spirit falls

Spirit Falls is a coming-of-age novel set in the empty hardscrabble borderland between Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. It is an affecting story of childhood friendship growing into profound love.


Wounded is the second book of Townsend’s The Long War Series. Two young people, a brother, and sister die in a freak Lake Superior storm. Ricky Belisle, the accused murderer, is released from jail for lack of evidence.

Anticipated Release October 2016

Executioner’s Son is an examination of love and loss in a stunned and dazed Soviet Union suffering the prodigious losses of Stalin and the Great Patriotic War. Danton’s quest takes him to distant lands and cities––Moscow and Cuba and Laos.

Semur-en-Auxios, France

Observation tower and portion of medieval Semur-en-Auxios defensive wall. Patrice and I are moving this November (2019) to Semur-en-Auxios., near Dijon, in Burgundy, France. Why? Because we can. We are retired, squared away, and I speak French. And, as opposed to our...

The Impossible Presidency

Professor and historian Jeremi Suri's The Impossible Presidency shines. Neither ornate nor prosaic, his words are well-chosen, his metaphors apt, the construction of the argument convincing (to me, at least). A previous work, Kissinger, rests on my desks regularly...

First Impressions and bad judgement

I work on my next novel “Resurrection” every day. My first objective is to tell a good story. My second it to get the spelling, punctuation and grammar right. Somewhere along the way, I would hope to illuminate how good-intentioned (at least in their own minds) men...

A Wedding In France

On 10 August 2017, in Bergerac, France my daughter, Michelle Elisabeth Townsend, married. Michelle gave me 45 seconds to summarize before the assembled my impressions, recollections, hopes and fears. I wanted five days. Patrice made me sit down, write what I wanted to...

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Working Truths

discerning truths within deceptions

Liars and Storytellers

a novel is a pack of lies hounding the truth
-Carlos Fuentes

Liars and Storytellers

Man’s mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than truth
-Desiderius Erasmus