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I am a retired Marine colonel now living and working in Thailand. I was born in Oakland, CA, but have lived throughout the US and the world, and have traveled to over 100 countries.
My undergraduate degree was earned at the U. S. Naval Academy (Class of 1979), and I have attended graduate school at U. S. International University and the University of California, San Diego, earning a masters and doctorate.
I have rather eclectic tastes. I have won awards in photography, cooking, and several sports, earning national championships in rugby and equestrian events. I love reading, writing, exercise, cooking, travel, and photography.
I published my first work back in 1978, a so-so short story titled "Secession." Since then, I have been published in newspapers, magazines, and in book format in fiction, political science, business, military, sports, race relations, and personal relations fields.
I write because I love it. I only hope that others might read my work and get a bit of enjoyment or useful information out of my efforts.
on July 15, 2013 :
Face it! The United States is at war with Islam and has been since 1802. That was when Thomas Jefferson sent the Marines to Tripoli to put a stop to the depredations of the Barbary Pirates. I would like to thank Colonel Jonathan Brazee, USMC (Ret.) for illuminating a little known piece of American history. Most of us are vaguely aware that this distant war was the genesis of the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps but what actually happened is usually left unsaid. The depth of Colonel Brazee’s research is evident from the first page. He describes in convincing detail the campaigns of the war through the eyes of three fictional characters and a narrator. Each player has a unique voice rich with period dialect, which admittedly is a bit thick at times, but nevertheless adds much early nineteenth century nuance. (I even learned some new words.) The pace is excellent and I was frankly glued to the narrative. I appreciate the history lesson and highly recommend it.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)