ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A WAR
President Eisenhower warned Americans about the domino effect that might cause all of Asia to fall to communists, just as China and Eastern Europe had. Kennedy listened and sent a small band of advisors to Vietnam and Laos. Johnson may have thought he was fulfilling Kennedy’s legacy of supporting free, independent, and democratic countries when he expanded the scale of the intervention, and then Nixon upped the scale of bombing geometrically.
Between 1964 and 1975, more bombs were dropped on the small country of Laos than on Germany, or Japan, during World War II. The resulting devastation is still evident throughout the nation. The number of Americans killed in the Laotian campaign is disputed, but roughly three hundred have never been accounted for. The number of Laotians killed has been estimated to be over twenty thousand.
This tale, told through the eyes of young Carter Williston, is a fictional account of how the CIA directed their secret war. But it is fiction born of vivid memories of the soldiers, aircrews, and technicians who thought they were saving the world with their courage and thankless hard work. Thousands of Americans risked and often lost, their lives in a shadow war with fluid and obscure political/military objectives.
John Wagner was a misfit, a bully, a man without a future until he discovered he wasn’t a man at all. He was genetically a Lycan, part werewolf, part human. Taken in and tutored by an organization that protected others like him, they now faced a real threat from a group of demon-hunting killer monks who had sworn to rid the world of his kind.
Jim Miller, writing as J. Esker Miller, has five previous thrillers that cover diverse but exciting times. But it was Alaska, the northernmost fringe of civilization, that intrigued him most of all. After years of flying over the desolate landscape and hearing the stories of the people there, he imagined a remote island, a desolate, hostile place where evolution was free to create unique creatures. And so, a single pair of shipwrecked Viking war dogs evolved into terrifying Apex Predators that ravaged the island unchallenged. Eventually, the breakup of Arctic ice floated a few of the beasts to the North Slope of Alaska. There, they faced the valiant townspeople of Chintikook Village. Along with a boyish paleontologist and the local schoolteacher, the humans teamed up to battle the attacking creatures they called Super Wolves.
It’s an adventure that pits the fangs and claws of giant devil dogs against the wits and bravery of a small group of townspeople who don’t know how to give up despite impossible odds.
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Giant wolf-like creatures prowl silently in the dark woods – hungry and desperate. The townspeople see them as horrifying monsters that must be killed at any cost. But, to the wolves, humans are merely obstacles to their own survival, and obstacles must be destroyed – utterly destroyed.
Ranger Craig James is an advisor to a Hollywood crew filming deep in North Carolina’s misty hills. Ancient Cherokee legends have long warned of giant wolves that once ruled over the woods. Now, footprints in the dark forest reveal that the beasts have returned to reclaim their territory. The film crew, the townspeople, the police, a motley band of TV monster hunters and even the Army seem helpless against them. They should have listened to Craig’s warnings before the stealthy wolves came shrieking out of the night. But a Cherokee medicine man may still hold the answers to their threat.
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