If you have an interest, you can order my new ebook The President is Hostage: Payback's a Bitch at Amazon. Or use this link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CG6NBX4 It took me 24 years to write it. The origin is when I went to see a friend who worked for Bush I in the White House. I was surprised by the lack of layered security in and around the White House, despite its reputation as the most secure building in the world. (This was 1989 remember.) My friend suggested I write a white paper of my observations for him to share. I did. Then I got thinking about a novel based on some of those observations. The original novel was written in three weeks. That was the fun part. The hard part was the rewrite. It took 24 years when I could steal a few hours away here and there. Given how the jihadis, in a continuation of their 1400-year long war against everyone, just killed that beautiful 8-year old boy Martin Richards, the Chinese grad student Lu Lingzi’s, and Krystle Campbell and Sean Collier, my hope is that the ideas in this book will contribute to the successful rollback of the eternal jihadi threat and their blood-soaked ideology. I hope it stirs creative and innovative thinking to help preserve civilization from their barbaric onslaught. Here is a synopsis. Frank McKenna, West Virginia fruit grower and Special
Forces Reservist, receives a call at 4:22 a.m. from the government. After a
brief argument with his wife, Sara, he assembles his specialized gear and heads
for a prearranged assembly point for his unit. On the way, he reads a passage
from Proverbs 28: 1-2: “...When a country
is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a man of understanding and knowledge
maintains order...” and Revelation 6:3:
“...When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature
say, “Come out! Then another horse came out. It was fiery red. And its rider
was given the power to take away all peace from the earth, so that people would
slaughter one another. He was also given a big sword.” Colonel Watson
arrives at Frank’s orchard to use it as a command and operations center as so
much of America’s
once mighty war machine is compromised by the terrorist's first strike. [The photo on the cover is my uncle Ray Curley's burial at Arlington.]
Abdullah, the mastermind behind
uniting a dozen of the most lethal terrorist groups in the world to strike at
the United States
in one day, gives instructions to Ferric Mohammed, the American Black Muslim
who has been on his payroll for years. Ferric has hidden behind front
organizations like “The Committee for a Free Palestine” and “Muslim Brotherhood
Association for Economic Development and Freedom.” for two decades to raise and train a
terrorist force of 124,000 to assist in the destruction of America.
Together with Shining Path guerrillas, M-19, Japanese, sundry Middle Eastern,
and other groups out on the fringe, Abdullah’s years at GeorgeWashingtonUniversity
and working in the United States
paid off, he was in control of the White House and had the President of the United States
hostage. The Pentagon is almost totally inoperative. All over the United States people are quick to find that
those explosions are American icons -- the new WorldTradeCenter,
the TransAmericaBuilding, destroyed.
Abdullah confronts the President and
his circle in the White House bunker. He lectures him about the foolishness of
supporting a million Jews over one billion Muslims. He shows the President news
feeds that show how destructive his coordinated attack on the United States
has been. He issues his demand that the Jews leave the Middle
In a flashback, Adbullah goes to the
mountain camps of the M-19 Shining Path. They agree to use their considerable
skill at blowing up power plants to shut down America’s energy grid on the day of
the first strike.
Tom Wosniac, Ph.D. in Greek
philosophy and Presidential intelligence aide de camp, visits Joe McKenna,
Frank’s father, at the McKenna Orchard. He grills him about his job as a
trolley driver in Washington,
D.C. in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Joe McKenna’s father drove a trolley line that went right under the White
House, which Tom wants to use to free the President and his staff. Over a
satphone, Joe tells Frank exactly where the tunnel runs.
Explanation of how Adbullah
infiltrated the World Bank, IMF and other financial institutions and used his
computer software experts to create serious financial disruptions worldwide the
day of the attack. Background of the detailed planning that went into the
Frank and his unit land at Ball’s
Bluff across from White’s Ferry above Potomac, MD and begin to weave down River Road to Georgetown. They meet stiff resistance from
Adbullah’s army in Georgetown
and on K Street.
In coordination with several other Special Forces units, they succeed at
escaping through back alleys to the Dupont
Circle entrance to the tunnels under Washington, D.C. Americans, a heavily armed people, are taking
individual steps to harass and kill Adbullahs army all over America.
Abraham Hershkowitz, Director of
B’nai B’rnth, fights a pitched battle with terrorists with weapons stored at
their headquarters after the Hunaffi attack. In one of those ironies of history
that so entangle American-Israeli relations, it is the fact that B’nai B’rnth purchased
German satellite telephones and backup batteries that allows them to transmit
minute-by-minute intelligence updates of what was happening in Washington and
at other critical assault points to Tel Aviv that are beamed back to any
functioning American military and intelligence outposts. Such intelligence is beamed to Paw Paw and
Levels West Virginia. It is an essential
component of the counterassault Colonel Watson is transmitting to Sgt. McKenna
who is now several yards from the President and his captures in air vent A-49
at the White House.
Tom Wosniac coordinates the defense
of the CIA that, along with the FBI building on Pennsylvania Avenue has held against the
initial assault. Tom conceives of a strategy of raiding construction sights for
bulldozers and leading counterassaults behind them, which is how he weaves his
way from Langley
to Dupont Circle
to meet Frank. He informs Frank that Adbullah is a nail biter, and when he
takes his hand off his weapon to bite his fingernails, that is the time to leap
from the air vent to kill him. Frank fights a fierce battle at MetroCenter
and takes his men to the White House. Frank and his men meet another band of
terrorists in the tunnel and waste them.
As the American and international
media hang on every word Abdullah spits at the President, Frank leaps through
the vent in one move, fires his machine gun in a cross cut to neutralize
Adbullah and his men, then seals the bunker door. He pushes the President, his
family and several high-level White House officials into the vent before making
his exit. He booby-traps the vent and listens to it explode three minutes after
he leaves with the President.
Frank gets the President to Tom
Wosniac and a heavily armed special train at the now-secure Metro Center. Frank
signals that the full-scale counterassault can begin. All over America, from
New York to the White Sands to Los Angeles, the American military strikes back.
Frank, his mission completed, joins a Marine unit on an assault on the Treasury
Department and then on the counterassault to retake the White House. The
heaviest fighting takes place at the World Bank and IMF, where Iranians,
Iraqi’s, Russians, Libyans, Colombians, Peruvians, and Chinese units are
especially well entrenched. One Marine counterassault unit discovers the
terrorists killed 127 children in the World Bank’s Day Care Center. This news
galvanizes the American people.
From the Marmansk Russian naval
station, General Kroslov reads the data that is pouring into his office from
America. Up to now, he has cooperated with Abdullah, for a price. Now he can
see that the tide is turning and he will not regain the power Russia once held
vis-à-vis America from this fiasco. He orders his solders to destroy the
evidence and to never admit any role in this drama.
After several engagements with the
terrorists, Frank suggests to Colonel Watson that they engage in MacArthur’s
“Island Hopping” strategy, bypass the main enemy force and concentrate all
firepower on vital links in their chain. This move is to minimize American
casualties. Central Command accepts Frank’s strategy. Various pitched battles
in and around Washington result in American victories.
All across America that day
skyscrapers are stormed, subways are rushed, and nuclear power plants are recaptured. Each procedure required a careful combination
of aggression and caution. Local police units take the initiative and kill
thousands of terrorists in their areas. Although the Space Needle in Seattle,
the Sears Tower in Chicago, the World Trade Center in New York, and the
TransAmerica Building in San Francisco are all dust, the Kennedy Space Center
and some other American treasures hold their own.
After a mission to Siberia to
explode the nuclear device the Russian’s had sold Adbullah, Frank returns to
Washington, D.C. and shows up at Tom Wosniac’s door. Tom had been reviewing the
pluses and minuses of the recent attack with his girlfriend but leaves with
Frank to go to the Dubliner restaurant to down the beers they said they would
share if they survived. Along the way the muse about the assault, and the
There is a bonus chapter with creative suggestions about how we can rollback the eternal jihadi threat and three poems at the end.
My wife once danced with a dance troupe called "Deaf Dimensions" when I was courting her. She has always been a natural dancer, and she had me out on the dance floor doing Irish or Rock steps according to the music Juice was playing. Guess we did alright because our friend, Pat Rockinberg, the Mayor of Mount Airy, said we looked pretty good out there dancing. I'll take it.
BarleyJuice plays the kind of rhythmic Celtic/rock fusion music that makes you want to dance and celebrate in a visceral way being Irish American with "800 years of slavery at the brutal hands of the English rulers and their Irish collaborators but still laughing and creating anyway" Irish roots.
And here are a few links to learn more about BarleyJuice.
(Civil defense side note: spoke to an EMT who, when I asked about the HUGE generator outside the fire house and noted how magnificent the building was, said, "We had a catastrophic fire a few years ago during a heavy snowfall when the roof collapsed and hit a gas pipe. This building is brand new and only opened two weeks ago. Given how well equipped they are for shelter in place during a major disaster, it is worth a visit to their website (link above) to see how they do it.)
Here are some photos and vids of the energy, creativity, vitality, joy, magic and spirit they bring to an ancient Celtic music done in new ways.
Always love to find poetry inspiring people in the most unexpected places. Here is one. A guy who knows the silver market and, more importantly, projects the silver market 10 years out, and ends with a great poem about what our life means here on earth. Listen to all of this for silver investment information...but more for the poem at the end. My hat's off to David Morgan for ending with a poem.