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Who is This Guy?

February 1, 2012 1 comment

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.

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