John Nicholas Datesh


Born in 1950, John Nicholas Datesh lived mostly in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until early 2009. At Brown University, he took many courses in writing as an institutionalized rationale for doing just that. Then, at Boston University School of Law, he learned to mix in words and phrases like “Hereinafter” and “It Depends”.

After two years of losing reasons to stay, he moved cats Lila and Lucy Liu to a condo one mile east of Naples Bay in Florida. He left his Pittsburgh career in law, business and product development in favor of concentrating on writing fiction, winging blogs and cultivating beach chairs, presumably in that order of dedication.

He began writing fiction with a pencil and published his first three books, the SF/Mystery novel “The Nightmare Machine”; the Soft-boiled Detective novel “The Janus Murder”; and the International Suspense novel “The Moscow Tape”, in actual ink. All three novels are currently evailable in virtual ink at e-book stores on the Web.

Also widely evailable are the short stories “The Pro Station” (WWII), “The Final Equation” (SF) and “Reruns ad Infinitum” (SF/Fantasy). They join the author's definitive Christmas short story, “You Could Call It a Christmas Story” as works published after the 2009 move to Naples.

He concocted a humorous and/or satiric blog at shortly after moving. His “Christmas Story” started out as post to the blog and he has e-published a collection its other early posts, grandly entitled “The Very First Blog Posts of All Time”.

His latest screenplay effort, “The Last Three Minutes”, was the first piece written partly on the beach and entirely in the Naples Bay scenery. Not, at this time, being made into a major motion picture, “The Last Three Minutes” is planned as a novella. The same can be said of his earlier screen effort, “The Scion”.

His 2013 novel, “The Girl in the Coyote Coat”, ignored the boundaries of mystery/suspense genre for which it was originally intended. No one would call it a romance, either. With a real estate and finance backdrop, the novel exposes how love, sex, money, scams, thievery, drugs, house shopping and fur coats can destroy the lives of complex and intriguing characters.

His four novels are also available in print as Trade Paperbacks.

Coming in the summer of 2015 is “The Body in the Bog”, the first novel in his “Death by Condo” mystery series.

Where to find John Nicholas Datesh online

Where to buy in print


The Pro Station
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Strange bedfellows, Yanks and Brits needed something more than P-38's or Spitfires for protection in 1942 Shrewsbury. They really needed The Pro Station.
The Final Equation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,960. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Cosmologist Miranda is onto something big. She is scared enough to want Walter back.
Reruns ad Infinitum
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Uh, Harvey. You're dead. But it's still all about you, pal. Live with it.
The Very First Blog Posts of All Time (on The Blog Empty Glass Full)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,120. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs
A compilation of the first humorous and satiric posts on the blog Empty Glass Full, written by John Nicholas Datesh. Topical commentary so you should download the book immediately or before the end of the current news cycle, whichever comes first.
You Could Call It a Christmas Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
Short, short story about a car that slides off a road in the middle of the Storm of 2009 and the good part that follows.
The Moscow Tape
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,950. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Dunney's career-maker: Negotiate a food deal for Moscow's '80 Olympics. He didn’t care about dissidents or their rights. Until he landed in the middle. And slept with Elizaveta, the beautiful activist gracing the KGB’s Most Wanted. Via Elizaveta, Dunney ended up with explosive evidence certain to scuttle Moscow’s huge propaganda triumph. The KGB would stop at nothing to get it.
The Janus Murder
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,440. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Diana wanted Carmichael find her father’s murderer. Her fiancé was actually recorded in killing the guy. Carmichael needed the fee. Diana had money and pleading eyes. Throw in Janice, a stunning reporter on the case. Easy: Confirm confession, go to bank. So, Carmichael did. Nice job. Okay, a couple clues bugged him. If clues counted, a killer was out there. And had to kill again. Soon.
The Nightmare Machine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,950. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
His inception of dream insertion technology was generations too early. So, Talbot Research arogantly dismissed Raymond's therapeutic dream system as quackery. That made Raymond mad. Then they dismissed Raymond. That made Raymond dangerous. He had not designed his machine to twist the sweetest dream into a heart-splitting, very final nightmare. But it did. And Raymond was crazed enough to use it.

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Smashwords book reviews by John Nicholas Datesh

  • The Value of Life on July 06, 2011

    Five stars? Is that enough? Top notch book in every way. The pacing is perfect, except for the part about keeping folks up 'til 4 AM two nights in a row.
  • Ransom X on Oct. 23, 2011

    Puts most of the best sellers you've read to shame. Truly compelling characters and a perfect ransom scheme. One big disappointment: I really wanted to shoot the villain myself.