Hog Valley by Gary Showalter
(Terry Rankin)

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Terry Rankin is the owner of Rankin Protective Services Inc, in Orlando, Florida. It's a small company with a few very nice contracts. Terry has a meeting scheduled with Travis Warren, at his horse ranch just north of Ocala. He has invested a few months in negotiating for a very lucrative contract to provide bodyguard services to Mr. Warren and his family, and this is the morning when all of that time and effort are going to pay off for him. He does not expect to walk into a home invasion. As the thieves wrap up their looting, Rankin, along with Mr. and Mrs. Warren, are being held in Travis Warren's office. Terry watches through the French doors along the rear wall of the room as five well-dressed but slightly disheveled Latino gentlemen cross the back lawn and step up onto the flagstone patio. As the leader of the thieves raises his shotgun toward Rankin and the Warren's, Terry watches in relief as the Latinos open fire into the backs of the invaders. What Rankin doesn't know is that the five Latinos have orders to shoot him on sight.

About Gary Showalter

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Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making.In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, "The Big Bend", in the fall of 2008. His second novel, "Hog Valley", should be available in November of 2010. Mr. Showalter currently resides in Orange Park, Florida, where he is working on his third novel, "Twisted Key".
Published September 22, 2010 by BookSurge Publishing. 358 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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