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Jim Parry

Jim Parry has 9 articles published.

Jim Parry
Jim Parry, a Harvard graduate, has had a long career in advertising, including starting two agencies with national accounts (Conoco, Pfizer, Best Western Hotels). His thriller, The Discovery, was published by Crowell, a division of what is now HarperCollins. He has co-written screenplays sold to Columbia and Universal and most recently has blogged for Huffington Post. He is back to writing thrillers and is collaborating with Ron Barrett (co-creator and illustrator of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs") on illustrated books for adults and children.

True Washington Insider Pens Twisty Legal Thriller

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The Eighteenth Green (Beaufort Books) billed as a Jack Patterson Thriller by Webb Hubbell, is a fast-paced, twisty legal thriller set in Washington. The reader gets that the author really knows Washington, how the U.S. government works, and the lengths the government will go against someone.  The government will imprison an innocent person, use the media to have that person convicted in the court of public opinion and, because that person knows too much, stand by as that person is murdered in prison…and label it a suicide. But this book is as much about the author as it is the plot. Webster Lee “Webb” Hubbell is a friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton from way back in Arkansas, from the…

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“Sunrise Highway:” Fresh Approach in Serial Killer Thriller

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A serial killer of women!  How do you write a thriller about such a person that’s fresh and original? First of all, as is the case in Peter Blauner’s Sunrise Highway (Macmillan), you cut back and forth in time, between… October 2012. As Hurricane Sandy hits New York City, a man in Rockaway, Brooklyn, hearing pounding on his front door, goes to the peephole.  He sees a young woman, handcuff on her wrist with a chain attached.  Begging to be let in, she’s crying, “Someone is after me.  And if they find me they’re gonna kill me.” August 2017. NYPD Detective Lourdes Robles, Brooklyn born and bred, examines the body of a murdered woman, wrapped in plastic, washed up on…

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Alan Brenham Plays With Our Minds in “Game Piece”

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A killer is messing with Barry Marshall’s head — and with everything he holds dear. That sets the stage for Alan Brenham’s chilling, twisting, rocketing thriller, Game Piece (Black Opal Books), in which Marshall is the game piece that the killer is coldly, cruelly maneuvering. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways A smart, tough, capable guy, Marshall is a detective on the Temple, Texas police force.  He’s married to Erin.  They have a five-year-old daughter, Cailey.  It’s a good marriage.  And it’s threatened…as is Marshall’s career, his reputation and his family.  What Marshall doesn’t know is that 12 years ago, the killer dated Erin and thinks Marshall stole her. The killer is enraged and the killer is smart. …

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U.S. Intelligence Creds Make “Byte” Too Real

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Shortly after this interview was conducted, BookTrib learned that Eric C. Anderson had passed away. Eric’s literary contributions, through his fiction writing to his understanding of the complex intelligence and military challenges facing Western democracies, are incalculable. He was an exemplary and remarkable human being who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. It’s August 2025 and Vladimir Putin wants to ease himself into a secure and wealthy retirement. To install his successor, he needs to destroy the power of the oligarchs. How? Wipe out billions of dollars they think are secure in their bit-coin accounts. How? One of Putin’s operatives blackmails a cyber wizard woman in Montgomery, AL, a recent immigrant from India, Dr. Adya…

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Dispelling Myths About the Brain and Consciousness

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Why do we have consciousness?   The mainstream view, expressed by Carl Sagan in 1977, is: “[The brain’s] workings – what we sometimes call mind – are a consequence of its anatomy and physiology and nothing more.”  But what in its anatomy and physiology?  Said neuroscientist Sam Harris in 2015, “There is nothing about a brain, studied at any scale, that even suggests that it might harbor consciousness.” So is mainstream science trying to find the harbor? Not very much. Said physicist Lee Smolin in 2013, “…whereas there are real mysteries about consciousness, they’re beyond what science can tackle with present knowledge.” Since they supposedly can’t be tackled?  Dr. Eben Alexander, formerly a Harvard Medical School associate professor in brain…

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“Executive Force:” Political Thriller With Intricate Plot

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How does an international political thriller open? With a sniper putting the cross-hairs of a 6.5 Creedmore Bolt-Action Rifle on a politician’s forehead in a sleepy New England town and squeezing the trigger? With an operative cutting a fence, breaking into LAX, making his way across the runway, posing as a TSA officer, getting into a plane and successfully putting a bag in the overhead compartment?  With an autopsy on a U.S. Senator in Kansas City revealing ricin poisoning?  With a spy inserting a malware-laden thumb drive into the computer of a Whale Class ballistic missile submarine docked at Yuktae-dong, North Korea? Yes, any of these would make great openings – and all of these can be found in Executive…

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A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future

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The past 200 years have been marked by two worldwide explosions: population growth and economic growth.  The latter, necessary to cope with the former, also dramatically improved how most the of world’s people live. But in the last decades of the 20th century, population growth began to slow, and eventually it will plateau and even decline. Yet the world’s economic system, built for growth, roars on – and is both unsustainable and dangerous.  Climate change, change for the worse, is only the most dramatic of its consequences. So we will soon be at an inflection point.  Call the past two centuries Epoch A.  Call what we are about to enter Epoch B.The transition will be filled with turmoil and conflict,…

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“Forged in Crisis:” Inspiration on the Power to Lead

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There are so many books on leadership it may seem there are no more “secrets” of leadership to be revealed to us. So for anyone writing on the subject, the challenge is: (1) make the subject more interesting, more vivid, and (2) give the reader the realistic reassurance that, yes, maybe I, too, can be a leader. In this, Nancy Koehn admirably succeeds in her work, Forged in Crisis: The Making of Five Courageous Leaders (Scribner). Koehn, a professor and historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration, writes a historical narrative of five extraordinary people who mastered a crisis in order to prevail and became great leaders in the process: polar explorer…

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Anubis: A Thriller Straight from U.S. Intelligence

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You expect a thriller written by a retired member of the U.S. Intelligence Community who served in Iraq and Saudi Arabia to give you the inside dope on how terror and other stuff gets done. Anubis delivers. In this second installment of Eric C. Anderson’s New Caliphate trilogy (Dunn Books), soldiers, spies and statesmen converge as the world braces for an overflow of terror – a new U.S. president is about to be inaugurated and ISIS is attacking on multiple fronts. But beyond the main storyline, one gains an array of information – the relevance of which may depend on your vocation or your intentions to take over parts or all of the free world. Consider: How to take out…

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