Well, after a few weeks of insanity at work dealing with an unstable co-worker, I needed a bit of good news. Guess what? Karma came through for me!! It's been a while since I posted here due to life getting in the way, but this has been a wonderful day.
First, I noticed a review notice in my e-mail about a new review on Smashwords. My second book "Recall! Return of the IRR" just got a five star review today!! Not just that, but it's a terrific review by a woman who was also involved in Desert Shield/Desert Storm in a medical capacity. She "got it" as they say. Here's the text of the review
Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Aug. 21, 2012 :
This book took me back in time. During Operation Desert
Shield/Storm, I was the deputy public affairs officer for a military medical
center. During those conflicts, author Doug DePew was recalled to active duty as
potential backfill for casualties (some of whom came through the medical center
where I worked).
DePew outlines his plans to become a recording engineer
-- plans he was well on his way to accomplishing -- that were interrupted by his
recall. He then shows his readers exactly what it's like to be brought back on
active duty during a confusing time (no orders beyond what got the soldiers back
on-base, no schedules ... but plenty of time for physical
DePew does a great job of explaining both the psychological
and physiological effects of recall, and brings readers right into the barracks
with him. His fellow servicemen become like buddies for us as we get to know
their stories and see their hopes and fears.
Well-done and highly
recommended for those who enjoy military memoirs.
Recall! Return of the IRR
On top of that, guess what I found when I looked at Amazon.de? As you know, Germany is one of the major markets for my first book "SAT & BAF! Memories of a Tower Rat". A lot of Germans are on my fan page. Here's what I found on the German front:
Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #5.124 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)
Nr. 3 in Englische Bücher > Geschichte > Militär > Waffen & Kriegsführung
Nr. 4 in Kindle-Shop > eBooks > Fremdsprachige eBooks > Englische eBooks > Biografien & Erinnerungen > Politiker & Persönlichkeiten > Militär
Nr. 4 in Kindle-Shop > eBooks > Fremdsprachige eBooks > Englische eBooks > Biografien & Erinnerungen > Fachleute & Akademiker > Militär & Spione
...in Germany! In English, that says:
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: # 5,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
# 3> in Books History> Military> Weapons & Warfare
# 4 in Kindle Store> eBooks> eBooks Foreign Language> English eBooks> Biographies & Memoirs> Politicians & People> Military
# 4 in Kindle Store> eBooks> eBooks Foreign Language> English eBooks> Biographies & Memoirs> Professionals & Academics> Military & Spies
"SAT & BAF!" on Amazon.de
How's that for some good news? Wow, what a good day! I needed a smile, and the world gave it to me. I hope everybody out there is also having a good day.