Daniel V. Meier, Jr.
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 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 worked briefly 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 will release 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.
The Dung Beetles of Liberia: A Novel Based on True Events
Ken Verrier is not happy; nor is he at peace. His sudden decision to drop out of college and deal with his demons shocks his family and friends. His destination: Liberia; the richest country in Africa. both in monetary wealth and in natural resources.
Nothing could have prepared him for the experiences he was about to live through. He quickly realizes that he is in a place where he understands very little and where the dignity of life has little meaning. Even his clean-cut appearance sets him apart from the ex-pat community; a motley group of ex-Nazis, Israeli spies and British adventure seekers
Flying into the interior bush as a transport pilot, Ken witnesses first-hand the disparate lives of the Liberian natives and the Americo-Liberians. These descendants of the freed slaves that President Monroe's ACS sent back to Africa in the 1800's have set up a strict hierarchical society not unlike the antebellum South.
Ken's story is a based on the true account of a young American who landed in Liberia in 1961. It is a story that exposes a sordid society upon which the wealthy are feeding and in which the poor are being buried.