Hunting Savage–Peter Savage Book #4

old-mill-1560x876Just finished edits on the next Peter Savage novel—book #4. The working title is Hunting Savage, and the plot is set largely in and around my hometown, Bend, Oregon. Scheduled for release in April, there is still a lot of work to do as the manuscript enters what I like to refer to as the “production phase”. The cover needs to be finalized, back cover blurb drafted, interior layout completed, and final edits made.

Advance review copies should be available in December, and I plan to get some of these out to my beta readers for early feedback. If you are interested in becoming a beta readers, please contact me.cascades-mtns-2

With much of the story unfolding in the Old Mill District of Bend, and the Cascade Mountains to the west of Bend, I wanted to share some photos. If you’re a fan of Peter Savage novels, you’ll know he lives and works in the old brick power house building with the three tall chimneys—captured in this aerial photo (above), also showing the Deschutes River. The photo to the right is of Broken Top, a key landmark in Hunting Savage.

From time to time, I’ll post updates and hints about the plot of Hunting Savage. The story revolves around secrets from 1967—the Six Day War—that powerful people want kept hidden, and the efforts of a foreign government to influence the U.S. Presidential election. Cheers!

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Kindle special pricing and release on Booktrack!

new CS and RS coversAs summer draws to an end, autumn is just around the corner and with the change in seasons, shorter and cooler days. So, what better time to curl up with a novel?

I am very pleased to share a new promotion by Amazon—the Kindle version of Crossing Savage is on special pricing at only $0.99 and the Kindle version of Relentless Savage is on special at $1.99. This is a significant reduction in pricing, and is a great opportunity for any fans of action thrillers who are new to the Peter Savage series to catch up on the first two novels.

In Crossing Savage, Peter is forced to protect his father, a professor whose research is on the brink of a revolutionary discovery that could bring widespread and cheap energy, or trigger a global war. “The first adventures of a great new character, Peter Savage. Action man par excellence, but much more than that. This is great entertainment with an eye on the planet. Someone with more than just the heat of the moment, and there’s plenty of that, going for them. The action scenes are first class, the plot keeps you grabbing for the next page, the dialogue is spot on, and the premise engrossing. Well done Mr. Edlund!” Amazon Review

Relentless Savage takes the reader to Sudan. Peter will do everything necessary to rescue his son who has been kidnapped by Janjaweed militia. What he uncovers is a monstrous evil; genetically-alterating experimentation on human subjects by a notorious and brilliant geneticist known locally as the Devil of Darfur. “RELENTLESS SAVAGE is another terrific read from the Savage series. In the vein of Dr. Michael Crighton’s JURASSIC PARK (hook em’ with a great idea and then thrill ‘em to death!) it had me hanging on tight. No-one sets up the scientific premise, and then backs it up with intelligent mayhem any better than Dave Edlund.” Amazon Reviewdownload

I am also excited to announce that Crossing Savage is now being offered by Booktrack. This is a new platform and way to enjoy your favorite novels. Booktrack synchronizes a movie-like soundtrack to the story, automatically adjusted to the reader’s individual pace. If you haven’t already experienced Booktrack, give it a try—it is amazing!

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Breaking writer’s block with a Fur Ball

Young Siberian Husky dog on black background

The winter and spring were very busy–together with my partners at Light Messages Publishing, we released Deadly Savage, and I completed drafting the fourth Peter Savage novel (working title, Hunting Savage). I planned to take a break and evaluate where my writing is, what I want to tackle next, and how to go about doing it. At the same time, I encountered a few setbacks–Relentless Savage was a finalist in two contests, but didn’t earn any awards, and Hunting Savage made it to the semi-finals of the Clive Cussler Adventure Writers Competition, but did not advance to the finals.

It was time to pick myself up and start writing again. I’ve had a pretty good idea what I want to write next–a slight move away from Peter Savage with the introduction of a female protagonist with a complicated history–but I just could not settled on how to start. For me, starting is often the most challenging part of writing. I can sit at my desk, unproductively staring at my monitor for half a day, and have very little to show for it.

So, there I was last night, still stuck with the organization of the opening chapters, when I Kealeattended the Fur Ball with my wife (she is a certified dog trainer and a co-sponsor of the annual event that benefits the Spay and Neuter Project.) With a local microbrew in my hand and the music of Bill Keale softly filtering through the timber trusses of Aspen Hall, I just let go. A remarkable peace and sensation of creativity filled by soul, and then it came to me–exactly how to structure the beginning of my next novel. I attribute this breakthrough to the music, aided by a modest amount of alcohol.

As Steven Tyler wrote “Dream until your dreams come true.” And that is exactly what I aim to do.

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HUNTING SAVAGE Semifinalist in Clive Cussler Society Competiton

semifinal badge 2016 smallMy interest in action thrillers can be traced back to a winter day in 1979. I was reading a worn and tattered paperback copy of Raise the Titanic! by a little-known author named Clive Cussler. I enjoyed that story immensely, and instantly became a huge fan of Mr. Cussler–the Grand Master of Thrillers. He has authored 64 novels, and more than 20 have been NYT Bestsellers. To say his work has had a profound influence on me is an understatement. I recall more than one daydream that I could write novels and entertain readers with original adventures reminiscent of Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino. Like daydreamers everywhere, “someday” I thought.

So when the opportunity arose to submit an unpublished manuscript to the Clive Cussler Society Action Writer’s Competition, I had to do it. The timing was excellent, as I was just completing the fourth book in the Peter Savage series. Anxious, and with crossed fingers, I submitted my manuscript–HUNTING SAVAGE. The plot takes place almost entirely in rtt-usfirst-pbCentral and Eastern Oregon, not far from my home town. (I am eager to share this beautiful land with readers who have not explored the Oregon back-country.)

Then came the waiting.

A couple days ago, I received an email from the contest organizer… I’d made the cut! I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I was! Critical recognition for one’s novel is always rewarding–whether it be a fan who posts a complimentary review or a writing award. But this was special in so many ways. The competition is geared toward one genre–action thrillers. And both Clive Cussler and his son, Dirk–also an accomplished and well-known author–are involved with the event. Plus there are many brilliant thriller authors who help with the organization and judging. For me, this is like the World Cup of action thrillers.

This is only the semifinals though, with more to come. But for now I am simply overjoyed that the latest Peter Savage adventure has been recognized by this annual competition! And I can’t wait to share it with readers and fans of Peter Savage.

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What makes Peter Savage tick?

SherlockI was recently asked by two fans of the Peter Savage novels about the motivation behind the main character. Surprisingly, I wasn’t able to provide a succinct answer right away. It took about 5 minutes of discussion to provide an adequate response. You see, fictional characters are often very complex–far beyond what most readers are likely to experience through the unfolding of the plot.

In my case the protagonist, Peter Savage, is more or less an ordinary guy. He has never served in the military, he’s not a secret agent, and he really doesn’t posses any special skills (I’ll come back to this). He’s ethical and honest and wants to help others; he loves dogs as pets and is devoted to his family. This was fairly easy to invent, but then came the name. It had to be fitting, but not over used. Also, I wanted a name that I could use in the plural possessive without it being difficult to say–example, Savage’s. “Savage” is a simple, old, and strong name. “Peter” reflects simplicity and commonality.

Over the course of three books (and a fourth that is in editing), I’ve added layers to the Peter Savage character. History, friendships, education, musical preferences, favorite foods and beverages. The process of writing this is really akin to developing a friendship; it’s a gradually process, like peeling the layers of an onion. But there are deeper layers to Peter Savage and what makes him tick, and this is the truly fun part of creating characters. In particular, certain traumatic events in Peter’s history have profoundly shaped his personality. And this really is his special power, for lack of a better term. But it is a power imageswithin all of us. Peter has a singular drive to do what’s right, and when he is pushed into a corner, he will fight ferociously to prevail.

This is the exact opposite of giving up, quitting. That is something Peter simply can’t do–it would go against every essence of his being. He has drive, and a can’t-fail attitude–I’d like to think this is a trait common to top athletes and soldiers. But Peter is not an athlete or a soldier. He’s simply an average man, but he represents how one may choose to respond when the chips are down and there are no good options.

That makes for exciting adventures–and many more to come!


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A special offer in celebration of July 4th

1812 FortMcHenry1As we enter this holiday weekend, I wish all a happy and safe Independence Day celebration. And thanks to my good friends at Kobo Books, RELENTLESS SAVAGE and CROSSING SAVAGE are now at special pricing that has been matched by Amazon and iBooks by Apple. Plus, a heartfelt “thank you” to the fans of Peter Savage and crew–DEADLY SAVAGE (book #3) is charting well. and I hope you’ll join the discussion in the Goodreads group read in the reading group “A Good Thriller.

As we celebrate this most American of holidays (Bill Pullman in the movie ID4 notwithstanding), I want to share an observation. Despite the deep and heated political nastiness that dominates our news, we do have much to celebrate and be thankful for. One only needs to look to many other countries to quickly realize how fortunate we are.

We do not usher in a new President through the dying echo of gunshots.1812 Ft McHenry

Although we have a Congress that is woefully inadequate at passing new and meaningful legislation, our government is immune to wild swings in ideology.

We have secure Constitutional rights.

We have a Judicial Branch that has power to reign in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of government when they step over the line.

Of course, there is much room for improvement, and I am a loud and eager voice for popular movement toward the middle–favoring neither the right or left extremes in political viewpoint. In drafting our system and structure of government, the Founding Fathers of this Great Nation wisely gave us a solid foundation to weather political storms. We can ride this one out, too. And as I look to our children–the young men and women who will shape the future–I do have the utmost confidence that they will make good choices, likely better than the choices made by my generation.

Yes, indeed, we do have much to celebrate!


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Jon me for Deadly Savage group read on Goodreads!

DS front coverDeadly Savage, the current release and book #3 in the Peter Savage series, has been selected for the July group read in the Goodreads group “A Good Thriller”. The e-book format will be available for free down load from June 26 through June 30.

Kirkus Reviews says of Deadly Savage–“Crackling action, brisk pace, timely topic; Edlund’s third Savage thriller has all the elements…”

Foreword Reviews writes–“From start to finish, Deadly Savage is a fresh and complete book—highly recommended to fans of thrillers, specifically of action-packed stories concerning political intrigue.”

Here is short teaser: Pro-Russian militia have captured the heart of Minsk in a bold and swift strike, holding a number of civilians as pawns in a plot to break NATO. Unfortunately for the militia and their Russian backers, Peter Savage is among the hostages.

Sample chapters of Deadly Savage and the other Peter Savage novels can be found at Text Café. I hope to read your comments and questions during the group read!

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Father’s Day Special for Kobo Readers

kobofathersday-crossingsavageHappy special day to fathers everywhere. Although being an important influence in the lives of children is often ample reward, we fathers nevertheless have a special day. It’s an understatement to say that being a parent is a life-changing event. It is also a life-fulfilling event. I can think of no more important mission than working to raise my children to be respectful, thoughtful, kind… to make the world better, even if only a tiny amount.

My good friends have Kobo have been fantastic in supporting the Peter Savage Series. This time, they are offering a super sale on Crossing Savage to fans in the UK. So if your dad enjoys action thrillers, surprise him with the first book in the series! Hey, why not also surprise a favorite uncle too!

This day is a good time to remember that your father (and mother) love their children in so many ways. So, to the children who read this, tell your parents how much you love them in return. Don’t put it off, because one day that opportunity will be lost forever.

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The weather is here–time to write!

IMG_1405Here in Central Oregon, summer is always late to arrive. It is now the first week of June, and finally it’s warm enough to enjoy the outdoors without bundling up! I am blessed to share this wonderfully beautiful backyard with my family and four dogs. Diesel is shown here, taking a break from a marathon game of fetch.

I enjoy this space very much, and it’s an inspirational location to write my next novel. As you can see in the photo, the essentials are in place–PC, microbrewed beer within easy reach, Diesel for company, and plenty of blooms and greenery. It’s not uncommon to be visited by our feathered friends and an occasional squirrel. Although rare, just last weekend we observed a cougar sauntering about 50 yards beyond our fence through an undeveloped lot–that was exciting!

On warm, sunny days like this, I’ll spend most of the day outside–writing, reading, throwing the ball for Diesel, and walking our pack. Of course, there is the mandatory break to BBQ dinner or run a pork roast through the smoker. Then back to work.

Right, this isn’t work 🙂

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The ReAnima Project–Bringing the Dead Back to Life?

There are some names that simply should not be given to medical experiments. Case in frankpoint: the ReAnima Project, recently approved by an Institutional Review board at the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and India. As the project name suggests, this effort is aimed at bringing back to life human brains in 20 patients that have been declared clinically dead.

What could go wrong?

Bioquark Inc. is leading the research in which a mixture of stem cells and various peptides will be injected into the subject’s brains. Reportedly, lasers and nerve stimulation techniques will also be employed in an effort to regenerate the brain, especially the base of the brain, near the spinal cord, which is where the functions of breathing and heart regulation originate.

I cannot avoid images of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Although life is difficult to define, it certainly is more than biological functionality. Are we on the verge of true “walking dead”? Persons who are alive biologically, but devoid of personality, memories, emotions—those traits that make humans, well, human?

For better or worse, advancements in medical technology have resulted in breakthroughs that only a generation ago were indisputably in the realm of science fiction. The human genome and many others have been mapped. Techniques now exist to identify and alter specific genetic sequences. Are we close to reanimating the dead?

What will be the unintended consequences of achieving such a breakthrough? In Relentless Savage I touched on this dilemma in the context of human genetic experimentation. My concluding comments in the Author’s Notes bear repeating: “…science has no morals. That is why people must exercise their conscience. Science is knowledge. And knowledge can be used for good or bad. It is our choice.”

I hope and pray we choose wisely.

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