My fifth novel of the Amos Mead Adventures, working title: The President’s Deadly Friend, is charging headlong toward an exciting conclusion (And as soon as I find out what it is I’ll tell you—or not).
For my diehard fans, remember the very first story--Code Name: ORION’S EYE? And the dramatic sinking of the troopship SS Cape San Juan with over a thousand souls aboard? Well, I’ve chosen to pluck out one of the Army Air Corps units that experienced the Japanese torpedo induced sinking and gather what can be found of their history, war-time exploits, and personal memories, and put them into one book for posterity. The “official” history of the concept and formation of the secret mission of the 1st Fighter Control Squadron rests in six thousand fathoms of Pacific Ocean off Fiji. But with the help of the tenacious work of one veteran, Chester Driest, in the 1990’s to seek out the people he served with that day, 11 November 1943, and gather them and their memories in one tattered box—and now the help of his daughter, Edie Driest, the son of the units commanding officer, Dr. Michael Dake, the family of the leader of the Pacific landings after the sinking, Captain Edward Bonfoey, and the most dedicated historian I know, Eric Stone, who has filled in the blanks on the ship and the event, I have what I need to honor and remember their deeds.
(Do you believe the length of that sentence?)
So there is an action/adventure novel, and a unit history/memoir in play. The third project? A children’s book of stories and verse focused on Halloween and Christmas.
My challenge then is to be sure that you, my fine and valued readers, from reading about Amos Mead storming a New Guinea beach in 1944 humming Christmas carols while yelling, Trick or Treat!
The exercise will strengthen my ¾ century old brain—or dive me to drink. Hmmm.
Okay, one reminder: The fourth story in the Amos Mead Adventure Series is out on Amazon and points north, south, east and west! FORCE THREE RISES is 230 pages of action! Listed at $12.95 it’s your entertainment deal of the week. The Kindle version is $3.99—and free if you get it with a hard copy. And please write a review after you’ve perused the “inside the book” reading feature.