More About the Author
Kennedy Hudner (1950 -) grew up in the small, mostly Catholic blue collar town of Swansea, MA. He was ill-equipped for sports, being built like an undernourished bean pole. This was a bad thing in the 1950's and 60's Swansea, where sports were king. Somewhere along the way, he discovered books, which led to mysteries, which led to science fiction, which led in turn to military history.
Reading became an escape, an adventure and increasingly a window into the world (actually, into many worlds). College followed high school, and then there was a brief stint as a newspaper reporter. He quickly discovered that he could slowly starve to death as a news reporter, so he went to Yale Law School and was exposed to yet another world. He has practiced law with the firm of Murtha Cullina LLP since 1978, first as a commercial litigator, then in the fields of health care law and intellectual property, an odd combination that has worked out pretty well, keeping him busy and challenged.
But always in the background there were authors and the books they wrote: the incredible Octavia Butler, the insightful Ursula Le Guin, John Scalzi, David Weber, Steve White, Markus Zusak, Chaim Potok, Cornelius Ryan, Stephen Ambrose, Ian Toll, Abraham Rabinovich (and if you have not read his "The Yom Kippur War," stop right now and go read it) and countless others.
In the end, reading wasn't enough. The compulsion to write fiction was a constant background itch, leading first to Heirs of the Kingdom, which he wrote in law school. The writing got put on a shelf for a while as he immersed himself in his career and his family, but about seven years ago he started "Alarm of War," which was published in 2012, followed by the second book in the trilogy, Alarm of War -- The Other Side of Fear."
Kennedy will retire from practicing law at the end of 2015 and turn his attention to writing full time. He is currently working on the third book in the Alarm of War trilogy.