Pictured: The author and his son in the Northern Nevada Outback
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Under the dubious heading of a bio: I’m older now and have been writing most of my life. I published a few short stories while at college in my late twenties, then gave up any serious attempt at writing for the need to work and live in the real world. A lesson that I learned, if I may paraphrase Norman Mailer: the difference between a writer and a successful author is that the successful author knows a publisher. Back in those college days I knew no publishers and came to seek a materially successful life rather than a struggling one outside the Ivy League, literati network. Today, I’ve now acquired several college degrees, made my money, retired, and ironically I have recently found several publishers who have turned a couple of my projects into a reality. I don’t mean to imply that finding a publisher willing to look at my work got easier as I got older -- because it did not. But given years of knocking around I did eventually "bump" into folks in related fields, who steered me into social situations where I found other people from relate fields, and so on, until I finally fell into a small publishing house that took a chance on me. But no, it wasn’t easy. crime novels best mystery thrillers
It opens almost as a comedy: a childish blackmail stunt targeting a US Congressman. This amateurish antic twists and turns and unexpectedly sends the reader down a rabbit hole populated by Nazi biker gangs, faded movie stars, sexual deviance, and compromised Gov’t agencies. Tying it all together is a shadowy European corporate entity exporting neo-Nazi thugs to Los Angeles to retrieve a puzzling historical icon of immense importance to German fascist parties.
Reluctantly, Wade Daniels plunges Praetorian into this sorted mix as a personal favor to a friend. Wade has little time to feel regret before he is sucked into a vortex of competing sociopaths, a criminal congressman, and a kidnapped client. Each personality involved has a different understanding of the explosive nature of the mysterious icon that launched the struggle, and each is determined to possess the artifact no matter the cost. It is political intrigue on steroids, with a twisted ending that was always hidden in plain sight
At the heart of Terminal Cure:
Current research indicates that the chances of HIV transmission through heterosexual intercourse are below 100 per 10,000 exposures. Imagine if that risk was increased to 9,999 per 10,000. By pure chance, and serendipity, a major pharmaceutical company has uncovered a mutated strain of HIV that increases the chance of transmission to 99%. Surly, such an unfolding would spin the moral compass into overtime. But not for all, for this ugly discovery sets into motion a diabolical plan inspired by a odd and creepy marriage of environmental politics and corporate greed. A mixed bag of eco-warriors and corporate executives team up with military brass and members of congress to pull off a crime for the ages; a catastrophe justified in the name of the greater good of humanity. Unfortunately, the employees of security firm Praetorian Inc. have little time to contemplate the philosophical questions lodged at the heart of Pray’s novel. As the scope of the heinous scheme unfolds, the men and women of Praetorian find themselves fighting not only for their own lives, but also for the survival of the entire human species.
This collection of true stories brings you directly into the working man’s world from several unusual angles: a truck driver who shields a transvestite from a jail house rape, a dock worker who accidentally turns his lover into a prostitute, two black drivers in Alabama who must keep a terrified white woman out of the hands of her family . . . There are 12 stories in this volumn that mix race, gender, justice, love and violence, all showing working men and women in authentic situiations that reflect the world in which these individuals live. Each of these stories is told first hand or drawn from a true account with attempts made to keep faith with the actual event and with more than a simple modicum of sympathy offered to the mood and struggle of the working people involved.
As originally conceived, the online journal, Politics and Philosophy, was to present radical perspectives on age-old topics. To accomplish this the journal sought out recent post-graduate and graduate students, those who might possess fresh ideas as yet uncrushed by peer review and an orthodox academia. This has resulted in unique perspectives on contemporary topics, though it is far more accurate to describe these topics as timeless. In selecting the articles, the editors scrupulously avoided writing that could be interpreted as openly partisan, or slavishly following a particular doctrine or ideology. The articles can be considered partisan only in the sense that veritasis partisan. For more details, chapter headings and content, follow the "find out more" below.