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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Thomas Child Update New Pictures!

Thomas Child (left) at Gettysburg 50th with unidentified vet
You have to categorize this as the power of the Internet. A couple of weeks back a Diane Campbell (Child) contacted me from Massachusetts as she had come across my post on my Great grandfather, Thomas W. Child. Well Diane it turns out is a relative as well. Thomas is her Great, great Grandfather! So she and I are related but I'm not sure exactly how you would classify it, distant cousins perhaps?

In any event Diane knew all about Thomas and spent time in his former home and the best part is she had more photos! I am sharing them in this post. The very cool part is Thomas, who fought at Gettysburg with the 18th Mass. actually attended the 50th Gettysburg Reunion in 1913 the year before he passed away. And here pictured is the photo to prove it along with this train ticket from Massachusetts to attend the reunion. I did not know this but was informed that all veterans who wanted to attend were provided free train transportation. 

Thomas Child train pass to Gettysburg reunion
Thomas Child Discharge Paper from the Civil War
So I just wanted to share these new (old) amazing images of my ancestor who proudly served his country in the American Civil War. I hope you enjoy them!

Thomas W. Child after the war perhaps at age 35.

Thomas W. Child in later years
Sunday
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D-Day On Lake Erie

Rob Child and Tony Antonucci, Commander 2nd Rangers
Recently I had the opportunity to attend my first WWII reenactment. I have been at countless Civil War and Rev War reenactments but never WWII. But in my opinion I started with the best WWII reenactmcnt out there the annual D-Day reenactment at Conneaut, Ohio http://www.ddayohio.us/

I was there to immerse myself in the time period as well as to get a sense of the general audience enthusiasm for WWII. You couldn't have gotten a more patriotic or enthusiastic crowd. Those in attendance were lovers of history and appreciative of WWII vets in particular. And I heard an announcement at the event that there were over 150 WWII vets in attendance. This event was massive but very well run and incredibly free of any admission charge. Yes, free. All the town asked for was a donation which I gladly gave. The event site is situated on the shores of Lake Erie an hour east of Cleveland in the Conneaut Town Park. The terrain actually mimicked Normandy as the park is on a high bluff overlooking the lake. And Erie being one of the "great lakes" after all looks like the ocean or the English Channel.

The most striking difference between the troops at this event and those at a Civil War event was the age. WWII Reenacting is still a young hobby and I saw many younger troops especially on the German side. Yes, they had a full German encampment with SS troops and the works. Since I am writing the WWII story, Blood and Armor, for the Ardennes Group I was very heartened to see this younger enthusiasm for the history and the time period.

The event itself was exciting. Prior to the the American troops landing on shore in the Higgins boats and other crafts the Germans fired a working 88mm gun as well as a flak wagon and MG 42 machine guns. They used these to "fire" on the troops landing. But what was ultra cool is they had American P-47 strafing the beach as well as bombers. And I even thought I caught sight of a Liberator. I took a very short video with my phone which is the reason I wanted to publish this post. My camera work is nothing to write home about but this clip gives you a sense of being there.  Enjoy!

Wednesday
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