From his hardscrabble NY upbringing, through the NYPD ranks and into the FBI and beyond, Kevin Hallinan has seen a lot of history. He's walked the crime and corruption filled streets of 1970s and 80s New York and seen from the inside, the often gray line between law and order. Hallinan was instrumental in the formation of the city's first joint task force on terrorism, and also did a fascinating stint as head of security for Major League Baseball. His amazing life story spans layers of history, evolutions in law enforcement and hair-trigger international relations. Kevin's life and learning are at once informative, thrilling and entertaining, but perhaps most of all, totally inspiring.
Written by Kevin Hallinan with Rob Travalino
“The Showman” is a unique literary look into the life and times of Damon Lamar, who's inspiring parallel life with childhood hero Muhammad Ali, led to an eventual lifelong friendship with the man they calll "The Greatest of All Times." Raised among some of Harlem's greatest entertainers and show people, Damon took the amazing lessons of his youth, and combined them with the champ's amazing mentorship. He then brought all of this amazing experience to 125th Street and Harlem, where Damon, as community activist, won a hard-fought 2-year struggle to retore honor and peace to the community during the 1980’s recession. In the spirit of great showmanship and mentorship, Damon accomplished all this in true "Showman" style, by getting the people of the comminty to stand together and raise it up as a force for positive change. This one-of-a-kind inspiriing project, which is also being developed by Aventine for TV and film, is repped on the lit side by New York agent Linda Langton of Langtons International Agency. The book is expected to be out to publishers later this fall.
By Damon Smith as told to Rob Travalino
"The Ten Prophets" explores the very foundations of life, society and humanity to challenge our notions of why it all is the way it is. The ensemble tale follows the pivotal moments in the often dangerous and pressure filled lives of seemingly diverse individuals and in the end, seduces the reader into reflecting on the truth of their own existence. The interwoven adventure challenges both the characters and us to wonder how life so interconnected can be made to feel so very different?
Written by Rob Travalino
Linda Langton was recently featured in the Huffington Post as a "New York Super Agent".