THE ASSASSINS by Bob Doerr
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: