Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.

When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of the Midwest Book Review:

the prince and the scorpion

The Prince and the Scorpion

by Dick Nelson

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478741435


America is under attack from her mortal enemies … and only Brad Tilsdale can save her.

In the highly anticipated sequel to The Trojan Horse Conspiracy, Brad Tilsdale—former Navy SEAL, FBI agent, CIA operative, and now National Security Advisor to the President—expands his influence over the U.S. government’s clandestine operations, while a weak President looks the other way. As Tilsdale weaves his way through the Washington bureaucracy to head off a massive Al-Qaeda attack, his sharply etched character begins to evolve in sinister ways, revealing a dark and ruthless side of his personality.

Tilsdale plots and schemes to protect the United States, often from itself. His unorthodox alliance with the two most influential women in Washington—a romantic triangle with treacherous implications—becomes a struggle for control of the nation’s Special Operations and clandestine services, exposing layer upon layer of personal agendas and an insatiable pursuit of power. In a final cataclysm of violence and duplicity, Tilsdale’s character emerges as a flawed hero who will kill without remorse in order to achieve his secretive goals, aided by a beautiful, powerful woman who is irresistibly drawn to his strength.

The Prince and the Scorpion is a gripping, action-packed tale of political intrigue, assassination, and heroism—a tale that will leave the reader with an entirely new view of their government in Washington … and the people who manipulate it..


In The Prince and the Scorpion, Dick Nelson once again spins a superbly fashioned novel of political intrigue, assassinations, and heroism. A solid entertainment from first page to last, The Prince and the Scorpion is very highly recommended, and along with its prequel, The Trojan Horse Conspiracy (9781432795085, $19.95), would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library Action/Adventure fiction collections. It should be noted that The Trojan Horse Conspiracy and The Prince and the Scorpion are also available in Kindle editions ($2.99 and $9.99 respectively).

reviewed in the Mystery/Suspense Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

Brad Tisdale, former Navy SEAL and FBI agent (The Trojan Horse Conspiracy) and now National Security Advisor, meets his match in the Scorpion, a well-funded and highly resourceful terrorist. The two clash in a series of terrorist plots, but Tisdale is also beset with other world crises, and deals with competitors and enemies in the US and other governments (some fictional, some thinly disguised real world actors). Nelson mixes history, alternative history and speculation to produce near-constant action.

Reflecting his military background, the author is particularly effective in his treatment a broad range of weapons and intelligence systems, as well as tactics and procedures from the unit to the theater level. He is also keenly aware of the internal workings and conflict in the US and foreign governments.

This is a spellbinding novel about what it is (or should be) like to operate at the highest level of government: the loyalty and the duplicity, the cumulative effect of shadow war on people and relationships, and the deep bonds between warriors. Both books in this series are recommended to fans of John Sandford, Michael Connolly, and Robert B. Parker.

– Amazon Reviewer Bat

Fasten your seat belt and tighten your shoulder harness! Nelson’s latest work takes the reader on a fast-moving three dimensional journey of action in the “black ops” world with lots of action and twists in the plot. There are also some rather steamy amorous adventures in the story.

The plot is a blend of real the real and the fictional, wonderfully blended together. The reader is taken around the world in this fast-paced adventure. In the preface, the author encourages the reader to look up some the book’s fascinating locations using “Google Earth” – which I did and that adds anther dimension to this fascinating novel.

I liked everything about this book, including the cover.

I can’t wait for Nelson’s next book!

– Goodreads Reviewer ROBERT M HINCKLEY

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