The woman replied, "You want to take a bath?" No, I need to hit the head, and fast. If I didn't find a bathroom soon, this pristine floor of hers was about to turn a pale shade of yellow. Travelers on vacation run into all sorts of issues from language barriers and cultural differences to needing a bathroom at the height of tourist season when every establishment along the main drag in town says, "Bathrooms for customers only." All of my travels abroad have turned me into a bathroom … [Read more...]
In this installment of our Travel Tips Series, we're discussing how to stay connected while on the road.
Are you Dealing with Non-Tech Savvy Parents?Skype is the preferred tool of savvy travelers visiting or living abroad. For a free service, it offers unparalleled quality and value. However, it has one drawback. It's a poor option for travelers with parents who are technologically challenged. Until recently, my parents didn't know the difference between a website and an … [Read more...]
The Great Game takes readers on a journey from Los Angeles to Kiev to solve a mystery that threatens to bring down the U.S. financial system, split the U.S. into two countries, and threatens the lives of everyone involved. The story begins with David Ferguson, a computer programmer who is returning from a business trip to discuss a proprietary technology that his company has developed. Unbeknownst to David, this routine business trip turns into an international espionage thriller that sweeps … [Read more...]
What is your experience with the setting of the book? Most of the action in the book takes place in Los Angeles, although the heroes travel to other places: Moscow, Kiev, New York, Maui, etc. I've been to all of them and I have lived in LA for the past 29 years. I've chosen LA as the primary setting because I am well familiar with it and that allowed for more authentic descriptions of places and people.
What are some of the local culture nuances you describe in the … [Read more...]
The Great Game is set in 2022. The US is trying to recover from a financial crisis of 2019 and the subsequent assassination of a presidential candidate. A divide between “blue” and “red” states is threatening the country's unity. David Ferguson is a divorced and dispirited computer engineer coming back from a routine business trip, when he is shoved into a car and demanded that he turn over a file that he’s never heard about. In trying to evade his pursuers, David accidentally involves … [Read more...]