Dave loves the ancient Mediterranean world. He’s a well-travelled writer and photographer who has explored Classical and Bronze Age sites throughout the region. From the pre-pyramid Mastabas of Saqqara in Egypt to the storied cities of Magna Graecia to the mysterious Megaliths of Malta, he’s wandered in the footsteps of mysterious, fascinating and mostly unknown Antiquity.

A few years ago, he spent some time amidst the three-millennia-old stones at Mycenae in the Peloponnese, and then at Knossos on Crete. This experience ignited a deep interest. He plunged into the the churning sea of scholarship about the age of Homeric legend, the time when a thousand black ships sailed to war, the high towers of mighty Ilium fell and wise Nestor ruled sandy Pylos.

Out of that study, the outlines of a lost time appeared. It was the more than four centuries that followed, until the bard we call Homer finally wrote down his epics.

For most of that chaotic, danger-filled time, a Dark Age reigned. Perhaps a generation after the Greeks’ conquest of Troy, history’s terrible club, bristling with long, poisoned spines, slammed down on the victors. It smashed their world to bits in just a dozen years. Only a scarred and battered few survived, For those remnants, warm sunshine that nurtured a high, fertile plateau of civilization had just winked out. And, amidst the ruin and death, Fate arose, terrible and merciless, to hurl them into twenty generations of bloody, barbaric night.

Why? How? And, what happened after whole civilizations were snuffed out? Especially, what happened then that later spawned the ideals of Classical Greece, those thoughts that form the core of Western Civilization and have been a shining beacon for humanity ever since? Dave sees amazing stories in the answers to those questions, ones that need to be told.

Thus began his journey as a novelist. And, now, most of his first book, False Light, has tumbled across his keyboard into a rough manuscript. It’s a tale of adventure, passion and sorrow, civilization and barbarism, fools and wisdom, cowards and heroes, true friends and implaccable enemies.

The story is set in a prosperous ancient world that doesn’t yet know it’s on the brink. Little time remains before all is swept away in one last, screaming plunge into the Abyss. For those who care to delve, this epic novel may also hold an insight or two about the fragile stability of modern times as well.


The Dave of today is a former Marine and Navy man. Degreed as an engineer, he spent more than 10 years in the service, enlisted and officer. Then, he worked far longer as a businessman. He has always lived as an outdoorsman. Dave’s personal philosophy aligns in many ways with that of author Robert Heinlein, where narrow specialization is best left to insects. Also, his outlook resembles Mark Twain’s: moderation in all things, including moderation.

Home for Dave is near a pristine river in the clear, bright High Desert of Central Oregon. Proud of his whole family, Dave shares their deep respect for his Cherokee great-grandmother.

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As you might surmise, copyrights apply to everything about the book, False Light, and The First Dark Age series of which it is a part.

  1. May 11, 2011 at 1:36 am

    I read your blog about the Marines during WWII with interest. I have just (in a humble way) started to write about my father’s years in German concentration camps during the war.
    I was born in Norway, have also lived in Delaware for 8 years, and we now reside in the UK. We love travelling and jazz and many other things. My blog is: elinshouse.wordpress.com I plan to write about (hopefully) interesting things once I finish this particular one. All the best – regards Elin

  2. May 11, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I shoud add I also like video and photography and belong to a video club here in England.

    • May 11, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Thank you! What kind of videography do you like? Stories, travel, family, other?

  3. May 12, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I do all sorts really. I film while on holiday, nature, animals and birds and also jazz performances. I have a You Tube site: “elinshouse” where you can see films I have made. I recently uploaded one from a Sri Lanka holiday. I have been filming since 1996 and also enjoy still photography. I use Proshow Producer to make slideshows, which are almost as good as film – depending on movement of course.If you have otters frolocking in the sun (one film on You Tube) you need it live.
    All the best – do write again about what you do
    Regards Elin

    • May 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Wow! You are an avid videographer! I’ll visit your YouTube site soon to appreciate. Small world: I use ProShow Gold and a big screen TV to display much of my still work for family and friends, and Adobe Premiere for video. I’ll have to check out ‘Producer’ and maybe make a shift. Mostly, I use non-family video as a form of note-taking for my writing (terrain, vegetation, artifacts, etc.); at this point, I’m at about 95% stills and 5% vids averaged over everything. I noticed that Sony will have a 3D personal video camera out soon (Bloggie 3-D). For some reason that sounds intriguing. But I’ll probably resist for a few more years until the technology settles down. Though I might fool myself into thinking it would be good for mocking up sea and land battle scenes. Nah… . All the best to you as well. — Regards, Dave

  4. July 28, 2011 at 5:38 am


    Greetings from another carrier OOD. I served on the Coral Sea (CV-43) from 75 to 78. Would be interested in swapping sea stories.

    One of the things I am most proud of was qualifying as an OOD on the Coral Sea while still an Ensign (made it with four days to spare). I took advantage of being in the first 16 week SWO school, and being able to take full advantage of the new PQS quals for OODs (and SWO). Although I spent the first six months of my stay aboard in Long Beach Naval Shipyard, I was still able to press each day enough to progress in my quals.

    Am trying to find out if anyone else qualified on a CV as an O-1 before me (5.13.77).

    Look forward to reading more of your sea stories. If you’re interesting in establishing comm’s, visit my site at http://www.brucedeutsch.com and send me an email (Contact).

    • July 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Bruce, Thanks for your comment! As I recall, I and two others on Ranger were both Ensigns and OODs during my tour. None of us had been to SWO school. Two of us were former enlisted PO’s, me from destroyers and my roommate who was originally a Fast Attack bubblehead. The qual process was local and challenging but much less formal. Pretty much came down to the skipper’s personal trust level. Ours was a fighter Ace from the Korean War and very particular about ship-handling. I later met him in San Diego when he was a Rear Admiral and I was a JG. He was very kind to me in front of my new skipper, so I guess he liked my work. I also think there was at least one Ensign OOD on the Connie as well around then. Hope that helps. All the best.

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