John McCord spent over twenty years as a computer engineer, senior computer programmer, and senior project manager in the technology fields. John’s IT career included almost ten years in Navy systems, during which he was mentored by—among others—a former submariner who had been in a real-life Hunt for Red October scenario during the Cold War. In John’s most recent fiction, it has been a natural fit, therefore, to give his protagonist a strong connection to Xray, a top-secret Navy entity and the creation of John’s imagination.
After leaving the technology disciplines, John wrote a number of short stories and was published in North Atlantic Review. Then John turned his focus to converting some of his short fiction into a novel. John is an avid reader of nonfiction in the form of books, periodicals, and reputable online publications, and he strives to add realism to his works of fiction. John’s first novel, Sneak Attack, is based on a premise put forth in a commentary by the late Jack Kinsella on his website “The Omega Letter.” Early in the twenty-first century, some in the defense community were putting an emphasis on shielding our electrical infrastructure from a massive EMP attack. John, however, took the perspective that shielding would be largely ineffective and that interdiction of such an attack was paramount to America’s survival. John wove this narrative into his main character’s first adventure, ultimately teaming him up with Xray.
The Sun In The Eastern Sky is John McCord’s second novel and is the next adventure for Mike Norris and his secretive friends. The sequel to Sneak Attack reveals answers to some of the mysteries surrounding the enigmatic association of wealthy and powerful people that Mike has thrown in with. And, of course, the covert team Xray must get in, get the secrets they’re after, and get out. But are they being stalked? And by whom? The realism built into this story was inspired in part by the nonfiction writing of Bill Gertz—particularly his book Enemies, which deals extensively with how operatives from China have acquired secrets and sensitive data from America. But remember, agents can be flipped and can become double agents…and then sometimes flipped back again. Stay tuned; The Sun In The Eastern Sky will be available soon!