“Life in the Shadows”

When I completed compiling “Atreus’s View From the Tent,” I found that I enjoyed writing so much that I decided to tell some tales of my friends and the adventures we’ve shared.
While working on “Listen, Listen to My Heart’s Song” and “Atreus’s View from a Tent,” I spent whatever time I could find to work on these novels.

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 “Life in the Shadows.”

“The Bridge” 
Beyond the Black Stump

Coming soon: The Red House

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“The Bridge”

“A love story, a spy story, and a great look into Soviet Russia.”
“The Bridge,” tells where and how it all began, for a number of us willing to say yes to adventure.

“This Bridge” shares actual events with a creative narrative connecting the circumstances for those not familiar with the history under Communist rule in the CCCP.
“Any fan of spy novels, history (particularly Cold War history), will enjoy The Bridge” E.Vance

London – Helsinki – Tashkent 1978

Michael Garrett is asked by Natalie, his lover and member of French Intelligence, to travel to Tashkent to meet the Colonel she had been running for years. Her abrupt departure from Moscow and relocation to Paris has strained the management of the most strategically placed agent the French had ever developed. Neither she nor her backup can make the trip that she feels will provide vital information to the west. She reluctantly asks Michael to make the meeting.

Before he departs for Tashkent and that meeting, share his journey as he joins the Australian Secret Intelligence Service in 1972, years before the world knew the Australians had an Intelligence Service. Follow his exploits across Russia with Jack, ASIS Station Chief, and other remarkable people along the way.

One review: “Fascinating historical read that is well researched descriptive and engaging. Communism is a fascinating topic that is definitely hard to understand. How could it have ever existed? This book gives you a pretty interesting outlook. You feel like you are right in it and staying involved every bit of the way. I’m impressed by this authors ability to weave together an interesting tale from history.”

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Oo-roo is an Aboriginal word meaning ” See you. ” 

“The specter of restored passport control checkpoints and customs at the border with Northern Ireland is contemplated with horror by people here who remember the delays and inefficiencies that the border used to cause in the old days…” From a speech delivered by a Member of the Dáil.
Brexit is rapidly changing traditional European relationships.
In the middle of these swirling seas, Jack and Mick are tasked with investigating the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom’s security, as opportunists look to gain citizenship and set up illegal ventures anywhere they can find a crack in the shield.
These are the same characters that shared their ” Life in the Shadows ” in Beyond the Black Stump, A Day Without Stars, Slaughterhouse Creek, and  Under the Spider Tree.

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“The specter of restored passport control checkpoints and customs at the border with Northern Ireland is contemplated with horror by people here who remember the delays and inefficiencies that the border used to cause in the old days…” From a speech delivered by a Member of the Dáil.

Visit the sights and sounds of Dublin as Mick and Jack set up a sting on a terrorist importing guns into the Republic. When they complete their plans in Dublin, Jack heads to Australia, and Mick spends Christmas with Nicole and her family in Bend, Oregon.

A thriller full of friendship, love, truth, and lies leads to an unpredictable end.

These are the same unforgettable characters that shared “Life in the Shadows” in “The Bridge” and “Beyond the Black Stump.”

Review – June 2021

Christopher Ogden, twice NY Times bestselling author ( Life of the Party, Maggie, Legacy, renowned correspondent, lecturer )
” …I could not put it down.”
“Good descriptions and dialogue…”
“..good job, interesting/ believable characters, great storyline. Smart writing, move along theme, incorporation of Brexit with enough detail to make it credible, but without getting bogged down.”
“…Your leavening of the tale with art and cultural references, the visits to museums and natural history sites, the focus on aboriginal/indigenous histories was all excellent value added,  I thought.”
“As for using my comments about Oo-roo: absolutely.​”

“Previous novels  have told the tales of four men who work together when conventional Intelligence methods might fail. Two work for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, one for Mi6 and one for Directorate of Military Intelligence (G2) in Ireland.  Stiúrthóireacht na Faisnéise
The books are subtitled “Life in the Shadows,” which aptly describes how each character leads a double life.
“Life in the Shadows” as we all had more than one “boss” while we lived in Eastern Europe, Europe, and Australia. I’ve written these books for my friends who knocked around Eastern Europe, Europe and Australia working in service to their countries, families, and friends. They know the stories.
I hope that others will enjoy the adventure and uniqueness of locations and characters”.E.Vance

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“Beyond the Black Stump”“A pulse-pounding thriller of terrorism in Northern Ireland, threats to the Royal Family, confrontations, all leading towards just retribution.”

Jack, Mick, Mahaney, and Walking Bear are all enjoying a respite from their career pressures when they are alerted to a possible strike on the Royal Family. Mahaney’s recent trip to Northern Ireland to investigate a string of brutal bank robberies has left him suspicious of the SAS and the robberies’ motivations.

Possible action against the Royals by the military has everyone running scared.

The horrors created by those trying to break the Easter Peace Accords are factored into decisions on how to deal with this splinter group within the SAS.


“An enjoyable calm precedes a mighty storm!”

“This book rockets from the “team” kicking back on the beach at Tahoe to the “lads” violently confronting those who are more than happy to destroy a pristine area of Lake Tahoe in the pursuit of making yet more money moving drugs.

I loved all the Native American characters, their pride, resolve, and unwavering dedication to their people. I loved it!!”. MJB

“Walking Bear, Wolf Plume, Ghost Bear, et al. Could there ever be more perfect characters? I learned a great deal about people I, unfortunately, know very little about. A great read.” Barry

“The same team from previous “Life in the Shadows” stories head to Lake Tahoe for some downtime. As they relax, they get called into action to help their friends take on some truly horrible characters.” G.McDermott

“What a wonderful story. You brought back so many vivid memories. ‘If you were in Glenbrook, Nevada, in the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, you will recognize many old friends. If you are new to Glenbrook, you will enjoy making new friends.’ So true! “Absolutely love these guys…”
 R. Michaels, Reno, Nevada

Jack, Mick Garrett, and Henry Mahaney meet Walking Bear, Wolf Plume, and others at a Pow Wow in Washington D.C. before heading for a well-deserved vacation in Glenbrook, Nevada.

Wolf Plume, Washoe Police, officers from the Paiute Nation, the Duck Shoshone, and the Winnemucca Nation ask for their help as they enjoy their well-deserved time out of the intelligence game. 

They request help to crush a significant drug operation in and through their reservations routing through various spots on the lake.

Worse, they are further informed that crooked cops are involved, as are some Indian law enforcement officers in and around the Reservations.

As they learn more about a significant shipment and a planned terrorist act to cover the movement of the drugs, the team offers their help as only they can offer if rules need to be bent.