Dirk’s Books

Where are we when we're half an hour West of Tomorrow?

A thoughtful romance of corporate intrigue, betrayal and misplaced love in our age of shifting paradigms and flexible ethics.

In West of Tomorrow, re-careered Marine Colonel Clay Conover confronts his checkered past and uncertain future in a crisis of conscience and identity. While training Sheera Prasad, a rising star corporate has cherry-picked from another company, he learns she’s been hired her to unseat their boss, a man Clay has always admired.

If Clay goes along to get along, corporate is prepared to make it worth his while. Complicating Clay’s looming decision is his budding relationship with Sheera. Clay’s decision will affect the lives of many, including his own. Will he choose self-serving rationalization or the ethical high road? West of Tomorrow is a tale of corporate intrigue, betrayal, misplaced love and the phoenix living in all of us.

Now available from Amazon in paperback and kindle formats.

Isn't hope in some form our Best Case Scenario?

In Best Case Scenario, Nyra Westensee struggles with a constellation of identity issues, personal & professional, in our age of swirling change and paradigm shifts. Facing a mountain of student loan debt, there’s urgency in her job search…an urgency rendered more frustrating by the dawning suspicion she prepared for a future that will no longer exist, in 15 years.  

As if her professional uncertainties were not enough, Nyra is still waiting for her personal life to get started. Deep down, she wants to love and to be loved. Not too much to ask, she thinks and while she’s not drop-dead gorgeous, she has a pleasant face, a nice figure and a lot to offer the right someone. So…what’s wrong with her?

Best Case Scenario is the pilot volume in a series following Nyra’s growth from young woman with more questions than answers, to her dawning sophistication and a life of promise and purpose…if she can just get out of her own way.

Now available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Now available on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle

Through the Windshield: Drive-by Encounters with Life

Our lives are the offspring of our thoughts.

Truth is a shapeshifter. Sometimes it slams into us like a head-on collision, changing everything in a moment. But more often, it arrives camouflaged in the ordinary, its significance becoming clear only upon reflection.

Sooner or later, we realize we are at once our own jailors and the instruments of our own freedom, streaking toward our destiny, lurking just beyond our headlights.

This anthology is a collection of Dirk’s short stories, as well as excerpts from previously published work and a preview of Tier Zero, Volume I of the Knolan Cycle, his science fiction series of first contact. Tier Zero is now available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.

Tier Zero,Volume I of the Knolan Cycle

cover art for Tier Zero

Is everything we think we know about hypothetical “aliens” wrong?

First contact between the Knolan Concordant and Earth took place thirty two years ago. This would come as a surprise to the hypothetical authorities on Earth (or Kurrithaal, as the Knolans refer to it) 

But it isn’t just humans on Earth obsessing over their the latest natural disaster or political scandals in for a surprise. Lysia, one of only two Seekers assigned to settle in on Earth and await the Awakening (or Attaru) as they call it, is startled from a sound sleep by the unmistakable resonance of a Seed awakening. 

It’s way too early for Attaru, but Lysia has been exhaustively trained and despite her inexperience, she’s certain the awakening one is a half-Knolan Seed. The implications are potentially far-reaching…not simply for Knola, but for Marty Tellus,  the unsuspecting awakening Seed, whose life is about to change forever. Tier Zero is now available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.