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By Dave Moore

Gear Up, Shut Up was written by Dave Moore and published by Amazon Digital Services in 2015. You may purchase it at the author on Facebook and at

Moore takes a disruptive approach in building teams and developing leaders that creates cohesion, maximizing results while minimizing human error keeping safety first. He creates an environment where others are encouraged to speak up and challenge one another, spawning new thoughts and ideas. Moore’s unique background and insight allows him to be as effective addressing the men and women on the shop floor, showing them how to engage and connect with management, or the C-level executive.

On December 17, 1903 the Wright brothers took to the skies in the first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. On December 17, 1997, exactly 94 years after that first flight, Dave Moore took flight in a Bellanca aircraft but shortly after he left the ground he crashed into a wooded area in Steubenville, Ohio.  Dave almost lost his life there in the woods but miraculously he survived and he has gone on to become a motivational speaker and author.

In his latest book Gear Up, Shut Up he talks to us about being a leader but as he points out in his book you don’t have to be “in charge” to be a leader- you can contribute to the success of any group even if you are just a team member. 
He gives us examples in the form of the many experiences that he’s had as a pilot and after each story he gives us valuable lessons and takeaways from each experience.

His stories are edge of your “Pilot” seat exciting and he also engages the reader in some very high flying humorous snippets. Gear Up Shut Up
is extremely thought provoking and you will remember the examples and lessons the next time you need to manage a difficulty in your life. I enjoyed the flight!

I give Gear Up, Shut Up 5 stars.
Dave Moore will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday May 11, 2015 at 7 PM Central Time- USA.


By James McAllister

The Turret was written by James McAllister and published by Fortiter Publishing in 2014. You may purchase it at the author on Facebook.


It has been generations since the Earth survived the alien invasion. Politicians have cast a greedy eye on the funding of unused defenses, eyeing the reallocation of the funds as a path to reelection.
Young Jock MacAlister’s life long dream comes true with his assignment to ADS 1437, the last operational Asteroid Defense Station.

The capture of an alien scout vessel changes everything. Jock is thrust into a prominent role in planning Earth’s defense. He must overcome personal tragedy, political corruption, and devastating treachery to build the forces needed to save the Earth.

Along the way, something unexpected takes root, something crucial to Humanity surviving as a greater struggle between good and evil follows Humanity to the stars.


A family, along the time line of Earth’s future, in the 3400′s must help find a way to save our planet from an alien invasion. Their obstacles and challenges to save Earth from destruction: Politics and military strategy mixed in with the great loss and human toll that such an endeavor would surely deliver.

For me, the intrigue and intense curiosity of what our world will look like and what our behaviors will be like in the 3400′s  was the main thrust of my interest when I first began to read The Turret .  Added to that excitement was when I learned that much of the Earth bound drama centered around Central New York- the exact place where I spent the first forty years of my life.  The technical aspects of space travel and the direction of the plot line were a tad confusing and a bit difficult to grasp in the beginning but the story soon finds its course.  
Near the end of the story, the author begins to nicely tie up the purpose and moral of this future tale and the story’s impact is left to the reader to ponder.

James McAllister is a good writer with even greater potential. I look forward to reading more of his work.

I give The Turret 4 stars.

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James McAllister will be our guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show on Monday April 20, 2015 at 7 PM Central Time- USA.