Posts Tagged ‘1932 Olympics’

In honor of the upcoming release of The Scent of Death (Amazon, Smashwords), the first book in the series, The Choking Rain (Amazon, Smashwords) will be on sale for $1.99 the entire month of September!

Return to the days between the wars, in the depths of the Great Depression, when adventure waited in every port, and the world hadn’t quite been explored…

In February 1932, Los Angeles, soon to be the site of the Summer Olympics, is plagued with torrential rains–and murder. Men are dying in the streets in broad daylight, to all appearances victims of an invisible hangman.

Eric Reinhold, an ace pilot dubbed “Captain Swashbuckle” for his aerial feats in the skies over Germany, is drawn into the plot, but while investigating, he is gunned down by vicious criminals, leaving behind a small band of dedicated friends to carry on. Can four ordinary people overcome a terror aimed at toppling the entire United States–when they may be harboring the mastermind of the plot in their very midst?




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For the month of July, I am participating in the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale! All full-price books are 25% off with the coupon code SSW25. This means that volume 2 of the Stolen Future trilogy, The Secret City; the first of the Captain Swashbuckle Depression-era thrillers, The Choking Rain; and my non-fiction primer on how to avoid losing money to your stockbroker, How to Know if Your Stockbroker is Ripping You Off–And What You Can Do About It, are all 25% off for an entire month! Check them all out at my author page, or see the entire Smashwords promotional catalog.

And of course, the first volume of the Stolen Future trilogy, The Invisible City, is also available, at the special introductory price of $0.99.

July is a long month, and you have to fill it somehow, so why not try some new fiction? (A word to the wise: Don’t take your Kindle into the pool…)


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The Choking Rain, my Depression-era pulp adventure novel, is now available in e-book form for the first time at Smashwords.com.

The Choking Rain, first in a planned series, follows former WWI fighter ace Eric Reinhold and four fellow adventurers as they fight to find the answer to The Invisible Death, a phantom killer stalking the streets of Los Angeles in the winter of 1932, just months before the Olympic Games are meant to give hope to a beaten-down American public. But if the killings aren’t stopped, the Games will be cancelled, a major propaganda blow to the growing influence of the United States. With the authorities helpless, panic mounting, and the murderous scourge seeming to focus on his own family, Reinhold has to take the law into his own hands, even if it means defying the police, endangering his friends, and returning to fight the war he thought he had left behind–a war which this time, he might very well not survive…

Ranging from the alleyways of Tinseltown to the pathless jungles of South America, featuring gangsters, spies, hidden agendas, unexpected allies, and surprise villains, The Choking Rain is a rousing adventure story in the classic pulp style.

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Eric and Professor Death, on the trail of their missing friends, break into a mysterious warehouse in chapter 11 of The Choking Rain, “Waterfront Discovery.” What they find will change the course of their lives.

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In Chapter 9 of The Choking Rain, the boys go to a party, the Professor gets into a fight, and The Invisible Death strikes on the O’Donnells’ doorstep!

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Chapter 7 of my free serialized novel, The Choking Rain, is available now!

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In Chapter 6 of The Choking Rain, “Reunion,” Ted and Kate are rescued from back-alley assassination, while Eric and the rest of the crew investigate the mysterious murder of a man right before his doctor’s eyes!

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