  How did he do this?  He just had a way with the equine, but if you talked to the other owners and drivers of Chicago they would tell you it was because of a needle and a drug known as Etorphine, an elephant tranquilizer also known as M-99.  This drug was rumored to make the horses run, fast and straight, to the finish line.

Sam's longtime vet, known as Doc Brown, turned against him when Sam replaced him with another vet.  After losing his temper, he made a promise to Sam's brother, Dave.  His threat was "Payback is a bitch..." and apparently this threat was carried out.  It wasn't long after the threat was made that officers from the Illinois Bureau of Investigations searched Sam’s barn area and discovered a hypodermic needle in his car.  After supposedly testing it, it was confirmed that the needle had contained the M-99 drug.

This book is written as fiction but it based on the 'scandal' back from the 1980's between Scott Nance, the Illinois racing board, and the owners of the harness tracks in the Chicago area. From what I've read, it leads me to believe this young man was 'thrown under the train' due to revenge and greed of others. I'm a horse lover and from this man's story I feel he had a special gift in dealing with them. I find it hard to believe that with the constant testing of the horses, anyone can train and/or drive in over 2,000 races in eight states and two countries, have 300 winners with many seconds and thirds, and still be accused of drugging his horses.

A recommended read for harness fans, conspiracy fans, and just the everyday reader.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Undertaker - William F. Brown, Author

"Brown Family Pumpkin Bread"

3 1/2 cups of flour
2 1/2 cups of sugar
2 tsp of baking soda

2 tsp of cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of nutmeg
1 cup of vegetable oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup of water
2 cups of canned pumpkin
Nuts (optional)
Sift the dry ingredients together.  Mix the pumpkin,water, oil, and eggs together.  Pour into dry mixture and mix well.  Pour into 2 greased, medium loaf pans.  Bake in 350 degree oven (preheated) for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Cool completely before removing from pans.  It's great for the holidays!

The Undertaker – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds Dessert

TALBOTT, PETER EMERSON, AGE 33, OF Columbus, died Sunday at Varner Clinic following a tragic automobile accident.  President and founder of Center Financial Advisors of Columbus.  Formerly of Los Angeles, a 1999 graduate of UCLA and a lieutenant, US Army Transportation Corps.  By authority of Ralph Tinkerton, Executor (See also TALBOTT, THERESA JUNE, wife, accompanying).  Funeral services for both at 2:00 PM tomorrow, Greene Funeral Home, 255 E. Larkin, Peterborough, Ohio.  Internment, Oak Hill Cemetery, following.

‘That was me.  I was Talbott, Peterson Emerson, 33 years old, and formerly from Los Angeles.  I had graduated from UCLA and I had been a lieutenant in the Army.  Coincidence?  I didn’t think so.  There was only one of me and I didn’t die in the Varner Clinic or anywhere else last Sunday.  I was an aeronautical software engineer and I had never been to Columbus or heard of Center Financial Advisors much less been its President.  Still, when you’re looking into a set of hard, dark eyes and a .45 automatic, it’s hard to argue the fine points.’

According to the papers, Pete Talbott was dead.  He and his wife had both died in a car accident.  But…Pete was very much alive and living in Boston.  His death wouldn’t have bothered him that much if whoever was responsible for this notice hadn’t brought his wife Terri into the picture.  Terri had died of cancer and this funeral notice was nothing but a lack of respect to her making him determined to get to the bottom of both notices.  He would also have never learned of his own death had it not been for the big, burly man named Gino sitting next to him with a gun pointed at his head.  He would also have never met Sandy whose husband had died a year before but apparently had just died again.  Confusing?  Imagine what they felt as they uncovered several deaths that had taken place at least twice. 

Racing around the states, being chased by the very people who are supposed to protect them, Pete and Sandy find themselves being blamed for not only murders of innocent people but also those committed by the mob.  As the puzzle starts to become clear, Pete and Sandy begin to understand why people are ‘dying’ twice.  They also begin to understand who is behind this and why as they discover how high up the ladder the arm of ‘un’justice really reaches.

Have you ever read a book that keeps going and going and you see yourself running out of pages with no possibility of a ‘happy ever after’ ending?  That is what I was facing with The Undertaker.  As the pages ran out I could see no possible way for Pete and Sandy to escape cliff-hanger after cliffhanger.  Could this be one of those books that simply don’t end with a smile.  You'll have to read The Undertaker and find out for yourself.  I truly enjoyed sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the ending.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Last of the Good Guys - Ernesto Patino, Author

Chicken Verscruz
An Ernesto Patino Specialty

2 chicken breasts (small to medium size)
3 fresh Pasilla peppers (may substitute mild Anaheim peppers)
1-2 fresh Serrano or Jalapeno peppers
1 small or ½ large yellow onion
1 medium or ½ large tomato
1 heaping tablespoon of capers
½ teaspoon of oregano
2 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup (about 17) small, green Spanish olives
Cut Pasilla peppers and onions into long strips  Cut tomato into small pieces.  Mince finely cloves of garlic.  Mince Serrano or Jalapeno peppers.
Cook chicken breasts in small amount of olive oil until done.  Cut into small pieces.  At the same time, sauté the Pasilla strips and onions in a medium sized pan.  Add the minced garlic, oregano, pieces of chicken and olives.  Mix thoroughly and allow ingredients to simmer on low heat for about 3 minutes.  Then, add the finely minced Serrano peppers, pieces of tomatoes and capers.  Simmer for another 2-3 minutes

The Last of the Good Guys – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Julie read the note and then the article.  “I don’t understand,” she said from across her kitchen table.  “What does this have to do with Ben’s suicide?”  Alec looked at her.  “I was hoping you might have an answer.  Did Ben ever talk about these guys, any of them?”  She shook her head.  “They weren’t his close friends, that’s for sure.  I vaguely remember a couple of the names, Rudy Johnson and Roy Harrison.  But that was when Ben was still on the force.”  “Stuart’s widow didn’t remember them at all.  Didn’t even know if Stuart had maintained contact with any of them.”  “So what next?”  “Well, I’d like to talk to the others, the ones mentioned in the article.  I know Roy Harrison died of lung cancer about eight years ago and both Conway and Johnson had resigned, which means I’ll first have to find them.”  “You really think there could be a connection?”  Alec shrugged.  “I don’t know, but it’s worth checking out.  In the meantime why don’t you go through Ben’s papers and stuff and see if you come up with anything that might show a tie-in.”

Alec Santana had been best man at his friend Ben Brody’s wedding.  Now he sits with Ben’s widow Julie as they try to make sense of Ben’s apparent suicide.  The only clue Julie is able to give to Alec is that Ben did start acting strange after receiving a letter that he refused to share with her.  When Julie asked about the letter, he blew it off as a bill he forgot to pay.  Yet less than two weeks later he commits suicide.  Alec sees no reason for such a desperate act which makes him even more determined to get to the bottom of his friend’s fatal actions.

As Alec digs deeper into Ben’s death he uncovers the deaths of a couple other ex-policemen.  And as the pieces start coming together, he discovers that not only did each of the men, including Ben, work the same case 15 years earlier where a young boy was rescued from a fire, but that all but one of them had committed suicide.  WHY?  What is the connection between the fire, the boy and the officers?  I’ll give you a couple of clues…illegal behavior and money.  But could Ben have been tied up in something illegal?  Alec just can’t believe this to be true and is equally determined to prove his innocence.

The Last of the Good Guys kept me guessing throughout the whole book.  I had my suspicions about half way through as to who was causing the “suicides” but there were a lot of doubts that went along with my reasoning.  In The Last of the Good Guys, Ernesto Patino has done what he has done to me in the past…kept me guessing until the end.

180 pages
LL Dreamspell
ISBN# 978-1-60318-272-0

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