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The straight noise on silencers

The tech website Ars Technica has a great piece on the devices folks slap onto the end of guns in movies (and, truth be told, in thriller novels!) allowing them to kill their enemies with barely a...

Will this robot sub find the Atlas Fracture?

Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia are using a sonar equipped robot sub to measure Antarctic ice shelves from the underside. Will this little robot swim under the Ross ice shelf and find...

A view from The Ceres Plague

  One of the more remote towns in America is the tiny village of Gambell, Alaska. Located at the northwestern tip of St. Lawrence Island in Bering Sea, Gambell is only 40 miles from Russia’s Siberian coast....

Life imitates thrillers

It’s not often that the elements of an adventure thriller come true in real life. But reality has just given my thriller The Atlas Fracture a gold star. The book speculates on microbial life found...

Sneak peek at The Ceres Plague cover

Here is a sneak look at the cover for the next book in the Perry Helion thriller series, The Ceres Plague. Perry discovers that a former Air Force Base in the Bering Sea, supposedly...

Polar bear protection: shotgun or rifle?

In addition to my role as reputed kingpin of the Perry Helion thriller series (the next book of which, The Ceres Plague, will be out in September), I am also the editor of Ocean...

Atlas Fracture re-design sneak peek

Here is a look at a new cover idea for my Perry Helion thriller, The Atlas Fracture. This re-design is still in the works, could go in just about any direction. Let me know...

Sporty Spy Vehicle

In the final scenes of my upcoming thriller, The Ceres Plague, Perry Helion has to crash a private party driving a Belaz 7555 mining dump truck (also called a “haul truck”). Not your usual...

Ceres Plague first draft and Provideniya

The final scenes of the next Perry Helion thriller, The Ceres Plague, take place in the struggling Russian Bering Sea settlement, Provideniya. Like some other cities in Russia — and America — Provideniya has seen...

Research catches up to Dr. Crandee

Writers often do research for their books. And while most of that digging is routine —  street names, bullet calibers and wine chateaus — it can delve into some wonky, specialized corners. Sometimes this...