New Release Books by Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald is the author of Five Floors Up (2022), Hardware (1993-1997) #9 (2021), Old Souls (2019), Death Need Not Be Fatal (2017) and other 71 books.

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Five Floors Up

release date: Sep 06, 2022
Five Floors Up
Rescue Me meets Blue Bloods in this riveting social history of the New York City Fire Department told from the perspective of the Feehan family, who served in the FDNY for four generations and counting. Seen through the eyes of four generations of a firefighter family, Five Floors Up the story of the modern New York City Fire Department. From the days just after the horse-drawn firetruck, to the devastation of the 1970s when the Bronx was Burning, to the unspeakable tragedy of 9/11, to the culture-busting department of today, a Feehan has worn the shoulder patch of the FDNY. The tale shines the spotlight on the career of William M. Feehan. “Chief” Feehan is the only person to have held every rank in the FDNY including New York City’s 28th Fire Commissioner. He died in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. But Five Floors Up is at root an intimate look at a firefighter clan, the selflessness and bravery of not only those who face the flames, but the family members who stand by their sides. Alternately humorous and harrowing, rich with anecdotes and meticulously researched and reported, Five Floors Up takes us inside a world few truly understand, documenting an era that is quickly passing us by.

Hardware (1993-1997) #9

release date: Apr 13, 2021
Hardware (1993-1997) #9
Has Hardware met his match in Technique, the brilliant woman with a battle suit of her own, sent by Alva to destroy him? And Hardware knows her suit’s got to be good…because it was designed by his alter ego, Curtis Metcalf! Written by Brian McDonald and pencilled by Arvell Jones. Cover by Denys Cowan.

Old Souls

release date: Jun 25, 2019
Old Souls
From Brian McDonald and Les McClaine comes Old Souls, a supernatural graphic novel about addiction, obsession, and the things we do for family. Chris Olsen has a good life. He has a regular job, a wife and daughter who love him, and a promising future. By any measure this is a good life, but it isn’t his first. When a troubling encounter with a homeless man triggers something inside Chris, memories of his past lives bubble to the surface. A lost Chinese boy, a wailing grandmother, and a love so powerful it never left his soul—all compete for his attention. Chris sinks deep into the seedy and seductive world of “grave robbers,” vagrants known for their ability to relive their former lives. But can he find closure to a tragic episode in his past without losing himself in the process?

Death Need Not Be Fatal

release date: May 16, 2017
Death Need Not Be Fatal
Before he runs out of time, Irish bon vivant MALACHY MCCOURT shares his views on death - sometimes hilarious and often poignant - and on what will or won't happen after his last breath is drawn. During the course of his life, Malachy McCourt practically invented the single's bar; was a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star, a best-selling author; a gold smuggler, a political activist, and a candidate for governor of the state of New York. It seems that the only two things he hasn't done are stick his head into a lion's mouth and die. Since he is allergic to cats, he decided to write about the great hereafter and answer the question on most minds: What's so great about it anyhow? In Death Need Not Be Fatal, McCourt also trains a sober eye on the tragedies that have shaped his life: the deaths of his sister and twin brothers; the real story behind Angela's famous ashes; and a poignant account of the death of the man who left his mother, brothers, and him to nearly die in squalor. McCourt writes with deep emotion of the staggering losses of all three of his brothers, Frank, Mike, and Alphie. In his inimitable way, McCourt takes the grim reaper by the lapels and shakes the truth out of him. As he rides the final blocks on his Rascal scooter, he looks too at the prospect of his own demise with emotional clarity and insight. In this beautifully rendered memoir, McCourt shows us how to live life to its fullest, how to grow old without acting old, and how to die without regret.

Religious Annals of the Braidwood District

release date: Oct 09, 2020
Religious Annals of the Braidwood District
The history of the development of the churches and the parishes of the Braidwood district. The book contains a collection of photographs that enriches the history of the churches, clergy and lay people of each denomination. The book also highlights the religious and liturgical history of the Braidwood regions form 1840 to the present time.

In the Middle of the Night

release date: Sep 29, 2009
In the Middle of the Night
***Please note: This ebook edition does not contain the photos found in the print edition.*** The affluent suburb of Cheshire, Connecticut, seemed like the perfect place for Dr. William Petit and his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, to raise their two lovely daughters... Until July 23, 2007, when, according to police, two ex-cons invaded the Petit home hoping to embark on a routine robbery—one that would ultimately prove deadly. What unfolded at 300 Sorghum Mill Drive was a tragic and horrifying sequence of events that shocked a community and made headlines across the nation. Before the morning was over, Mrs. Hawke-Petit and one of her daughters would be sexually assaulted, the entire house would go up in flames, and only Dr. Petit—his head bloodied, his legs bound—would manage to escape with his life. With the help of neighbors and local police, the two suspects were soon found and captured. Now, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes await trial for murder IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

No Guts, No Glory

release date: Jul 19, 2019
No Guts, No Glory
The author has sought in this book to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of European Union foreign policy making. His main conclusions are that the the Union policy making machinery needs to be considerably strengthened to face up to the increased challenges of today. The reliance on a consensus in foreign policy making will no longer suffice and that more majority voting will become essential. Moreover policy making will increasingly need to rely on principle which will be the best way to arrive at a common approach given the divided nature of the interests and historical backgrounds of the member states of the Union. Finally while soft power and engagement have constituted the main thrust of European policy, this will no longer suffice in a world in which we are seeing the emergence of powerful autocracies and military threats. This will increase the need for more hard power and the consolidation of European military forces which will strengthen our military alliances.

The Golden Theme

release date: Jan 13, 2017
The Golden Theme
The Golden Theme is the study of writing's essential commonality-the question of what makes writing and storytelling vital to human nature-by award-winning writer/director/producer Brian McDonald.

Invisible Ink

release date: Jan 12, 2017
Invisible Ink
Invisible Ink is a helpful, accessible guide to the essential elements of the best storytelling by award-winning writer/director/producer Brian McDonald. Readers learn techniques for building a compelling story around a theme, engaging audiences with writing, creating appealing characters, and much more.

Ink Spots

release date: Apr 01, 2013
Ink Spots
Ink Spots is a collection of brief but powerful essays on writing, story structure and filmmaking by award winning writer/director/producer Brian McDonald. With inspiring wit and wisdom he will not only teach you how to be a better writer, but a more observant person and a better student in any field. You'll find yourself uncontrollably thinking deep thoughts about writing, film or anything else you are passionate about in life. Foreword by Glen Keane. "Listen to Brian, he has the unique ability to articulate what makes good writing." - Al Higgins, Writer "News Radio," "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Mike & Molly" "If you don't already have a mentor, here's one you'll love, in portable form." -- Steve Englehart novelist and writer of classic versions of dozen of comics series such as Batman and The Avengers "Brian's book is filled with insightful and useful gems for writers of any experience level. The only reason you'll want to put it down is to go start writing yourself." -- J. Elvis Weinstein writer/producer "Freaks and Geeks," "Mystery Science Theater 3000," "Cinematic Titanic" "Brian writes in clear, readily usable ways to improve your screenwriting. Like time-release story capsules they ignite and helped me over many movies and countless story bends. Give him a read, take a couple and repeat as needed." -- Ronnie del Carmen, story supervisor on UP and Finding Nemo, director and writer at Pixar Animation Studios. "I use Brian McDonald's books in my classes because I'm a student of his work. All teachers are students all the time. Brian hasn't forgotten that he occupies both a seat in the classroom and the spot in front of the classroom." -- Shawn Wong Professor, Department of English University of Washington Foreword by Glen Keane.

Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants

release date: Oct 22, 2015
Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants
The Forty Elephants were unique in the annals of British crime. Known also as the Forty Thieves, they were the country's only all-female crime syndicate, a gang of tough but glamorous women who plundered the fashion stores and jewel shops of the West End. They were led to infamy by Alice Diamond and were 'notorious for their good looks, fine stature, and smart clothing' as well as for stealing the most expensive gems and clothes. Crime historian Brian McDonald has uncovered a wealth of material to write the first ever full-length account of these remarkable women.

Predator: Strange Roux

release date: May 22, 2013
Predator: Strange Roux
There's a legend down in Bayou Lafourche of a man turned into a monster. Well, legends aren't always fiction, and monsters aren't always horrible, but something's got to account for the bodies being pulled out of that swamp. And that something's got nothing to do with voodoo.

Safe Harbor

release date: Apr 01, 2007
Safe Harbor
Elizabeth Lochtefeld was a glowing, charismatic and driven woman who'd built a million-dollar fortune in Manhattan before settling into a new life in one of America's most elite resort communities. She'd planned to dedicate the rest of her life to charity-and to marry and finally start a family of her own. When Lochtefeld met thrity-seven year-old Tim Toolan-- a tall, strapping, handsome, and Columbia graduate and Wall Street ace who'd made it to Vice President at Smith Barney-she thought she'd found Mr. Right. She told friends she was in love. She hinted at marriage. But soon she saw past the Golden Boy facade, finding a deeply troubled man with a history of erratic bahavior -- a man given to violent mood swings who'd been fired from his position at Smith Barney after trying to steal an $80,000 Roman bust from a Park Avenue antiques show. Two days after she ended the affair, she lay dead on the floor of her Nantucket cottage. Safe Harbor: A Murder in Nantucket is the true story of love gone terribly wrong.

Pro SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services

release date: Aug 01, 2012
Pro SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services
Pro SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services opens the door to delivering customizable, web-enabled reports across your business at reasonable cost. Reporting Services is Microsoft’s enterprise-level reporting platform. It is included with many editions of SQL Server, and is something you’ll want to take advantage of if you’re running SQL Server as your database engine. Reporting Services provides a full set of tools with which to create and deploy reports. Create interactive reports for business users. Define reporting models from which business users can generate their own ad hoc reports. Pull data from relational databases, from XML, and from other sources. Present that data to users in tabular and graphical forms, and more. Reporting Services experts Brian McDonald, Rodney Landrum, and Shawn McGehee show how to do all this and much more in this third edition of their longstanding book on the topic. Provides best practices for using Reporting Services Covers the very latest in new features for SQL Server 2012 Your key to delivering business intelligence across the enterprise What you’ll learn Write efficient queries on which to base a report Build and lay out a report using Report Designer Enable end users to create ad hoc reports on demand Combine Reporting Services with Analysis Services, SharePoint Server, and other technologies to deliver business intelligence across the enterprise Secure and audit your reports as part of your regulatory compliance efforts Customize your reports using C# assemblies and embedded Visual Basic .NET code Who this book is for Pro SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services is aimed at data analysts, developers, database administrators, and others who develop and deploy reports using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. Table of Contents1. Introducing the Reporting Services Architecture 2. Report Authoring: Designing Efficienc Queries 3. Introduction to Reporting Services Design with SQL Server Data Tools 4. Laying Out A Report 5. Implementing Dashboard-Style Report Objects 6. Building Reports 7. Using Custom .NET Code with Reports 8. Deploying Reports 9. Rendering Reports from .NET Applications 10. Managing Reports 11. Securing Reports 12. Delivering Business Intelligence using SSRS 13. Creating Reports using Report Builder 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0

The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator

release date: Oct 20, 2010
The Golden Theme: How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator
How stories reveal the essence of our humanity and how authors can infuse their writing with universal appeal Author Brian McDonald shows how sharing stories is essential to human survival and how stories that get at fundamental truth help us share our deepest commonalities.

The Art of Hei Lin Wushu

release date: Dec 01, 2008
The Art of Hei Lin Wushu
This book gives insight to teens and adults in the teachings of Hei Lin Wushu, who admonishes about patience, will power, and aspects of proper foods, health, and meditation.

Last Call at Elaine's

release date: Apr 15, 2008
Last Call at Elaine's
Brian McDonald was a few years sober when he took a job as bartender at the renowned Elaine's restaurant on Second Avenue at 88th street in Manhattan. During his eleven years at Elaine's, he saw, served, and overheard many famous customers, from Woody Allen to Kurt Vonnegut to Mick Jaggar. He also developed a unique friendship with Elaine herself. Last Call At Elaine’s is an intimate look at the well-known and beloved restaurant, its owner, and its famous literary and luminary clientele. At the same time, McDonald’s memoir is the deeply personal story of how a bartender became a writer, fell off the wagon and got back on, and found himself through the window of a very famous restaurant. Last Call at Elaine's is Brian McDonald's colorful and sensitively drawn memoir of drinking, serving, writing, and finding his way out from behind the bar.

Freeman - A Novella in Screenplay Form

release date: Jun 01, 2011
Freeman - A Novella in Screenplay Form
Freeman, an original screenplay, is western about a former slave, living out West with his wife and child, building a new life. Accused of stealing, he is forced to become a fugitive. To evade the posse on his trail, he finds himself using the same tricks he used as a runaway slave. Problem is, Freeman's also being hunted by an expert tracker by the name of Cage who's a former profession? Slave-catcher. And he knows all the tricks. This taut page-turner is followed by the author's insightful notes on the screenplay's construction. This book will help authors navigate the maze that is story construction as well as teaching how to affect one's audience deeply.

Gangs of London

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Gangs of London
Decades before the Krays, London was plagued by gang warfare as vicious and terrifying as anything that was to come. Territorial tribes fought pitched battles for honour and pride. As the Bethnal Green Boys hunted Hackney's Broadway Boys, Clerkenwell fought Somers Town, the Red Hands haunted Deptford and the Silver Hatchets terrorised Islington. The first ever history of these intriguing street mobs is a riveting journey through the violent underbelly of one of the world's great cities.

In the Middle of the Night: The Shocking True Story of a Family Killed in Cold Blood

release date: Sep 01, 2009
In the Middle of the Night: The Shocking True Story of a Family Killed in Cold Blood
The affluent suburb of Cheshire, Connecticut, seemed like the perfect place for Dr. William Petit and his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, to raise their two lovely daughters... Until July 23, 2007, when, according to police, two ex-cons invaded the Petit home hoping to embark on a routine robbery--one that would ultimately prove deadly.

Irrigation Rates and Frequencies for Western and Eastern Oregon Turfgrass

release date: Jan 01, 2021
Irrigation Rates and Frequencies for Western and Eastern Oregon Turfgrass
When trying to minimize irrigation inputs, the best turfgrass species for the Oregon climate include perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) in Western Oregon, Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) in Central/Eastern Oregon and tall fescue (Schedonorus arundinaceus) in Western, Central or Eastern Oregon

Indian Summer

release date: Jul 01, 2006
Indian Summer
More than a century ago, on a remote reservation, a naturalÓ athletic talent was born who would change the face of baseball -- literally. The Indian, as he was labeled by friend & foe alike, caused a commotion in city after city as all wanted a piece of the first Native Amer. to play in the Majors. For one sensational season he was the toast of Cleveland & the Nat. League, his appeal so strong that there's little doubt he inspired the name his old club carries today. This is the story of Louis Francis Sockalexis, grandson of a Penobscot chief, who endured a firestorm of publicity while blazing a trail for such sports heroes as Jim Thorpe & Jackie Robinson. Unfortunately, Sockalexis sealed his own fate with alcohol & other temptations.

Managing Microdochium Patch in Pacific Northwest Turfgrass

release date: Jan 01, 2021
Managing Microdochium Patch in Pacific Northwest Turfgrass
Those round, brown rings that appear on your lawn in spring may just be a passing problem. But if you manage a golf course, you may want to take steps to control Michrodochium nivale, the fungus that causes Microdochium patch on turf grass. To prevent problems, learn how to select the right species of grass, and pick up that rake come fall.
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