“You don’t fight cancer without paying a cost.” That line came from a movie, a dramatized documentary based on a book about political/business corruption in  Brazil. A financial investigative unit of the police investigated some corruption and found it went to the highest levels of government. It got so high that those responsible could not be taken down for fear of undoing the economy and the country’s stability.

This is called “crony capitalism” and it infects the U.S. The wall street bailouts were an example of this and now, after supposed wall street reforms we have a group of banks that are, again, too big to fail.

The line is memorable to me as I have finished my cancer treatments and am now recovering from them. The cancer is eradicated from my body but I have to regain my ability to swallow and eat regular foods. I’m just now learning the truth of that quote.

Anyone who’s been through cancer knows this truth. I was blissfully ignorant of it going into treatment which may have been a good thing. But now I can handle it, knowing the cancer is overcome.

I’m getting back to the follow up novel to Payback.  It may be ready by June.  The working title is The Shaman. Thank you for your patience.  Because of the cancer, the book is taking six months longer than expected to get finished.

Interestingly I’ve had a small resurgence of sales on After the Fall: Jason’s Tale, the first in my post apocalyptic books. This renewed interest spills over to the two Catherine’s Tales books as well; Part 1 and Part 2. Many of the reviewers have expressed strong interest in more stories about Jason’s “tribe” and the post apocalyptic world of Hillsboro, NC. If you haven’t read them, they are worth your time.

So, as I guessed a year ago, it looks like I will be writing in both post apocalyptic and thriller genres for some time to come. Thank you all for sticking with me through this cancer ordeal; it will soon be over.


  1. Thank you, David, for the update on your health. I hope that it will be an encouragement to you to keep writing. I am certainly looking forward to reading your new work!

    Stay well,

      • David

      • 6 years ago

      Thanks, Carla!

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