"As veterans, their histories are explored with compassion and understanding towards the traumatic experience of war and how it shaped both men's futures. The reader gets an intimate idea of what made these men who they are - which then becomes uncomfortable, with the realization that BUDDIES gives a look inside the mind of a killer."
"The best thing about being a writer is watching your characters come alive in the words you set down...I find myself listening to what the characters say and think. It is a wonderful, magical experience."
He studied art in Munich, assembled nuclear weapons in South Korea,
fought in the Vietnam War, and then accurately forecasted the future
of several industries. These aren't the experiences of one of Kip Cassino's
characters - they're his.
...walking down a long, empty road in Arizona or Colorado, Texas or New Mexico: Pauley and the Captain.
They're two war-damaged, life-saddened buddies looking for nothing more than a cool place to rest and earn a few bucks. They only move on when a murder occurs. One of them is a vicious, knife-wielding serial killer, who's ended eight lives in the last ten years.
Now, the F.B.I. has connected the dots between the killings. A task force is hunting Pauley and the Captain, forcing them out of the west on a desperate run to the east coast to hide themselves in a new part of the nation. Will they be able to escape those hunting them, or will one of them need to murder again? Which one of the buddies is the killer?
It’s 1986, a decade after the anguish of Vietnam.
Karl Thibault is a war hero. He’s also a psychopath, sealed in an asylum for the brutal murder of his wife’s lover, crazed by the dreams that torment him. Karl escapes. He’s driven by two mad compulsions. First, he must punish any man who’s touched Marianne, his wife. After that, he must escape to South America with his son, David. A smart young cop and a dedicated F.B.I. agent work to end Karl’s murderous quest. Their hunt stretches from the glitter of Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe to cities around the nation.
The twists and turns of Karl’s homicidal run are only matched by the depths of his insanity.
He must be stopped. But how?
DUE FOR PUBLICATION SEPTEMBER 2020
OLDOGS: Down Mexico Way
In the near future, a funding-strapped CIA looks for new ways to protect the nation. There are too many hot spots to watch, and not enough eyes available. The answer may be volunteer “OLDOGS”—older men and women who want the chance to serve their nation again. They are soon thrust into a nuclear-tipped plot that moves from Kazakhstan to Columbia, from Mexico to Miami.
Can the OLDOGS defeat a threat to kill thousands? Can they convince the CIA brass to believe them in time?
In November, 1965, a foolish alert pilot arms the nuclear bomb his jet carries, at an American air base in Italy. If the bomb detonates, thousands will die. The NATO alliance itself will be at risk. A team of four men, led by nuclear warrior DAN CASSINO, work to disarm the devastating bomb.
Nuclear Warrior is the story of Dan Cassino, a man who came to Italy twice: once to bomb the home of his ancestral family, then again to save northern Italy from disaster.
Based on fact, the book follows the U.S. Air Force nuclear program from its beginnings—through the eyes of a man who saw it all.
DUE FOR PUBLICATION EARLY 2021
The true story
of a serious
DUE FOR PUBLICATION 2022
The Narrow Man
THE NARROW EDGE
Beginning where The Narrow Man ended, follow Karl from his terrible fall in an Arizona canyon, through his resurrection as a Mexican Cartel assassin, to his confrontation with what he has become. Watch the world through his distorted, narrowed mind as he strives to carve peace from his ultra-violent world.
Can he finally hide from those who stalk him? Will he ever escape the awful dreams that haunt and madden him? Can he reunite with his son, David?
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