Friday, December 27, 2013

"New Year Island," a steal of the day mystery from Paul Draker

With over 50 five-star reviews, this thrilling mystery receives high praise from Amazon's top reviewers. A meaty read at 700+ pages, this spellbinder is a steal today at 99 cents.

New Year Island, by Paul Draker
Price: $0.99
736 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 92 reviews

"...one of the most thrilling and nuanced books that I've read in the past several years. Meticulous yet effortless, this book is literature that will stand up to the test of time." -- Madeline, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer 

"Brilliant psychological thriller... New Year Island is dark, intelligent, with an intriguing and captivating plot." -- Edward Shook, Amazon Reviewer 

"As a whodunit, New Year Island ranks up there with Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians." --Robin Landry, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer 

"...exceedingly well written...wonderfully horrific...This doesn't read like a first novel, but rather like one written by a pro who has been at this for a long time." -- James Tepper, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

Ten strangers... marooned on an island for society's amusement. As they're picked off one by one, they realize that they have something in common -- they've each already survived atrocities. But can they live through this twisted mind game?

"A twisty, engaging thriller featuring well-developed characters." -- Kirkus Reviews

". . . the most exciting, most promising work of fiction to cross my desk in the past year." --Michael J. Carr, Editor of 5 NYT and International Bestsellers

"...might easily be a best seller. It's that good." -- Brent Butler, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

"...one of the best books I've read in at least the last year." -- Cheryl Stout, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"...nearly impossible to set down ...awfully, awfully good and shamefully good fun." -- T J McCarthy, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

"...one of the most riveting books I've read in the last few years." -- digsblues, Top 500 Amazon Reviewer

"Every once in a while, you come across a book that stands out from all the others...and New Year Island is one of these...it's an experience you won't soon forget." -- terrylynn, Amazon Reviewer

"This is one you don't want to miss." -- OutlawPoet, Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer


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Meet the Author

Paul Draker writes tightly-plotted, gritty modern thrillers that combine a well-crafted mystery whodunit with gripping psychology and relentless suspense. Each novel is an immersive roller coaster thrill ride, filled with twists that keep the reader guessing, right up until the last page.

In sixth grade, when Paul was nine, a classmate liked a story he wrote and took it home. The horrified parents called the school and demanded that whoever wrote it be sent to see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist asked Paul if he could keep a copy of the story... and then asked Paul to sign it for him.

Paul lives in Palo Alto, California, with his wife and three daughters. An avid scuba diver, he has spent much time underwater in Palau, Yap, Honduras, Thailand, Hawaii, the Florida Keys, the cenote caverns of the Yucatan, the Caribbean, the Virgin Islands, Caicos, and the "Red Triangle" off California's coast. He also enjoys skiing, swimming, and windsurfing, and has had extensive tactical training in firearms. After one too many high-speed motorcycle crashes, he is no longer allowed to own open-class sportbikes, which is probably a good thing for him and everyone else.

Paul has worked in the aerospace/defense industry on a variety of classified and unclassified programs for DARPA, Navy, Army, and Marine Corps, ranging from strategic national missile systems to technology augmentation for small-team tactical infantry units. He has also led a Silicon Valley technology startup delivering massively-scalable custom Internet software to Fortune 500 clients including Hewlett Packard and Robert Half International, and headed a leading videogame studio developing mobile games for top-tier publishers such as EA, Disney/Pixar, Sega, Warner Brothers, and THQ. He holds advanced degrees in electrical and aerospace engineering from MIT, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley. This broad-ranging engineering expertise lends impeccable technical authenticity to his stories.

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