Trial of Midnight Rider – the review Amazon won’t let me post

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Trial of Midnight Rider – the review Amazon won’t let me post

Spoiler alert here, I’m the film’s director. The film’s title starts with the word “Trial”, because that’s what this is, an examination of the evidence. And there has not been a serious attempt to examine the breadth of this evidence and rebut the assertions of the prosecution, otherwise known as the Hollywood trade media, at any time over the past four years. (The OSHA hearing was not a trial in any sense and found the conclusion it wanted to reach at the outset.) Indeed, very little of the evidence has been made available to the public sphere until now. The problem here is that much of this evidence – legally verified evidence – points to a different narrative than the version in the public domain that posits Miller knew he didn’t have permission to be on the bridge, but went out there with the crew regardless, stole the shot and, as a result of his recklessness, a camera assistant lost her life. That, I believe is at the heart of the many reviews here on, that all appeared at much the same time, many of which share similar words and phrases (as someone else has pointed out in other reviews). These “reviewers” clearly don’t want you to see this documentary. Why? I assume because they are worried that it may change your mind about the tragedy on the Doctortown trestle bridge that killed Sarah Jones, sent the director of the Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider to jail, and turned him into a reviled and publicly vilified person. And that brings me to the main point of my “review” here, and it is this: there is no need to be afraid of a different point of view. If the content of this documentary proves to be convincing, or at least causes people to question, then in my world that’s a good thing. I do not believe, as I think many of the reviewers here seem to demand, that putting the public narrative under the microscope is somehow a threat to Sarah’s memory. That is frankly absurd. A re-examination of Miller’s role in the events that killed Sarah does not threaten her or demean her memory in any way. Ask yourself this: if you were Sarah Jones, wouldn’t you want to know what happed on that bridge, how it happened and why? And wouldn’t you want to see the actual evidence? Here was a 27-y ear-old woman who went to work expecting to come home to her friends and family at the end of the day, as we all do, but that didn’t happen. The accident that took her life was wholly avoidable – that hasn’t changed, nor will it. But there are people who contributed to the cascade of events that led to her death through negligence and/or incompetence, and those people have not be held to account. But they avoided prosecution and skipped out on their culpability for her death and it’s a failure of the legal system in small town America that allowed that to happen. Back to my main point – I don’t see how someone can reasonably damn this film without having watched it. And it is worse to browbeat others into not watching it if you yourself haven’t watched it, especially if your motivation for this is a fear of the truth. Doing that makes you a troll. People should watch this documentary, if they’re interested, and view the evidence on And most importantly, they should be allowed to make up their own minds without being bullied. And if the film fails to...

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KINGDOM COME signed copies

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Articles, News | Comments Off on KINGDOM COME signed copies

I’ve decided to do this, but I don’t think there’ll be many takers because it gets pricey. It works like this: I buy the book, have it delivered to me (postage), sign it, then take it up to the post office and, well, post it to you. There ain’t a lot of magic in this, folks. So, if you live in Australia, the printed book arriving at your chosen address will cost around AUS$50, at least $10 of which will be postage (to you) and $30 will be the actual cost of the book (in Australia, the large format trade paperback will retail online for $30). If you live elsewhere on the planet, let’s say North America or the UK, you’ll be looking at around US$56 for a signed copy delivered to your door. The additional cost is simply that postage from Australia to the US costs more. Signed first edition copies in the States (Nelson Demille, for example) retail for around US$36, plus postage, so please don’t think I’m gouging. Payment will be via PayPal. So if you’re interested, email me at and I’ll take it from there. And I nearly forgot…allow 3-4 weeks for postage (two lots of postage don’t...

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8. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author.

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Articles, How to write | Comments Off on 8. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author.

Getting your book published. I wonder if you’ve skipped forward to this part because, like the people who jump ahead to the conclusion of a murder mystery novel, this bit is the point of it all for you. Well, like the revelation in a whodunit, the answer to getting published really has no worthwhile context unless you’ve read the previous chapters. But as you’ve cheated and you’re here, you might as well read on. “Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some come safe to land, where the notes are read and then possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else understood all too well by those who hate the message. You never know who your readers might be.” – Margaret Atwood The answer to your question is, yes, the butler did it and, yes, you can get published. In fact, as I said on page one (or two), getting published has never been easier. But at this point it might be worth asking yourself again why you started writing in the first place? Was there a story you were burning to tell? Were the voices in your head refusing to leave you alone? Were you hoping to write an international best seller so that, having been retrenched, you won’t have to sell your house? Were you after fame and glory? Was the attraction of lording it over you own world as God way too seductive to pass up? Perhaps it was one, all or some of these reasons. Whatever the motivations were for spending the last 12 months hunched over the word processor (rather than hitting the pub) will determine your level of satisfaction over the way in which your book is published. But first, let me give you a little insight into publishing as it stands right now. Printed books are making a bit of a comeback. The growth in eBooks has stalled. Unfortunately, they’ve stalled at around 10 per cent of the volume, which is probably the lion’s share of the profit for bookstore owners. Publishers, though, are much happier than they were, even if many of the book chains have gone. (In Australia, there used to be four big ones: Borders, Angus and Robinson, Collins and Dymocks. Now only Dymocks remains. There has been some carnage in the US too with the closing of Atlantic, Coles, Borders and others.) I’m not at all sure how much of book sales are impulse purchases, but when the retail environment is a quarter what it was, there are far less opportunities to buy. It could be that the demise of these bookstore chains and the stagnation of eBooks means that the market has stabilized and that this favors the remaining book stores, who now have a more viable business with 75 per cent of the competition skittled. I’m sure there’s a point of view about that in publishing boardrooms. None of this augurs particularly well for new authors determined to have their point published the old fashioned bookshop way. While bookshops are still ravenous for new titles, as are publishers, that hunger is probably for more Michael Connolly, Kathy Reich’s and Dean Koontz product (and the like) than it is for new blood. Many publishers these days simply don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. And the ones that do add the manuscripts to the slush pile in a closet and there they pretty much stay, because there’s not enough margin in the publishing business to hire readers to work their way through the pile, looking for the cream. If...

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Cooper, now posting on Instagram

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Articles, News | Comments Off on Cooper, now posting on Instagram

My buddy, Major Vin Cooper, late of the USAF OSI, is currently in Syria (I think…he won’t confirm in as many words) and posting daily on Instagram, when circumstances permit. I gather the posts are vaguely relevant to a novel I have written, titled, KINGDOM COME, which is set in Syria, among other places. So, if you’re interested, catch up with Vin on Instagram @vincooper04....

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Kingdom Come has come

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Articles, News | Comments Off on Kingdom Come has come

  KINGDOM COME, the 7th book in the Vin Cooper series, is now available. This is Cooper’s most controversial, brutal, and darkly humored outing yet. The Russian president is missing in Syria, the US president is tweeting and playing golf, and meanwhile the dead appear to be rising from their graves, the End of Days pr ophesized in the Koran apparently coming to pass. If you’ve never read a Vin Cooper book, this is a great place to s tart. And if you’re a Cooper fan, I promise you this one has been worth the wait. Available in trade paperback and ebook from a host of the usual suspects corralled...

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6. 40 Words on Grammar.

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Articles, How to write | Comments Off on 6. 40 Words on Grammar.

#6. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author. If it feels right, start your sentence with and. And starting it with but is okay too. But, as I said, only if it feels right. (Your high school English teacher who taught otherwise didn’t know shit from fava beans). Please, though, don’t forget your commas. Like doesn’t make sense without them. Next: #7: The nuts and bolts of the writing...

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