In a recent posting, I described the upcoming publication of a rewritten book. The book, now published on Amazon, is called Murder And The Preacher.
The book Where There Were No Innocents, though written later, is the prequel to the new publication. It tells, through a war and love story, how Mack Brinson came to be where he was when the action starts.
Following is a brief synopsis of the new book. You can read the first few pages and see the beautiful cover, designed by Patti Roberts, on the Amazon page:
Mack Brinson is a retired Army officer, living on the North Shore of Lake Ponchartrain. He lost his wife, Song, to cancer three years ago. [Note: the book Where There Were No Innocents is a prequel and describes Mack and Song’s meeting and falling in love] .
He’s now living with Song’s mother, Huong, and their Bull Terrier, Alex. He’s working as an independent entrepreneur, brokering estate jewelry sales.
Neither he nor Huong, have quite recovered from the loss of Song. He immerses himself in his work and frequently mourns, on long walks, with only Alex as a companion.
Huong has become fascinated by the “faith healers” she sees on TV, coming from the New Orleans area. She is enamored by one in particular, a sleazy preacher named Ansel Schoomer. She has been sending his “ministry” money, in increasing amounts. The situation has become so critical that Brinson has decided to take action. When he calls on the phoe , he’s rebuffed. When he makes an ill-advised, but humorous, visit–he’s physically threatened.
Brinson makes a recon trip to Mobile, AL, hoping to catch Shoomer in a scandalous situation, but barely escapes detection and probable death.
Mack’s life begins to change when, on his way back from Mobile, he meets a woman who begins to tear down the emotional walls he’s built around his heart.
Threatening Mack Brinson, however, only makes him more determined. After a late-night shootout on the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway Bridge, he calls in his old war buddies to retaliate.
Then, Huong is kidnapped.
Brinson’s true target is not, however, Schoomer. The true, evil, mastermind of the preacher’s organization is a shadowy entity who has links to Brinson and his friends, going all the way back in time, to Vietnam.
There are a number of other action scenes and a strong love story. The climactic scene at the end has some characteristics that have caused a few readers to disbelieve. First, those people don’t understand the almost unbelievable toughness and determination of a Bull Terrier.
They also underestimate the same qualities in some men.