Monday, August 08, 2011

What is Thomas W. Young reading?

Today's featured contributor at Writers Read: Thomas W. Young, author of The Mullah's Storm and the newly released Silent Enemy.

His entry begins:
As a war veteran and author of military thrillers, I write books that have their share of action and hardware. But action and hardware by themselves don't make a story. A good novel in any genre requires the author to build a world that immerses the reader among flesh-and-blood characters facing believable problems.

So to keep the creative juices flowing in that direction, I try to read a lot of character-driven novels, and I have recently been mesmerized by A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines.

Set in 1940s Louisiana, the novel tells the story of a black schoolteacher who tries to help a young man face an unjust execution with dignity. The narrator, teacher Grant Wiggins, wrestles not only with racism, but also with a crisis of faith and crippling self-doubt.

The condemned man, an uneducated laborer named Jefferson, was a bystander in a liquor store shooting that left the real assailants dead. In an effort to spare him the electric chair, his lawyer describes him as someone no more capable of premeditation than...[read on]
Among the early praise for Silent Enemy:
“Young’s follow-up to The Mullah’s Storm is better than its predecessor…. Full of the kind of military jargon that aficionados love, the novel also boasts intense action and surprisingly deep characterizations for a military thriller. Fans of Clancy, Coonts, and Dale Brown need to add Young to their must read lists.”

"Aviation thriller aficionados will cheer, and readers of any genre will gnaw their fingernails to the quick."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A thrilling ride that maintains mach speed from liftoff to landing...or however the plane comes down."
--Shelf Awareness for Readers
Learn more about the book and author at Thomas W. Young's website and blog.

My Book, The Movie: The Mullah's Storm.

Writers Read: Thomas W. Young.

--Marshal Zeringue