About Resuscitation

For my first novel, They Never Die Quietly, the hook was the villain. As a religious fanatic with a perverse sense of right and wrong, I created a man whose twisted interpretation of his spiritual beliefs gave him a license to commit the most unimaginable acts of depravity with the unconditional endorsement of his God. This, of course, made it possible for me to create a monster whose evil had  no boundaries.

For the next book in the series I faced a quandary: I had already created a villain
so evil and so unmerciful that he pushed the limits of the reader’s imagination. How could I top that?

After kicking around a few possibilities, an idea hit me. Are any of us truly
incorruptible? If we longed for something so desperately, could we be tempted to abandon all of our principles and ethics to get what we wanted? Whether fame, fortune, beautiful women, or global recognition, what might we do to fulfill a secret desire? What might it take for a man with integrity, strong moral values, and a career focused on helping people, to step into a dark world from which he could never return?

Resuscitation, explores these questions and illustrates how one honorable man struggles with a choice between good and evil.


Two years ago, after narrowly escaping the clutches of a psychotic serial killer who held her hostage with intentions of crucifying her, San Diego homicide detective Sami Rizzo hung up her badge.  Tortured by nightmares of her near death experience, Sami tries to convince herself that social work will fulfill her need to help and protect victims.But when a second serial killer surfaces—a doctor who is using his victims as guinea pigs for horrific surgical experiments—Sami  abandons her goal to be a social worker for a chance to get back on the force and find this monster.

With a little fast-talking, she convinces the police chief and the mayor to reinstate her to the homicide division and begins her hunt for the killer. But as the body count grows and every lead turns out to be a dead end, Sami begins to think that this villain has outsmarted her—until one of the victims survives her ordeal. Suddenly, their cat-and-mouse game takes a sickening turn, and now Sami is the hunted one!

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22 responses to “About Resuscitation


    Ill be the first to buy your next one.

  2. Melody

    Yo Daniel, How cool. I am so thrilled for you. Don’t you know you’ve become a shining example of perseverance that all of us hoping to be published can look up to?

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  4. Hey, Daniel!! I’ve been so busy, I didn’t have a chance to look at your website and read all about your success! I’m so thrilled for you! You’ve worked so hard for this, and hard work pays off! Only in America! Congratulations to you, and much success in the future! Wonderful!

  5. One more thing, no wonder Amazon jumped on this book. Your reviews are amazing! I didn’t think of it before, but I will put a link to Amazon to buy your book on my website. I’m rooting for you, Daniel! It’s just great what is happening. You truly do paint a VIVID picture with your words, and that’s called TALENT! Great Job! Love, Rocky (computer lady)

  6. Daniel

    Cool! I really appreciate your support. Soon the current book will disappear and it will be replaced with the same book but with a different cover, profile page, and it will be available only as a pre-order until its re-release date, which will likely be in January. I’ll keep you posted.

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  8. Hello, I belive this is known as a beneficial web-site with superb stuff. That is why I choose to ask you if I can talk about your web-site on my website if I give you link back?

    • Daniel

      Feel free to talk about my web site. I did check out your blog and I’m not quite understanding what it’s all about.

  9. Theresa

    I just stumbled over your book, how lucky for me. I loved it. I couldnt put it down. I am curious to know when Resusitation will be available.

    • Daniel

      Thank you, Theresa. I truly appreciate your positive words. I am about 20,000 words into Resuscitation, and expect it to be completed by November. However, once completed, I still have to go through the very complex publishing process. After I sign a deal with a publisher, it might take as long as a year before it’s published, which is a timeline over which I have no control. If you periodically check my web site, I will post updates and progress reports.

      One more thing: you could really help me by going into the Amazon.com web site and writing a positive review. 5-Star reviews really help me get recognition from readers as well as publishers. Thanks again.


  10. Joyce Pegoni

    Dan I am so happy for you! I want to read your book.
    It sounds wonderful. I am going on Amazon today to buy a copy and I will spread the word. Take care!

    • Daniel

      Hi Joyce,
      Be warned: this is not a book for the faint of heart. Thank you for your support. Next time I visit family in Rochester, we’ll have to hook up. Glad you found me on Facebook.


  11. Joan Bickel

    Just finished reading “They Never Die Quietly” and loved it. I’m 75 and am an avid reader of murder, mayhem and thrillers. Where would I post my name so that I am informed when your next book “Resuscitation” is available in paperback? Thank you for the pleasure of reading this and God Bless.

  12. Daniel

    Thanks for the kind words. Nothing pleases an author more than positive feedback. To answer your question, I don’t have a system in place to alert you when Resuscitation is published. My only suggestion is for you to check my web site periodically to get updates. Sorry about that.

    On another note, you could do me a huge favor by logging in to the Amazon.com web site and writing a positive review for me. Every 5-star review helps me promote my book to potential readers.

    I thank you again for your support.

    Warm regards,


  13. Roll off Containers

    Hey there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  14. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say great blog!

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