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Before Mike was 30, he'd been in everything from an Arctic hurricane to a rum factory in Haiti. He'd gone to sea for a living - truly the second biggest crap game in the world. It was a place where the only chip in the game was your life and it was on the table every time you got underway.
His job history reads like a Doctor Strange comic book from the 1960's. He's sold insurance, encyclopedias, computers and commodity options. Jobs have included scuba diving, retail sales, computerized embroidery, marketing marine navigation software to mega-yachts in Florida, telemarketing and building models of everything from sailing ships to weapons systems. On the docks of Boston, his tires were flattened by an ice pick wielding competitor when he got an order for ship supplies before he did. Helping to bring a sailboat back from the Bahamas, he experienced the copper taste of fear for the first time and there was gray in his hair when he reached shore.

He has been blessed by the Northern Lights, sailed through Prince Christian Sound at the tip of Greenland, a land so old that you expect to see Leif Ericcson pull out from the next fiord, seen the Green Flash as the sun set behind the Leeward Islands and watched dolphins play in a tug's bow wave in the Gulf of Mexico. The words "Boarding Party" and "Prize Crew" evoke images of pirates and bloody cutlasses. Reality for him was a .45 pistol and backed up by M16's and .50 caliber machine guns. He's known the love of a great woman and how heart wrenching it can be to raise children.
All this and a buck gets him a cup of coffee!

On a more serious note, Mike has written and has published the award winning "Bloodstained Sea" the history of the Coast Guard in the Battle of the Atlantic. As well as the action/adventure novel "Choke Points". Mike has spent more than 45 years collecting stories from veterans from World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, and Iraq as well as those of pilots, merchant seaman, civilian personnel with NATO and EUFOR in the Balkans. His research has included visits to London; Sarajevo; Baska Voda,  Croatia; Halifax, Nova Scotia; St. John’s, Newfoundland; and New Orleans.
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House of Hope - International Concert & Benefit 
Saturday, May 10 2014
Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego
To Launch the Peace in Afghanistan Foundation (PIA-F) a 501 (c) 3 organization
Guest artists include Bono, Mariah Carey, Shakira, and Ehsan Aman.

President and Mrs. Obama are giving a televised welcoming message. On a minor note, I’m one of the speakers.
For $200 all of you who attend will get dinner on top of seeing a once in a lifetime concert. For $500 you get dinner, the show, and an invitation to attend a Private After Concert Party. For more details and to purchase tickets please visit www.peaceinafghanistan.com. It will be an AWESOME evening. I’ve attached the flyer with complete info.

PIA-F’s mission is to unite nations by supporting causes to rebuild our foundation as a united world beginning with helpless innocent Children of Afghanistan. One project is already underway in Kabul.

As many of you know I was deeply affected by my visit to an orphanage in Kabul. The memories of the children condemned to living there have haunted me ever since. I am excited to be part of the Foundation’s efforts to help children who have only known war.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Stay safe,
Mike
Just Released!
"Forgotten Sacrifice: The Arctic Convoys of World War II" is now available.
In Forgotten Sacrifice, historian Michael G. Walling tells the complete story of the Arctic Convoys and the vital role they played in helping Russia repel the Germans. The tale involves torpedo attacks and survival at sea in open boats in the biting cold; Stuka dive bombers, naval guns, and weeks of total darkness in the Arctic winter; ships disappearing into the sea because of the ice and snow that weighed down their decks; and political calculations that needlessly put countless men into harm’s way. There are colorful stories of the female workforce that staffed the Soviet ports and of the meager, frozen conditions that awaited Allied sailors when they finally reached their icy destinations. Life in port was barely more comfortable than life at sea during the Arctic Convoys.
Coming Summer 2014!
"Enduring Freedom, Enduring Voices: US Military Operations in Afghanistan"
Mike's next commissioned book from Osprey Publishing, "Enduring Freedom, Enduring Voices" will chronicle US Military Operations in Afghanistan from 2001-2012. This will be a VERY interesting project for him. Mike will be gone for three months visiting the various Regional Commands in Afghanistan. He will be posting Situational Reports (SITREP) from the Edge to his Facebook page.