Friday, June 21, 2013

Charles Ray: Author, Vietnam Veteran, Retired Foreign Service Officer

Until You Walk The Path, You Won’t Know Where it Goes will be chatting with author, Vietnam Veteran, and retired diplomat Charles Ray, on June 22,2013 at 1 pm eastern a he talk about how his life and career inspired his novels.

Charles A. Ray is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served 30 years in the US Foreign Service, and before that, 20 years in the US Army. During his army service, including two tours in Vietnam, he served in Military Intelligence, Special Operations, and Public Affairs, with tours of duty in Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and Panama, as well as posts throughout the U.S., and retired in 1982 with the rank of Major.

During 30 years in the Foreign Service, he was posted to China, Thailand, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Zimbabwe. His overseas assignments included service as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sierra Leone during that country’s transition to democratic rule, he was the first US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and was ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe. From 2006 to 2009, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs and Director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.
Since retirement from public service, he has been a full time freelance writer, and is the author of 30 books of fiction and non-fiction, including three books on leadership. He is a frequent blogger and contributor to several Internet news and content sites. Ray is also a photographer and artist, and has worked as a journalist and artist for a number of publications in the US and abroad. During the late 70s he was editorial cartoonist for the Spring Lake (NC) News, a weekly newspaper near Fort Bragg, NC. He is now the first chairman of the American Foreign Service Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee.

A native of Texas, Ray now makes his home in North Potomac, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC.

Kiss of Death

When Elwood Tucker, a low level member of a crime organization, is targeted for death by his boss, he comes to Al Pennyback for help. Reluctant at first, when Al learns that Seamus O'Grady, the crime boss, exploits underage girls, he decides to take the case. When O'Grady kidnaps Al's assistant Heather Bunche, it becomes personal. Al, with help from retired CIA agent Carlton 'Blood' Raine takes the war to O'Grady, fighting from sidewalk to rooftop in explosive action that is nonstop.


Buffalo Soldier

After completing a rigorous mission, Sergeant Ben Carter's detachment is given some much-deserved leave. Ben decides to stay on Fort Union, which is a mistake, because his commander assigns him to track down a band of renegade Apache warriors and return them to the reservation. A group of new recruits is assigned to Ben's command for the mission. He has to train them on the job, deal with warriors who would rather die than live on the reservation, and, as usual, cope with the prejudices of white settlers who resent seeing black men in uniform.

The White Dragons

The assassination of a minor official in the country of Dagastan sets in motion a chain of events that have international repercussions. American embassy deputy, David Morgan finds himself having to deal with an explosive situation when his ambassador engages in clandestine meetings with officials who plan to take over the government. At the same time, Alison Chambers, a State Department intelligence analyst, and Lee Kennedy, a diplomatic security agent, find themselves the targets of a vicious assassin when they look into the murder of a State Department desk officer who has been inquiring about the assassination. In Dagastan and in Washington, DC, a shadowy group known only as the White Dragons, appear to be manipulating events for unknown reasons, and anyone who gets to close to the truth of what they're doing ends up dead.

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Tune into on June 22, 2013 at 1 pm eastern to learn how Charles Ray turned his life of service into suspenseful novels of intrigue and betrayal . The phone lines and chat will be available for those who wish to ask questions. The phone number is (347) 838-9927.

The interview will be available in the archives at

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