Please, Be Patient My Friends

If you’re wondering when I’ll be releasing my second nonfiction book, the working title for which is THE CLAPPER MEMO, here’s an update: I’m 90 percent of the way toward completion, but feel as if the last 10 percent is going to take four times longer than expected. Get that?

NewBookCover LR 2-17-2013Despite the frustration of not being able to get it out well ahead of Christmas, I remain convinced that THE CLAPPER MEMO is a must-do-it-right-the-first-time true story. In addition, I think it’s audience will be much larger than the one for my first book, Three Days In August, because the subject matter affects more people.

In addition, several big names involved in this story — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., former CIA Director David Petraeus and International Security Assistance Force Commander (Gen.) John R. Allen — have found their way into a lot of headlines of late. In turn, some of those headlines — especially the ones about the so-called “Green-on-Blue” attacks in Afghanistan — figure prominently in THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Finally, people who’ve heard about this project — including several Green Berets, Navy SEALs, GITMO officials and others — keep sending information that’s putting more and more weight into the “meat” of the story.

So, be patient, my friends. I think it will be worth the wait!

FYI: Three Days In August is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including

Army Generals, Panetta Play Roles in Upcoming Book

Then-Lt. Gen. John R. Allen and Gen. David H. Petraeus are shown greeting Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta as he arrived at Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan, July 9, 2011. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

Though their inclusion in my upcoming book — the working title of which is THE CLAPPER MEMO — has nothing to do with the recent sex and email scandals that have generated so many headlines during the past two weeks, all three men in the photo above play important roles in my upcoming book. They are: Gen. John Allen, International Security Assistance Force commander; Gen. David Petraeus, recently-resigned CIA director; and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Stay tuned as I’m working as quickly as I can to finish THE CLAPPER MEMO. I’ll keep you updated.