Thomas P Hopp


Thomas Patrick Hopp routinely imagines the unimaginable. He writes science fiction and mystery thriller novels that draw on his background as a scientist and scholar of the natural world in all its glory and terror. His stories have won multiple literary awards and garnered him a worldwide following. He is a member of both the Mystery Writers of America and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and served for several years as President of the Northwest Chapter of MWA. Tom is also an internationally recognized molecular biologist. He discovered powerful immune-system hormones and helped found the multi-billion-dollar Seattle biotechnology company Immunex Corporation. He advised the team that created Immunex’s blockbuster arthritis drug Enbrel. He developed the first commercially successful nanotechnology device, a molecular handle for manipulating proteins at the atomic level, which is used by medical researchers around the world to study human cells and every major microbe known to science.

Tom’s NORTHWEST TALES are thrillers set against backdrops of disaster, whether natural or man-made. Earthquakes, eruptions, and epidemics are grist for these gripping adventures. Tom’s mystery stories follow Dr. Peyton McKean, a super-intelligent sleuth known as “The Greatest Mind Since Sherlock Holmes.” Viruses, microbes, and evil geniuses form the core of his opposition. Tom’s DINOSAUR WARS science fiction stories read like “Star Wars meets Jurassic Park.” Featuring laser-blasting space invaders and huge beasts from the past, they follow Yellowstone Park naturalist Chase Armstrong and Montana rancher’s daughter Kit Daniels, who struggle to survive in a world where dinosaurs live again. Most of Tom’s tumultuous adventures are suitable for readers young and old.

Smashwords Interview

How do your books about viral epidemics relate to COVID-19?
Both of my medical thriller novels have eerie parallels to today's pandemic crisis. In The Smallpox Incident, I described a deadly virus spreading rapidly by human contact, and a medical researcher, Dr. Peyton McKean, who rushes to create a vaccine that could save millions of lives. Today's coronavirus outbreak, the shutdown of society, and the urgent need for a new vaccine were anticipated in this novel published 18 years ago! The reason I could foresee this future that has come to pass is that in addition to my credentials as an author I am also a vaccine researcher, and have been for a lifetime. The other novel, The Neah Virus, examines a similar catastrophe, this time arising out of nature like COVID-19. The parallels are frighteningly familiar.

Now, I understand readers might be reluctant to pick up books so closely related to our current disaster, but I urge people to give them a try. You see, in this case we're dealing with fictional viruses and most importantly, with happy endings. Viruses vanquished. Lives saved. The world restored to normal. And all that with extreme attention to realistic detail only an actually vaccine researcher like myself could bring to bear. Be prepared for much nail-biting along the way, though.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in West Seattle. My earliest days were spent in a housing project on the banks of the Duwamish River. I remember my mother scolding me for coming inside with mud on my shoes. That was Duwamish River mud, and I have always felt a connection to the riverbanks that were home to Chief Seattle and his people. Most of my fiction includes Northwest native culture at one level or another, most often as a central element of the mystery or adventure tale.
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Dinosaur Tales Short Stories
The DINOSAUR TALES short story series continues where the original DINOSAUR WARS trilogy left off. The young heroes, Montana rancher’s daughter Kit Daniels, and Yellowstone wildlife biologist Chase Armstrong saved humanity from laser-blasting intelligent dinosaurs from outer space and peace has returned to earth. But now dinosaurs roam everywhere, and trouble abounds. These stories follow Kit and Chase’s further adventures and introduce a whole new cast of dinosaurian characters, giving the reader lifelike glimpses of these colossal and wonderful creatures of the ancient past. There’s danger at every turning for Kit and her handsome boyfriend Chase, but there’s also time for their blossoming relationship to grow. Old friends join them, including comical Professor David Ogilvey, Kit’s mischievous girlfriend Maddy Meyer, crusty old cattle rancher Will Daniels, and their former enemy now friend, Gar the Kra, a human sized, intelligent carnivorous dinosaur. Each DINOSAUR TALE includes a feature, IMAGINING THE PAST, at the end in which Dr. Hopp explains the fossil evidence he uses to give lively interpretations of the appearance and behaviors of dinosaurs.
Northwest Tales
Thriller novels by Thomas P. Hopp set in the Pacific Northwest. Natural disasters, cataclysmic events, and mysterious Native American lore, all in a series of heart-stopping adventures.
Rainier Erupts!
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Smallpox Incident
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The Neah Virus
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Dinosaur Wars
When laser-blasting dinosaurs from outer space invade the Earth, humans are the endangered species! Join Yellowstone wildlife biologist Chase Armstrong and Montana rancher's daughter Kit Daniels at ground zero, where the invaders' 66 million year old lost civilization lies buried under a mountain of sandstone. Nearly non-stop action, a bit of romance, and a cast of astonishing prehistoric animals fill every page with excitement!
Peyton McKean Short Mysteries
These short medical mysteries and thrillers feature Dr. Peyton McKean, a Seattle biotechnology researcher and sleuth who has been called "The Greatest Mind Since Sherlock Holmes." Run-ins with deadly plagues, viruses of unknown origin, bioterror attacks, and genetically altered organisms are his stock in trade.
A Dangerous Breed
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Blood Tide
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The Ghost Trees
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The Re-Election Plot
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Space Case
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2023. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A half-burnt marijuana patch. A missing sheriff’s deputy. And a discharged shotgun. It looks like an open-and-shut case of murder—until the defendant offers an out-of-this-world alibi.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,530. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
LOVE AND BETRAYAL IN A TIME OF EPIC FLOODS. During the Ice Age, the Missoula Floods ravaged much of eastern Washington State. Native people, recently arrived in North America, faced disaster when glacial ice dams broke and floodwaters as vast as the Great Lakes rushed out.
The Ankylosaur Adventure
Series: Dinosaur Tales Short Stories, Book 6. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
When Kit Daniels and her best friend Maddy Meyer join Professor David Ogilvey to observe dinosaurs, they don't expect trouble. What could go wrong while watching peaceful plant eaters in the Montana hills? Plenty! Not only do adult ankylosaurs take exception to humans approaching their young, but a pack of hunting tyrannosaurs shows up. Kit and friends are caught in the middle!
The Great Seattle Earthquake
Series: Northwest Tales. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,740. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A CITY SHAKEN TO ITS CORE The Seattle Fault traces a ragged line through the heart of the metropolitan area. Forces deep in the earth have built up tremendous pressure over eons. What if this subterranean fracture were to release its pent-up fury—tomorrow?
Kit Daniels Dinosaur Girl
Series: Dinosaur Tales Short Stories, Book 7. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,390. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! --DANGER! Kit Daniels and Chase Armstrong, the young heroes of the Dinosaur Wars novels, have already saved the planet from space invading laser-blasting dinosaurs. You’d think they’d have no more challenges to face. But when a Hollywood director coaxes Kit to get up-close-and-personal with dinosaurs roaming her father’s cattle ranch, anything can happen—and does!
Rainier Erupts!
Series: Northwest Tales. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,580. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
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AN EPIC TALE OF VOLCANIC CATASTROPHE Mount Rainier is one of the most dangerous volcanoes on earth because of its awe-inspiring size and close proximity to the population centers of Seattle and Tacoma. What if this primordial giant were to erupt—tomorrow? Thomas P. Hopp vividly portrays the all-too-possible day when the mountain unleashes its pent-up fury.
Dinosaur Tales
Series: Dinosaur Wars, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,100. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
THE NEW WILD WEST—WHERE DINOSAURS LIVE AGAIN! Ever had one of those days when you had no other option but to bullfight a charging Triceratops? Or dodge an angry Pachyrhinosaurus? Or fly on a giant Quetzalcoatlus? Then you know how Kit Daniels and Chase Armstrong feel. Action, adventure, and even a little romance are the order of the day in a world gone mad with dinosaurs!
The Smallpox Incident
Series: Northwest Tales. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,920. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Vaccine researchers face the greatest of challenges when they confront a deadly new terror weapon: genetically altered smallpox!
The Neah Virus
Series: Northwest Tales. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,970. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A DEADLY NEW PLAGUE—OR ANCIENT SHAMAN’S CURSE? A lethal virus breaks out in a remote corner of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. It spreads toward Seattle, threatening to kill millions if it can’t be stopped. CDC virologist Peyton McKean tries to isolate the deadly organism and search for a cure, but finds himself in a desperate race against time to save humanity—and himself!
The Ghost Trees
Series: Peyton McKean Short Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,060. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
DEADLY SECRETS OF THE TREE SPIRITS When a member of Seattle's Duwamish Tribe is accused of murder, Dr. Peyton McKean is called in to unravel a dense tangle of clues among the majestic trees of a Pacific Northwest rainforest.
Dinosaur Wars: Blood On The Moon
Series: Dinosaur Wars, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,700. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
AS "NEAR FUTURE" AS MILITARY SPACE FICTION GETS! Dateline—tomorrow! Blood on the Moon is a taut, action filled science fiction novel featuring a strong female and male protagonist team on a military expedition to the moon.
Blood Tide
Series: Peyton McKean Short Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,420. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
RED TIDE WARNING! Dr. Peyton McKean helps police investigate the murder of a Seattle geoduck clam digger killed by an impossibly massive dose of red tide toxin. In this taut biotechnology thriller, McKean follows a trail of clues along a twisted path of intrigues involving Native Americans of Seattle's Duwamish tribe, drug dealers, and an old shaman who knows more than he's willing to tell.
The Treasure Of Purgatory Crater
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,580. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
DEATHS AT A LUNAR ICE MINE—ACCIDENT? OR MURDER? On the moon, oxygen is the most precious commodity. Without it, death comes quickly. But there are other things of value in the vastness of Luna, and other reasons to die.
A Dangerous Breed
Series: Peyton McKean Short Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,730. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00 from 1 review)
GENETIC MUTANT—OR DEMONIC ANIMAL SPIRIT? GMO tomatoes are the least of our worries! These canines, possessed of human-like intelligence, make the Hound of the Baskervilles seem like a pup.
Dinosaur Wars: Counterattack
Series: Dinosaur Wars, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,500. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(5.00 from 1 review)
NOW HUMANS ARE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES! Wolf biologist Chase Armstrong and rancher's daughter Kit Daniels are at the center of the struggle again as war for domination of Earth continues.
The Re-Election Plot
Series: Peyton McKean Short Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A DEATH SENTENCE FOR UNCOVERING A POLITICAL DIRTY TRICK A computer-altered video used to win a presidential election, a murder on the wet streets of Seattle, and political intrigues at the highest levels draw Peyton McKean into the most treacherous case of his life.
Dinosaur Wars: Earthfall
Series: Dinosaur Wars, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 113,990. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
STAR WARS MEETS JURASSIC PARK! Dinosaurs return to Earth from space. Now humans are the endangered species!

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