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On her first night on the French Riviera, Emily—an American techie on vacation—witnesses a major art theft at the Picasso Museum in Antibes . . . and the police are convinced that she was not just a witness but a key part of the team.
She finds herself caught in a tangle of duplicity, deception, and doublecross for high stakes. Middle-east mega-dollars. A commando team of losers and misfits. A seductive, manipulative French art dealer.
And a guy who may be as ideal as he seems, her perfect match . . . or who may be the most dangerous and manipulative of all.
If she can’t trust herself—and her instincts—who can she trust?
Series #1: Exploring career-savvy people skills
“You’ve got to be aware of the games that are being played. You don’t have to play the games yourself, but you do need to recognize when they are being played against you.”
Like it or not, the reality is that games, probes, and subtle competitions—and not to forget office politics! —are facts of life in most organizations.
Am I Asking the Right Questions provides the tools for looking through to what’s really going on in situations, on spotting the “real rules”, on focusing on what really matters and staying out of unnecessary confrontations, and on selecting the best option under the circumstances–and defending it if challenged.
But not always. Sometimes simply to ask a question is to give the game away because it alerts the other person to what you’re really after, and hence raises a flag on what they may want to fudge, avoid, or distort. (Or even tell a fib!)
Mental Pickpocketing introduces you to an array of methods of getting to the truth without seeming to ask questions.
Find it hard to make tough decisions . . . and sometimes even harder to present and persuade others to “buy in”?
Discover a simple checklist-based system that helps you organize and cut to the core decision issues, then provides the visual aids to present and win the support of key others.
UNDERSTAND AND WORK BETTER WITH PEOPLE AND TEAMS is based on a system developed by Carl Jung. Use it for viewing yourself with fresh perspective, as well as for understanding and adapting to the different ways others perceive and react to events and communications.
It’s a practical guidebook with checklists, case studies , and a variety of “cheatsheets” designed to help you recognize key factors in your own core personality . . . and in the people around you, at work and in family life.
Series #2: Exploring science technothrillers . . .grounded on real-world, up-to-date research, not fantasy. A Remedy for Death explores advanced bio-tech, genetic engineering, and the war against aging. The Grail Conspiracies is set against a backdrop of the emerging science of the mind--and the forces that seek to misuse that knowledge. Joining Miracles, not really a thriller, relates to ideas in Grail. The Alchymagic Conspiracies will be coming later this year.
What if there is something like a “Jurassic Park” for rich old guys? What if today’s emerging bio-science offers a select, secretive, super-rich elite the chance to come back, into “healthy, horny 21-year old bodies complete with all our accumulated savvy from this lifetime”?
Ah, but what if the project is almost successful . . . but opens dangerous doors that cannot be closed?
The Grail Conspiracies. Mind-tech: tapping the brain and beyond. The traditional legends of the Grail as a cup, or even a womb, are deliberate “disinformation” dating back hundreds of years.
The deeper Grail is dormant within the human mind, and is the most powerful force—or, potentially, most powerful weapon– ever known. It was sought by the Nazi “Ahnenerbe” or “Occult Bureau” in WWII, and now by the scruffy, brutal “army” made up of fans of Twisted Messiah, an international super-star rock group with neo-Nazi political ambitions and occult dimensions. Can you find it before Twisted Messiah finds you?
Can we learn how to focus our expectations to bring positive coincidences and synchronicities to our lives? (By no coincidence, this book was spun-off from The Grail Conspiracies.)
Coming fall 2021.
Isaac Newton, considered the founder of the modern scientific method, was also a “closet alchemist” who wrote over a million words on his alchemical findings. Very few of those words have been published, or even translated.
But one manuscript holds the promise of offering the way to a “disruptive technology,” that could disrupt in the scale that railroads disrupted transportation, that the telegraph disrupted communications, and computers and all that flow are disrupting so much of today’s economy.
Is there really such a Newton manuscript?
If yes, then it’s to kill for!
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Series #3: Exploring international mystery and crime ... in interesting places: The French Riviera! Amsterdam! Zurich! Geneva! London!
Infinite Doublecross. The French Riviera. Art theft. Art forgery. Artful duplicity. A “perfect guy.” And a vacationing techie who finds herself caught up in a tangle of duplicity and deception. If she can’t trust herself, who can she trust?
“I’ve got a racket if you’ve got the balls”–Jade’s opening words at the club to manipulate Dick initially into a game of squash . . . . . . and beyond that into a racket that will take him to London, Amsterdam, Zurich, and finally Geneva in the course of her scheme to steal from her husband, a money-manager in the mold of Bernie Madoff, and from his clients –“dictators, drug dealers, arms merchants—the worst of the worst, the most evil, ruthless people in the world, people who have too much money hidden away”. But Dick is not a bad person, just a naïve techie with a missing wife that the police think he murdered. He’s tricked into Jade’s scheme, and soon finds himself way over his head, and getting deeper and deeper with trouble from all sides.
TO BE PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER