Jon F. Merz

Biography

As a writer, Jon has published over a dozen novels including four Lawson Vampire adventures (2002-2003) with Kensington's Pinnacle Books, the Jake Thunder mystery/thriller DANGER-CLOSE (2004) with Five Star Mystery/Thorndike Press, and eight installments in the internationally bestselling adventure series Rogue Angel (2006-present) with Harlequin's Gold Eagle line. His latest thriller PARALLAX debuted in March 2009 as an exclusive ebook. Praised by bestselling authors like Robert B. Parker, Douglas Clegg, and Thomas Monteleone, Jon's novels will continue to thrill readers for many years to come. His short fiction story "Prisoner 392" (appeared alongside Stephen King in FROM THE BORDERLANDS, 2004, Warner Books) earned him an Honorable Mention in 2004's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror edited by Ellen Datlow. Jon has also co-authored two non-fiction books: LEARNING LATER, LIVING GREATER with Nancy Merz Nordstrom (2006, Sentient Publications) and THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO ULTIMATE FIGHTING with Rich "Ace" Franklin (2007, Alpha Books/Penguin/Putnam) Jon's next Lawson Vampire novel will be out in Spring 2011 from St. Martin's Press.

As a producer, Jon has formed New Ronin Productions with longtime friend Jaime Hassett to create television and feature film projects in the New England area. Their first project is THE FIXER, a new supernatural action series based on Jon's Lawson Vampire novels. Filming of the pilot begins in September 2009.

As a ninja, Jon has studied authentic Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu/Ninjutsu for almost twenty years under Mark Davis of the Boston Martial Arts Center. He has also trained with senior Bujinkan instructors both in the United States and Japan. During a trip to Japan in February 2003, Jon earned his 5th degree black belt directly from the 34th Grandmaster of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu, Masaaki Hatsumi. In addition to traditional training, Jon has also taught defensive tactics to a wide range of clients, including civilian crime watch groups, police and EMS first responders, military units, and federal organizations including the US Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Prisons.

In his past, Jon served with the United States Air Force, worked for the US government, and handled executive protection for a variety of Fortune 500 clients. Visit his website at http://www.jonfmerz.net

Where to find Jon F. Merz online


Videos

Jon F. Merz Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu / Ninjutsu Godan Test - February 16, 2003
Author Jon F. Merz (http://www.jonfmerz.net) takes his 5th degree black belt test with 34th Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi during a trip to Japan in February 2003.

Jon F. Merz // Writer ~ Producer ~ Ninja - Demonstrating Technique
Author Jon F. Merz (http://www.jonfmerz.net) filmed during some training at the Boston Martial Arts Center (http://www.bostonmartialarts. com) during February 2010.

Books

The Contained
Price: Free! Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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All those couriers you see everyday...what if they weren't just carrying silly little files and packages? What if they were carrying something far more sinister? Far more deadly? Welcome to THE CONTAINED...the startling short story written by bestselling author Jon F. Merz and currently being turned into an incredible new digital series over at http://www.indiegogo.com/thecontained
Zombie Ryu: Episode One
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,980. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
In feudal Japan, an evil monk has unleashed a zombie invasion. 18-year old Shigoko dreams of becoming a samurai but is stuck on a farm with her father. When her farm is attacked by zombies, Shigoko flees and runs right into the gnarled ronin Fudo-her life will never be the same. Fudo is gathering the greatest warriors in Japan to stop the zombie menace. Only time will tell if they succeed...
THE SYNDICATE: A Lawson Vampire Novel #4
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,420. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
NOW with the "Seal of EBook Excellence!" - Proofed, Properly Formatted, and a Great Price: Just $3.99! A missing family member sends Lawson on a trip to New York City only to run smack into vampire organized crime. Now they've got Lawson right where they want him - and they want him to switch sides and betray the Balance. But Lawson's got more than one play in his book, and if he has to go to the
THE DESTRUCTOR: A Lawson Vampire Novel #3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,660. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
NOW with "Seal of EBook Excellence!" - Proofed, Properly Formatted, and a Great Price: Just $3.99! Lawson must protect the head of the Council from a shape-shifting assassin named Shiva, who is intent on acquiring an ancient artifact to help her become invulnerable.
THE INVOKER: A Lawson Vampire Novel #2
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,560. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
NOW with the "Seal of EBook Excellence!" - Proofed, Properly Formatted, and a Great Price: Just $3.99 Lawson, the Fixer for the Council, must protect a young boy with a terrifying secret from the blood-soaked streets of Boston to the towering Himalayas!
THE FIXER: A Lawson Vampire Novel #1
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 79,880. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Now with "Seal of EBook Excellence!" - Proofed, Properly Formatted & a Great Price: Just $3.99! Lawson, an elite Fixer faces his oldest enemy Cosgrove, in Boston to resurrect an ancient vampire god. Aided by the mysterious Talya, Lawson has one chance to stop Cosgrove.
Shadow Chaser
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,990. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
PURGE: A top secret satellite platform that delivers pinpoint assassinations via biological warfare... Gwynneviere - the beautiful and deadly assassin who wants to sell PURGE on the blackmarket and will stop at nothing to get it... Jonathan Archangel - former Delta Force turned elite Shadow Chaser...it's his mission to hunt Gwynneviere down before she can complete her deadly assignment.
Rip
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 610. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
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A piece of flash fiction: what happens when what we see is a new reality?
The Brank of Khosadam
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
"Alas, the tale I share with you tonight is not a pleasant one. Indeed, I almost think it too disturbing. Yet perhaps it would do me some good to recount it, if only to make sense of it, for surely I have not been able to do so." None of us spoke..." A tale of supernatural mythology in a classic sitting room style-an adventurer goes looking for a relic and finds much more than he bargained for.
Danger-Close
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,480. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
For Jake Thunder, a paralyzed ex-specops commando, everyday life is a battle. A hard-boiled, hard-drinking womanizer on one hand, Jake also tries to learn from the wisdom of his Native American past. When a knockout blond demands he figure out who killed her sister, a simple "whodunit" becomes a tangled web of deceit, familial backstabbing and black-market baby-dealing with the Russian Mafia & DIA
Prisoner 392
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Historical » General
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"They called it the slit. And it was the only way Prisoner 392 could see the outside world." One man's journey into a hellish prison where escape is truly impossible...a short story by author Jon F. Merz originally published in Borderlands 5 & reprinted in From the Borderlands, it earned him an Honorable Mention in the 2004 edition of the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror edited by Ellen Datlow.
Ninja
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,260. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
In the style of Robert E. Howard, NINJA tells the story of a mythical warrior hero named Ran as he graduates from the ninja school he has been attending for twenty years and begins undertaking all sorts of missions across an alternate Earth. Ran will travel far and wide gathering intelligence, acquiring priceless artifacts, and battling evil wherever he finds it...
This Time of Night
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,390. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A collection of 29 short stories from Jon F. Merz, spanning the years 1994-2002. A motley assortment of horror, action, crime, and the bizarre, THIS TIME OF NIGHT features many stories not seen since their original publication in the early years of multimedia web publishing, small press magazines, and even a few that have never been seen before at all.
Vicarious
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,040. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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When disgraced ex-FBI agent-turned-Boston-cop Steve Curran finds a corpse with no practical explanation for its death, the nightmares start anew. Convinced the killer is once again haunting him, Curran soon teams up with the sister of the latest victim, and they must confront the very real prospect that the killer is not of this world at all...and is after something far worse than just killing.
Parallax
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,000. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Two professional assassins-Jolino, a Mafia hitman and Stahl, a former German terrorist-form a psychic bond that enables them to see into the other's world. Stahl & Jolino are on a collision course-each running from a past and trying their best to survive the future. But will either one of them emerge alive from the face-to-face showdown on the streets of Boston?

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