Author David R. Carney will be in Scottsboro Friday for the signing of his new book, The Quest, at KC’s BBQ, from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

“The Quest” is a travel and historical fiction adventure story, set in the 1950’s about a teenager whose father was proclaimed missing in action in Korea and posthumously awarded the Silver Star for bravery.

Carney said the book takes place in large part in a fictious place named Rattle Snake Cove, in Jackson County.

“The part about Rattle Snake Cove is very beautiful,” said Carney. “It makes you wish you lived there.”

Carney said the teenager finds himself homeless after losing his father and moves to the Arizona desert before later shining shoes in Chicago.

The teenager travels around the world all while wanting to return to his girlfriend in Rattle Snake Cove.

Carney retired from the U.S Army as a senior non-commissioned officer and is also a retired banker. He spent seven years in Europe and has traveled to over 30 countries around the world. As a young teenager, while a Boy Scout, he became very familiar with the Arizona desert.

Carney said the book is not a biography, although he was able to draw on his rich background of diverse international experiences to write the story.

He said he was raised in a dysfunctional family and lived in many homes across the nation while attending many schools.

“I became a high school dropout, later earning my MBA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville,” said Carney.

Carney said he has been very instrumental in the military veterans community, often speaking at events as well as organizing events for deployed service members and their families.

He lives in New Market with his wife, Judith, and their two cats. Judith is also a published author.

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