Author Interview Thomas H. Goodfellow

INTRODUCTION

It is my pleasure to introduce Thomas H. Goodfellow—an author who recently released his international thriller, The Insurmountable Edge (Book One). Though I don’t normally read and post reviews for thrillers, I found his debut novel to be unique with engaging characters whose smart, crisp dialogue spiced up the action scenes with humor. My husband, an avid reader of suspense, buried himself in the book and commented that the main character, Jack Wilder, reminded him of Jack Reacher who was created by Lee Child. Thus, I contacted Thomas Goodfellow for an interview which he graciously accepted. 

Below you will find a brief biography, the interview, and the contact information for Thomas H. Goodfellow.

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas H. Goodfellow spends most of his time in California, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Wyoming.  He is an avid hiker and a fly fisherman (he always throws the fish back). He also has a lot of cats, dogs, and horses.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

Would you provide an overview of your debut novel, The Insurmountable Edge, that you recently released?

Rob Errera in Indiereader (Thanks Rob!), really hit the nail on the head in his review:

The Insurmountable Edge (Book One) is an on-point action thriller with a wisecracking antihero that will win over fans of Tom Clancy, Jeffrey Deaver and Robert Ludlum.  PTSD makes for an unreliable narrator and a wild­­–at times surreal–ride in this military who-done-it…A tough-as-nails general who cares for a troubled teenage niece as well as a fellow soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder, is called out of retirement by a beautiful damsel-in-distress.  If James Bond and John Rambo were mated in a secret government super-soldier laboratory–and the resulting male child raised by double dads Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne–he might grow up to be General Jack Wilder, star of The Insurmountable Edge (Book One) by Thomas H. Goodfellow.

What inspired you to write an international thriller about the United States pitted against China in the Middle East?

I think China is on a long march to destroy the United States.  I’d prefer they did not succeed.

What inspired you to create the primary character, General Jack Wilde? What are characteristics that are unique to him that make him stand out among other heroes in this genre?

I think he’s tougher, smarter, better looking, more athletic, more talented, and has a better sense of humor than most of the other heroes.  Not many of the others have even the slightest sense of humor so I really wanted to create a character who saw the world a little differently than most of them.

Is there any other character in The Insurmountable Edge that is your favorite? Explain why.

I love them all.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

Always.

Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

Everyone who has read The Insurmountable Edge has raved about it.  I didn’t expect that. 

What are three things you think we can all do to make the world a better place?

Just one.   Follow the Golden Rule.

What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?

Intelligence and a sense of humor.

What makes you laugh?

Marx Brothers movies.  Woody Allen’s character in a comedy.  Eddie Murphy’s character in Beverly Hills CopCaddyshackThe 2000 Year Old Man.  Dave Chapelle stand-up routines.

You can purchase The Insurmountable Edge at the following sites:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Spenser Publishing House

 

You can contact Thomas H. Goodfellow and learn more about him at:

Spenser Publishing House

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Review The Insurmountable Edge by Thomas Goodfellow

The Insurmountable Edge: Book OneThe Insurmountable Edge: Book One by Thomas Goodfellow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The U.S. is on the brink of a deadly war with China in the debut international thriller, “Insurmountable Edge: Book One” by Thomas H. Goodfellow. The only person who can counter the threat is the steel-edged General Jack Wilder. His execution of some of the deadliest missions on behalf of the US in the elite special forces has forged him into a deadly weapon which enemies will have to reckon with. Jack Wilder is similar to Jack Reacher created by Lee Child, but he has his own unique foibles.

The story starts out in a horrific scene where two children are forced to dig their own graves before they are stoned to death. General Jack Wilder then takes over as the narrator. Retired and living at his plush Californian ranch, he cares for his hellbent seventeen-year-old ward, Adelaide, and his army buddy, Jeff, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). Ironically, Wilder’s unresolved issues with PSTD makes him prone to hallucinations.

A striking physician, Kate, seeks Wilder’s help in solving a series of murders with international security implications at a company she oversees. Meanwhile, war is ready to break out in the Middle East with China that will have an “insurmountable edge“ in the conflict. Tasked with investigating the insurmountable edge, Jack Wilder’s mission twists with unexpected turns as murders pile up and he is sometimes off edge talking with imaginary people and animals—possibly clues to political machinations behind the scenes. The book does not end with a classical cliffhanger but continues in what will be a three-book series that should connect the murders and international conflict.

Author Goodfellow has written an action-packed thriller filled with unique, memorable characters and vivid descriptions. The interactions between the characters and the smart, crisp dialogue work hand-in-hand with action scenes and unexpected twists to drive the story forward. Even though Wilder struggles with his own internal turmoil, he is an engaging character with a hint of chivalry toward Kate. But make no mistake, he is more than capable of maximum damage against his enemies.

“The Insurmountable Edge,” is an exciting start to a three-book series that spins a complex web of international intrigue and unforeseen enemies that promise to be the ultimate match for Jack Wilder. Highly recommended for fans of complex international thrillers with a hero you can root for.

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Author Interview Katherine Burlake

Katherine Burlake, Author

Introduction

It is my pleasure to introduce Katherine Burlake, a Colorado author who has travelled all over the world on behalf of the U.S. Embassy operations. Katherine’s valuable experience in Saudi Arabia is reflected in her debut international thriller, The Bystander.

Biography

For nineteen years, Katherine Burlake has traveled to over a hundred countries, many more than once, writing reports on U.S. Embassy operations. She lived in Thailand and England as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, in Peru with the UN, and in the Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia for four years. Katherine often says, ” Many of the countries I visited were the world’s dangerous places.” From her experiences, she had a short story published in the Macguffin about buying a painting at the al Rashid Hotel in Baghdad.

Katherine Burlake in Kenya

Author Interview

Would you provide an overview of your debut international thriller, The Bystander: An Amy Prowers book?

The Bystander is a mystery thriller set in Saudi Arabia where rivalries in the royal family, religion, and oil money intersect. In a kingdom built on sand, an ambitious and devious prince uses terrorism to disrupt the line of succession and become king.

What was your inspiration for writing this book?

After living in Saudi Arabia for four years, I wanted others to understand the country.

How has your background in Intelligence and worldwide travel help you to write this book?

Everything we do in life, I believe is found in what we write.

Are there similarities between the character, Prince Rashid, in your book and the current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? If so, what are these similarities?

Both are royal princes in the House of Saudi. BS is the crown prince and presumed heir. Rashid acts to become the crown prince.

How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?

Currently, I am working on a book on Nazi gold and found that I have to do a lot of research on Neo-Nazi, something in which I was never interested.

Have you received reactions/feedback to your work that has surprised you? In what way?

I am surprised that many readers don’t realize how events in the Middle East impact their life today and in the future.

What are three things you think we can all do to make the world a better place?

Read more books to understand the world around you. Support climate change.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

A rag doll, Maudie May.

What are the most important traits you look for in a friend?

Honest, stability

If you could have one skill that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

To be a better self-editor

What might we be surprised to learn about you?

Having traveled all over the world, I will never cross the Atlantic Ocean in a ship.

What makes you laugh?

Political satire

What simple pleasure makes you smile?

Watching wildlife in the wild

You can contact Katherine Burlake at:

www.KatherineBurlake.com

kburlake@gmail.com  

You can purchase Katherine Burlake’s book at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Booktopia

 

Book Review The Bystander by Katherine Burlake

The Bystander: An Amy Prowers bookThe Bystander: An Amy Prowers book by Katherine Burlake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bystander by Katherine Burlake is an international thriller that provides a rich, in-depth perspective of the culture and history of Saudi Arabia. The main character, Amy Prowers, travels to Saudi Arabia at the request of her friend, a Saudi princess, to validate a major archaeological finding at the ancient city of Ubar. However, Amy is swept into political intrigue when she witnesses a bombing while staying at the Royal Doha Hotel in Qatar. The danger heightens when she and her comrades are kidnapped near the excavation site. After she activates the GPS on her watch so she can be tracked, the pick-up conveying Amy and her colleagues crashes in a sand dune. A mysterious man rescues them and leaves them in a nearby town. The subsequent events at the archaeological site and other bombings in the region culminate in a political conspiracy for one Saudi prince to rise in power.

Author Katherine Burlake masterfully weaves the culture and historical perspective of Saudi Arabia into an exciting international thriller. The story is told from the perspective of several characters, and their stories thread together to help the reader understand the political intrigue behind the scenes. The suspense works best when we are grounded in the point of view of Amy Powers and can sense the danger she faces. However, the tension and suspense fades toward the end because motivations behind the political intrigue are sometimes revealed too quickly.

I recommend this book to readers who’d like to gain more insight into the culture of Saudi Arabia and how its history might impact the maneuverings of the present-day Royal Family. A thought-provoking read.

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