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April 30, 2019


The Code Hunters - A Nicholas Foxe Adventure

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Superb adventure tale seeking the origin of modern humans

April 28, 2019

A team of expert cavers exploring a challenging cave in New Mexico in search of a possible connection to Carlsbad Caverns tumble into a chamber deep underground containing something which just shouldn't be there: a huge slab of metal, like titanium, twen...

April 17, 2019

Robert Langdon is not as well-known as James Bond or Indiana Jones, at least not by name. However, mention The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, or Origin, and you might say, “Oh yeah. That guy.” Langdon is a creation of Dan Brown and plays the hero in each of his novels since Angels and Demons.

According to Dan Brown, Robert Langdon is “the man he wishes he could be.” Langdon mirrors B...

April 9, 2019

The Impossible Mission Force, IMF, represents a modern concept. Each member has a special talent led by a man with no discernible talent of his own. This is the concept of the TV series Mission: Impossible. The movie series turns the concept on its head by killing off the TV series leader, Jim Phelps, and making a team member, played by Tom Cruise, the hero of the first and subsequent...

April 2, 2019

Indiana Jones represents the archehero of our times. Actually, George Lucas created the character as a homage to movie heroes of the 1930’s, so he’s the archehero of a past time. The American Film Institute named Jones as the second greatest film hero of the past hundred years of movies. James Bond came in third. To add some dignity to the selections, number one was Atticus Finch as po...

March 27, 2019

Bond, James Bond. By just the way in which he introduces himself, you imagine a man who is suave and all the associated synonyms.

I recently read Casino Royale, the book in which Ian Fleming introduced James Bond. Some of the elements that define the character as we know him in the movies are there. He drives a fancy car, plays Baccarat expertly, meets a glamorous woman with an odd name...

March 27, 2019

Why do we like the hero?

October 22, 2018

The Caldonia Café is road trip for a lovable loser. Benny, our hero, has a girl who loves him but she’s annoyed by Benny’s lack of direction. After Benny left LSU for a break, which appears to be stretching well into the future, he moves from one menial job to the next. But when he returns to New Orleans to visit his mother, the lightly used old VW van of hers and discussion of basic c...

August 16, 2018

The book piques your imagination as to who was writing it as any one time, Clinton or Patterson.

When the ficticious president of the story goes off on the Speaker to the House playing politics and threatening impeachment, I thought Clinton's catharcis at play. But beyond that, the story was a tightly written adventure in the Patterson tradition.

June 27, 2018

I had the honor to be a part of the radio show "Delmarva Today Writer's Edition" broadcast Friday, June 29, at 9:00 am. The show featured Beach Life, a collection of short stories and includes interviews and readings with Robin Hill-Page Glanden, Marie Lathers, Mary Pauer, and myself.

I read The Bomber Jacket, a prize-winning entry in Beach Life.

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April 23, 2018

Sunday, April 23, 60 Minutes ran a story on the MIT Media Lab. Entitled Where Tomorrow’s Technology is Born, the video depicts a young man who developed a headset that reads what he’s thinking, and searches Google for an answer that's whispered into an earpiece. Scott Paley asks him what the largest city in Bulgaria is and its population. In a few moments, the man answers “Sophia, one,...

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