Randall Wood

Biography

Randall Wood is the author of the thriller Scarcity, as well as the previous novels Pestilence, and Closure. Before becoming a novelist Mr. Wood spent his years in several occupations ranging from Army paratrooper, to Teacher, to Flight Paramedic. Finding time between missions and 911 calls, he would pen short stories about his co-workers featuring the odd locations and strange situations they were called to. Never quite finding his niche, he eventually listened to the little voice in his head and devoted his time to writing full time.

He currently resides in Southwest Florida with his wife Jessica, their three children, one cat, and a soon to arrive but yet to be named Great Dane puppy.

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...I don’t think anyone truly plans on being a writer. I know I didn’t. Aside from writing assignments in school, the first thing I recall writing for fun was a short story involving some of my classmates. I made the girls plastic and the boys dense and it was all for a good laugh. This was before the internet, so it was just a few pieces of paper that made their way around the school for a few weeks. But everyone liked it and asked for more, so I’d do it again every once in awhile and it was always well received. But it never went beyond that until the yearbook came out and I found out I was the “Class Writer”, whatever that meant. I should have seen the light then, but I had other plans.

Escaping the small town I grew up in was priority one, and joining the Army to see the world was plan two or three, I forget which. Doing so as a pilot had once been plan one, but that had been shot down early by poor eyesight. A lack of superior athletic ability, coupled with a desire to leave the classroom behind, placed further schooling at the bottom of the list. So it wasn’t a hard decision. The Army raised my spirits and opened my eyes as well. While I loved jumping out of airplanes and I excelled at field craft, I was not a garrison trooper. Putting a creative mind that’s always thinking into such a robotic job just didn’t mesh well. Being discouraged from thinking is suffocating to us writer types, so the Army and I parted ways after several years. But I’ll always be grateful for what it taught me, most of which has served me well.

They tell you to never volunteer, but being adventuresome at the time, I raised my hand when they asked for people to be cross-trained as medics. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. After leaving the army and obtaining civilian licensure, being a paramedic was never less than a part-time job for many years. Eventually I found my way to a helicopter, then a plane, and then a classroom as an instructor.

But there were always the stories, ideas in my head that had to come out. The habit of writing short tales about my classmates, fellow soldiers, students, and adventures as a medic continued until I succumbed to the pressure and wrote my first full-length novel, entitled Closure, in 2009. From there the writing genes kicked into high gear and it’s been a book a year ever since.

The only bad thing that I’ve found about writing is that it really cuts into my reading time.

-Randall Wood

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Books

Insight
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,960. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Follow reporter Danny Drake from the world of Jack Randall as he tackles his first overseas assignment to war torn Syria with a veteran photographer. A Novella. 68 pages.
Time
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,500. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Spend 24 hours with Jack Randall and his crew as they each work to keep the country safe. Each short story is a separate adventure with the paths of each crossing the others. SPOILER ALERT; If you have not read the first three novels of the series, Closure, Pestilence, and Scarcity, you will not know all of the characters portrayed here and there will be spoilers within these short stories.
Security
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,330. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Book #4 of the Jack Randall series finds Jack battling terrorist in the heart of America. With the nations power grid in the balance.
Scarcity
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 105,110. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Medical
Scarcity is a thriller of 360 pages that contains criminal, medical and police procedural themes. This is the third book in the Jack Randall series. The plot is drawn from actual news events and centers on the growing black market organ trade, the effects of technology on the current market, and the challenges faced by those involved on the medical end as well as those tasked with policing it.
Pestilence
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,030. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Pestilence is a thiller of 380 pages with Political, police procedural, and medical themes. This is the second book in the Jack Randall series and picks up shorty after the finish of the first novel, Closure. The story is again drawn from actual world events and follows Jack and his team as they investigate a mysterious medication found in the ruins of a bombed embassy in east Africa.
Closure
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Price: Free! Words: 146,830. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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Closure is a thriller of 440 (PB) pages with political and police procedural themes and is the first book in the Jack Randall series. Told from the sniper's and his pursuers point-of-view, Closure will keep you glued to the page as the killer, and the FBI team assigned to catch him, travel from target to target before their fates finally converge on live television in the nation's capital.

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