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Invention or Alter Ego?

Invention or Alter Ego?

Written by John Hutchinson, VJ Books, Tualatin, OR

John Hutchinson VJ BooksI grew up in a home that didn’t read much.  Oh my mom read trashy dime store romances and my dad did his best to get through the daily paper, but for the most part you couldn’t call us a literate household.  So it comes as no surprise that I didn’t read.  I got through school without much difficulty, not reading the required material, and had no concept of reading for pleasure.

That ended when I found myself in the USAF, stationed in Monterey, California.  It was there that I found what was to be my first novel, the book that would launch me into a lifetime of reading.  Lying in an activity room was an oft read, dog-eared copy of The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  I picked it up and I read – yeah, I did know how to read.

I was immediately engaged, enthralled, and fascinated at the story that unfolded, as I followed the Corleone family through their trials and tribulations.  As I read I was transported to their New York City home, and sat at the table as Don Vito, Sonny and Michael plotted their war against the five families.  Across the table from me, with his back to the wall, sat Mario Puzo, and I knew from that moment that the best authors are more than scribes.  It is their heart and soul that evolves in to the characters that jump from the page.

I never had the chance to meet Puzo, but am sure that somewhere in his persona was the very essence of Don Vito Corleone.

One of the profound privileges of our business is that I get to meet and know the authors than pen my favorite stories.  It provides a whole new dimension to the work and a broad insight in the characters that grace the pages of their novels.  One has to wonder how many authors find the idea for their most notable protagonists in their own alter ego. (more…)

See our new video! Cusslercon 2010

John interviews Clive Cussler and Jack DuBrul about their newest (The Jungle) as well as interviews with Grant Blackwood and Kerry Frey from the Adventure Writer’s Competition.

Click to see the fun that was had in Arizona at the 2010 Cusslercon!

 

Author News: Phil Mercer and the Jungle with Jack DuBrul


Jack DuBrulToday is the official laydown date for THE JUNGLE, so I thought I’d give Jack DuBrul a call and see how he feels about his latest collaboration with Clive Cussler. It seemed a shame to take him away from his writing, but I always enjoy talking with him.

Jack says that THE JUNGLE is probably his favorite Oregon Files book, and he sounds pleased with the twist he adds to the ending of the story.

From the “news fit to print” category, Phil Mercer lives! Jack is “hard” at work on the long awaited new Phil Mercer story. He is unwilling to share his working title, but did say that I can report that the story revolves around the global warming controversy, and starts with the long lost aviation pioneer, Amelia Earhart. As a long time fan of the series I was pleased to learn last fall that Jack would take a break from the Oregon Files to flesh out the Mercer tale that has been rattling around in his head for a couple of years.

So save a weekend sometime in the months ahead to head back to Tiny’s Bar, where you can slide onto a stool next to Harry White, order a Vodka Gimlet and wait for Phil Mercer to make an appearance.

I have it on good authority that he is on his way.

– John

NEW AUTHOR ALERT – INTRODUCING BOYD MORRISON!

“If the truth be known, I have always been an easy mark for a good adventure.  I eagerly wait for each new release by Clive Cussler, Jack DuBrul, James Rollins and Steve Berry, just to name a few.

Book after book these authors deliver suspense, intrigue, and offer creative answers to some of history’s greatest mysteries.  With the world frequently hanging in the balance their heroes save mankind from the latest villain, while simultaneously unraveling ancient riddles.

So how could I resist when I learned of a new author with a story lauded by Jim Rollins, Doug Preston, Steve Berry, Gayle Lynds and Chris Kuzneski?  I read an advance and was knocked out.  Morrison brings a new voice to adventure, and I predict will earn his own place in the genre.  I know I already have a place on my bookshelf reserved for his books!

Join me in welcoming Boyd Morrison to our community of collectors.” – John Hutchinson, co-owner of VJ Books

 

JOHN’S BOOK REVIEW – THE ARK BY BOYD MORRISON

ark-morrison1Legend has it that somewhere on Mt. Ararat sits the remains of Noah’s Ark.

In a genre that has shown us the whereabouts of the Island of Atlantis, King Solomon’s Mine, Alexander’s Library, and the gold of the Incas, it was only a matter of time for The Ark itself to see daylight.

The only question was “who would find it first?”  Would it be Clive Cussler, James Rollins, Jack DuBrul, or Steve Berry? No, they are all beaten to the punch by newcomer Boyd Morrison!

Morrison delivers all of the thrills we’ve come to expect is his debut novel, The Ark (Touchstone, May 2010).  The story begins with archaeologist Hasad Arvadi announcing that his lifelong search for Noah’s Ark is about to bear fruit as he struggles to record his final thoughts, trapped in a darkened chamber, succumbing to multiple gun shot wounds.

The story roars to life as Arvadi’s daughter, Dilara Kenner, also an archaeologist is marked for death by the same dark force that has taken her father’s life.  She teams up with Tyler Locke, an engineer whose past may offer clues to a plot so sinister that it signals an end to the human experience.  Locke and Kenner race against time to unravel a vast conspiracy led by a villain so real it will make your skin crawl.  Can they stop him in time, and how does the story of the flood and Noah’s Ark fit in?

Move over Dirk Pitt, stand aside Phil Mercer, watch out Cotton Malone, Tyler Locke is on the scene promising Boyd Morrison a commanding place at the adventure table.

The Ark  has it all, a tall dark hero with unsurpassed skills and incredible timing, a beautiful archeologist who can handle herself in a fight, a wealthy bad guy with plans to dominate the world, and clues to a ancient mystery that will have you rethinking human history.

The Ark is one hell of a ride. 

CHECK OUT THE NEW AWESOME BOOK TRAILER FOR THE ARK HERE !

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