February 18, 2023 Leave a comment

February 12, 1973 — American prisoners of war were released for the first time during the Vietnam conflict.

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He’s Got A Masters Degree in Science…

February 17, 2023 Leave a comment

Somethin’ for Nothin’ eBook — Now Only $.99 on Amazon

February 15, 2023 Leave a comment

2/13 thru 2/19

An Action Misadventure Thriller from The Last Frontier: In Alaska, you can see yourself scream…

“Bass’ tale…exudes freshness, courtesy of a memorable snowy backdrop and indelible characters.”—KirkusReviews

“…an exciting, fast-paced novel…Featuring well drawn characters…”— The BookLife Prize in Fiction

People ask me where I get the ideas for my books. In this case, I recall reading about Alaska bush pilots for fun. I must have watched Animal House and Treasure of the Sierra Madre around that time and…a few months later—Eureka! The words for the prologue and first chapter just started spilling out of my head. (“Clean up on aisle five.”)

So, what’s it all about? Anchorage, 1976 — Albert and Waxy flunk their Intro to Philosophy midterm and drunkenly decide to drop out of The Ohio State University and go to Alaska to “strike it rich” working on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. After Albert’s father cuts off his credit card, they get bartending & dishwashing jobs at an Anchorage bar, where Albert becomes involved with the bar owner’s girlfriend, CiCi, who is also the lead singer in the house band. Albert “acquires” a union card to get a pipeline job for himself, but then learns that Waxy has become part of a crazy scheme with Jimmi the Pilot, Beantown Bob and Moe the Eskimo to find and recover a long-lost government payroll from an Air Force cargo plane that crashed in the Alaska Mountain Range decades ago. Seriously, what could go wrong?

Love & Betrayal…Murder & Mayhem…Friendship & Double-Crossing Partners in Pursuit of Buried Treasure…

Somethin’for Nothin’ Page at Amazon

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Clear and Present Dangers……Susan Ertz

February 13, 2023 Leave a comment

“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”

~Susan Ertz

U.S. Space Force Flag

February 11, 2023 Leave a comment

February 6, 1971 — NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon.

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Just Add Water…

February 10, 2023 Leave a comment

Book Review: Gone Girl

February 9, 2023 Leave a comment

Gone Girl: A Novel by [Gillian Flynn]

“You two are the most fucked-up people I have ever met, and I specialize in fucked-up people.”
So said attorney Tanner Bolt (aka the “Hubby Hawk” or “Dickhead Defender”) who is hired by Nick Dunne when he is suspected of murdering his wife, Amy.
And indeed Nick and Amy truly are, which quickly becomes tiresome–and I came to that conclusion long before Tanner arrived on the scene.
The alternating storylines between Nick’s narrative and Amy’s diary were initially intriguing, though it seemed a bit overwritten–oh, yeah, Nick and Amy are both writers.
Basically, their tale is like the movie Fatal Attraction without any good guys, happy endings, or any dead main characters…unfortunately. (3 of 5 Stars)

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Murder by Munchausen Trilogy eBook — Now Only $.99 on Amazon (Reg. $9.99)

February 8, 2023 Leave a comment

2/6 thru 2/12

“M.T. Bass kept me on edge the entire way. I can’t compare it to anything else.”— Frank Frission Reviews


A Cyber Crime Thriller Series: Notorious serial killers digitally resurrected to live & hunt again in hacked replicants, pursued by detectives of the Artificial Crimes Unit.

After Jake shoots and kills a murder suspect who turns out to be the son of a powerful city councilman, he finds himself demoted to the Artificial Crimes Unit, tracking down androids hacked and programmed to be hitmen.

When his case of an “extra-judicial” divorce settlement takes a nasty turn with DNA from a hundred-year-old murder in Boston and a signature that harkens back to the very first serial killer ever in London, Jake finds himself tangled up in the brutal slayings of prostitutes being investigated by his former Robbery/Homicide partner, Maddie–who is now his lover.

But a madman, The Baron, is just getting started with his AI recreations of Jack the Ripper’s brutal crimes. And Maddie and Jake are teamed up again to stop the carnage as the Baron’s army of human replicants imitates history’s most notorious serial killers.

“It might not make sense, but the beloved Media tags it ‘Murder by Munchausen.’ For a price, there are hackers out there who will reprogram a synthoid to do your dirty work. The bad news: no fingerprints or DNA left at the crime scene. The good news—at least for us—is that they’re like missiles: once they hit their target, they’re usually as harmless as empty brass. The trick is to get them before they melt down their core OS data, so you can get the unit into forensics for analysis and, hopefully, an arrest.” [excerpt from Murder by Munchausen]

Artificial Intelligence? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Artificial Evil has a name…Munchausen.


Murder by Munchausen Trilogy Page at Amazon



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Clear and Present Dangers……Henry Petroski

February 6, 2023 Leave a comment

“Ink is the cosmetic that ideas will wear when they go out in public. Graphite is their dirty truth.”

~Henry Petroski

Whiskey Rebellion Flag

February 4, 2023 Leave a comment

February 3, 1913 — The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized the power to impose and collect income tax.

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