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Free Audio Books!

Help!  I need some audio book reviews.  I have some free promotion copies to distribute to friends, fans, and family.  If you would like to listen to one of my stories, narrated by one of the best professional narrators in the business, let me know.  The Other Pilot is at

But, you must agree to listen to the whole ten hours and then upload a review to the Audible web site.  To do that you would go back to the link to the book and find the button to add an Audible review.  It doesn’t have to be long or flowery, just honest.  A four or five star rating would be nice.  Mention something about the narration.

The Devil on Chardonnay was just released yesterday.  You can find it at

To download an audio book you can download a free app and listen to it on your computer, or on any listening device or smartphone.  Trust me on this, it isn’t hard.  I’m the guy who hasn’t figured out Facebook yet.  You will have to open an account by giving your email, but that’s free.  They will pitch you on joining their monthly program but you don’t need to do that.

I have a limited number of freebies, and I can’t guarantee everyone will get one, so let me know ASAP.  I’ll give you the details on how to get your free audio book when I answer your email.

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Audiobook: The Other Pilot

The Other Pilot is released in audiobook today!  For the past two months I’ve been working with George Kuch, an experienced narrator who has produced more than 45 novels.  Though I wrote the words and have read, edited and polished them for years until I could almost recite the whole story, it sounds new and fresh with  George’s different nuance and phrasing.  Now I know why some people prefer to have their stories read.  It’s fun.

The Other Pilot audiobook has been produced through Audiobook Creation Exchange, ACX, a marketplace for authors, narrators, producers, agents, and publishers to create and distribute audiobooks.  ACX is a major distributor for Amazon and the sole distributor for the Itunes store in addition to having their own store at  Audiobooks were a $1.5  Billion market last year and are increasing 30% per year.  Now I know why.  Most audiobooks today are digital downloads onto all kinds of devices; listening devices, computers, smart phones, Ipods, etc.

If sales go as expected I could soon be working with George on The Devil on Chardonnay, The Mingrelian, and as soon as it’s published, The Fourth Domain.

So, go to Audible, or wait a couple days for Amazon, or Itunes, and find The Other Pilot and listen to the sample.  It’s a kick!

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Angels Twenty: A Book Review

How does it really feel to be a fighter pilot in combat?  Virtually all of the books on the subject tell of the thrill of living on the edge of death, where one slight miscalculation or turn of luck can end your life.  Valor isn’t risking your life unafraid, it’s risking your life scared shitless but doing it anyway.  That is Edwards Park’s story, and it’s fascinating.  Sent to Australia to fly the already obsolete Bell Aircobra, P-39, Park flew out of Port Moresby, New Guinea in 1943, protecting the airfield from marauding Japanese bombers escorted by much superior fighters.  The story is billed as fiction; the account of Beaver Squadron, young American heroes facing the war in their own fatalistic way, but it accurately follows Park’s actual experiences.  I’ve cross referenced his dates and battles; he was there.

Park survived and became a writer and journalist, working for the Smithsonian Institution.  He shows the human side of the pilots and gives the best descriptions I’ve read of what it was actually like to fly those old piston engine aircraft; the smells, the feeling, the thrills, the panic.

As America overpowers Japan the fight moves north and East from New Guinea, with Beaver Squadron following along in their inferior aircraft filling in however they can; taking casualties from accidents and the Japanese, making their contribution.

I’m doing research for a novel on this era and  bought a used copy of this book because it is out of print and not available as an Ebook.  If you want a humanistic, very different view of war, this is for you.



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The Fourth Domain: Ed Baldwin’s new book

draft cover Domain

This is the first draft of the cover for my newest adventure novel The Fourth Domain.  It’s a political drama with world wide scope. Deadlocked most of the time, with sudden consensus congress can act in an afternoon; not the best way to govern a nation.  The Fourth Domain  is about how it happens, and what can result.  Protagonist Major Boyd Chailland is called to action yet again to go undercover in the Pentagon.

What do you think?


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That Bookstore in Blytheville Hosts Ed Baldwin

Squeezed between Amazon and Walmart, mistreated by distributers, and taken for granted by the big multinational publishers, there remain some real independent bookstores where patrons can browse, ask a knowledgeable proprietor about recent releases, sit in a comfortable chair and read part of a book before making a decision to buy.  Such a place is That Bookstore in Blytheville.  An unlikely place, Blytheville, Arkansas.  It’s a small town in the Mississippi delta 65 miles north of Memphis, but there is one of the best bookstores in America there.

Started by MaryGay Shipley in 1977 That Bookstore in Blytheville helped launch the career of such luminaries as John Grisham, and Ed Baldwin.  John is from Jonesboro, AR, and I’m from Kennett, MO, just over the state line from Blytheville.  I signed copies of my first book, Bookman at That Bookstore in Blytheville in 1990.  Grisham has had a bit more success than I, but we both started there.

That Bookstore in Blytheville is owned by Chris Crawley now, and the tradition of service continues.  I’ll be signing copies of my latest book, The Mingrelian there on Saturday, June 28th in the afternoon.  Come on by.

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The Mingrelian: Published!


Boyd Chailland is back, and The Mingrelian, his most exciting adventure yet will keep thriller readers in their seats for the whole ride.  He’s already done West Texas, the Indian Ocean, and the Azores; now he’s undercover again, in Central Asia.  It’s intrigue, espionage, romance, and conflict beneath the snowcapped Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.   Boyd’s mission is to find The Mingrelian, America’s most important source of secrets about Iranian nuclear weapons, but he finds much more.  First, there’s a Circassian beauty who sweeps Boyd off his feet, then Iran has a nuclear coming out party.   Then the action starts.  This isn’t about the world coming to the brink of anything, this is about the big party, The Great Game, as Russia, Iran and the United States compete for influence in Central Asia.   When you finish this story, and sit there with your heart pumping and goosebumps, you will say, “Yeah, this could happen just like this tomorrow.”  And, you’d be right.

The official release date for The Mingrelian is June 1st, when it should be available through any bookstore (probably have to order it).  It is published by Brasfield Books through Ingram Spark, the publishing arm of Ingram, the largest distributer of books in the United States.  In addition, it will be available in eBook format from Amazon, Kobo, and Itunes, as well as any other eBook source, and to libraries through Baker and Taylor.  The eBook is available now as a Kindle book from Amazon.   Read it, review it, let the world know what you think of The Mingrelian.

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The Book Cover



This is the draft of the cover art for my next novel, The Mingrelian.  Steve Meosky of Austin Texas created this design.  He is the designer of The Other Pilot and The Devil on Chardonnay covers as well.

He’s dapper, confident, mysterious, and he’s looking over his shoulder.  Well he should, because he’s been laundering Iranian oil money through the Republic of Georgia, and passing secrets about Iran’s nuclear weapons program to the Americans; triple agent espionage.  But, there’s the promise of action in this picture too.  What is that C-130 doing behind him, and which mountains are those?  Oh, this is going to be fun.

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The Mingrelian: Espionage at a Tbilisi rug shop


IMG_0212This is the rug shop in Tbilisi, Georgia where Boyd Chailland, the dashing Air Force captain and protagonist of Ed Baldwin’s adventure series meets his contact in the shadowy world of Central Asian political intrigue.  When the beautiful Ekaterina Dadiani steps out from behind a curtain in this rug shop the whole story changes for Boyd, and for the reader.  “The Mingrelian”, CIA’s code word for the spy passing secrets about Iran’s nuclear weapons program suddenly becomes personal.  Is it Ekaterina?  If not, who?  Why?  What happens if the Iranians find out?

You won’t have to wait long.  Boyd’s tale is almost done, and Steve Meosky, the cover artist for The Other Pilot, The Devil on Chardonnay, is back on the job with The Mingrelian. Expect to be reading something in May.

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The Mingrelian: Is this the man?



Dapper, sophisticated, mysterious; this is the statue of Lado Gudashvili, an artist and anti-Soviet activist from the Republic of Georgia.  I was in Tbilisi gathering material for my next novel and scoured the National Art Museum, the National Museum, several art galleries and a large street flea market looking for an image for the cover of the book; nothing.  Then, on my last day before driving to Zugdidi and the Dadiani Palace (see last post) I found this statue behind the art museum.  Though Lado Gudashvili was not known to be a Mingrelian, he could have been.  Mingrelia is to  Georgia what Texas is to America; part of the fabric of the culture.

Look at that wide brim fedora; the face in partial shadow, the nonchalant way he stands there with his elbow on the pedestal.  You know this guy is up to something.  That’s what the character in the novel is like; sophisticated, mysterious, and up to no good.  He’ll be born in the spring.

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The Mingrelian: Boyd Chailland’s next adventure

IMG_0264This is the Dadiani Palace, home to the last reigning Prince of Mingrelia, who abdicated to the Russian Czar in the late 19th century and moved to St. Petersburg while the Czar took the remaining western portion of Georgia and the warm water port of Batumi on the Black Sea.  The snow capped mountains in the background are the Caucasus, with Abkhazia in the foreground and Sochi, Russia just beyond.  That’s where the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held.

We left Tbilisi, Georgia last weekend and drove 160 miles west to the Black Sea.  The Caucasus Mountains, 20,000 feet tall and snowcapped year round are on both sides of the valley.  The Dadiani Palace is in Zugdidi, just 25 miles from the Black Sea, so the climate is sub-tropical; they’re selling oranges, lemons, and gigantic persimmons all along the road.  Batumi is a destination resort long prized by the Russians and now popular with many from the Middle East because it’s warm in the summer, but not hot.  We stayed at the Radisson Blue in Batumi; 19 floors tall right on the Black Sea.  The highway from Tbilisi is lined by modest houses of people engaged in subsistence agriculture on small plots of land given them when the Soviet Union dissolved and Georgia became independent.  Though the land is fertile and water plentiful, there is no sign of modern large scale farming.

It’s from this background that The Mingrelian will emerge; Boyd Chailland’s next adventure.  Stay tuned for more.

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