The writing of
War in the West
Book 1 in the NEW three book
Now available on Amazon.com at
My fourth novel, BROKEN UNION- War in the West, is finally complete. It's the start of a new series, but . . . it starts where the other series ended. If you haven't read FIFTY, HARRIS, or FIRE & WATER, you might want to start there or you'll be a bit confused. Broken Union is a political, military, paranormal, emotional, techno-thriller. You'll follow the struggles of CIA Agent Amanda Langford, former farmgirl and graduate of NC State University, as she tries to recover from the personal trauma of recent events. Meanwhile, the United States of America finds itself under greater threat than at any time in its history . . . and it gets worse!
A rogue general within China's People's Liberation Army has a 25-year plan to smuggle nuclear weapons into the United States.
Book 1 in the three book Detonation series!
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I was born in Durham, North Carolina on November 8, 1951. I attended NC State University from 1969 to 1972, majoring in mechanical engineering. Two problems: first, the drinking age back then was 18; second, I majored in engineering because all my friends majored in engineering (I found out the hard way that calculus and I didn't get along).
My mother's comment was, "I don't know what you're going to do, but you're not living here." So I enlisted in the US Army in 1972, during the Vietnam War, and found myself in the Infantry. I was lucky. I was never sent to Vietnam. After two years, I applied for the Army's Nuclear Power Plant Operator's School, graduated in 1975 with a specialty in Radiation Protection, and spent the next year teaching math at the school (God does have a sense of humor). After spending three years in Honolulu, working at the Tripler Army Medical Center, I left the army in November 1979 with a wife, a two year old son, and no job.
I started working at Three Mile Island Unit 2 in February 1980, 11 months after the accident (that's a complete separate novel). That started a career in nuclear power that lasted until 2012. I have written lesson plans, procedures and presentations galore (not exactly creative writing). Creative writing is different. You have to imagine a scene, place yourself inside it, and then describe what you are seeing in words (hopefully interesting words). I'm also a woodworker, a glazier and a sculptor. I have had work displayed in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
Me a 'few' years later . . .
My last day at Three Mile Island, October 1984