as the branch
and the vine.

yet the same.

to coexist.

Always hopeful.

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The Other Day

The other day you asked why I loved you, I cannot begin to count all the ways;

  • I was attracted to your beauty.
  • I was attracted to your delightful personality; kind, loving, playful—people wanted to be around you and I did as well.
  • When we started dating I saw there was more than a pretty face and a delightful personality, you loved your family and I came to want to start a family with you.
  • Even now I cannot count the ways I have grown in my love for you.
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“We are not market followers but market leaders. Business is a predatory sport and you all better understand what that means.”

Do you love a good conspiracy theory?  I do. And in this, the latest book by Kreucher, you can enjoy one. In the quote above we are introduced to one of the main ingredients of a good conspiracy – greed. CEO R. Curtis Larson is out to make money and doesn’t have a lot of scruples about how to do so. Many of the women who use the products of his company will become ill or even die, but his need for profit is all Larson considers.

The need for power is the other ingredient and that is brought to the story by character Emma Blythe, First Lady of the country. Her desire to use her authority to advance her pro-choice agenda backs the greed of Larson. However, her pro-choice stance runs even deeper than wanting women to have the ‘right to choose.’ She feels the need to force abortion and birth control on women without their consent or knowledge. She especially wants to use social engineering to limit the number of children born to the poor.  The author describes her with this powerful statement…“She said her prayers to Margaret Sanger.”

As with all good conspiracies, there is a hero. Diane McMichael is that hero. Planning and wishing for a family for herself, this high-powered executive who is savvy about the inner workings of Washington and the political scene, stumbles upon the secret scheme of our antagonists. Diane’s intelligent insight and resources soon lead her to uncover the plans of Blythe and Larson.

In an effort to keep her quiet they involve her in a debilitating car crash that they hope will end her snooping. It doesn’t, and so the story progresses.

This is a fast-paced and interesting work. It is clearly Catholic because it takes a pro-life stance that is in compliance with the teachings of the Church. It delves into the deeper fears of many, that the government is becoming a ‘nanny state.’ Kreucher’s book highlights a possible future where the elite, in their arrogance, control the poor and use political manipulation and misinformation to promote their program. It would be hard to believe this story, but in the light of past indiscretions of the government (like the Tuskegee syphilis experiment) and the skillful writing of this author, it becomes entirely plausible.

It is also Catholic in the sense that we, as believers, are taught that one cannot do an evil even for a moral reason. It is when we justify sin for a higher good that we have lost our moral compass. The antagonists of this tale believe that the ‘end justifies the means.’ The moral lesson of this novel is that one’s own conscience can become easily compromised without the guidance of the church. This clearly supports the wisdom of the church.

If I have one complaint about the novel, it is that Kreucher “reuses” a character from his novelDandelion Man.  As someone who has read both books, I found this to be a little disappointing. While I think the author could have spent more time developing his main character, I think he has found his niche. This is an action packed work. It is fast-paced and keeps the reader interested until the end. The medical background is well-researched and presented. Once the author hones and develops his skills in this genre we may have a Catholic ‘Robin Cook.’  I look forward to Kreucher’s next book and hope he continues his excursion into the medical mystery genre.



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Venus and Eros
Constant in their chase
Ever pursuing you, my love

Author’s note: One of the Piscean myths is that Venus and her son Eros turned into fish to escape Typhon, the father of all monsters. Here the author uses the duality of the sign in the context used by C. S. Lewis in his book, “The Four Loves”. Lewis used Venus as the term for the sexual side of love as in “to make love”. Lewis used Eros as the term to describe what most people mean when they say they are “in love”; it is the romantic side of love.

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I Miss You

I miss the concern and the tenderness,
the smile and the little letters,
the hair and the eyes,
the touch.

I miss the trust,
the joy,
the sharing,
the growing;
I miss the love that was you.

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Drone – A Novella

Why Steal an Airliner When You Can Steal a Drone?

How does an animated conversation at a high school reunion become the basis for an international terrorism plot against the US? Sam Kennedy and Pat O’Connor find out when Vasili Konstantinov invades their lives and uses their special talents for his own diabolical plans.

Drone is the latest novella from W. M. J. Kreucher and his second in the thriller genre. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you think twice about casual conversations in public.

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That first blush of love,
that first kiss,
the one that created “US”,
is now forever written in the cosmos,
embedded in the firmament,
always to shine down from above.
It is not for me to name,
the name is indelibly etched.

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