Review: “Ranger Martin and The Search for Paradise” by Jack Flacco

Ranger Martin and the Search for Paradise

Ranger Martin and the Search for Paradise

“Ranger Martin and The Search for Paradise”

This is the third installment of the Ranger Martin trilogy. All I can say is WOW! It picks up directly after book 2 and you are off and running! Strap on your knives, gun holster and nerves of steel. No spoilers here-> but be prepared for the tugging and pulling this story is going to take you on. So pull up a chair and prepare for the most fantastic journey your going to have this year. You’re not going to want to put this book down.

This book will have you cheering for Ranger, Jon, Matty and Randy. All the pickles they get themselves into to save their rag-tag family and those they save along the way. It will definitely have you biting your nails as  you are gripped in the middle of the melees that happen to them on their quest to ‘Paradise’. You want to be there to shout out “behind you!” You want to be there to shoot down some “chewers” to help them out.

Be prepared to have your nerves frayed and the story to keep you on the edge of your seat. Up, down and some very infrequent moments of the elusive peace settle like a cozy blanket only to have it ripped off before you know it.

Ranger and crew have some interesting twists in their journey. First to get home to the silo and then the journey to San Francisco. Trust is fleeting in this new world order, but it is a requirement to be part of Ranger’s group. (The story about trust with each character will have you thinking internally of yourself and putting yourself in their shoes. Enjoy those self-introspections between the shoot outs!) There are good guys and bad guys but the line between the two leaves you guessing at times.

So enjoy and take a fast, gut wrenching journey and cheer for your favorites!


—-Author’s Info: profileWebsite:  Jack Flacco

About the book:

There is no cure. The change is permanent. Whoever says they can fix this is wrong.

Months ago, billions of people died in the zombie apocalypse. The survivors either have become refugees looking for a way out or have turned against each other. No one will admit they killed their friend for a package of raisins. It happens though, and there isn’t anything anyone can do about it.

Undead slayer Ranger Martin makes the unforgiving Arizona desert his home. He has never had to defend it. He has never had to kill anyone for it. If anything, he has shelved his shotgun and has taken an early retirement package.

That is, until now.

When the military lays siege on his silo, Ranger and his crack team of professionals—a bunch of kids, really—have no other choice than to run. But after he discovers a map that may lead to a mythic city called Paradise, where neither army nor zombie can invade, Ranger mounts a cross-state journey to find the place of safety before the others find him and it’s too late.


I received an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review. IMHO this is a great book and I’ve enjoyed all the ‘Ranger Martin’ books. –A.M. “Nims”

A View Backwards

I was thinking the past few weeks and I realize that this year has been changing for me. Slowly but surely in the area of my health. Particularly my migraine management.

So I have suffered for long time with migraines and I’ve tried a lot of things to help alleviate the pain when it hits. It triggered my research into Reiki a form of energy work to facilitate healing. I had some people do healings targeting my head area and there was some relief but it is sometimes not affordable. So I looked into getting certified myself so that I could do sessions on myself.

I did experience relief and I continue with self applied Reiki sessions. My results were that the pain levels are less and the days the migraine lasts has shortened a bit. All bonuses that I hope to keep in my court.

During the summer I was at a Mystic Faire and one of the vendors had some lovely crystal and Tibetan bowls. But I was intrigued by some zinc and copper rods that he was demonstrating. When I was able to try these rods out I was able to find out a bit more their purpose. Called “The Rods of Isis” they are filled with healing intent, essential oils and crystals and a few other things. Meant to help balance and align the user.

I decided to see if I felt anything while holding them. I felt warmth in my hands and then some cold traveled around my hands and feet. Then some vibrations in the hands and noticed a little swaying around my head. A bit of an imbalance, so one of the things to keep balance was to switch the rods to other hands to bring things back into alignment. Which I did and things calmed down. I also noted how I felt clearer in the head.

So yes, I decided to invest in these rods and put them together with my Reiki healings to see if I could further shorten my migraines time frame hanging on. And see if they had an impact on the pain levels. While using Reiki I was only able to shorten my migraine by about a day and pain levels only went down a few notches.

When I added the rods to the regimen I was able to get my days shortened by one additional day and the pain levels have hit the half way mark! Which is awesome because dealing with pain is worse than how long it lasts.  This type of headache becomes manageable with the rods. As soon as I stopped using them as part of the healing sessions then the length and pain levels returned to the same intensity and length before adding in the rods. So, I added the rods again and experienced the same relief I mentioned before. This has become part of my routine now. There are times where the migraine kicks in and it is brutal and the rods and Reiki don’t seem to have any affect on it at all. I call it a day and just hope the next day is better.

So change has some and it is for the better health wise.  Happy for now and glad to have found a tool that helps improve my overall health. Cheers! To your health.

This picture got me thinking

This picture I took back in February this year, with it’s foggy look early in the morning hours, got me thinking. It was taken in the Florida Panhandle, a place called Carillon Beach, near Panama City. I was going through my pictures and trying to make some kind of order aside from the timeline that I took them in. (Well that is going to be a long project.)
So the thinking part…well it was along the lines that when the season of Fall comes around it gets cooler, and fog sometimes is a part of it. Where I live now you don’t see the seasons change much and fog is almost unheard of. We long for cold snaps that the weatherman promises will pass through. Kind of like how a child longs for snow to fall so they don’t have to go to school for a day or two.

It brought to mind how I grew up as a kid in Virginia and how the days grew crisp. The leaves changed color and the skittering sound of wind blown leaves, already on the ground. Shorts and flip-flops were packed away and jeans and sweaters hold sway. And one of the fun times that I looked forward to was Halloween, with it’s spookiness, fog, frolic and fun.

Well, I leave you this picture that got through the cobwebs in my mind and got me thinking. Here’s to another change in the seasons, to the change it brings us all regardless of where we reside. Calling us back to remembered childhood fun.

Book Review – “Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion”, Jack Flacco

Hi All,

A review about a book I got a chance to read. I am excited to share, what is my honest opinion after reading it. If you love books quick, with aliens, zombies and something with a new twist. Think of giving this book a peek and and a chance. I’ve already posted my Review, and I’m sharing here.

I’ve always said “Poetry is like Pizza”…I’d like to think that this book or any book for that matter can be put in the same class. Why? It’s multi-layered, different, surprises, nuances, fulsome flavors to tempt the palate. We all have that ‘ultimate pizza’. Here’s a slice from mine….(Enjoy).

Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion (Ranger Martin, #2)Ranger Martin and the Alien Invasion by Jack Flacco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grabs you and hauls you along for a pretty intense and wild ride!

Grabs you by the throat! Instant action and very good perspective from multiple characters. New situations, new cars, inevitable search for food and quest to kill zombies. I love all the different names that the author gives for the Zombies, to name a few ‘undead’, ‘maggot eaters’ and ‘belly mashers’. :-)

If you hate character build up making beginnings slow, look no further – this book delivers ‘0 to 60’ in the first 5 seconds of starting your journey. (Now don’t get me wrong, I love character building but we get snippets throughout the story-line as you go. Very satisfying, although I will be reading the first book soon.)

If you haven’t read Jack Flacco’s first book, to become acquainted with Ranger Martin, you don’t need to do so. This book can stand alone. There is a underlying intense feeling of things going wrong and no light at the end of the tunnel feel as you read. But along comes Ranger and there is a solution to be had. Love how he lives by the seat of his pants.

Yes! Aliens do pair with Zombies for flair. Delivers something new to a single line genre of either Aliens or Zombies but a blend of both. And still chaos abounds and in that the fight to survive and the will to keep alive, loyalty shines through.

Go ahead, pick it up, cheer and gnash your teeth at will, but enjoy the ride.

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Rant III – Water saver?

(My rant is meant to be sarcastic and funny. Many of you may have run into this similar scenario before.)

Dear Management Company – (insert name here)

Thank you so much for the Maintenance on my Boyfriends’ apartment. But really you shouldn’t have. Really.

Changing the shower head to conserve water! I want to take a moment and thank you for doing your due diligence to save the planet, by saving water! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!  So considerate of you.

Feels like light shower sprinkles

But I need to let you know that it didn’t work. I appreciate the time and effort you put into thinking this through. So considerate and thoughtful to think that I was not relaxing and enjoying my shower each day. To install a water sprinkler, with the power of a gentle summer shower spritzing over me. I heard that you didn’t change the cost of the water inclusive to his rent. Why ever not!? You are trying to save the planet, hence save on water expenses. The least you could do is cut a discount due to the changes!

But – (Yes here it is!) I see why you cannot, due to the EXTRA time I have to stay in the shower to actually get clean every day! My word! – save the water and save money? Absolutely not! No water pressure means my thick hair takes for-EVER to get wet, and sulfate-Free shampoos and conditioners take more time to get in there and rinse out. Again let me thank you.

  • Did you know that my 7 min shower increased to 13.5? Yes, yes it did.
  • Did you know that I turn off the shower, only to turn it back on to rinse off AGAIN? No, no you did not.
  • Did you know that I now fog up the bathroom mirror? Yes, indeed I do! Something new for me.

Now, that I’ve got that out-of-the-way. Let me thank you for increasing the amount of time that everyone has to spend in the shower to get clean. Meaning time management is now having to be reviewed.

P.S. I don’t think I’m done. I now have to go to Home Depot and buy a regular shower head. Think ‘compensation’ Dear Management Company.

Kind Regards,


P.P.S. I think this one will work nicely -> What do you think?

Jet powered, yep Nice!

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Believe you will be successful and you will.


Positive outlook, will give great feedback. Love the quote.

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Migraine my management

Migraines, they are a pain in the arse. They are, for most who suffer them, a great way to suddenly have war declared on bits and pieces of your neck and head. I included a picture of Tension and Migraine headache. I suffer the one on the right-side of the picture.

Tension vs Migraine

For me migraines are something to be cured as soon as possible. If they are caught in time they are ‘managed’ by homeopathic means. And I can function somewhat clumsily through a few days. When I don’t catch them in time, no amount of homeopathic methods will work, nor will my stronger over the counter choices of Advil, Aleve or Excedrin for migraines will kick the pain. Might as well be throwing M&M’s at me.

What kind of inkling do I get as a warning that a migraine is going to be hard on me? Sometimes I start to squint even when I wear my eyeglasses. Or I may smell things 10x’s stronger than they really are as the olfactory goes into overdrive. Hearing things gets harder as if you have ear muffs on, muffling sound. Nausea was great indicator but sometimes that can be false, because you could just be sick. Or I get nothing and BAM! game over before it’s begun.

Describing pain and symptoms is hard, and I’ll try that in another post. Although fellow blogger Emily gives a great rating system based on sound for her migraines. If interested, you can check her post out. Emily has migraines all the time. I only have my migraines last 3-5 days tops. I used to have them 2-3 times a month, now I have them once a month.

So my management used to be:

  • I tried upping the recommended dose of Advil, still the headache would blossom into fierce skull splitting migraines. (Headaches last a few hours, migraines last for days)
  • Aleve made its audience debut, tried it, great for body aches etc, but not migraines
  • Excedrin for Migraines, I popped them like candy and still they came, they conquered and I receded whimpering under covers.
  • I thought Guided Meditation would take them away. I used to go every week for a year. No, they still came pretty regularly. I eventually stopped going. Have not been to a meditation in year in a half. (Great for stress and anxiety relief which I did benefit from.)
  • Instead tried Yoga mantra chants. Thinking that this would be a lovely and stress management type of tool. Easy to learn and each class came with the chant on paper. No, they still came just as regularly.
  • Homeopathic migraine treatments. Most come in pill form that dissolve easily under the tongue. Wow, minor breakthrough! If caught early enough the pain was reduced. It didn’t go away entirely but it allowed me to function.
  • I still include cup of coffee for the caffeine, up the cups to 2 or 3 to do battle if necessary
  • Dark room if all else failed, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

My management now:

  • I still use homeopathic remedies. Works the best and I rotate through a couple of different brands so that my body will not get used to one.
  • Ice pack wrapped in cloth applied to back of neck to alleviate stabbing pain (20 Min. on/off)
  • I still use coffee for the caffeine, sometimes it’s just enough to keep things in check
  • Learned Reiki levels I and II. This is so that I can help facilitate healing, in the hopes that my migraine will not get the best of me.
    • Have I had a complete cure with Reiki at this time? No
    • Have I had some relief with Reiki? Yes, someone applied Reiki to my head and neck and some relief was felt. (That’s how I was exposed to Reiki and how I started my journey in learning Reiki for myself.)
  • Dark room if all else fails, lights off, no sound, head under pillows and buried under covers in bed

Future management:

I’ll continue on with the existing treatments, they are working for the most part. Have I tried acupuncture? Not yet, although friends have given me pamphlets, names and recommendations about others who have felt relief and some who no longer suffer from them.

If I do go get acupuncture will update this blog and let you know the outcome. Until then, will work on explaining what my migraine symptoms are like. Maybe it’ll help others.

[Disclaimer:  No way is any of the above to be taken as ‘final proof’ in diagnosing migraines and treatment. Nor for remedies in getting relief. Seek professional opinions and go from there. I did and the above is what I do and is no way a prescribed way for others.]