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This novel is a work of fiction with a heavy dose of reality. The names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents I have mentioned therein are either the product of my imagination or are used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events, is purely coincidental.

This novel is not a research project. I have pulled this story from my own life, which includes a public school education, graduate school, 20 years in the U.S. Navy, work experience gained from diverse employment, plus reading a lot of books, seeing a lot of movies, and watching a number of TV news channels throughout my adult life.

As you read Ethos, you’ll see many real-life names and places you may recognize (e.g., Piggly Wiggly, Chuck Swindoll, Vernon McGee, Tony Evans, and Paul Sheppard), but my book is still a piece of fiction. I am not out to mislead anyone. I’m sure that, once you get into the story, you will recognize it as fiction, designed for your entertainment.

I trust you will enjoy reading Ethos as much as I enjoyed writing it. When you get to the last page, I would greatly appreciate some feedback!

The Author


Table of Contents

Chapter One

Chapter Two

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