Cherubs 2

Cherubs 2

by Marc Liebman

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ISBN-13: 9781946409348
Publisher: Penmore Press LLC
Publication date: 12/15/2017
Series: Josh Haman BOOK 1
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Marc Liebman is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and Naval Aviator who is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the tanker wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He retired as a Captain after twenty-four years in the Navy and a military career that took him all over the world. Marc has worked with the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Republic of Korea, the Philippines and the U.K.
He has just under 6,000 hours of pilot-in-command/co-pilot flight time in a variety of tactical military, civilian fixed and rotary wing aircraft. In the business world, he has been the CEO of an aerospace and defense manufacturing firm, an associate editor of a national magazine and a copywriter for an advertising agency as well as a senior executive of a global business process management firm. He retired from the business world in 2015 to become a full-time author.
Marc has four other novels in print. Big Mother 40 is loosely based on his experiences flying helicopters on combat search and rescue and special operations missions during the Vietnam War. In June 2013, the readers of books bought on Amazon ranked it as one of the top 100 war novels.

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Cherubs 2 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DarleneCupp More than 1 year ago
"Cherubs 2” is the third book I’ve read from this author and was awesome! Wow, so intense, especially toward the ending. Almost right away we are thrust into this world of high-stakes international military action that feels frighteningly plausible and rings so true to life- much more than just reading about it in history books will ever do. Like we are watching a movie or something…. Each scene was engaging, and flowed smoothly from one to the next… never a “dull part” where you get bored or want to skip ahead… in fact almost the opposite with the various interweaving plotlines and going from one character and crazy event to the next. The descriptions were very strong, and I mean with the author’s word choice… vivid and powerful with a nice, quick pace and descriptive prose and authentic conversations from the men (almost too authentic, as sometimes the wording is over my civilian head), and while I do think at times some of the dialogue and conversations weren’t really necessary—more chit-chat that did little to advance the plot or the tension— it was authentic and real, and there is a glossary in the back. And even though the book is written in third-person, I felt like I was genuinely inside each character’s head experiencing the world through his eyes, for better or worse. Usually with Josh, but others too. Was very impressed with the depth of the geopolitical and militaristic detailing used that gave this book such a realistic feel. The people are complicated, as are their ideals and actions. We frequently read about heroics in these situations, rarely the cowardice. I thought the ending seemed a little abrupt, but I liked how it all played out. I would definitely read more from Mr. Liebman in the future. He definitely has a natural gift for creating a well-thought out story and bringing memorable characters to life in an unpredictable and engaging way. Some violence and adult scenes (as to be expected) so best suited for mature fans of military action thrillers and suspense.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
Cherubs 2 (Josh Haman Book 1)” is definitely a compelling, unforgettable read, and one that will appeal to a wide variety of readers due to its far-reaching and believable storylines. I always worry that with these types of books I’ll have to suspend my disbelief and go along with the flow for the sake of fiction entertainment, but not here. It actually felt like something that really happened (much of this is set against the background of historical events and real military ships, battles, locales, etc…) and the characters were so flawed it made them more believable, more human, if you will. Nothing I hate more than perfect leads! (Boring!) and I like that we see all sides of human nature in this book, not just focus on military conquests. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow personally but then it picked up and flowed well. One thing I particularly liked was how we see the bigger picture by getting all different angles of the story from various character perspectives as it plays out, and while not every character was as fully-realized as I’d prefer (a few feel like mere names), we feel like we are a part of this crazy ride, and we never quite know what is around the corner. So many layers, twists and complications throughout…hard to stop reading, especially toward the end---- although I didn’t like the ending as much as would have hoped – felt a bit anti-climactic after all that had happened, but it does conclude satisfactorily and definitely leaves you wanting more. I am happy to see that this is just the first book in this series, and I think it is off to a great start! I recommend for fans of action/thriller fiction with a political element.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
Great novel. Tight writing, great action, believable characters, important plotlines that shed light on things that happened in other parts of the world (the Asian Peninsula/Vietnam mostly) in a way that makes it relatable—and interesting— to the average reader. You don’t have to be a war-military junkie to enjoy these books by Marc Liebman because he will create the scenes and explain them in a way that even the most ‘green’ reader can understand (mostly) and enjoy (definitely)…. Such a great group of characters – I am hard pressed to think of another novel I’ve read lately where they are so dynamic, yet totally real –they each participate in the story in a way that highlights different elements of their roles in the drama. I admit this isn’t really my normal genre of reading, but the sample pulled me in and kept my interest. This isn’t a nonfiction book per-say, but there is enough truth and realness and accuracy in these pages to give you pause. I thought the writing was descriptive and like I mentioned, the characters really helped bring the story to life in a relatable way. I can totally see this book as being a movie. Recommend for adults, and I am looking forward to reading book 2 now.
essieh More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, “Cherubs 2” by Marc Liebman, and this isn’t even my usual genre. I thought it was so well written with great characters and riveting, important plotlines that genuinely take us to the middle of a warzone, during a pivotal era in world history that is as dangerous as it is thrilling. It kept my attention from the intriguing opening to the satisfying ending. It is not a fast read by any stretch, nor should it be. There are too many important events and experiences here to gloss over so Liebman really his time in carefully developing the various storylines so that we the readers are thoroughly invested the whole way through from different characters and sides. This book covers a lot of territory – ideological, personal, and geographical, military and I feel like I even learned more about the Viet Nam War. Terrific mix of imagination and vision with true events and experiences, Liebman brought these amazing characters to life in a thrilling, unpredictable and authentic way, and found myself completely lost in this world he recanted night after night. Although I think the beginning was a little slower action-wise – it did work well to really ground us in the worldbuilding and get to know the characters better and the action steadily builds and, things get very fast paced and exciting. Was almost disappointed when I was done, but the ending gave the emotional satisfaction I look for in a great book, and I like that most of it wasn’t predictable. Great ideas and overall an entertaining experience. Recommend to fans of thrillers/Military/War or anyone who just enjoys an entertaining, well-written story with lots of action and you actually feel like you are a part of the story unfolding. Nice additional information and key word list at the end of the book, and I am certainly looking forward to the next books in this series.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
wow, what a powerful, complex, and relevant book! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Cherubs 2” by author Marc Liebman is a great mix of fact and fiction, with events that could have been ripped from the ‘untold stories’ in the history books (touches on things from political and military action and warfare in Vietnam, but the story travels all over the world, from New York to Moscow, Beijing and more). But there is also a riveting human story here and I appreciate how Liebman made it so easy to read and used the characters in a way that really showed the story and the experiences firsthand. It also had a personal and emotional feel to it in a way… even for being a high-octane thriller. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was very easy to read, and the characters three-dimensional and interesting (no stock, cliché characters here!). The fast-paced narrative and dialogue makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. Right from the beginning Liebman plops us down into the characters’ lives and because of the overarching storylines relating to real events (or plausible hypotheticals) it just felt more real than I expected and even relevant to today (even though set in the early 1970’s). It makes you think a bit what’s really going on behind the scenes in warfare. Liebman plays off many issues and events in a way that is ‘real’ but also ‘entertaining’. Eager to see where the rest of the series is headed. Recommend. 4 1/2 stars
SBEACHER More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Like the other 2 novels I’ve read from this author, I thought this book by Marc Liebman was great! I was completely engaged in from the action-packed opening pages, and enjoyed the characters (good and not so good) and Liebman’s impressive first-hand knowledge and attention to detail on all fronts, from military actions and protocols, to ‘personal’ behaviors, language and customs within a combat/warzone, to the various locations and different countries and political/military elements. We feel transported not only into Haman’s unique and interesting life, but his experiences in the Vietnam War as a young aviator, and it is fascinating to watch the dynamic unfold with him and other characters, especially Cabot and later Higgins (and all the others), and I thought that is was unique how the author focused not just on the ‘fighting action’, but the actions of the people in this story, and how that is what affects the outcomes. I thought that overall the book was very well written and I didn’t notice any editing errors which is so rare!! And even though I did wonder on a few occasions where the story was going, it was interesting to see how it all tied together in the end, which I thought was very good – and what comes after the book ends is just as interesting and educational. (So keep reading). Also there is a glossary at the end. Use it! This story has lots of thrills and action, but also touches on the humanity and characterization of soldiers and men, as well as reflects conditions and elements in not only the Vietnam War, but still in the world today. Impressively researched on several levels and felt very authentic the whole way through. Recommend for mature readers and for fans of military/ war/action/ thrillers/suspense