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A Lifetime of Deception Paperback – May 30, 2008
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Growing up in Zellwood had its advantages for a budding writer from north of the Mason Dixon line. I met so many different characters during my time in the south. Many of their personality traits have made their way into some of my fictional characters. It's been a great education having lived in the north and the south, particularly in the rural south where feelings about the War Between the States run strong. The war may be over but the scars are still there for some.
I graduated from Apopka Memorial High School and worked in the indoor foliage business. I started my own nursery business while in high school and also worked for others in the nursery business. It was hard work in very hot, humid conditions, working with fungicides, pesticides, and other 'cides, some of which are now banned. We used to handle Mirex, the fire ant poison (which was banned by the EPA), with our bare hands. I'm still here so it must not have been that bad.
My travels continued after my stint in the south. After selling the nursery business I moved back to Sandusky, Ohio and started working in retail stores. It was at the May Company (now Macy's) that I met my wife, Debbie. After realizing that I had little future in retail, I joined the US Navy in the Nuclear Power Program and eventually was stationed on the USS John Adams in Charleston, South Carolina. I again encountered the contrasts of the south and the north. The locals in Charleston were a great mix of personalities, while my shipmates were an odd mix of intellectuals and grunt workers, all with their own unique traits. Again, this was great fodder for the budding writer. It was while living in Goose Creek, South Carolina that Debbie and I were married.
After an eight year stint in the Navy, I again returned to Sandusky and started my civilian career at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.
The political climate in Sandusky is always charged with small city politics. In 1993, I ran for the City Commission and was elected to a four year term. My time on the commission was charged with drama as we had a new city manager who ruffled the feathers of County Commissioners and nearby Township Trustees. During my tenure, I worked with corporate CEOs, city, county, and state officials, and citizens with all sorts of agendas. There was never a dull moment. My one claim to fame was being satirized by our local cartoonist in the Sandusky Register over a comment that I made regarding our sewage treatment plant.
I only served a single term on the Commission and opted to start my writing career. I didn't get far into the project when my wife and I decided to build a house. We did the general contracting, carpentry, electric and plumbing, floor tile and roofing. It was a real adventure. Our marriage actually survived the stress and strain of the project.
Debbie and I have two grown children. We also have a Calico cat (Jasmine) and a Tabby (Butters). My son has a Bull Terrier (Capone) and my daughter has a black and white cat (Grady). I have eleven brothers and sisters. Debbie has a brother and a sister. We have a load of nieces and nephews. They are concentrated in Florida and Ohio, though a few are in other states.
I started writing my first novel about the McKinney brothers in the early 1990s. I finally finished A Lifetime of Vengeance in 2005. It was republished in January 2013 by Loconeal Publishing, the publisher for all of the McKinney Brothers novels (www.loconeal.com). My second novel, A Lifetime of Deception, was written in twelve months. I guess there's something to those Idiot Guides. The third novel in the McKinney Brothers series is A Lifetime of Exposure and the fourth title is A Lifetime of Terror. The most recent release in the series is A Lifetime of Betrayal. Trust me; there are more adventures to come.
Pete PJ. Grondin
Top Customer Reviews
Pat and Joe are brothers with a past. due to poor choices, a dear sister-in-law dies and she takes the will to live from Pat and Joe's brother Mike. While Pat and Joe do everything they can to serve justice to those responsible for their sister-in-law's murder, Mike slips into depression and eventually kills himself. Pat and Joe's family is never the same.
Joe and Pat both have military training and Joe is still in the reserves. When the predators kill a serviceman, Joe is called to investigate the deaths. Unfortunately, it is a bad time for his family. Pat and Joe's father has a heart attack and is in critical condition. Joe leaves for duty and then is informed that his girlfriend's father died. Joe focuses on his investigation and risks alienating the woman he loves.
The stakes keep getting higher as the body count increases with every serviceman targeted. Joe enlists Pat's help and calls up old friends along the way.
Fast paced and intelligent, adult readers should enjoy A Life Time of Deception.
Joe and Pat McKinney are ex-military men who are called upon to help solve the mystery of who is taking advantage of our boys in uniform, enticing and robbing them of all their worldly belongings. But when it involves murder, they must step up the pace and catch them before more dead bodies show up.
It's a fast-paced thriller and the characters are so well-drawn, we find ourselves becoming sympathetic with the main perpetrator because of her mean upbringing. You are in for one heck of a ride and a surprise ending that you never see coming! This is the book for readers who love edge-of-your-seat suspense thrillers. Highly reccommended.
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