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There were no official – yet ‘unofficial’ – U.S. spies prior to the Civil War. But the creation of the U.S. Secret Service… changed all of that.
After the Civil War, the country was growing quickly. By 1868, the nation had left infancy and was now toddling, fast and furiously, toward Manifest Destiny. Except for the barrier of the American Indian, the West was wide open for this wobbling stroll. Yet, just as a parent must guard against potential hazards for a toddler, this emerging nation had to shield against unseen dangers from rapid growth. Issues such as national sovereignty, boundaries, settlers, and indigenous populations had to be handled with kid gloves so as not to sully the hand of the nation. The country needed a special kind of man to deal with these hazards in a covert manner. This is a tale about such a man, the woman he saves and the youth he inspires.
Shamus Ghillie is a half-Choctaw – half-Irish elite ex-Confederate soldier who is, also, a man of the wild and untamed West. But, he’s equally a man of rare and unusual skills as a hunter of both animals and – men. It is Ghillie, with his unique talents that President Grant wants to secretly enlist to handle the trouble along the boundary of the newly formed nation of Canada, just north of the Montana Territory.
But, men like Ghillie don’t come easily, and, if they come at all, they don’t come cheap. Shamus distrusts government – any government – but the money’s good, and he has a kid sister to consider. And, truth be told, he would’ve taken on this task to acquire justice for the Blackfeet – free of charge – had they not offered the fee. So, he becomes the nation’s first official, yet unofficial, spy with the U.S. Secret Service.
And thus begins an adventurous story that takes in a part of the nation’s early expansion westward and the people – bluecoat, red and white alike – who made American history:
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An adventure story about the recent invasion of Iraq
Five young American soldiers and two beautiful Iraqi women, pursued by a relentless force. Do they fight, hide or surrender? Sergeant Ryan Parker’s the guy in charge and he can’t do any of those things. Because all of them know something so sinister that it will rock the world. And no matter what — it must be told!
It’s March, 2003 and the first big war of the 21st century is afoot. The U.S. Army’s famed 3 rd Infantry Division is sweeping across the arid regions of Iraq , fighting Saddam Hussein’s army as it presses on for a quick victory. The goal is Baghdad and the tactic is called rapid-advance. But numerous attacks by Iraqi irregular forces have slowed the Division’s momentum. Now, forward elements of the 3rd Division are dug-in at the Karbala Pass , facing far superior numbers of the best soldiers that Saddam has the Iraqi Republican Guard.
It’s a tenuous situation for the Americans as they wait for their main force to catch up. If the Iraqis decide to attack, then the Americans could easily be over-run. They’ll need every break they can get to survive. In situations like this, the more you know the better. So, the American leaders decide to set listening posts in the no-man’s land between the U.S. soldiers and Saddam’s elite troops.
Sergeant Ryan Parker and his little infantry squad are one of these L.P.s
Then, for the first and last time in this war, the Iraqi army gains the upper hand. The Republican Guard storms across the front in a massive counter-attack, isolating Parker and his squad in the no-man’s land! The Americans beat back the attack and resume their dash to Baghdad leaving Parker and his squad behind. But now, the L.P. squad is deep behind enemy lines, holed-up in a bombed-out house with legions of elite enemy soldiers all around them!
A reservist, called back to active duty for the invasion, Parker knows that he’s in trouble. He’s young, inexperienced and a newly promoted leader of an under-strength infantry squad. And as if that weren’t enough, he’s also acquired two young Iraqi women, daughters of a dead Iraqi intelligence colonel. Surrounded, Parker has to decide, do they fight, hide or surrender? But Murphy’s Law dictates that things can always get worse and so they do.
Parker and his L.P. squad learn something so sinister, so dastardly that the information must be gotten back. But now if they’re caught, the women will be raped and brutally murdered and Parker and his men will be viciously beheaded. So, they plunge even deeper behind enemy lines facing death from everywhere as they race across Iraq . Hotly pursued by a vengeful force, Parker must get the message back, no matter the cost! The fate of the western world – their world – depends on The L.P.
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“Stunning! Walks-As-Bear reports that he is working on another Ely Stone adventure (Old Money), one that will involve Mark Twain. Given the author’s vivid imagination, this next yarn will be well worth the wait!”— The Grand Rapids Press
An American Indian in paradise. A land of beautiful exotic women, flowery scents, balmy breezes and warm sunshine… Hawaii. For an Indian guy, it’s a very pleasant place to be. Unless of course… you’re losing your mind…
Tribal cop Ely Stone returns and falls into another case in which mysticism and death wreathe at every turn! Another mystery, this one involves Mark Twain, beautiful women, Hawaiian medicine, and American Indian culture. Also drifting in this haunting sea is an old Confederate warship called the CSS Shenandoah. Why is this eerie man-o-war sailing in Stone’s already crowded world? Whatever the answer, all of these things come into play on the Big Island of Hawaii in…
~~~ Old Money ~~~
After surviving the unearthly riddle of “The Murmurings”, Stone finds the Indian girl he’s attached to wants him to change. That’s not possible. So, he does what he’s always done when hurt. He throws himself into his work. He takes on his tribe’s next mission and heads off to Hawaii. There he finds beauty, serenity and a people like he’s never known.
Soon after arriving, he learns that all is not well with the tribe’s newly acquired property. Someone else is interested in what lies beneath the lava rock of South Point. As usual, Stone is in the way. And that’s sure not good. But other things are screwing with his head that could be even worse. On this Big Island, there are three beautiful women: a Native beauty from Michigan, a sultry Cajun from New Orleans and a lovely exotic from this paradise that are now deeply a part of his world. And while all of that’s difficult… the worst is that he’s also got crazy movies playing over and over again in his mind.
He’s tormented by hauntingly bizarre visions that make no sense to him – images that make him doubt his very sanity. A man with a jaded past as an intelligence agent, Stone’s no stranger to bad dreams. He has them often. But these nightmares have nothing to do with him… or do they?
Ely tries to piece the puzzle by using all of his training, experience and know-how. But in the end, perhaps he finds the answer is much closer to home. Closer than he ever would have imagined. Is Stone going crazy? He doesn’t know. But you can bet your old money that time… will tell.
A Sci-Fi Thriller
Based on the McGuire AFB / Ft. Dix ET Case.
To be forwarded by Dr. Bruce Maccabee, one of the real-life interviewers of the military policeman depicted in this novel.
A dreary winter’s night in January of 1978… a lone Miltary Policeman, making his rounds at Fort Dix, in New Jersey. The Viet Nam War was over and while this M.P. was a veteran of that conflict, he felt comfort here. He had known fear in the jungles of Southeast Asia and had almost been taken prisoner there by little people from a foreign land. That had been scary for him as he knew what they did to captured American soldiers. But that had been there. Here… here he felt safe. There was little to fear in the bleak winter stateside darkness or… was there?
He didn’t think so. So, for this soldier, it was just another lonely tour of duty, patrolling in his cruiser and watching the tedious snow melt. Little of any consequence ever happened in the wee hours of the black morning night, and he knew it. But then… what he thought he knew… he really didn’t. And what he figured couldn’t possibly happen… did. Something changed that night. And it was a change that would haunt him for the rest of his life. It had to. Because hauntings are normal… when you kill an alien with…
NO GREEN CARD!
That January night in 1978, the M.P. shot and killed a saboteur… an illegal alien possessing no “Alien Registration Receipt Card”, or, as it’s commonly called, -no ‘Green Card’. Most illegal aliens come here merely to work and make money. But there are some… that have a much more sinister intention. Regardless of the reason, the cop that shoots someone in the line of duty will always be haunted – be they a US Border Patrolman or an Army M.P.
After that night’s experience, the M.P. was in therapy for a long time. The military shrinks told him that the petrifying nightmares would go away, and mostly… they had. Then, thirty years later, another illegal alien incident happens on the Mexican border and now the nightmares… are back. He’s been rocketed into the past, back to that spine-chilling night in 1978.
Bits and pieces that had been buried deep within his mind about that night, have now exploded into the forefront of his brain. The things that had been so carefully hidden, lying dormant within his memory for 3 decades… are now crystal clear and terrifying. There was something very odd about the saboteur that he killed all those years ago. And that dark wintry night in 1978, the illegal alien had left something. Now the illegal’s friends want it back. The item is squirreled away in the dark attic of an old Michigan farm house and he’s in a deperate struggle to get to it before his time runs out. He was once almost taken by little people from a foreign land in Viet Nam. That had been scary enough. But now… now it could happen again. Because not only do these illegal aliens want their item back but they also want… him. And unlike his Viet Nam pursuers, these little people… can do anything.