SOULS ON FIRE is an action-packed mystery that combines a troubling social issue with a police procedural thriller. Lt. Neil Kenny, a movie-addicted detective of the Austin Police Department enlists the help of his friend Jim Greenwald, an ex-Green Beret, CIA operative, to help him track down the people who use military tactics to raid banks and police stations. These terrorists are AIDS activists who have decided it’s better to die fighting for their beliefs than helpless in bed. Will authorities capture or stop these terrorists before more attacks paralyze the city? Buy SOULS ON FIRE to enjoy a fast-paced thriller and discover the surprising conclusion.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Years ago there were AIDS protests about the lack of attention/funding to the disease. I distinctly remembered police wearing gloves because they were scared to death that just touching one of these people would mean they would get AIDS. This dehumanizing behavior just inflamed the protestors more and often resulted in violent clashes. When I was thinking about a follow-up to my book "Tax Break," these incidents came to mind and I made a leap and wondered "what would happen if these protestors kicked it up a notch."
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main characters of SOULS ON FIRE were first seen in my book TAX BREAK. As is the case in most of my writing they (and other characters) come from multiple people in my past as well as people I have read about in news events and other books. So for example, Jim Greenwald, the ex-CIA/Green Beret and current bar owner, came from several sergeants I knew when I was in the 82nd Airborne as well as a few people I've met here in Austin.
“I wasn’t recruited to train people to kill women and children!”
“No, you were hired to come here and do a job, and damn the politics. What you or I think of the situation doesn’t mean jack! We teach these fuckers what they are supposed to do and if they go outside the lines of decency we can’t do shit! We’re not here to teach them morality. We’re here to teach them war. It’s up to their consciences and the backbone of the politicians back home to decide what’s right or wrong! Not ours!”
Jim’s face turned beet red as he broke away from the repulsive man in front of him. “I’m a civilian now, not a GI and I don’t have to take this shit!” he spit, as he glared at the Devil.
“You and your conscience are part of this shit! You are responsible for this shit as you taught them how to plant the explosives. If it suddenly offends you—tough. This is your job. You’ve accepted it and will continue to do your duty until you complete your mission. You are part of this just as much as me. Just because you stand on the sidelines and watch doesn’t absolve you of shit. How can you light a fuse and then say you’re not part?”
Jim stared vacantly at the enraged CIA operative. As much as he wanted to argue, swear that he was holier than that evil bull of a man, he couldn’t. The man was right. Jim’s conscience might roast him for his actions, but he had taught these little bastard terrorists their horrible tactics. Because they deviated from his own personal straight line, didn’t absolve him from his complicity.
Jim took a deep breath, turned and began to walk back into the depths of the jungle.
Don stared after him, knowing he had hit the mark.
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