In The Dung Beetles of Liberia we meet the descendants of these American settlers, the "Americo-Liberians," also known as "Congo People" through the eyes of Ken Verrier. Ken's story is based on the remarkable true account of a 19 year old American who arrives in Monrovia in 1961. Follow his fast paced adventures that take place just when the stirrings of revolution were getting started. The extremes of wealth and poverty are stunning and the opportunities to make money everywhere. Predictions of future chaos become obvious.
A retired Aviation Safety Inspector for the FAA, Daniel V. Meier, Jr. has always had a passion for writing. During his college years, he studied History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW) American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School and in 1980 was published by Leisure Books under the pen name of Vince Daniels.
He also worked for the Washington Business Journal as a journalist and has been a contributing writer/editor for several aviation magazines. His historical action/adventure, The Dung Beetles of Liberia was released in September 2019.
Dan and his wife live in Owings, Maryland, about twenty miles south of Annapolis and when he's not writing, they spend their summers sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.
I wrote No Birds Sing Here because I wanted to study, and satirically explore, the world of two young people motivated toward artistic achievement in a post-modernist world; a world that followed two devastating world wars and upending social and economic change. Also to answer the question of what the human condition would be in this environment where every human emotion, passion and drive existed except love.
The winter of 1609–10, commonly known as the Starving Time, took a heavy toll. Of the 500 colonists living in Jamestown in the autumn, fewer than one-fifth were still alive by March 1610. Sixty were still in Jamestown; another 37, more fortunate, had escaped by ship. As the food stocks ran out, the settlers ate the colony’s animals—horses, dogs, and cats—and then turned to eating rats, mice, and shoe leather. In their desperation, some practiced cannibalism.