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Author Raymond Gaynor

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While we wait for the gods to resolve the affairs of history and heavens, here's another excerpt from A. G. Hayes and my newest release, QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016):

QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor- Excerpt #2 (THIS EXCERPT IS R-RATED FOR VIOLENCE):

     "Mr. Hempsted. It's Agent Falk," he said working his way through the door and cautiously around to the front of the chair. "I visited you earlier, and was wondering if we might…"
     Aaron Hempsted was sitting, head erect, rheumy bloodshot eyes fixed open, staring at Falk, his mouth limply agape, his unshaven face even whiter than before. A bloodless hand gripped each of the threadbare chair arms, making it appear as if he were pushing himself back into the seat…
     Falk squatted, raising his weapon and holding it with both hands as he swept the room.

Multi-award winning author A. G. Hayes studied television writing at UCLA and has published short fiction, "Cover up" - "Not a Penny Pincher” - "Home" - "Payment in Full" - "Small Wonder" - Fate Magazine-"Guided Through a Mine Field" and other scripts to CBS TV and other television productions. He lives in Northern California, and spends his time writing and traveling to nearly every part of the world. He has used personal experiences gained during service with the British intelligence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to enrich the characters of his protagonist teams. "Quantum Death is a deeply human story beyond up-to-date that pushes the edge of the envelope," says Hayes. "Despite being parted, their relationship never stops developing and the story never loses the quintessential Koski and Falk."

Raymond Gaynor is the pen-name of a multi-award-winning, reclusive writer-artist-photographer-videographer, who, in his own words, "lives and breathes" San Francisco. He is co-author with William Maltese on the Tripler and Clarke gay political thriller, TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) and is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works published under a number of pseudonyms. "When co-authoring a work, it's always first in my mind to preserve the first author's style and voice, which I believe readers will find well accomplished," says Gaynor. "A close second is to add significantly to the work, which was incredibly easy and fun when working with A. G. Hayes. I think this is reflected in the adventure's compelling yet clean, easy read. Love Koski and Falk. Who couldn't?"

QUANTUM DEATH (2016)
by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at
http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine bookstores everywhere.

Raymond Gaynor
Co-author of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes
Author website and blog at http://garymartine.yolasite.com/raymondgaynor.php

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Before I let Livia go, I'd like to just put out the idea that every great leader has his or her Livia as seemly does every great decade. I look forward to December when her full personality is revealed. 
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Sure thing Raymond. Octavian is actually coming to pick me up for a ride in his chariot, so he had to leave. Pluto punishes him also by making him give me rides to Cleopatra and Antony's palace [wink]

I, Helen Davis, will charm Octo over to Cleopatra's side [smile] Cleo taught me well!
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Agreed, Raymond. I would be curious to know what A. G. Hayes would have to say about your statement. 

After that flurry of activity surrounding Octavian's visit to our chat, I decided I'm in need of some further grounding and made a cuppa of Yamamotoyama Genmai-cha. For those of you less versed in Japanese teas, that's a form of roasted rice and green/brown tea, that is one of my personal morning favorites. 

I wonder what the ancient Egyptians drank to help ease themselves into the day when awakening?
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Dan, I don't know the answer to that. But I know they drank a lot of beer in ancient Egypt. I don't know if tea would have been on their diet or not.
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Is anyone out there an avid skywatcher? Your mention of Pluto, Helen, piqued my interest. I have a nice viewing telescope, a Celestron 114 with a modified Bader Planetarium Hyperion Zoom (8 to 24 mm) eyepiece. While Honolulu isn't the best place for skywatching due to the humidity and night sky lights, it affords a unique view of the southeaster hemisphere. 

While Pluto is supposedly in view, I have been directing my efforts at the Supermoon, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars, all of which have been visible in my quadrant at night. Of these, Saturn with it's rings and moons, has been the most captivating. 
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Well, i have a great view of the stars at my place.  The advantage of 'fly over country' is we get a great view of the heavens.

I am a skywatcher too. I wanted to be an astronaut when I was younger. But I guess I was called to other things.

Still, I have not given up my love of space.
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I've always been curious about the ancient days, especially around things like the sights, tastes and smells of everyday life. For example, I wonder what their beer tasted like? Would it taste anything like our commercial beers? I wonder what foods they favored and what they smelled and tasted like. Guess that's part of the curiosity that drove me into authoring and publishing. 

As for viewing celestial bodies other than Cleopatra, Caesar, Octavian and their like, I've clearly GOT to take a peek through that telescope of Raymond's. While I'm not an affectionado of telescopy (is that the correct term), I've always been fascinated by what lies beyond Earth's sky. 
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Well I did write a message somewhere back there. What a Time I have had. The show is almost over. My first attempt was at 10am California time now it is twenty five after eleven. Hell Ray, I just read the Sction of our story you just added to the chat. It was a pleasure working with you. I have always written alone, this was quite an adventure, so very different than solo It is like a play on stage and no one knows their lines so when an actor speaks you have to pick up fast. I alwanted to produce a play like that. Get the cast together, go over the proposed story and then let them get at it. It would be a different play each night. Good show, Ray.
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Well Dan, I tried to answer that in my series. I hope I gave an adequate answer.

Anthony, welcome on board
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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

    As the plane began to descend from cruising altitude on approach to Honolulu, its sole occupant listened, aghast at what was being reported by the Russian military scientists through the Russian interpreter. There would be a flurry of Russian, only a little of which she could understand, then a crusty pause followed by the slow, almost mechanical voice of the military linguistic interpreter.
    "Maybe ten years ago…yes, ten years…the Russian military…tasked a secret…'think tank' I think you would call it…to theorize a weapon that could…destroy a nation's infrastructure…without harming it's basic resources, including its people. Over."
    "A 'weapon'? Over." she asked of the disembodied voice on the other end of the crackling but secure line.
    "I'm sorry. Exact translation is difficult. Perhaps 'a solution' or 'an approach'…the idea was to theorize a weapon or solution or approach…that could take the place of nuclear weapons. Mutually Assured Destruction—MAD—was never a solution acceptable to our military leaders. Over."
    "And they came up with…?" she probed.
    "They came up with…the kvantovaya mashina smerti…the 'Quantum Death Machine'…which our researchers here believe is…being deployed against the United States of America."

About this Book:
It was an honor and privilege to be asked to join with A. G. Hayes in the continued creation of protagonist Koski and Falk's world of international intrigue. In this fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two face both a political and technological conundrum of global proportion, which threatens the very foundations of democracy, free trade and capitalism. In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), Koski and Falk must pursue separate assignments to find the kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, the pursuit of which seems destined to end in certain death, all while holding desperately onto to their budding feelings for each other.
In the process, meet Thomas Steward, their handler and ostensible leader of the ultra- secret Cerebrus organization, as he returns to the field in a last swan song. And Kate Keenan, an old flame of Falk's, willing to fight Koski for his love and affection. And Alexei Korov, the affable captain of the Russian Yassin-class fast-attack submarine Severodvinsk, who finds himself center-stage in what might very well be the next and final nuclear war, as well as a host of other larger-as-life characters from what ultimately proves to be Koski and Falk's past, present and future.

About the Authors:
A. G. Hayes:
I was searching for a Koski and Falk adventure in-between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and my next work, FINDING KATE (Savant, currently in editing), and blue-sky chatting with Raymond Gaynor, author of the Tripler and Clark series politico-techno-thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013), when suddenly, in a synchronous "ah-ha" moment, we came up with the plot for QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016).
     The work emerged in its entirety over the next couple months, with Koski and Falk naturally assuming positions as key protagonists, and Kate Keenan of FINDING KATE (Savant, currently in editing) in an unusual half-antagonist/half-protagonist role. In QUANTUM DEATH the duo becomes a trio, at the least in the sense of a tense romantic triangle and at the worst a doomed ménage à trois, the outcome of which will ultimately determine the course of Koski and Falk's growing relationship.
     The work surrounds the existence of the enigmatic and elusive kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, an imaginary device based on research Raymond and I did surrounding M-Superstring Theory and Quantum Science.
     QUANTUM DEATH is a perfect segue into my next anticipated novel, FINDING KATE, which is actually a prequel to QUANTUM DEATH. Love those relationships, don't you?

Raymond Gaynor:
It's difficult to point a finger at whose idea both the plot and romance twists were in QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). It seemed like both came about simultaneously and serendipitously for both A. G. Hayes and myself during a series of phone chats about a new Koski and Falk adventure between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and his upcoming work, FINDING KATE (Savant, currently in editing). I had the pleasure of experiencing something like this when William Maltese and I came up with TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013). With William Maltese, it was a directed synergy; with A. G. it was as if the characters spoke to us and told us each what to write. Spiritual, some might call it.
     One of the advantages of being a published author is meeting others, especially those destined for greatness like A. G. Hayes and William Maltese. Writing with them is a thrill I'll never forget. It's one of those "life-events" that determines one's life. With QUANTUM DEATH "in production," A. G. and I have continued our lively phone chats. Who knows what other adventures may pop up? In the end, I can only say that it is the authoring journey that defines one, and, if some suitable stories appear along the way, all the better.
But now it's time to stop talking about QUANTUM DEATH and commend it to you for your reading. I think you'll find within its pages and its twisty plot all the makings of a can't-put-it-down "good read."

QUANTUM DEATH (2016)
by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII from the publisher at http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

Raymond Gaynor
Co-Author of
     QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes
     TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) by William Maltese
Under the Pseudonym Gary Martine, Award-winning Author of
     Kingsley & I (MLR Press, 2008)
     Kingsley & I Together (MLR Press, 2009)
     Kingsley & I Reloaded (Pony Press, 2012)

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Sorry to say, I do need to sign off. Have a good chat and evening, everyone!

And-- Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Serene Saturnalia to all! [smile]
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Happy Holidays, Helen. It's always a pleasure to chat with you. 
Author Raymond Gaynor

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Pleasure meeting you, Helen. I hope to chat with you and your characters next chat!
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Aloha A. G.,

Just saw your posting, and, indeed, the pleasure is/was mutual. I'm still holding back on the sequel to QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2015), tentatively called "The Bridge at Vittorio Veneto" until you decide if another co-authored work is in the future. I'm eagerly awaiting THE SOLAR TRIANGLE (Savant, in polishing) and your next work, tentatively entitled, "68 Via Condotti." How can you be so prolific? I barely have time to keep up on my reading and writing. I guess that's the sign of a master author. 
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