August 19, 2013

Last Stop Receives 5-Star Review

Terri Lynn Merritts gave Last Stop on Desolation Ridge a 5-star rating on Goodreads.  Here’s her review: “This is another excellent action/thriller book by Peter Pollak. The author gave me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I loved it! “Logan Gifford has caught on to the shady dealers of the people he works with at Tekram Corporation and they shove him into a shady private mental institution where he is kept in solitary confinement, kept literally in the dark, and left malnourished. They finally decide to kill him by taking him out to Desolation Ridge and shoving him off a cliff thinking he will be injured and die alone where no one goes, especially with his […]
April 21, 2013

Text of Interview with me in 4/21/13 Daily Gazette newspaper

Peter G. Pollak always realized he had an affinity for writing fiction. What he didn’t have was the time. A 1961 Gloversville High grad who grew up both in the Glove Cities area and Northville, Pollak has produced three novels since his retirement in 2007. His latest book is “Last Stop on Desolation Ridge,” published in January, and he is working a fourth, which he refers to as a “heroic fantasy.” He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio with a history degree, then spent a year in Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement working as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer, and eventually came back to the Capital Region, where he got his master’s and then his doctorate […]
March 10, 2013

Day One at the Tucson Festival of Books

The big story today unfortunately was the weather. It was cool and rained on and off, depressing the turnout and driving the crowd under shelter at times. We closed down our table a few minutes early because it started to rain on my books. Nevertheless, we did very well, including two customers who made my day–one was a friend who bought 5 copies of Last Stop on Desolation Ridge for her bookclub to read. The other was someone who had read The Expendable Man because someone who had purchased it last year had loaned it to her. She liked it enough to buy Last Stop. That’s the kind of story that writers die, kill and pray for. I only got […]
March 8, 2013

Typos, Facebook Likes, Book Selling, et al

A dear friend found some typos in the paperback version of Last Stop on Desolation Ridge. As a result, I’ve uploaded revised editions for e-book readers. If you try to buy it on Amazon for the Kindle it may say the book is under review. It’s an automatic process that takes a day or two at the most. The paperback version is also being updated and as a result it also may not be available for a few days. Of course, it’s frustrating to an author when someone discovers typos in her/his book. I recognize that I am not to be trusted to edit or proof-read my own writing. Too many self-published writers do not. Likes on Facebook of Last […]
February 7, 2013

Why did I choose the Adirondacks as the setting for Last Stop on Desolation Ridge?

Let’s start with the fact that my father fell in love with the Adirondacks when he spent a year doing an internship at the Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville circa 1939-40. Having been born in Vienna where he skied and hiked in the Alps, he was pulled to America’s oldest mountain range. After he did his residency in downstate New York and married his Viennese sweetheart, he came back to Fulton County to the village of Northville to take over the practice of a doctor who was serving in the military––post Pearl Harbor. When the doctor’s tour of duty was up, my parents moved into Gloversville where my father began his own practice. Despite offers to move elsewhere, my father […]
January 27, 2013

The Prologue from Last Stop on Desolation Ridge

Last Stop on Desolation Ridge   A NOVEL by Peter G. Pollak    Copyright © 2013 Peter G. Pollak All Rights Reserved ISBN: 0985036621 ISBN-13: 9780985036621   Prologue (October 27, 2003)   “I won’t do it,” Logan Gifford, Tekram Corp’s Comptroller, said emphatically. He stood up and started to walk out of the conference room. But before he reached the door, two of Security Chief Everett Lipton’s men grabbed Logan and forced him back into his seat. “Wrong answer,” Lipton said. “Take your hands off me,” Logan yelled, squirming to get out of their grip. “Hold him still,” Lipton said. One of the men put Logan in a headlock. Ignoring his screams, Lipton took a syringe off the table and […]