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Alex Blum was a good kid with one goal in life: become a U.S. Army Ranger. Then, on the day before deployment to Iraq, Alex got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery. The question that haunted the entire Blum family was, Why? Why would Alex ruin his life in such a spectacularly foolish way?
In the midst of his own personal crisis, and in the hopes of helping both Alex and his splintering family cope, Ben Blum, Alex’s first cousin, delved into these mysteries, growing closer to Alex in the process. But as he investigated further, Ben began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery. A charismatic combat veteran, Sommer’s manipulative tendencies and magnetic personality lure Ben into a relationship that puts his loyalties to the test.
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Table of Contents
Book 1 The Golem of Tacoma
Chapter 1 Sort of a Happy/Sad Deal 7
Chapter 2 Basic 34
Chapter 3 Amurican Bank Robber 54
Chapter 4 One Fine Day at Battalion 63
Chapter 5 Yes, Specialist Sommer 74
Chapter 6 Those Who Are Versed in the Sciences 90
Chapter 7 Something You Would See Out of a Movie 103
Chapter 8 Federal Vacation 111
Book 2 The Prodigy Of Peachland
Chapter 9 Soldier 125
Chapter 10 Interrogation 135
Chapter 11 Freedom Fighter 143
Chapter 12 The Fourth Man 153
Book 3 The Good Person
Chapter 13 The B-Word 171
Chapter 14 Just an Inexplicable Event 189
Chapter 15 The Complexities 201
Chapter 16 The Phabulous Phils 218
Chapter 17 Getting Real 228
Chapter 18 Real Real 248
Book 4 The Dungeon Master
Chapter 19 When Bad People Do Good Things 259
Chapter 20 Space Station Sommer 273
Chapter 21 Total Data 290
Chapter 22 The Sommer Factor 302
Chapter 23 Force of Personality 316
Chapter 24 The Lady in the Striped Shirt 322
Chapter 25 The P-Word 334
Chapter 26 Probably Something I'll Never Understand 356
Book 5 Freedom
Chapter 27 Matrix of Lies 367
Chapter 28 Birth of a Bank Robber 384
Chapter 29 The Rest of Us 393
Author's Note 409