Andy Harp was born in a small Arkansas town on the banks of the Mississippi River. As a child, while hearing his father recount his colorful military experiences in the Pacific during World War II, he gained a lifelong appreciation for storytelling. As a youth, Harp’s cultural experiences expanded beyond the South when his parents moved to rural New Jersey. There, in a small town named Vineland, Harp had the opportunity for some unusual life experiences.
He served, for example, as an intern at the 1964 Democratic National convention held that year in Atlantic City where he heard Bobby Kennedy eulogize his brother, President John F. Kennedy. He also became a high school track star, which eventually led to his participation in the Olympic Invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York. His running ability led to an athletic scholarship to American University in Washington, D.C.
In the early 1970’s, Harp hiked and took trains all across Europe, from Lisbon, Portugal, in the south to Bodo, Norway, in the north and eighteen countries in between. After college and his European travels, he did a tour on active duty in the Marine Corps, where he was a leader of a small group of mountain and artic-trained instructors. He himself was trained at a number of bases, including Ft. Greeley, Alaska, where he lived in temperatures at fifty degrees below zero, where car dashboards broke off like dried cake icing, and where packs of wolves roamed the streets at nights.
After his stint on active duty, Harp returned to the South to attend law school at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. After graduating, he served as an assistant district attorney, where he prosecuted felonies. In one murder trial, he obtained a guilty verdict after a mere twelve minutes of deliberations. The victim’s mother cried in his arms in appreciation.
Harp left the criminal prosecution field to become a civil trial attorney, and has participated in cases in more than eight states, from Texas to Florida. His practice has largely involved the representation of injured railroad workers.
During his legal career, Harp has also written for several professional publications. One article, co-written with a Harvard physician, was described by the medical journal’s editor as one of the decade’s leading articles on catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury care.
While building a successful career in law, he was also succeeding in another career-the United States Marine Corps Reserve. During nearly thirty years spent in the Reserves, Harp rose to the level of Colonel and served in the Persian Gulf, Central America, Europe, Korea, and the Pentagon. He was mobilized for “Operation Enduring Freedom” – the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan – where he was the Officer in Charge of the Marines’ Crisis Action Team for Marine Forces Central Command and Marine Forces Pacific.
He lives with his wife in Columbus, Georgia. They have four children.
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Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
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The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
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Andy, I just finished Northern Thunder moments ago. I thought it dragged a bit initially, but toward the end, things picked up nicely. Will Parker is a great new addition to the heroes of our genre. How could anyone not like such an action hero, a wily lawyer who's also a military reserve officer?
For many years, I've graded the books I read on a letter basis. From my subjective view, this book rates a solid B+, almost an A-, excellent for a first book. I would be very proud to have written such a book. I look forward to the further adventures of Will Parker. Good job.
We had a CH-46 went down in the mountains about 15 minutes after I had gotten off of it. Not too bad. He lost his rear rotor, but saw the light and hit the deck before it totally fell apart. It blew a hole out the rear the size of a softball. No one was hurt.
I lived in the Indian Ocean in the early 80's...lol, but luckily ...swimming only once.
A beautiful night off the coast of Mombasa with the moon shimmering against the sky. A snapping cable,two hydraulic failures, and a LTJG's first night flight...Need I say more...
Thanks, Kim. We are trying to get a video trailer up on line. If it ever works and shows up, please let me know what you think. It was fun putting it together, but I am not sure what value they add. I would be interested in your thoughts.