"This place is a jungle."
Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara describing the Pentagon around 1962
With unpredictable violence and tension, the adventure stories of Patrick W. Burke read like big-budget movies with independent scriptwriters. Wild, searing, and ultimately and shockingly human, each of the stories he presents here keeps us off-guard until their final, unseen conclusion.
Patrick looks up at his quote and says, "The irony is just too much to pass without comment. Here is a man who- besides being the author of our Vietnam strategy -spent his entire career trying to quantify intangibles, expressing frustration, anger, maybe even a little bit of fear about the one place that typifies his thinking.
"I enjoy writing stories that have action with a tinge of rot. Like a roller coaster with a rusty foundation; will it hold one more time, letting the unsuspecting patrons live? Or will this trip be the last one, sending its riders to a quick, violent death as it collapses on itself? Stories that have people hell bent on the destruction of their target, bullets flying all over the place, and exploding bodies. I especially enjoy making characters that are corrupt, at some level.
"I have spent a lot of time in the military, and overseas. I live in a small city in Northern California (no, it's nowhere near LA)." Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick's works here at Unlikely Stories are:
Timing is everything
Final Run (availible as an Acrobat file)
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