Richard Blomberg

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Dr. Richard Blomberg has practiced anesthesia in the land of 10,000 lakes for twenty years. He grew up in an Iowa farm town, the oldest of ten, before serving as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War. For generations, Richard’s family has proudly served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and currently lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and family, where he is working on his next Jack Gunn thriller.

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Richard Blomberg Don’t get discouraged. Two very famous authors at a writer’s conference agreed that you are born with 90% of what it takes to be a good story teller,…moreDon’t get discouraged. Two very famous authors at a writer’s conference agreed that you are born with 90% of what it takes to be a good story teller, and only 10% is learned. That discouraged me, since I never could remember a punch line. But that didn’t stop me. I wrote and let editors edit, each in their own way honing my story-telling skills. I think anyone can become a story teller and everyone has a story to tell.

Rule #1 for thriller writers: start in the middle of the action. Don’t begin a chapter with what Jack ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start with Jack bashing down a door and kicking butt. Use spare dialogue where every word has a reason to be there.

Rule #2 for thriller writers: stick to the plot line—keep the action moving forward. Any side-story lasting more than two paragraphs and you risk losing the reader. Stick to the story.

Rule #3 for thriller writers: use active verbs—it speeds up the pace. When using active verbs the subject does the acting instead of being acted upon. Example: The game was won by the Chicago Bears vs. the Chicago Bears won the game. Whenever possible, eliminate words like: be, is, was, were, been, are, am, isn’t, wasn’t, weren’t, aren’t.

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Richard Blomberg I write military thrillers to honor those who serve overseas in the military and their left-behind families. In Terror Never Sleeps, I try to unearth…moreI write military thrillers to honor those who serve overseas in the military and their left-behind families. In Terror Never Sleeps, I try to unearth why Navy SEAL Jack Gunn, and in effect anyone who serves in the military, is willing to die fighting terrorism? What motivates Jack to leave his family for months at a time, knowing he may never see them again? What does it feel like to lose the trail of the terrorists who kidnapped his wife? What drives Jack to greatness and reduces him to tears?
In my latest Jack Gunn thriller, Terror Never Sleeps and my previous Warpath, I write to honor Native Americans. My protagonist, Jack Gunn, possesses unique skills that were ingrained in him as a boy by a secret sect of Native American elders, after his parents died in a car fire. Jack is a one-of-a-kind stalker of terrorists. Jack is a warrior, the likes of which the world may never see again. His specialty—hunt, track, and kill terrorists.
Terror Never Sleeps was born on the mistaken assumption of every deployed soldier; terrorists would never attack their families back home. Right? Wrong! To take it up another notch, Jack has killed many terrorists and made many enemies in the past. In Terror Never Sleeps, revenge-seeking terrorists kidnap Jack’s family and vanish without a trace. Jack is wracked with fear and guilt for not protecting the ones he loves. Nina Gunn, Jack’s wife, faces torment and torture as she fights to survive each day at the hands of the terrorists. But, Jack and Nina have secret weapons. They grew up on the same Sioux reservation. They draw on the power of their ancestor’s spirits to face the biggest challenges of their lives.
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"Terror Never Sleeps is a riveting military thriller that takes the reader on an exhilarating roller coaster ride as they follow Jack Gunn, a Navy SEAL and head of the Counterterrorism Task Force (Force) race frantically across the world in search..." Read more of this review »
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"I received this book as a first read. The book is fast paced and action packed. I also like that it had a Native American hero. The book did jump around quite a bit so I think the editing could've been tightened up but it was still a fun read. "
Terror Never Sleeps by Richard Blomberg
"A great book to pick up while you are snowed in! A thriller that will keep you on edge! Great plot and characters! This book will have you wanting more, it will have you trying to figure it out before you know what's going to happen next! If you h..." Read more of this review »
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