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Ron Graves was born in San Diego and graduated from San Diego State University with a double major in biology and history and a minor in journalism. After college, he opened a small chain of restaurants and then began a career in commercial real estate. Later, he opened his own agency, interacting with private development companies, as well as the politicians governing their pursuits. Years of observing and learning how differing factions promoted their political views into creating projects, supplied Graves with valuable insights.
Those insights brought him back to an unfulfilled desire to write a novel. Long an admirer of writers such as Robert Ludlum, Steve Martini, Tess Gerritsen, Michael Crichton and Vince Flynn, Graves launched more aggressively into novel writing about 15 years ago. In addition to his first novel, Blank Slate, his second book, Moving Parts, will be released in the summer of 2013. He’s currently working on his third.
Ron lives in San Diego and travels extensively.
R. C. Drake
on Sep. 07, 2011 :
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Words, Suspense/Thriller
By R.C. Drake, Author "Rhonda"
I love suspense, but I need it to be plausible. The two together make for a difficult combination to find in a book. I found both in this novel, which is a nice long read. It is filled with treason on the highest level, murder and deception as the backdrop. My attention was grabbed from the first line and then my pulse was made to pound as the tension began to build. You are drawn in by the characters as you feel their anquish and bewilderment at times. I highly recommend this novel to anyone desiring an unsettling thrill. I love reading new Authors, I am always searching for that distinct and different slant. This book throws in those tilts, just enough to keep you uncertain and wondering.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
J. C. Allen
on July 19, 2011 :
A businessman whose company develops cutting-edge technology designed to change warfare as we know it, becomes embroiled in a maelstrom of deception, murder, treason, espionage, political intrigue, and kidnapping when his corporation’s invention is stolen by someone he trusted, and sold to a corrupt Chinese official who intends to use the technology to destroy the United States and ensure his own power in the Chinese government.
Darren Vance quickly finds himself neck-deep in situations he could never have imagined in his struggle to neutralize the enemy’s plans and rescue his young daughter, an unwitting victim in this power struggle. Millions of lives are at stake – can he succeed?
R. W. Graves has written a taut, fast-paced thriller sure to satisfy readers who enjoy a good conspiracy-laced, twisting, turning, rollicking ride. Download and hang on!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 17, 2011 :
Terrific read and a great story line. With a story that includes deception, high technology, murder, international conflict, treason, and tragedy, you will not be disappointed. Being a suspense/thriller junkie this book was right up there with the best of the best writers. Blank Slate is an exciting new book from a new author, my big brother.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)