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By Richard McMahon
In this page-turning historical war and suspense novel, the biographer of a highly decorated Army general learns that there is a hidden side to his life, involving a covered-up murder, a secret Japanese mistress, and an abandoned illegitimate daughter. As the story unfolds, it reveals an intriguing mystery, a tragic love story, and traces the general’s last command and the lives of its men, from its role in the occupation of Japan, to its achieving fame in the Korean War.
The book focuses on five characters: Philip Coursen, who appears at first to be the perfect Army officer, but who is revealed to have an increasingly mysterious dark side, Miriam Coursen, equally perfect Army wife, who may hide a secret agenda, Calvin Carter, an idealistic young West Pointer, beset with guilt as a result of his clandestine affair with another officer’s wife, Samantha Winstead, the beautiful, vivacious cause of Calvin Carter’s discomfort, and Matthew Clark, who becomes more drawn into his research after falling in love with the young woman who claims to be Coursen’s secret daughter. …READ MORE
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Some time ago our hiking club was asked to help search for a lost dog. Usually, we are asked to help search for lost people, and we can be pretty good at it. When two young women went missing in a forested valley for more than five days, it was our club that found them and brought them to safety. But we had never been asked to find a lost dog, and the turnout of volunteers was small. It might have been even smaller, except that the owner, accompanied by two tearful, broken-hearted young children, had appealed over the local TV station the evening before.
We met with the owner at the trailhead at about 10 A.M. and learned we were looking for a small, brown and white Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Buddy. I’d never heard of the breed, but with a mouthful like that, it had to be a pretty special dog. We gathered around a topo map, divided the area of search into four sectors, and assigned a two-man team to each. The owner would make a separate search, and he and two mournful kids watched as eight of us marched off into the woods.
Initially, we made lots of noise. Calls of “Here, Buddy! Here, boy!” resounded through the forest, as we hoped the dog would hear us and respond. As the trail wound its way uphill and around gulches, we relied on our small hand-held radios to maintain contact, as we spread out to cover as much ground as we could. Lunch time came and went, no dog. Two hours of searching after lunch, still no dog. At 3 P.M. our teams began calling off the search and going home. By 4 P.M. my partner and I were the last team in the field, and we, too, decided to leave.
On the way out we passed a deep gulch with a sharp rise on the other side. I knew that a small, brush-covered plateau lay above. On the way in, none of us had been anxious to go up there, but now I had a feeling about it. My partner declined to check it out with me, and continued on his way. There was no reason not to, we were in familiar territory. Reaching the top of the plateau, I pushed through the tangled brush, stopping often to listen. Silence. I called the dog’s name. Nothing. Circling around, I poked into gullies and thickets. Nada. Dejected, I made my way back to the trail and headed out once more. So much for having a feeling.
Since the trail was a familiar one, I was pretty much in my zen mode coming out. About 5 minutes from the trail head, I heard a noise behind me and turned. It was Buddy, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, wagging his royal tail. I have no idea how long he had been following me. At the parking lot, cheers from my compatriots and shrieks of joy from the kids greeted us as His Majesty bounded into their arms. Everyone crowded round, offering praise, and wanting to know more about my dog-finding skills. Modestly, I declined to expound on my success.
Sometimes, when we seek something and can’t find it, it winds up finding us.
The Court Martial of Benedict Arnold
by Richard McMahon
What if, instead of escaping to British lines, Benedict Arnold had been captured by the Americans after his attempt to surrender West Point? Suppose he had been brought to trial before a military court for the capital offense of treason in time of war? What would his defense have been? In The Court-Martial of Benedict Arnold, America’s most infamous traitor defends himself before a panel of his peers, claiming that the entire event was an enemy plot to discredit him and thus undermine the American cause.
This is also the story of Joshua Thorne, a conflicted officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps, who has been given the task of defending Arnold. Thorne is depressed by the role he is required to play in prosecuting soldiers for offenses caused mainly by the failure of Congress to feed and pay them. He has started to drink heavily, and is beginning to question his loyalty to the quest for America’s independence. His life is further complicated when his defense of Arnold places his love affair with Amelia Martin at risk. Amy, a school mistress and fierce patriot, detests Arnold as a traitor, and is distressed by Thorne’s growing alliance with him.
The trial begins with a case against Arnold that appears overwhelming. However, a brilliant defense engineered by Arnold and Thorne slowly demolishes the evidence and the credibility of the government’s witnesses. When he manages to discredit the government’s star witness, it appears as though Arnold may go free.
The book also presents an accurate and fascinating account of life in colonial America at the time of the American Revolution, and affords an insight into the character of some of the most famous men of the age.
By Richard McMahon
When Michelle Iverson disappears after posting a provocative message on a BDSM Internet bulletin board, her father hires Mason Grant to find her. Mason teams up with the missing woman’s stepsister, Tracy, and the pair delves into the dark side of cyber space, seeking clues to Michelle’s disappearance. The journey leads Mason and Tracy down several false trails, into a love affair, and finally to a confrontation with a sadistic abductor. Mason’s search leads to a shocking revelation, which turns his world on end.
The story focuses on three main characters. Mason Grant is a former Army officer who chose early retirement after his family was killed in a tragic traffic accident. He now assists his former commander and mentor, also now retired, in discreet investigations. Tracy Iverson, the vivacious stepsister of the missing Michelle, is the natural daughter of a respected financial adviser to the wealthy, who has hired Mason, rather than bring an unsavory situation to public attention. Martin Sandler, a dangerous, sadistic prowler of unconventional websites, is obsessed with seeking a woman who will be a willing partner in his sexual fantasies.
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