Erin Go Kill is the first book in the four-book Gordy Tyler murder-mystery/thriller series.
In the fall of 1987, the level of IRA violence escalated in Ulster as the IRA urban guerilla campaign morphed from fierce internecine warfare in blue-collar neighborhoods to elite upper-class targets in government, corporate board rooms and exclusive gentlemen’s clubs. Buy the Book!
All evidence pointed to a returned Irish expatriate, Sean O’Neill, a retired U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) field agent and former U.S. Marine major as the mastermind behind that tactic.  O’Neill’s closest friend in Vietnam and the Middle East, Gordy Tyler, was reactivated from civilian life by U.S. Naval Intelligence and loaned to NSA to go to Ireland, find O’Neill and bring him back to the U.S.A. by any means necessary, “dead or alive.”  O’Neill’s activities were considered to be international embarrassments by NSA and the U.S. Government
Tyler and career NSA agent, Bridget Mahoney, who has loyalty and agenda issues, as well as latent psychotic illusions, pose as honeymooning tourists.  Mahoney is equal to Tyler in all things except physical size.  She has her way through feminine wiles, or by ruthlessly obliterating all opposition and anyone unfortunate to be caught in the crossfire.
After they survive a botched assassination attempt in a dark, narrow, 18th century cobblestone alley in a Dublin slum, Tyler and Mahoney reject the failed NSA mission plan, go rogue and get cheerfully loud in pubs throughout the picturesque villages and historic sites along the Republic of Ireland/Ulster border.  That allows O’Neill to find them when he is ready to be found.
After an epic quest, Tyler and O’Neill have a reunion in the storm-swept ruins of Dunluce Castle, where an Ulster police trap catches only Tyler, who has several very bad days before he is released.  Both sides exchange pucker events amid actual historic events of that time, after which the IRA, NSA, and Scotland Yard cooperate to head-off a massive massacre of innocent civilians.  Then the story gets even more exciting.
Set in Ft. Worth, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Dublin, Ireland; and Ulster from the storm-swept ruins of Dunluce Castle to the bloody streets of Belfast, Erin Go Kill is interwoven with international intrigue, intense personal loyalties, institutional deceptions, the excesses and aftermaths of colonial oppression, the intimate violence of sectarian warfare between neighbors and its collateral victims, a budding romance between evolving adversaries, and actual historical events in the Republic of Ireland, Ulster, England and Europe during that era.
Erin Go Kill is available at local bookstores and online at,,, or at 1-888-795-4274 ext. 7879.  The second book of the Gordy Tyler series, Bad Moon Over Alpine, should be out in December 2013 if the Good Lord is willing and Rush Creek does not flood.

 Author Bio

David Daniel Ferman
Born 8 April, 1933

Raised in a low-rent corner of Wichita, Kansas, during the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and WWII, Dave was a high school All-American in journalism.  Dave paid his way through college by kicking footballs, rough necking in the oil patch, modifying airplanes at Boeing and painting airplanes at Beech Aircraft Company, and was a 17-year old bartended and bouncer in a honkey tonk roadhouse.  During the Korean War, Dave was a U.S. Marine Grunt, an MP (military cop), a recruit DI (drill instructor) and a Marine pilot.  After he crashed, burned, and nearly drowned in a Florida swamp, Dave served a tour with Naval Intelligence in the Middle East in 1955, mapping potential helicopter landing zones without the blessing of the visited countries and being shot at by both Israelis (at the Green Line in Jerusalem) and Arabs on the East Bank of the Jordan River.   After college, Dave became a high school English and science teacher, but Beech Aircraft offered him double his teaching salary to write flight manuals, and he never looked back as he hit his stride as a marketing and Communications executive for Chrysler, LTV Aerospace and Lockheed Martin.  When writing Erin Go Kill, Dave used several of his own experiences as literary fodder. After reading all of the official reports and relevant books that Dave could find, he toured the Irish Republic and Ulster in 1987 to swap sea stories and bawdy songs with IRA guerillas, young but determined British soldiers, and many of the usual suspects.

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In 1954, Dave was honored to be the first cadet pilot to be inducted as a colonel in the Confederate Air Corps which was then composed of active duty Marine and Navy fighter pilots who fought in the WWII battle of Guadalcanal as the Cactus Air Corps. In 1953, he was honored for bringing two towel-wrapped, reluctant sailors out of a raging barracks fire at the point of his bare bayonet. Dave founded the Project Payback charity for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wichita. His freshman year in college (1951), disgusted with the athlete accommodations, Dave lived alone in a lean-to tent on the banks of the Walnut River for many weeks without missing a beat in the classroom or on the gridiron (read Dave’s 1951).  Ten years after Dave sat down and talked with his long dead dad at age 44, he had no choice but to admit that something strange had happened. He finally worked up the courage to tell his readers that he had seen a ghost, so he wrote Ghosts That I Have Known as a civic duty.  The beat goes on.


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