“Rated 5 Stars! Promised Land is a rush of nail-biting excitement, sure to keep the reader’s attention glued to the last page.” – The Midwest Book Review
“Honorable Mention” – 2007 Hollywood Book Festival, 2007 London Book Festival
“One of 2006’s best novels in Northeast Ohio!” – Akron Beacon Journal
Vatican Intrigue Meets Hurricane Katrina
A Vatican envoy on a secret mission is murdered and his invaluable gold cross is stolen during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The cross and its hidden message surface in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hits in August 2005.
MEMORY LAYNE | Catawba Island to Chincoteague Island
Catawba Island to Chincoteague Island
The story in brief:
Set on the Miller Ferry’s Catawba Island dock on Lake Erie, Memory Layne is the story of Zeke Layne, a retired ferry captain with a mischievous bent. He resides in a trailer on stilts over the rocks on Lake Erie’s picturesque shore. His caring daughter and teenage granddaughter help him battle his advancing Alzheimer’s and heart condition until one day a tragic event changes his life.
This warm and entertaining story is filled with a rambunctious group of characters including two evil, money-grabbing stepdaughters and two over-the-top bikers. It’s a heart-touching story of Layne’s love for his Golden Lab and granddaughter – and an adventurous road trip with their Chincoteague pony.
“Memory Layne reminds me of Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook!” – Charles Meier, Key West author and star of the Science Channel’s The Curse of The Bermuda Triangle
From Put-in-Bay to Detroit to Grosse Ile to Cedar Key to Wooster to Northeast Ohio
Ace Put-in-Bay-based investigative reporter EMERSON MOORE has the tables cruelly turned on him following the murder trial and conviction of Detroit mobster, JIMMY DIAMONDS. During a wildly daring prison van hijacking and go-fast boat escape on the Detroit River, Moore incurs a severe head injury during a gun battle. When the getaway boat is found abandoned on Lake Erie, Moore is missing.
That’s not all that’s missing. When Diamonds learns that Moore’s memory is missing, he convinces Moore that he’s Manny Elias, one of organized crime’s top hitmen. Moore/Elias is whisked to the backwaters of Cedar Key, Florida by Mafioso FAT FREDDY FABRIZIO to be “retrained” in the art of killing. Moore/Elias later surfaces in Ohio where Diamonds uses him to take revenge on former criminal associates in Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland and Chagrin Falls.
Completing one deadly assignment after another, Moore/Elias is unable to reveal his identity to a beautiful woman he befriends near his Wooster hideout. A confrontation with rival hitman SANTORO at a Lake Erie marina leads to the eventual death of one person who holds the key to Elias’ true identity.
The novel is fast-moving and action-packed. It shows emotional turmoil as Moore/Elias struggles with the trauma of his memory loss and an inherent ethical dilemma with cold-blooded murder. It’s further complicated when two of Moore’s ex-SEAL buddies, MIKE “MAD DOG” ADAMS and SAM DUNCAN, find themselves in the cross hairs of Moore’s weapon and Moore/Elias is ordered to kill them in what is another exciting showdown and satisfying finish to a complex series of twists and turns.
FLIGHT | Put-in-Bay to Key West to Cuba
Prequel to Assateague Dark
From Put-in-Bay to Key West to Cuba
In 1928 a Pinkerton detective in a Ford trimotor plane chases a Flagler treasure train to Key West during the Okeechobee Hurricane. Neither makes their destination.
Put-in-Bay’s investigative reporter, Emerson Moore, learns of this mystery during a visit to Bellevue, Ohio’s train museum. Working on a Cuba to Key West drug trafficking story, Moore goes undercover in a Key West bar, hoping to connect with a powerful Cuban drug lord while he also investigates the plane’s and train’s disappearance.
Amidst several murder attempts, Moore finds himself challenged to survive – especially when two characters appear from Moore’s past who could reveal his true identity.
Assisted by a Cudjoe Key defense contractor, Moore is transported covertly to Cuba. There he encounters a seductive Georgia woman searching for her lost brother, a DEA agent, and the two team up to infiltrate the drug lord’s lair in the towering Sierra Maestra mountains.
After a series of mishaps, a seriously wounded and barely alive Moore flees down the mountainside into the jungle with his pursuers hot on his heels. Will he survive this deadly adventure?
Flight is a colorfully-cast novel with a mix of tantalizing clues and unpredictable turns that captures the flavor of island life in Key West and Cuba.