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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432748432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432748432
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,091,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tom Gauthier has written nearly every form of communication, and is published on various subjects in newspapers and in national and international journals. He authored, produced, and directed four plays. His first novel, Code Name: Orion’s Eye, was released in 2008. His second published novel, A Voyage Beyond Reason, received a “Notable Award for Literary Fiction” in the 17th Annual International Writer’s Digest Book Award competition (2009). He was introduced by the subject of his book, Benjamin Wade—a star (coach) of the CBS TV series Survivor-Tocantins—on national television during the finale. Born in 1940, Tom grew up in Santa Barbara, California and served in the U.S. Army as a combat intelligence analyst and in the Air Force Reserve as a Load Master on a C-119 (Flying Boxcar). In 1966, after finishing his military tours, he began a civilian career that took him to every corner of the United States, Canada and 20 countries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, an M.B.A., a Master of Science and Doctorate in Psychology. He is a member of Delta Epsilon Tau, an international honors society. Besides writing novels he serves on the local Airport Commission, the local hospital Foundation Board of Directors and the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also continues to consult with companies and government on organizational and communications issues. Tom is a private pilot, a member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. Tom and his wife Marlene have built their dream home on a small ranch in the eastern High Sierras of Northern California and enjoy the visits of thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Now published and represented by Patriot Media, Inc. of Niceville, Florida, Tom Gauthier began his serious writing career after nearly forty years of corporate work that took him to twenty countries and immersed him in a variety of cultures. While writing for commercial publications and creating organizational and personal development texts and lectures was gratifying, Tom was waiting for retirement and the chance to dive into the deep end of the writing pool - the novel.

His first novel, "Code Name: ORION'S EYE", weaves a tale of spies, secret technology, and high adventure from historic events of World War II. It has produced something of a cult following among veterans of the Pacific War and the families of soldiers who "were there."

Tom's second novel, "A VOYAGE BEYOND REASON", earned a 2009 international award for literary fiction from Writer's Digest. The true-life story of the record breaking solo sea kayak voyage of Benjamin Wade (of CBS TV Survivor fame as "coach"), written from Wade's original journals, has received broad positive reviews.

His third novel, "MEAD'S TREK", picks up the story from ORION'S EYE and moves on into the war of the OSS in Indo-China. Two of the cover blurbs tell the tale:

"Gauthier weaves a compelling story of intrigue, action and romance."
Lis Wiehl, author of "Face of Betrayal" and FOX NEWS analyst

"Edge of your seat action . . . impressively accurate descriptions of the war . . ."
Judge Don Sokol, WWII B-17 Pilot, decorated veteran of twenty-four missions over Germany and the last raid on Berlin.

Tom lives with his wife of 40 years in the mountains of northeastern California. His next two novels are well along and aiming at late 2015 publication.
"Living in a mountain forest with views of the Honey Lake Valley below and to seeming infinity out across the Great Basin gives me the perfect day-dreamers scenario to swirl the plots around in my mind."
Tom's in-depth knowledge of geography, love of historical research, and decades of personal experience traveling and working on four continents provides the grist for that day-dreaming mill.
On top of his writing, Tom co-hosts the weekly internet radio show Military Author Radio.com interviewing great Americans from WWII Vets to the children of the heroes.
He is also a proud member of Military Writers' Society of America.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cy B. Hilterman VINE VOICE on March 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mead's Trek is the story of a group led by Major Amos Mead of the United States Marines into territory both friendly and hostile during WWII mostly in 1943. Much of the trek began with meetings in Hawaii that led to travels by Mead's thrown together group to Thailand, Vietnam, China, Burma, Australia, with much direction from Washington, DC. Some of the group was CIA, some in various military services, one in British Intelligence, some OSS (Office of Strategic Services) but all specialists in their field. Their contacts in the United States were of utmost importance since they had to gather the information available from any source, interpret the importance of all of it, and attempt to relay that thought pertinent to Mead's group. One selected for this group was a radio specialist who built his own radio figuring he could trust what he knew worked, against what might work in the field of battle. They knew they had miles of jungles and small villages to trek through, much of it inhabited or controlled by Japanese. Fortunately some of their contacts along the way were natives fighting to kill all the Japanese they could see and, in many cases, could not be seen by the Japanese. It was hot, humid, bug infested, dry, and not people friendly at all.

Major Mead had met a very charming and beautiful army nurse, Major Brigit O'Hare, before he had undertaken the mission. Little did he know at the time that Brigit was also a specialist in delving into messages, articles, or any other intelligence documents concerning the war, especially in the area that Mead's group were heading into, then extracting information of utmost importance and relaying it to Mead or his contacts along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lignor on February 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
The second book by this author featuring Major Amos Mead, USMC. Major Mead is sent on a mission with the OSS that goes from Burma and into China. This assignment takes the Major into danger that he hadn't expected to find along with the possibility that the Vice President of the US at that time, Henry Wallace, might be involved with the Communists to weaken the power of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in fighting World War II.

Major Mead and his colleagues and friends are sent into Burma to investigate so called friends in the Far East to see if they are on the up and up. His plane is shot down and the pilot is killed. However, Mead and his team are still alive and are walking toward the Thailand Border. During World War II the China/Burma area was a mixed up mess of different people competing with each other for dominance of the area. The country that the Mead team has to pass through is enemy territory and various governments in the area are fighting each other for some sort of control over the US. The team doesn't know until the end of their trek about the schemes of local governments and officials that are influenced by these governments that could possibly include the Vice President of the US. Some friends have turned into enemies and vice versa, as Major Mead and his team are pulled into a situation that has been brewing in the area for many years.

The conclusion of the book is an eye-opener. I have read many books about WWII but, never one that takes place solely in this area (Burma/China). My thing was always the European Theater of Operations. Until I read Mead's Trek I didn't really know a lot about the Japanese, except for Pearl Harbor and the Phillipines. Now, thanks to Mr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Schultz on December 20, 2009
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"Gauthier weaves a compelling story of intrigue, action and romance"

"Edge of your seat action... impressively accurate descriptions of the war..."

"Amos Mead's a gem, and he's back in this sequal to Code Name: Orion's Eye, better than ever. Gauthier's strong characterization of his leading man has grown and deepened in Mead's Trek, and his readers will be wanting more."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THANDY on January 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
MAJOR MEAD, FROM ORION'S EYE, GOES ON AN ASSIGNMENT THAT ALMOST COST'S HIM HIS LIFE. HIS TREK THROUGH SOUTH EAST ASIA IS MORE ADVENTURE THAN HE'D LIKE. THERE ARE INSIGHTS INTO WHAT WAS GOING ON IN VIETNAM THAT I FOUND INTERESTING, BEING A VIETNAM VETERAN. THE AUTHOR KEEPS YOUR INTEREST FRONT START TO FINISH.....................................
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