John Reinhard Dizon was born and raised in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, NY. He participated in local and high school sports at Bishop Loughlin MHS, excelling in wrestling, hockey and football. The lead vocalist of the Spoiler and the Ducky Boys, he was a key figure on the Brooklyn rock scene during the Punk Revolution of the 70's. Relocating to San Antonio TX in the 80's, he moonlighted as a pro wrestler while working as a legal assistant. He successfully pursued a BA at UTSA and degrees in Korean martial arts during the 90's. He currently lives in KC MO where he is studying for his MA in English at UMKC. Mr. Dizon has been writing suspense and thriller works for over twenty-five years.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, and my experiences and extensive familiarity with the NYC community, its neighborhoods, society and culture are reflected in my novels. Part Four of my upcoming novel, "Generations" (available through Alpha Wolf Publishing) features NYC as the historical backdrop. It's like Lou Reed said, New York City eventually becomes part of your DNA. It's something you never grow out of.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first novel in sixth grade, a train wreck called "Enemy Ace" about a German WWII fighter pilot turned British Secret Service agent. I hijacked my father's Smith Corona typewriter, and have been at it ever since.
A Federal agent competes with an Imperial starship captain to rescue the President's daughter from kidnappers. They are forced to pursue the captors into uncharted regions in a remote territory where danger and death await.
Kill Them Wherever You Find Them
on Jan. 13, 2014
Kill Them Wherever You Find Them by David Hunter is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller centered on the exploits of Jeff Stauffenberg, an intelligence operative assigned to the Project developed by the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad. Their scientists have discovered the secret of time travel, and their objective is to change the future by going back to skew the effects of the past on historic events. Facing a possible catastrophe in an imminent chemical attack on the Holy Land, Jeff is ordered to eliminate individuals to preempt their destinies as a Hebrew version of the Terminator. Only Jeff's Mormon beliefs are the cause of conflict and dissonance as he battles with his conscience with the fate of a nation at stake.
Dr. Moshe Levin is a major protagonist who proves enzymatic in creating Jeff's inner turmoil. In the opening scenes, he speaks Hebrew and makes numerous referrals on its society and faith-based culture during a top-secret briefing. Yet he announces that each man has been fitted with a neuro-poison capsule which allows them to take their own lives, invalidating God's sovereign authority in doing so. We also see Jeff's Mormon religion being both condoned and endorsed by Moshe. Although there is a great deal of dialogue justifying the conversion, it conveys an element of deception as they support a religion other than that professed during the classified meeting.
Hunter's novel brings up a number of interesting questions for discussion as Jeff finds himself immersed in a number of Middle Eastern scenarios, in a life-and-death struggle against opposing `faith-based' regimes. We see the contradiction as the Hebrew-Muslim conflict is explored, dating back to the Biblical episode of Israel vs. Ismael. There is a racial and religious animosity that only violence seems able to resolve. The author then demonstrates the futility of the last resort as the subhuman leader of North Korea implements the nuclear annihilation of the USA for no reason other than his megalomania and sheer nihilism.
The novel challenges us to consider the value of survival at whatever cost, and the merit of preserving a society and culture whose self-defining qualities have become so tainted and contradictory. Kill Them Wherever You Find Them by David Hunter will have you asking why.
Olympus Rises (Book One of the Code of War)
on May 21, 2014
Olympus Rises by Jim Roberts is a fast-paced speculative fiction novel featuring the exploits of Danny Callbeck, a Canadian Special Forces operative assigned to a joint mission with an elite unit in the war-torn country of Kazinistan. The regime of President Asamat Karimov is under siege by forces of the Taliban, and the commandos find themselves pitted against a Private Military Company spearheaded by a cyber-enhanced unit known as Olympus. Danny and his teammates, Joe Braddock and a Russian mercenary called Krieger, find that Dr. Toshiro Yune holds the key to a devious conspiracy. The conflict rises to a fever pitch as Colonel Jackson Walsh forces Danny to choose between Joe and the success of the mission itself. Time becomes his worst enemy as Commander Dante, the formidable Agrippina and their robotic Centurion force looms along the collision course ahead.
The theme of comradeship resonates throughout the tale as we explore the relationships between Isabella Cordova, Brick Reynolds and Corporal Tennyson among other members of the commando team. Although they represent different races, creeds and genders, they are part of the band of brothers who will readily risk their lives in defense of their comrades. The validity of their mission is called into question as they are thrown into a battle against private army in a foreign country where interests and allegiances are cloudy at best. Roberts raises the question as to how far our military will be forced in defending our allies abroad, and where we and they will finally draw the line.
For military aficionados and action/adventure fans alike, Olympus Rises by Jim Roberts is a worthy addition to any book lovers’ collection.