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These days Doug Norton is into grandfathering, writing the next novel in this series, volunteering, and sailing. But there was a time . . . As a naval officer throughout most of the cold war, Doug had personal experience with nuclear weapons, both as objects of diplomacy and politics and as objects under his command responsibility--antisubmarine missiles that he might have to launch under cataclysmic circumstances.
That life journey, plus research, allows him to craft Code Word:Paternity authentically. As a warship captain he held launch codes for nuclear weapons and was prepared to use them, but he also participated in high-stakes international negotiations to reduce their numbers and the chance of nuclear war. In Geneva, Brussels, and Washington he experienced diplomacy and politics in tense meetings, glittering receptions, and deadline-driven all-nighters. A graduate of the Naval Academy and of the University of Washington, the author was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and head of international studies at the Naval Academy. After more than twenty-five years' naval service, Doug was an executive recruiter for fifteen years. He and his wife live in Annapolis, Maryland where he volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in search and rescue and the Anne Arundel Medical Center in the emergency department.