Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Next Author Event, and my request for a favor from you

September 30, 2014

My next and final author event on the West Coast for this year will be held on Saturday, October 18 from 3 p.m to 5 p.m.. at Pelican Ranch Winery in Capitola, CA. I’ll be reading short passages from Bloodridge and DeathByte, selling and signing paperback books, and unveiling the cover for GrayNet, Book 4 of the Spies Lie series. If you’ve missed my previous appearances, or would just like to reconnect, or have purchased paperbacks and want them signed, please, come to Pelican Ranch.

GrayNet will be released in November. I’ll soon be polishing book 5. And, I’ve already started book 6.

I’m also asking for a favor from those of you who’ve purchased books, either paperback or ebooks: I’m desperate for reviews. If you have read one or more of my books. Please, please, please write and post a review at both Amazon and Goodreads. I’ll be forever in your debt.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Middle East isn’t the only place where the world is sinking into conflict

You already knew that. But there is something more:

No one really knows how to force the world to become a peaceful place. In the United States, for example, we have been in a state of war over 70% of the time we’ve existed. And we have no idea how to end it.

We’ve entered wars to save our allies, to defeat our enemies, and more often than not, these wars resolved nothing. Except for feeding the weapons development corporations, that is.

The Middle East is just a good example of what we’ve failed to do, despite our good intentions. Almost every time we’ve tried to do something positive there, the results have been disastrous. As Dick Cheney stated about Iraq, “We’ll be welcomed as liberators.” And this leads to how we deceive ourselves into believing we could be the heroes: Our intelligence services are so terrible, we simply can’t rely on them to provide us with the truth. Remember “weapons of mass destruction”? Our choice is to give the intelligence services even more budget, even more power, and hope that the 1.4 million people in the USA with security clearances in the over 1,200 organizations that spy will do something different. Or, we can stop relying on them to drive our global policy decisions. Either choice is sub-optimal. There must be a better way.

It’s time our country, and every country, thought a bit about what we’re letting the world become. Is this what we want? Where should we be spending our cash? What causes should we promote? Is there a better way to keep murderers and criminals from running countries?

I have no answers. But it’s about time we started asking the questions. If we don’t things will probably get worse, and not just in the Middle East. It’s looking a lot like it did just before the start of World War I.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30: Book Signing and Reading at the Salinas Public Library

The Salinas Public Library on Lincoln Avenue would like to welcome all local readers to attend techno-thriller author DS Kane’s author reading and book signing on Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30. You may have attended one of DS Kane's fiction writing classes at the library a few years back. Now is the opportunity to see what he's produced.

Have you ever wondered how governments end up in such difficult wars and conflicts? Remember “Weapons of Mass Destruction?” What about the NSA’s monitoring of your cell phone calls? Do spies really lie? Come listen to DS Kane speak on the nature of intelligence services and how some of their most provocative endeavors often inadvertently start global conflicts.