Sergei Kourdakov, a former KGB agent and Soviet naval intelligence officer, defected from the USSR at the age of twenty. A year later we met at my Federal Government office in Washington DC. We were watched and followed. “Even you could be spy,” Sergei whispered. My book, A Rose for Sergei, is the true story of our time together.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Support Indie Authors Free & Bargain Books #SIAFBB

For a limited time only, 45 different Indie Authors have joined together for a special eBook event fondly known as “Hash’s Bash.”  My own eBook, A Rose for Sergei, will be 99 cents during this event.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on your summer reading—all the books are either FREE or BARGAIN from July 1st - 4th.  With over 75 titles and multiple genres to choose from I’m sure you’ll find several books to download to your Kindle or reading device.

The fun starts on July 1st at: Support Indie Authors

Author bios are available for view now!

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I’ll be Tweeting on and off during the event @kkiddauthor
I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Superhighway | Kremlin & Internet | Sergei Kourdakov

The title for my blog post is a mix of topics that oddly connects via Twitter.  It’s hard to believe this post transpired from only 140 characters, which is the current limit for tweets.  I’m surprised I even saw Alex Fayman’s tweet about his Science Fiction book, Superhighway, considering tweets fly by in seconds.  His story caught my attention—the present day hero travels everywhere via the internet.  The very thought of never having to stand in a long airport TSA line was intriguing.  I grabbed a free copy of Superhighway on Amazon, just minutes before the promo ended, and then skipped over to his blog.  Now I know why my blog about Soviet KGB defector Sergei Kourdakov is no longer read in Russia.  Even more important than that is the fact that we have freedom of information in the U.S.  It is something we should never take for granted.

With Dr. Fayman’s permission, I have printed his post below:

Over the past few years, U.S. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been lobbying Congress for leverage over the speed of data flow. Meanwhile, Russia blocked its people from many Western websites altogether.  The forbidden content is called propaganda to discredit the news outlets and to justify the action.  The goal is to keep those outside of the Kremlin walls separated from the truth.  U.S. ISP issues and the Russian data blockade are obviously on the opposite sides of the censorship scale.  Allowing ISPs to favor certain clients for profit is a long way from a government controlling the substance of the information.

I had the benefit of studying World History in the 5th grade, when my family was still in the former Soviet Union.  Luckily, I got another look at the topic in the 8th grade, after we immigrated to the United States.  Hearing World War 2 taught in a Los Angeles classroom left me dumbfounded.  The Soviet version framed U.S. as a country on the sidelines.  The evil Americans waited to see which side tipped the military scales before joining Russia when it finally demonstrated supremacy over the Nazis.  Of course, in the Soviet classroom, I never heard of Pearl Harbor.  There was no discussion about American isolationism.  Who wants to send their kids to fight a war on another continent?  I remember my surprise learning that Japan, Germany’s ally, pulled U.S. into the war with a foolishly brazen attack in Hawaii.

A small twist of the tongue in a country’s history books, and generations are sentenced to ignorance.  The freedom of information needs to be protected.  The entire apparatus that manufactures and disseminates news is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy.  Clearly, defending a foreign leader accused of killing a journalist is a step in the opposite direction.—Alex Fayman

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Author BioAlex Fayman was born in the former Soviet Union.  His family immigrated to the United States in 1989 when he was twelve years old.  He grew up in Los Angeles and completed undergraduate and graduate studies in Illinois.  Alex holds a PhD in finance and enjoys teaching and publishing research at a university.  He is happily married and has three sons.

Superhighway is about Alex Fine, a gifted eighteen-year-old with an extraordinary ability to transport himself through the optical passageways of the Internet.  While inside the digital web, Alex is capable of downloading databases, manipulating archived data, and traveling to any destination in the world.  In a short period of time, Alex Fine becomes one of the richest people in the world, with virtually limitless power.  It is the story of a young man who wants to use his powers for good, but makes mistakes en route to discovering the truth behind his supernatural abilities. 

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Superhighway is a great Sci-Fi Fantasy read which I highly recommend.
I give it 5 Stars!—K. Kidd 

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