Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Invisble Enemy

It starts when reporter Dorian Valentine discovers a horrific secret regarding the Strategic Offensive Reduction Treaty (a critical peace agreement between the former Soviet Union and the United States): One side is cheating, and even worse - the cheating side holds the ultimate trump card. Brutally trained from birth to live, talk, and think like Americans, Russia has constructed the most dangerous network of secret operatives ever known - created for the ultimate trinity: Intelligence, Espionage, and Warfare. This dynamic organization has been planted on US soil long ago by the former KGB to retrieve information at any cost, cause political catastrophe, or kill on moment’s notice. Now they are out of control, striking fear into the heart of the Pentagon. The Central Intelligence Agency assembles a powerful team of agents that “do not exist” in an attempt to terminate an enemy that cannot be caught by any traditional methods. The Invisible Enemy grabs the reader by the arm, and casts them deep into the furious depths of intense warfare, awesome espionage, and unpredictable deceit - where there is a frightful undercover agenda that even the operatives themselves are not aware of.The reader is paralyzed with anticipation as the plot somersaults out of control after the enemy operatives swiftly perform a devastating political strike, and then realize they have been set up. Here the game changes and no one has told them the rules. Betrayed by their own country and thrown into a world they can not trust, they are forced to depend on the most potent weapon they had ever been trained to use: their unnatural minds. In a fast paced novel that spins from one explosive scene to the next, the most high-tech weaponry is used including speed of light weapons, “smart chips”, artificial intelligence, and never before exposed government technology and organizations, thus introducing a new, exciting, untapped level of spycraft where nothing is what it seems.Chapter 1:
“Get in and get out. What do you think this is, some kindof game?” Devin snarled.“I just thought—”“I do the thinking. All you do is what I say,” Devin coldly replied.Garret was silent. He looked into the boss’s cold eyes and saw nounderstanding, no mercy, and no patience. There was no compassionbetween the two men.“In and out,” was Garret’s meek reply, but it was just an act.There was no fear in Garret’s heart.“Take Teams A and F and complete the operation. You will signalMan 3 at 9:15 a.m., enter the facility at 9:18, expedite the operationexactly as planned, and exit at 9:21. Are there any questions,Mr. Garret?”The boss’s tone told him there had better not be.“No, sir.”“Good. Team A will be waiting for you at the designated rendezvouspoint. The truck will be with them. Nightshade leads TeamF at your signal. She already has the keys in her possession. Dismissed.”“Yes, sir.” Garret turned to leave.“Garret.”“Yes?”“One more thing. Teams A and F are to be totally oblivious toeach other. Is that understood?”“Of course, sir.”_____________________________“Sorry, everyone, the Pulitzer competition is now closed!”Dorian Valentine exclaimed on her way to work. Her exuberant1voice drowned out the excited morning DJ who was talking aboutcritical peace talks between the U.S. and the Russian Federation.Valentine felt better than she had ever felt in her life. She wasimmersed in an ultimate mental and spiritual euphoria that flowedthrough her body like blood. She had awakened at 5:00 that morningfilled with anxiety. She felt absolutely on top of the world while eatingher breakfast of waffles and eggs. Valentine had smiled the entiretime she brushed her teeth. She marinated in her own joyful bliss andcouldn’t help but shiver as surges of her happiness tingled down herspine. Not even the sluggish traffic could break her mood. It was abeautiful morning. With the cumulus clouds scattered across the vastbaby-blue sky, it looked to be a promising day.She wove her giant navy-blue Expedition out of standstill lanesand into any lane she thought was moving an inch faster an hour. Shecruised down Baltimore-Washington Parkway and passed the FortMeade exit at about 30 mph in the congested traffic. The potholesand rough roads across the parkway and its exits did not bother her.She was far too excited. The only thing that was possibly missingfrom that morning was good sex. Valentine had no husband, no children,and had never been married. She enjoyed life as a single womanand had remained alone in her bed last night.The soothing, relaxing rhythm from her favorite song, “WalkedOutta Heaven” by Jagged Edge, placed her in a further state ofenchantment. She sang out loud to the new hit song even though shedidn’t know the words. But it didn’t matter, because Dorian Valentinehad walked outta heaven. Not soon enough, it seemed, she was surroundedby the familiar city of Washington, D.C. She was still in agreat mood, shouting and singing all the way to the Washington Post,where her status as a reporter had been “ordained,” as she liked tosay among close friends.
has been an industry recognized consultant for the premier global technology firms for over 12 years. Presently he is a leading Advanced Systems Consultant for one of the world’s largest Information Technology firms where he was the winner of the National Federal Office Systems Award (FOSE - Nation’s Largest Information Technology Exposition Serving the Government Marketplace), and the 2004 winner of Government Computer News Best New Technology Award. Several case studies have been published on Howard’s solutions across the Information Technology industry. Currently he provides enterprise technology solutions and advisement for America’s most distinguished clients including a sizeable amount of work for the U.S. Defense Sector, Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. After founding his own technology firm, Howard completed his formal education with a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology. His vast career has included controlling hundreds of devices worldwide from secure Network Command Centers to relocating overseas to Amsterdam, The Netherlands for more than a year to solve technology issues for American based companies. He has also worked briefly for a private military logistics corporation that contracts a sizable amount of work from the Department of Defense and other military institutions.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Marriage Rocks

Dr. Harold L. Arnold, Jr., founder of Discovering Family International, is a social and organizational psychologist who specializes in developing family-focused culture in homes, places of worship, and business settings. Using his own model for relationship-faith integration, Relationship ROCKS, Dr. Arnold challenges audiences to become better stewards of all the relationships to which God holds them accountable. In his words, he espouses, “building relational equity.”
With his holistic view of relationships that extends from the bedroom to the boardroom, Dr. Arnold demonstrates how successful homes, religious organizations, community groups, and businesses cultivate relationships and leaders defined by an organic sense of shared identity. Armed with biblical principles, psychological insights, and entertaining stories, Dr. Arnold guides his audiences on a journey to discover faith and purpose through committed relationships.
In addition to his commitment to relationship education, Dr. Arnold also works with organizations to develop customized family-based programming, family outreach initiatives, and relationship counseling services.
With all of his accomplishments, Dr. Arnold is most proud of his marriage of more than twenty years to his college sweetheart, Dalia, and their two wonderful children, Quilan and Kyrsten. The Arnold family resides in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.Education
Dr. Arnold earned doctorate and Master’s degrees from Temple University in Social and Organizational Psychology. He also holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Master’s in Systems Engineering from University Maryland College Park. Dr. Arnold received his undergraduate degree from Howard University.Affiliations
Dr. Arnold served on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Issues, as Director of Christian Education for a large multicultural ministry, and as adjunct faculty for a Christian university in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. He is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the African American Black Christian Counselors. With the Marriage ROCKS method, Arnold challenges couples to establish and strengthen their relationship on a rock-solid foundation of:
Redemption -- the rock of grace Offering -- the rock of sacrifice Covenant -- the rock of boundaries Knowledge -- the rock of power Sacred space -- the rock of worshipThe book offers a twelve-step model for couples at all levels of relational intimacy, leading them on a journey to discover how marriage (1) develops the human capacity to experience the fullness of God's love and (2) becomes a ministry through which to share God's love with others. Designed for use by individual couples, with small groups, or in counseling contexts, this practical book includes:
Biblical study Discussion questions Action stepsVisit the author at http://www.haroldarnold.com/index.php/main/