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Just Released! The first novel in a new series. Snodgrass

A True Story: Thrilling Tale of Courage, Combat, and Crime

Amidst the tension of a true historical military escalation between the USA and Libya in 1986, a Navy fighter pilot navigates his haunted past and uncertain future, discovering that true battles lie within, while a determined detective in Denver unravels a web of deceit, murder, and stolen diamonds that threatens to destroy them both.

Eight years after I ran away from home in a daring bid for freedom, I soar over the Mediterranean Sea in an F18, engaged in combat against the Sudan, Yemen, and Soviet Union militaries.

At fifteen, I confronted a daunting choice: endure the torment of my abusive stepfather or brave the uncertainties of the world alone. Opting for independence, I set out into the unforgiving terrain of the Rockies, ill-prepared for the challenges that awaited me. With winter looming and no opportunities in sight, I resorted to desperate measures to survive, turning to a life of crime.

Welcome to the gritty reality of my true story—a tale where resilience clashes with harsh realities and survival becomes the sole imperative.


This ain’t your typical bedtime story, folks. This is a tale of grit, survival, and questionable morals. Buckle up for a wild ride where resilience and reality clash head-on, and the only rule is to stay one step ahead.

What this new book (Snodgrass) is about:

This true story is a compelling narrative of one individual’s journey from a troubled upbringing to extraordinary experiences in adulthood. Here’s a breakdown of what the story entails:

  1. Early Struggles: The protagonist faces a difficult decision at a young age, choosing to leave behind an abusive household and strike out on their own. This sets the stage for a narrative focused on resilience and survival in the face of adversity.
  2. Unforeseen Opportunities: Despite the challenges of leaving home at such a young age, the protagonist finds himself in unexpected and remarkable situations, such as flying military aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea.
  3. Desperate Measures: As the protagonist struggles to make ends meet in the harsh environment of the Rockies, he turns to a life of crime as a means of survival. This introduces elements of tension, danger, and moral ambiguity into the narrative.
  4. Themes of Resilience and Survival: Throughout the story, the protagonist demonstrates resilience and resourcefulness in overcoming obstacles and navigating the complexities of circumstances. Themes of survival, self-discovery, and personal growth are a prominent feature.
  5. Realism and Authenticity: The blurb emphasizes that this is a true story is based on true events, suggesting that it may offer insights into real-life experiences and the human capacity to overcome adversity.

Overall, this story promises to be a compelling and multi-faceted exploration of resilience, survival, and the complexities of the human experience, set against a backdrop of personal struggle, military service, and criminality.

So interesting—definitely. Mark is a fascinating person that you want to puzzle out. His life is ridiculous and full of drama and subterfuge. I’m rooting for him to success and turn around and find the path to good, but also knowing that he’s going to be the person that he is and that’s just how it’ll be for him.
Maddy D.

Wow, just wow! Snodgrass is like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s raw, it’s real, and it’s downright addictive. Mark Bertrand doesn’t just tell a story, he throws you right into the chaos and makes you feel every moment.
Yevette K.

Snodgrass isn’t just a book, it’s an experience. I felt every punch, every moment of fear, and every glimmer of hope right along with the protagonist. It’s one of those stories that stays with you long after you’ve finished the last page.
Danny D.

Mark Bertrand has a way of pulling you in from the very first sentence and not letting go until the very end. Snodgrass isn’t just about survival, it’s about the human spirit and what we’re capable of when pushed to the edge. Absolutely phenomenal.
Rob W.

I laughed, I cried, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Snodgrass is gritty, it’s intense, and it’s real. Bertrand doesn’t sugarcoat anything, and that’s what makes this story so powerful. It’s a must-read for anyone who loves a good thriller with heart.
Mariam Z.

I picked up Snodgrass expecting a thrilling read, but what I got was so much more. It’s not just about the action and the danger, it’s about the journey and the resilience of the human soul. Bertrand has crafted something truly special here.
Katrina S.

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This Could Be It: In this intellectually stimulating and exploratory sci-fi work, we find ourselves in a world balancing on the edge of cosmic chaos. Casper, the protagonist, embarks on a quest that intertwines legendary mysticism and brand-new technology, navigating a future threatened by an ominous force. The narrative seamlessly weaves science fiction with metaphysical exploration, taking readers on an odyssey through futuristic landscapes and mystical dimensions as we explore humanity, spirituality, and core values from intriguing new angles.
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In a world woven with mysticism and sentient AI, “This Could Be It” unfolds an intricate saga. Casper navigates a fragile equilibrium between tradition and innovation, his path intersecting with the conscious supercomputer, Tathagata. As fissures fracture the unity of Casper’s community, Tathagata grapples with its place in the cosmic design, contemplating the essence of Nirvana amidst turmoil.

Diving into the enigmatic Buddha Field, Casper unravels unforeseen consequences, transcending boundaries in a quest for enlightenment. Sacrifice and revelation blur the lines between spirituality and technological advancement. Amidst the unknown and ethereal realms, Tathagata questions the impact of human influence on a pivotal failure, seeking truth in cosmic intricacies.

“This Could Be It” beckons readers into an enthralling exploration where the essence of existence intertwines with the mysteries of consciousness. Join this mesmerizing journey, where the convergence of spirituality and artificial intelligence unveils profound revelations and challenges the fabric of reality itself.

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This is a very interesting and engaging read! It isn’t the type of book which I would usually go for, but I’m happy to have had the chance to give it a shot, especially since the presentation is, in my experience, quite unique. It isn’t too lengthy, and I was hooked the whole time because of that, which led to me having a lot of fun with this. I highly recommend this! 5/5!
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“…  extremely clever, and much of the book reads like source code itself; this is, in the main, sci-fi in its purest, geekiest form (and I mean that affectionately, with no offense)  Bertrand is a smart, hard-working and intellectual writer.”

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