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Lewis Perdue – A quick glimpse at journalism experience

Lewis Perdue taught journalism and related courses as a regular faculty member at Cornell University and UCLA and as an adjunct professor at Elmira College. He has more than 45 years of experience spanning local reporting to enterprise and investigative reporting in Washington, D.C. including coverage of the White House and Congress. Lew’s current daily […]

Stealth Terror: More Frightening, More Profitable

Why would stealth terror be more frightening and more profitable? From Chapter Fifty of Die By Wire A dense gauze of cigarette smoke packed the windowless room so tightly the naked white walls seemed to recede toward an unseen horizon. An unornamented round table barely a meter in diameter rested on gray institutional carpeting, its […]

Malaysia Airlines Flt 370: Charity For Family Support?

I’m looking for guidance on a legitimate charity that supports families of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flt 370. I’d like to donate my income from all the recent increased sales of my book, Die By Wire. Why? Because less than a day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished on March 8, I received emails from […]

Book Bastards: Loveable Books, Loathable Writers

“Tolstoy I’m sure was an incredible jackass, but I still love him. I still love Stevens, I still love Pound. If we didn’t read people who were bastards, we’d never read anything. Even the best of us are at least part-time bastards. We bastards love people who love our books, regardless. Read the rest of […]

Amazonians Won’t Let Amazon Own The Amazon

Amazon can’t have a monopoly on the Amazon like they almost do with books. According to The Register: “Web supermarket Amazon’s bid to create new top-level domain name .amazon has hit a dead end…Committee members of internet overlord ICANN – which oversees the world’s DNS and other such technical stuff – rejected the e-tailer’s application […]

Every New Day, A New Room … But Only Once

“No one ever steps in the same river twice,  for it’s not the same river and they’re not the same person.” — Heraclitus (Gender-neutral edits added) Characters in my thrillers have relied on that quote and the meaning behind it more than once. But the true meaning came home for me last night while falling […]

Prism Spying More About Secrecy Than Data

The real scandal in the NSA Prism revelations is not so much about what data is kept or the merits of how that may keep us safe. The real issue is the fact that the whole program was kept so secret. The US was founded on the principle that those who govern do so ONLY […]

Memories And Time – The Beginning Of A New Approach

All we are is memories and time. Think about that for a moment while I explain a different approach I am taking with some of my writing. I’ve tried for decades to deal with deep issues … serious things … in the context of my main fiction genre, thrillers. I put the thoughts — and […]

Radical Egyptian Clerics Seek to Legalise Child Brides

 Radical Egyptian Clerics Seek to Legalise Child Brides Pedophile sex traffickers are the sorts of perverts that heroine Mira Longbow goes after in Die By Wire

A Veterans Day Thanks To A Hero

Click to enlarge. And click that one for full size. A Veteran’s Day salute to my uncle, LTC Buddy Barner, USAF. I dedicated my book Perfect Killer to him and wrote him in as a character before he died. More images here.