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 Since retiring from the State Department, I have written two novels. The first was published under the pseudonym David Carmell:

The PLOT to COOL the PLANET, A Novel

by Sam Bleicher.  Newman Springs Publishing. 

Coming Earth Day, April 22, 2019, in e-book and paperback

Mounting Ecosystem Disruption

A Notorious Murder

A Rogue Diplomatic Scheme

June 2020. An outspoken climate scientist is murdered. Investigators believe she was assassinated to end her forceful advocacy for untested geoengineering techniques that might slow global warming.

Frequent extreme storms and rising sea levels are undermining the viability of coastal cities. Millions of subsistence farmers and fishermen are facing ruin as crops yields fall and fisheries disappear. No nation is volunteering to take in climate refugees.

Frustrated by the global paralysis, three small-island diplomats secretly launch a rogue venture to cool the planet. The odds of success are low, and the threat to their careers and lives is tangible. But they feel morally obligated to try. 

Their project uncovers other surreptitious interventions, causing perilous political, diplomatic, and military confrontations.

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Appointments, A Novel of Politics in our Nation's Capital
by David Carmell, pseudonym of Sam Bleicher  (2013) 

    Ambition, manipulation, love, and divided loyalties.

Seizing his opportunity in 2014, Alabama Senator Augustus Williams relentlessly pursues his dream of becoming the South’s first white Supreme Court Justice in decades, using every device at his disposal.   
His decade-long quest reverberates across the tangled web of Washington and national politics, with devastating consequences. It irreversibly alters his own life, the lives of lovers, friends, and strangers, and the course of history.
Appointments is available on Amazon at