Thanks, Marilyn for this opportunity to be on your blog.  I’ve been focused on my writing now for ten years and have thirteen published books.  I enjoy writing and talking about my books.  A question people often asked me is, “Where do you get all the ideas for your stories?”

I explain that after nearly thirty years in a career that focused on criminal investigations and counterintelligence operations and then eight years in financial planning, I started my writing career with a plethora of ideas. The stories were all there in my mind.  The difficult part was not coming up with a new story, rather it was disciplining myself to write them.  

While I have no shortage of ideas to plot out, sometimes current events come along and present a situation that begs to be used.  This is what happened in October 2016, a month before the national elections, and as I began my planning for a new Clint Smith book. 

I realized that I had never seen (or at least recognized) such a politically polarized national election. What if the side that lost the election included a few powerful people who reacted by plotting to have the new president assassinated? For the book to work, it didn’t matter who won the election. It seemed to me that more people disliked each candidate than liked them. In fact, for a good part of the book I kept referring to the president as the president rather than he or she. 

Of all my books, I think this one is the most contemporary with world events. Staying with the contemporary theme, I set my story in Korea, and am now happy to announce the release of my new book, The Assassins, the third book in my Clint Smith series 

I’d like to share a short summary of the book, The Assassins:

“A disputed election has divided the nation, and a handful of senior, government officials have conspired to have the North Koreans assassinate the President of the United States. Believing the assassination attempt to be only days away, Theresa Deer, Director of the Special Section, a small unit whose existence is known by only a few in the U.S. government, sets out to interdict the man intent on providing the North Koreans vital information about the president’s itinerary for his visit to South Korea.  While Deer succeeds in her mission, she is severely injured and finds herself being hunted by the North Korean assassins who still intend to assassinate the president.  Clint Smith is sent to Korea to help Deer get back to the U.S. and finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the North Koreans. With no one in the U.S. government to turn to for help, and the South Koreans now also hunting them, getting out of South Korea alive is looking unlikely.”

I hope you get a chance to read and enjoy this book.

Bob Doerr, an Air Force veteran, has thirteen published books. His past books have won a variety of awards, and Bob was selected as the Author of the Year by the Military Writers Society of America in 2013.


What an exciting premise. Eager to read it.
Thonie Hevron said…
Bob, this book sounds riveting. I'll be picking up a copy at the PSWA Conference next month, personalized, of course!

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