A priest with no soul, a humanitarian with no heart, a soldier without honor and a reporter with no clue. They cross paths with a warlord of an oil-rich nation of his own bloody creation in the closing days of the Cold War. Horrifically enough, hilarity ensues. After disappearing for seven years,

Mark Fritz (yours truly) crawled out of the cesspool of American journalism to write PERMANENT DEADLINE, a CATCH-22 for the 21st Century. After covering every significant global event of the post-Cold War era, the cumulative result is fiction of frightening familiarity. Six people with lethally divergent agendas and overlapping deadlines collide explosively in ways darkly comic, disturbingly real, and provocatively offensive.

In the first of a series of novels and non-fiction books in progress, dirty secrets will be spilled about America’s twisted view of heroism, piety, patriotism and the mindless drones who cost more lives than any other piece of the power elite: the media. PERMANENT DEADLINE is an epic adventure in an alternative reality. It defies genre yet illuminates and entertains even as it challenges the reader to connect the characters and events before every thread is woven together.

To me, journalism went from sacred calling to source of outrage to, finally, a theater of the absurd. One finds it clear why Vonnegut and Heller and Pynchon chose to portray war and its twin engines (greed and lust) as surreally dark comedies filled with characters oblivious to their absolute lack of honor.

This here reporter is the author the award-winning book, LOST ON EARTH: Nomads of the New World. I covered national and/or international news for the Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. I’ve written extensively about the medical establishment's fleecing of the elderly, the role of propaganda in wartime strategy, the uselessness of laws based on emotions, the generational conflicts triggered by the aging population, the epic routes taken by massive amounts of immigrants, the impact of changing demographics on the environment, and the genetic engineering of the food we eat.

Some early feedback:

“PERMANENT DEADLINE is an insider's look into what it’s like to be an outsider in the club of 'professional journalism' and so much more. Mark is a renegade. He paid his of the most fascinating minds I will ever meet.” Cami McCormick, CBS News Correspondent and six-time winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award.

"Hilarious. Unlike so many corporate journalists, Fritz loves to rock the boat." former AP National Correspondent Dana Kennedy, foreign correspondent and reporter for CNN, ABC, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, LA Times, Financial Times.

* “Delightfully wicked. Funny as hell. I suppose it could be called blasphemous." Father Daniel Beegan, Roman Orthodox Church, former AP Washington Correspondent.

*Arrogant asshole," Reid Miller, former AP East Africa Bureau Chief.

The definitive history of the years that followed the fall of The Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism.

Salon: "Cruel....but strangely delightful.

Though the war cost many lives, rising from the rubble was the art of Japanese industrial design, including this 210 hp ZX-14 Ninja.

On the Road Hunting for the Taliban

Secular Militia in South Khandahar Will Kill for Hash

Live and Let Die
Richard C.K. Wong was recently asked to insert a feeding tube into Lucy McGowan, a 100-year-old stroke victim who was semiconscious, half-paralyzed, sick with pneumonia and addled by a brain infection. "Why is she here?" he wondered.

“I hope many people will be touched—as I am—by the human tragedies LOST ON EARTH conveys with emotion and talent,” says Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. From Salon: "As in "Angela's Ashes," the sparkle of personality turns a book you might expect to be unrelentingly grim into one that you don't want to end."

The Last Secrets of World War II
"He was a civil servant in an uncivilized society, an underling assigned to incinerate the secret messages that circulated among his sinister superiors. He was a small cog in a big bureaucracy built by madmen to murder millions. Fritz Kolbe hated his job. But what could one man do? Damage, he decided. Serious damage."

Power of Parental Grief
For every child killed by crime or calamity, there seems to be a new law. Outraged mothers and fathers make good drama but not always good legislation. Even MADD founder Candy Lightner says the politics of grief have seized control of the political system. "How are you going to say 'no' to a crying mother?" she says.