Retrophisch

Love seeing Pete living his best life. What an inspiration this young man is. twitter.com/petedank/…

When your regular concert buddies can’t make it due to other (albeit more important) commitments, you go to the metal show by yourself. (I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again.)

First time Iā€™m seeing @Sabaton.

Rest assured, this will be the best thing to come out of the MCU since Endgame. twitter.com/VancityRe…

Well this stinks. I much prefer SwiftKey over the built-in keyboard. twitter.com/mjtsai/st…

Awwww, you guys are the best.

Well done, @flower_mound. After years of the old Tom Thumb sitting empty on 3040, when you could have lobbied for Trader Joe’s or shot for the moon with @HEB, instead we end up with…another gym.

That won’t be open 36 months from now.

Riddle me this: why is my “space gray” iPhone 12 mini more black than my “space black” iPhone 14 Pro?

And y’all wonder why I refer to them as minions of Lucifer… twitter.com/caz_tastr…

When we were both in college, I high-fived Shaquille O’Neal, who was in Good Burger with Dan Schneider, who was in The Big Picture with Kevin Bacon. twitter.com/heatherdi…

This is a great way to support street kids in Rwanda for whom we provide an education, meals, and medical assistance. It also helps with building a trauma-informed place for them. twitter.com/ImanaKids…

Absolutely true. twitter.com/TheJasonA…

Good life advice for nearly any situation. twitter.com/robkroese…

“Why You Should Stop Reading the News” eastermichael.com/why-you-s…

Seeing those MTN & Tigo SIM cards in @austinmann’s iPhone 14 Pro review has me thinking of, and missing, Rwanda. And Tigo’s not even a provider there any more…

We had a dual-SIM phone bought locally w/SIMs from each in 2011; Tigo was better for calls back to the States. šŸ‡·šŸ‡¼

Big iOS 16 update for Things by @culturedcode. Still can’t change the damn font size.

This football weekend, I have not had to endure Gary Danielson or Joe Buck. If only I could have missed Cris Collingsworth.

Welp, have to root for the Cowboys tonight.

This will be, no doubt, fraught with peril.

Pretty sure I’ve spotted @hscheinukphoto on the broadcast a few times. #GeauxTigers #LSUvsSU

They are all welcome at our home. twitter.com/nytimes/s…

But what if the goldfish is dead?

Fantastic read. An absolute steal at this price. twitter.com/mccloskey…

Hey, look, I’m dying in another book! Thank you, sir! šŸ“š twitter.com/david_jwe…

My review of Ryan’s debut novel: www.retrophisch.net/2022/09/0… šŸ“š twitter.com/RyanSteck…

Retrophisch Review: Fields of Fire

Fields of Fire cover art The best conspiracy theories contain an element of truth, and the best novels containing conspiracies do as well. Such is the case with Ryan Steck’s Fields of Fire, the debut novel from the founder of The Real Book Spy, one of the Web’s go-to resources for thriller lovers.

Matthew Redd is doing not only what he loves, but something he is good at as well: being a Marine Raider, part of the tip of the spear that is America’s special operations forces. With nods to the characters of Vince Flynn, Lee Child, Brad Taylor, and others, Redd is a hard-charging Marine with a heart of gold, both thanks to his adoptive father, J.B. But while gearing up for the takedown mission of a scientist-terrorist, Redd is deceived by the person he helps out on the side of the road, and the result is his being disgracefully drummed out of his beloved Corps. To make matters worse, he emerges from the stockade to find out J.B. has died.

Redd sets off to his home in Montana, to the small town and open spaces he hasn’t been around in for close to a decade. He finds himself at odds with his neighbor, the son of a BigTech billionaire, learns his high school sweetheart has returned, and can’t square the messages he’s getting about J.B.’s death with the man himself. Not getting any help from local law enforcement, Redd sets out to get answers using the skills taught to him by J.B. and the Marine Corps.

Ryan Steck enters an already crowded thriller field, but brings something fresh and new in the story of Matty Redd. As not only a lover of the thriller genre, but a student, Steck has learned his lessons well and crafted a solid debut. Incorporating bits of real life, such as the Georgia Guidestones and Bill Gates buying up farmland, albeit in this case his fictitious tech billionaire being the buyer, Steck weaves a conspiracy of global proportions into the rough-and-tumble locale of Big Sky life in Montana.

Steck signed a two-book deal with his publisher, and the next novel is easily but convincingly set up at the conclusion of this one. As an adoptive father myself, I could feel J.B.’s pain and pride as Redd recounted lessons his dad had taught him. I also enjoyed the carefully-laid plot twist. If you are a lover of the thriller genre, this is a great read to add to your library.

4/5 phins, a solid debut

Amazon: Kindle, Hardcover
Barnes & Noble: Hardcover
Indiebound: Hardcover

Mike is completely correct. mikestone.me/but-are-t…