Category Archives: My Books

The New, The Discounted, The Free


The holidays are upon us, and after the year that has been I think we all need something better than good, bad, and ugly.  So, for a limited time, it will be possible to not only buy my new book (CreateSpace, Amazon, Kindle) but you can get print versions of ADV: Travels to Al Qa’im and Beyond and ADV: Travels with Team Easy at a reduced price; and, through the weekend you can get the Kindle version of A Different View: Travels to Al Qa’im and Beyond
at the sale price of $2.99 and you can get the Kindle version of A Different View: Travels with Team Easy, Iraq 2007 for free.

A Different View: DJ, Doura, and Arab Jabour (Volume 3) is a view of the day-to-day life of the troops.  It shares one of the most amazing Christmas dinners I’ve ever had, and it shares a bit about Operation Puppy Love.  More than that, it shows how far things had come, and the hope on all sides that existed in late 2007/early 2008.  It shares what was tossed away for domestic political purposes, and stands in stark contrast to the situation today.

I think you really need to read Sarah A. Hoyt’s entire introduction, but this part captures so much of what I hope is shown in the images:

Children don’t understand about budgetary demands, or the expedient chicanery of partisan propaganda.

All these children who survive will remember is that they were shown something unspeakably beautiful, something they might not have fully understood, but sensed. They were told it could be theirs. And then it was withdrawn. Forever.

The cost of what was done is high, and while we can fix things to some extent, the cost to go back and do so again will be many times more than what was, or could have been.  Trust is something earned, and that is gone.

The three books show the day-to-day life of our troops, and share a bit of the cost even as they show what was, what was building.  Together, they present a portrait, and through the weekend you can get the complete portrait at a discount or for free.

QUESTION:  For anyone who has downloaded the Kindle version of my new book:  Do you have any problems enlarging the photos to see them better?  I’ve had no problem on my phone, but that is not the same as a Kindle reader.  Just had a reviewer complain about this, trying to figure out if it is a legitimate complaint or not.  

A Different View Special!

Okay, the new book is out and can be bought as a print copy at Amazon and at CreateSpace.

To sweeten the deal a bit, the price of the Kindle Version has been dropped, and starting Thursday you will be able to get the previous book on Kindle for a reduced price and the first book on Kindle for free.  That’s right, free.  The specials start Thursday, though the price drop for the new book on Kindle is on now.

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Instalanche!

Many thanks to Glenn Reynolds for linking the Kindle version of my latest book over at Instapundit!  If you have come here from there, please feel free to look around, kick tires, and check things out.  Meantime, remember that you can buy the Kindle and the paperback versions via Amazon:


Also, if you buy through this link, it costs you nothing extra and makes me more money.

ADV: Travels to Al Qa’im and Beyond

Note that the covers will vary between Kindle and print

Note that the covers will vary between Kindle and print

I am pleased (and somewhat relieved) to announce that the second volume in the A Different View series is now out in trade paperback and on Kindle.   The trade paperback is also now available on Amazon proper.  This new volume showcases day-to-day life of Marines at Al Qa’im on the Syrian border while I was with them on the last part of my first embed.  It then transitions to Germany and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where I introduce readers to a very special ceremony for arriving wounded.  I’m honored that MaryAnn Phillips of Soldiers’ Angels Germany and Michael Z. Williamson agreed to write the foreword and introduction, respectively.

Here’s a taste of what people who have seen it have to say:

“A Different View is a personal and vivid narrative of the author’s experience in a combat zone, showing not combat but the mundanity, humor, and boredom that make up ninety-nine percent of life ‘inside the wire.’ The author’s photos and narrative illustrate how service members cope and adapt to the surreal conditions, and how injury and death are still close by. This is a valuable book, and anyone who cares about America’s troops and the fight in the Middle East will find it worthwhile.”
Larry Bond, bestselling author of Shattered Trident 

“My first thought as I looked at the pictures was”I’ve been there,” “I think I know that guy” and the fine details of multiple deployments come rushing back like they were yesterday. I can smell the pictures. Blake captures a reality through a very narrow opportunity that many will never understand. Those that have been there will look at the pictures, remember their experiences, and if they are viewing with another warrior, they will simply glance at one another as they both will remember the events they lived through and will do so with a smirk on their face. They will do it for those that were there with them, that didn’t come home.”
Maj Pain (USMC), http://www.OneMarinesView.com

“Lest we forget—Blake Powers helps all of us who were not there witness the everyday lives and achievements of our armed forces in Iraq with gorgeous pictures and thoughtful commentary.”
Toni Weisskopf, publisher of Baen Books

“None of us really know what it’s like to be ‘on the front lines’ unless we’ve served. Which means most Americans really have ‘no clue’.   Blake shows these guys and gals in their environment. Sure, there are fun times, how could there not, you’d go bonkers otherwise. But the real deal is just being ‘in country’. Living it, breathing it, seeing it, being enveloped by it every waking moment (and sleeping too) then getting through it as best one can. He has really put this out there for all of us, those lucky individuals who have been lavished with the most amazing country in the world, to feel safe, made so by the sacrifices of these brave men and women.”
David Mecey, former Staff Photographer, Playboy magazine

“A Different View is well-titled; it gives the reader an alternative perspective of the fruit yielded by the American effort in Iraq. Most of it is good fruit.  The book is well worth your time…and your money.”
Juliette Ochieng, author of Tale of the Tigers

Given feedback from readers, the Kindle version of this new book was created specifically for Kindle in an effort to deal with format and photo issues that were reported with the previous volume.  While the print and Kindle covers will be slightly different, it is hoped that the presentation of the photos will give readers the best possible experience.

This book builds on A Different View:  Travels with Team Easy, Iraq, 2007 (Kindle and trade paperback)

You said you wanted more writing, so you got it.  I hope it makes you laugh, think, and cry.

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Kickstarter Project: Normandy 2013

I have launched, and you can find it here!  Please support, and please help share the word!

New Short Story: A Bride to the Moon

A new fiction short story, fantasy/supernatural, is up at Amazon.  In addition, be careful:  if you stare at the cover, you might just notice it staring back at you…

A Bride to the Moon

It Is True!

You can get a free copy of the Kindle version of “A Different View:  Travels with Team Easy, Iraq 2007″ today and tomorrow at Amazon.  Check it out, and let me know what you think.

A Free Copy of A Different View

This weekend, as in Saturday and Sunday, some of you will have the chance to get a free copy of the Kindle version of A Different View.

This may go on into Monday, and as I find out more about how it works (provided I do), I will share it. Meantime, keep an eye out and score a free copy.