Just as Sept. 11, 2001, marked a huge turning point in America’s history, a theme of this week’s selections in Newsmax's Rising Bestsellers might be life changes — big and small, past and present. In one, there’s the tale of the incredible decision to go from Indiana farmer to California gold rusher, and in another, from a Cuban farmer’s son to a U.S. government spy striving to release his family from the clutches of Castro’s brutal regime. A third suggests how to achieve ultimate success in one’s professional life by concentrating on the self, and in a fourth, a former professional volleyball player turned professional golfer offers how to achieve success on the links and beat the pants off your friends on the fairways and greens. The fiction offering of the week, set during the Civil War, comes from a New York Times bestselling novelist.
“Flags on the Bayou,” by James Lee Burke (Atlantic Monthly Press)
New York Times-bestselling author James Lee Burke has created a brilliant cast of characters in his latest novel set in the midst of Civil War Louisiana, including slaves, plantation owners, and the battle-weary soldiers wearing both blue and grey.
“The Civil War comes to New Iberia, Louisiana, the capital of Burke’s wondrous fictional empire,” wrote Kirkus Reviews, which concluded that it’s a “grueling, compassionate demonstration that ‘the devil ain’t down in a fiery pit. He’s right here.’” [Fiction]
“Fortune's Frenzy: A California Gold Rush Odyssey,” by Eilene Lyon (TwoDot)
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions…and gold dust.” The true story of a group of Midwesterners who travel to make their fortunes partaking in the California gold rush of the mid-19th century. But they travel there by sea by signing an agreement with a ruthless businessman rather than taking the more direct overland route. “Fortune’s Frenzy details the story of a group of hard scrabble Indianans and their odyssey of obtaining gold in 1850s California. The book is mainly told through correspondence between those journeying to California and their family and friends back home,” wrote Bool.Mountain, reviewing for GoodReads. “All in all, a really well done work of history that gives a fascinating on the ground account of the gold rush.” [Nonfiction]
“Isla Vulnerable: Based on the True Story of a Cuban Exile Turned US Spy,” by Ivan Luiz Hernandez (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)
This is an instant Amazon bestseller telling the darkest days of Cuban history — Castro’s brutal Cuban revolution that destroyed so many lives — told from the personal perspective of two of those lives that escaped: one to become a spy working for the CIA; the other his boyhood crush who found fame as a New York actress. “Isla Vulnerable” was based on 18 years of research and interviews. “This book was a thrilling account of true events and the life of a Cuban exile turned U.S. Spy. It was a real page-turner once you start to get into it and it gives a historically factual look into the circumstances in Cuba that destroyed so many lives and families,” wrote Becky Mendoza for Amazon. “The author does a great job at taking us through his family’s story in an engaging and captivating way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read.” [Nonfiction]
"The New Millionaire's Playbook: 7 Keys to Unlock Freedom, Purpose, and Abundance," by Gordy Bal (Hay House Business)
The author, the co-founder of the impact-focused venture capital firm Conscious Thought Revolution, provides the reader with seven keys to help:
- Unplug from the Matrix
- Discover your purpose
- Measure your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being
- Find your ultimate mission
- Build resilience, resources, and relationships
- Become a wealthy spiritual warrior
- Expand your consciousness
“Gordy Bal's ‘The New Millionaire's Playbook’ is an absolute gift for aspiring entrepreneurs. With a conversational tone and relatable examples, Gordy offers invaluable insights into the mindset and strategies required for success,” said Amber Vilhauer, reviewing for Amazon. “The actionable steps Gordy provides make it easier for readers to implement in their own endeavors, and Gordy’s structured approach allows readers to easily review key topics over time. ‘The New Millionaire's Playbook’ is an exceptional and empowering guide for anyone seeking to enhance their impact and build wealth with purpose.” [Nonfiction]
“The Small Book of Million Dollar Golf Tips: 54 of the Most Game Changing Golf Secrets EVERY Golfer Needs to Know but NOBODY Tells You,” by Jasmin Cull and Diana West (Independently published)
Crush your drives with effortless power. Hit your fairways and greens with masterful precision. Play a summer of golf without having to worry about your back. And do it all in 20% of the time it takes everyone else! “I've been playing golf for decades and read countless books and taken lots of lessons,” said W. Michael
, reviewing for GoodReads. “Nonetheless, I learned a great deal from this book. It's a quick read about 2 hours for me! Give it a try. I promise you won't be disappointed.” [Nonfiction]
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