An Alumnus' New Novel Based in Waterloo

ernie portraitI am pleased to announce the release of my new novel titled “The Second Shooter”.  As you might have guessed by the title, it is about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and whether Lee Harvey Oswald really acted alone.

So what’s the Waterloo connection?

The two main characters in the book are heading off to university, one going into his second year in Mathematics at UWaterloo (his father’s alma mater) and the other in first year at Wilfrid Laurier University.  (In real life, I took numerous Business classes at WLU and my youngest son is currently in the MBA program).  I visited the campus again last summer and decided it would be the perfect venue for my novel.

The JFK Records Act specifies that all records related to the assassination must be released by October 26, 2017.  In the novel, David Shaw finds himself in possession of some of these files that were accidently released and forces within the U.S. government will stop at nothing to get them back.  David enlists the help of a professor who works in the Quantum-Nano Centre who takes it as a personal challenge to break the encryption to see what is in the files.

The book has scenes in the Math & Computer building, the Optometry building, the Environmental Reserve and the Bombshelter pub.  There is also a scene where David tries to navigate the various overpasses and tunnels connecting the buildings to avoid his pursuers.

I graduated from the University of Waterloo (BMath, Honours Co-op) in 1979.  After over 35 years working in the IT sector, I am now semi-retired and decided to take up writing fiction.  (It is much more exciting than writing requirements specifications or web services integration guides).

The Second Shooter” is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions.

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