Pearson, New York
Dun on Dun
I am inspired by various outdoor environments from the Amazon jungle to the islands of British Columbia. I am particularly fond of the north coast of California—the redwoods, the rivers, the razor-backed mountains just inland, and the mist-shrouded, pre-historic mood of the place. The snowy peaks of the Trinity Alps, the coastal lowland forests, and the pounding surf of the Pacific are an easy drive from my home. Many of my settings are out of doors and my plots involve elements of the struggle between a life close to the earth and the fruits of technology. These days everything from warfare to healing is being driven by an understanding of biology and the truths of our universe. This explosion in knowledge is being used both for good and for evil. And sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. But save us all from the soapbox. I’m here to tell stories and above all else to try and make them entertaining.
My new novel, Unacceptable Risk, is the story of Sam—half Tilok Native American, half Scotsman—a freelance espionage expert who is trying to prevent a powerful mind-control agent from falling into the wrong hands. The story is inspired by a rare Amazon beetle that excretes a poison that takes over the brain of its victim. My scientist friends say that while the poison only works on a particular type of insect, the principles involved could have powerful application for modern medicine. In Unacceptable Risk I explore what might happen if the science was used for the wrong ends. Unacceptable Risk is my fourth novel, and the second is a series featuring Sam.
My first published novel, Necessary Evil, is set in a fictional forest region based on the Trinity Alps. It tells the tale of a Native American outdoorsman, Kier (Sam's cousin), and a city-loving female FBI agent, Jessie, who together thwart a plot to unleash a genetically engineered plague.
My second novel At the Edge is the story of two lawyers who could scarcely be more opposite in their approach to the wilderness. They represent opposing forces in the Timber Wars, each with a gut commitment and pure conviction. These two rivals are thrown together to solve a dangerous mystery and in the process find they are playing for their lives. In Overfall, the first Sam novel, a daring sea rescue unravels a multi-national effort to use genetic engineering for nefarious purposes.Good reading!
About David Dun