Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Donald Trump and I

Donald Trump and I: It's a strange dream. I have been called into President-elect Donald Trump's office. He is trying to recruit me to work computer security ...

Eileen Schuh,Canadian writerwww.eileenschuh.com

Friday, November 04, 2016

Top Secret vs Oversight

The police spying on journalists in a democracy? A bit frightening. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/stephane-bergeron-quebec-police-journalist-spying-1.3834286

I am a strong supporter of both the police and journalists, but reporters cannot do their job if they are expected to also be agents for the police. I can see police investigating journalists if they are suspected of wrong-doing, but spying on them to uncover sources or to investigate others' wrong-doings, is beyond acceptable.

With very few exceptions (such as in the case of child abuse), there are no Canadian laws* rewiring people to report criminal activity. Journalists who conceal sources or refuse to cooperate with law enforcement investigations are doing nothing illegal. (Remember the right to remain silent?)

Although both law enforcement officials and journalists are often seekers of justice, their roles are vastly different. Police do not issue public reports and commentary on their investigations and journalists don't arrest people.
 
The major role of investigative journalism is to protect rights and freedoms and ensure the accountability of those in power. It cannot fulfill that role if reporters are being spied on by the police.

The very deep problem with these case in Quebec, is that if people are not sure they can be an anonymous source of information about wrong-doing, if it becomes standard practice for police to spy on journalists thereby putting sources in danger of retribution or legal confrontation, information will dry up. We will never again learn about things like Duffy's expenses, the Sponsorship scandal, Premier Redford's palace or... Trump's great respect of women.

They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. With no media oversight, positions of political power, judicial power, law enforcement power, the power of the wealthy and of organized crime will go unchecked.

In my latest novel, OPERATION MAXTRACKER, my young protagonist raises the issue of what happens to a person's or an organization's moral  integrity when there's no media oversight.

Katrina's top secret project is going to put enormous power into someone's hands--and there's nobody out there monitoring its use.

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OPERATION MAXTRACKER  



"I was inexorably drawn into this dark and claustrophobic world of coercion, mysterious antagonisms and deep mistrust." ~Gilli Allan, author of Fly or Fall




Eileen Schuh, Author
OPERATION MAXTRACKER

SHADOW RIDERS
DISPASSIONATE LIES
FIREWALLS
FATAL ERROR

Schrӧdinger's Cat
THE TRAZ

Monday, October 31, 2016

Introducing OPERATION MAXTRACKER


 



October 31, 2016



Cyberspace Teeters on Collapse

-- Fourth novel in thriller series has eerie ring of reality --


    ST. PAUL, AB, October 31, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Unsettling questions about the roles organized crime, governments, and law enforcement covertly play in controlling the internet are raised in Eileen Schuh's new thriller, OPERATION MAXTRACKER.
http://mybook.to/OperationMaxTracker

This fourth book in her ongoing BackTracker series is a fast-flowing follow-up to FIREWALLS, and continues the saga of young Katrina Buckhold's fight against The Traz biker gang.

With uncanny references to actual news headlines, Schuh creates in readers a quiver of anticipation and dread, leaving them to wonder who controls the Web (in both the story and reality) and for what purposes? Also unsettling, is the incredible power wielded in secret by those trying to keep cyberspace and the nation safe.

Well known for her past portrayals of psychological drama, Schuh takes OPERATION MAXTRACKER to a new level as danger, cunning and espionage spill out of the virtual world into real life.

Schuh is also known for her surprising and satisfying endings and OPERATION MAXTRACKER definitely delivers on that count.

About the book

Sergeant Kindle is counting on his top secret Operation MaxTracker team to thwart a surging attempt by criminal gangs to hijack cyberspace and take control of the world.

The tremendous power of the defensive system the team is creating and the potential for its abuse, has computer guru, Katrina Buckhold, on edge. Shrug, Head of Project Security, is supposedly keeping everyone and everything safe, but based on her past experiences with him, she's not confident he's up to that task.

Katrina's toughest battles, though, are not against those threatening cyberspace but against those who are concerned about her ability to raise her children, and Shrug's not helping with that, either.

Then unspeakable tragedy strikes, stripping all friendships to the core and laying bare the stunning truths behind the secrets, fears and mistrust.

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"I was inexorably drawn into this dark and claustrophobic world of coercion, mysterious antagonisms and deep mistrust." ~Gilli Allan, award-winning author of "Fly or Fall"

The novel includes Book Club discussion questions that explore the social, legal, and ethical issues touched on in the novel.

For those who can't get enough of the BackTracker characters, Schuh advises that Sergeant Kindle's law enforcement team plays a major role in her other recent thriller, SHADOW RIDERS.

In addition to the four novels in her ongoing BackTracker series, The Traz, Fatal Error, Firewalls and Operation MaxTracker (The Traz also comes in a school edition), Eileen Schuh is the author of the adult thriller, Shadow Riders and two adult SciFi novellas (Schrodinger's Cat and Dispassionate Lies).

Born Eileen Fairbrother in Tofield, Alberta, Schuh now lives with her husband in the boreal forest near St. Paul in north eastern Alberta, Canada.

She invites you to visit her online:
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Blog
Facebook
Amazon author page
Twitter

To request an interview email: eileenschuh@yahoo.com

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Thursday, October 06, 2016

And on and on it goes...#BikerGangs

When I wrote the first novel in my BackTracker series, I had no intention of following it up with eight more novels. But if I had intended to write a lengthy series, I couldn't have chosen a more apt subject--drug-dealing biker gangs.

They just won't go away, either in real life or in the BackTracker series. They are rich, powerful, and often beyond the reach of the law. (See my post, Getting away with murder )

They run the illicit drug trade around the world, as well as control the lucrative businesses of human trafficking, prostitution and illegal arms dealing.

My fictional biker gang, The Traz, was brought down in a massive undercover police operation in Books I and 2 of the series (THE TRAZ and FATAL ERROR). However, they are still around in my upcoming Book 4, OPERATION MAXTRACKER.

"You can destabilize them, but you'll never get rid of them," says André Cédillot, organized crime specialist in the article, How the Hells Angels Made a Massive Comeback in Quebec.

He also mentions the Hells Angels expansion into other fraudulent activities. 

In OPERATION MAXTRACKER, The Traz is about to seize control of cyberspace. Now, wouldn't that be lucrative...

And on and on it goes...#BikerGangs has been brought to you by:



Eileen Schuh, Author
SHADOW RIDERS
DISPASSIONATE LIES
FIREWALLS
FATAL ERROR

Schrodinger's Cat
THE TRAZ


 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fun Read & Great Writing Advice

MYSTERY MONDAYS 2015-2016: Writing Tips From Over 30 Contributing Authors

FREE

Although not all mysteries are crime-related, many novels in this genre are. If you are looking for some insider information on writing mysteries from authors themselves, this is a great collection of short, easy-to-read pieces, with both professional and personal slants.

https://kristinastanley.com/2016/06/20/mystery-mondays-a-gift-for-you/In celebration of the one year anniversary of her blog series, MYSTERY MONDAYS, Kristina Stanley, best-selling author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series, pulled together the permission of her guest bloggers and is offering a free collection of their words of advice.

It's worth a look. My own personal piece on "The Mystery of Life" is on page 61.

Order MYSTERY MONDAYS 2015-2016





Eileen Schuh, Author
SHADOW RIDERS
DISPASSIONATE LIES
FIREWALLS
FATAL ERROR

Schrödinger's Cat
THE TRAZ