Mountain Lake Press was founded in 2008 by two author-editors with long experience, both of whom cherish fine writing--fiction and non-fiction alike. Our aim was to offer high-quality but reasonably priced books and multimedia products. We published our first title that year: the deeply thoughtful debut novel Requiem for the Bone Man by R.A. Comunale, M.D.
Then we published our first non-fiction offering, the fourth edition of Safe Young Drivers: A Guide for Parents and Teens by Phil Berardelli. In print since 1996, this renowned book on driving instruction has been highly praised by a host of experts and reviewers.
Also in 2008 we released the second and third books by R.A. Comunale: the delightful Berto's World, a collection of short stories about the youthful days of Robert Galen, the protagonist of Requiem for the Bone Man; and The Legend of Safehaven, the second installment of the trilogy The Safehaven Chronicles, which began with Requiem for the Bone Man.
In 2009 we released on CD the unabridged narration of Berto's World as well as Dr. Comunale's second short-story collection, Dr. Galen's Little Black Bag. The book outsold the works of 90 other authors, including celebrities and bestsellers, at the annual National Press Club Book Fair in Washington, D.C., that year.
In 2011--after a year of editing and production--we published, as our first hardcover and electronic editions, The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA by Richard L. Holm. The Craft We Chose is an outstanding memoir by a legendary member of the intelligence community, and it has received rave reviews. We followed with Clover, the concluding volume in Dr. Robert Comunale's The Safehaven Chronicles trilogy. Just as Dr. Galen's Little Black Bag had done in 2009, Clover topped all sellers at the 2011 National Press Club Book Fair.
Also in 2011, we released electronic versions of Safe Young Drivers and The Driving Challenge: Dare to Be Safer and Happier on the Road, Phil Berardelli's audacious blueprint for reforming aggressive drivers. We then published Dr. Comunale's other four novels as ebooks. And in December, we debuted Phil's Favorite 500: Loves of a Moviegoing Lifetime. This title, available only in ebook form, presents a wealth of movie recommendations based on Phil Berardelli's years as a TV movie critic and his lifelong affair with motion pictures. We confined it to electronic form for a special reason: Phil includes links to clips, previews and selected featurettes covering nearly every movie on the list so readers can sample the recommendations instantly. Updated regularly since 2011, we are preparing a newly organized edition of Phil's Favorite 500 for 2017 as well as a companion title, Phil's 2nd Favorite 500. Both will include new movies, updated links to clips, recommended books and more of Phil's inimitable commentary.
2012 saw downloadable audio versions of R.A. Comunale's five books, all beautifully narrated by Ron David, whose voice is familiar to viewers of the Discovery and History channels, and many other TV outlets. Breaking more new ground that year, we released, simultaneously, the hardcover, downloadable audio and electronic versions of Adventures in the Scream Trade: Scenes from an Operatic Life. A frank, insightful and frequently uproarious memoir by Charles Long, the book presents a vivid, behind-the-scenes look at the world of opera made accessible to all adult readers. The author recorded the captivating narration.
2012 also marked the beginning of D Street Books, our imprint for an eclectic range of electronic and audio titles. First was the ebook version of The Caliphate, a tense spy thriller by André Le Gallo, former senior intelligence officer with the CIA. We also published the ebook of Genesis: The Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic account of the monumental space mission.
2013 saw two new titles and an audio version of a third. Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler, by Luke Bencie, an internationally known expert on the topic, provides essential advice on protecting yourself and your proprietary business information while abroad. We also released the bleak, chilling novel And Darkness Fell, David Berardelli's portrayal of one man's desperate struggle to survive amid a collapsed society. It quickly became our top-selling ebook that year. The downloadable narration of The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA represented the seventh addition to our growing audio library.
2014 was a banner year for Mountain Lake Press and our D Street Books imprint. We joined Independent Publishers Group, one of the largest book distributors in the United States. The partnership has given us great new opportunities to make our books available through many more channels and introduce our authors to a much-wider audience. Also, the Susan Schulman Literary Agency selected us for subsidiary rights representation. The agency offers our titles to TV and film venues, and for translation into other languages around the globe.
Our 2014 releases included two more André Le Gallo ebooks featuring CIA operative Steve Church: Satan's Spy, in which Church and his partner--and significant other--Kella Hastings attempt to thwart an impending Iranian cyber attack against the United States, and The Red Cell, a spy thriller that begins in downtown Washington, D.C., then sweeps across Europe and climaxes in San Francisco Bay. We also released, in hardcover and as an ebook, Hillwilla, a fascinating story from veteran writer but first-time novelist Melanie Forde. Set mostly in West Virginia during a bleak Appalachian winter, Hillwilla will captivate you from its abrupt opening to its life-affirming conclusion. The National Press Club selected Hillwilla as one of only two literary novels at its 37th annual Book Fair in November, an event featuring more than 100 authors.
Our ebook titles for 2014 included After Darkness Fell, the jarring sequel to David Berardelli's post-apocalyptic thriller And Darkness Fell; and Luke Bencie's second and already highly acclaimed book, Global Security Consulting: How to Build a Thriving International Practice, which we also released in hardcover.
In 2015, the Library of Congress selected all five audio versions of R.A. Comunale's novels for its national Books for the Blind program, a singular honor. Print releases included our most important title to date, Inside Jihad: How Radical Islam Works, Why It Should Terrify Us, How to Defeat It, Dr. Tawfik Hamid's brilliant analysis of the worldwide terror network; and On the Hillwilla Road, Melanie Forde's excellent sequel to Hillwilla.
In 2016, we released a unique and valuable resource for the nation's exploding population of senior drivers. Published as an inexpensive paperback and as an ebook, Drive On! Preserve and Prolong Your Time on the Road contains essential information compiled by editor Phil Berardelli and an exceptional group of journalists and experts.
For 2017 and beyond, we have three new novels in the pipeline, including the finale to the Hillwilla trilogy, a haunting spy romance and a period epic. As mentioned, we are planning an update of Phil's Favorite 500 along with a spillover title. Plus, we will be attempting our most ambitious work by far. More about it later; for now, we are calling it The Q Project.
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