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New releases and re-releases

Deadly Anthem Time Reich Pirate Moon

The Caje Cole sniper series

Ghost Sniper Iron Sniper Gods & Snipers Ardennes Sniper

Red Sniper Frozen Sniper

Get started with the Caje Cole series audiobooks

New Release!

At the Battle of Triangle Hill, Cole and his squad find themselves in a stalemate with Chinese forces, fighting to capture and then regain a strategic foothold. To make matters worse, a deadly enemy shooter has positioned himself on the hill known as Sniper Ridge, picking off the defenders and outshooting Cole. To defeat this enemy, Cole must return to his mountain roots as a hunter, tracker, and jaw-dropping marksman.

Sniper Ridge is the the seventh Caje Cole novel, now available in ebook and print. Click here to get your copy.

Civil War novels

Sharpshooter Rebel Fever Rebel Train

Mysteries and more

The House That Went Down With The Ship Beach Bodies Deadly Anthem

First Voyage Ship of Spies The Duelist

Regional History (non-fiction)

Rediscovering 1812 Great Storms Delmarva Legends

Blog Posts & News

Wild about foxes

Earlier this week, I was out for my evening walk and I had a good bit of luck because I saw a red fox sitting in the path ahead. We started out some distance apart, keeping a wary eye on … Continue reading

This is the online home of David Healey, author of thrilling historical fiction and regional histories. Over the years, quite a lot has been added to the site, so this page will help you get started with navigating HealeyInk. Please … Continue reading

When Heroes Flew by Buzz Bernard

The following article appears in The Big Thrill: By David Healey Former Weather Channel senior meteorologist H. W. “Buzz” Bernard is best known for his thrillers related to weather disasters and other natural phenomena. This time around, he has turned … Continue reading

Knock on bookstores’ virtual doors!

Support our local bookstores through this time Our local bookstores and shops have been so supportive of me in my 20 years of selling books. My heart goes out to the many small businesses and shops that are doing their … Continue reading

Interview with thriller author Eric J. Gates

By David Healey When you’re interviewing a thriller writer who is an expert on cybersecurity and computers in general, it’s a bit embarrassing if the microphone doesn’t work on your Skype account. There’s author Eric J. Gates on the other end … Continue reading

Pirate Moon & Other Stories new release!

This is my first collection of previously published stories and essays (along with a few new pieces) mostly focused around the Chesapeake Bay region. The essays here touch on everything from the origins of the unique dialect known as Delmarvese … Continue reading

Life lessons from your local library

by David Healey The recently released film, “The Public,” dramatizes an imagined standoff between altruistic staff and patrons of the Cincinnati Public Library on one side and self-interested government officials on the other. The film brings some positive attention to … Continue reading

Watch the C&D Canal Documentary on MPT

Chesapeake City’s connection with Showboat and the canal’s role in the Civil War It was a pleasure to have a small part in this amazing documentary on the C&D Canal and Chesapeake City! I was able to talk about the … Continue reading

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Canal history cruises planned for Summer 2020

It’s hard to picture today, but when the C&D Canal first opened in 1829, it was just about 60 feet wide and 10 feet deep. A whole section of the canal would have fit into some of the vessels that traverse it today.

Locals called it “The ditch,” which was something of an apt describe. Even so, the original canal was something of an engineering marvel when it opened and the realization of a longtime dream, beginning with the first European settlers to the region.

For example, imagine how this “ditch” was dug so many years ago. Without the benefit of modern equipment, the first canal diggers literally had to rely on shovels, pics, wheelbarrows, and buckets. This was truly back-breaking work even at a time when people were more used to physical labor. Even more daunting is the thought that those canal diggers had to shovel their way through Summit Ridge, which towered more than 70 feet above the surrounding countryside. Does your back ache yet?

We are lucky today that those early canal diggers were such hard workers. Our little town of Chesapeake City has sprung up on the banks of this canal and even experienced a heyday as a small port town as lumber, produce, and other goods came through the locks on their way to Baltimore or to Philadelphia. Even today, the canal remains one of the busiest in the world for commercial vessels, not to mention recreational boaters.

If you would like to learn more, or simply share some of your own family’s canal history, please join us for one of two Canal History tours this summer aboard Captain DJ’s Chasin’ Dreams boat on July 21 or August 11. I will be narrating some of the history along the way and DJ will join in with his expertise on the actual commercial traffic on the canal. We will return to Chesapeake City with a beautiful Chesapeake Bay sunset off the stern.

Of course, health and safety is a particular concern this summer. As noted on Captain DJ’s website, the vessel is operating at reduced capacity to maintain distance between passengers. Masks will be required until the vessel is underway. I plan on wearing my mask except when I’m sharing a story about the canal during the Civil War or showing where the old canal lock used to be located. I’m hopeful that the fresh breeze and outdoors setting should make this a safe cruise and a good way to get out during this challenging summer. Please think about joining us because it would be great to see you!

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