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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: PD House Holdings, LLC; First edition (May 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981533329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981533322
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,920,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pete P. J. Grondin was born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1956 to Nicholas and Patricia Grondin. He is the seventh of twelve children, evenly split; six boys and six girls. His Father passed away in June of 1994 and his Mother lives in Sandusky, Ohio. The family moved around a number of times when Pete was young; from Sandusky, Ohio to Bay City, Michigan, then to Maitland, Florida. They finally settled in the small rural community of Zellwood, Florida. At age 22, he moved back to Sandusky and worked at a retail department store at the Sandusky Mall where he met his wife, Debbie. They were married in January, 1984 and have two children. He joined the US Navy in the Nuclear Power Program and served on the ballistic missile submarine, USS John Adams. After being discharged from the US Navy in 1989, he moved his family back to their hometown of Sandusky in northern Ohio. He was elected to the Sandusky City Commission, serving a single term from 1993 to 1997. He works as a project manager in the IT department of a major electric utility. His current novels are A Lifetime of Vengeance and A Lifetime of Deception. He is in the process of writing his third McKinney Brothers novel, tentatively titled A Lifetime of Exposure.

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When I was a little boy living in Sandusky, Ohio I was scared to death of alligators. I used to imagine that the gators were under and around my bed, waiting for me to make a wrong move. Maybe I watched too many Tarzan or Jungle Larry movies. But that fear must have been a premonition. My parents first moved our family, all twelve of us kids to Bay City, Michigan then to Maitland, Florida. Our stay in Maitland was short-lived and we ended up in rural Zellwood, Florida, a half hour north of Orlando and pretty much in the Deep South. Now my fear of alligators turned to fascination. In junior high and high school, my friends and I used to swim and canoe at Wekiva Springs State Park. The lake beyond the springs had a number of good sized alligators. As we swam in the lake the gators kept a healthy distance. I'm not sure I'd swim with the gators now that I'm older.

Growing up in Zellwood had its advantages for a budding writer from north of the Mason Dixon line. I met so many different characters during my time in the south. Many of their personality traits have made their way into some of my fictional characters. It's been a great education having lived in the north and the south, particularly in the rural south where feelings about the War Between the States run strong. The war may be over but the scars are still there for some.

I graduated from Apopka Memorial High School and worked in the indoor foliage business. I started my own nursery business while in high school and also worked for others in the nursery business. It was hard work in very hot, humid conditions, working with fungicides, pesticides, and other 'cides, some of which are now banned. We used to handle Mirex, the fire ant poison (which was banned by the EPA), with our bare hands. I'm still here so it must not have been that bad.

My travels continued after my stint in the south. After selling the nursery business I moved back to Sandusky, Ohio and started working in retail stores. It was at the May Company (now Macy's) that I met my wife, Debbie. After realizing that I had little future in retail, I joined the US Navy in the Nuclear Power Program and eventually was stationed on the USS John Adams in Charleston, South Carolina. I again encountered the contrasts of the south and the north. The locals in Charleston were a great mix of personalities, while my shipmates were an odd mix of intellectuals and grunt workers, all with their own unique traits. Again, this was great fodder for the budding writer. It was while living in Goose Creek, South Carolina that Debbie and I were married.

After an eight year stint in the Navy, I again returned to Sandusky and started my civilian career at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station.

The political climate in Sandusky is always charged with small city politics. In 1993, I ran for the City Commission and was elected to a four year term. My time on the commission was charged with drama as we had a new city manager who ruffled the feathers of County Commissioners and nearby Township Trustees. During my tenure, I worked with corporate CEOs, city, county, and state officials, and citizens with all sorts of agendas. There was never a dull moment. My one claim to fame was being satirized by our local cartoonist in the Sandusky Register over a comment that I made regarding our sewage treatment plant.

I only served a single term on the Commission and opted to start my writing career. I didn't get far into the project when my wife and I decided to build a house. We did the general contracting, carpentry, electric and plumbing, floor tile and roofing. It was a real adventure. Our marriage actually survived the stress and strain of the project.

Debbie and I have two grown children. We also have a Calico cat (Jasmine) and a Tabby (Butters). My son has a Bull Terrier (Capone) and my daughter has a black and white cat (Grady). I have eleven brothers and sisters. Debbie has a brother and a sister. We have a load of nieces and nephews. They are concentrated in Florida and Ohio, though a few are in other states.

I started writing my first novel about the McKinney brothers in the early 1990s. I finally finished A Lifetime of Vengeance in 2005. It was republished in January 2013 by Loconeal Publishing, the publisher for all of the McKinney Brothers novels (www.loconeal.com). My second novel, A Lifetime of Deception, was written in twelve months. I guess there's something to those Idiot Guides. The third novel in the McKinney Brothers series is A Lifetime of Exposure and the fourth title is A Lifetime of Terror. The most recent release in the series is A Lifetime of Betrayal. Trust me; there are more adventures to come.

Pete PJ. Grondin

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina on October 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Our service men put their very lives on the stake for the United States. All those who live here owe them a debt of gratitude. Unfortunately, there are predators preying on their vulnerability and they must be stopped.

Pat and Joe are brothers with a past. due to poor choices, a dear sister-in-law dies and she takes the will to live from Pat and Joe's brother Mike. While Pat and Joe do everything they can to serve justice to those responsible for their sister-in-law's murder, Mike slips into depression and eventually kills himself. Pat and Joe's family is never the same.

Joe and Pat both have military training and Joe is still in the reserves. When the predators kill a serviceman, Joe is called to investigate the deaths. Unfortunately, it is a bad time for his family. Pat and Joe's father has a heart attack and is in critical condition. Joe leaves for duty and then is informed that his girlfriend's father died. Joe focuses on his investigation and risks alienating the woman he loves.

The stakes keep getting higher as the body count increases with every serviceman targeted. Joe enlists Pat's help and calls up old friends along the way.

Fast paced and intelligent, adult readers should enjoy A Life Time of Deception.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lila L. Pinord on July 31, 2008
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If ever we are in need of someone to track down the "bad guys", we would definitely want the McKinney brothers around! P.J. Grondin's first book "A Lifetime of Vengeance" was a winner all the way,and this one is even better, if possible!
Joe and Pat McKinney are ex-military men who are called upon to help solve the mystery of who is taking advantage of our boys in uniform, enticing and robbing them of all their worldly belongings. But when it involves murder, they must step up the pace and catch them before more dead bodies show up.
It's a fast-paced thriller and the characters are so well-drawn, we find ourselves becoming sympathetic with the main perpetrator because of her mean upbringing. You are in for one heck of a ride and a surprise ending that you never see coming! This is the book for readers who love edge-of-your-seat suspense thrillers. Highly reccommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.C. Evans VINE VOICE on November 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
P.J. Grondin, formerly a Navy serviceman aboard a nuclear submarine, has written a fast-paced thriller packed with real details about life in the military. Main characters Joe and Mike McKinney put their military training to the test tracking down a couple of sociopaths who have dreamed up an ingenious scheme to defraud American servicemen. The stakes get higher when fraud leads to murder. Then another pair of schemers with ties to the first two get involved. With no regard for human life, the criminals murder anyone who might get in their way. For a while Joe and Mike seem to be one step behind the killers at every turn. Then they and their team of law enforcement officials get a break and finally unravel the vicious scheme. A twist at the end suggests more to come.
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