I suppose the two books I’ve written (and the third that I’m working on now) are historical thrillers, in that there’s a lot of inter-mixing of things that actually did happen, with things that probably happened (though we may never be able to verify them), rounded out with some other exciting things that didn’t happen at all. They’re set in a very specific time, and my hope is that if these books are still around 20 or 30 years from now, they’ll in some small way provide an eye-opening look at the beginning of (I believe) one of the most pivotal decades in the history of the U.S.A.
I enjoy hearing from readers, and this is one of the things I enjoy hearing most: Occasionally someone will have found something in the text that simply stretches their suspension-of-disbelief a little too far, and then after some research they find that the detail that blew their mind is one of the things that really happened. Here’s a recent example, written up in an article from Alternet:
Things go missing. It’s to be expected. Even at the Pentagon. Last October, the Pentagon’s inspector general reported that the military’s accountants had misplaced a destroyer, several tanks and armored personnel carriers, hundreds of machine guns, rounds of ammo, grenade launchers and some surface-to-air missiles. In all, nearly $8 billion in weapons were AWOL.
Those anomalies are bad enough. But what’s truly chilling is the fact that the Pentagon has lost track of the mother of all weapons: a hydrogen bomb.”