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Coming soon … DEADLY ANTHEM
“David Healey’s latest thriller, DEADLY ANTHEM, weaves captivating history with savage present-day intrigue. The relentless twists and explosive surprises kept me fascinated to the very last word.”
— Robert Blake Whitehill, author of The Ben Blackshaw Series
By dawn’s early light … murder, mystery, and intrigue.
When the Star-Spangled Banner flag is stolen from the Smithsonian Institution, it’s up to War of 1812 scholar Franklin Scott Keane to get it back.
Joining forces with Keane will be an up-and-coming young researcher. Together, they navigate a web of murder and intrigue surrounding the famous flag’s disappearance. Looking for clues, Keane follows the flag’s path from the Battle of Baltimore to the halls of the Smithsonian to a rich and powerful madman’s compound deep in the marshes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
For Keane, more than the flag is at stake. Since his wife’s death in a sailing accident, Keane has struggled to rebuild his personal and professional life. Finding the flag becomes his path to redemption.
To do so, he will test his knowledge of history and his skills as a researcher to the limit. He will need to come to terms with his personal loss. He will encounter a disturbing historical twist as old as the flag itself. And ultimately, he will have to survive a final showdown in the nightmarish tidal marshes of Chesapeake Bay to determine both his own fate and that of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Pirate Moon just released!
The essays here touch on everything from the origins of the unique dialect known as Delmarvese to running a trapline. In the fiction pages, ride along with Confederate cavalry gone astray on the way to Gettysburg and root for a widowed lightkeeper who makes a desperate stand against a German U-boat attack. Encounter Captain Kidd during a confrontation with pirates on the Delaware shore. In “The Wheatfield War,” discover the tragic fate of Lord Byron’s cousin-in-law during the War of 1812. Learn more or read it now.
Book signing events Nov. 9 from 9-11 am @ Old Gray Mare/Cafe on Bay in Chesapeake City, MD • Nov. 16 from 2-4 pm Kathy’s Corner Shop, North East, MD
Gods & Snipers
Outnumbered and outgunned, a squad of U.S. soldiers must hold a bridge against superior German forces in a fight that pits general against general, and sniper against sniper.
When German sniper Dieter Rohde’s older brother is unjustly shot for desertion by the SS, he will stop at nothing to win the Iron Cross medal and redeem his family’s name by targeting as many Allied troops as possible
Rohde’s deadly efforts bring him into direct confrontation with American sniper Caje Cole. Rohde may be driven by ambition, but he hasn’t encountered an adversary like Cole, the so-called hillbilly sniper who is as hard as the mountains he calls home and as wily as a backwoods fox.
As the final pitched battle for France takes place around them at the Falaise Pocket, these two snipers declare war on each other.
For these American POWs, the war is not over. Abandoned by their country, used as political pawns by Stalin, their last hope for getting home again is backwoods sniper Caje Cole and a team of combat veterans who undertake a daring rescue mission.
After a lovely Russian-American spy helps plot an escape from a Gulag prison, they must face the ruthless Red Sniper, starving wolves, and the snowy Russian taiga in a race for freedom.
December 1944. As German forces launch a massive surprise attack through the frozen Ardennes Forest, two snipers find themselves aiming for a rematch. Caje Cole is a backwoods hunter from the Appalachian Mountains of the American South, while Kurt Von Stenger is the deadly German “Ghost Sniper.”
Having been in each other’s crosshairs before, they fight a final duel during Germany’s desperate attempt to turn the tide of war in what will come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge. Can the hunter defeat the marksman?
Even in the midst of war, some battles are personal.
July 2019, Thrillerfest, NYC
July 30, 2019, GODS & SNIPERS release date!
September 10, 6 pm, Canal History Cruise
September 17, 5:30 pm, Canal History Cruise
September 21, More Delmarva Legends & Lore, Bayside Institute, Fenwick Island, DE
September 28, Canal Town Writers Conference, Chesapeake City, MD Sign up here.
October 21, Maryland FCE speaker, Westminster, MD
November 5, Osher Lifelong Learning, Dover, DE
November 9, Book signing 9-11 am @ Old Gray Mare/Cafe on Bay, Ches City, MD
November 16, Book signing 2-4 pm @ Kathy’s Corner Shop, North East, MD
November 19, Young writers program, Rising Sun Branch Library.
November 23, National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Baltimore.