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Reflexive Fire: Get it now on your Kindle!

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Reflexive Fire got published on Amazon even faster than I thought it would.  The book has it’s first five-star review on the Amazon page from a pre-release copy I sent out.  It was cool to see that Hank picked up on a number of things I attempted to accomplish with this book.  The literary world of Thrillers, especially those about military or ex-military types, is highly politicized, no getting around it.  When I wrote Reflexive Fire, I really spent some time thinking about who the villains should be.  What is the biggest threat facing America?  Islamic terrorism is real, I’ve seen it up close, but less Americans die from terrorism each year than from being struck by lighting.  I decided not to write yet another novel about stereotypical Arabs running around with towels on their heads and shouting “Allah Akbar!”

The villains in Reflexive Fire are those who occupy hidden centers of power such as large international lending institutions like the IMF and the World Bank.  The individuals who meet in secret to make foreign policy decisions for America at the Bilderburg Group and the Council on Foreign Relations.  I made a real effort to cut through the childish notion of left and right wing politics to home in on who is really destroying America and American freedom.

As Hank wrote in his review:

“I’ve learned to avoid political thrillers, and ordinarily wince, groan, roll my eyes and grit my teeth when the author of any novel starts to portray their naive concept of how back room politics play out. This was another pleasant surprise for me. The author bypasses the two-party good-cop-bad-cop charade to tickle the truth hidden behind it. A few years ago, to even mention the workings of the shadow government was to invite ridicule and worse. Maybe this has changed as certain evidence becomes more difficult to hide. Still, I admire the author’s courage to reject the blue pill publicly. “

I expect that this stance will cost me some readers but I feel good about the direction this novel took.  For the type of reader who likes to google the things he reads in a book to see if they are real, I think they will find the information in Reflexive Fire to be authentic and shocking in many ways.  I hope that you will read one of the early scenes in the book about Bohemian Grove and think that I wrote something over the top and ridicules.  Look into if for yourself, I’m not that creative.  This stuff is real!

See for yourself in this in-depth article about Bohemian Grove

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Reflexive Fire: Released this week!

I love it when a good plan comes together.  My cover artist just delivered the final product to me this morning.  Personally, I think it was worth the wait for something like this.  I will post some more details about the cover later but the big news is that my novel, “Reflexive Fire” is currently being published by Amazon.  Coming in at nearly 400 pages, I think it breaks some of the genre’s preconceptions and will give readers an action-adventure novel like they’ve never read before.  The Kindle edition should be ready for sale in just a few days and the paperback copy is my next project, certainly you should be seeing that sometime in July.

For those of you who have been following this blog and my works for the last year, I owe you a huge thank you!  I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten from fellow authors, fans, and other interested parties.  Writing this book has been a great experience.  For anyone who is just joining us, here is the synopsis for the book, I hope that you will consider reading the rest:

As a freelance assassin, Deckard is no stranger to the shadow world of covert operations, but when he is summoned to Bohemian Grove and hired to train and lead a battalion of Kazakh mercenaries, he soon discovers his employer’s real agenda: a doomsday plot decades in the making.

Now, free humanity’s only chance for survival rests with Deckard’s renegade Private Military Company. From Afghanistan, to Burma, and beyond, the clock is ticking down to global extinction.

Just days away!

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Author fan page on Facebook

After a fair amount of struggling to figure out how to make a decent fan page for my writing on facebook, I think I’ve finally figured it out.  Here is the page non-fans will see:When you “Like” my page this will come up:

If you have a moment please shoot over to my fan page and hit that “Like” button for me!  For those of you in the writing community who want to know how to make something like this, sound off in the comments section.  If there is interest I will do a blog post and how-to so you don’t pound your head against the wall the way I did.

Stay frosty out there!

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Reflexive Fire cover, take 100!

Got to tooling around with photoshop again.  I think this is the mock up I will eventually turn over to a professional as a basic guideline for what I am looking for.  Being an amateur, no matter what I do, it comes out looking…amateur.  Best leave something this important to someone who does this sort of thing for a living.  Knowing that this is a rough draft, what do you think?

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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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First Draft is in the bag

One milestone down.  I finished up working on the epilogue tonight.  “Reflexive Fire” stands at about 110,000 words at the moment.  Supposedly, this is a pretty good size for a novel.  We’ll see what happens in the end, I have scenes that need to be added and subtracted.  I gave the prologue the once over tonight and will continue editing.  Revisions will be posted as I finish them for readers to sample.  Thanks again everybody!

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Chapter Nineteen online

Nothing much surprised Deckard as of late.

Richie had worked fast, cutting into bunker six with the thermic lance, the horsepower provided by a dump truck they found on the base helped them pry open the doors the rest of the way.

Inside were three Mk174 tactical nuclear weapons of the type that had become almost legendary in intelligence circles. The United States and Russia were the only two nations to have successfully miniaturized nuclear weapons to the extent that they could be carried in a suit case. They were the prized possession of both country’s nuclear arsenal.

Such weapons could be smuggled into a enemy country via commercial air travel or even strapped to a military free fall parachutists to deliver to a key target. These three were the latest models, with a yield of twelve kilotons a piece.

A military base run by mercenaries. Black project spy planes. Suitcase nuclear weapons.

The Counsel of Three that owned a controlling interest in Samruk, and in Deckard, also owned the United States government, National Security Counsel and all.

Their cargo boat bobbed and dipped in the ocean as heavy lines were thrown down to them from the stern of the super liner. Samruk’s mercenaries grabbed up the ropes and secured them to hard points along the side of the ship, mooring the two vessels together.

As this was done Deckard ordered the nukes rolled off the side of the ship.

They had been his best shot at using a Trojan horse to get close to the super liner and since he wasn’t coming under fire from the two destroyers, it appeared to have worked. The nukes themselves were in hard cases with multiple redundant systems. They would be safest at the bottom of the ocean until the US Navy could recover them at a later date. There was no way he was going to risk having them fall back into enemy hands.

Deckard watches the three metal cases splash and slip into the dark waters.

His men fired several stunted, suppressed gunshots, killing members of the super liner’s receiving party.

It was time to go to work.

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Chapter Sixteen online

Footsteps echoed across the floor, reverberating through empty space.

Obsidian was inlaid into the marble floor forming a black sun wheel, stylized rays of dark light branching out from the center.

Situated in the center of the underground compound, the black sun formed the most ancient of archetypes.

The void of creation.

Hieronymus crossed over the antediluvian symbol, a single pillar of light shining down from the oculas and reflecting off ebony rock. The circular room was cloistered with various pillars, each a different style, originating from ages long forgotten. Some of the pillars were carytids, shaped in human and non-human forms. They were idealizations of man throughout the millennia, others were of creatures from before recorded time. The imagery was buried deep in the sub conscience of man and known to make the uninitiated ill with just a glimpse of their visages.

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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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Cover shot: take one

 

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