Sample Chapter: King of Paine

CHAPTER ONE

THE BUREAU LEFT NOTHING to faith or chance. Four agents wearing black raid jackets scrambled out of the elevator into the hotel’s plush tenth floor corridor. Frank Paine charged out last, his lean frame contrasting with the broad shoulders and thick necks of his new colleagues.

To him, the show of power seemed overdramatic for a routine bust, but the Academy taught only one approach to confrontation: overwhelming force. That formula had worked for the FBI’s first century—the Wall of Martyrs honored only thirty-six agents—but as the team crept down the vacant hallway, the ghosts of Waco and Ruby Ridge murmured a prophetic warning in Frank’s ear. A surprise loomed in that hotel room. A welcome gift for The King of Paine.

Hands trembling, Frank approached the suspected pedophile’s doorway, hand gun drawn, dropping into a modified Weaver stance behind the others—right foot forward like a boxer, right hand extended and locked, left hand cupped around everything but the trigger finger. Each new agent practiced shooting in this position at Hogan’s Alley until it became second nature, deciding in milliseconds whether threats appearing in the Academy’s mock town presented real danger.

“This ain’t Quantico, Rook,” said Woody Woodbridge, his silver-haired training agent. A lanky man with angular features and a prominent Adam’s apple, he was a twenty-five year veteran of the Violent Crimes Squad and had been bitching all afternoon about missing the Cotton Bowl to baby-sit the Fucking New Guy. “It’s different when you’re using live ammo. I was so tense before my first bust you couldn’t pull a needle outta my ass with a tractor. Don’t forget to breathe. Slow everything down in your mind.”

Frank nodded, not correcting Woodbridge’s diagnosis of first day jitters. At thirty-three, he had walked away from a lucrative career, spent six months enduring a gut-busting personal training regimen on his own dime, and then completed the twenty-week new agent training program at Quantico before assignment to the Atlanta Field Office. He was ready for almost anything in that hotel room, from a shootout to tears, however the perv wanted to play it. But after sacrificing everything to join the Bureau, to reset his life’s course, no training could prepare him for the anonymous tip that had launched this sting operation.

 Copyright © 2011 by Larry Kahn

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  • Larry and Ellie Kahn

  • When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, my neurologist told me there was nothing I could do to slow down an inevitable slide into disability. So I simply (apathetically?) went about the business of researching my third novel for over a year until I crossed paths with others who had discovered a curiously overlooked goldmine of scientific research suggesting vigorous exercise could help slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life.

     

    After experiencing the impact of exercise myself, my wife, Ellie, and I began brainstorming with other believers about how to effectively spread the gospel of exercise and hope.  We formed PD Gladiators in 2013, a nonprofit charged with developing a plan to ally metro Atlanta fitness instructors and clinicians to convince people with PD to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. PD Gladiators entered agreements with the Atlanta YMCA, Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, Yellow River Center and other independent fitness instructors to build a network of PD-specific exercise classes based on PD Gladiators’ promise to promote the exercise research and the PD Gladiators Fitness Network to local clinicians to create the referral “pipeline” necessary to make the adapted fitness programs sustainable. I believe recruiting the support of influential clinicians in our community from the start was the critical insight that has led to the phenomenal growth of the Network.

     

    By 2018, the Network consisted of over 60 weekly classes, and metro Atlanta “gladiators” logged almost 25,000 class visits for the year! On August 1, 2018, the Parkinson’s Foundation and PD Gladiators determined they could better serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community through an organizational unification. Ellie and I served on the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia until retiring in October 2019. PD Gladiators Executive Director Annie Long continues to manage and grow the Network as an employee of the Parkinson’s Foundation.

     

    Ellie and I still practice the proactive, hopeful approach that we  preach. With Ellie’s loving support, I exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet supplemented as recommended by Dr. Laurie Mischley (a Parkinson’s researcher and naturopathic doctor practicing in Seattle), and have adopted good sleep habits. While excited to begin the retirement we had deferred to nurture PD Gladiators, I intend to devote some of my energy–without stress and deadlines–to brainstorm ideas for other areas of Parkinson’s care in need of intervention  for consideration by government and charitable organizations with the mission and resources to undertake these projects.

     

    I believe that problem-solving is a team sport, and I encourage you to join in the discussion. Let’s make Parkinson’s Ideas, Man an incubator for high impact solutions to the issues that effect us most.