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Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis

   (in progress)

The Night Trade - Barry Eisler (revew published)

The Woman in the Window - A.J. Finn - (review published; just get your hands on this and read it!)

The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews - (review published)

Into the Black Nowhere - Meg Gardiner - (review just published; superb)

Agent in Place - Mark Greaney (Gray Man thriller, review up)

The Saboteur - Paul Kix (review up)

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer (review published)

Operator Down - Brad Taylor (done, great book)

Robicheaux - James Lee Burke (in progress - outstanding, of course)

Podcast Favorites

Joe Rogan Experience #1058 Dec. 28 2017 . Nina Teicholz


Get Ready... The Arnold Sports Festival is getting closer!


Read The Kremlin's Candidate by Jason Matthews... now!

In the event you haven't read Jason Matthews, get him onto your reading list.

I happily received a review galley a couple of days ago of The Kremlin's Candidate. Without gushing too much, I'm proclaiming this to be a great book. I'm about 75 pages in and the book keeps following me around the house, begging for attention!

Kremlin's Candidate is superb. Read. It. Soon.


@ScribnerBooks, #JasonMatthews, #TheKremlin'sCandidate, @BrianBelfiglio


Elizebeth Smith - Master of Cryptology

Current reading tip: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone. I'm halfway through and it's fascinating. I'd read an excerpt somewhere, got interested, and while a copy was coming to me, author Fagone showed up interviewed by Vince Houghton on Spycast (Nov. 7 episode). No surprise that Vince was on it! I'll have a full writeup on my blog when I've finished.

In the meantime, learn about the woman partnered with William Friedman, who stayed out of the spotlight but shone brightly in the world of cryptology.

@jfagone, The Woman Who Smashed Codes#thewomanwhosmashedcodes, @deystreet, @INTLspycast, @intelhistorian




Loving My King Kong Fuel Meal Prep Backpack

I’ve had my King Kong Fuel Meal Prep Backpack for a few weeks now, and have put it to some good use. Working some long hours as a personal trainer, always wanting control over what I put into my body, I make my own meals and carry the with me daily. Not just to the gym, but on day-trips, or to visit out-of-town family. When necessary it’s easy to walk out to the car for five minutes and down a protein shake or quickly eat a small meal. Each of the King Kong Fuel Meal Prep bags are wonderful for these purposes.

Some of my days are long, and I like my food to remain cold for 9-10 hours. King Kong bags do that. Using triply-later backed thermal polyester with high-density EVA foam, these babies are well insulated and do a hell of a good job.

Most days I use smaller meal containers than the rather large ones accompany the bag. No problem there, and the bigger ones come in handy for filling with rice or sweet potatoes or strawberries, that type of thing. Traditionally I’ll carry four meals, and a couple of other food containers with carb sources as I mentioned above. There’s always a Blender Bottle, too, in the insulated compartment seemingly made for those of us who live with cupboards full of the indispensable things. My giant Blender Bottle fits easily, too, no unimportant deal for me. 

In the top zipper pocket, where one of the ice packs live, I carry a fork and spoon, bottle of Green Dragon Sauce, and any other beverage of the day (Monster, FitAid, etc.). They are easy to get to without sorting through a half dozen meal boxes.

A design element I appreciate are the woven nets at various critical places in the refrigerated compartments. This way the ice packs can do their job without getting in the way. Often at the gym I’m in a hurry to grab and meal, in some brief interlude between clients, so I don’t need stuff rolling out onto the floor. King Kong Bags are organized.

I use the Meal Prep Backpack when I ride my bike to the gym. Here in Wisconsin the season for this is ending, but I was able to jam a hell of a lot into the bag and comfortably get to the gym and back (nearly a half hour each way at moderate city pace). Four meals and one Blender Bottle fit into the traditional places. I added the silverware and hot sauce to the big meal compartment, accessibly from the side. In the top refrigerated area I rolled my work shirt, slacks, socks and underwear and a towel, as I ride to the gym in my workout gear, train, then shower and change.

A side packet (there are several quite handy packets all over this Meal Prep Bag), held packets of protein, Vitargo, BCAA and pre-workout. My Bose headphones and a baseball cap, keys, wallet, and phone fit easily into another pocket. Everything was safe and organized and easy to find; no rummaging around.

Even seemingly overloaded, the King Kong Fuel Meal Prep Backpack was an easy fit on my shoulders, and rode comfortably with no weird adjustment needed or discomfort. I’ve ridden on hot, muggy Midwestern days, and have experienced no sweaty back or constantly shifting load. The only customization I did was to hang a reflective tape on the back zipper, as some of my bike commuting is in the dark. 

My impression is I could go backpacking with this thing, in a pinch, with no hassle.

I consider my King Kong Meal Prep Bags essential to my life; I’m happy I have both the Backpack and the Bag. Costing $159.95, complete with ice packs and six big, heavy-cute meal containers, I consider the money well spent. Day-to-day I live with the Bag, but for travel or on the bike, the Backpack rules!

@byKingKong, #controlyourfood