My Crazy Dream

Big Brother– Snooping— Last night I had this really nutsy dream that I just gotta tell you about. I know this is exceedingly difficult to imagine, but in my dream the digital world did not exist. Nuts, huh? Anyway, there was this Federal Security Bureau, aka the FSB. […]

Maggie And Me 1934

A BIO STORY — Maggie. The Bronx. 1934 The names are fiction (Joey is me), the dialogue is reconstructed, but this bio excerpt is true. Earlier, in more prosperous times, my grandmother had a governess named Maggie, who in turn became my mother’s governess. But then there was […]

Recruiting Terror

Book Excerpt From: THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE. As a favor to Charlie, Juan, a weekend nightshift porter, comes down to the windowless locker room in the basement of the bank, and switches on the bright overhead florescent, then bangs three times with malicious delight on one […]

Fall Silent

A MARTIN J. RYAN SHORT STORY There are two of them. One of them is Joe. It has been snowing all day and the forecast is for two to three days of it, which fits neatly into Joe’s plans. The other man has been here two weeks, though […]

A Constellation Of Stars

Book Excerpt From: THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE Sergeant Frank Driscoll, my lead protagonist: ********************* The scene: Frank and his colleagues are at the scene of the young woman’s murder on West 48th Street. After having interviewed witnesses, including the hookers, the detectives have unhappily concluded that […]

Death On West Forty-Eighth St.

Book Excerpt From: THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE. In Manhattan, 6883 miles from Islamabad, the night barely holds along west Forty-Eighth Street, while not yet ready to surrender to the arrows of early morning light that will pierce and reduce the last of it’s shadows. The rain […]

The Graveyard Of Empires

Book Excerpt From: THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE (Yusuf –“apple pie”Joe from Queens, NY — is terror training in the Tribal Lands when he and his group unexpectantly come upon a firefight, which they observe from a distance. At the same time, thousands of miles away, an […]

Pakistan, Taliban, America

>Book Excerpt From THREE AT THE CENTER OF RAGE: PAKISTAN, TALIBAN, AMERICA (While fictional a fair description of foreign policy insanity, which is okay because crisis means opportunity, and opportunity means money for all sides). 2008. One of my three protagonists, ex law student Yusuf (Joe) Masood (from […]

One Man’s Opinion

A MARTIN J. RYAN VIEWPOINT: One Man’s Opinion. Making a point here: In my novel, Three At The Center Of Rage, an FBI agent says to my protagonist, a pushy cop:       “Walk away from all of this. Except for you, hardly anybody cares. I know you now, […]