Ken’s Update June 2009
Wanted to give you all an update on what I’m doing this summer, since I’ve not been blogging as heavily as I’d like.
Confirmation. My third novel in the Mike Adams series has hit Amazon.com now. I will post a more formal press release (and email it to news outlets, of course) in a few days. But I had been waiting to get it on Amazon so I can point to it as valid news (as opposed to my first novel, which got announced as soon as I finished, even though it took two months after that to finally be available to purchase).
Anyway, “Confirmation” is a story about Mike Adams in his first year as a United States Senator, a year filled with torment and tragedy as he struggles to protect NASA, plan his own wedding, and help his hometown survive a tornado. As an “unlikely gentleman” and “good-government type”, few of his fellow Senators like or trust him, but when a Supreme Court vacancy pops up, suddenly he becomes the center of attention as a battle rages over confirmation. Meanwhile, Mike’s aide Jeff Simon is finding it difficult to keep a lid on his own secrets, as the secrets of his alma mater are unraveling. And at the second home of a country lawyer, former prosecutor Aimee Jackson is on a quest to prove a suicide was really murder. The unlikely connection between these events could shift the balance of power… permanently.
Metro Crash. As the biggest crash in Metro’s history, I cannot let the incident on Monday night go without a mention. A coworker’s niece was among the 9 killed when a subway train rammed into a second, stationary one. Nearly a hundred people were injured, and thousands of others were left stranded during rush hour with little notice about what was going on or any help in finding alternative routes home. Luckily for me, I don’t use the Red Line, and had went home early anyway to ward off flu-like symptoms. But still, a cautionary tale for us all. The rumor around town now is that few people want to ride in the front or rear cars of the subway, for obvious reasons.
Infidelity. Okay, so this isn’t a personal update. But I am apalled by this once-a-week parade of sex scandals by the GOP’s 2012 presidential contenders. Are they trying to throw in the towel three years early, or what? But at least Governor Stanford gave us some entertainment when we were left guessing as to why he went AWOL for a week – Senator Ensign was disclosing the affair simply to avoid being blackmailed. But seriously, if you’re going to talk the talk of family values, live by them. The reason the sex scandals don’t sting as badly for Democrats is, frankly, people expect it out of the liberals after decades of conservative preaching about the lack of liberal morals. Let the GOP eat cake on this one.