All My Books Stand Alone

So, why are all three books grouped together in a series? In short, because readers asked for a series page.

I resisted when there were only two books, because I didn’t want readers to think they were being pushed to buy more than one book. After all, I’m sure there are readers fascinated by Korea who have no interest in Iran, and vice versa.

Some readers contacted me directly through this blog to suggest a series. Others made comments in reviews like this one for The Saudi-Iranian War: “Reading its preceding novel, The Second Korean War, is recommended (because it’s really good also) as it sets good context for two key characters. But this story stands on its own two legs very well.”

I really dislike books that end with cliffhangers, trying to make you buy another. Each of my books really does end, as this reviewer for The Second Korean War noted: “Finally, THE BOOK ACTUALLY ENDED! Oh sure the stage was set for another, but the plot for this one ENDED.

Now, though, that there are three books a series page makes more sense. In particular, to make it easier for readers who want to buy all three books.

I’d appreciate any comments from readers about the new Amazon series page for my books!

Preorder Available: The End of America’s War in Afghanistan

In 2011 George Clooney recounted a conversation he had with President Obama for Politico. It made quite an impression on me, and on many other people who have long worried about nuclear proliferation:

I talked with the president at one of those fundraisers some months back, and I asked him, “What keeps you up at night?”

And he said, “Everything. Everything that gets to my desk is a critical mass. If it gets to my desk, then no one else could have handled it.” So I said, “So what’s the one that keeps you up at night?”

He goes, “There are quite a few.”

So I go, “What’s the one? Period.”

And he says, “Pakistan.”

Why did President Obama say this? After all, many other countries have nuclear weapons.

But only Pakistan has deployed mobile, tactical nuclear weapons.

I thought long and hard about how this danger might manifest itself in the real world.

The result is The End of America’s War in Afghanistan, available for preorder now for delivery Jan. 5, 2020.

I look forward to thoughts on the subject from my readers!

Readers’ Favorite Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite

I don’t know who Ted Halstead is, but I know one thing about him for sure. While writing The Second Korean War, he did his homework. I spent four years in the demilitarized zone in the 1980s. I’ve walked in a couple of tunnels big enough to roll an army through, a platoon at a time. Ted got it right. The only things he failed to mention are a couple of things that I’m pretty sure are classified top secret. It wouldn’t be cool to talk about that stuff. I go out of my way to find books on Korea and the Korean War. I am usually disappointed by authors who don’t know anything about the real situation, or they just don’t know how to write about it in a style that appeals to me. In Ted Halstead, I have found someone who knows a lot and knows how to write about it in a very appealing style.

As I think about why I liked The Second Korean War so much, a few things come to mind. The setting is important, and I appreciated an author who took the time to get it right. Then there is the writing itself. As I read the passages which featured submarine warfare or the political ramifications of war on the Korean peninsula, I felt it was very realistic. As realistic as the discussions and observations with other American soldiers and South Korean nationals I had when I was in that arena. Then there are the characters. Their actions and emotions rang true to me, which is why I consider The Second Korean War to be one of the best books I have ever read on the subject.

Rating: 5 stars

The Saudi-Iranian War Published

The Saudi-Iranian War is now available in Kindle format, paperback and audiobook.

This book features the same two Russian lead characters as The Second Korean War, FSB officer Alexei Vasilyev and Vladivostok lead homicide detective Anatoly Grishkov.

Kindle version:





Now On Audiobook Through Audible!

The Second Korean War is now available on audiobook!  To be upfront, I get a larger share of the profit if you click on one of the links below, though your price stays the same.  It can be free, if you are starting an Audible membership!

If you are buying in the U.S., please click here:

If you are buying in the United Kingdom, please click here:

If you are buying in Germany, please click here:

If you are buying in France, please click here:

If you live in a country other than the ones listed above, I suggest you try the first link for the U.S.  If that doesn’t work, then I would recommend the link to the book on the Amazon site for your country.

Thanks for your support!