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Ricky Sides was Born in Florence, Alabama in May of 1958. He has a wife named Sue that he married at age 18. He has one adult son named Larry Dale.
The author studied martial arts from 1981 to the mid 1990s. He has been an avid camper and student of survival. The techniques described in his fight sequences are often from his own personal experience and training. He has taught women's rape prevention seminars in the 1980's.
The author's writing experience includes The Birth of the Peacekeepers and the four other novels in that series, the Brimstone and the Companions of Althea series which is a nine novel set based on the online game t4c (the fourth coming) and was written by Ricky Sides under the pen name Raistlin and edited and collaborated on by a wonderful lady from Louisiana under the pen name Kittie Justice. The author also wrote a book on women's self-defense named The Ultimate in Women's Self-Defense.
on March 16, 2011 :
This was another solid book in the Peacekeeper series. It starts with slavers kidnapping a child and a chase through the woods with some good action that consumes the first third of the book. The peacekeepers also discover a new hidden cave, called "The Citadel" as per the title, and discover there a new giant ship to add to their growing arsenal.
The middle part of the book is a bit melancholy as it deals with the death of a beloved character and the messages that character has left behind for the others. It is very well written and poignant, with some good retrospective on the previous novels in the series.
The last third of the book gets back to the action and introduces us to a rogue U.N. group trying to take over the United States. This group has tanks and attack helicopters, as well as a nuclear missile that is faster than anything the peacekeepers can put up to stop it. The method they attempt is ingenious and well grounded in flight dynamics.
The only reason I rated this as only 4 stars instead of 5 stars was that I thought the middle part, though well done, went on a bit too long, especially for a slow reader like myself who likes lots of action. It is still well worth reading and a great addition to the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Sharon Mc Govern
on Aug. 22, 2010 :
OMG! This was the best ever! I am waiting for Book 7 with baited breath! rsmquilts
(reviewed within a month of purchase)