Exploring Shey Gompa outside of Leh, Ladakh in northern India.

My latest book release offers a strategy for incentivizing citizens to start talking about and embracing peace.  Endless wars are bankrupting our country financially and morally, and setting the stage for nuclear war.  You can read about it here.

My campaign for citizens effecting regime change in Congress is here:  CFAR2018.COM

My campaign promoting the unique Peace Dividend concept here:  PEACEDIVIDEND.US

And, of course, I continue to write quirky, sometimes controversial, occasionally satirical essays, as ongoing commentary on our volatile, convoluted and often terrifying times. These blogs are located on my Slow Bullets page.


Since leaving America in August 2006, I’ve traveled to 34 countries. A great deal certainly has happened.  I’ve written eight full-length novels, the most recent ones being The Man Who Loved Too Much trilogy and Petrocelli.  I also have had over thirty short stories and seven poems published, wrote three non-fiction political polemics, and even found some time to compose a number of songs.  My most recent is a holiday ode, performed with my lovely and talented wife.

In my travels I have experienced quite a lot and had a few ideas along the way.  This site is to share my thoughts, photos, music, writings, travel experiences, and developing political and social commentary with you.  I hope you find it interesting and informative.


John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, novelist, and evolutionary humanist.  He has spent his life trying to resolve the intrinsic clash between the metaphysical purity of Buddhism and the overwhelming appeal of narcissism.  Prompted by the trauma of graduating high school and having to leave his beloved city of Detroit to attend university, the development of his social skills and world view were arrested at age 18.  This affliction figures prominently in all of his creative work.

Since 2008, when he first embarked on his career as a novelist, he has had 8 fiction and 3 non-fiction books published.  These range from three satires and a coming-of-age trilogy, to a political drama and now a crime thriller.  The three non-fiction works were political, his attempt to address the crisis of democracy and pandemic corruption in the governing institutions of America.

With the publication of his most recent novel Petrocelli, a gruesome story about human trafficking for prostitution, he has three more novels in the pipeline:  Love Connection, a drug-trafficking thriller set in Japan; Sex, Lies, and Coffee Beans, a spoof on the self-help crazes of the 80s and 90s; then finally, The Last Giraffe, an anthropological drama and love story involving both the worship and devouring of giraffes.  It deliciously unfolds in 19th Century sub-Saharan Africa. 

The hyperactive Rachel has also just completed a creative non-fiction work, which resists easy categorization, cryptically titled What Do Mermaids Eat?   It might be classified as a fantasy/travel/cookbook.  He began writing it in Japan and completed during a recent visit to the Philippines and Myanmar.

Also in the works is a creative non-fiction work, The Naked American.  It is allegedly an account of author Rachel’s travels since leaving America August 2006, but more likely the product of the voices in his head which have plagued him since puberty.

A number of prominent publishers have declared that they will do everything in their power to make sure these new books never see the light of day.  The stage is set for an epic showdown.

The author’s last permanent residence in America was Portland, Oregon where he had a state-of-the-art ProTools recording studio, music production house, a radio promotion and music publishing company.  He recorded and produced several artists in the Pacific Northwest, releasing and promoting their music on radio across America and overseas.

John Rachel now lives in a quiet, traditional, rural Japanese community, where he finds undiminishing delight in the ringing of temple bells three times a day by monks at a local Shinto shrine.  These days he is mostly immersed in good vibrations.