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Some of the inspiration for this novel comes from my own experiences, and those of friends and colleagues over the past decade. The rest comes from a fascination with history, politics, science, and the idea that ordinary people can sometimes shape the extraordinary events in today's headlines.

About the Author

MJ Kephart served for fourteen years in the military, with assignments in Rangers and special operations, and deployments to the Middle East. He lives now with his family in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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  • File Size: 1939 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996109803
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Defiant Books (May 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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MJ Kephart was born on an Army post in Aberdeen, Maryland, and spent his early years in places as diverse as a munitions depot in the California desert, and a small German town with a castle. His hometown, by virtue of longest residence, is Columbia, Missouri.

Graduating from West Point with a degree in political science, he was commissioned as an infantry officer and served fourteen years in a number of exciting roles, including a year inside the Korean DMZ, and two short deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The highlight of his career was serving as a company commander alongside the outstanding men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He went on to work in the US Army's Special Operations Command, witnessing the inner workings of the Spec Ops and intelligence communities during the war on terror.

Some of the inspiration for his debut novel comes from his own experiences, and those of friends and colleagues over the past decade. The rest comes from his fascination with history, politics, technology, and the idea that ordinary people can sometimes shape the events that make today's headlines.

MJ Kephart lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife, two children, and a neurotic Rhodesian Ridgeback. Since leaving the military, he's worked as a consultant in the financial services industry, and now as a project manager for an information technology and software development group. When not working or writing, he coaches youth soccer and is an avid CrossFitter.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Douglas C. Meeks TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Let me start this review by saying that my reading started when I was young with comic books. My next move forward was with Hardy Boy type mystery for kids; however, my introduction to "adult" reading was Ian Fleming and James Bond. I read all the James Bond books in print during my 7th & 8th grade years. I have since pretty much snubbed most attempts to get me to read "spy" novels since they usually were beneath me as a reviewer.

Through a bit of arm twisting (that would be guilt for taking so long to get a review done), I was given this book to read and review. My intention was to scan it quickly, get the simple plot, write a review, and get back to books I would enjoy. However, there was a problem. This book gave you about 20 pages (or less) to meet the characters and stuff started hitting the fan. Our hero Ross is NOT a spy, he is ex-military and just wanted a vacation (sorry about that, not gonna happen). You will hardly get a break in the action for the rest of the novel.

Ross stumbles into a bit of a clash between Iranian spies and Israeli Mossad agents, the well-worn but effective "I am dying, get this secret information to <fill in the blank>" is used but nothing else you will see is familiar/unoriginal in this spy novel from the fact our hero gets knocked around a bit and the female Israeli spy has to bail him out more than once. This makes for a great dynamic and the pretty much true picture of bumbling diplomats makes you want to scream.

The plot is basically the Iranians trying to get their hands on a nuke for purposes you think you can guess, but you would be wrong. It gets a lot more complicated and twisted.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Sullivan on July 22, 2014
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White Sea Rising, from MJ Kephart, is a fast-paced, heart-pumping military spy thriller that introduces readers to Barrett Ross, a reluctant, but remarkably capable hero. MJ Kephart's novel delivers action and intrigue that holds your attention with every page, and dares you to try to put it down.

From vile, easy-to-hate bad guys whose pure evilness and hatred scares the hell out of you, to humble, hard-charging good guys willing to step in where others would back away, MJ Kephart give us a taut, character-driven and well-written novel. The range and depth of dialogue, subject matter and variety of locations is impressive, and exemplifies Kephart's exceptional storytelling ability. He takes us across the world and back, from the vast, dusty desert of Dubai to the rolling hills of West Virginia, all without skipping a beat.

Pulling together such a complex and intelligent subject, while creating and building compelling characters is tough work. MJ Kephart is more than up to the task, combining his military background with clear and crisp prose that rivals that of well-known authors like Clancy or Ludlum. Kudos!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luke Z. on October 19, 2014
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White Sea Rising is a thoroughly enjoyable thriller that imagines an Iran whose nuclear ambitions have been realized. Protagonist Barrett Ross is an unlikely hero: vacationing at a Middle East resort, he receives a package and instructions from a dying man. Caught in a web of murderous intrigues he is unable to neatly pass the information to authorities and return to mundane concerns. Instead, bound by an unspoken duty, he follows the thread where it leads.

Kephart echoes Vince Flynn in extrapolating from the headlines to create a plausible terrorism thriller. His meticulous research and rich detail add delightful texture that enriches a fast-moving storyline - a hallmark of Tom Clancy's writing. White Sea Rising is a great read that has me already anticipating Kephart's next book.
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I am retired military and have some knowledge of military and special operations albeit some time ago. This book was recommended by a friend and I am certainly glad it was. Normally just reading Kellerman, Cussler, Patterson, Flynn, Brown, etc., it is nice to come upon a new author who is able to capture your rapt attention. This author involves you immediately into the core action of the book. He takes you from there on to an exciting global adventure. He obviously knows his subject and has researched it very well. The twists and turns of the plot are challenging and keep you anxious to turn the pages to see where he will take you next. The plot is well laid out and he works it to a logical and attention binding conclusion. I hope we will see more of his work and I enthusiastically recommend this read to any and all who enjoy the military/special operations espionage genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Military and Veteran's Fiction Review Blog: Sound Off! on September 15, 2014
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This is an interesting blend of both spy and technothriller genres. While a lot of fun, the whole thing seemed a bit longer than necessary. Not stuffed with filler, mind you, but just so many angles and conspiracies running all at once that you can get overwhelmed.

That said, there’s no denying this is a page-turner. After all the hunt-for-the-loose-nuke tales I’ve read, none have possessed the realism, immediacy and… well, unpredictability of this story. The flawed, complicated heroes and sidekicks are no simple two-dimensional characters either. There’s also no super-secret government agency that’s going to save the day.

All in all, a great ride! Hope it’s part of a series. Hard to tell, since the ending is wrapped up pretty tight.
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