I first became aware of David Wood on Facebook and have enjoyed his friendship ever since. And I know you’ll enjoy his books so I thought today would be a great time to introduce you to this fantastic new (not to mention, up-and-coming) author. If you are a fan of fast-paced, edge of your seat adventures featuring treasure hunts of enormous biblical importance, strange creatures that send chills down your spine, and one fantastic hero, you’ll love David Wood’s books.
To be honest, I’m only now currently reading his first adventure novel…Dourado, but I can honestly say, it’s hooked me right from the get go! It’s such a fun, well-written book I know I’ll have no problem at all saying it will become one of my favorites. But then, this blog isn’t a book review, is it? It’s a place where you can learn more about new authors and see if any appeal to you.
So, here’s the product description from Dourado and Cibola, along with what others are saying about these two great books!
A sunken treasure. An ancient Biblical artifact. A mystery as old as humankind. On January 25, 1829, the Portuguese brig Dourado sank off the coast of Indonesia, losing its cargo of priceless treasures from the Holy Land. One of these lost relics holds the key to an ancient mystery. But someone does not want this treasure to come to light. When her father is mysteriously murdered while searching for the Dourado, Kaylin Maxwell hires treasure hunter and former Navy Seal Dane Maddock and his partner Uriah “Bones” Bonebrake, to locate the Dourado, and recover a lost Biblical artifact, the truth behind which could shake the foundations of the church, and call into question the fundamentally held truths of human existence. Join Dane and Bones on a perilous adventure that carries them from the depths of the Pacific to ancient cities of stone as they unravel the mystery of the Dourado.
“A fast-paced adventure with action to spare. Dane Maddock is a hero cut from the Dirk Pitt mold, and “Bones” Bonebrake is the best sidekick around. If you like your thrillers with a touch mystery and Biblical archaeology, Dourado is the book for you.” — Megalith Book Reviews
1539- In a remote Spanish outpost, one man holds the secret to the greatest treasure and deadliest secret in human history. Utah, Present Day Cave paintings in a newly-discovered Indian site provide evidence that Christ visited the New World. Or do they? Dane Maddock returns in another unforgettable adventure! When Dane rescues beautiful archaeologist Jade Ihara , he joins her on a search for the legendary Seven Cities of Cibola. Cibola takes the reader on a journey across the American southwest, where the ruins of the mysterious Anasazi hide deadly secrets, creatures long-forgotten lie in wait, and foes lurk around every corner. Dane and his partner “Bones” Bonebrake must decipher clues from the fabled Copper Scroll, outwit their enemies, and be the first to unlock the secret of Cibola.
“Ancient cave paintings? Cities of gold? Secret scrolls? Sign me up! Cibola is a twisty tale of adventure and intrigue that never lets up and never lets go!” –Robert Masello, author of Bestiary and Blood and Ice
“With the thoroughly enjoyable way Mr. Wood has mixed speculative history with our modern day pursuit of truth, he has created a story that thrills and makes one think beyond the boundaries of mere fiction and enter the world of ‘why not’? Cibola is a worthy tale!” –David Lynn Golemon, Author of Ancients, Event, Legend, and Leviathan
Recently, I had a chance to talk with David about his books, his passion for writing, and what’s in store for his future. Take a look!
Your first novel, Dourado, centers around the search for a fairly obscure biblical relic. Why the sword of Goliath?
I wanted something that hadn’t been done before, so I did some searching, and came across the story of David fleeing Saul’s wrath. In need of a weapon, he asks the temple priest if there is a spear lying around. The priest offers him Goliath’s sword instead, and David replies, “There is none like that. Give it to me.” A small reference, but enough to indicate that the sword was special. I took it ran with it from there.
How does your second Dane Maddock adventure, Cibola, differ from the first?
The mystery aspect of Cibola is much more drawn out. The characters are puzzling things out, piecing together clues, dodging the bad guys, and all the while they have no idea what they’ll find at the end of the trail of bread crumbs. What the do find is pretty amazing.
What inspired the Dane Maddock adventures?
A little bit of Clive Cussler, a little bit of Indiana Jones, and all those children’s mystery books I read as a child.
If you wanted my readers to know one thing about your books, what would it be?
Where to buy them, I suppose. Okay, not the best answer. My characters are not supermen and women, and they don’t have unlimited resources and hyper-advanced technology. You can read a Dane Maddock book and almost believe it could be you going on the adventure of a lifetime.
[Author’s note: He was joking about the above, but to be fair, I wanted to share a link to these great books. Here they are: ]
What’s the story behind Into the Woods?
Into the Woods is a historical fiction novel that my dad and I co-authored. It’s based on the life of our ancestor Jonathan Wood, who was an “Over Mountain Man” in the late 1700’s, fought in the Revolutionary War, and generally led a very interesting life. Dad spent many years researching Jonathan’s life, and we decided to tell it in a fictionalized way in order to broaden the appeal. There’s action and adventure, but the human element is explored on a deeper level than my other books. I think my readers will enjoy it while they wait for the next Maddock adventure.
You also write fantasy under a pseudonym. Tell us about your work in that genre, and why you chose to use a pseudonym.
I write fantasy under the pseudonym David Debord. (Debord is my maternal grandfather’s surname- not merely a bad pun on the name “Wood”.) At the time of publication, Dourado was just seeing its first bit of commercial success, and I was concerned that bringing out a book in an entirely different genre might be confusing, and could hurt Dourado’s momentum. Plus, writing fantasy and adventure under different names worked for James Rollins, so why not give it a try? The series I’m currently writing is called The Absent Gods, and the second book, Keeper of the Mists, will be out this summer. It should have been out a long time ago, but my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor, so Into the Woods became my priority. I’m also working on a podcast novel, The Imposter Prince, that is set in the same universe.
Who are your biggest writing influences?
I think the first time I ever considered writing an adventure story was after reading The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. I wanted to go on an adventure like that. In terms of contemporary authors, Clive Cussler was an early inspiration, and James Rollins has always blown me away with his talent and productivity. How does that guy crank out so many awesome books? The National Treasure movies have also been a recent inspiration (although I was working on Cibola long before Nicholas Cage discovered it in the entirely wrong location). I like the fast-paced, light adventure feel of those films. As a fantasy author, Robert Jordan and David Eddings influenced me greatly, while George RR Martin and Pat Rothfuss both inspire and discourage the hell out of me. Some writers are so good that you can’t do anything but shake your head in admiration.
When did you get serious about writing?
When am I ever serious about anything? I actually think it’s only been in that last couple of years, as I’ve begun to enjoy a modest amount of success, that I’ve started thinking of my writing as more than a fun sideline. I’ve really tried to understand the shifting landscape of the publishing industry, in order to see what I can do to keep on reaching new readers.
How do you see the industry changing and are those changes good or bad?
So much has changed in the publishing world just since I wrote my first novel. Publishing is no longer just about selling dead trees. Electronic publishing in all its forms has opened the door for small press authors to develop solid readerships and enjoy the kind of success that could never have happened in the pre-internet days. I don’t think small press and e-publishing will come close to rivaling “traditional” publishing in our lifetimes, but I think the talented, savvy small press writers can become the equivalent of the low midlist. As bookstores fail, and shelf space diminishes, I think the midlist authors will have to learn some of the same tricks of the trade that small press authors are using. Visit the blogs of writers like J.A. Konrath and Michael Stackpole for some cogent views on the state of modern publishing, or just sit back and watch Scott Sigler go.
What’s coming up for you?
A quiet, writing-filled spring, and then the summer will get busy. Besides a few signings, I’ll be at ConCarolinas in June to promote Keeper of the Mists, and hopefully the next Dane Maddock adventure will be along shortly after that.
I truly hope you’ll give David Wood a try and read his books. I know you won’t regret it. I believe we’ll be hearing great things from this author, so how cool would it be for you to start following him now so you can say you’ve followed since the beginning!
Oh, and here are links to his websites: