Ted spent most of his career as a technology manager for a major oil company, mostly in international producing operations. This gave him the opportunity to live and travel in some of the world’s most fascinating places. He developed a keen interest in the cultures and beliefs of other peoples, and believes many Americans would benefit from some of his insights.
He lived in the jungles of Sumatra, the deserts of Kuwait, and traveled extensively in such far-flung places as China, Egypt, Vietnam, and the various countries in the Middle East (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan).
During the 1980s, Ted and his family lived in the suburbs of London, and he worked in a downtown office building just a few blocks from a horrendous act of terrorism perpetrated by the Irish Republican Army. This experience was the inspiration for the actions and characters in his novel Windstorm, young and old. As in all his stories, the main characters, Carter Chamberlain and Fiona McKenna, are beset with troubles at multiple levels, some external and some that they carry around in their own hearts.
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Hear My Faint Cry
On a North Florida moonless night, five teenage boys and a girl crawl down a path and into a cave, the object of their travels.
Gunshots shatter the silence. One of the boys in the cave dies instantly. Another crawls part-way up the slope, and dies by additional gunfire. The third struggles almost to the place where their cars are parked, and additional bullets end his life.
Evil has arrived.
On August 9, 1990, 16-year-old American Jeff Connors enters the lobby of a four-star hotel in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, dressed in the dishdasha of an Arab Bedouin, trying to be reunited with his father. He just survived a terror-filled week, the invasion of Kuwait by the Iraqi army. Jeff has no idea he’s been caught in the first strike of a local war that will threaten to screw up the whole world.
Sixteen-year-old Peter Grayson and his pal Jerrod rescue a nearly drowned young Hispanic man from raging floodwaters. He refuses to give the boys any clue about the terrible place from which he’s escaped. After leaving their care, Pedro’s body is found floating in the waters of Diablo Creek.
The boys’ quest for the truth leads them into a deepening spiral of danger and corruption.
White Heat, White Ashes
When a Hispanic family is killed in a tragic fire, Peter is scrutinized by the police, and his world makes little sense. His best friend ignores him, and he is lured into the frightening world of a secret militia.
Peter becomes an unlikely hero: saving Jerrod and his sister, undermining a second hate-crime, and finding the courage to believe in his convictions.
When seventeen-year-old Carter Chamberlain is uprooted from his quiet American life and moved to London, he fears his biggest problem will be boredom. Instead, he is drawn into the sordid world of Irish Republican Army terrorism, while trying to keep his own dysfunctional family intact. Ultimately, one last test of courage is needed for his and Fiona's and many other innocent people's survival.
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