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Book Banter S3 EP 118: Robert Hilliard Interview

* Possible Trigger Warning *

There is a discussion of slavery and the treatment of black Americans during the American Civil War Era and how it pertains to Robert Book, In Freedom's Shadow.

Hello My Happy People,

Today Dianne is bringing you her chat with author Robert Hilliard. His latest book, In Freedom's Shadow, is an exciting historical espionage thriller based on what is believed to be the true story of John Scobell. There is much speculation around the accounts of the heroics written to have been performed by Scobell, Dianne and Robert discuss the challenges of writing accurate historical fiction when the facts are hard to verify. Robert does an amazing job of taking available information and weaving it into a fascinating and engaging story that captivates the imagination and keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

While Robert may be taking his first step into the world of fiction books, he has decades of experience as a professional journalist to back up his new author endeavors. Robert spent more than three decades writing on sports, history, and the great outdoors.  He began his professional writing career working as a reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, but that is not the only publication to feature his work. His articles have appeared in Pennsylvania Wildlife, Upland Almanac, and Pittsburgh History Magazine. 

Robert also has the notable distinction of having not just one, but three articles in the Baseball, Basketball, and Pro Football Halls of Fame. With his work having received this kind of notoriety, it is easy to understand why he was asked to contribute to his first book project, Rivers of Destiny, a history anthology. However, it would be a decade before his next book project.

In 2012, Robert released A Season on the Allegheny, a detailed account of a year spent hunting in the Allegheny National Forest. Even with another well received publication to his credit, Robert would wait another decade to publish his first fiction novel. In Freedom’s Shadow is the story of John Scobell, and escaped slave who becomes a spy for the Union to help end the U.S. Civil War. Robert brings to life a new and exciting twist on the traditional espionage tale that is based on actual events. To find out more just click on the purple microphone to go listen now.



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Manic Monday TikTok Vlog

Time for more Dad Jokes!

How about some spy jokes inspired by today's podcast guests.

Q: Why don't you think James Bond is the world's best spy?

A: Everyone knows who he is, that makes him the worst "spy".

Q: what the code name for the rodent spy?

A: Anon E. Mouse

Q: Why did the Black Widow wear a disguise to the ball?

A: Because she went as a spy-der.

Q: How did the spy like to sleep?

A: Undercover.

Q: Why to potatoes make great spies?

A: Because they have eye everywhere!

Q: Why do spies never sing Soprano?

A: They prefer to stay low key.

Q: What do you call it when a spy investigates a butcher shop?

A: It's a steak out.

And last but not least . . .

Q: What kind of shoes do all spies wear?

A: Sneakers, of course!


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Season Three April/May Episodes:

April 3rd, S3 EP112: Interracial Romance NOW STREAMING

Khushi T. Saha, Author of the Unraveled Duet romance set.

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April 10th, S3 EP113: Fiction NOW STREAMING

Boo Trundle, Author of The Daughter Ship 

 April 17th, S3 EP114: Thriller NOW STREAMING

A. J. Landau, Author of Leave No Trace

A. J. Landau's Listing on MacmiIlan Publishers

April 24th, S3 EP115: Cookbook NOW STREAMING

Nandita Godbole, Author of Masaleydaar: Classic Indian Spice Blends

May 1st, S3 EP116: Science Fiction NOW STREAMING

     N. Joseph Glass, Author of Overlap: The Lives of a Former Time Jumper

May 8th, S3 EP117: Family Drama NOW STREAMING

Kezia Kos, Author of Kintsugi 

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May 15th, S3 EP118: Espionage Thriller NOW STREAMING

Robert Hilliard, Author of In Freedom's Shadow

 May 22nd, S3 EP119: Epic Fantasy

Ulff Lehmann. Author of the Light in the Dark Series

 May 29th, S3 EP120: Cyber Security

Theresa Payton, Author of Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth

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