Friday, August 19, 2016

Think Tanks



Believe it or not there are probably more think tanks in the United States than there are corporations. It seems for everything there’s a think tank. In the state of New York, for example, there are to be found a good number of them like the Brookings Institute and the Heritage Foundation, to name just a few.

There’s the RAND Corporation. Though this think tank is not specific to New York (It’s located in Santa Monica California) it is an example of one of the most powerful and influential think thanks in America. The RAND Corporation was even hired by former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to investigate the infamous Sean Bell police shooting back in 2006. Its findings were eventually implemented in NYPDs police code of conduct.

And then there is the rumored WRM, World Revolutionary Movement. You’re probably gawking at the page and saying, what the hell is that?”

That’s a darn good question.

The concept that such an internationally influential super-secret think tank as the World Revolutionary Movement could exist in the shadows was created by the late conspiracy theorist William Guy Carr in 1956. According to William Guy Carr there was and still exist a secret think tank that has been responsible for every major world event, from the French Revolution up until now.

Of course, none of his conjectures can be proven or verified, but it does get one’s imagination fired up with the notion that any clandestine cabal could exist in our modern time.

Which brings us to another hither-to-unknown think tank, controlling military operations from afar. This think tank is to be found in my action-novel, The Shaitan.

Hidden away in the United States Army’s medical department near an area called “Sand Hill” in Fort Benning, is a super-secret think tank designed by the wily Colonel Brandy and overseen by the overbearing and demanding General Burger. This secret gathering is comprised of a medley group of men from all possible walks of life.

There is the elderly and wizened Rabbi Benjamin Ehud, head of a branch of the Israeli Mossad. Accompany him is his former rival, Sheik Ali Ibin Aziz, founder of the once notorious Islamic terrorist group, Islamiyah Al Nass. Adding color and depth to this company is the witty CIA Guy and the eminent MIT Professor Brad MacFarlane.

What brings this disparate collection of men together is the looming international threat posed by the renegade terrorist, Ismial Abdur Rahim, who goes by the code name The Shaitan. Ismial Abdur Rahim is considered to be so dangerous that all these dissimilar parties, who even at one time were sworn enemies, saw the need to pool their resources together in an effort to do away with this agent of evil, the likes of which had not been seen before.

To accomplish this the think tank must carefully oversee their agent on the ground, Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Hank Donaldson; a formidable task to be sure, because of the personal challenges our hero presents with his incurable drinking and renegade behavior.  

How do they pull off this seemingly herculean task without meeting sure disaster? I encourage you to purchase and read a copy of my action-novel The Shaitan and find out!

THE SHAITAN IS CURRENTLY BEING SOLD AT THESE LOCATIONS:

The Shaitan is not sold on Amazon.com at this time.

To view a few sample pages or to purchase The Shaitan visit: https://smashwords.com/books/view/573076  (Note: You must 1st remove “adult content” filter from top right hand corner of Smashword page to access the book, by clicking the “Adult Content” button before searching for book title The Shaitan in search field).

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You can also check the comments I will be posting about the making of the book as well as background material out on these social media sites:


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Email: lordlumiel@yahoo.com


Sunday, July 24, 2016

On Alcoholism



Alcohol has had a bad reputation since its creation by the ancient Sumerians 6,000 years ago. By the way, the ancient Sumerian name for alcohol was “igi-hulu.” That’s right! The word alcohol has come all the way down to us from Sumeria almost in its pristine and distilled form.

Beer received special attention in the 18th century BC code of the Babylonian lawmaker Hammurabi and it was a capital offense, punishable by death, to be charged with rowdy behavior in a salon after its consumption. In fact some of the first writings in ancient Sumeria and Egypt were documents keeping account of the amount of beer barley and grain being stored in the royal house.

There are even some historians who argue that had it not been for the invention of alcohol, civilization as we know it would not have developed. For instance, some go on to point out that the American Revolution was given birth to in a local Boston tavern. One can imagine the founding fathers discussing the upcoming Boston Tea Party over a few mugs of beer.

The idea is not too farfetched, if you consider it.

Alcohol was also historically utilized for medicinal purposes, as in the Civil War when it was used to anesthetize a wounded soldier before undergoing an amputation of a limb. Notwithstanding this, it has also served a psychological medicinal purpose.

The anesthetizing effect of alcohol is due to the brain’s overloading the blood system with HDLPs or “High Density Lipoproteins” which causes a significant rise in the body’s production of endorphins. This process not only decreases pain, but brings about a temporary euphoric state of being.

This is the very trap in connection with large consumption of alcohol. One can easily fall into a vicious cycle of chasing the euphoria, by significantly increasing one’s intake. The problem with this process is that the body eventually builds a higher level of tolerance, so that it requires an even larger amount of imbibing to reach the same initial euphoric state. This is one of the reasons alcoholism is harder to cure than addiction to any other substance known to man.

Many a combat veteran throughout the annuals of modern warfare (in particular from the Civil War onto the present Gulf War) has resulted to alcoholism to assuage the persistent demons and traumatic flashbacks of the horrors experienced on the battlefield. 

And this is where we find our hero and main character, Army Ranger and Gulf War veteran, Staff Sergeant Hank Donaldson in my action-novel The Shaitan.

Not only is Staff Sergeant Hank Donaldson troubled by nagging flashbacks of horrific battle scenes, but he is also plagued with a guilty conscience over his recent divorce and subsequent estrangement from his children; this being the result of his chronic absence from home in the fulfillment of his military duties.

In response our hero takes to the bottle with vigor and finds himself in a drunken stupor most of the time. This wouldn’t pose such a threat, if it had not been for the fact that he was still in the employ of the United States Army, and sent out on a most sensitive mission to find and neutralize, Ismial Abdur Rahim, the world’s most wanted terrorist.

How can Staff Sergeant Hank Donaldson accomplish this vital task without jeopardizing the operation and bringing great harm to himself?

To find out the answer to this question, I invite you to purchase and read an electronic copy of my novel, The Shaitan!

THE SHAITAN IS CURRENTLY BEING SOLD AT THESE LOCATIONS:


The Shaitan is not sold on Amazon.com at this time.

To view a few sample pages or to purchase The Shaitan visit: https://smashwords.com/books/view/573076  (Note: You must 1st remove “adult content” filter from top right hand corner of Smashword page to access the book, by clicking the “Adult Content” button before searching for book title The Shaitan in search field).

If you want to view my Smashwords Author Profile visit: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ObsidianBlade64

You can also check the comments I will be posting about the making of the book as well as background material out on these social media sites:


My Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lordlumiel

Bon appetite!
Daniel Canada aka Obsidian



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

U.S. Army Colonels



I served in the U.S. Army for a couple of years and one thing you learn right quick is how influential a colonel is. Colonels run entire bases. Your chance of running into a general is rare. Not that you don’t see one floating around from time-to-time.

You do.

However, everyone in the army knows that the top commanding officers in any fort are the colonels, whom we used to call full-blown-birds, because of the silver eagle insignia emblazoned upon their uniforms, distinguishing them from the rest of the commanders.

This brings us to the topic of Colonel James Edward Brandy, the fictional character in my action-novel The Shaitan.

Colonel Brandy is a career soldier in the service of the US Army, working under the oversight of an overbearing General Burger in a clandestine think tank, overseeing the secret government operation “Inferno,” which has pitted our main character, Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Hank Donaldson against the world’s most wanted terrorist, Ismial Abdur Rahim.

But unbeknown to everyone Colonel Brandy is living a double life and is holding close to his vest a dark secret about an aspect of the operation, which if ever came to the light of day could irreparably alter the entire military undertaking.

What is this carefully guarded secret? And how will it impact upon the very life of Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Hank Donaldson?

To find out, purchase and read a copy of The Shaitan! 

THE SHAITAN IS CURRENTLY BEING SOLD AT THESE LOCATIONS:

The Shaitan is not sold on Amazon.com at this time.

To view a few sample pages or to purchase The Shaitan visit: https://smashwords.com/books/view/573076  (Note: You must 1st remove “adult content” filter from top right hand corner of Smashword page to access the book, by clicking the “Adult Content” button before searching for book title The Shaitan in search field).

If you want to view my Smashwords Author Profile visit: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ObsidianBlade64

You can also check the comments I will be posting about the making of the book as well as background material out on these social media sites:


My Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lordlumiel

Bon appetite!
Daniel Canada aka Obsidian

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Social Butterfly



The New York City poetry scene of the 90’s was off the chain, as the saying goes. Unlike today's post Giuliani-era, there was poetry gigs galore! You could actually attend a poetry reading every night of the week and still not cover all the events that were going on during that time period.  Folks came from all over the five boroughs and beyond. They flocked to these poetry dives for a multitude of reasons. Some came to read their latest pieces, others to show-off their new gear. And there were those who simply came to meet another lonely soul to tag-up with for the night.

Yep! The 90’s poetry landscape was also the perfect pick-up spot for the salacious wordsmiths to find a kindred soul. That’s where I met a voluptuous poetress, whose name I obscured for personal reasons. So we’ll just call her Anne. Anne and I met back in the days at a swanky performance gig called “The Knitting Factory,” which was run by a great poet and eclectic host from Louisiana named Yictove. Yictove loved to combine live jazz music with poetry. As a result his venue was one of the hottest shows in town!

Anyway, while I was digging the live band which rhythmically exploded on the stage behind ole Yictove, I met and struck up a lively conversation with the sensuous poet, Anne. She was a social butterfly, to be sure; a woman certain of her beauty and sexual powers. Anne was an erotic vixen that made it clear to me she was looking for an exciting one-nighter and I had just been chosen for the lottery.

The affair didn’t last long, but she must’ve left a lasting impression upon me, because she became the catalyst for one of the main female characters in my novel, The Shaitan. In this fictional story I named her Amy Glenfeld.

Amy Glenfeld is a lovely, tall, blonde socialite, who likes to frequent the New York City poetry haunts, to express her sexuality through the spoken word. She also likes to scour the scene in search of a male lover for the night.

Her sexual exploration leads her into the messy life of U.S. Army Ranger, Staff Sergeant Hank Donaldson, who is foraging through the New York poetry landscape in search of an enigmatic terrorist.

It also leads her into the clutches of someone more sinister.

To find out more of this dangerous liaison, purchase and read an electronic copy of my new action-thriller-novel, The Shaitan.

If you want to view my Smashwords Author Profile visit: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ObsidianBlade64

To view a few sample pages or to purchase The Shaitan visit: https://smashwords.com/books/view/573076  (Note: You must 1st remove “adult content” filter from top right hand corner of Smashword page to access the book, by clicking the “Adult Content” button before searching for book title The Shaitan in search field).


THE SHAITAN IS CURRENTLY BEING SOLD AT THESE LOCATIONS:


The Shaitan is not sold on Amazon.com at this time.

You can also check the comments I will be posting about the making of the book as well as background material out on these social media sites:

My Twitter account: https://twitter.com/lordlumiel

Bon appetite!
Daniel Canada aka Obsidian