Robert Gonko


Robert became a fan of thrillers as a teenager when he discovered Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. These works, and others, inspired him to start writing his own books and a life-long dream was born. He first created his central characters Steve Bennett and Amanda Clark in college, though it would be many years before he hit on the right stories for them.

In his early forties he conceived the Port Mason series, stories set in and featuring a fictional city 'somewhere in America' that he describes as inspired by St. Louis and Portland (Oregon) with a strong dose of Chicago-style politics and corruption to keep things interesting.

His first Port Mason story, "The Inheritance", was originally released in 2013. An updated and re-written edition was released later that year. Book two in the series, "The Servant", was released in 2014. He has just released the third installment, "In The Crosshairs", and is getting started on book four.

Robert was born and raised in Illinois, where he lives with his wife, Angela, and their children, Josie and Jimmy.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been reading stories for as long as I can remember. Even kindergarten books have stories. I do remember being very fond of Curious George as a child.
What do you read for pleasure?
Thrillers, science fiction, alternate history, and the occasional non-fiction book.
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In The Crosshairs
Series: Port Mason. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,470. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Steve Bennett is back in Robert Gonko's new thriller, "In The Crosshairs". The private detective faces his toughest test yet as he navigates a web of corruption in the police department to find out who is targeting police informants. Could it be the chief of police himself?
The Servant - Special Edition
Series: Port Mason. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,920. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.00 from 1 review)
When same-sex marriage becomes law, the killing starts. The perpetrator: A vicious psychopath who calls himself 'The Servant of the Lord.' The man determined to stop him: private detective Steve Bennett, who joins the hunt when one of his best friends falls victim to the killer.
The Inheritance
Series: Port Mason. Price: Free! Words: 22,350. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Sam Harman has just inherited three billion dollars, thrusting him into a dangerous world of money, power, intrigue and murder. How will Sam and his family survive?

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Smashwords book reviews by Robert Gonko

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on March 22, 2013

    Fantastic advice for new authors who can't afford traditional advertising. Well written and easy to understand.
  • The Gospel of Mars on July 01, 2014

    I quite enjoyed The Gospel of Mars. It's a kind of 'Left Behind' done as a real science fiction piece. (I never understood why my public library housed the LB series in the sci-fi section).