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Paul Hair is an author and national security/intelligence expert.
Monday, May 15th 2017
Victims are our heroes, which is bizarre because no one used to think like this. Instead, people thought of warriors--killers and conquerors--as heroes. My fiction aims to revive this concept.
Posted Mon May 15 2017 13:43
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Victims are our heroes. Survived an attack? You're a hero. Survived a tough illness? You're courageous; you're a hero. Lived through a traumatic event through no action of your own? You're a hero. Ours is a bizarre culture, because no one used to think of victims as heroes. Instead, people thought of warriors--killers and conquerors--as heroes. And stories can help us reclaim this rightful view of heroism. My fiction aims to do just that.

Jonathan Eig wrote, "Why You've Heard Of Jessica Lynch, Not Zan Hornbuckle - As Sentiment About War Evolves, Victims Grab Attention, Not Fighters," for The Wall Street Journal in 2003. It's a long read but the story and analysis are worth your time.

Gene Edward Veith of World Magazine noticed the article at the time of its publication and wrote a column of his own about it. Here are some of the insights he had in, "Victims as heroes - Sentimentality has replaced both martial virtues and clear thinking." . . .

Read the entire post at Liberate Liberty.
Monday, March 20th 2017
The first two chapters of an original, serialized story about the government using a superhuman for a national security mission is now available.
Posted Mon Mar 20 2017 12:48
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Mortal Gods: "HVT" is a brand new story I am serially publishing here at Liberty Island Magazine and at Liberate Liberty. This short story tells the tale of the U.S. government figuring out how to use a superhuman individual in a unique way for a national security mission.

The schedule is to publish a new chapter every Monday. Chapters 1 and 2 are available now.

Mortal Gods: "HVT" is set within the Mortal Gods universe and falls after the events of, "Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood," in the book, Mortal Gods: Ignition.

So start reading Mortal Gods: "HVT" today--or wait until the full story is available and then binge it all!

And don't forget to contribute to my Tip Jar if you like what you read.
Monday, March 13th 2017
Mortal Gods: "Presidential Pardon" will deal with subversion and espionage, national security, injustice and justice, and the power of the presidential pardon.
Posted Mon Mar 13 2017 14:04
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In a story that fits with current times, the in-progress, Mortal Gods: "Presidential Pardon" will deal with subversion and espionage, national security, injustice and justice, and the power of the presidential pardon.

Spying and treason accusations are all the rage in the news. So "Presidential Pardon" will be a short story in the Mortal Gods universe that will fit right in with the times. There will be espionage and betrayal in the story, with some people supporting it and others opposing it. There will be accusations of injustice followed by demands for justice. Some people become very outraged with what has happened and this leads to further conflict between characters.

Adam White is again the protagonist of this tale and through it all he will face difficult circumstances where he must make tough choices. . . .

Read the whole post at Liberate Liberty.
Monday, March 6th 2017
Mortal Gods: "HVT" starts early next week. Here is a tease of what the story is about.
Posted Mon Mar 6 2017 23:39
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Mortal Gods: "HVT" is the next story coming from Liberate Liberty, with the plan being to publish it serially here at Liberate Liberty and also at Liberty Island Magazine. I have the first installment currently scheduled for early next week. Here is a tease of what the story is about.

The story takes place sometime after the events of the short story, "Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood," which is part of the Mortal Gods: Ignition book. The government has recruited Adam White to work in a brand new unit (that is not connected to any real-world DOD or intelligence community unit). The government doesn't know much about him but even so, it knows it wants to take advantage of all his unique skills and abilities.

So what exactly does the government plan to do with Adam? Many things likely, with the first story showing one way--a unique way that addresses a real-world challenge by using the abilities that Adam has. . . .

Read the entire post at Liberate Liberty.
Sunday, March 5th 2017
Here is the latest on the forthcoming artwork for the forthcoming tales from Liberate Liberty--here is what it will be as of now and here is what it can be if enough people support the stories.
Posted Sun Mar 5 2017 22:31
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Prose stories do not require artwork. However, prose stories struggle to find an audience without it. And what good is a story if no one is reading it? So here is the latest on the forthcoming artwork for the forthcoming tales from Liberate Liberty--here is what it will be as of now and here is what it can be if enough people support the stories.

I commissioned original artwork for both Mortal Gods: Ignition and Winning through Losing. The total of four separate commissions cost a significant amount of money. But it was worth it for those books. I'd like to commission more artwork for forthcoming stories (more of which I will post about this week--including how the first story will begin its serial publication this week or the next) but I need to make sure there is the demand for it.

So as of right now I'm creating the artwork for my latest work. I'm teasing excerpts of some of it above and in the images below. Some of what you see now might be different in its final form. And some of it I may not use at all. Also, while all the teased artwork is for Mortal Gods stories, I will be creating artwork for other tales as well. . . .

Read the whole post and see the art at Liberate Liberty.
Saturday, February 25th 2017
Galatea, Inc. is one of the series I have been developing over the past few months. And today I explain how a real-life story inspired its creation.
Posted Sat Feb 25 2017 14:53
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Galatea, Inc.is one of the series I have been developing over the past few months. I believe I'll have one or two stories that are set in its universe ready for publication in the spring or later, including the one that will serve as the introductory tale. The inspiration for this series came from a news story I saw years ago. I recently wrote about that story at The Loftus Party and today I explain how that inspired the creation of Galatea, Inc.

"How Victoria's Secret Plussed up the 69th Infantry" details how Victoria's Secret provided aid to the New York Army National Guard in Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. And when I read the sources for that story back in 2012, it started me thinking the following question: What if an intelligence organization used a modeling agency as cover to allow it to collect intelligence? . . .

Read the entire post at Liberate Liberty.
Tuesday, February 14th 2017
Mortal Gods: "Sodom by the Susquehanna" remains on schedule to begin publishing in the first quarter of the year. I am also close to being ready to start publishing other tales.
Posted Tue Feb 14 2017 16:15
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Mortal Gods: "Sodom by the Susquehanna" remains on schedule to begin publishing in the first quarter of the year, and likely before the end of March. I am also moving closer to being ready to start publishing Mortal Gods: "HVT" and The Stought Brothers.

I mentioned last year here at Liberate Liberty that I was nearing completion on the outline of Mortal Gods: "Sodom by the Susquehanna." I've done further work on that. I've refined it, developed the characters a bit more, and I think that it's close to the point where I can begin publishing it as a serial story.

The publication will (most likely) occur simultaneously here at Liberate Liberty and Liberty Island. (And it will be published for free, although there is an option to donate to me at my Liberty Island site.) One of the last big things for me to figure out is what the serial publishing schedule will be. Ideally it will be once per week but that remains to be determined. I might try to publish a serial portion each week and alter that schedule if necessary. (In other words, if I find that the next portion is not ready on a given week, I'll delay it.) . . .

Read the entire post at Liberate Liberty.
Wednesday, December 21st 2016
What follows is the latest news on superhuman abilities, along with what the world can expect to happen as they expand and grow in complexity.
Posted Wed Dec 21 2016 02:57
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Superhuman abilities have always been a part of mankind. Mankind has not been in regular possession of them. But he has written about them and wished for them, and he has recognized them in the spiritual world.

Modern man has unique views on them, with some people considering them nothing more than childish dreams.

Yet while some people believe the idea of superhuman people is something serious adults don't consider, serious adults know that superhuman enhancement isn't fantasy; it's already fact.

What follows is the latest news on superhuman abilities, along with what the world can expectto happen as they expand and grow in complexity. . . .

Read the entire article at Liberate Liberty.
Tuesday, December 20th 2016
One final push for the short story collection.
Posted Tue Dec 20 2016 14:55
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Christmas is almost here. And Liberate Liberty is making one final push for readers to purchase Mortal Gods: Ignition. After that, with 2017 only days away, we'll be ready for the first book of Mortal Gods stories to be on its own, and we'll move onto focusing on new tales. So for the final push, let's summarize the short stories of MG:I.

"Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood" leads the book. The U.S. has been hit with a massive attack. A foreign intelligence professional for the nation that attacked the U.S. is in Americaand thinks his country has gotten away with it.

But he suddenly receives a cryptic warning about retribution from a mysterious, beautiful woman. She tells him that while the American government isn't going to respond to what his nation did, someone else will. He rushes back to his home country to warn it about the possible threat. But his government thinks his warning is insane.

Has he lost his mind or was the woman a harbinger of judgment day? . . .

Read the entire post at Liberate Liberty.
Thursday, December 15th 2016
A Reserve soldier deals with white supremacists in "Imperium." "Sodom by the Susquehanna" features black supremacist villains.
Posted Thu Dec 15 2016 03:01
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U.S. Army Reserve soldier Rodney Roldan worked on feature film Imperium, facing off against notional white supremacists. Meanwhile, the forthcoming story, "Sodom by the Susquehanna," will feature the protagonists confronting black supremacist villains.

The 99th Regional Support Command issued a press release on Dec. 5 about Roldan performing in a scene for Imperium. The movie stars Daniel Radcliffe and Roldan had the opportunity to act with him.

The press release also provides details on Roldan's background as a serviceman and actor. . . .

Read the entire post at Liberate Liberty.