Ghost Carrier Has Released Today

Purchase Ghost Carrier on Amazon.

"The unforgettable story of the power of the bond between a father and a son."

Today just in time for our nation's patriotic holiday I am proud to announce that my paranormal military thriller, Ghost Carrier: They Died to Fight Another Day, has officially released in both print and on Kindle. Below are the links to check them out and purchase. Also I'd like to wish every one a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

The Ghost Carrier story...

Frank Rusk hasn’t been sleeping well lately. He’s approaching his milestone 70th birthday. Each night for the past two weeks indescribable scenes of horror have awakened him. He is on an exploding ship in WWII, which is sinking fast. Men are burning alive all around him. He hears sailors cry out, “A Japanese torpedo hit the bomb bay! We are all going to die!”

In these nightmarish visions Frank realizes he is not a spectator watching but a sailor living them.  Everywhere he turns he sees buddies he knows taking their last breaths. Frank decides this horrifying scene must be what his father Joe Rusk experienced in his last moments alive before perishing on an aircraft carrier in November 1943. The sinking occurred just two months after Frank was born.

At his 70th birthday party before blowing the candles out on his cake Frank makes a wish he has kept secret his entire life; an impossible wish that defies time and the laws of the Universe. Frank yearns to rewrite history and have his Dad in his life. As Frank blows out the candles his father Joe's face materializes in the flames. Joe Rusk looks terrified and screams to Frank for help.
 
Unbeknown to Frank his father did not die in 1943 but entered a parallel dimension when his ship sank. Joe Rusk and the crew of the carrier are trapped in time on a parallel earth fighting a far superior Japanese naval force and America is losing the war. Outnumbered and out gunned the crew’s only hope is the unbroken soul connection Joe and Frank share. But will the father and son bond be strong enough to bring the doomed crew home?
Friday
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Announcing GHOST CARRIER Releasing May 27th

"Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend a military thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat."

It is has been more than two years since I released my last thriller, The Russian van Gogh. Today I am beyond excited and proud to officially announce the release of Ghost Carrier: They Died to Fight Another Day which will debut exclusively on Amazon.com on May 27, 2016.

The epic story was written over the span of nearly three years with many starts and stops. As a writer one is compelled to write and I felt driven not only to finish this story but make it the no-holds-barred absolute best "pager turner" it could possibly be. Early beta readers commented back to me that the scenes within the book were so, "vividly powerful that they brought them to tears." Others reported that they simply "could not put it down."

This is the most complex and layered story that I have ever written because I wanted to explore several themes simultaneously while providing a clear premise and a dual storyline - the hero's journey of both a father and a son. The story will satisfy the military thriller reader as well as those seeking a paranormal twist with a little alternative history thrown in. While all this sounds mind numbing the result is I believe one of the most thought provoking stories I have ever written. But of course the reader will be the final judge.

The Story:

Frank Rusk hasn’t been sleeping well lately. He’s approaching his milestone 70th birthday. Each night for the past two weeks indescribable scenes of horror have awakened him. He is on an exploding ship in WWII, which is sinking fast. Men are burning alive all around him. He hears sailors cry out, “A Japanese torpedo hit the bomb bay! We are all going to die!” 

In these nightmarish visions Frank realizes he is not a spectator watching these images but a sailor living them.  Everywhere he turns he sees buddies he knows taking their last breaths. Frank realizes this horrifying scene must be what his father Joe Rusk experienced in his last moments alive before perishing on the aircraft carrier USS Liscomb Bay in 1943. The sinking occurred just two months after Frank was born.

At his 70th birthday party before blowing the candles out on his cake Frank makes a wish he has kept secret his entire life; an impossible wish that defies the laws of the Universe. Frank yearns to rewrite history and have his Dad in his life. As Frank blows out the candles his father Joe's face materializes in the flames. Joe Rusk appears terrified and screams out to Frank for help.


Unbeknown to Frank his father did not die in 1943 but entered a parallel dimension when his ship sank. Joe Rusk and the crew of the carrier are trapped in time on a parallel earth during WWII fighting a far superior Japanese naval force and America is losing the war. Outnumbered and out gunned the crew's only hope is the unbroken soul connection Joe and Frank share. Will the father and son lifeline be strong enough to bring the doomed crew home? Only time and history will tell.

All Titles Now in Print

Last month after seeing increasing sales of the few ebook titles I had in print format I created print versions of all my remaining books. Not an easy process but I had to remind myself people still like to read stories on paper. I myself purchase some books in print instead of ebook format so I can hold the book in my hand. I don't think print will ever completely go away like shooting movies on 35mm and 70mm film. It is simply a choice now. Although for the life of me I don't get the "return to vinyl" for albums. Playing records on a turntable to me was always such a pain. Plus every time the record is played you grind more plastic out of the groove making the recording sound worse. Skips, scratches and pops...this is desired? Oh well.

So when you're not playing your 33s and 45s pick up a copy of one of my titles in print format. Below are two of my best sellers and links to purchase them in print. Enjoy.

Blood Betrayal:

The bodies are piling high—36 unsolved gangland murders at last count—and FBI Supervisor Hans Bauer has to do the unthinkable: put tough, independent Special Agent Frank Murray back on the squad he was twice kicked out of, Organized Crime. Mafia Kingpin Nick Scarponi is back from prison and orchestrating the bloodiest reign of mob killings in Philadelphia history and Frank Murray, who tossed Scarponi in the can three years earlier, is his #1 target. The taunt, tense, visually gritty story leaps off the page and grabs you by the throat. The action-packed tale could only be crafted by someone who knows the art of cinematic pacing—acclaimed Director and Emmy® nominated filmmaker, Robert Child. Blood Betrayal is a classic, big city mafia crime story that cuts to the bone. It feels all too real because it is. The story is based on an historic FBI prosecution and investigation led by Charles "Bud" Warner the real life Frank Murray. FBI Director William Sessions, Attorney General Janet Reno and President Bill Clinton commended him for his extraordinary work on this case. Blood Betrayal is a thrill ride of twists and turns and vividly drawn characters such as "Center City" Charlie, mob con man Nick “The Crow” Consiglioni and Murray's wife, Marlene, a gold-digger whose affair with a doctor is brought to a screeching halt by Murray in a scene that has to be read to be believed. Former Philadelphia resident and director David Lynch chillingly described the city during the time of Blood Betrayal: "It was a very sick, twisted, violent, fear-ridden, decadent, decaying place. I felt like I was constantly in danger. But it was so fantastic at the same time. The people had stories etched in their faces."  Purchase IN PRINT.

How Canada Won the Great War

For 100 years Canada's role in ending WWI sooner than anyone thought possible has gone largely unrecognized. Canadian soldiers unlike British "city boys" hailed from hard scrabble farms and logging camps. Their natural survival and hunting instincts were exactly what the Great War required. The Canadian Corp on the Western Front led by Currie, became the premiere allied fighting force. The fact that Canada was not yet a formalized nation but a Dominion at the close of the war may be the reason for the absence of recognition yet the record of the Canadian WWI military accomplishments is irrefutable. Currie took over command of the Corp after the ill conceived Somme operation and executed a brilliant strategy which led to Canada's greatest military triumph of WWI at Vimy Ridge. Purchase IN PRINT.
Saturday
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Watch Pearl Buck film Tonight on WHYY (PBS) Philadelphia @7P

Program Alert: TONIGHT Saturday, March 26th, Pearl S. Buck: A Life, A Legacy will air on WHYY (PBS) in Philadelphia at 7:00P. 

The film I wrote and directed last year for the Continental Film Alliance based in Doylestown, PA is a biographical portrait of the first American women to be awarded both the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes for literature. 

This project was actually four years in the making as I had been invited to the Pearl Buck Foundation and historical site in Buck County to determine if "there was a story to be told". There most definitely was and myself along with my co-producers, Robert G. and Robert E. Campbell, of the Continental Film Alliance got down to work. This was a departure for me from my mainstays of war and history but a refreshing one in both the writing and execution of the film. I am exceeding proud of the final result and many folks who have seen it are quite emotionally moved for which I am gratified and humbled. I wanted to do justice to Pearl Buck and it was quite a tall challenge I set for myself; bring this literary icon to life, humanize her, cheer for her and cry with her and ultimately make you a devoted fan of hers. You can judge the final result for yourself when you hopefully tune in March 26th at 7P to WHYY in Philadelphia. If you can't wait the DVD of the film is is currently now on sale at Amazon.com as well as the Pearl S. Buck house gift shop in Bucks County. I'd recommend a trip there to see the site as well as meet the folks who are keeping her legacy vibrant and alive. It's well worth the trip!
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WHYY (PBS) in Philadelphia to Air Pearl Buck film March 26th at 7P


Program Alert: In just a few weeks on Saturday, March 26th, Pearl S. Buck: A Life, A Legacy will air on WHYY (PBS) in Philadelphia at 7:00P. 
The film I wrote and directed last year for the Continental Film Alliance based in Doylestown, PA is a biographical portrait of the first American women to be awarded both the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes for literature. This project was actually four years in the making as I had been invited to the Pearl Buck Foundation and historical site in Buck County to determine if "there was a story to be told". There most definitely was and myself along with my co-producers, Robert G. and Robert E. Campbell, of the Continental Film Alliance got down to work. This was a departure for me from my mainstays of war and history but a refreshing one in both the writing and execution of the film. I am exceeding proud of the final result and many folks who have seen it are quite emotionally moved for which I am gratified and humbled. I wanted to do justice to Pearl Buck and it was quite a tall challenge I set for myself; bring this literary icon to life, humanize her, cheer for her and cry with her and ultimately make you a devoted fan of hers. You can judge the final result for yourself when you hopefully tune in March 26th at 7P to WHYY in Philadelphia. If you can't wait the DVD of the film is is currently now on sale at Amazon.com as well as the Pearl S. Buck house gift shop in Bucks County. I'd recommend a trip there to see the site as well as meet the folks who are keeping her legacy vibrant and alive. It's well worth the trip!

Tuesday
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Wereth Team Member Norman Lichtenfeld has Passed Away.

One of the original members of of Wereth team and the man responsible for getting me involved with the project has passed away. Dr. Norman Lichtenfeld an eminent WWII historian and orthopedic surgeon died last week at the age of 65. He was a great man and very generous with his time and his knowledge of the massacre at Wereth. I can truthfully say that the Wereth film could not have been produced without his involvement and moreover he is the man who introduced me to Joseph Small the visionary producer of the film. So I just wanted to take this moment to share the sad news of his passing and I have included a here a clip of Norm speaking at the Wereth premiere in 2011 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Norm, you will be greatly missed.


Monday
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Free Today on Kindle WWII Espionage Thriller / The Russian van Gogh

Painter on the Road to Tarascon by van Gogh
What if the most valuable painting thought destroyed in WWII was never destroyed at all but fell into the hands of the Russians. That is the premise for The Russian van Gogh.

A couple years back I was searching online for the most valuable painting lost in the destruction of the Second World War and I came across The Painter on the Road to Tarascon (pictured left) by Vincent van Gogh. It is a self portrait of the artist in his "yellow period"that if it had survived would be worth more than $300 Million USD today. Of course it set my imagination on fire and the result is one of my favorite thrillers I have written but of course judge for yourself. And for the next two days you can download it for free to your Kindle.

Link (Grab for Free on Amazon)

I wrote this story essentially as the female version of Indian Jones. I wanted  it to be a fun read, an across the globe adventure in the high stakes world of multimillion dollar art. And yes Vldimir Putin plays a major role in the story.

Here is more about the story:

A secure Russian government warehouse is breached in a violent raid. Chechen terrorist Sergey Karpov now possesses a priceless van Gogh the world thought lost in an allied bombing raid in 1945.

Seized in a German museum outside Berlin by the Red Army Trophy Brigade during the last chaotic hours of WWII the masterpiece is part of a hidden stash of billions of dollars worth of stolen art the Russians want kept secret.

Karpov's plans to extort the Putin administration are met with an iron fist and he turns to the world stage releasing a shocking tape to the BBC declaring he will burn the van Gogh and other paintings if his ransom is not paid in seven days.

The Russian van Gogh is a thrilling international race against time as the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam posts a $10 Million dollar reward for the captured painting's return. And British Secret Service along with WWII stolen art recovery experts, The Monuments Men, all join the hunt.

The Monuments Men, founded at Harvard University, dispatches Art History Professor and Forensic Art Detective Riley Spenser, the world's leading expert on the paintings of van Gogh to authenticate  the painting. If it is truly the lost van Gogh from WWII it's value could reach $300 million. Riley teams with British MI6 Agent, Justin Watson, and together speed to Moscow and eventually to the most dangerous city in Russia to find the painting.

From first page to last the story is a gripping intelligent page-turner filled with intrigue and peppered with cinematic action that jumps off the page like a major motion picture.


Wednesday
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