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About Ray Palla
Ray put three decades into a commercial broadcast career. He anchored two top-rated Texas radio news desks. Now, his books KRILL AMERICA, SIMPLE TRIPLE STANDARD, and H: INFIDELS OF OIL have 5-star ratings on Amazon.
During his journalism career, Ray interviewed astronauts who walked on the moon like Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin and the late Neil A. Armstrong. Ray recalls that “those two, like school kids,” sparred over who spoke the first words on the moon. “Aldrin still contends that he said something about a soft landing just seconds before Armstrong famously reported to Houston that the Eagle had landed.”
U.S. Senators, Governors, Mayors, and a host of other influential notables interviewed with Ray (and they all called him ‘Ray’). His “on and off-the-record” dialogs invoked hundreds of musicians, actors, comedians, sports legends, and daily-dozens of down-to-earth people to speak up or speak out. From those conversations, Ray learned the art of telling a compelling story.
Palla recently said, “I was too young and naive to grasp the ‘forever impact’ of some of them. Like Willie Nelson. I just hope that a piece of Willie’s greatness shines out through me, as a result of my quest to peer into how his success came to be. What an incredible influence some men and women ‘troubadour’ into future generations! I admire those who do.”
Mr. Palla also boasts awards for several national advertising campaign jingles for customers that include Ford, Purina, & Exxon.
Sixteen-year-old Honduran refugee Marla is being prostituted by human traffickers. The coyote truck she's captive in crashes on a desolate West Texas road. Jarringly, the truck also harbors five armed terrorists. Taken hostage, Marla wonders if she will ever realize her girlhood dream of basking in big-city lights -- any lights, in any city.
After a rudimentary H-bomb erupts half-a-world away in a Middle-Eastern oil field, global war appears imminent. Cultural beliefs and raw cowboy personalities fatally clash when terrorists smuggle several obsolete Soviet hydrogen weapons into west Texas. Their mission is an all-out nuclear-radiation assault on American oil fields. This border breach threatens to permanently poison vast strategic U.S. underground petroleum energy reserves.
Amid constant turmoil from production costs, plunging barrel prices, and predictions of a soon-to-be hydrogen-powered world; a handful of oilmen counter attack. Grit-hardened, these small-town roughnecks reluctantly realize that they are all alone with the enemy on the Texas desert. Under a looming cloud of nuclear fallout, they defy the imminent demise of not just their individual careers, but collectively their very lives.
This story is about how every day we are affected by standards, whether we perceive their presence or not. "The Real Official, Almost True Backstory for Modern Commercial Radio" is fiction with a lot of truth hiding in the wings. If you've ever lived in a small town or close-knit community, you know about double standards. How much more complicated can a triple standard be, right?
World famous Austin music celebrities, and behind the scenes radio personalities embody Bryant's descriptive of this genuine 1970s Texas style nostalgic romp which also includes love and passion, and an unexpected lethal twist.
"When I was young and impressionable, I saw some things that permanently changed me, changed my mind, and altered life even as I live it today. Things that are defined by standards are often that impactful. The world would surely be a terrible place without them though--standards I mean; you've got to have them! Too much of a good thing, on the other hand, is also impacting. Relative to where you stand, the impact can be deadly."
Where do you find redemption for the human spirit? The answer is uniquely distinct for every individual. Sometimes it arrives unexpectedly, in the oddest of places, under the faintest light. Saturated in relentless tension, and fed by self-doubt "Krill America" triumphs in a stunning humanity-baring conclusion.
When an aging Port of Galveston research vessel, the Krill America, is suddenly flooded by an underwater earthquake and dashed against the jagged edge of a glacial iceberg her battered surviving crew members are thrust into a perilous life and death struggle for survival against the freezing waters of Antarctica's Southern Weddell Sea, the most ruthlessly treacherous place on earth.
Badly damaged and barely afloat, the remains of the ship are the only hope of Max, an elderly Mexican seaman, and his fellow shipmates. Without engines, generators, or warmth and facing diminishing supplies of food and water, the crew labors tirelessly to restore broken and antiquated systems in order to provide electricity, power, and heat. The persistence of their efforts is occasionally rewarded with temporary success only to ultimately fail and dash their hopes again.
Max recounts the events and describes the strained relationships among several crew members who compete for control and vie for the affections of Kat, the only female member of the crew. Eventually, the Krill America sinks into the sea and is gone, leaving the exhausted crew to salvage and huddle into a small dilapidated shrimp boat while hoping desperately for rescue from a certain death-by-winter. A surprising and stunning conclusion reveals a hidden truth that no one, least of all Max, suspects.
KRILL AMERICA is a 'relentless impending death' fast-paced thriller suspense novel that has been described as a cross between "The Old Man and the Sea," "The Flight of the Phoenix," "Titanic," and "Moby Dick." Prepare to take a mind-bending roller-coaster journey to the bottom of the world as Krill America sails to crush a frigid cabin-fever winter with 'I was there' graphic wealth.