His first novel, Running From the Paranoids, 2004, is very interesting but badly written; so don’t buy it, although it might be amusing to read excerpts that can be found on Amazon. It is being rewritten by me and edited by a talented editor, Luane Spingola, who is down in the NYC area. (Probably pulling her hair out.) The characters are pretty cool, Igor Prince is the only son of wealthy German expats living a pretty dissolute live in the Village until he meets a struggling actress, Allyson Olafsson, from Minnesota, by talking to her on a phone sex chat line. Igor’s idea of a vacation is a few days in a psych hospital after a bout of public intoxication. He has strange ideas, like living his life according to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principal, and the Scheme of Imaginative Logic, a philosophy he has developed, but I won’t say what it is here. His mother, a famous biologist, and an old Finnish war hero, Lazlo, in Brazil, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, raised Igor on the fly. Some odd, amusing, sexy, and strange things happen as Allyson seeks to help him find meaning in life beyond pure amusement, and speaking of that, they eventually publish a hit novel called the Pan-Galactic Amusement Park. It is about the adventures of a fictional space hero, Arnold, far in the future. There is also his friend Otto, who owns a small brewery, Pardeau, a wealthy and twisted stockbroker, and his ex-girlfriend Nadine, an almost supermodel. Wait until I’m finished, then buy many copies.
Count of Chaos, 2007, is an insidious book of some 800 pages about a secretive billionaire living in the Alphabets on Avenue C in his private castle-like brownstone. Nathan Tryphon owns Tryphon Chaos, a firm that specializes in information and currency transfers with its flawless encryption technology using chaos theory. Everyone uses him, huge multinational banks, governments, the CIA, Mossad, conglomerates like Bechtel, The Carlyle Group, and drug lords too, and everyone hates and fears him, for he knows everything. But Tryphon lives openly, dating a supermodel, another famous party girl, and yet he falls in love with a young homeless poet, Kari, bringing her finally to live with him. He also insinuates himself into the lives of four college students who own a deli and liquor store nearby, changing their lives forever. He is a lover, fiercely protective and kind to those he cares for, and a killer to others, and nobody realizes he is gradually taking over the world. A haunting realistic fantasy, twisted and scary, sexual and romantic. With its enigmatic ending, this book scares some readers.
Elephant Park, 2011. In a nearly forgotten trailer Park on the Gulf Coast of Florida, a cashiered Iraq war hero, Brody, struggles to help the mostly unlucky residents even as he strives to find love and some peace. Nearby is an elephant rehab park, run by two women who are partners, operating it with virtually no money. Roxy, who has a poetry degree, is even a stripper at a roadside dive to help support their four retired circus elephants.
Brody’s struggle intensifies when the owners secretly tell him they are shutting the park down to build beachfront condos. The park is inhabited by some odd bikers, single parents desperately making ends meet while raising children, some couples that have lost the American Dream, a few lucky retirees with pensions, and a few ignored teens and kids, even a group of New York City Jews. Things get even worse when a huge hurricane runs right over them, wrecking half the park. One of the women of the elephant park and an elephant are lost, leaving Roxy to care for the place alone.
Meanwhile, Brody has finally found happiness with Tomsin, a college student with a big secret. Tomsin also looks after a couple of older teens that are abandoned by their parents, as many don’t return after Hurricane Kari. A wealthy military divorcee, Mrs. Toms, adds fuel to everything.
In the Prologue, we find a luxury yacht marooned in an old canal next to the park after a hurricane. Independently wealthy, Igor & Allyson are famous for a novel they wrote, The Pan-Galactic Amusement Park. They are casually sailing around the world, their son safely in Paris with Nadine, a lover to them both. Their stories are explained in the first novel, Running From the Paranoids. The second book in the series, Elephant Park also stands alone.
Both of them decide to stay a while under the guise of being shipwrecked, for they have found something curious and worthwhile to do in helping rescue the park. Igor has grown up with his biologist mother, and is familiar with elephants from his time in Thailand with her. He is an eccentric, gleefully so, often speaking of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle as a philosophy of life, so it left to Allyson, a stunning Swedish beauty and actress, to keep him grounded.
Quietly, and with Brody’s subtle leadership, and the help of a few unusual educated bikers who are construction workers, a miscreant engineer named Michaelmas, an Italian contractor, and some drifting Cuban field workers they get the Elephant Park back on its feet. They rescue the trailer park people from an evangelical church where they seek refuge from the storm, and gradually make life tolerable again in the ruined park. Neither FEMA nor anyone else helps them, just Igor’s money, given mostly anonymously.
Not everyone returns after the wreckage, for some parents abandon their kids, but new families are created in the wreckage of the park. Tomsin’s mother, a raving beauty in her own right, is deeply involved, as she is both a teacher and a private jet host with a keen business sense and an ability with languages— and another hidden secret.
But they are left with a dilemma: the park must be vacated, what is left of it. Allyson creates an unusual solution.
There is a strong sense of ecology throughout the book, in Michaelmas’s and Igor’s careful plans. Also Tomsin, her mother, and Brody are all biologists.
But most of all it is the sense of community in this band of mismatched people who create new lives and new families for themselves, and do so in a spirit of cooperation. There is also a fair amount of humor and some eroticism in the tale.
Later the third book in the series, Skinny Dipping With Uranium, will be available.
I highly recommend you buy this book NOW, instantly as an ebook only at this time. You can get it at Amazon, or www.Smashwords.com, where you can read the first 20% for free too. Only 88k words or so, it’s fairly short and sweet and great fun.
Raina, 2012. An erotic literary adventure. A mysterious Institute in Rhode Island procures exotic women for its ultra-wealthy clients. A Russian accented madam with a curious history enlists ten women to be indentured for a year, young women of particular talents who can’t afford college for various reasons, like our pathetic economy. Not particularly chosen for their beauty, although some are, or sexual experience, these women are extremely talented with computers, business, and are all multi-lingual. They are to be companions, not escorts, advisors to their rich benefactors. From all over the world, the story is centered around Raina, a Romanian beauty who grew up in Chicago. Their education and adventures, their travels, and how these women rise to positions of great power and wealth themselves, is great fun, and primarily written for women, who after all, are usually smarter than men. Much better than some recent gray stuff.