eBooks

by
Keith McDowell


NOVELS


Coming Soon! The Goldbach Conspiracy from Amazon!
A gag! A joke! A nonsensical spoof! That was the intent of Dr. Jenna Hill's five minutes of fame at the annual Department of Physics April Fools party—a party where faculty members presented goofy science projects to amuse and entertain fellow physicists and students. But something terrible happened that evening when the YouTube video of Hill's winning presentation of her monkey decoder project went viral on social media. Dr. Hill instantly became the poster child for everything that was wrong with the so-called left-wing elite in America—those educated Americans who ostensibly disparage religion and mock the ignorance of right-wing nut jobs. Even more disturbing, she became the target of the alt-right anti-intellectual universe.
But who was behind the escalating attacks on her? Was it merely random or was it an orchestrated effort? Did a subversive cabal exist in America whose single-minded goal was to completely discredit and deny scientific evidence or was it all merely political grandstanding run amuck and taken to an extreme? Was Dr. Hill's life and career as a theoretical physicist truly in danger or was she only a pawn in Trump's new world order of reality TV?
For Jenna Hill, the nightmare became reality as she struggled to defend her integrity as a scientist while reluctantly becoming the bulwark against the science deniers. But where would it all end? Would America become even more polarized as a result of Hill's innocent spoof?

Death by murder. Never a desirable event. Especially if you're the victim and especially if you've spent your life being an invisible wallflower waiting for the moment that your genius would reveal your real identity, not the commonplace name given to you by your parents. But for Dr. George Smith, an assistant professor of theoretical physics at UT-Austin, that transcendent moment never came. Only death by an unknown assailant.
The clues to his murder were few and pointed to his involvement with foreign nationals and with a startup company whose focus was the field of quantum computing. But it was his top-secret security clearance that turned an ordinary murder for the Austin Police Department into a case that brought in the FBI and Homeland Security as co-partners along with Dr. Jenna Hill as a technical expert. Not a stranger to complicated investigations, Dr. Hill, a full professor of theoretical physics at UT Austin, possessed the ability to use her genius and to think outside-the-box to find a pathway to the killer. But in the end, it was her tenacity in understanding George Smith, the person, that proved her ultimate contribution to the murder investigation.

Sex! Power! Money! Such are the illicit motives that drive all human behavior in the real world according to Freud. But does the Dark Triad also drive the digital world?
For the infamous hacker known as TDH, it began as a savant's game tuned to stimulate an adolescent mind molded by formative development in the fantasy and gaming worlds of dragons, sorcerers, white knights, and beautiful damsels in distress. It morphed into an obsession to attract a worthy soulmate by defeating other lesser minds. And for him, there was only one battlefield: the Internet. His strategy was simple. Obtain access to all information stored or flowing through the Internet and its attached devices and prioritize that information according to its ability to achieve fixed goals through the manipulation of people or data. But that meant total control of the digital world—a world that existed within hardware but was driven by software. Create the dominant software and you own the digital world. And TDH was its creator.
For Dr. Jenna Hill, a prominent theoretical physics professor at UT Austin and a genius by any standard, the collision with the digital war began abruptly. Plucked from a climbing expedition on Mt. Everest by Colonel Andrew Hunter, a marine assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency, she joins Team Intercept, a multi-agency federal task force formed to defeat the takeover of the digital world. Propelled into a frantic race against the clock, Dr. Hill and her colleagues endure digital invasion of their privacy, abduction, car chases, gunfire, and a nefarious billionaire entrepreneur in an all-out effort to uncover the true nature of the attack against the digital world and its perpetrators. And in so doing, they reveal the symbiotic linkage of the digital world with the underbelly of the real world.

Many died. Others were maimed. Some ran away. Others bought their way out. But in the end, everyone paid a price for the great American Civil War. Never To Return is a fictional story about the Morgan and Stoner families of Rowan County, North Carolina, and their struggle to endure and survive the epic transformation of Southern society in the 1860s, especially in the community of Morgan Township—a community of yeoman farmers formed principally by German immigrants. Based on an accurate accounting of the known genealogical facts surrounding the people and families involved as well as an accurate retailing of the military battles in which the soldiers fought, the story strives to answer the compelling question of "what were my ancestors really like?" It is a story founded in the sometimes trivial and mundane passage of one's daily existence as well as moments of great triumph and great despair. Ultimately, it is a story about people and the history of their time.

FAMILY GENEALOGIES

The history and genealogy of the descendants of Jacob Van Poole is presented from the period of the Revolutionary War to the end of the Civil War. The story begins with the arrival of Jacob in Rowan County, North Carolina in the late 1750s. Based on his 1795 Will, his descendants are traced throughout the United States using all available historical records including deeds, court records, Bible records, church records, tombstone inscriptions, birth and death certificates, census records, estate records, wills, oral tradition and other extant documents. Full and complete transcriptions of several hundred such records as well as images and land plat maps are hyperlinked into the text providing immediate access to the underlying data. Ancestral charts are replaced by hyperlinked family units yielding ease of navigation throughout the ebook. For those people interested in the Van Poole family in Rowan County, North Carolina, or for those interested in the study of family histories, this ebook is a must addition.

The history and genealogy of the descendants of Johann Nicholas Ludwick is presented from the period of the Revolutionary War to the end of the Nineteenth Century. The story begins with the arrival of Ludwick at Philadelphia in 1767 and his settlement on a land grant in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, a portion of the county which became Cabarrus County in 1792. Based on his 1781 Will, his descendants are traced throughout the United States using all available historical records including deeds, court records, Bible records, church records, tombstone inscriptions, birth and death certificates, census records, estate records, wills, oral tradition and other extant documents. Full and complete transcriptions of several hundred such records as well as images and land plat maps are hyperlinked into the text providing immediate access to the underlying data. Ancestral charts are replaced by hyperlinked family units yielding ease of navigation throughout the ebook. For those people interested in the Ludwick family in North Carolina or for those interested in the study of family histories, this ebook is a must addition.

Four males from the Basinger Family of North Carolina migrated West during the early Nineteenth Century leaving behind no record of their parentage other than the fact they were born in North Carolina. Their names along with their wives were Henry Y. Basinger and Sarah Whitaker, John C. Basinger and Alzeda "Edy" Waggoner, John Paysinger and Bersheba Jones, and Henry Basinger, Elizabeth McCrary and Lucinda Watson. Their stories along with their descendants are traced throughout the United States using all available historical records including deeds, court records, Bible records, church records, tombstone inscriptions, birth and death certificates, census records, estate records, wills, oral tradition and other extant documents. Full and complete transcriptions of several such records as well as images are hyperlinked into the text providing immediate access to the underlying data. Ancestral charts are replaced by hyperlinked family units yielding ease of navigation throughout the ebook. For those people interested in these four Basinger family units who migrated from North Carolina or for those interested in the study of family histories, this ebook is a must addition.

The genealogy of the Basinger families of Rowan and Cabarrus Counties in the State of North Carolina from the period of the Revolutionary War to the end of the Nineteenth Century encompasses the traditional story of people and their lives including the death of children, death in childbirth, death in battle, insolvency, fornication and adultery, bastard children, litigation, assault and battery, and a host of other events and actions both positive and negative. That history for the descendants of John Basinger is told in The Basinger Family of Rowan County using all available historical records including deeds, court records, Bible records, church records, tombstone inscriptions, birth and death certificates, census records, estate records, wills, oral tradition and other extant documents. Full and complete transcriptions of several hundred such records as well as images and land plat maps are hyperlinked into the text providing immediate access to the underlying data. Ancestral charts are replaced by hyperlinked family units yielding ease of navigation throughout the ebook. For those people interested in the Basinger family in North Carolina or for those interested in the study of family histories, this ebook is a must addition.

The genealogy of the Stoner families of Rowan and Davidson Counties in the State of North Carolina from the period of the Revolutionary War to the end of the Nineteenth Century encompasses the traditional story of people and their lives including the death of children, death in childbirth, death in battle, insolvency, fornication and adultery, bastard children, litigation, assault and battery, and a host of other events and actions both positive and negative. That history for the descendants of Michael Stoner, Peter Stoner, and John Abraham Stoner is told in The Stoner Family of Rowan County using all available historical records including deeds, court records, Bible records, church records, tombstone inscriptions, birth and death certificates, census records, estate records, wills, oral tradition and other extant documents. Full and complete transcriptions of several hundred such records as well as images and land plat maps are hyperlinked into the text providing immediate access to the underlying data. Ancestral charts are replaced by hyperlinked family units yielding ease of navigation throughout the ebook. For those people interested in the Stoner family in North Carolina or for those interested in the study of family histories, this ebook is a must addition.

Together Forever is a genealogical study of the family of Adam Ivy Morgan and Eva Lucinda Stoner, both of whom were born during the Civil War and died in the 1920s. The ancestral family trees of Adam and Eva are presented beginning with the period of the Revolutionary War up to their birth and include principally the Morgan and Stoner families of Rowan County, North Carolina. Their descendants up to the modern day are tracked. The book is more than a simple accounting of the family trees and includes extensive analysis of historical records as well as oral tradition. While a genealogical tract, Together Forever is also the story of a family formed and forged by the cataclysm of the American Civil War.

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Innovation! It's the cure-all for an ailing America. So says conventional wisdom. And the engine of innovation is the American university—the wellspring of new knowledge to fill the technology and commercialization pipeline. But universities and their faculty are under attack as being poor stewards of what some perceive as a new mission. Who is right? What is the real story? Go Forth and Innovate! reveals a personal perspective on the inner workings of the modern research university and its role in the innovation ecosystem.