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Daniel J. Rich

Daniel J. Rich is a former air force civil engineering officer and facilities manager. He has owned a forensic civil engineering firm based in Houston, Texas since 2002. Daniel earned his BS in civil engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, his MCE from the University of Houston, and his PhD from Texas A&M University. Dr. Rich has served as an adjunct assistant professor of civil engineering at Prairie View A&M University and teaches review courses for the professional engineering licensing exam throughout the country.
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"An ingenious, thoroughly absorbing twist on the military-fiction genre. ...will appeal equally to fans of Tom Clancy and True Blood."

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AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Kirkus Star: Project GITMO: RESURRECTION

Favorite author Clive Cussler

Favorite book Raise the Titanic

Day job forensic civil engineer and college professor

Favorite word Dirt

Unexpected skill or talent geotechnical engineering

Passion in life teaching civil engineering


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1482051162
Page count: 344pp

A debut sci-fi technothriller in which U.S. troops find themselves the subjects of a bizarre government experiment.

In 1991, U.S. Air Force Maj. Frank Craymer’s F-16 crash-lands in remote Iraq—just another tragedy in the first Gulf War. When Iraqi forces reach the crash site and find the dead pilot, they also discover an uncovered, underground chamber containing a centuries-old Latin manuscript and a group of eerily preserved human bodies. The manuscript, a diary, tells the story of a group of superstrong men and women living through the centuries, experiencing firsthand the 1066 Battle of Hastings and the coming of the Black Death. This secret race survived by drinking human blood, and the bodies of the last members have been interred in the Iraqi desert for hundreds of years. News of the discovery reaches Saddam Hussein, who wonders if fate has delivered him an unbeatable weapon in his fight against the West. He dreams of creating a supernatural army and sets his scientists to the task of using fluids from the site’s dead bodies to transform humans into unstoppable vampires who don’t fear garlic or sunlight. In Rich’s extremely clever, infectiously readable narrative, readers follow both the progress of Saddam’s program and, as the war on terror continues the U.S. presence in Iraq, the enlistment of Maj. Craymer’s nephew, Aaron. Thanks to a devious CIA operative, Aaron finds himself part of a group of servicemen who have been transformed into vampires and sent on covert missions. When the U.S. government changes its mind and tries to terminate them all, Aaron and his teammates use their newfound abilities to survive. The author’s big, complex plot sprawls over 10 years and two continents, but he manages it all with a confident hand. His dialogue is immediately believable, his tensely controlled action scenes build in intensity as the plot advances, and his pitch-perfect blending of sci-fi and military action will appeal equally to fans of Tom Clancy and True Blood.

An ingenious, thoroughly absorbing twist on the military-fiction genre. 

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

LAND OF THE MORNING CALM (Unpublished)
Thriller, military fiction, historical fiction

A group of air force officers stumbles upon a team of North Korean infiltrators and their stranded submarine. The officers attempt to keep the enemy from completing their mission.


PROJECT GITMO: RESOLUTION (Unpublished)
Thriller, science fiction, historical fiction

The American vampires must eliminate the Russian threat before a new president takes office.


THE ORANIENBURG PACT (Unpublished)
Teen, Young Adult, Historical Fiction

The sons and daughters of senior German scientists are pressed into service on the Nazi atomic bomb project. They make a pact to keep Hitler from getting the bomb.