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New interview on the Two-Fisted Blog!

A new interview with yours truely is posted on Hank’s Two Fisted Blog, worth a look in my highly biased opinion!  Here is a small bit from it:

2FB: So tell us about Deckard: What would his resume read like? More importantly, how would you describe his personality, motivations, etc.?  Assuming he has time off in between jobs, how does he like to spend it and where does he go?

As far as his professional and personal background, I leave that fairly murky.  This was done intentionally in order to reveal a little more about him with each book.  I hope it doesn’t tick readers off but I think it is interesting to develop a character over the course of several books, revealing more about him within the plot of each novel.  However, even in Reflexive Fire we learn a little bit more about him as we get deeper into the book.

Deckard comes from a military background and at some point was recruited into the world of covert operations, but somewhere along the way he had a falling out with certain governmental agencies and now plies his trade as a freelance operative, working mostly singleton operations in the far corners of the world.  In terms of personality he is a little odd, you’d have to be in order to do his job, and somewhat obsessive.  He is the type of soldier who went far too deep to ever return to “normal” life, I don’t think there is any turning back for him.  Despite this, Deckard is a reasonable human being; he lives by a certain code and has lines that he won’t cross.  What does he do in his down time?  I don’t think he even knows what to do with himself during those moments and probably indulges himself until he can’t take the boredom anymore.

In terms of motivation, well, if there is any doubt in the reader’s mind by the end of the book, Deckard’s final words in the novel will leave no doubt as to why he does what he does.

Jack Murphy’s Two Fist Blog Interview

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Reflexive Fire Coming this Summer:

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Three covers…decisions, decisions, decisions…

Well, I’ve been working on the cover for my new project.  It’s a short story, the first in a series about a mercenary’s career through the 1970’s and 1980’s.  The first issue is about the protagonists beginnings in MACV-SOG towards the end of the Vietnam war.  I am  still conflicted about some of the subtleties of the colors and backgrounds for the cover.  What do you think?

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Manuscript

Well, I’ve taken the novel through the first edit, added some needed scenes, subtracted some redundant useless crap, and formatted it into a manuscript.  Now it’s off the the proof reader.  If anyone has any interest in beta-reading the book before it’s published please feel free to contact me.  I’m always interested in outside opinions, the more the better.  I don’t discriminate, I value the opinion of a ex-Army Colonel right alongside a stay at home mom.  This isn’t intended to be an elitist military only novel.

In the mean time, I will continue tweaking the novel before I do the final revision when the proof reader and any beta-readers give me their comments.  I will be re-doing large portions of this blog as well, and maybe doing an actual website for the book as opposed to just a blog site.

Thanks again to any readers out there!

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Chapter Fifteen online

Deckard punched a button on the keyboard and another video popped up. This one showed the CEO on the phone in his office. Overlaid on the video was the voice on the other end of the phone, taken from a separate tap on the line. The voice was unmistakeable, it belonged to the president of Kazakhstan.

They were talking about liquidating the Kazakh national bank and turning the reigns over to shareholders in the United States.

“I’ve got it all Kareem,” Deckard said pausing the video. “Hard evidence. Government collusion with Samruk’s corporate leaders to assassinate bankers and journalists who are not on board with your program. Selling Kazakh mineral wealth to European nations dirt cheap in exchange for kickbacks. Funny money Washington Consensus loans with the IMF. Plans to eliminate ethnic minorities so you can build a new oil pipeline. I’ve got it all.”

The Ministry of Justice official looked like he was about the be ill.

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