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 Midwest Book Review:
by Nino Perrotta
Publisher: Outskirts Press
A true story of one agent and his investigative experience as a United States Secret Service special agent assigned to the New York Field Office which was at one time located at 7 WTC. Dual Mission is a true story that at times reads as a novel. It is the account of one ordinary person who vanishes into the “uncharted waters” of long term investigations at an agency where such work is an unknown. His personal mission to take down the New York Mafia, the rogue pitcher, Denny McLain and other global investigations become his mission. A mission with a dual purpose.
An incredible and complex account that is as inherently compelling as it is informed and informative, “Dual Mission” is very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that “Dual Mission” is also available in a Kindle format ($4.99).
[ reviewed on the Criminology Shelf of Midwest Book Review ]
Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:
I am a retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the Secret Service’s International Programs Division and had administrative oversight for the foreign offices during Nino’s tenure overseas. The Secret Service was riding a tidal wave of overseas expansion under President Clinton’s International Crime Control Strategy. Unfortunately that came to a crashing slowdown with the attack on the World Trade Towers on September 11th.
As Nino explained out so well in this book – the Secret Service has always had a dual mission of protection and investigations. On the one hand, the relationships developed with state and local police bring value added to our protective mission. But on the other hand, anyone that is being honest understands that the core mission of the Secret Service is on the steps of the White House. It is a struggle – and continues to be a struggle to this day – for the fine men and women of the Secret Service to find balance between these two missions and to somehow find balance in their personal lives.
There are quality of life issues presented by the job that has led to retention issues unheard of during my tenure on the job. Nino – as you can tell right away from the less than polished dialogue – did not use a ghost writer during the development of this book. I have known Nino for a long time and I’d say two things – one, everything in the book is true and second, what you read in the pages of this book is pure Nino. He is not only honest about his on job experiences, but gives us a glimpse into his youth and family history, as well as his very unique personality. The man is a ball of fire! I wouldn’t want to be the bad guy he is chasing – he is relentless. I highly recommend this book!
– Amazon Reviewer James M. Caldwell
This book is both entertaining and full of factual and not-spun representations of what its really like to work real complex criminal cases. The interagency coordination and rivalries, the characters that he meets along the way, and how he uses his determination, skill and ability to connect with people to be successful at a dangerous game. Now put that in front of the backdrop of the Secret Service, an agency first founded in 1865 signed into existence shortly before Lincoln was assassinated, not to protect the president, but to be the first federal investigative agency. Fast forward 150 years to the present day – and most everyone knows is its protective mission and its work with high profile government officials. But, there still exists another mission and that’s fraud, counterfeiting, cyber crime, and the USSS are some of the best at accomplishing great results in the investigative arena. Nino’s story is an example of finding success in that mission in spite of the additional demands of protection, and in the most active office in the agency, New York City Field office.
– Amazon Reviewer bishop
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