Phil Pearl


After a successful career as a subsurface oil and gas well surveyor, mostly in the Middle East where I established a new office for Scientific Drilling Controls, I moved to the United States and began developing computer software.

Projects included an emergency call-out system for the Salt Lake International Airport and work on the FBI undercover sting, 'Operation Disconnect'.

In 2000 I decided to focus on Web development, and worked for corporations such as Microsoft and Wells Fargo bank. And then in 2017 I wrote the novel 'Killing Time'; about intrigue in the software industry, followed in 2018 by 'Cyber Insecurity' which is about Cyber Security and international politics.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the South Coast of England, in the country's only island city, Portsmouth. My best subject at school was English and my love of writing grew out of that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote the novel. 'killing Time', as a semi-autobiographical account of my experiences in the computer software industry. And I also wanted to highlight some social and political issues in the United States that I'd been personally involved with.
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Where to find Phil Pearl online

Where to buy in print


Cyber Insecurity
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,230. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Cyber Insecurity is a novel that throws light onto the Dark Web. The two main characters, Janie and Dave, navigate the cyber sewers of plots by individual criminals and nation states. The action ranges from malware and virus distribution, to two nuclear submarines colliding. And in the U.S. the newly elected President fires the FBI director for investigating collusion with the Russians.
Killing Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,180. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Killing Time is a novel about software development that's based on real people, places, devices, and events such as the newly elected U.S. President firing the FBI Director. The story combines technologies from robots to rockets and locations from Seattle to space, with wry comment on the contemporary social and political scene. And it's up to readers to decide what's real and what's fictional.

Phil Pearl's tag cloud

computer virus    crime    cyber security    fbi    malware    north korea    nuclear    poisoning    politics    ransomware    robots    russian interference    seattle    software    space    technology    theft    thriller    us president