Troubador The Hardtack Diary

Released: 01/09/2013

ISBN: 9781780885766

eISBN: 9781783069583

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A man will do many things for the woman he loves
A mysterious man requests a private meeting with Hardington Tachman, university professor and naval intelligence officer. The visitor weaves a tale of intrigue that propels Hardtack, as he is better known, across the Pacific from Mexico to China – in pursuit of a missing weapon of mass destruction.
On the journey, Hardtack falls in love with Mei Li, an exotic young Chinese-American who is kidnapped in Hong Kong and disappears into the clutches of the Chinese mafia. Hardtack tracks her across China, while becoming ensnared in a plot to entangle the US in a war with China.
This page-turning thriller unfolds toward a climax in the sordid brothels of Taipei, culminating in a final reckoning.
This is the first in a new series featuring the adventures of the memorable Hardtack.

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A mysterious man wearing a silk tie intricately dotted with small garbage cans requests a private meeting with Hardington Tachman, university professor and naval intelligence officer. The visitor weaves a strange tale of intrigue that propels Hardtack, as he is better known, across the Pacific from Mexico to China in pursuit of a missing weapon of mass destruction. On this perilous journey Hardtack meets and falls in love with Mei Li, an exotic, young Chinese-American who is kidnapped in Hong Kong and disappears into the clutches of the Chinese mafia. Hardtack tracks her across China while ensnared in a plot to entangle the United States in a war with China. This page turning and fast paced thriller unfolds in twists and turns to a climax in the sordid brothels of Taipei and to a final reckoning with the plot’s evil mastermind.


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A gentle journey December 29, 2012
By Richard Gampell

I picked this up on a recommendation and read through it in a single day. It is a gentle reminiscence of a privileged-but-ordinary man's life. For the first half, it flows like a trickle of water advancing down a patch of pavement, with little forks and dead-ends along the way, always pushing forward. You get caught up in watching it, seeing where it will flow next. When the inevitable cliff arrives, the descent remains gentle, as if to say that such things are simply a part of every life's journey. The book invites you (again, gently, without the usual compulsion) to see your own journey in a similar fashion.

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Richard Wilson's The Hardtack Diary is, first of all, a great read. His ability to seamlessly combine suspense, espionage and romance in a series of exciting locales around the world is uncanny. Wilson kept me on the edge of my seat all the way, and my only problem was, towards the end, noticing that I had only a few pages left and would soon be bereft. A good book is a good friend, and now I'll just have to wait till Hardington Tachman comes back in a new tale to resume that friendship. The Hardtack Diary would make a great movie but, of course, with Wilson's talent and artistry I've already seen that, movie – in my head!

by Michael Rockland


 Richard Wilson

An honors graduate from Princeton University, Richard Wilson first worked on Wall Street before being commissioned in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and became an Intelligence officer, retiring from the reserves many years later at the rank of Captain. Among other duties he advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff on strategy in the Vietnam War, for which he was commended, and oversaw planning for basing at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Following active duty he became Vice President of a management consulting firm. Three years later he returned to Princeton to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, specializing in comparative politics and Chinese studies. He was a Lecturer at Princeton before moving to Rutgers University where he was University Director of International Programs and Chairman of the Political Science Department, retiring in 2006 as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. At Rutgers he authored/edited 14 books from presses such as MIT, Cambridge and The Free Press and 50 articles, chapters in scholarly monographs and reviews. In addition, he also served as Dean of the Chinese School at Middlebury College, was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Yonsei University in Korea, a permanent guest professor at Jilin University and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, a visiting scholar at Peking University and at Durham University, and was Editor-in-Chief of East Asia: An International Quarterly. He also owned a highly successful Chinese restaurant. At the present time he is writing novels with his identical twin brother. He currently resides with his wife, Myoung Chung Wilson, in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

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