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About Tom Glenn
Tom Glenn has worked as an intelligence operative, a musician, a linguist (seven languages), a cryptologist, a government executive, a care-giver for the dying, a leadership coach, and, always, a writer. Many of his prize-winning short stories (seventeen in print) came from the better part of thirteen years he shuttled between the U.S. and Vietnam on clandestine signals intelligence assignments before being evacuated under fire when Saigon fell. With a BA in Music, a master's in Government, and a doctorate in Public Administration and trained as a musician, actor, and public speaker, he toured the country lecturing on leadership and management, trained federal executives, and was the Dean of the Management Department at the National Cryptologic School. He is also a reviewer for The Washington Independent Review of Books and the Internet Review of Books where he specializes in books on war and Vietnam. The recent declassification of his work in Vietnam has led to a plethora of presentations, interviews, and articles. His Vietnam novel-in-stories, Friendly Casualties, was published in 2012, and his novel, No-Accounts, published by Apprentice House of Baltimore, came out in 2014. As a result, he was named a featured author by the Gaithersburg Book festival in 2014. Apprentice House published his novel, The Trion Syndrome, in November, 2015. The Naval Institute Press brought out his novel, Last of the Annamese, on March 15, 2017. Adelaide Books of New York published his novel, Secretocracy, and his short story collection, Coming to Terms, in 2020. The same publisher now offers a hardcopy of his ebook, Friendly Casualties.
Also in 2022, Glenn was named the recipient of a series of awards. He was named as a luminary by Who's Who in America and Who's Who Worldwide and as Professional of the Year and as Top Artist—all for his books. Then the Top 100 Registry gave him an award citing him for "career achievement and exemplary leadership." He is also being interviewed on the radio. You can hear his most recent interview at Blog Talk Radio. And you can read his blog at https://tomglenn.blog/
Books By Tom Glenn
“Coming to Terms tells the stories of men and women confronted with pain as a consequence of love and hate, goodness and evil. Each finds a way to go on living, however imperfectly. None is left unscathed.
All these tales come from my life, as a husband, father, soldier, and caregiver to the dying. Each major character is drawn from people I’ve known. My hope is that you and I, both, can learn from the choices these people made.” - Author
Tom Glenn has worked as an intelligence operative, a musician, a linguist (seven languages), a crypto-logist, a government executive, a caregiver for the dying, a leadership coach, and, always, a writer. His first four novels resulted from the thirteen years he shuttled between the U.S. and Vietnam on clandestine combat support missions. His 2017 novel, Last of the Annamese, is set during the fall of Saigon which he survived, escaping under fire after the North Vietnamese were already in the streets.
”The secret is out: Tom Glenn has done it again, using creative, page-turning fiction to hold a mirror up to the hard realities of modern life. In Secretocracy, Gene Westmoreland is a government insider persecuted by the current administration, then vindicated by the mid-term Congress—and on a mission to expose the rotten underbelly of government leadership and illegal activities at the highest levels. Political and emotional, Secretocracy packs a punch.”—Eric D. Goodman, author of Setting the Family Free and The Color of Jadeite
The story is set in Washington, D.C. in 2018, during the Trump administration. Senior federal budget reviewer Gene Westmoreland refuses to approve funds for an administration initiative called Operation Firefang—building clandestine nuclear missile sites world-wide—on the grounds that it is illegal and violates treaty agreements. The administration attacks him. A general and a senator rebuke him, his phone is tapped, his car is tailed, and his adult son is trapped into a dangerous relationship. His boss, Clem, who opposes Firefang and refuses to fire Gene, is blackmailed and commits suicide. Now without protection, Gene is stripped of his security clearances and exiled to a warehouse to await termination. If he discloses what he knows, he will be prosecuted for revealing classified information.
Tom Glenn has worked as an intelligence operative, a musician, a linguist (seven languages), a cryptologist, a government executive, a caregiver for the dying, a leadership coach, and, always, a writer. His first four novels resulted from the thirteen years he shuttled between the U.S. and Vietnam on clandestine combat support missions. His 2017 novel, Last of the Annamese, is set during the fall of Saigon which he survived, escaping under fire after the North Vietnamese were already in the streets. In March 2020, Adelaide Books published his latest novel, Secretocracy, a political thriller set during the Trump administration.
In part two, “Healing,” the threads of the disparate lives are brought together through the story of Maggie, an intelligence analyst at the Embassy in Saigon who violates security to save her lover. At the end, Maggie agrees to have lunch with a one-armed soldier because “we have to begin somewhere” to learn all over again how to live.
The novel is written as a series of interlinked stories and a novella reminiscent of J. D. Salinger, Louise Erdrich, and Thorton Wilder. It explores the clash between people struggling for salvation and the relentless force of a bloody war. Some are destroyed; others find a way, however imperfect, to go on living. All are friendly casualties.