J.M. LeDuc is a writer of inspirational fiction; in the thriller genre. He is a native Bostonian, who transplanted to south Florida in 1985. What started out as a reprieve from the cold weather became a permanent move due to meeting and falling in love with his wife of twenty-three years, a native Floridian; Sherri. They are the proud parents of a twenty year-old daughter; Chelsea.
When asked, why he writes, J.M. responds, “The answer is actually quite simple: It’s just part of who I am. I was blessed to have had a mother (under whose maiden name I write) who loved the written word, and passed that passion on to me. When I was eight years old I was diagnosed with a rare congenital joint disease which prohibited me from playing sports, so all my adventure was pursued through writing and reading. By the time I reached high-school the doctors gave me permission to actively participate in sports and I threw myself into the fray headfirst.
“I started out with snow skiing and quickly added the adrenaline rush of skydiving, scuba diving, and triathlon racing. My adrenaline pumping adventures culminated by competing as a bull and bareback rider on the rodeo circuit out in Colorado and Wyoming. I later got into survival/adventure racing, in which the races would last from 4-5 hours to 4-5 days.
“My competitive days quickly came to an end with bilateral hip replacements in both 2000 and 2003. From that moment on I once again turned my adventurous spirit inward and quenched my thirst for adventure through my writing. You’ll find that many of the activities that I have been personally involved in become part of the protagonist’s personality.”
J.M. is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Florida Writers Association, and the Christian Writers Guild.
You can contact J.M. LeDuc at firstname.lastname@example.org.
on Sep. 14, 2012 :
I’m a fan of any good story out there, but I’ve always had a soft spot for mystery, suspense, and thrillers. I have taken some heat for this over the years but I’m a Dan Brown fan. His books are well paced and fun so when I met author J.M. Leduc at an author showcase a little over six month’s ago he caught my attention with his Trilogy of the Chosen where in each generation a single person is given the task of keeping the secret to eternal life safe. If anyone ingests the formula, the world will face a cataclysm worse than the Great Flood and this time humanity won’t be spared. Sounds exciting, right?
In the course of the first book, we meet the hero Brent Venturi, and through a series of flashbacks we’re shown the training he undertook to become one of the Phantom Squad including their final training session that nearly killed him and his comrades. That brings me to this week’s selection.
J.M. Leduc’s Phantom Squad is a novella that focused on Venturi’s final training mission and the reason for forming the Phantom Squad under the watchful eye of Seven. While it contains some of the same flashbacks seen in the first book of the trilogy and fleshes them out, I was disappointed due to my assumption it was going to focus on Venturi’s final mission in greater detail and delve deeper into the trauma he faced following it.
With that in mind, it was still a very entertaining story as I’ve always enjoyed characters similar to Venturi and Seven. Venturi keeps his emotions under control and buried, sometimes to his detriment, while Seven is your stereotypical instructor (think Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket without as much abuse. Beware the language for young viewers.:))
(review of free book)