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Richard C. (“Dick”) Reynolds was born in 1934 in East St. Louis, Illinois and raised mainly in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1953, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve as a private, and retired twenty-four years later as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his first twelve years, he served in infantry units as squad leader, platoon sergeant, platoon leader, and rifle company executive officer. For the second twelve years, he served in communications-electronics assignments. At the end of his military career, he also taught computer science and programming courses for two years at the George Washington University.
From 1977 to 1994, Dick was a System Engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company in Fullerton, CA and Brussels, Belgium. During this time, he worked on command and control system programs for Greece, Norway, and Denmark, and on air defense projects for NATO, the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Just after retiring from the Marines, Dick took up mountain climbing. During the period 1974 to 2002, he scaled approximately 150 peaks in New Mexico, Colorado, and California. He put this experience to good use from 1994 to 2002 as a member of Santa Fe Search and Rescue Group, performing on missions in the local Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
After retiring from Hughes, Dick began a fourth career—fiction writing. His thirty-plus short stories have appeared in such publications as Timber Creek Review, Skyline magazine, Barbaric Yawp, and Imitation Fruit Literary Journal. Two of his stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Dick's third novel, Nightmare in Norway, has just been released. His fourth novel, Filling in the Triangles, was recently released in print by Valentine Press (valentinepress.com).
Dick and his wife Bernadette currently reside in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
on Aug. 18, 2012 :
Have you ever started a book, and brought it with you to work to read on your lunch hour every day simply because you couldn’t bear to wait until you got home to continue reading it? Well, that’s how I felt while I was reading Dick Reynolds’ second novel, “Mayhem in Mazatlan”. This plot is superbly crafted and extremely engaging. The author is truly a master at building suspense slowly, pulling you along, carefully feeding you just enough hints along the way as to what could come next, but not enough to blatantly give too much away. The end result is that the reader feels as if he or she is right there with the characters, helping to solve the mystery. This story has characters who are credible, likeable, detestable, genuine and sympathetic, and who will stay with you long after you’ve finished this book. Jill Lapin Zell
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Sep. 02, 2011 :
Interesting thriller plot with a touch of romance. Moves well with accelerating action. It ends with the feeling that there will be a sequel.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on May 11, 2011 :
Entertaining read (until the end), realistic dialogue, easy to follow plot and comfortably read within a couple of days. Whilst the main part of the book was worth 4 stars the ending was a real disappointment - to me it felt as if the author had stopped to make a coffee but never returned! The ending was so abrupt I thought my Kindle 'page turn' button had stopped working, surely there should be another page at least - alas not!
(reviewed 61 days after purchase)