The Monk’s Hour is the second book of a trilogy involving Tim Adams, ex intelligence operative and Vietnam Vet. Following his experiences in ‘Never Recovered‘, Adams is approached in California to investigate the death of an art collector in Thailand. Within days, he discovers that not all the collector’s efforts concerned Buddhist icon recovery, but also transfers of reincarnated monks, prisoners and contraband through a mysterious system called ‘The Conduit’. Once again, Adam learns while dodging violent reactions in northern Thailand that not everyone wants the matter resolved. Based on current events in the vastly secret and lucrative Asian artifact trade, ‘The Monk’s Hour’ represents a fictional account of a system few understand.
Harry Obst interpreted for seven American presidents. This book takes a look at five of them from the interpreter's perspective inside and outside the Oval Office: Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan. Most Americans have very little familiarity with professional interpreting, a profession known fairly well in Europe and Canada. After finishing WHITE HOUSE INTERPRETER, the reader will understand what interpreting is all about and why this profession is of considerable importance to many segments of our society: from the White House to the courthouse, from the military battlefield to our hospitals. Many thousands of highly trained professional interpreters and translators help the European nations and other highly developed countries successfully export large amounts of goods and services and keep millions of jobs at home. Obst examines the dismal training picture in the United States and urges remedial action. The book is written for the general reader. The author avoids the linguistic jargon. He mixes the technical information with interesting anecdotes, many of them never published before.