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Militia Men

IN A COASTAL Oregon town, best friends Robb and Sean are often found rooted in their couch, smoking pot and playing video games. Then one night they cross paths with True Patriots and everything changes.

While the militia group’s rampage through a Portland civil rights demonstration nearly causes a riot, Sean sums up the mayhem in one word: “Awesome.” He quickly finds himself under the spell of True Patriots’ charismatic yet delusional leader, an ex-Marine code-named Viper.

Robb reluctantly joins in hopes of protecting Sean only to become embroiled in a plot to kidnap U.S. Sen. Alexandra Austin, a mass shooting survivor whose landmark gun control bill has drawn the ire of far-right extremists. When the plot turns real, Robb desperately searches for a way out. Will it be too late?

Militia Men is an edge-of-your-seat, character-driven thriller that pulls readers down the rabbit hole to the shadowy place where violent conspiracies are hatched. 

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The Ghosts We Know

SUNNY SLOPE was long touted as northern Oregon’s “friendliest neighborhood.” But that was before a predator moved in. Soon, a young teenage boy would take his own life. Another would disappear without a trace. As fear took hold of the community, the playground at its heart became suddenly deserted. Friends Harry Bolden and Fred Von Stiller knew they had to do something. The aging veterans launched an investigation of their own – only to find themselves in the crosshairs of a sinister organization.

The Ghosts We Know is the harrowing yet heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship forged in the fires of a community under siege.

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Dangerous Freedom

“I’m free and I don’t know how to act,” Bud Baker says after he’s rousted from his prison cell and seated on a bus in the middle of the night. He aims to make his way to Alaska, where he has a cabin and childhood memories, but he lingers in a sleepy Oregon town after falling for the beautiful Jo Jo Summers. She tells him the tragic story of an addict whose baby was stolen at birth. When she asks Bud to return the boy to his birth mother, he refuses – until she reveals that the woman is her sister. Bud risks his newfound freedom by reverting to his criminal ways, expecting a manhunt. But he’s already being hunted – by demons from his past.

The author

William Dean is an award-winning writer and editor who had a lengthy career as an
investigative journalist before becoming a novelist. He is the author of two suspense novels,
Dangerous Freedom and The Ghosts We Know. He lives in Astoria, Oregon, where he can hear sea lions
barking at night.