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H. Edward Schmidt

H. Edward Schmidt

BIO

DSCF0344H. Edward spent most of his life working for the Federal Government. He served in the US Army in Germany, in the Peace Corps in Washington and Ethiopia and later as a member of the Congressional Research Service in Washington.

Edward wrote of his time in the military, “In Germany in the 1950’s, it was the height of the Cold War with the USSR. We spent our off hours in beer halls and had time to see Paris, Rome, London and Brussels. Free room and board and MATS flights, you could do a lot with $130 a month. The rest of the time staying busy, firing ranges, maneuvers, spit and polishing our boots and brassoeing our belt buckles. We never saw any Russians.” And of his time with the Peace Corps in Washington and Ethiopia:“We had offices on Lafayette Square, across from the White House. It was a beautiful Fall day. When I returned from lunch, the Peace Corps Medical Director called me into his office. Joe Gallagher, a great guy. I remember his face was very white. After he sat down he looked at me. ‘The President has been shot.’ Remember that the Peace Corps was very important to President Kennedy and his brother in law, Sarge Shriver ran it for him. So many of the idealists that worked to make Kennedy president worked for the Peace Corps. The whole building was in shock. In Ethiopia in the 60’s, like all over the world, revolution was in the air and students were in the streets. Less than a decade later, the dynasty that began with the birth of Menelik, the love child of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba was gone.Emperor Haile Selassie, King of Kings, the Lion of Judah, was dead.”

It is Edward’s passion for world history and our place in it that seems to inspire his novels of people performing on the turbulent and often violent twentieth century stage. But he does not limit himself to historical fiction as you will see with such "noir" novels as 95 and Stubs and two delightful children's stories, all described in the book section.

BOOKS

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The Black Lion and the Crocodile

A military coup removes the Ethiopian Emperor and civil war rocks the country. When one of his students is killed by the Nebelbah, “Wolfie” Steinbach, Peace Corp Volunteer and Korean War hero, makes a fateful choice ...

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Your Land is Our Land

With a world war looming and Arabs rebelling in Palestine, daring and heroic men and women in America and Palestine find they must join forces to secure peace in Palestine and prevent a cataclysmic world war. They have a daring plan ...

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The Circle

The story of two families, the Latif’s and the Poletsky’s living as neighbors in Jerusalem at a time of growing tension between Arabs and Jews. Friends since childhood, Sarah and Yitzhak Poletsky and Ismael Latif find their bond tested ...

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The Rift

Little Willie is kidnapped by a vengeful Arab slave trader. Thus begins the lifelong search by the Von Mecklenburg family for their lost son across three continents and in a world torn apart by war and revolution. Hope is restored when a dying man reveals a secret ...

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95

The Maryland State Police mount Operation Interdict to stop the flow of drugs south on Interstate 95. Stopping it and bringing down the mastermind is very personal for city cop Myron Spiegelman and State Troopers Billy Mitchell and LaDon Morris ...

Rescue on Blue Mountain

This is a heartwarming story of two unlikely friends who climb the great Blue Mountain. One is a cow, really a Guernsey calf, the other a Shropshire sheep, actually a lamb. The calf’s name is Rosie and the lamb’s name is Fluffy. Rosie is big and healthy and loves ...

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Stubs

Before we go back to Stubs, let me tell you the little I know about pool. Playing pool and the gambling that goes with it goes back centuries. If it were a more respectable today it might be called a profession. Once it was the world where such men ...

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Return to Blue Mountain

In the first story, Rescue on Blue Mountain, Mary, Franklin and Prince rescue Fluffy the crippled sheep and Rosie, the Guernsey calf. Now Mary is lost in a snowstorm on Blue Mountain, and it is up to the animals’ grandchildren ...

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Roothaan’s Dream

Roothaan’s Dream, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, For the Greater Glory of God, is a story of conflicting visions of creating a great nation and a better world. Father Charles Benet is sent to the northwest wilderness of America to bring Jesus ...

COMING THIS CHRISTMAS

All the animals on Blue Mountain and Blue Mountain itself are in danger. A very rich Russian immigrant decides that Blue Mountain would be the site of a gigantic ski resort and casino. Word reaches Ferdie the Owl and he raises the alarm. The battle for Blue Mountain has begun.