I attended the 1981 Clarion Writers' Workshop and have published short stories, poems and essays since then. Most of my life has been spent in the wine industry--both in the wholesale and retail ends. I owned a wine and beer wholesale distributorship from 1995 to 2004.
On a world where the Catholic Church reigns supreme, a visitor from an alternate planet where the Church is but one of many faiths shakes the Vatican to its core. The pope dispatches a trusted cardinal to investigate this new developement to determine if this alternate Earth is a source of contagion that must be wiped out.
The pretty teenage daughter of a Bay Area millionaire is lured away from home by an Internet predator. Private investigator and former Green Beret medic David Mace is hired by her distraught father to find her and bring her home. But what starts out as a simple missing persons case quickly morphs into something far more sinister and on a much bigger scale.