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David Castillo hears voices in his head. It could be the results of PTSD or the AI chip implanted in his brain. David isn't sure if he can trust his own senses. He can't be absolutley certain of his sanity, or even his humanity. Is the voice an auditory hallucination or a sentient, silocon-based lifeform communicating with him? The Company holding him prisoner wants to know, as well. David's only chance for survival is escape! His only ally might be the voice he hears in his head!
A Child of the WindWestern
Arizona Territory 1879 was an untamed frontier. It was a harsh land, high plains desert, sprinkled with cactus, mesquite, rattlesnakes, and Apache. The territory was an unforgiving land where settlers eked out a living and miners chased dreams of gold. It was a wild land, where legal decisions were often a matter of who had the faster gun.
David Castillo is severely injured during his escape from confinement in a secret government facility. His recovery is aided by reconstructive help from AI implants in his body; his symbiote. He must try to establish a new life while attempting to stay ahead of the dogged pursuit of his nemeses; a director of covert operations, and a doctor intent on seeing his name go down in the annals of biogenetic science. The director wants him dead because of David's knowledge of a failed clandestine operation. The doctor wants David to serve as his human laboratory--a case study of the interaction between carbon-based life and silicon-based intelligence. To survive, David Castillo must find a way to avoid assassination and escape being captured. It could be a tall order for a man already listed as dead.
Colorado Territory is in the midst of a struggle for statehood in 1876; at a time when the United States is in the midst of a Presidential Election, perhaps the most corrupt election in U.S. history. Politics makes for strange bedfellows and few partnerships could be stranger than that of the ex-butcher from the mean streets of Chicago, Dane Larsen, and the aging Cheyenne Dog Soldier, Red Elk, a member of the Reservation Police.
The Resurrection of CainWestern
In February 1864, the Confederate States of America opened a POW camp that originally covered about 16.5 acres. It was enclosed by a 15-foot high stockade made of rough-hewn logs. A fence known as "the dead line" was erected approximately 19 feet within the borders of the grim stockade walls. It demarcated a no-man's land designed to keep prisoners away from the stockade wall. Any man crossing or even touching this "dead line" was shot without warning by sentries in the watch towers. Before the conflict ended, nearly 13,000 men died at Andersonville.
Trey Connelly was a top cow hand, tired of eating trail dust, looking to try his hand at prospecting. It was just bad luck that his search for a rich claim put him in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Trey Connelly is hanged by a vigilante mob who called him a rustler. Swinging from a hemp rope was not an uncommon ending for many a rustler. Thus the hanging in the small town of Magdalena might not have been particularly noteworthy at all; if the attorney for the defense, Benton Hull, had stayed drunk and the accused, Trey Connelly had just stayed dead!
Agent Lynn Moody calls on Mason Powell to track an elusive killer in terrain where there is sufficient cover to hide a small army, let alone a single killer. In the swamps and heavily wooded hills the advantage was to the hunted, not the hunter. Reluctantly, he resorts to stalking the killer alone, on the killer's home ground, while tying to avoid becoming the hunted himself. In the shadows beneath the velvet green forest canopy, Mason Powell learns a grim lesson--there may be a very good reason to fear things that go bump in the night!
Track of the WolfWestern
The Oregon Trail passed through territory that was anything but settled. Stretches of the 2,100 mile journey were nearly desolate—from Fort Leavenworth, the next place to stop for supplies was nearly 800 miles distant. Cholera, smallpox and other diseases could run unchecked through a group of travelers. Wild animals were a threat: coyotes, wolves, mountain lions and massive bears that feared nothing, could prey on livestock and humans as well. The plains were not deserted; some tribes were willing to trade, some tribes were hostile; few welcomed any permanent settlement on traditional tribal lands.
Anasazi Trail is a fast moving novel of greed, treachery, and hard-time, set against a backdrop of the myths and legends of the Navajo people. Aided by a Navajo warrior, two graduates of Yuma Territorial prison, Belle Townsend and Jackson Deveraux, search for a stolen treasure guarded by a skin-walker in a city abandoned hundreds of years before the coming of the conquistadors.
Broken: MorphosisScience Fiction
David Castillo was human before he was broken. A part of him still is but a silicon-based lifeform shares his body. As long as he lives so does his symbiont, SARACEN. The numerous changes made to his basic physiology force him to accept he is not the same man he once was. Despite the changes, he still has the same unrelenting enemies. David and SARACEN will never be free of pursuit as long as they live. He bitterly acknowledges, in a sense, David Castillo is already dead; officially, he no longer exists. David Saracen, a synthesis of two separate entities, one carbon-based lifeform, the other silicon-based, is no longer broken. His tormentors have yet to realize the full extent of what he has become. But they soon will!
Behold a Pale HorseWestern
Indian Territory was an unforgiving, hard land, filled with men, just as hard and just as merciless. It was the birth place of a slight, pale, boy named Boone Marlowe. He learned early in life not to expect too much from any one. Once he learned how to use a gun, he didn't take too much from anyone, either. Hired gun, bounty-hunter, and scout, big-game guide; Boone Marlowe was a restless spirit never staying in one place too long. As a scout for the US Cavalry, Boone honed his fighting skills against the Sioux through a bitter winter on the Great Plains. He polished them as a scout for the Transvaal Rangers under the blazing sun of Africa against the Zulu.
Night of the BeastScience Fiction
The small town of Oakwood, Missouri, had enjoyed a tranquil way of life for many decades. Crimes that had grown to plague major metropolitan areas such as Kansas City and St. Louis seemed remote events in the small town; only something to be seen on television or heard on the radio. Residents watched with mixed emotions at changes wrought by their new neighbors, a large research facility, run by a corporate conglomerate, which had provided jobs and spurred modest growth in the area. Two local residents hunting are caught unaware as an experiment in transgenic splicing leaves the confines of its controlled laboratory environment for a walk on the wild side!
Research is on-going for my new western novel Way of the Snake. The story takes place against the back drop of the 1850s and 1860's westward expansion of the railroads. The cover image is a photoshpped combination of photogrpahs I took of an 1847 Walker Colt .44. The other pistol is from an image of an 1851 Navy Colt in .36 Calliber. The imaage of the mountain is from California, near Donner Pass--close to the original route of the Central Pacific Railroad. The high plains desert image was taken in mining country, near Virginia City, Nevada. Meanwhile, it's pumpking time!
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Decatur Public LibrarySep 20 2021
I have been asked to speak at the Meigs County Public Library in Decatur, TN. A date hasn't been determined, most probably in November or possibly December, so check back later for updates on the timing of the presentation.
Way of the SnakeSep 09 2021
I published three science fiction novels this year, so I have begun a new western novel. The story takes place during the period of the 1850s through the 1860s. THe back drop of the action is the building of the first Transcontinental Railroad.
Review FormAugust 24 2021
A new function has been added to each book page. In order to make it easy for readers to post a review of the novel they've read, I put a link to the review form below the book cover image. Just a click and a few simple text boxes to fill out is all it takes to create a review.
Library BookshelfAugust 8 2021
On a trip to the public library in Dayton, (the Clyde W. Roddy library) I noticed a few of my fiction novels had been placed on the bookshelf in the fiction section. It was a pleasant surprise. I hope a few readers have checked out my stories and found them to be entertaining.
Library appearance!July 8 2021
A call from a manager at the Clyde W. Roddy library was a pleasant surprise. Since COVID-19 restrictions have started to ease, the library is once again hosting events. Their program of inviting speakers to talk about books is being resurrected. I have received an invitation to speak at an October meeting. Stay tuned for details.
Broken: Morphosis update!July 14 2021
The third book of the Sci-Fi series, Broken, has come back from the editor. The third installment of the series was a challenge to write. Now, the painful process of reviewing the line edit of the manuscript! Thanks go out to Jeff LaFerney, who does an incredible job of editing.
Broken: Morphosis update!July 23 2021
The third book of the Sci-Fi series, Broken, it now available on Amazon. The third installment of the series can be ordered in print, or if you prefer, downloaded to your Kindle device. I hope you read the synopsis of the story on the book page.
Broken: Symbiosis Published!June 5 2021
The second book of the Sci-Fi series, Broken, has been uploaded to Amazon. A copy is now available on the Kindle bookshelf. The print version of the book should be available shortly. Reviews of the first book, Broken: Genesis, were positive. Hopefully, this book will just as well-received by readers. Preview the story on the book page. A link on the page will allow you to read text from the book, as it apppears in Kindle format.
Broken: Symbiosis Print available!June 6 2021
The second book of the Sci-Fi series, Broken, is now avaiable in paperback from Amazon. Go to the book page for details about the novel. The print edition is available in a 6 x 9 paperback. A link on the page will allow you to read pages from the book, as it apppears in the printed format.
Broken: Morphosis update!June 22 2021
The third book of the Sci-Fi series, Broken, has been sent to the editor. Preview the story on the book page. The third installment of the series was a challenge to write. It remains to be seen whether another novel might come from the adventures of David and his symbiont!
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