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I’m from Kansas City, both of them. My folks lived in Gladstone but the nearest Hospital was Providence, in Kansas.
When I was two, we moved to Saint Joseph, Missouri and an apartment across the street from the Krug Park Lily Pond. I’ll be forever grateful to my parents because growing up in that place was magic. The magic lasted until I was in fourth grade, when the family, now including two younger siblings, moved into a split level ranch on the east side of town and the wilds of a partially developed area with woods, creeks, and construction all around.
Exploring and baseball took the place of magic. Soon the wildness of the place became tame and well-ordered. So did I. High school was followed by a few frustrating years in college. Restlessness prompted me to join the Army. I traveled the world, drank deeply from the cultures of Germany and Korea, but the magic called to me in a weak voice and stirred me.
I graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Years in aerospace and defense contracting were fulfilling and rewarding, but the magic still whispered its siren song.
Finally, after years of struggling, I set the magic free. Stories took shape, guided by characters crafted with care. Characters that live with me always, because they are my children.
Children burst from my brain as Zeus gave birth to Athena. Now they live for you, dear reader. Enjoy with my compliments.
Jeanne M. Haskin
on Oct. 08, 2013 :
Returning to the “people’s” state of Sarangong as part of Operation Bombora, Dave and Debbie Douglas, together with Dave’s dad, his new wife, and their friends Kat and Billie are putting their lives on the line so the people of Sarangong will know freedom for the first time ever since meeting modern civilization.
Inducted into the U.S. military as important native assets, Kat and Billie belong heart and soul to the liberation effort. In Billie’s case, it means being a “real” girl for a member of the Sarangong military, whose attraction is the lynchpin that could result in defection to their cause. For Kat, it means convincing a pastor aligned with the native rebels that his ignorance and naiveté have led to misplaced allegiance.
To make matters worse, their objective of government overthrow is not the only risk. Above and beyond all else, they must track down the insidious, invisible threat gestating in a young man’s body: the biohazard of prion bombs meant to be loosed on Sarangong’s ruling military and political party, as well as important tribal families. If they don’t, there will be an uncontainable pandemic, resulting in mass murder that could spread throughout the world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)