The Remission of Order Review – Jim Bennett (KBR)

Amazon Review

social commentary, slices of life, in eighty-one poems – four stars.

For a cynical view of America at war, turn to Recruit. For additional social commentary, turn to Recurrent Haze, where you will find this: “The passage of time /deludes all of us.”

Beck can be touchingly personal, as in Voices of the Dead II, where we find this: “I think of my grandmother /who I never listened to /when she was alive, /always too impatient /to appreciate her. /Now I’m at a crossroads /between criminal acts/ and the need for something else, …”

Back to cynicism: turn to Charitable Contributions. Beck is not charitable to hypocrites.

For a bizarre and personal twist on religion, turn to Pet Cemetery. No spoilers here.

Beck can be deeply personal, as in Emergency Exit, which begins innocently thus: “I visited a friend /in the hospital, /where everyone I saw /looked ravaged by disease.” That’s not a spoiler, that’s only the beginning.

Social commentary is a recurring theme in this book, as in American Recession, which includes this: “no receipts for the funds /better spent at home, /there are no expressions of gratitude /for sacrifices made,…” (This reminds me of Robert Frost’s The Bonfire: War is for everyone, for children too.)

In Civil Rights for Witches I was reminded of a French philosopher who pointed out ‘equality’: it is illegal for boththe rich andthe poor to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal bread. Beck turns this idea sideways, but the characterization of persecution is similar, and Beck is dead on.

There is a lot of poignant social commentary here, including For Whom We Mourn V, and Voices of the Dead VI and VII.

I have other favourites in this volume, but the above should give you a feel for what’s on offer here. Beck is very good. Four stars plus for sure. Your personal rating may be higher.

Kindle Book Review Team member.

The Remission of Order Press Release

 The Remission of Order
A poetry collection by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release
In this ever-changing world, it becomes more and more difficult to sift through events and recognize what is truly relevant. Poet Gary Beck once again shines a light on the uncomfortable abuses and deceptions that keep us opposing one another, believing people with different opinions are the enemy, while we are all victimized by a common foe.

Touching, emotional, inspirational, educational – Lost Tower Publications
We love them – Dove Tales
 
These poems are great. Knocked me sideways – Beatnik Magazine
The Remission of Order is a 127 page poetry collection. Available in paperback with a retail price of $11.99. ISBN 9781941058848, and a kindle edition for  $5.99. Published by Winter Goose Publishing. Available now through all major retailers. For information or to request a review copy, contact: jessica@wintergoosepublishing.com
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Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings and The Remission of Order (Winter Goose Publishing). Contusions and Desperate Seeker will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations and Blunt Force (Wordcatcher Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pigs Productions). As part of the continuing series, ‘Stand to Arms Marines’, Gnome on Pigs Productions will publish the third book in the series, Raise High the Walls. Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance and Flare Up will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing.  Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He lives in New York City,

Dogs Don’t Send Flowers Press Release

 

Dogs Don’t Send Flowers
and other stories

by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

A young man comes to New York City for a career in theatre. He earns a living teaching drama and performing as a silent clown. He inherits an abandoned puppy and that starts a complicated relationship between man and dog, explored in zany and literary stories.

Great tale – Sliptongue Magazine

A unique and unexpected piece that seems to live in its own intriguing world – Wings of Icarus Journal

 A delightful romp – Vincent Brothers Review

Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories is a 172 page short story collection in paperback with a price of $11.99 ISBN 9781912056828. Kindle version for $4.99. Published by Wordcatcher Publishing. Now available through all major retailers. For  information or to request a review copy, contact:
david@wordcatcher.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H4RPVCF/

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations and Rude Awakenings (Winter Goose Publishing) The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance(Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations and Blunt Force (Wordcatcher Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections(Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pigs Productions). As part of the continuing series, ‘Stand to Arms Marines’, Gnome on Pigs Productions will publish the third book in the series, Raise High the Walls. Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance and Flare Up will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing.  Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays will be published by Gnome on Pigs Productions. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He lives in New York City.

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Five Star Review of Crumbling Ramparts

Crumbling Ramparts Review – Jim Bennett (KBR)

In a dystopian USA, Beck takes us on a career of  intrigue, daring rescues, personal challenges and the costs of a career on relationships.

Five Stars

Star counts are the most personal, subjective, part of a review. Let me give you a feel for why I like this book so much.

Beck will take you along for a ride with a career Marine officer. You will meet his team, military doctors, and watch him struggle with the problems of a greatly weakened USA. He’s just been screwed for saving his ‘army’ in a difficult retreat. The intrigue goes on from there.

You will watch an al-Qaeda operative plot against our chief protagonist. You will learn how much of the world has changed politically. All of this is done with a masterful interweaving of plots.

The manoeuvering of military politics merges with daring rescue operations. There is plenty of action. The chief protagonist is a veteran problem solver and this increases both his personal power and the loyalty of his command.

I could not put the book down. (I rarely read all of a book this size in one session, but I did it this time.) This is a fine story with adventure, intrigue, politics, relationships, all manner of military hardware and operations. It moves along extremely well.

My personal guidelines, when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. I try hard to be consistent. I compared this book to three I read at the shack, where my lost cell phone meant no Internet. Those books were very good. Beck is as good, better, in this work, as any of them. Five stars is an easy decision. Extremely recommended.

Kindle Book Review Team member.

Crumbling Ramparts on Amazon

Crumbling Ramparts Now on Amazon

Gnome on Pigs Productions

Crumbling Ramparts
A novel by

Gary Beck

For Immediate Release

Crumbling Ramparts is the action-packed thriller sequel to Call to Valor, and has us reunited with Marine Major Sam Hanson.

In the wake of the death of his son, Hanson’s career has improved following the election of President Zachery Plant. He’s been given more authority to search the homeland for nuclear threats.When the news reaches Hanson that Marines are held captive by ISIS in Iraq, it prompts him to lead a daring rescue mission; giving him the strong urge for retaliation.

A new threat of nuclear war looms.

Bin Laden may be gone but his terrorism thrives.

Crumbling Ramparts is a novel in paperback with a retail price of $19.99 ISBN 978-1-387-95411-7 and also in a Kindle version for $4.99 and published by Gnome on Pig Productions.Available now through all major retailers. For info or to request a review copy contact: alexisallinson@gnomeonpigproductions

Crumbling Ramparts on Amazon

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director, and as an art dealer when he couldn’t make a living in theater. He has 14 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include: Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations and Rude Awakenings (Winter Goose Publishing) The Remission of Order, Contusions and Desperate Seeker will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Conditioned Response (Nazar Look). Resonance (Dreaming Big Publications). Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications). Blossoms of Decay, Expectations and Blunt Force (Wordcatcher Publishing). His novels include: Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press), Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pigs Productions). As part of the continuing series, ‘Stand to Arms Marines’, Gnome on Pigs Productions will publish the third book in the series, Raise High the Walls. Sudden Conflicts(Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance and Flare Up will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing.  Extreme Change will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His short story collections include, A Glimpse of Youth(Sweatshoppe Publications). Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing). Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.

 

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