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Freedom Square, NYC July 2015 – From the Ashes the Phoenix rises stronger than ever.

As a #ProudAmerican, I express my gratitude to the many hundreds of thousands of my fellow Americans for the service and sacrifices made by the men and women in our military services. The last Monday of the month of May has been a part of our heritage since the first Decoration Day was recognized after the American Civil War, to commemorate those who have died in the service of our country.

“Copying a practice that began in the Southern states,[19][20][21] on May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the veterans’ organization for Union Civil War veterans, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide.[7] It was observed for the first time that year on Saturday May 30; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle.[22] According to the White House, the May 30 date was chosen as the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom.[23]

”Specifically, on April 25, 1866, women in Columbus, Mississippi laid flowers on the graves of both the Union and Confederate dead in the city’s cemetery.”[38]Memorial Day

To all those families whose loved ones have died while in service to our country, I wish to express my gratitude and heartfelt sympathy for your loss.


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BlackDragon1 I have the pleasure and honor of introducing Richard Turner, author of Black Dragon, which was launched on May 16, 2014, the sequel to Goliath.

According to his biography on Author Central, “Richard Turner proudly served in the Canadian Army for more than thirty years. Starting his career as a private and finishing it off as a senior officer, he considers himself fortunate to have lived and worked all across Canada. He had numerous overseas deployments that took him to many varied locations throughout the world, including: Germany, Cyprus, Croatia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Egypt, Israel and finally two tours of Afghanistan. Wanting to try something new, he now spends his time writing. ”

Richard is also the author of five other novels, also available on Amazon.

Where do you find your inspiration for your fiction?

From a couple of places. First from my experiences in the military, with thirty-one years of service all over the globe, I saw and experienced a lot of different things. Secondly, I have a great love of history and have read on everything from the classical period to the modern day. It’s amazing what you can learn when you delve really deep into a time period to ensure that what you are writing about has some basis in fact.

What were some of the creative challenges you met while writing Black Dragon?

The biggest challenge I found was the fact that I had never been to Mongolia, where a portion of the book takes place. However, having served in Afghanistan and Egypt, I was able to draw on experiences in the desert to create the environment that some of the characters found themselves in. Was there a specific event in the novel that you had to dig deep to find the story? The opening of the novel required me to do a fair bit of reach into the closing days of World War Two. Not many people are aware of the Soviet campaigns against the Japanese at the end of the war.

Photo of Richard TurnerHave you ever created a character who point blank refused to play by your rules?

All of my characters are grounded in the real world. I have never met someone I couldn’t work with no matter what the circumstances were. My characters, at least the protagonists, are based on people I have worked with over the years.

Without giving away any of this gripping story, can you tell me more about this book or how you came to write it?

This novel is a sequel to Goliath, which introduces Ryan Mitchell and his team of former special operations soldiers from all over the world. In Black Dragon, Mitchell and his people are pulled into a scheme to forever change the balance of power on the Korean peninsula. At first, they don’t realize what is at stake, but after some of their team members disappear, they swing into high gear to find them. It is only then that they discover a threat to the United States, one that was conceived in the dying days of the Second World War.

— Thank you for answering these questions, Richard, and all the very best for the success of Black Dragon, your seventh novel. For a brief synopsis of this novel, see my previous post.

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