Saturday, December 20, 2014

Your Daily Ralph- Review of Legacy Book Four- Trial and Terror

Legacy: Trial and Terror By Gerald Welch-A Review



I just finished reading the new ‘Legacy’ book yesterday, the fourth in the series, and I have to tell you all to rush out and buy this one. It was great. This is by far my favorite since the first volume in the series, and may actually surpass it.

In this new addition to the series we find the children of ‘The Destroyer’ still learning their way in both Sinanju and their new lives as enforcement arms for CURE. Both are still rough around the edges and are really in the early phases of their training.

But there is a dangerous new adversary on the horizon, one who has an inkling of what Sinanju is all about. He is a man who has spent years as a seasoned foreign spy. Will the young trainees to Sunny Joe know what to do against this man? Can they possibly prevail? You’ll have to read it to find out.

‘Trial and Terror’ changes focus for the most part back to Stone, Remo William’s son with less on Freya, his daughter, though she definitely gets her fair share of focus throughout. One of the very few complaints I had was that the last few books seemed to focus primarily on Freya, and not on Stone as much. This book changes all of that, and that was much more to my liking.

This to me was the perfect novel. The length was perfect, the story left you wanting for more, and there was plenty of action and excitement as well as advancing the overall story.  This was just a solid, solid book. I can’t recommend it enough. If I could give it 10 stars I would. Go out and buy it today!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Your daily Ralph- The 2014 International Motorcycle show at the Javitts Center in New York City

The 2014 International Motorcycle show at the Javitts Center in New York City


This past weekend I attended the International Motorcycle Show, or IMS as it is warmly referred to in Manhattan. This show every year showcases the newest, the brightest and the most exciting new motorcycles from every manufacturer in the world. It’s basically like being a kid walking through a big Manhattan toy store for adults.

You get to see all the newest machines and all their great new upgrades.

This year I had the pleasure of talking to the beautiful and intelligent Lorraine from Suzuki who went out of her way to chat with me about the new bikes Suzuki had coming out this year. Out of all the manufacturers’ representatives, she was the only one who saw my press pass and went out of her way to discuss the new models Suzuki had on tap for the coming season, so Lorraine and Suzuki are going to be the focus of this blog post.

Suzuki has added a new sub line to their lineup, the almost naked GSX-S line. These are motorcycles based on their GSX-R line of sport bikes but with more upright riding positions and very little fairing coverage. They are basically standards. These new machines come in two sizes, just like their more sport oriented brethren, 750CC and 1000CC. There is also a 650CC twin with a very similar look based on the old SV650 motor.

These new motorcycles are for the everyday rider who doesn’t want to in a racer’s tuck all day long but still be able to have some fun on back roads. With versions of the powerful GSX-R750 and GSX-R1000 motors installed in both these machines they should be fun rides in sensible and more importantly affordable chassis. The GSX-S750 will sell for $7,999 and the GSX-S1000 price will be announced at a later date as this is a 2016 model and will not be available until sometime in the summer.

Once again I want to thank the beautiful Lorraine from Suzuki for talking the time out and personally walking me through the Suzuki display and telling me all about what Suzuki has in store for the New Year. Job well done!

Other manufacturers including Yamaha, Honda and Triumph had much to offer at the show this year as well. Yamaha’s new FJ-09 offers an adventure tourer look with real world ergoes and for only $10,490 it’s a bargain and destined to be a big motorcycle for this coming year.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Your Daily Ralph 12/9/14 The year in Review (Sorta...)

Hey it's been  a while, I know. But there's been a lot happening here in Ralph-land. To summarize: I continue to work on the new 'Cagliostro Chronicles' book which I had hoped to have out by now but its nowhere near ready. Then of course there's  new releases I had a hand in. This weekend saw the release of a long awaited project I had a hand in called 'More Blood'. It's an anthology of stories about Remo Williams and his mentor, Chiun, the series is known as 'The Destroyer' for the past 40 years. It's all stories written by fans, of which I'm one. I have a story in those pages and it just went on sale this past weekend in paperback. Kindle version to follow soon.

Next up I had a book come out that I also wrote a story for called 'Sinbad the New Voyages Vol. 4.' This was a fun story I wrote about the iconic sailor and his crew. There are other stories in there by other great authors like I.A. Watson and Joe Bonadonna,  It's a really fun book that everyone who enjoys swashbuckling fantasy will enjoy.
Then in late September I had my novel 'Hyperforce' come out. This was probably my favorite book of the year that I wrote. Fledgling superheroes thrown together against impossible odds-it was just fun to write and see come together. I love this book! A young alien prince makes a crash landing on Earth with his terrible enemy right behind him. When he does he triggers an event that will change the face of humanity as several nascent super-hero's-the first of their kind-must band together to stop this deadly threat. But this is just the first of many that will push these young heroes to their limits and beyond!
Another book I had a story in was 'Rat-a-Tat' An anthology of hard hitting short pulp stories. My contribution 'Caliber' is about a female former soldier who discovers her husband's been murdered. She knows who's responsible and she knows what she has to do. It's an action packed thrill ride through a sleazy town named 'Riverburgh' that will feature prominently in future pulp stories I have in mind. Check it out for some tough chick action.

And of course in early July there was the second Cagliostro Chronicles book. My sci-fi  Space opera seems to be everyone's favorite of my books, I'm fine with that. I love writing these. They're larger than life and I know it. They are huge space operas written for fun and excitement, and that's the way they are going to remain. The next one coming soon is no exception. This one deals with the Cagliostro making an emergency landing on an uncharted world  where an incredible amount of danger is discovered, not just to the Cagliostro and crew, but to Earth's continued survival as well! It's a thrill ride of cosmic proportions!

The first book I had come out this year was the sequel to 'Redemption of the Sorcerer.' 'My Enemy, Myself, the Crystalon Saga, Book Two' is a magic filled journey to other worlds and other universes with the worlds most powerful sorcerer and his all too mortal friends. It's a thrill ride through dangerous worlds to a final confrontation with an all-too familiar evil with the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance.

As always all of these books can be found at my amazon authors page

Or at my home page

They're all available in softcover so they'll make GREAT gifts under the Christmas tree!
Thanks for taking the time to read this and I'll talk to you all soon! Rock On!