Alex Drinkwater, Jr.



I was born to Alexander and Josephine Drinkwater in Providence, Rhode Island in 1945. After my father (who was a somewhat successful writer of fiction among other things) died in 1954, I was raised by my mother, a bookkeeper for one of the major jewelry firms in Providence. Although the last name is English, my heritage is Italian as “Drinkwater” is a translation of the original family name “Bevilacqua,” a change which took place in the early part of the 20th Century.

I attended the University of Rhode Island for one year and then dropped out to join the U.S. Army in 1966. Three and one-half years in the Army included one year in Vietnam and one year in Europe in various Army Intelligence assignments. In 1969, I was discharged and, after taking a couple of courses in night school, entered Rhode Island College in 1970, graduating with a BA degree in 1973 (Political Science major).

In 1974, I got married, took a job with the Defense Intelligence Agency and moved to the Washington, D.C. area. The marriage lasted five years while the job with DIA lasted fourteen. During this time I obtained an MA from Georgetown University (International Relations). Assignments in DIA were primarily analytical in nature, with the Soviet space program being my prime area of interest. My desire to write fiction manifested itself around 1979 and, in 1981, I began my first novel, entitled “The Ghosts of Hanoi.” This dealt with the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the question whether prisoners of war were still being held in Southeast Asia (and can be purchased as an ebook right here on Smashwords).

In 1988, I switched jobs, becoming a weapons system threat analyst for Air Force Systems Command. In 1991, AFSC merged with AF Logistics Command and my job transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio where I lived for ten years. During this time, I started my second novel, “Duly Constituted Authority," concerning a revolt of the Joint Chiefs of Staff against a White House bent on radicalizing the military. In 2001, I retired from government service and took a job as a counterterrorism analyst with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and relocated to the United Kingdom where I lived for almost eight years. The work was extremely interesting, although security considerations prevent me from talking (or writing) about it. There I met my second wife, Cathy, and we got married in the UK. We returned to the States in 2009, and now live in northern Rhode Island.

In addition to the two novels, I have written a third which is a science fiction thriller called "In the Name of the Sun" which is available here at Smashwords as well as I have also written a dozen or so short stories. My longer fiction can be categorized more or less as “military/espionage thrillers” while most of my short stories are science fiction or horror. I have published short fiction in an online magazine,, and another short story was published in Gate-Way Science Fiction Magazine.

Alex Drinkwater, Jr.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Messy - cluttered!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Providence, RI. My main character in "The Ghosts of Hanoi" is also from Providence. I suppose my southern New England, Italian-American background has had a major impact on my thinking process.
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Where to find Alex Drinkwater, Jr. online


In the Name of the Sun
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,770. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A mysterious cult that has taken on the trappings of the ancient Egyptian sun-god Ra is convinced Man does not belong in space and performs terrorist attacks against space assets and personnel. This is the story of three brave men dedicated to stop these attacks and bring the elusive cult leader and his followers to justice. But it turns out to be a very difficult - and dangerous - task.
Duly Constituted Authority
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,090. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
"Duly Constituted Authority" is a novel on the abuse of power and its negative consequences in the context of a radical administration bent on "reforming" the US military to conform to extreme "political correctness" and the efforts of a few patriots dedicated to thwarting the attempt. Their struggle results in the one of the biggest crises in the history of the US Government. It's a great read!
Tempus Non Fugit (Time Does Not Fly)
Price: Free! Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
If you could have an injection that would make you age much slower and live much longer, would you do it? Would you have everybody do it? Are you sure? Read this story, and you may be surprised at the potential consequences!
Wrong Gates and Seven other short stories from the pen of Alex Drinkwater, Jr.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,690. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Eight short stories from the pen of Alex Drinkwater, Jr., the author of "The Ghosts of Hanoi." They run the gamut from science fiction, horror, fantasy, and plain old revenge! One other thing: most of these stories contain "adult" content so caveat emptor.
The Ghosts of Hanoi
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 103,660. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Anthony "Buzz" Basilio is an intelligence analyst working on Vietnam POW/MIA issues. Many believe there are Americans still alive in Vietnam and pressure is on to find them, but Buzz doesn't believe it. In his zeal to prove the issue is a scam orchestrated by Hanoi to blackmail the US, he makes a few enemies, and meets a beautiful girl whose father is one of his enemies--and wants him eliminated!

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