The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age


In The Most Bold and Daring Act of the Age, the sequel to Blood Brothers, a 55-year-old Henry Doyle comes out of retirement in 1815 to foil Napoleon’s attempt to enlist Shiite militia in the Balkans against the Russian and Austrian armies marching to join the British at Waterloo.  His capture by the Algerians sets in motion desperate efforts to rescue him by his wife Dihya and his half-brother Peter Kirkpatrick, a former US Navy captain. 

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The Tao of Sales: A book for salespeople who want to succeed with their customers instead of competing against them.

Since its publication, readers have responded with comments like this one from Jamie S. Walters, Founder of Ivy Sea Inc., and author of Big Vision, Small Business: ” I find myself going back to this book by E. Thomas Behr again and again for inspiring and implementable reminders. I find that title misleading; this is a book about integrity-based thinking and relationship-building, so it goes well beyond the sales process. “

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Blood Brothers: A novel about America’s first war against a Muslim enemy, the 1804 attempt by a small, makeshift army led by US Marines,  to conquer the nation of Tripoli. Henry Doyle is a soldier of fortune and convert to the Sufi sect of Islam, who agrees to help the invading Americans for pay, even though he despises them.  In the process he meets the half-brother he never knew existed, Peter Kirkpatrick, a young, hot-headed US Navy officer. Cindy Vallar, in Pirates and Privateers Magazine says, “Written in crisp, compelling prose, the action sequences, especially the naval encounters, are exceedingly well-done.”

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The Life & Times of Miller Bugliari: a history of and guide to championship soccer coaching. Miller Bugliari is the legendary teacher and soccer coach at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. His record over a 55-year career is exceptional:  815 victories against 112 losses and 96 ties; 26 state titles and 26 county championships against the toughest competition in the state. His friend, Sir Alex Ferguson, former coach of Manchester United, says: “The foundation of this success rests on his great personal respect for his players and everyone he comes in contact with.”

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My Current Project

Walter Schwein, an American studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, eagerly volunteers to help the American fledgling spy organization at the start of World War II by becoming a deep cover “sleeper” living as a French citizen in the north of France. He is activated in March 1944 to report on German troop movements and beach defenses before the D-Day invasion. But he doesn’t know that his government, in sending him to Calais instead of Normandy, plans to sell him out to the Gestapo in order to mislead the Nazis with false information about the Allies’ real landing destination.

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What we have, instead, with too few exceptions, are self-serving ideologues fighting for political control while working a three-day week and selling out to lobbyists to keep themselves in power.  It’s time to throw the bums out.  But only the American electorate can do that – if we Americans wake up to our responsibility.

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But instead of acting responsibly to explore the realities of global warming, President Trump, Environmental Punishment Agency head Scott Pruitt, the Koch brothers and the big oil companies’ lobbyists have attacked the possibility of this threat. In essence, their position is “since admitting global warming could hurt our profits, we’ll argue that it doesn’t exist.”

Their excuse for eliminating environmental regulations — that strong environmental protection is needed to save jobs —  is paper thin and nakedly self-serving. Put a handful of coal miners back to work vs. protect all Americans? (And note that with the roll-back of protective regulations, the possibility for negligence-driven mine disasters increases,)

The Trump/GOP position is crazy. It’s also criminally irresponsible. We’re talking about the safety of the water we rely on for drinking and growing the food we eat, and the safety of the air we breathe. If you care about your future, your children’s future, our country’s future, and the planet’s future, contact your congressional representatives now and say “STOP!”. read more…

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