Merritt Scott (Rusty) Miller is a former newspaper reporter and editorialist who has published extensively in the Pacific Northwest and several times nationally. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, he began his media career in the alternative journalism of the mid-Seventies. His own Sacramento-based monthly, Rapline, which reached readers in 17 American states and three Canadian provinces, drew praise from Sacramento Bee metro columnist Herb Michelson, and from Ernest Callenbach, author of the best-selling Ecotopia and editor emeritus of the Berkeley Film Quarterly.
An American with roots in British Columbia and Washington, Mr. Miller has written for several U. S. Northwest community newspapers, United Press International, the Portland Oregonian, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Press and the University Herald.
As an investigative reporter for the McMinnville, Oregon News Register -- and in conjunction with CBS Television News in New York, Washington, DC and Flagstaff, Arizona -- Mr. Miller localized a story of alleged Contra gun-running by an international air freight company headquartered in that Willamette Valley town.
During the 1987 Angel Complex Fire in southern Oregon, Mr. Miller worked as the lead dispatcher for the U.S. Forest Service and covered the disaster for National Public Radio and in a feature to the Portland Oregonian. His 1988 series on child abuse for the Umpqua Valley Free Press drew praise from the executive director of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
In his career as a journalist, Mr. Miller has interviewed a Nobel peace laureate; an internationally renown abstract painter; a popular folksinger; and various Pacific Northwest elected officials, including the present governor and treasurer of Oregon. His beats have included all but sports and society.
As a travel book writer, Mr. Miller penned demographic and feature copy for the Best Choices series on British Columbia, Eastern Washington,. Virginia, South Carolina and Atlanta.
As either a contracted or staff publicist, Mr. Miller has served the Philadelphia String Quartet, Umpqua Valley Community Hospital, the City of Canyonville, the Tiller Ranger District, The English School, the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, Yamhill County Assessor Kim Worrell, and Workers of Oregon Development.
His freelance publications include: United Press International, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Portland Oregonian, Forest World, American Trucking, Trucks, Oregon Adventures, Oregon Education, Old Oregon, The Entertainer, The Seattle Press, the San Juan Island Sounder, Northwest Passage, Northwest Connection, Seattle Downtown Source, Seattle Forum, the University of Colorado's Writers Forum, Clouds, The Long Beach Literary Journal and the Pacific Media Group.
He has worked since the age of thirteen and has been a bartender, communications analyst, dance and show combo leader, civil servant, forester, harvester, convenience market clerk, lumbermill worker, temporary word processor and admin assistant, technical writer, and editor. He has also led a social services research and development team and has six years of radio and telephone communications experience.
Mr. Miller's interests include the arts, Canada, cats, creative writing, Irish history and music, nature, photography, technology and zoology. Mr. Miller currently resides in Seattle's University District, where he has just completed a futuristic sea warfare story set in the waters off Vancouver Island and the Puget Sound. He is now working on a second novel about Canadians and Americans living in Cascades along the Boundary. He has also just finished a children's story about the first years in the life of a pocket-sized, telepathic white mountain lion whose observations on the human species have been published in the American Northwest and which earned him a commendation from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Wrath of the USS Testament: a futuristic tale of mutiny, rebellion and war


It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.

This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.

Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge inCanada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.

A simple operational order and one which has served America well. UntilTestament

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