Gary Showalter’s novel ‘Hog Valley’ is listed as free for download on the 29th and 30th November.
Terry Rankin is the owner of Rankin Protective Services Inc, in Orlando, Florida. It’s a small company with a few very nice contracts. Terry has a meeting with Travis Warren, at his horse ranch just north of Ocala. He has invested a few months in negotiating for a very lucrative contract to provide bodyguard services to Mr. Warren and his family. This is the morning when all of that time and effort are going to pay off.
He does not expect to walk into a home invasion.
As the thieves wrap up their looting, Rankin and Mr. and Mrs. Warren are being held in Travis Warren’s office. Terry watches through the French doors along the rear wall as five well-dressed though disheveled Latino gentlemen cross the back lawn and step onto the flagstone patio. As the leader of the thieves raises his shotgun toward Rankin, Terry watches in relief as the Latinos fire into the backs of the invaders.
What Rankin doesn’t know is that the five Latinos have orders to shoot him on sight.
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. Mr. Showalter has 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.
Gary has published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites.
He returned to the United States in the fall of 2003. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008, his second novel, “Hog Valley”, in 2009, his third novel, “Twisted Key”, in 2010 and his fourth novel, “Lonesome Cove”, in 2011.
Mr. Showalter resides in Dunnellon, Florida, where he has just finished working on a non-fiction book on rose care http://www.amazon.com/A-Primer-on-Roses-ebook/dp/B00A45AVGY which he would welcome feedback on. He is a finalist for inclusion in a finalist for inclusion in the 3rd edition of “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”, which is published by www.TheAuthorsShow.com. His websites are www.garyshowalter.com and www.garyshowalter.wordpress.com.
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