Recent Reviews for Mike Monahan
Barracuda (Book) - 1/2/2010 6:39:01 AM|
Great I love fishes especially those which are suitable in an aquarium, but not barracudas. Thanks a lot for the share!
Barracuda (Book) - 4/2/2009 4:55:34 AM
Take a swim and meet .. Barracuda --
and you might never scuba dive again...at least not shortly after you finish Mike Monahan's frightening piece of literature.
In Monahan's thriller `Barracuda' New York homicide detective Mick O'Shaughnessy jets to the Bikini Atoll to recover from a gun shot which almost ended his live prematurely. Looking forward to a quiet couple of weeks diving the Atoll's majestic underwater world and relaxing at a beautiful and brand new scuba diving resort, Micko - as his friends call him - quickly encounters evidence of a money laundering ring he can not ignore for long.
Internal feuds between rivaling resorts and a bunch of blood thirsty members of the Red Mafyia and the Japanese Yakuza, who are willing to do anything to keep their mob business `in business', are just the beginning of Micko's problems.
When people start to disappear and divers get killed mysteriously, Micko's own life is once again on the line, this time threatened by a huge fish; a mutant Barracuda - the ultimate predator which seems to be unstoppable. Or is he?
Barracuda is more than just a thriller. It is the product of Mike Monahan's extensive research on the after effects of atomic testing done by the U.S. government in the Marshall Islands some fifty years ago. The environmental catastrophe and human dilemmas inflicted by these tests are food for an outstanding plot.
Monahan is blessed with the great ability to weave his research and his own job experience as a cop, into a thrilling ride - or dive - which is hard to put down until read to the very last page.
Personally, I would have enjoyed the story just as much with less research material but I can appreciate the heart Monahan has put into his book. His sense of carefully explaining the technicalities of scuba diving without sounding technical is additional proof, that Mike Monahan has found his calling as the composer of this great, four star, adventurous thriller.
Rebecca Lerwill, author of Relocating Mia
Barracuda (Book) - 2/1/2009 11:20:59 AM
Take the bait! Read this book! You'll be hooked!
You don't need to be a police officer, a scuba diver expert or a fisherman to enjoy this one, folks. It doesn't matter if you are male or female. What you do need is to set aside your time, have your meals for the day already prepared and find a comfortable seat. Let the answering machine answer your calls.
Mike Monahan brings us from New York to an island on the South Pacific, filled with history, conspiracies, money laundering, greed, danger and a very big fish with an even bigger attitude.
There really isn't much more that I can say on this one. "Barracuda" hooked me from the start and just never let go. I highly recommend it. Hook, line and sinker. Case closed.
Author, "Confidential Communications"
Barracuda (Book) - 12/6/2008 6:28:51 PM
A satisfyingly complex plot with lots of explicit action
Mike Monahan's "Barracuda" deftly weaves together the storylines of a mutant barracuda, a convalescing NYPD detective, an uneasy alliance between branches of the Russian Mafia and Japanese Yakuza, a brand-spanking-new diving resort, extreme Aussie divers, a couple of geeky scientists, and Bikinian terrorists.
When the above characters all meet up at a Bikini Atoll diving resort, mayhem and bedlam erupt. You have to hang onto your seat, bite your nails, and promise yourself to stay away from the water to get through this fast-moving tale.
Monahan's book is full of explicit action: fighting, diving, terror, and sex. His characters are full-bodied and sympathetic (including the fish) and are faced with plenty of conflict. I especially enjoyed "Professor Two-Times", "Professor Two-Times".
I look forward to more thrilling rides from Monahan's books.
Where were you on 9-11-01? (Short Story) - 5/29/2011 5:16:39 AM
I think this is a day no one can forget and when I talk with people and when this comes up, everyone I know can recall where they were, what they were doing. How some things will not fade. I personally was getting ready for classes I was taking at ACC. I was married at the time, I had the music channel on, my husband called and told me to turn the channel, the Towers were just hit, someone flew a plane into them. As I was watching, the seond one hit. Then we knew we were under attack. I went to school in a daze, we all were, no one discussed anything about our assingments, we weren't even assigned new homework. We will never forget!
Where were you on 9-11-01? (Short Story) - 2/22/2010 10:37:17 AM
This was an incredible documentary account of 9-11 from a worker's point of view. It brought back intimate memories I have that I shall never forget.
I wasn't in NYC when it happened. I was on my first high school teaching assignment in Chicago. One of the security guards come in
and explained what had happened. I was dumbsstruck. First of all,
New York is my home (where I grew up, second I was on top of the WT
just the previous month. Looking out over the borroughs, bridges, buildings, Lower New York Harbor and the Statute of Liberty. I thanked God that I hadn't been up there this day. But, my brother was in the fray. He'd taken a subway, as he always did, to New Jersey, stopped to change traines at the WTC, got himself a donut and coffee before steopping on one of the last trains that left
the WTC. He was fine, but it took him six hours to get home.
My sister, being a priest, went to the Trintiy Church to help pray
over the dead.
Mike, this was a marvelous account. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Where were you on 9-11-01? (Short Story) - 9/3/2008 8:37:08 AM
Your vivid account of September 11th and the next couple of days thereafter brought back many memories for me. I was down at ground zero too, as a structural engineer, helping with the engineering aspects of the rescue and recovery effort. I was there the whole day and much of the night on Sept 13th and saw many of the same sights that you did that day. I may write and post my account of the events as well. Thank you for sharing yours.
glenn g. thater
Where were you on 9-11-01? (Short Story) - 9/3/2008 5:37:34 AM
Your account of the tragedy brought tears to my eyes. You are a hero. Unlike you, I was far from Ground Zero that day, but I have so many memories and emotions. I'll write them down when I can. Thanks so much for sharing.
Where were you on 9-11-01? (Short Story) - 9/3/2008 4:14:29 AM
This brought back the vivid memories I have of that day. It is funny how time certainly erases some of them. I shall write my account of that day, not sure if I will post it, but I will record it in my vault of events of my life.
I too remember the air raid drills that we had as children, and the day that Kennedy was assassinated and Martin Luther King, first step on the Moon, Color TV, calculators, computers, there were some good memories for sure.
You are a hero, in my eyes, and I wish I could have gone to help that day.
Much peace, love, and light,
Where were you on 9-11-01? (Short Story) - 9/3/2008 2:18:50 AM
Where were you on 9-11-01? (Short Story) - 9/2/2008 7:17:53 PM
I believe this country needs to think about this day more often, with eyes WIDE open. I will take on your call for a response and write my own tale. I will also bring it to the writer's attention who track me here on the den.
Thanks for starting this. I hope it will grow momentum.
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 7/28/2011 6:11:51 AM
So aptly put. Bravo
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 5/29/2011 5:11:03 AM
this is a vey moving poem. And, we care for we are human and it is sad for a child to see such horror, but it seems to be everywhere, and there are so many people who seem not to care or not get involved. Sad, but true.
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 12/8/2010 2:33:08 AM
have a friend whom is very affected by the Holocaust and was serving in Viet nam and was spit on when he came home to Brooklyn NY at the airport and is now doing his best to live a life of freedom and without fear and to touch young people mosstly but so sincere and truthful about everything. There are good people in this world, but war has destroyed lots of them too. So many young ones getting killed before their time, doing duty to their country. It is so Sad. Will preace ever come? I can only pray and hope so.
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 1/18/2010 4:59:33 PM
Im proud of your service to our country. Good,but sad poem. Les Bond
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 8/24/2008 4:39:38 PM
That's quite the tale, Mike. It's pretty obvious that this one came just bubbling up. Lots of emotions here, so I hope you will write more poetry. I can see how you must feel comfortable in this 'genre' if that's what one can call it. Beneath all those cop layers seems to hide a fine poetrical wordsmith, so break out of your shell, Buddy and lay it on thick.
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 8/19/2008 7:12:33 PM
Mike, it's tragic that things like a senseless war- or ethnic cleansing, such as what happened in Bosnia can be forgotten almost as quickly as removing troops after the war is over. People like yourself carry memories and questions buried inside begging for answers that a leaderless world cannot address. Eventually it's possible we will find leaders who are less eager to war and more anxious to deal with answeers inside the countries they pretend to lead. That is not to say we need to ignore threats from zealots and terrorists. Will we ever grow into a single humanity whose first concern is the safety of its children? Your poem echoes loudly with what should the right questions. I think a lot of us hear you.
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 8/16/2008 5:13:40 PM
Very moving. You care and you don't know why? You care because you are human with a heart, a big heart. I find the fact that the monster of Bosnia is or was a psychiatrist. I've digressed. Excellent write with details that bring your feelings out starkly. Liz
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 8/11/2008 9:53:37 AM
Your poem made me "feel" your pain in my heart. (These words ("feel" your pain in my heart) are not mine but they say what I mean. Happy writing. Linda
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 7/20/2008 8:18:49 PM
Your words personify all that continuously occurs. Maybe one day mankind will learn to show and share kindness instead of focusing on hatred....
Be always safe,
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 7/20/2008 4:31:54 PM
The scene will be repeated lover and over until we tolerate hatred no more. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
Cry Bosnia (Poetry) - 7/20/2008 8:16:37 AM
Mike, this is so powerful! Seen through the eyes of those who experience a situation can make changes in the world.
Knew you were a great author, now a great poet? Allright!