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In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them.

Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on how they may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


‘Held for Ransom’ (CreateSpace, 2012)

By Russell Atkinson

In “Held for Ransom,” the president of Claritiva Software is kidnapped at gunpoint. FBI Special Agent Cliff Knowles is the first to respond when the crime is reported. But the report is suspicious in many ways and the front office is skeptical the kidnapping is real. Knowles must fight his own bureaucracy while trying to rescue the victim and catch the kidnappers.

Atkinson is a Los Altos resident and retired 25-year FBI veteran special agent. He draws heavily on his experiences working on high-technology and violent crime cases in Silicon Valley to provide an insider’s look at a high-profile kidnap case and what a kidnapping victim experiences.

To purchase “Held for Ransom,” visit www.amazon.com.


‘Flashman in the Great War’ (Caulkins Associates, 2011)

By David Caulkins

“Flashman in the Great War” is an adventure tale about Willie Flashman, the grandson of Gen. Sir Harry Flashman. Like his grandfather, Willie is a charming scoundrel and coward. He first designs and then unwillingly fights in British and German tanks during World War I. Famous fictional and real people appear in the story: Gen. Harry Paget Flashman, Winston Churchill, Ernst Junger and Gen. Erich Ludendorff.

Willie is as randy as his grandfather, and there are numerous romantic encounters with English, French and German women, among them designer Coco Chanel and actress Hermione Gingold.

Caulkins, a Los Altos resident, has studied World War I for more than 20 years. He has reviewed the major events and participants and visited several of the battlefields. Caulkins gathered his material from firsthand accounts and military historians.

Through his research, he developed a subspecialty in tanks. He is a fan of the Flashman series by the late George MacDonald Fraser. “Flashman in the Great War” is an extension of the Flashman adventures.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.flashman-in-ww1.com.

To purchase “Flashman in the Great War,” visit www.amazon.com.


‘Forbidden Earth’ (AuthorHouse, 2012)

By Sabina Anand

A spaceship lands on Earth in AD 3060. Centuries ago, biological computers (BCs) drove the last of the human race off the planet. These computers are almost human but had minor yet critical variations in their DNA. Since the BCs attacked the humans, no human dared set foot on Earth.

Yet Macey, a chirpy teenager, can’t contain her excitement as the spacecraft she has lived on her entire life is about to land in front of a waterfall on Forbidden Earth. It is known to be an area of the planet where no BC would ever venture. Or so they are told.

Sabina is 12 years old and lives in Los Altos. She was born in California to parents who emigrated from India. She enjoys the creative arts, and inherited her science and fiction genes from her family. Sabina said she hopes her novels will inspire movies that transport people through extraordinary experiences.

To purchase “Forbidden Earth,” visit www.amazon.com.

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