A rogue general within China’s People’s Liberation Army has a 25-year plan to smuggle nuclear weapons into the United States. Lieutenant General Kung
Yusheng has been the Commander of 22 Base, the secret underground repository of China’s nuclear arsenal, for over 30 years. He is a collector of artifacts owned
by famous military leaders, loves American art, and would like nothing better
than to bring the United States to its knees.
Amanda Langford was ecstatic. The CIA hired her as an analyst, and she could start paying off her student debt. Then they gave her a file to review, and her life changed forever.
When a nuclear weapon is discovered in San Francisco, it leads to a wild search
in the United States for more of the devastating devices, even as a 10-megaton thermonuclear weapon is delivered, and hidden, less than seven miles from the White House.
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I was born in Durham, North Carolina on November 8, 1951. I attended NC State University from 1969 to 1972, majoring in mechanical engineering. Two problems: first, the drinking age back then was 18; second, I majored in engineering because all my friends majored in engineering (I found out the hard way that calculus and I didn't get along).
My mother's comment was, "I don't know what you're going to do, but you're not living here." So, I enlisted in the US Army in 1972, during the Vietnam War, and found myself in the Infantry. Two years later, I applied for the Army's Nuclear Power Plant Operator's School, graduated in 1975 with a specialty in Radiation Protection. After spending three years in Honolulu, working at the Tripler Army Medical Center, I left the army in November 1979 with a wife, a two year old son, and no job.
I started working at Three Mile Island Unit 2 in February 1980, 11 months after the accident. That started a career in nuclear power that lasted until 2012. I have written lesson plans, procedures and presentations galore (not exactly creative writing). Creative writing is different. You have to imagine a scene, place yourself inside it, and then describe what you are seeing in words (hopefully interesting words). FIFTY is the first novel in a series. It is followed by HARRIS and FIRE & WATER.