FOR THOSE WHO DARE:
East Berlin, August 13, 1961:
Kirstin Beck watches from her townhouse second-floor window as the border with West Berlin is closed, a barbed wire fence strung through the cemetery behind her house. With a grandmother in West Berlin that needs her care, and a daughter given up for adoption sixteen years before that she’s recently found, she must get to West Berlin. Married to a college professor who is also an informant for Stasi – the East German intelligence service – she’s trapped in a cage, caught in a web of world events.
Tony Marino is an American writer living in West Berlin. His apartment abuts the cemetery that the border fence divides. As he watches the construction progress, he sees Kirstin looking from her townhouse window. Casual acquaintances before the border was closed, Kirstin holds up a sign for Tony to see. It states: HELP ME.
This basic communication spawns an evolution of events focused on an escape from East Berlin. Failed attempts, fake passports, a growing list of refugees, and ultimately a tunnel, lead Kirstin and Tony through a kaleidoscope of deceit and danger as she’s determined to attain freedom at any cost.
On a subtler level, For Those Who Dare offers a stark contrast between socialism and capitalism, a stagnant East Berlin, a thriving West Berlin. The two men in Kirstin’s life symbolize the governments they represent, her cold, dogmatic husband from East Berlin, rooted to a rigid philosophy that needs walls to contain its people, and Tony, the brash, optimistic American from West Berlin who rescues her from a world she can’t endure.
Honor the Dead
Como, Italy, 1921: Six WWI survivors converge on Como, Italy - two women, four men, one corpse, one killer.
Published by Endeavour Media with an October of 2018 release
WHEN DARKNESS COMES:
Paris: 1942 Three lives intertwined in Nazi-occupied Paris: Paul, a brooding banker whose family was killed by the Gestapo, Rachel, a teenage Jew who leads her family's escape from the Germans, Claire, a demure bookstore owner who finds courage and conviction - all confronted by an infamous Nazi collaborator. In the sprawling network of catacombs underneath the Left Bank of Paris, they hide thousands of Jewish refugees, giving them new identities and leading them to safety. Together they move forward, outsmarting a ruthless enemy, overcoming obstacles, defying danger, moving farther and faster, almost invincible. Until an innocent bystander notices something amiss and their entire world collapses around them.
Published by Taylor and Seale Publishing - August of 2017
ALL THE KING'S SOLDIERS:
With Europe in turmoil and France falling, British agent Taylor Hartridge obtains the Nazi invasion plans for Britain. He suspects a double agent in the Lisbon Embassy and insists on taking the plans to London, but is murdered before his departure, the plans stolen.
London analyst Simon Cole arrives in Lisbon, woefully unprepared but willing and determined, pitted against a German spy called the Chameleon, a master of disguise. Racing to recover the plans before the invasion is launched, Cole hunts for Hartridge’s killer while exposing the double agent in Lisbon - even if it’s the woman he loves.
Published by Taylor and Seale; March of 2017
IN SATAN'S SHADOW:
Amanda Hamilton, a Scottish violinist and photographer, leaves her homeland behind to marry a Nazi Party official. She spends ten years in Berlin, absorbing a new culture, immersed in one of the most tumultuous periods in human history. Her life takes a turbulent turn when an English spy named Michael York arrives in Berlin and convinces her to betray her adopted country.
A favorite of Hitler, admired by Goebbels and Göring, Amanda’s photographs document life in the upper echelons of the Nazi party, providing a wealth of information to the Allies and depicting a world that none on earth ever dreamed existed. It’s there that Amanda Hamilton, never the author of an evil thought, walks in Satan’s shadow.
Jointly published by Endeavour Press (Electronic) and Taylor & Seale (print/audio/ movie rights) April, 2016
TO PARTS UNKNOWN:
London, January 1942.
War correspondent for the London Times, George Adams, is a broken man, devastated by the death of his fiancé and rejected by all branches of the military. His life has come to a dead stop.
In an effort to save his career, George’s editor sends him to Singapore to cover its defense against an inevitable Japanese invasion. George’s life is thrown into chaos, starting with a near-fatal air raid minutes after his arrival, and propelling him into non-stop danger.
Injured and hiding in the underground, George meets Thomas Montclair, a crafty French spy, and Lady Jane Carrington Smythe, an English aristocrat, who are destined to share George’s adventures. When a Japanese general is murdered in occupied Singapore , Lady Jane becomes the prime suspect and target of an enemy manhunt that spans the islands of the southwest Pacific and the darkest days of World War II. The trio struggle to escape the Japanese, facing combat and catastrophe, and to forget their own haunting pasts, chasing dreams and eluding nightmares, while wrapped in unexpected love interests filled with conflict and passion.
Published by Taylor and Seale; release in Sept of 2014