Here’s the latest book, and it’s out today, The Trinity Conspiracy. Check the others, including the eBook version of “Trinity” (cheap) by clicking this highlighted stuff. Here’s what’s new about the new book. It’s written in three parts, and this is part one, “Betrayal at Black Mesa.” Second book of the Trinity Conspiracy should be out in print in the next month. Then, of course, the third should follow soon after, along with the omnibus version that will be the third book in the Jackson Guild Saga.
Here’s the blurby gist of it all: You’re name is Jackson Guild. You’ve slowly fought back from the agony of PTSD and now you’re somewhat sober and a crack investigator on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But you’ve uncovered something you never wanted to see: The “Eyes Only” notice that there’s nuclear weapon loosed by terrorists on American soil. And it’s ticking down toward detonation. Somewhere. That was seven months ago. You didn’t find the bomb, and it blew a hole through the heart of America. On Halloween night you got the word that there is a second bomb out there. It’s a dirty trick. Finding it will be no treat. Fortunately, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, you still must pay the price. Ask yourself, what’s your lonely life worth when millions of others are at stake?
All the books are written in the first-person by the former Senate press officer/investigator, Jackson Guild. The short stories in this series, and there’s only one so far, A Blood Conspiracy. are written in the first person by the characters. The idea in doing this is to shed light on the characters. Depth too, while advancing the narrative. The third “Trinity” book is in the works, which sets the stage for an American demi-dystopia.
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Years ago, in Philadelphia, I published a monthly magazine of local writing. Great local writing. The work appeared on newsprint. It was a freaking tabloid. A tabloid filled with great writers. And what was incredible was the price. Zip. Zero. Free! That’s why it was so successful. What was to lose? Pick it up. Put it down. Read it in the waiting room. Forget the root canal. Read this tale! Or take it home. Leave it on the airplane seat for the next person. It was free. Free literature and journalism. And there was so much banging good work — poetry, stories, cartoons, graffiti, toilet paper!!! Think of it. 1,000 copies a month across the city of Philadelphia. That’s huge. And I delivered every bundle of each issue in my blue ’64 Buick convertible. I called it “Lazy Fair.” It won grants from George Plimpton, the Paper Tiger himself, a principle at the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, today known as Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. I was “lazy”; I was “fair”; I promoted writers. That’s what I do. That’s what Writing Publicly does. Promote writers. You too. Subscribe below. (Above?) Yeah. Now you’re part of it. I love you. I need you. You’re a writer. So just do it. I work so you may work.
- In November 2013, SOE historian Steven Kippax wrote, “Mavis Batey, who has died aged 92, was one of the leading female codebreakers at Bletchley Park, cracking the Enigma ciphers that led to the Royal Navy’s victory at Matapan, its first fleet action since Trafalgar.”
Jeff’s comment: Reportage about the Battle of Matapan led to successful libel suits against the great American journalist David Brinkley, as well the British scholar and spy H. Montgomery Hyde, both of whom defamed Italian Naval Admiral Alberto Lais. Hyde got the Lais story wrong and Brinkley subsequently inhaled the blowback. Both purported that Lais handed over Italy’s naval codes to American honey trap Betty Pack, and that Lais’s treachery led to Italy’s own Pearl Harbor off the southern tip of Greece, the mythological home of Hades. The courts thought otherwise. Mavis Batey might have known the truth, but, then, that was her secret. Kappix continues, “She was the last of the great Bletchley ‘break-in’ experts, those codebreakers who found their way into new codes and ciphers that had never been broken before.
“Mavis Batey also played a leading role in the cracking of the extraordinarily complex German secret service, or Abwehr, Enigma. Without that break, the Double Cross deception plan which ensured the success of the D-Day landings could never have gone ahead.”
Read Robert Harris’s wonderful book, Enigma, and try to find her.
Kevin Sites was a marked man after he filmed the murder of Iraqi combatants by Marines in the aftermath of a firefight. He had to leave the country. Now he’s back. The guy’s got guts. Welcome to Afghanistan. Good luck, dude.
Here’s the gear he carries to work. http://boingboing.net/2013/06/28/proto-warblogger-Here’s the gear he takes to work.
Reading Conrad’s Under Western Eyes, I came across this: ”…Still more characteristic of the moral corruption of an oppressed society where the noblest aspirations of humanity, the desire for freedom, an ardent patriotism, the love of justice, the sense of pity, and even the fidelity of simple minds are prostituted to the lusts of hate and fear, the inseparable companions of an uneasy despotism.” (Emphasis mine.)
This quote does not prefigure a rant about the number of blondes in short skirts co-hosting Fox News http://www.foxnewsgirls.com/ but neither is it unrelated to that network. (Photo of Fox Sports Georgie Thompson.)
Yesterday, reading the late, wonderful Andre Schiffrin, I was reminded of the despotism of corporate consolidation: Harper Collins had been swallowed by Rupert Murdoch’ News Corporation and “…One of the first decisions taken after the merger was to cancel the contract for a biography of Murdoch, which the publishers realized would be critical of its subject.”
When a tornado tore through Paducah Kentucky’s aging, ramshackle, ginormous 60-year-old gaseous diffusion plant — where weapon’s grade uranium is manufactured and nuclear waste stored — it never reached the national news. At least I didn’t see. It happened two weeks ago on November 17, 2013, but it was only reported locally Why?
The plant was outworn, but Senate kingpin Mitch McConnell was there to defend it, keep it open. http://goo.gl/JXwqeH
Save the workers, McConnell cried. Excuse me, but Paducah is prone to F3 tornados. http://goo.gl/4MZjEV And isn’t this the same Mitch McConnell who stiff-armed Detroit into bankruptcy?
Which is worse, McConnell’s hypocrisy or a tornado sucking radiation into the atmosphere like a soda straw, to be deposited over the East Coast? Or maybe the worst thing is the failure to report this nationwide.
Was the tornado damage as bad as the tsunami damage at Fukushima. Who knows? The story was left to the local press. I don’t get it. How can a story like get buried.
I commented today at Indies Unlimited about a new development in the Indieverse, but let’s leave the new development aside and consider this: Indie writers know that everything is on the table, kinda like Thanksgiving dinner last night. I wrote a comment on IU about Johannes Gutenberg, the moveable type guy. I wondered what affects his new technology had had on society. Caveat! It’s not a new argument, but there’s much truth to the idea that printing democratized reading and learning (sorta) in the 15th century. In fact, moveable type was such an insanely great idea that as the century ends in 1492, the whole freaking New World opens. Fifty years later, we get the Renaissance, the Elizabethans, and the Reformation. There’s more, but that covers a lot of territory: Art, Literature and Religion, which is to say, the core elements of human culture; and I failed to mention that, along with the cultural Big Three, the post-Gutenberg era gave rise to the scientific method, for which fellows like Copernicus nearly got killed. Why? Because Nick Copernicus literally moved the Earth, taking the sun and placing it at the center of the solar system. That’s big, and it all follows from moveable type and ink. Still, as swiftly as these cultural paradigms clicked, they still just moseyed across at a slow moving agrarian pace. On horseback! Think of it, it’s the 16th century! Imagine how long it took for a book to move from Germany to Christopher Columbus. And now? With the digitization of ink –the leap from words to pixels — outcomes travel (literally) at the speed of light. If Gutenberg changed art, literature, and religion on the slow trot of a horseback landscape, what’s in store for humanity ported through the Internet? Everything. Anything. Yay! OMG, the Indie is way bigger than… than… than even high fructose corn syrup!
Writing about Adolf Eichmann, who ran the logistics of the holocaust, political theorist Hannah Arendt found him to be a little man, banal; and to discuss his crimes she used the phrase, the “banality of evil.” This banal 1940s Army Plymouth carried the plutonium detonated at the Jornada del Muerto site, where the first atomic bomb was tested, before the second and third fell consecutively on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The event was code named Trinity, the term used in the third volume of The Jackson Guild Books, to be published in January: The Trinity Conspiracy. Art imitating fiction? This is the actual auto driven to the test range, and, yes, the plutonium rode in the back seat, like a box of sandwiches.
Maybe this is the H-bomb that Jackson Guild says “fell off the truck,” in my book, The Six-Degree Conspiracy. This is THE ACTUAL casing from one of two nuclear bombs that were accidentally dropped in flight somewhere over the continental U.S. They appear to have minor dents (as opposed to being smashed up) because weapons like these are equipped with parachutes to facilitate an airburst. I’ll check my notes for the date of this unfortunate error.
The front cover was done by my daughter Zoe, after I failed to figure out Photoshop. The back cover was done by the very talented Joy Sillesen.