It’s early Monday morning


And I’m already tired of the day. I’ve got a bit of running around to do this morning, a few phone calls to make, laundry to fold (no, I don’t have a housekeeper) and once that is all out of the way I will be working on “A Silent Star” for the rest of the week. Barring, of course any interruptions life in all its wondrous forms will throw at me and my perfectly arranged schedule.

“A Silent Star” refers to the memorial wall of black stars in the main entrance of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Each star represents a CIA officer who died in the service of his country. One of those stars is for one of the members of a CIA team sent into Yemen immediately after the attack on the USS Cole to seize Osama Bin Laden, who was located in a small village in that country.

That team member was on her first assignment, and she made a fatal mistake. Since this was very much a covert operation that failed the records were purged and the family was given no information about how the young woman died. The three survivors, however, were all promoted and continued to work for the Company.

The story will tell the tale of the tale of that attempt and what happened in the lives of the three surviving team members afterward.

Needless to say, their identities are unknown to me and will remain so. But there is sufficient information available to write the tale and remain close to the facts without divulging more about the individuals than is safe, or necessary.

It is one heck of a story.

On the third of March I will be in Green Cove Springs, Florida, for their 20th Railroad and History Day.  It is quite an event.

Have a great week. I’ll be right here, writing, or putting up with all manner of irritating interruptions.

About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. Those words were written a few years ago. Frankly speaking, the literary well has dried up. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl, where I amworking as the caretaker on a horse farm and looking to build a workshop here on the property where I can get back to building furniture. With any luck I will be sinking piers some time early in November and hope to have the floor joists ready for flooring by the end of the month. I'll get back to you on that.
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