Something New For Those That Have Read The Fifth Column

I’m not going to apologize for my lack of updates because hey… I guy has to eat and my regular nine to five has been quite demanding.  That being said I thought of a fun little exercise I think we all can enjoy.  Keep in mind this will be a lot more fun for those of you that have finished my novel (hint hint).

The format is simple.  I’m going to throw out some actors that I think would be best to play the roles of the characters in the novel and you’re going to tell me if you agree or if you think I’m totally off.  I’ve got three entries for this week and I think if this proves enjoyable I can add more characters in later udpates.  Let’s see how this goes shall we?

Michael Pena as Roman Pulido: Up until recently seeing him in End of Watch, I thought Michael Pena only had comedy chops. I think the guy is a serious actor and could pull off a small cameo role like Roman Pulido very well. The scenes he would have would require some chops but he’s not going to have to carry the entire film.
George Clooney as Jefferson Silva: I think Clooney is perfect as the older veteran soldier. I think his confident swagger would make a good foil for the next entry.
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Christian Bale as William Rache: We all know Bale can be brooding (seen any of the latest Batman films anyone?) He is perfect for this role with one possibly minor, possibly major problem. He’s getting almost too old for this role! Who knows what they can do these days with the magic of Hollywood though right?

What did you think of my picks? Agree? Disagree? Not quite sure because you have not read the book?  Get a copy at



Could the N-15 UPU be built out of parts from Home Depot?

If you’ve had the chance to see The Fifth Column Halloween Hype Video that my wife and I produced then you may have noticed the cool robotic hand prop that we used at the end of the video.  If you have not had the chance to see the video, please check it out here, and don’t forget to leave comments about how awesome my voice acting was (har har)!


The hand was built using various hardware from Home Depot for a cost of about $50.00.  It has three fingers and an opposing thumb and weighs a pound or two.  Both my wife and I were impressed with how well it turned out.  How would you feel about having the joints welded into a cool static pose and then welding the entire hand onto a steel decorative base and giving this “trophy” if you will as some form of raffle giveaway?

Would anyone be proud to display The Hand of Samuel?  Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook if you think this is a good idea!