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James Viser is the pen name under which I published my first two novels in the AMERICA FIRST trilogy: LIE MERCHANTS and MADE IN CHINA. I am a consultant to the international oil and gas business with an education background in international business, economics and finance. In addition, I have studied comparative religion and have been active in the political process. In my works, I synthesize my diverse experiences and knowledge base into intelligent action thrillers with a spirituality. I call that Spiritual Patriotism.I was born in California and earned a B.S. degree in International Management and a minor in Economics from a major public university. I started my professional career as as an analyst with an integrated, multinational oil and gas giant where I learned the ins-and-outs of the oil patch. Working nights and weekends, I later I earned an MBA – Finance from a private university.
Currently, I work as a management consultant to the global oil and gas industry. Before joining my current firm, I worked for an independent oil and gas company, raised venture capital as the Chief Financial Officer of an Internet start-up and opened (and then closed) my own business.
Politically, I was an intern for Morris K. Udall and later served as an elected delegate for Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign up to the Colorado State Democratic Convention. After being a life-long registered Democrat, I decided neither of the two primary political parties accepted centrists, making it impossible to fulfill my mission of being an objective commentator and analyst. Consequently, I changed my political affiliation to “Unaffiliated,” or Independent.
I bring my diverse experiences in business, politics, comparative religion and spirituality into my work, creating a unique and page-turning reading experience aimed at cultivating Spiritual Patriotism. My current projects include finishing the third book in the AMERICA FIRST series — AMERICA FIRST. I live in Colorado with my family.
My writing influences include Ernest Hemingway, Dan Brown, Bob Mayer, Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz, Paulo Coelho, Paramhansa Yogananda and Torkom Saraydarian.