I’m very pleased to pass along an announcement from the producers of the film version of my novel The Mullah’s Storm. They’ve partnered with a nonprofit organization to promote awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. Click here for more details.
Reports say the FBI is now investigating the anti-government gunmen who have rushed to the aid of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Among other actions, these geniuses have set up checkpoints in the area. According to Nevada congressman Steven Horsford, armed men are stopping drivers and demanding proof of residency—in support of the rancher who won’t pay for grazing cattle on land he doesn’t own and who says African-Americans might be better off enslaved.
You’re invited to join me on Saturday, May 17 for the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I’ll be speaking on the topic of military thrillers with fellow thriller writer Rick Campbell, author of The Trident Deception. He and I will be at the Dashiell Hamett Pavilion at 3:15 p.m. For more info on other speakers and activities at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, please click here.
My new novel, Sand and Fire, comes to bookstores in July. But it’s available for pre-order now! Click here for links to order.
A thought for the New Year, from T.S. Eliot:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
Welcome to Karjackistan! A driver backs away (around obstacles) to escape a mock ambush. This came as part of a Protective/Evasive Driving course that I took for background research. Vehicle Dynamics Institute teaches a great set of courses for security professionals. Note the splatters from paintball bullets.
Congress has passed a measure to pay active-duty military personnel during the government shutdown. So, lawmakers have solved the military part of the problem, right?
Thousands of full-time members of the Guard and Reserve serve most of the time in a civilian status. They’re called Civilian Technicians or Air Reserve Technicians. They perform vital functions for our nation’s defense every day, and on drill weekends or when called to active duty, they serve in a military status.
And they’ve received furlough notices while Congress keeps getting paid.
Had a great time at the recent Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity literary conference in Baltimore. Speakers included John Gilstrap and Jefferey Deaver, who gave informative and entertaining talks.
I had an opportunity to take part in two panels. The first panel addressed violence in genre literature. I asserted that an author can use detailed violence in quality fiction as long as the author also shows the cost of that violence–the grief, the impact on families, and even the impact on the person committing the violence. To provide an example, I read passages from a thriller that has stood the test of time, THE ILIAD, by Homer. Some of Homer’s lines are pretty darned graphic.
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