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About David

Published author of 12 Novels, including THE TEAM series. Penguin Books, Post Hill Press, Permuted Press. Now screen writing and looking to sell BURIED SECRETS & BATTLE SCARS.
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  • Battle Scars

    Battle Scars Other War Drama A USMC Wounded Warrior tries to find peace with the deaths of his battle buddies as he recovers from the physical and emotional wounds of a devastating IED. With the help of his sergeant and best friend, they work through the loss of his leg as well as his three friends, in an inspiring story of courage, personal discovery and redemption that concludes with the knowledge that his sergeant died saving his life on the battlefield.


  • The Team Series

    The Team Series (2015 - 2016)
    Print by Post Hill Press Author THE TEAM series is an action-adventure style military-espionage series based on a real covert military operation run in SE Asia during the Vietnam era. The story has been modernized and fictionalized into contemporary thrillers. Would make an excellent feature film or series, and discussions have been ongoing.

  • Deep Down

    Deep Down (2015)
    Print by self published Author Noah Barnes grew up watching his hero, big brother Zeke, develop into an up-and-coming championship Heavyweight boxer. A tragic head injury leaves Zeke mentally impaired, and the �big brother� becomes the little brother, forcing Noah to resign from the police department so he can take care of Zeke. Noah opens a Detective Agency, and his gentle giant brother tags along as a show of force when necessary. It�s only Zeke�s mirrored sunglasses, hiding his gentle, smiling eyes that keep people from knowing the giant is far from violent. Bored with matrimonial and insurance cases, Noah longs for the day when a �real case� will come along and offer him a challenge to his old police detective skills. His day comes when Dr. Anne Lynch, a beautiful veterinarian who owns an organic dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania calls him for help. Noah and Zeke drive out to Anne�s farm, where Zeke is instantly smitten with Anne�s dog Cody and the rest of her animals. Noah finds himself smitten as well�but not with the farm animals. Anne is a widow, and a smart, witty woman who captivates Noah from their first meeting. Anne explains how Globalvision Energy has purchased the farm next door and has been fracking and deep-well drilling for natural gas. As a result of their drilling, she believes her animals are getting sick and dying. Her healthy herd of Holsteins is reduced to a quarantined pack of worthless beef, and no one will help her. The DEP, the local Ag Board and her government ignore her tissue samples and medical opinions. �Fracking is legal�, and she�s just out of luck. Desperate to save her farm, she hires Noah to help prove the culpability of the drillers next door, but as Noah looks into the case, he finds much more than he bargained for. With billions of dollars at stake, Noah's simple case may end up getting him killed.

  • Forever Hunger

    Forever Hunger (2012)
    Print by self published Author When NYPD Sergeant Roy Ruiz began working the serial killings with Detective Tim Rosetto, they had no way of knowing the killer whom they were hunting had been dead for over two hundred years. The grisly crime scenes leave plenty of forensic evidence, but unfortunately, none of it makes any sense—unless you can open your mind to some very strange possibilities. FBI Special Agent Doug Patmore, whose special unit works with Missing Persons, Unsolved Violent Crimes, Homicide, and Sexual Assaults has been hunting this killer for years. Together with Roy and Tim, they begin their mind bending investigation that will lead them to Adam Priest—a man that’s been killing and eating women since 1806. Adam was a lowly Prussian soldier when he was attacked in the woods after the battle of Jena, and the attack changed him forever. It killed the man and created a monster with a hunger for blood that was insatiable. For two hundred years, Adam fed without remorse—until he met Sara. Now, with an emotion almost human tugging at his dead heart, he must decide what to do about Sara as the police get closer with each feeding.

  • Necessary Extremes

    Necessary Extremes (2005)
    Print by Penguin Books Author It was fiction when I wrote it !!! Iran... a Nuke... CIA... Black Ops... yeah... fiction???

  • Crescent Fire

    Crescent Fire (2005)
    Print by Penguin Books Author The Special Ops books that started the career...

  • Crescent Fire

    Crescent Fire (2005)
    Print by Penguin Books Author The Special Ops books that started the career...

  • Deep Black Sea

    Deep Black Sea
    Print by Permuted Press Author Science Fiction Legend Ben Bova says, “DEEP BLACK SEA is science fiction at its best, a realistic tale of exploration and danger, written by a man who knows the details of deep-sea exploration firsthand. An exciting read.” When President Roberts was elected in 2020, his acceptance speech included references to exploring inner space and the oceans as a priority that could no longer be ignored. While his predecessor had promised a Mars mission that excited NASA, President Roberts immediately began making sweeping changes in the funding priorities of NASA, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the United States Navy. Within two months of taking office, Roberts had replaced the head of NASA with former U.S. Navy pilot-turned-astronaut Rear Admiral Thomas Antus, and unveiled his bold plan to see a deep-sea research station built to rival the international space station. Citing similar hurtles in both space and deep-sea exploration; Roberts announced that the deep-sea station would be a joint-effort between NASA, NOAA and the Navy. What it meant for the Mars mission was a huge budget cut that would delay the space mission indefinitely, but for those scientists that had been the pioneers of deep-sea exploration, it meant funding the likes of which they never could have dreamed. With a budget of six billion dollars, (the cost of two Virginia Class submarines), the deep-sea research station quickly became a reality. By comparison, the Alvin, one of the most famous deep-sea exploration vehicles ever built, was constructed and later refurbished for under a million dollars. With six billion dollars, the new Office of Deep Sea Research could take deep-sea exploration to the next level—tantamount to NASA first going to the moon. With a crew of seven, the Challenger submerges three miles below the waves for a one-year mission to study the hidden world of the deep black sea. One of the team members, Ted Bell, is a former NASA scientist with his own agenda. He is much more interested in learning about the Deinococcus radiodurans bacteria that keeps sea animals alive in seven-hundred-degree, superheated water that is full of heavy metals and other toxins that flows from the “black smokers”. Ted’s ultimate goal is a mission to Mars, and if it means sacrificing the deep sea crew to advance that mission, then so be it. How is it that sea animals can live and reproduce in water that should boil them? Superheated water that is full of toxins and heavy metals, and contains almost no oxygen should be void of life on planet Earth—and yet it is teeming with it. The answer to the puzzle lies in the bacteria, and Ted knows it. Convinced that the same symbiotic relationship between the sea life and bacteria can be reproduced in humans, and then used to help humans travel to Mars one day, Ted intentionally infects a few members the crew. Just as the bacterium forces a metamorphosis in the tubeworms and other animals as the bacterium take over their host, Ted’s infected crewmates also begin their rapid transformation. And while Ted is initially thrilled with his experiments, he quickly realizes that he has lost control. As his remaining crewmates realize that they have a traitor in their midst, the fight for survival begins three miles under the waves. With two crew members transformed into “something else” and loose in the ship, the remaining crew must find a way to kill the deadly creatures that used to be their friends.

  • Hard Carbon

    Hard Carbon
    Print by Post Hill Press Author Ivan “The Butcher” Bulovski, is the ruthless head of the Russian Mob in Moscow. His organization is more powerful than some countries. Employing out-of-work Russian scientists and diamond cutters, The Butcher succeeds in developing synthetic diamond thin-films to create the next generation of super-computers. These computers will be used for the largest bank heist in world history. Just two obstacles stand in The Butcher’s way―the FBI is following the bodies that lead from New York City to Moscow, and are getting closer every day; and one of Ivan’s diamond cutters got spooked and took off with “The Star of Moscow”. Max, an old diamond cutter who is terrified of The Butcher, doesn’t know the flawless diamond is synthetic. If discovered, this diamond may unravel all of Ivan’s multi-billion dollar plans. With so much as stake, The Butcher sends his former-Spetsnaz body guards after Max to track down his diamond, while evading the FBI until he can unleash his computer on the World Wide Web and crack every major bank around the globe. A rich story woven with high-tech computers, old world characters, unlikely heroes and action around the globe, Hard Carbon offers a glimpse into the diamond trade and cyber security Ben Bova says, “David M. Salkin’s HARD CARBON is a taut, fast-paced thriller that takes the reader into the deadly yet fascinating world of Russian oligarchs and American intelligence agencies. Be warned, you’ll have a hard time putting this one down, once you start reading it.”

  • Dark Tide Rising - Deep Black Sea sequel

    Dark Tide Rising - Deep Black Sea sequel
    Print by Permuted Press Author A Japanese fishing trawler becomes a ghost ship. A pleasure yacht is under attack by unknown sea creatures. A Coast Guard crew is massacred by something not of this world. Ted Bell had only one personal goal—to reach Mars. He believed that harnessing the power of the deep-sea bacteria that allows creatures to live in super-heated, poisonous water might get humans to deep space. But when Ted intentionally infected a member of the crew for his own agenda, it didn’t go as planned. A new life form was created–completely out of control. Ted’s failed experiment doomed the crew of the USS Challenger. After living through the terrifying disaster that killed half the crew, three survivors think they have escaped the nightmare. Instead, the creatures have risen from the depths–and the three discover that the horrifying experience on the Challenger was only the beginning.


  • Gold Medal - Stars & Flags book awards (The Team)

  • Bronze Medal - Stars & Flags book awards (Crescent Fire)

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