Thursday, January 27, 2011

Basil Sands- 65 Below

Basil does not just write stories, but has lived a lot of what they contain. He has lived in Alaska, San Diego, DC, Baltimore, and Ohio. He tried a career in the Marines injuries sent him home early. After that he worked at the National Security Agency, owned a computer shop, was a carpenter, farmer, actor, lumberjack, voice actor, EMT, network admin, helpdesk supervisor, Boy Scout leader, IT trainer, radio talk host, youth minister, and was a sergeant in the Alaska Defense Force Coastal Scouts. At age forty he could still bench press 420 lbs. He lives in Anchorage Alaska with his wife and sons.

Product description:
After twenty years hunting terrorists under orders to "render harmless", USMC Master Sergeant Marcus Orlando Johnson, Mojo to his friends, settles into a quiet rural retirement on his childhood home in the Alaskan backwoods. But the idyllic retirement is shattered when Marcus comes across soldiers of America's staunchest enemy who are about to unleash a nightmarish biological weapon on the world from the most unexpected of places. With the help of his ex-fiancee, State Trooper Lonnie Wyatt, and his old special operations buddy Harley Wasner they race to stop a potentially devastating terrorist attack with worldwide implications but even nature is against them as the temperatures plummet to 65 below.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

They are action packed but written with realism in mind. Readers and listeners to the audiobooks have often asked if they were based on true events. In answer that I'll just it.

Q: Why did you go indie?

After 5 years, even with the help of professional agents, the fight to break into traditional publishing seemed impenetrable. The podcast audiobook versions of the books had been downloaded by over twenty thousand listeners and still no contract. So, I decided to risk it and go all in as an indie.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Frederick Forsyth, Alex Berensen, Daniel Silva, John Gilstrap, Web Griffin, and the early works of Ken Follett and Jack Higgins





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