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I'm a retired Federal Firefighter from Whidbey Island, Washington State, USA. From age fourteen, I lived with my invalid step grandmother, a wonderful woman who never complained about her crippling arthritis.
We lived on a small island in the Puget Sound north of Seattle. How small? My senior class had eighteen students, and only five of us were guys.
I've been an entertainer since I was five, singing and playing guitar and piano. Perhaps my writing is an extension of my desire to entertain people.
I love dogs and cats. Well, the cats who don't hiss at me anyway.
I'm a widower now, after losing my wife to cancer.
I live in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina.
on Oct. 30, 2013 :
This is a first-class book, exhibiting little of the spelling, grammar & punctuation errors which distract & detract from so many contemporary novels. The narrative is fast-paced, engaging & surprisingly believable; even disturbingly so. It describes a USA that, distressingly, the world sees all too often: one in which most Usanites are the nicest people, but who collectively form a dangerous nation, one to be feared & shunned, whose citizens seem to delight in turning into packs of selfish, loutish, thieving, murderous animals that, when faced with widespread lack of petrol, justify their foulest of excesses as, 'doing what you have to do to survive.' The story ends with a wonderful & hope-inspiring discovery of a new, non-polluting fuel, as well as a treasure-trove of alien technologies (but, of course, controlled by the real world's leader of the present-day axis of evil, USA.) This book engages from beginning to end and is hard to put down. I look forward to many more stories from James Corkill.
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