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If you liked one of my books, please rate/review it. That's the only way I know what to write more of.

Now with that out of the way:
I have always loved to read and to write stories; science fiction, fantasy, paranormal suspense, I enjoy all of it. Not all of my stories are in the same genre or even the same 'world', and I always have more than one project in the works, so it's never easy to predict which story will be finished next. Sometimes it depends on real life inspiration, other times just on a moment's inspiration. So if you're not sure if you'll like it, download the free sample and give it a try, I won't mind - promise!

As for me, well I've had a very varied life.
I grew up in New York, on Long Island. I went to school to become an Engineer, then joined the Air Force.
After that I worked first in Robotics, then in Aerospace as a Flight Test Engineer. I moved into the medical fields, then into more Technical markets working for a number of high tech companies where I became a Contractor.
I used to own, raise, and train big cats. I love motorcycles and old cars. I'm a pilot and former martial arts instructor. I'm a fan of the Reno Air Races.
Then there's the stuff I'm not supposed to talk about, but that's another story.
I've seen a lot of interesting stuff go by, met a lot of interesting, wonderful, strange, or sometimes just psychotic people. I've had the opportunity to work on some truly game changing technologies. And while I've had some very bad things happen to me in my life, I've never let it stop me.

Keep smiling.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Dynamic 30 April 2011
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This is a very detailed and very entertaining story of an "Animorph", a genetically created chimera that was a combination of leopard and human genes. Set at some point in the future, animorphs have been created from various types of animals to be the slaves of whichever corporation has created them, usually for hazardous jobs that humanity has no wish to take on. They work as indentured servants trying to earn enough money to pay back the expenses their creation cost the corporation that "owns" them. This is the story of one such person, Raj, a leopard / human who ends up facing many obstacles in his quest to be free and in so doing discovers many truths about himself, some he'd rather not know. A highly entertaining read, heavy on the military action, but with much adventure in many different places, offering an interesting take on what makes a person a person. I enjoyed this book and the other 2 books also set in this universe, "Dialene" and "Danger Money", wish there were more!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Military Sci-Fi from an anthropomorphic angle 11 April 2011
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The tale of an anthropomophic leopard man in a human dominated universe paying off the cost of his creation and training as a shuttle/fighter pilot. While racism is a part of the mix, it is hardly central and mostly treated pragmatically by the main character. It is simply the way things are and he is mostly satisfied with his life rather than filled with angst. Also sort of a cautionary tale with holocaust allusions. There is plenty of combat, but it isn't the bleak and gritty sort that many military fiction novels descends into. A stand alone novel, but "Danger Money" and "Dialene" are set in the same universe and involve character from this book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nice premise, poor writing 19 Oct. 2014
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So there are "animen" that are part animal / part man. They are second class citizens. Rhinos, wolves, leopards, eagles, possums, you name it. This is set in a universe where megacorps run the show and you want to reach "buyout" where you've paid off all your debts incurred from childhood which makes you a free man/beast/whatever.

My biggest complaint is the writing. It just isn't very good. 2/3 of the book is everyone having sex with one another. That is literally true... no exaggeration. Mad? Have sex with them. New to the ship? Have sex with them. Save their life? Have sex with them. Just had sex with them? Have sex with them again. Leopard on leopard. Leopard on human woman. Leopard on pretty much anything and everything. Sex. I'm definitely not a prude, but it's like a 12-year-old wrote a harem novel. The scenes aren't even steamy or relevant to anything else going on.

My next biggest complaint are the characters. They are all Gomer Pyle level naïve. Nobody gets developed but the main character.

Beyond that it isn't too bad. The writing has really bad editing, but you should have seen that coming just by looking at the awful cover that looks like it was created with MS Paint. A lot of pages were spent trying to make a big deal of how the leopard became a pilot and how that made him different only to have him throw it all away for the life of a ground soldier the last third of the book. Stereotypes like weasel men acting like weasels, sand worlds being middle-east-like rich slave nations. Just nags like that which a good editor could have tightened up.

What was good and earned three stars (rounding up) from me was the combat scenes. The conflict was along simplistic philosophical views which was rather weak, but the writing covering the action was the best of the book.

This story had a lot of interesting tidbits which could have been explored, they just weren't. The author obviously is able to lay down a solid concept. I might check back on him in three or four years once he refines the execution side of things.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It did it 19 Sept. 2014
By Joshua Wachter - Published on
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It was a great read, for a while there in the middle I was concerned but it paid off in the end.

Personally though the end sequence was so short it just screams for a sequel.

So this is my vote, give us a Sequel to Children of Steel, I need more Raj!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
excellent 28 May 2012
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One of the best books I have ever read. Definitely right up there with Jules Verne and my other favorites. highly recommended. Only thing I didn't like was that the spelling and grammar wasn't exactly the best at places. excellent book overall.
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