My new novel OPERATION IVY BELLS launches

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Operation Ivy BellsWinning the Cold War is in the balance…

A super-secret, off-the-books spy organization; a security-clearance starting at Top Secret and going up from there; an attack by giant squid during a thousand-foot dive while breathing an exotic gas; a cat’s whisker escape from death during a three-day decompression – and that’s just the first two chapters of Operation Ivy Bells, before the action really gets underway. 

In a fast-paced, personal narrative, J.R. “Mac” MacDowell details a breathtaking series of events during a super-secret intelligence gathering operation at the height of the Cold War. Riding the nuclear submarine Halibut, Mac and his saturation diving team surreptitiously enter the Soviet-controlled Sea of Okhotsk on a proof-of-concept mission. They install a tap on an underwater communications cable at 400 feet, and narrowly escape death when a storm snaps Halibut’s anchor cables. They retrieve missile parts from a Soviet missile-test splash-zone, getting caught in a sonar-web set by the crafty skipper of an old Soviet diesel submarine. Mac’s divers temporarily disable the sub, and Halibut escapes to Guam, dogged by the sub Skipper.

Having proved the concept, they return in a Halibut outfitted with skids so she can sit on the bottom to attach a 12-thousand-pound pod to the cable for future retrieval. In the missile splash-zone, they lock in deadly underwater combat with Soviet divers. With the free world at stake, they capture one and kill the rest. Halibut’s submariners and saturation divers finally return home without ever publicly revealing their crucial contribution to winning the Cold War, receiving an unpublicized Presidential Unit Citation.

Blending personal experience and real-world events in a fictional wrapping, Operation Ivy Bells offers a never-before-seen glimpse of these heroic men fearlessly facing death to gather the intel that tipped the scales to win the Cold War.

Operation Ivy Bells will be released on Monday, September 22, 2014. It is available for preorders now. An eBook coupon special is running through September 30 for only 99¢ – use code ZL73Y when purchasing. Click on the cover image or another link on this page to learn more about Operation Ivy Bells, and to preorder or purchase the eBook, trade paperback, or hard cover.

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Who I Am is Everything

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My last blog entry was written by my stepson Arthur as described in the preamble to that entry. This entry was written by Robert Mayer, Arthur’s twin brother. Robert actually wrote this piece shortly after Arthur wrote the last one, but things intervened so that he did not give it to me until this Thanksgiving day.Continue Reading

Why English is so Hard to Learn

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When Jill and I married two years ago, twin thirteen-year-old boys and a sixteen-year-old girl came with the package. All three are remarkably intelligent. Selena is now in her junior year at college with a high GPA in a Marine Biology major. Arthur and Robert are high school juniors, each with a high GPA inContinue Reading

Why I believe — and What

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First, a bit of background. I was born in 1942 to fundamental Pentecostal missionaries on leave in Eastern Montana for the duration of World War II where they pastored a small Assemblies of God church. They had served in German Poland before the War, and they returned to West Germany in 1950, which was asContinue Reading

Proving the Twin Prime Conjecture — sort of

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Most people understand the concept of prime numbers — whole numbers that are divisible only by one and themselves. Most people also understand that there is an infinite number of prime numbers. There is a new development in that esoteric branch of mathematics that deals with prime numbers. This is a bit technical, but it isContinue Reading

The Truth about Airport security

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On November 14, 2001, shortly after 9/11, I wrote an article in the online journal DefenseWatch (see “Airline Safety: Simple Steps for Better Security,” DefenseWatch, Nov. 14, 2001), proposing a way to establish airport and airline security quickly and inexpensively. I followed that article with several more addressing the issue (see ”Security, Common Sense and Gen. Joe Foss,” DefenseWatch,Continue Reading

The Great Sequestration Con

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The con is in, and virtually every congressional leader and all of the White House is participating. You have heard about draconian cuts in the defense budget, about furloughs, layoffs, long waiting lines at airports, late welfare checks. Here is the truth, plain and simple: The sequestration cuts approximately 44% of the scheduled increases inContinue Reading

Response to the US Government’s “National Climate Assessment Report (Draft)”

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John L. Casey, President, Space and Science Research Corporation recently published the following assessment of the US Government’s “National Climate Assessment Report (Draft).” John, a personal friend, has hit the nail right on the head with this assessment. It is so important that I have reproduced it here in its entirety. Although it is a bit long,Continue Reading

The Chicken Little Agenda – Second Edition!

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My current affairs book, The Chicken Little Agenda: Debunking “Experts’” Lies, first published by Pelican Publishing Company in 2006, went into a Second Printing in 2007, and now Pelican has published a Second Revised Edition as an eBook. This new edition contains exciting new research results that definitively answer the question: Are humans the cause ofContinue Reading

Rational Islam

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The Free Muslims Coalition under the leadership of Kamal Nawash just released the following statement to the world media. I applaud this courageous stance. I wrote to Kamal this morning in response to this press release. My comments follow the release below. Free Muslims Condemn Anti-Muslim Film & Anti-American Protests A hateful filmmaker based inContinue Reading