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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432795082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432795085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,904,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dick Nelson is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former Navy fighter pilot. During his combat service in Vietnam, flying the supersonic F-8E Crusader from an aircraft carrier, Nelson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, thirteen Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross, and other decorations. After his Navy service, Nelson was a commercial pilot with Continental Airlines, and then attended the UCLA School of Law. As a litigator of high-stakes cases in California, he specialized in the legal areas of employment, business, and trade secrets. Moving to Florida in 2005, Nelson worked for the Dept. of Homeland Security. Now retired, Nelson is also the author of The Contrail Chronicles: An American Family's Journey Through War And Peace.

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Dick Nelson grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and is a 1960 graduate of Sarasota High School. After receiving three appointments to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, he graduated in 1964 with a double major in electrical engineering and foreign languages. Certified by the Navy Department as a Spanish language translator/interpreter, Dick was one of two Midshipmen selected for a special politico-military liaison assignment with the Peruvian Navy and the American Embassy in Peru. He was offered a teaching position on the Naval Academy faculty in the Foreign Languages Department, but declined in order to pursue Navy flight training.

Following training as a Naval Aviator, he served two combat tours in Vietnam as a carrier-based fighter pilot in the F-8E Crusader, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, 13 Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", the Navy Unit Citation, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Star, and other decorations. He flew over 200 combat missions and accrued approximately 300 carrier landings. He married Janet Lee Theurer, an American Airlines flight attendant, in 1969.

Dick was employed by Continental Airlines as a commercial pilot after leaving active duty. He served concurrently as a labor negotiator for the Air Line Pilots Association, followed by assignments as a special technology projects manager for Continental in flight operations. He left Continental in 1984 to attend the UCLA School of Law, where he graduated in 1987.

After working as a litigation attorney for two large law firms in Los Angeles, Dick started his own specialty litigation firm in Walnut Creek, California. He is admitted to the Bars of California, Colorado and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to six federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Dick has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in many high-value cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has litigated cases in such areas as employment law, environmental pollution, insurance coverage, commercial contracts, intellectual property, antitrust, and unfair competition. In representing large companies and senior executives in California, he was widely recognized for his expertise in negotiating, drafting and litigating complex commercial contracts. In addition to his litigation practice, he was both a private and court-appointed arbitrator and mediator.

Dick retired from his law practice in 2005 and worked temporarily for the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security in Miami as a Political Asylum Officer. He moved to Punta Gorda, where he now resides with Janet, seeking new adventures on his boats Avenger and Liberty.

Dick's first book, "The Contrail Chronicles," is the story of his father's service as a fighter pilot in WWII, and his own experiences in the air war over Vietnam. His second book, "The Trojan Horse Conspiracy," is a novel of suspenseful espionage, brutal assassinations, and daring rescues. Both books have received excellent reviews, which are available on the books' web pages on

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I certainly hope Mr. Nelson writes a sequel.
Dave Leather
This book brings you into a world you will recognize, with characters resembling real life political figures and world wide in scope.
The book's flow of facts and action are very well paced and keeps one turning the pages into the night.
Robert D. Jones

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leonard R. Wass on August 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dick Nelson's Trojan Horse Conspiracy catapulted him to be the new Tom Clancy of techno-thriller books. This techo-political-espionage story kept me up late at night, unable to stop reading. Given my prior involvement in national security/intelligence activities, I marveled at the credibility of spy operations he presents, the rapid pace of the plot, his attention to detail which added a special flair, the number of subplots that keep the reader guessing, and the relevance to current national security issues. Not only has Nelson done his homework, but presents the story in an exciting, credible, and often frightening way (for our nation's continued survival). Every lover of techno-thrillers should read this book. Better yet, every American should read this book. While fiction, the story compels the reader to keeping asking whether it is truth or fiction. There is only a thin line between the two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on August 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is rare to read a military-technical thriller that combines strong characterization, a fluid prose style, and themes taken directly from recent newspaper headlines. Dick Nelson has managed this trifecta with his THE TROJAN HORSE CONSPIRACY. The plot, of course, is a reference to the ancient tale of how the Greeks managed to hide soldiers within a wooden horse to capture the armed fortress that was Troy. Nelson has updated this simple plot device in ways that spin out plot complications that carry the reader through some surprising twists. The book is roughly divided into two sections: the first details the birth, growth, education, and political career of the first African-American president of the United States. In this novel, he is called Sam Basi. Without giving too much of the plot away, Nelson presents Basi as an Obama-type president, who is constantly running the White House and possessing a political philosophy that is clearly meant to refer to the current POTUS. The second half shifts focus as the United States must somehow counter a new and insidious coalition between Russia and China. As one might expect, this shift necessarily alters the dramatic dynamics from political philosophizing to slam-bang action. What I found chilling was Nelson's penchant for having his characters actually talk to one another while outlining their political and economic goals. In one particularly relevant scene, Nelson actually presents what is nothing less than an executive summary of how a dupe in the White House could topple the United States in its entirety without the need to fire a single shot. THE TROJAN HORSE CONSPIRACY makes no pretense to be other than an old-fashioned paean to passé patriotism. For readers who are aware of and unhappy with the current state of political and economic affairs of this country and wish to partake of a thoroughly enjoyable action novel, Dick Nelson's book is a fine place to begin.
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Format: Paperback
"The Trojan Horse Conspiracy: The Infiltration and Destruction of American Democracy" by Dick Nelson is an interesting and entertaining novel with characters that resemble familiar public figures, but with subtle differences. I enjoyed the book, especially a few of the twists and turns in the final quarter of the book. Some of what happened I just didn't see coming. So I really enjoyed those turns and how Nelson summed everything up.

During the first half of the book, at times I found some of the time chronology a bit difficult, and thought it could have been a bit clearer with when certain things were happening. The story covers quite a time span in those chapters. It is obvious to determine who one central character was based on, and I'll say right up front, if you are a strong democrat you might not like this book. So, if you don't, please don't hate the review because I did, I warned you. While I think anyone who enjoys a good action adventure tale could enjoy this book, I believe some of the political aspects in the story may alienate some democrats and those that lean toward liberal beliefs. Republicans and conservatives are more apt to enjoy the political descriptions and action told in this tale.

The main character, Brad Tilsdale and his partner, Jeff Billings, are characters I enjoyed, and wouldn't mind reading about again. They found themselves in the middle of a plot to bring down American Democracy, and their commitment to find those that infiltrated the highest levels of the U.S. Government was fun to read about. I do hope Nelson writes about them again. It was also interesting to think about the possibilities that Nelson presented in this novel. Many will say, no way. Others might already be saying it is happening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
"The Trojan Horse Conspiracy" by Dick Nelson

This book was hard to put down from the get-go. Nelson introduces the central character, Brad Tisdale, in a preface that establishes Tisdale's bona fides and credibility. This takes the reader into the first chapter with an understanding of Tisdale that doesn't require cluttering the story line with flashbacks and explanations. From chapter one, the book moves rapidly, capturing the reader in a series of scenes that reveal the story and yet niggle the reader's conscience by reminders of real events in the real world that are mirrored in the book. From my experience, I like to use a risk management perspective, of 'what is the event in question, 'what is the likelihood of that event,' and given the two, 'can I decide to live with the outcome?' Nelson traces out a plausible series of events that are paralleled in our modern history, shows us the events and likely outcomes, and paints a picture of the probable demise of the great American Experiment. Without revealing the outcome, I can say that he captures the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of the world players and their plottings. His research reveals outstanding operational and technical insights about the various agencies, agents and methods. A most excellent read, and most strongly recommended as a political thriller with a strong message.
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