Stories in the heart of forgotten places

A middle grade mystery about addiction, loyalty and the start of a beautiful friendship. 

The day Mindy and Pablo stumble across a Prohibition tunnel leading to an old mill, now being used to smuggle opioids, is the day they start to save Mindy’s dad. But Pablo, a Dreamer kid, has his own dad issues; his family is always one step away from deportation. Drawn by their love of soccer the twelve-year-olds know they must stop the counterfeit drugs without approval of their families—or the authorities.

However, an octogenarian neighbor becomes their mentor. He knows about the mill’s nefarious past and warns them to stay away. Will the kids become victims of the drug gang if Pablo risks his life to save Mindy’s dad? Can Mindy give Pablo’s family hope for a better future?

The pair uncover a callous scheme to yank the safety net away from drug users by lacing recovery pills with fentanyl. Now they must kill the plan.


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Never Less Book Cover
Illustration and Design by Leah Palmer Preiss.

Never Less is a timely and empowering story to help middle graders learn about the opioid crisis in a seriously fun, adventurous and relatable way. Young readers will see how they can solve tough grown-up problems by being a true friend more and more…never less.


“Never Less deals with a difficult and highly-charged subject in a thoughtful way.  Author Geoffrey Wells has taken great care to craft an empathetic novel that will spark important conversations with middle school students.” 

~Jeannie Moon – Librarian and USA Today bestselling author of adult fiction.  


“Never Less is a compelling story
told through the eyes of two engaging and very likable
12-year olds. Their bravery and friendship made me want them to succeed against a truly evil villain and kept me reading until the riveting ending.”

~Dr. Lawrence Walser, M.D.


What I liked best about this story is how much these kids value their friendship. Though they are from different backgrounds, they are, in every sense of the word, simpatico. In an ideal world, young people shouldn’t have to deal with adult problems. But we know better. Sometimes, they have no choice. And in Never Less, they do not shy away from their responsibility.

~Steven Ramirez


“Nicely paced with a few unexpected twists which kept the momentum going. I comfortably read it in one session. It has an interesting take on the drug scene . . . 
It is certainly a thought provoking novel.”

~Laurie Robertson

“This is not just a story about addiction, but a story about two teens who care so much about their fathers that they are willing to do anything to keep them safe. Pablo and Mindy are wise beyond their years, and their tenacity and big hearts showcase the importance of family, biological or chosen.”

~Lindsay Larris, MSW, LCSW, LCADC,
licensed therapist and alcohol and drug counselor


“I found this to be a unique book, allowing our family to look at the opioid epidemic. (It was) a safe way for our kids to discuss what was happening in their schools. I cannot rate this novel high enough. We all need to look at this epidemic, and what our parts are in this. If we join together like these two kids did can we help to curb it?”  
And her daughter said . . .
“After talking and knowing that someone else understands, Pablo and Mindy begin to see a way to help their families.  I really liked this novel.  We shared it together as a family.  I think discussing Never Less with my mom made this novel easier to talk about the difficult things in it.” ~SRR.

The Trilogy for Freedom

Will a war heroine turned activist drown in a Long Island wetland? Delve into her psyche as she weighs her choice to care against her freedom to belong.

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Read about the books of the Trilogy below.


Book One:
A thriller about a quest for freedom in a nation struggling for its own liberation.

He faked her death to escape the secret police.

Gida works for the shipping company and knows too much. Three warring factions on the verge of revolution want the name of the ship with a cargo of guns. Raf, a student on vacation, helps her escape across the border by faking her death. But the lovers split up, disagreeing about their commitment to freedom. Loveless years slip by until Raf gets a blackmail note. Facing ruin, he must prove he did not murder Gida in Mozambique. As if destined to be forever caught up in a fado, his regret and melancholy from the Portuguese folk song compels him to find her. Yearning to be liberated from his emotional apathy, he must uncover her treacherous life—as a double agent.

He must find her.

Book Two:
The FBI tells her they are trading ivory on her website. They say she can help.
She doesn't believe them.
But she must...

Passionate to regain her online status with composers she refuses to be a victim. In New York, they team her up with a Tanzanian street vendor but this no place to track down warlords who fund their wars by killing elephants. Drawn deeper into the mission they go undercover to infiltrate the black markets of Dar es Salaam. The mission quickly falls apart when she’s captured and forced to witness the poisoning of elephants at a waterhole. Her handlers can no longer be trusted. However, a clue in her music helps her partner to spring her from the warlord hideout. They run. They go dark and fall in love on a dhow headed for Mombasa. Are they headed into oblivion or will they return to New York changed forever?

Book Three:.
An eco-thriller about finding belonging
in a lost ecosystem.
Two women protecting a bay...
their way.

Does she lose her way in this heartbreakingly real eco-thriller?

To stay free Allison must keep a secret from a young refugee boy: his activist mother is never coming home. With the hacking skills that sent her to prison, she has, on her release, discovered the activist’s unpublished blog. She’s left her family and her adopted boy, to fight for the bay.

About me and my books

My books draw from my involvement in the environment.  I have observed elephants in Botswana, farmed oysters with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and have videotaped five seasons of Long Island Grown, a lecture series with farmers and chefs for the Peconic Land Trust. I participate in triathlons and swim the open water of Peconic Bay.

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