Friday, October 17, 2014

Templars, Hospitallers, & Teutonic Knights on my! Military orders of knights

Who can forget the dramatic scene in “The Kingdom of Heaven” when King Guy of Lusignan rallying the Templar Knights to attack Salah ed-Din Yusef (Saladin)? In Ridley Scott’s film, the King was aided by the Templar Knights.  It made for a nice Hollywood moment.

Krak de Chevaliers

One can’t speak of the Crusades without discussing the military societies prominent during the times. There were many groups of men banded together for the Holy cause but the three we are most familiar with are the Knight of the Order of the Temple, the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem, and the Teutonic Order. Each organization had its own agenda.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two new books to read

HI, hope you are having a great FAll. Here are two books to curl up and read on those
gloomy days (or nights).


Safe in the Woods
Tips, Techniques and Advice for Safety and Survival

This is our newest and most definitive work. It will save lives! It’s all about getting outdoors and safely enjoying nature. Whether you are exploring the Cascade Mountains, the Adirondacks, the Florida ‘glades, or just going for a walk in your local woods, this book is for you.  It’s all about getting away from the hectic “human” world and enjoying nature as it should be enjoyed – safely!
So whether you are hiking, hunting or just photographing the natural world you need to be prepared.
“There are some things out there that can hurt you or ruin your day,” according to co-author Roger Fulton, an experienced outdoorsman and naturalist. “But if you are properly prepared, you will be ready for any adverse weather, ornery critters or other challenges that you may encounter.” 

“So our efforts through this book are to keep you safe, help you to enjoy whatever outdoor adventure you want to go on, and to get you home safely at the end of your outing. It’s all about “you and yours”.

2014, 100 pages, spiral bound, $19.95


Roger Fulton, co-author,,
19 Bellrose Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045
386-956-6089, Afternoons and Evenings

Copies of this new release can be obtained in person from one of the authors, online at or through the publisher, Common Man Books, or just call them at: 866-793-0555. Or just ask for it at your local bookstore or outfitter.

As you can see by the cover and back of the book, it is VERY different than my first book.  Both are non-fiction, but this one uncovers some ground never-before done plowed - the training (or lack of it) at the FBI Academy.  Raucous antics of a crazy New Agents class is only part of the theme.  What you may think happened at the FBI Academy may not have happened!


Pete Klismet, BS, MS, MA, FBI (Retired)

Author:  FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil (;

               FBI Animal House (;
               FBI Diary: Home Grown Terror (Winter 2014)

Consultant:  American Society of Cold Cases; Canadian National TV; Preventing School Shootings

Enjoy and stay safe out there!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guest Blogger: John Wills on his new book, "Healer"

Hi folks,

Welcome my first guest blogger John Wills who wants to shout the news about his newest book. Enjoy!

Thank you for allowing me to visit with you and your readers. I have exciting news!—my latest novel, HEALER, is now available on Amazon, or at my publisher’s website: Oak Tree Press. HEALER is the heartwarming story about 16-year-old Billy Anderson. Billy has experienced more than his share of tragedy in his young life. Made fun of in school because of a birth defect, he first endures the loss of his mother, and then his father dies in the war.

One day, as Billy attends Mass, his life takes a dramatic turn. An elderly woman dies in his arms. But before she takes her last breath she tells him, “Receive the gift of healing.” Those words instantly change his life. However, Billy has no idea whether his supernatural ability will be a blessing or a curse.

Billy’s story will both surprise and comfort readers. He’s a remarkable young man whose parents imbued in him old fashioned values, morals, and ethics. His honesty and compassion will refresh and inspire. HEALER is a story the entire family will enjoy—from young adults to senior citizens. It’s a journey of faith and courage that will both leave you in tears and soothe your soul.

I was inspired to write this story after reading stories in the Bible about the Apostles and other saints who had the ability to heal those who were sick or lame. I wondered how such a gift might be looked upon in the present day. But as with much of my writing, I didn’t shy away from the reality of human nature. I include hardships like crime, addiction, homelessness, etc. Real life is gritty. To ignore that fact would certainly detract from my stories.

My previous novel, The Year Without Christmas, is an award-winner that chronicles how homeless people survive on the street. It’s a gut-wrenching story about a small town family whose peace is shattered by a tragic accident. The husband disappears as his grandson faces a life-threatening disease. It’s a tale about loss, faith, and the power of love.

About me: I served 2 years in the Army, and then 12 years as a Chicago cop. I left the police department to join the FBI and retired after 21 years. I’ve written 10 books and published more than 150 articles on police training. I also write short stories and poetry. I live in Fredericksburg, Virginia with my wife Christine. We’ve been married 44 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.


My website:
Amazon Healer link: HEALER

as always, stay safe out there!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Thing to Behold: The Holy Grail

Sir Percival

...And “O my brother Percivale,” she said
“Sweet brother, I have seen the Holy Grail:
For, waked at dead of night, I heard a sound
As of a silver horn from o’er the hills
Blown, and I thought, ‘It is not Arthur’s use
To hunt by moonlight;’ and the slender sound
As from a distance grew
Coming upon me-O never harp nor horn,
Nor aught we blow with breath, or touch with hand,
Was like that music as it came; and then
Stream’d thro’ my cell a cold and silver beam,
And down the long beam stole the Holy Grail,
Rose-red with beatings in it, as if alive,
Till all the white walls of my cell were dyed
With rosy colours leaping on the wall;
And then the music faded, and the Grail
Past, and the beam decay’d, and from the walls
The rosy quiverings died into the night.
So now the Holy Thing is here again
Among us, brother, fast thou too and pray,
And tell thy brother knights to fast and pray,
That so perchance the vision may be seen
By thee and those, and all the world be heal’d.”

From ‘The Holy Grail’ chapter, Idylls of the King

The Cup of Christ, or the Holy Grail, has been a subject of wonder since medieval times.  Legend says that the Cup was used during the Last Supper. Later, Joseph of Arimathea caught blood dripping from the crucified Christ within its recesses. After the death of Jesus, Joseph and his family either traveled to England, or Joseph gave the Cup to his brother, Bron, who made the journey to England.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hit them with the pointy things: A history of Archery

“The wild beasts quivered at the cry of the questing hounds;
Deer ran though the dale, distracted by fear,
Hastened up the high slopes, but hotly were met
By the stout cries of the stable, staying their flight.
They let through the antlered harts, with their handsome heads,
And the brave bucks too, with their branching palms,
For this fine lord had forbidden, in fermisoun time
That any man should molest the male of the deer.
The hinds were held in the valley with hey! and ware!.
The does driven with din to the depths of the dale.
Then the shimmering arrows slipped from the bowstring, and slanted,
winging their way from every tree in the wood.
Their broad heads pierced the bonny flanks of brown;
The deer brayed and bled, as on the banks they died.”

from the fourteenth century English poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Bow and arrows have been around for a long time. It is reported that cave drawings dating back to 20,000 BC have been found in Spain. Parts of archery equipment, shafts estimated to date from 9000 BC and flint heads back to 25,000 BC have been discovered by archaeologists. In 1991, a body of an ancient male with 14 arrows was found in the Swiss Alps. The re-curve bow was developed by the Assyrians and the weapon perfected by the Hittites for use by chariot men. In 1363, a law was passed in England requiring mandatory practice of archery by the common folks on holidays & Sundays. It is said that Confucius was an archery instructor and who can forget the legendary Robin Hood and his Merry men who were primarily known as bowmen.

Greek Archer