David Baldacci – The Escape

The Escape by David BaldacciDavid Baldacci 300 x 400Following The Forgotten and Zero Day, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring military investigator John Puller, THE ESCAPE. Called a “master craftsman” by the Associated Pressand “one of the greatest thriller writers of the last decade” by Strand Magazine, Baldacci is once again at the top of his game in THE ESCAPE, spinning an elaborate tale that demonstrates his breadth and depth as one of the most celebrated writers today.


In THE ESCAPE there’s a prison unlike any other.  Military discipline rules.  Its security systems are unmatched.  None of its prisoners dream of escaping.  They know it’s impossible. Until now.

John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes.  His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country.  Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice.

But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.  Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with another agent, who may have an agenda of her own.

They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear, but that there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction….and that someone is out there who doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nation-wide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strength as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother—or himself.


BIO: David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print; several have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org.


David Baldacci has returned for a record-breaking sixth interview with Cover to Cover. You can listen to that interview by clicking on the grey podcast bar below. In it you’ll hear why there’s an echo of Sherlock Holmes in the story of John Puller and his brother and why this book ramps up the action and intenseity of the series. This is superb stuff from an author at the top of his form and a plot that pulls the reader breathlessly from page to page.

Greg Levin: The Exit Man

COVER_The Exit Man - FINALGreg Levin, author of The Exit ManAbout the Book

Suicide should come with a warning label: “Do not try this alone.”

If you truly need out and want the job done right, you should consider using an outside expert.

Like Eli.

Eli Edelmann never intended on making a living through mercy killing. After reluctantly taking over his family’s party supply store following his father’s death, he is approached by a terminally ill family friend who’s had enough. The friend, a retired policeman, has an intricate plan involving something Eli has ready access to – helium. Eli is initially shocked and repulsed by the proposal, but soon begins to soften his stance and, after much deliberation, eventually agrees to lend a hand.

It was supposed to be a one-time thing. How could Eli have known euthanasia was his true calling? And how long can he keep his daring underground “exit” operation going before the police or his volatile new girlfriend get wise?

About the Author

Having spent much of his life weaving intricate tales to get out of things like gym class and jury duty, Greg Levin is no stranger to fiction. Greg’s debut novel, Notes on an Orange Burial was published in November 2011 by Elixirist (now 48fourteen) and has sold over 11 copies to his immediate family. Greg’s second book, The Exit Man, is already being hailed as one of the top two novels he has ever written.

When not busy writing, Greg enjoys thinking about writing, and spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys cooking, traveling and exercising, as well as freestyle rapping for his friends even when they don’t do anything to deserve such mistreatment.

Greg was born in Huntington, New York in 1969, and then moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his family when he was six. He attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated summa cum laude in 1991 with a BA in Communication and a special concentration in Creative Writing.

Greg currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he is one of just 17 people who don’t play a musical instrument or write songs. He is currently wanted by Austin authorities for refusing to eat pork ribs or do the two-step.

The Review

If you can put together an intriguing concept and populate it with complex characters who have a deep understanding of the ironies of life and death and don’t mind laughing at themselves, you’ll have something approaching the joys of The Exit Man. Filled with great insight, the story rolls right along, not afraid to throw the reader a major league curve ball now and then, to stimulate their empathy, and to make them laugh. This is the kind of book you put down at the end with a sigh of satisfaction and immediately start thirsting for the next by the author.

Greg Levin’s website: http://www.greglevin.com/

Greg LEvin’s Blog http://www.greglevin.com/scrawl-space-blog

To hear our interview with Greg Levin, click on the grey podcast bar below:

Steve Hickner – Animation Rules!

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Below is the background information sent from the publishers in setting up the interview with Steve Hickner. We’ll add to that by saying that the vast majority of the rules here are useful in many business situations, going well beyond animation.

If you listen to our interview by clicking on the grey podcast bar below, you’ll find Steve to be a friendly, genuine and genuinely funny person, who happens to be a talented animation professional.

He’s currently working at Dreamworks, which allowed me to drop into every conversation that week the fact that I had an important interview with “an insider at Dreamworks.” Even better, we had to postpone our first interview time because Steve had a meeting with the “S” in “SKG Dreamworks,” Steven Spielberg. Seriously cool, as is our interview below:

Steve Hickner’s Animation Rules! lays out 52 rules for everyone who works in animation and other creative pursuits.

The rules offer succinct career advice for anyone working in a creative field. Some rules are counter-intuitive: “Open strong. Close stronger” (Rule 17) recommends putting the second-best piece of work first in a portfolio, and the best piece last. Others give insights that only a longtime professional would know: “Every studio is two flops from disaster” (Rule 38).

Hickner has illustrated each rule with a drawing featuring Rulio, the fictitious animator who does not follow the rules. “Immerse yourself in inspiration” (Rule 29), shows a colleague whose work is inspired by great movies, while Rulio dreams about cupcakes.

At DreamWorks Animation, Hickner directed the films The Prince of Egypt and Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie. At Stephen Spielberg’s Amblimation studio, Hickner produced the films An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and Balto. He has also worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios and has been a storyboard artist for Peabody and Sherman, Shrek Forever After, Over the Hedge, Madagascar, Shark Tale, and Antz. He frequently lectures at universities. His first book, Animating Your Career, was published in 2013.



John Rekart, Jr. – Rollin’ on the River and Rollin’ on the Wild River

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John Rekart, Jr. is one of the ten authors appearing at Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles for the Fourth Annual Northwest Writer Fest on Saturday, October 18 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Rollin’ on the River is the definitive story of the creation of the Columbia River Pilots and how they move ocean-going vessels from Astoria as far upriver as Portland and Vancouver.  Most of the pilots gained their experience on the middle and upper Columbia River moving tugs and barges filled with various commodities.  The movement of these products is detailed from their source until they finally move along the Columbia towards the ports of Portland, Vancouver, Kalama, Longview and Rainier.  This is a never-before-told history and daily operational function of a vital group of women and men and how they worked their way into the job.  All of the inner workings are explained and the coordination detailed between various agencies designed to protect the consumers in America and around the world.

Rollin’ on the Wild River is the story of the Sagebrush Sailors of rural Oregon who formerly were ranch hands, cowboys, oil-truck drivers and shoe salesmen trained to be fearless tug operators on the Columbia River before most of the dams were built.  They had to learn quickly how to run the rapids on the wildest river in the world.  Each of the rapids is explained and how they were to be run.  All of these rapids are underwater now but they are still remembered by the men who operated the tugs through often-forbidding conditions. The stories of their underpowered tugs are also told.  The author relied on personal interviews to paint a never-before-told history of men succeeding against the elements.

To hear our extended 20–minute interview with John Rekart, Jr. click on the grey podcast bar below:

Sharon Duerst – Catching Rain

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Sharon Duerst is a native of The Dalles, and one of the ten writers taking part in Klindt Booksellers’ fourth annual Northwest Writers Fest Saturday, October 18, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Catching Rain is a sequel to Sharon Duerst’s debut novel, Mending Stone. Y0u can hear our 2012 interview with her about Mending Stone  by clicking the first podcast bar below.

Here’s what Amazon says about Catching Rain: “Mexico captivates Mia Casinelli with a life long-lost and a mysterious woman in her dreams.  She sees a future in the smile of a stranger there, but what to do about Gerald back in Oregon? How can she create a new life with only words and inklings to lead the way?”

Though most of the book is set in Mexico as a continuation of , protagonist Mia Casinelli’s voyage of discovery she does visit the Northwest, including a trip up the Gorge from Portland to Rufus and back on the Washington side. There’s even a mention of Klindt’s Booksellers as Mia passes through The Dalles.

Our 2012 interview on Mending Stone:

Our current interview on Catching Rain:


Michelle E. Walch and John Maddin – Letters of the West

Letters of the WestAuthors of Alphabet bookA is for Alpenglow, F is for Foxglove, X is for Xeriscape, and Z is for Zigzag! The wilderness of the West is captured in this alphabet book showcasing the grand and marvelous plants, animals, and curious features found from British Columbia to Baja, California. Filled with landscape marvels, Letters of the West invites young readers to learn their ABCs through delightfully bold and whimsical illustrations inspired by the natural world.

To hear our interview with Michelle E. Walch and John Maddin, click on the grey podcast bar belwo

Kirsten and Christopher Shockey – Fermented Vegetables

Fermented Vegetables CoverKirsten and Christopher ShockeyKirsten and Christopher Shockey are among the authors who will be at Klindt’s Booksellers for the Northwest Author Fest Saturday, Oct. 18. Below is the official background for the authors and their book. To listen to our interview with this fascinating couple and find out, among other things, what uses can be made of an 80-quart stainless steel cannister on wheels, click on the grey podcast bar below.

Fermented food is one of the darlings of the artisanal food movement, with fermentation festivals popping up across the country and preparations like kimchi making regular appearances on food trend lists. We’ve embraced fermentation for its health and nutritional value (think probiotics, enzymes, and nutrition density) and as a simple, traditional method of food preservation. But fermentation is so much more than healthy condiments and preserved abundance. Authors Kirsten K. and Christopher Shockey eat fermented vegetables because they’re delicious, not just because they’re good for us. With their new book, Fermented Vegetables, they share recipes for fermenting dozens of vegetables and herbs, plus tips and techniques developed during their years as farmstead food producers — not only for creating the perfect batch of fermented goodness, but also for using those ferments in delicious, nutritious dishes throughout the day.

Fermented Vegetables offers in-depth, step-by-step instructions for making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, pastes, chutneys, and whole-leaf ferments; 140 recipes use these techniques to preserve 64 different vegetables and herbs. Readers will learn how to make sauerkraut using not only the traditional cabbage but also carrots, cauliflower, or fennel, while kimchi can be made with asparagus, garlic scapes, parsnips, or snow peas. Because fermentation unlocks new, unimagined, complex, and deep flavors perfect for incorporating into every meal, once the techniques are mastered the bounty of flavor is limitless. The book also includes 84 recipes for using the fermented foods in meals, snacks, and beverages, including Smoky Kraut Quiche, Au Gratin Potatoes, Annaliese’s Lentils and Rice, Fish Tacos, Egg Salad, Zucchini Muffins, and Chi-tini.

Fermenting vegetables is easy. All the home cook needs is a few jars or a crock, a bit of salt, and fresh produce. The results are anything but simple: lacto-fermentation elevates the humble vegetable into a creation with tang, zest, effervescence, and pizzazz — the perfect nutritious, delicious, artisanal treat.


Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey got their start in fermenting foods with their farmstead food company, where they created over 40 varieties of cultured vegetables and krauts. Their current focus is on teaching the art of fermenting vegetables to others through classes and workshops at their farm. Kirsten blogs at www.fermentista.us. They live on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon.