A Suspenseful Novel About the Navy, the White House, & International Terrorism


Report from the

Circle William Book Party



U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington, DC

February 11, 1999

Circle William was officially launched at a book party at the U.S. Navy Memorial on Thursday February 11, 1999.  Nearly 150 people were in attendance including most of the prominent individuals whose “blurbs”appear on the book’s back cover. Among those present were former National Security Advisor, General Brent Scowcroft, Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward, author Tom Ricks and former Secretary of the Navy Sean O’Keefe.

Also present were numerous past and present White House officials, senior Navy officers (including the namesake of Circle William’s main character, Rear Admiral Bill Schmidt), many nationally-known journalists, and past and present co-workers of the author. (more…)



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Bill’s then-boss, George Tenet, the Director of Central Intelligence, who was traveling in the Middle East, called during the event. His complimentary and humorous comments were broadcast to the partygoers over the Navy Memorial’s public address system.
One of the hits of the evening was a special batch of Circle William beer that was bottled for the occasion by the Shenandoah Brewing Company. This may be have been the first ever beer bottle labels featuring a book cover and a website address.  The unique beer bottles helped set the tone for this unique party which was produced by Circle William web diva, Peggy Harlow.


The Navy Memorial’s Ship’s Store sold copies of Circle William at the party with the proceeds going to support the Navy Memorial. The event was such a success that the Memorial ran out of its stockpile of 100+ books. They have since resupplied and you can  order an individually signed copy of Circle William directly from the Ship’s Store and support the Navy Memorial at the same time.



Rear Admiral Bill Schmidt, accidental namesake of one of Circle William‘s heroes, signs his name to the author’s copy of the novel.  (Bill Harlow insists that the Admiral and the fictional Bill share only a name — not experiences.)