Robert became a fan of thrillers as a teenager when he discovered Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. These works, and others, inspired him to start writing his own books and a life-long dream was born. He first created his central characters Steve Bennett and Amanda Clark in college, though it would be many years before he hit on the right stories for them.
In his early forties he conceived the Port Mason series, stories set in and featuring a fictional city 'somewhere in America' that he describes as inspired by St. Louis and Portland (Oregon) with a strong dose of Chicago-style politics and corruption to keep things interesting.
His first Port Mason story, "The Inheritance", was originally released in 2013. An updated and re-written edition was released later that year. Book two in the series, "The Servant", was released in 2014. He is currently working on the third installment, "Sniper", and has plans for five additional novels in the series.
Robert was born and raised in Illinois, where he lives with his wife, Angela, and their children, Josie and Jimmy.
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When same-sex marriage becomes law, the killing starts. The perpetrator: A vicious psychopath who calls himself 'The Servant of the Lord.' The man determined to stop him: private detective Steve Bennett, who joins the hunt when one of his best friends falls victim to the killer.
Sam Harman has just inherited three billion dollars, thrusting him into a dangerous world of money, power, intrigue and murder. How will Sam and his family survive?
Smashwords book reviews by Robert Gonko
- Smashwords Book Marketing Guide
on March 22, 2013
Fantastic advice for new authors who can't afford traditional advertising. Well written and easy to understand.
- The Gospel of Mars
on July 01, 2014
I quite enjoyed The Gospel of Mars. It's a kind of 'Left Behind' done as a real science fiction piece. (I never understood why my public library housed the LB series in the sci-fi section).