Thursday, December 19, 2013

Heat Wave

An assassin executes a U.S. presidential candidate. To witness and eccentric reporter, Sam Emory, it echoes a killing three years earlier that transformed his life. Voters elect a new, environmentalist president, a colleague of the slain candidate. But a powerful industrialist stops at nothing, including murder, to control world energy markets. And this isn’t his first murder. Emory and the president are the next in line. Heat Wave is 99 cents.

Monday, December 09, 2013

New York Times Interview

I was interviewed for this healthcare story.
Mark A. York, a 60-year-old freelance writer in Hailey, Idaho, said he began shopping after he received a letter saying that his current insurance policy would be canceled because it did not meet the requirements of the health care law. In the exchange, he said, he found policies with premiums similar to what he is now paying, $440 a month, but “the deductibles were so high — $4,000 to $6,000 a year — that it defeats the purpose of having insurance.”

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Old Photo From Boy Scouts

I found this by accident. It's our troop 470, Fairfield, Maine pre-50-mile photo. The trip was a disaster. I bailed halfway to take a kid who'd had enough home. I had too. Left to right: Gary Batey; Steven Grover; Forrest Phyllis; Thomas Goodspeed, the only member to beat me to Eagle Scout rank, although four years older; Bruce Knights and myself. Me in 1967. It's photo 1818.

Happy Thanksgiving

It's been a tough fall.Lost my mother at 97. She had a good and long life. Recently I noticed a childhood friend's dad passed away and in his obituary I learned that my friend had also passed away in a homeless shelter in Portland, Maine. He was 58. Just a shame to have a family and have that kind of premature demise. But we are well and look forward to more years of love, fun and adventure in that order. May everyone have that kind of luck.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Good Review

Nice review of Warm Front by Barton Levenson.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

ACA Meltdown

I sent this conundrum to NBC News. It defies all logic, but a then, a camel is a horse designed by a committee. So if royalties and other income don't meet the magic income figure. Forget it. You lose, while people making 50K get premium help. Really? Really. Dr. Synderman. It has come to my attention in researching the ACA healthcare exchange that anyone who makes less than the federal poverty level, in my case for 1, that anything less than the $11,490 income level receives no subsidy. None. Notice I said less. In states where Medicaid expansion has been declined, the poorest citizens will get no help at all in the exchanges. The Kaiser calculator confirms this dichotomy, unbelievable, though it is. And the coverage for someone my age, 60, would cost hundreds of dollars more than my policy costs now, and cover less. Please look into this. Thanks. #askdrnancy

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Greenhorn Gulch, Idaho, an enclave of the well-healed, burns in late August. I watched and a few days later was ordered to leave.
I spend time in Charlotte Harbor, Florida in the winter and spring. This is my boat. The fishing is unparalleled for snook, redfish and tarpon. Other than that, I've been tooling around Montana where I know many great people. Had to evacuate there last month, due to fires in Wood River Valley, Idaho where I live. The fires have been a real pain these last two years. Environmentally speaking, these forests need work. Without mechanical treatments the rest of the state will burn at catastrophic levels.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Heat Wave is Free All Week

Heat Wave is free this week.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Warm Front is free this week

Warm Front is # 9 in free Technothrillers! the first novel of my climate change thriller series is free until Saturday.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Heat Wave Published

Heat Wave

I write climate change thrillers. No greater threat to humanity exists today than anthropogenic global warming. While the science is making great inroads in our understanding, the public by and large doesn't accept the findings.This is because everyone is complicit in creating the crisis, albeit through no fault of their own. They use the system as created and will until a new one is in place.
Until then humanity will have to weather the storms. Current events should be warning enough.
“We’re observing the climate changing — it’s happening, it’s real, it’s a scientific fact.” - Richard Sommerville on ABC News
The good news is we can fix this. The first step is to turn the ship around. My hope is through art a clear picture of what can happen to us will take hold of the culture in the same way as The Da Vinci Code. This time, though, the history we know is real . . .
Heat Wave Countdown to the publication of Warm Front's sequel, Heat Wave. The thermostat also rises. An assassin executes a U.S. presidential candidate. To witness and eccentric reporter, Sam Emory, it echoes a killing three years earlier that transformed his life. Voters elect a new, environmentalist president, a colleague of the slain candidate. But a powerful industrialist stops at nothing, including murder, to control world energy markets. And this isn’t his first murder. Emory and the president are the next in line. In the not-so-distant future, an assassin kills a U.S. presidential candidate seeking to fix a world ravaged by climate change, and Sam Emory uncovers a chain of murders with a megalomaniac industrialist at its core. The newly elected president vows to solve the climate crisis. Can Emory and his friends stop the assassin from striking again? HEAT WAVE begins in Chena Hot Springs, Alaska, but the political intrigue and murder spread to Washington, D.C., and into the labyrinth of an Aspen, Colorado energy research facility, where free-marketers manufacture chaos in the electrical grid, and where Emory confronts a terrifying a secret from his past.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Caught my first bonefish in Islamorada, Florida with Stray Cat Charters. Chris did a great job spotting fish and I managed to get at least one cast in the right spot to catch one of these ghosts of the Caribbean. It got off after three runs. Bent the hook on the fly.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Patriot is an ebook

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Promised Land, for someone

The movie Promised Land was a missed opportunity. Had they included at least one scene of the documented side effects of gas drilling near homes, as in Gasland, it would have had a greater impact. As written, with a strange plot twist and no real resolution, it left no impact. A shame really.
Mr. Damon plays Steve Butler, a corporate salesman who arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Ms. McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer for oil and gas drilling on their Pennsylvania land.
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