Author Spotlight – Mark Rounds


Author Spotlight

Hello, and welcome back to Author Spotlight. Today I’d like to introduce you to Mark Rounds.

markThe first book Mark read, other than See Spot Run, was Rocketship Galileo in the second grade. He was restricted from the library in the third grade because it was such a wondrous place, that he forgot to do his “real” homework. Things haven’t changed much since then.

Mark has been an Air Force officer fuzzing radars in B-52’s, a bouncer in some of Spokane’s least classy bars, a consultant in information technology, geek in a cube in a couple .com’s, folk singer, and currently faculty at the University of Idaho in MIS. He has published papers and conference proceedings on Computer Security, Hacking Motivations, Geographical Information Systems, and Grizzly Bear Habitat. Academically, Mark has a BS in Computer Science from Montana State University in 1978, MBA from University of North Dakota in 1985, MS in Computer Science from Washington State University in 2000, and a PhD at the University of Idaho in 2014 focusing in Cyber Security. Mark has promised his wife that he will enter into a 12 step program to kick his education habit.

When he was younger and more foolish, he competed as an IPF powerlifter and has a first ascent in Glacier Park on Red Rock Point. Mark’s current hobbies include Civil War Reenacting, Reading, Folk Guitar, competing in Practical Pistol meets, and cooking gourmet food for his wife of 40 years and 3 kids. Mark is also known as a gamer and has recently published his fourth novel, Commonality Games.

The Plague Years series

Hell is Empty

hellHell is Empty and All the Devils Are Here is the story of Chad Strickland, his family and friends as they try to survive the onslaught of a virulent plague. The setting is in the near future in Central Washington. Chad and Mary Strickland, along with their neighbors, Dave Tippet and Heather Tunney band together to protect their children and their way of life. Along the way, Chris Vaughn and Amber Hoskins join their group as they are hounded out of their homes and forced to go on the road to escape a gang of infected bikers led by Special Agent Macklin, who is in turn part of a bigger plot to overthrow the US Government and take control.

At This Hour

At This Hour, Lie at My Mercy All Mine Enemies is the sequel to Hell is Empty and All theat this hour Devils Are Here. This is the second chapter in the story of Chad Strickland, his family and friends as they try to survive the onslaught of a virulent plague. The setting is in the near future in Central Washington. Chad, his family, and his friends old and new, were in a gravel pit at the top of the Vantage grade in central Washington. Chad’s hot rod Camaro had been shot up pretty bad by the plague infected people holding the bridge as had his friend, Chris Vaughn. But his friends and family and the Bikers Against Child Abuse chapter out of Wenatchee, Washington had banded together to cross the bridge; the BACA members to rescue one of their kids and Chad’ family to find a new home after being hounded out of their homes in the Tri-Cities. Their world had collapsed when they took in Chris Vaughn and Amber Hoskins. Amber was a remission case from the Plague that was bringing civilization to its collective knees, and Chris was her fiancée. Now this unlikely band of allies was facing a new day.


This Thing of Darkness

darknessIn this third installment of the Plague Years series, the Strickland family and their developing clan has settled in the rolling Palouse Hills in Moscow, ID. Most of America is in chaos; either under the control of petty crooks and jumped up warlords or badlands populated by those unlucky enough to have caught the Plague.

Major David Tippet and his friend Captain Chad Strickland have been tasked to gather intelligence and to begin to reassemble the isolated pockets of uninfected people in eastern Washington. They have been assisted by the local National Guard unit, ROTC detachments at the Universities in the area and by regular people who are stepping up to do their part.

Meanwhile in the aftermath of the attack on Fairchild AFB near Spokane, General Antonopoulos and a ragtag assortment of firemen, aircrew, and others are trying to escape former Special Agent Macklin as he leads his band of mercenaries and Infected in an attempt to capture the general and further disrupt the already unraveling fabric of civilization at the behest of his powerful sponsor, Nergüi.

The fate of civilization in the Northwest and indeed the world may rest on whether these disparate forces can reorganize and again march towards a peaceful and prosperous future.

Get your copy of Hell is Empty,  At This Hour , and This Thing of Darkness


Commonality Games

 commonAliens have taken over the Earth and installed their own government and rebuilt the economy of the planet. Poverty is mostly eradicated and the masses of Earth’s population are growing. The new diversion is the Games. Gladiators done the clothing and equipment of many historical eras and brawl to entertain the masses. Taol Ubner and his friends are drawn into the Games and must be victorious or die in the attempt.

Commonality Games is available on Amazon.

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