Harley Carnes

Author,   Purveyor of opinions and ideas,   Teacher of Pilots.

The Novels

A Hole in the Apple

Listed below is some of the critical acclaim and attention that my novel has been receiving.  I hope you'll buy a copy and pass it around to your friends. 

Interviews and reviews for the book

Here are two reviews:

Dr. Neil C. Livingstone - nationally recognized terrorism and national security analyst writes:

Move over Tom Clancy and make way for Harley Carnes, who has written one of the most vivid and exciting novels yet on the terrorist threat to America. Carnes knows his stuff and the frightening thing is that everything in his book could happen. "A Hole In The Apple" should be required reading for every member of Congress and top government official. Although it's a novel, the terrorist threat described in the book is very real and could, with some modifications, become our darkest nightmare. It will keep you up at night long after you finish.

Info re: Neil Livingstone.

Neil C. Livingstone is the Chairman and CEO of Executive Action LLC. He is the author of 9 books on terrorism, two of which have been made into TV movies. He is widely used as an expert on the subject on a wide array of television and radio media, and is widely quoted by many nationally known newspapers and magazines.

Army Colonel (Ret.), Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland writes:

"A Hole In The Apple" is a gripping suspense novel that reveals the complexity of 21st century warfare and the multiple threats to contemporary America. It demonstrates not only the multifaceted nature of modern warriors but also their methods AND motivations."


Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland is the senior military and national security consultant for CBS news. Visiting Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at the Pennsylvania State Dickinson School of Law. A U.S. Army (retired) colonel, during his military career he served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States and Europe. This included assignments as the Director of European Studies at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, working on the Conventional Forces Europe Treaty (CFE) from 1988 to 1989. He commanded the 3rd Battalion 17th Field Artillery, VII Corps during Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. Dr. McCausland was previously a member of the Department of Social Sciences, West Point; a visiting fellow at the Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and a research fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.

A Hole In The Apple - Synopsis


The criminal plot is to destroy the city with rampant fear, extort billions of dollars and leave U.S. Homeland Security in disarray. The horrifying prospect is: it just might work.

John Boulder uniquely knows the quarry, Hassan al Rashid, and rejoins the chase after years away from the CIA.

The unique union of an Islamist terror mastermind with a South of the Border drug cartel boss creates a logistical nightmare for the American heroes who fight to save the nation's biggest city from an ingenious plot.  The backdrop of the struggle is the politics of the day, and the streets of the big city and it's environs.  Hard, perhaps impossible choices bedevil both elected leaders and the professionals who face them.  It is an achingly real situation in which, even in victory, defeat may be the only honest choice.

This novel is a warning and a wake-up call to America's leaders and protectors, and a red flag for us all..

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I am pleased to say that the sequel to  A Hole In the Apple  is done.  I'm talking to a publisher about the project, which, like A Hole In the Apple might include a screenplay.  The sequel is called  Abraham's Knife, and the critics who've seen it tell me they like it.  I hope you will, too.