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After Nepal, John and Dorothy went to graduate school at UCLA, received PhDs in geology, and spent their next three years working in Australia. They traveled extensively by Land Cruiser through the harsh beauty of the Outback and, on occasion, spent hours winching or digging out their vehicles from "sticky" situations. Several Australian colleagues provided inspiration for characters in John's books.
Upon returning to the United States, John went to work for a major oil company, first in research, then in international exploration. The latter took him to about fifty countries and fueled his writing with quirky characters, exotic settings, and cultural contrasts.
While working in Egypt, he spotted a potential way to break into the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The break-in is now portrayed in a chapter of PAPYRUS. His experiences in the remote highlands of Venezuela led to TEPUI. While living in London, he became interested in the business and culture of perfumes, an interest he was able to nourish while accompanying Dorothy on her annual working sojourns in Paris. A result of this good fortune is APHRODESIA. A pre-Christmas trip to Prague sparked ideas for EX LIBRIS.
John has an abiding love of animals, strong interests in art, history, and science, and a hunger for challenging experiences. Writing gives him a chance to combine all of these into page-turners that keep readers thinking long after they finish the final chapter.
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Rika, an ex-sharpshooter in Eritrea's independence war, feels a spiritual bond with Tiye, who was also a revolutionary. Rika and David resolve to find Tiye's tomb. Their quest takes them deep into the harsh desert of the Sudan where unforeseen perils force Rika to choose among her love of Queen Tiye, allegiance to Eritrea, and David.
Readers love the action-packed adventure, the dips into Queen Tiye's time, the beauty of the African deserts, the sights and sounds of the Cairo bazaar, and the endearing sidekicks: Hagazy, David's young Egyptian driver, and Blue, the Australian "wild man."
John Oehler is a bestselling, multiple award-winning author. PAPYRUS was a SEMI-FINALIST in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Competition. He has also won 1st PLACE in the Pacific NW Writers Association Fiction Competition and has been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion and named as an Eric Hoffer Finalist. His other novels include APHRODESIA: Death by Passion, TEPUI: The Last Expedition, and EX LIBRIS: The Forbidden Books.
In 1559, forty-nine Spaniards exploring a tributary of the Orinoco River reached a sheer-sided, cloud-capped mountain called Tepui Zupay. When they tried to climb it, all but six were slaughtered by Amazons. Or so claimed Friar Sylvestre, the expedition's chronicler. But Sylvestre made many bizarre claims: rivers of blood, plants that lead to gold ...
Jerry Pace, a burn-scarred botanist struggling for tenure at UCLA, thinks the friar was delusional. Jerry's best friend, the historian who just acquired Sylvestre's journal, disagrees. He plans to retrace the expedition's footsteps, and wants Jerry to come with him. Jerry refuses, until he spots a stain between the journal's pages--a stain that could only have been left by a plant that died out with the dinosaurs. Now he has to find that plant.
But the Venezuelan wilderness does not forgive intruders. Battered and broken, they reach a remote Catholic orphanage where the old prioress warns of death awaiting any who would venture farther. But an exotic Indian girl leads them on, through piranha-infested rivers and jungles teaming with poisonous plants, to Tepui Zupay--the forbidden mountain no outsider has set eyes on since the Spaniards met their doom.
This is a story about life's surprises--the challenges, risks--and how they transform us. It is also a tale of Beauty and the Beast.
Dan and Martine are discovered in the monastery. Chased by the monks and their heavyweight cohorts, they escape through some of eastern Europe's darkest backstreets. But before the night is over, things get worse. Then much worse.
Readers love the frantic pace, the harrowing obstacles, and the characters - from Dan who is half-Gypsy - to Paulette the blind painter - to Jade the female assassin who has never failed.
Finalist eBook Fiction - Eric Hoffer Award
Award-Winning Thriller - B.R.A.G. Medallion
Cover Image Description from John Oehler. The cover image of this book shows a gargoyle atop Notre Dame cathedral. I chose it long before the horrific fire. To me, it symbolizes contemplation of difficult choices, which is a theme of the story. I was delighted to read that my chosen gargoyle survived the flames.
May the rebuilt cathedral be as glorious as its original architects intended.
John Oehler is a bestselling, multiple award-winning author. In addition to the Eric Hoffer Finalist Award and the B.R.A.G. Medallion for EX LIBRIS, he won 1st PLACE in the Pacific NW Writers Association Fiction Competition and was a SEMI-FINALIST in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Competition. His other novels include APHRODESIA: Death by Passion, PAPYRUS, and TEPUI: The Last Expedition.
Eric sees fame and fortune on the horizon, until he is kicked out of school for a theft he did not commit. Penniless, he is reduced to taking a job with a NY manufacturer of scent additives for supermarket products.
But when a knockoff of his perfume surfaces as the only link in a series of passion-driven homicides, Eric is the NYPD's prime suspect. He becomes obsessed with finding the counterfeiter and deciphering why the knockoff is killing people. With growing panic, he enlists help from forensic chemist, Tanya, and together they venture to Yemen and France, into the dark underbelly of the world of perfumery.
This is a story of forgery and greed. It is also a story of the fragrance industry, the psychology of scent, and life's surprises.
John Oehler is a multiple award-winning author. His other novels are Papyrus, Tepui: The Last Expedition, and Ex Libris: The Forbidden Books.