Peter G. Pollak


Peter G. Pollak released his sixth novel, Inauguration Day, on November 1, 2017.

His first novel, a political thriller entitled The Expendable Man, appeared in 2011. It was followed by Making the Grade, a police procedural in 2012, a suspense story, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge in 2013 and a second police procedural In the Game in the same year. His fifth novel, House Divided, another thriller, was published Feb. 2nd, 2015.

Peter hopes to complete in 2018 an epic fantasy, entitled The Way.

Prior to writing novels, he was a journalist, educator and entrepreneur.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I tried writing fiction as a teenager and then again in college, but gave it up during the majority of my work life, only occasionally drafting a short story or a chapter of a novel. Then, when I retired, I decided to see if I could finish one of the drafts and if anyone would read it. Turns out I could and they did. My fifth novel was released 2/2/2015.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Political issues can divide families. Those divisions can lead to people not talking to each other, but in House Divided, when Courtney Robbins joins the chapter of Students for Palestinian Justice at NYU, her parents are divided about how to respond. Both know SPJ is not what it seems, but Alison believes it important to let her daughter make her own decisions, while Leonard, who is retired CIA and the head of a counterterrorism task force, is concerned that Courtney is being used. Neither foresees the life or death danger Courtney has gotten herself into.
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Smashwords book reviews by Peter G. Pollak

  • Vermilion Wanted to Go to the Movies on Sep. 24, 2011

    A period piece, but not really a short story. Nothing "happens". It reads like it's part of a novel, as if the reader already has some information about the characters. Otherwise this sentence doesn't make sense: "Because they had become friends before Jake won his first big case, Peter had been happy to ride in the Packard and was happy still to share Jake’s cheap wine now that he had started taking his wages however he could get them, the heady days of $5.00 an hour wages gone, along with the car and Manhattan address." One typo: "Pease" should be "Please".
  • Opal Rain on July 28, 2013

    Crystal requested people review her "book." Crystal is to be commended for trying to write a book––although 15,000 words is novella or long short story––not a book. She's not ready to be an author, however. She needs to do more reading of good literature and spend more time learning the rules of English grammar. In the first two paragraphs of this story I found the following grammatical mistakes: commas used instead of periods, run-on sentences, missing periods at the end of sentences, a missing preposition, and incorrect word use (past when she meant passed). But the grammatical mistakes are just the beginning of the problems with this "book". Opal Rain is a child's horror story which takes place in an incompletely formed world. It is imitative and juvenile. If Crystal is smart, she will withdraw this book from the marketplace and try again in two or five years when she's ready to write something that meets today's standards for y.a. writing.