SURVIVORS, Part Two of the Habit Trilogy, is Now Available

“Stunningly Ambitious”                                                                 “Thrilling”

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Thanks to you, my last book, HABIT, became a number one bestseller on Amazon. This month, London publisher Joffe Books released SURVIVORS, my follow-up crime thriller with Brendan Healy reprising his role as the troubled, resilient hero. Here’s what readers and critics are saying:

“Realistic, complex characters and a mystery which grows darker and ever more fascinating. Heart-stopping excitement.”

“Detective Healy is back to face overwhelming forces in a thriller with so many twists and turns that I couldn’t put it down.”

“A second book is seldom as good as the first. That made ‘Survivors’ a special delight – if anything, it’s even better than ‘Habit.’ It’s the second of a planned trilogy, but quite complete in itself.”

Here’s where you can get SURVIVORS for 3.99 on Amazon Kindle (and all wireless media devices with Kindle app). If you can, please review the book on Amazon in the US and the UK (you may use your same user information for the UK).

http://www.amazon.com/SURVIVORS-crime-thriller-books-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00LF4U578

HABIT has been downloaded over 86,000 times and has more than 130 five-star reviews on Amazon; here’s hoping SURVIVORS can crank it up another notch.

Thank you, reader, friend, survivor.

Thank you.

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The Smartest Man on the Planet

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Nick Hanauer is possibly the smartest man on the planet. Not because he was one of the first investors in Amazon, not because he has billions of dollars and his own plane, not because he has given TED talks and been in documentaries, but because he wrote THIS:

Republicans and Democrats in Congress can’t shrink government with wishful thinking. The only way to slash government for real is to go back to basic economic principles: You have to reduce the demand for government.

I’ve read Nick’s article at topinfopost three times now.  And I’m going to read it again.  Because I’ve been listening for years now as my fellow humans devour one another over partisan politics, obfuscate core issues with symptomatic issues, and generally miss the forest for the trees. You don’t have to be a billionaire to see the wisdom and beauty of Nick’s treatise (and of course he didn’t intend you to have to be); while his letter is addressed to the “filthy rich” like him, it’s truly a letter for all of us. Because there are solutions to the sprawling, systemic problems we face in America. And they start with logic.

Many of our fellow citizens are starting to believe that capitalism itself is the problem. I disagree, and I’m sure you do too. Capitalism, when well managed, is the greatest social technology ever invented to create prosperity in human societies. But capitalism left unchecked tends toward concentration and collapse. It can be managed either to benefit the few in the near term or the many in the long term. The work of democracies is to bend it to the latter.

Yes, Nick. Yes, yes, and yes.

Sadly, though, there is still part of me that doubts this message will be as clear to certain others. Namely, people that abuse capitalism so that it serves their baser selves; greed and the hunger for power; the restless pursuit of immortality in the face of indomitable mortality. People that hide behind a perverted idea that capitalism needs an unrestrained, unregulated, laissez-faire monetary system in order to work. People too blind or too in denial to see that the very practice of this unbridled capitalism has fomented the bloated government invading and micromanaging our everyday lives. The kind of capitalism that makes corporations people, that insulates the wealthy from empathy and compassion, that puts *stuff* above human lives.

But, it’s worth a shot, dammit. So preach it, Nick. And Happy Fourth.

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SURVIVORS, on July 1st

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It’s been two years of bad dreams. The phone rings. One of Brendan Healy’s oldest and best friends is dead. To find out why, Healy must return home to Hawthorne, NY to face down the ghosts of his past and enter a world of staggering darkness and power.

SURVIVORS releases July 1st 2014 in the US and the UK.

Published by Joffe Books.

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The Best Movie I Have Seen In Years

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The best movie I have seen in years.

That’s not hyperbole. Edge of Tomorrow has it all. Every element of execution is top-notch. And that’s not to say it’s a pastiche movie with a diffuse focus; it’s tight as a drum. Director Doug Liman weaves it all together flawlessly.

How did the director of Swingers get here? Did he always want to make high-concept films? Did his path just wind there organically through the people he met? I’m too lazy to seek answers to these questions and, really, it doesn’t matter. The work speaks for itself.

Now, here’s where I’m supposed to come up with an eloquent synopsis. But I’m not going to do that either. I went into it cold. It was a Saturday night at a small theatre called the Roxy. 9:20 p.m. showing. Just me and my wife, our first date in three months. You could argue that this all had something to do with it, but I don’t think so. I don’t think it would have mattered where, or how, I saw this movie.

I never got up once to go pee. I never went to get popcorn. I didn’t fiddle in my seat and look around and consider the sound equipment and wonder how recently it had been updated, or if that was the original proscenium arch framing the screen. I was completely engrossed from start to finish.

Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and a host of superb supporting actors. Tom Cruise is one of those guys I kinda want to dislike, but dang-it if the guy hasn’t made some of the best movies around. And his ego seems to be aging well – he’s capable of roles where he isn’t The Most Amazing Guy Ever from the first scene.

In this movie, he earns it. Watch it and you’ll see. When the moment does come, and the camera slowly swings round his face, jaw set, eyes glinting beneath the shadow of his brow, he’s earned every inch of becoming this molded warrior in over the previous hour of the story.

And Emily Blunt, well, what can you say. Captivating, convincing, perfectly suited for the part, just an immensely gifted actor. For the role she has to play, it’s hard to imagine anyone else pulling it off with quite the verve as Blunt.

No movie can really be a ten. A ten doesn’t exist – it’s the point on the horizon you can never quite get to. So I’m going to give this movie a 9.8. That’s the highest rating I’ve ever, in my own head, given any movie, anytime, anywhere. It’s not 9.8 for a sci-fi movie. It’s just 9.8. One of the point deductions is in keeping with the theory that a ten is unattainable. The other .1 deduction is because there was one moment – just one moment, lasting maybe a few seconds – where I fell out of the story. The screen was very dark for a couple frames, a night scene, and I couldn’t tell what was going on, so my mind wandered and I caught myself thinking about something else. Then I snapped right back.

The directing, the writing, the acting, the special effects, the concepts of the bad guys, the methods of the good guys, the sound, the music, the editing, all tip-top. I was thrown into the world of the film from the first frame. I could sense right away I was in good hands, so I let my guard down. Maybe it will be the same for you. Maybe the music will carry you, you’ll laugh, you’ll startle, you’ll root for the characters; you’ll smile at the person next to you because every moment in Edge of Tomorrow is somewhere you want to be.

Bravo.

to victory

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