WHISPER IN MY EAR:

VOLUME 1, 2, and 3

Whisper in My Ear is a story of two loving couples–with ordinary desires and passions–who are called on to bear witness to an extraordinary time as they serve in the US Marine Corps and the US Navy, and strive to fulfill their duties and follow their orders, whether they agree with them or not, while a gruesome and bloody war rages all around them.

This novel also emphasizes the courage of the American Marines, soldiers, and airmen, as well as the important role women play in all wars, whether they remain at home or serve abroad, and the debt of gratitude the wounded owe to the critical and angelic care of a combat nurse.

Synopsis: It’s the 1960s, and cultural and political unrest is sweeping across America. In the midst of this turmoil, three young Americans find themselves on a path that sends them to join the war effort in Vietnam;

Set against the backdrop of minor skirmishes and culminating in one of the Vietnam War’s longest and bloodiest battles, Whisper in My Ear is a story of two loving couples–with ordinary desires and passions–who are called on to bear witness to an extraordinary time as they serve in the US Marine Corps and the US Navy, and strive to fulfill their duties and follow their orders, whether they agree with them or not, while a gruesome and bloody war rages all around them.

This novel also emphasizes the important role women play in all wars, whether they remain at home or serve abroad, and the debt of gratitude the wounded owe to the critical and angelic care of a combat nurse. The insane torture of captured and or wounded American Marines by the Apache woman is almost unbelievable but true, as are the facts about the Vietnamese culture and the war itself. The Vietcong women were also adept spies and snipers, and the male sniper characterized in the story is based on the life of a famous North Vietnamese mercenary. The story also depicts the exploits of the Vietnam War’s most famous American sniper, Marine Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, and the torment suffered by Americans in the prison camp known as the Hanoi Hilton. You will also learn about the unsung heroics of the “Brown Water Navy” and the “Blue Water Navy”, and the major impact they had on the war effort and in saving American and South Vietnamese lives. The contributions of our allies, particularly those of Australia, Canada, Sweden, the Philippines, and South Korea, is acknowledged in this story and gratefully appreciated!

The Day God Played Baseball

I don’t know where I actually got the idea for this book, except to say that two of my daughters, Michele and Wendy, actually played on a Little League team called the Cherokees, when we lived in Pineville, Pennsylvania. The boys in their age category, who were also trying out for the team, were wearing their hair rather long as that style was just coming into vogue, and at that young age it was sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the genders. They were playing and hitting as well as the boys, and better than some. The coach didn’t know the names of the players, as they were all new, and he identified them by pointing and saying, “you”.

They made the team all right, but the coach did not know during the try out that they were girls, until I called them by name. He was shocked and actually walked over to where I was sitting in the bleachers, and asked me if they were really girls. I said, “Yes Coach, they are really girls.”

“But they’re playing better than most of the boys,” he said. Unfortunately, their baseball careers were short lived, since we had to move to Arizona for my daughter Kristen’s pulmonary health.

It turned out that they were the only two girls in the entire league who made a team, and when we moved to Arizona to a little town called Paradise Valley, we discovered the local school was named Cherokee Grammar School. I was thinking about that one day, and I realized it was almost a miracle they made the team-because they were girls, and it was at the coach’s discretion who could stay on the team and play in the games. Back in those days girls weren’t allowed to do a lot of things the current generations takes for granted today. Thirty seven years later, as I sat at my computer in the family’s junk room that I call my office (my wife took over the den with her own computer) it dawned on me they had pulled off somewhat of a minor miracle, and a thought popped into my head that it must have been The Day God Played Baseball!

Synopsis: The Cherokees haven’t won a baseball game against their rivals, the Creeks, in ages. The Creeks, under the leadership of wealthy factory owner Conrad Beamis, have won the championship two years in a row. Worse, it’s obvious that Conrad bribes officials and recruits overage ringers for his team. How are you supposed to beat a team that doesn’t play by the rules?

The Cherokees’ coach, Alex Sardinski, understands his players’ frustrations. The rivalry between the two youth baseball teams is all too personal for him. Conrad hates Alex and would do anything to see him fail. He’s even lured away Alex’s girlfriend, Candy, with promises of luxury and excitement.

Alex is at the end of his rope when help comes from an unexpected source. A mysterious woman and her son, Timmy, have appeared just in time for Timmy to join the Cherokees. Timmy certainly knows how to pitch, but in the last inning of the big game, Alex begins to wonder if there’s something else going on with the angelic youngster.

You’ll have to discover Timmy’s secret for yourself in this hilarious sports story that’s sure to be a hit with readers who enjoy seeing good triumph over evil.

THE PLACE WHERE THE GIANT FELL

Carrie Ann Benton and Rodney Buchard have been in love since grammar school. Her father, federal judge Horace Benton, has forbidden them to see each other. The reason? Rodney’s mother is Mexican, a fact that will hurt Horace’s prospects of becoming governor of Arizona—and one day, maybe president of the United States.

The Cherokees’ coach, Alex Sardinski, understands his players’ frustrations. The rivalry between the two youth baseball teams is all too personal for him. Conrad hates Alex and would do anything to see him fail. He’s even lured away Alex’s girlfriend, Candy, with promises of luxury and excitement.

Alex is at the end of his rope when help comes from an unexpected source. A mysterious woman and her son, Timmy, have appeared just in time for Timmy to join the Cherokees. Timmy certainly knows how to pitch, but in the last inning of the big game, Alex begins to wonder if there’s something else going on with the angelic youngster.

You’ll have to discover Timmy’s secret for yourself in this hilarious sports story that’s sure to be a hit with readers who enjoy seeing good triumph over evil.

WHEN BROTHERS MEET

Synopsis: In the interest of world peace…

That is the pretense for a meeting between America and a coalition of China, Russia, India, and Saudi Arabia.

It is 2041, and the US president, Constance Higgins, recognizes the invitation for what it is. The countries are demanding a payment of gold. Previous administrations have sunk America into trillions of dollars of debt after giving citizenship and Social Security benefits to wave after wave of illegal aliens. Now, other countries scoff at the solvency of the US dollar. As the financial crisis distracts the government, a sinister scheme is going into effect. Operation Dragon is a threat to the liberty of every man, woman, and child in America. The United States will have to rise up to fight an invading military force.