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This novel features my favorite character
of all, Jade Martin. The setting is one I know very well, but,
due to various considerations, I would rather not say how. Unlike
my previous work, this one includes a lot more of the supernatural.
That said, I think everything works, logically, at least, and
the result is one of which I’m quite proud.
Incidentally, I was lucky enough to
have the assistance of a psychiatrist on this one, who graciously
read the manuscript and helped out a lot on technical issues
and the general feel for Jade’s condition. Happy to say,
he loved the story and came back to me with a raft of needed
corrections and flat-out mistakes. Thanks, Doug!
Living on Bar Time
My first stab at a more “literary”
fiction, Bar Time grew out of a conversation I had one night
with my pal Dan over a game of pool. Speculating on the effects
of US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, we wondered about bars.
What if one was to go to utterly devastated places and be the
first to set one up? Hell, you’d make a mint, even in a
Muslim nation! And thus were born the MacCraes the Kerns, and
the Doyles. At it’s base, the book’s about family;
family secrets, betrayals, and lies. But on a deeper level, it
says a lot about the American Dream and the moral and ethical
responsibilities that we all face.
Ball of Snakes
This novel leans heavily on my experiences
hiking in the Colorado Rockies with my brother. A pretty straightforward
survival tale, it moves along very well, I think, and the characters
are ones with whom a reader can readily identify. Or despise;
the chapters centering on Jerry, the antagonist, still give me
the creeps. I also like the descriptive aspects of this one,
but then again, the Rockies, alive with the unabashed magnificence
of Nature, made that part easy.
Five Little Monkeys
My first novel. A
bit rough, yes, but the characters and plot are some of my favorites
and there’s a certain feel to it that I still like. Most
of the characters in the book are based either on people I know
or are a composite of two or more. Thanks, guys!
The science stuff in this book is a
boiled-down, layman’s version of reality but is, nonetheless
based in fact; an RFE (as described in the novel) would shake
the foundations of modern commerce and world-wide computer security.
Blame it on Fruit Brute