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OMAR: A Novel (A Cary Parker Thriller Book 1) by [Thompson, Craig O.]
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Editorial Reviews


"....OMAR forecasts tomorrow's headlines....This well-researched fictionis a timely window into potential disasters for unprepared nations."
-- U.S. Senator, Richard G. Lugar
Former Chair, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

"...a story of this magnitude is mind boggling.... I can't wait to see it on the big screen"
-- Captain Jim L. Willsey
Deep-sea Treasure Hunter,
La Nuestra Senora de Atocha Treasure

"....Deep ocean adventure in the tradition of Clive Cussler."
Charles Pellegrino, New York Times Bestselling Author of the thriller, Dust

I found that this book really stayed with me....The fact that (Thompson) predicted such terrorist attacks gives legitimacy as an expert, and the way that (he) wove the facts with the narrative only added to it.
-- Jeffrey Marks
Writer's Digest

"...a novel that reads extremely well... marvelous climax.... Bravo!" --Robert Gover,
New York Times Bestselling Author
One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding

-- A Ravaged RMS Titanic At Rest in the North Atlantic
-- Mercenary Treasure Seekers
-- A Terrorist Plan to Bring Democracy to its Knees

Given the terrorist threats both to our homeland and to our citizens abroad...this deep ocean adventure thriller could not be more timely.
Henry H. Shelton
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Ret.) NOTE: Letter On File Dated September 7, 2001

Craig O. Thompson " ...writes so well! I read OMAR and was hooked.... The way he opens is masterful. There is a sense of the mythic underlying what's to come... in the hands of an author who would excite and intrigue me. I was captured from the beginning. Timothy Holland
Writer/Publisher and Editor,
The Crescent Review

"...Thompson is an authority on terrorism and uses his knowledge to add a frightening, in-the-headlines sense of reality."
Rich Gotshall The Indianapolis Star

"...a literary treasure... with high regard reserved for only those few writers who show brilliance... this work is clearly of this caliber.
The Late Dr. John Maestas
Consultant, Published Author
and Producer of 8 PBS Documentaries

OMAR, by Craig O. Thompson, is a highly professional piece of writing by a first-class writer and storyteller... he has created a suspenseful, mesmerizing thriller... (that) will keep armies of readers up all night racing through the pages
Isolde Chapin,
Executive Director,
Washington Independent Writers (Ret.),
Former Reader/Editor for New York Publishers

I am impressed by (Thompson's) strength of his storytelling, command of dialogue, and ability to evoke a scene.... The text has been brought to a high finish... to a degree that one does not often see these days. --Joseph Foote,
Past President, WIW
Professional Journalist, Writer, Consultant
and Editor to Multiple White House Administrations and Congress

Mr. Thompson always appreciates constructive comments and views about his writings from readers. --Order today.

From the Publisher

StrataGem Press™, an imprint of Brightwater Publishing Company, is proud to present one of the most timely and topical books ever issued--Craig O. Thompson's insightful "OMAR: A Novel"--a story about terrorism's arrival on democratic shores.

Released one month before the September 11th, 2001 tragedies, "OMAR: A Novel" comes at a time when America--and many other nations--must face the very real possibility of continued horrific terrorist acts and the specter of "NBCRW" (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Radiological Warfare) on their homelands.

With his keen sense of history, a wry sense of humor (Thompson insists we must keep our sense of humor during these trying times), and with his ability to bring stories to life, this author writes of a time when desperate people trade land-mines for loaves of bread; where rockets are bought by terrorists, world-wide, for the cost of surplus metal; when rogue-states obtain nuclear warheads, from the former Soviet Union, for ten cents on the dollar; where the world's deadliest bio-toxins, Enriched Uranium, and Plutonium 239 can be smuggled, undetected, across borders in aerosol cans and lipstick cases...and where jetliners can be turned into despicable weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Virtually every noted think-tank in America agrees--conservative, liberal, and non-partisan....The question is no longer if terrorist NBCRW attacks will continue to happen in America....The question is only when.

Following the Attack on America, Craig--a terrorism expert--provided live and taped interviews to over 220 radio/TV, newspaper and magazine organizations throughout the world (from Venezuela to New Zealand, London to Vancouver...and most of America).

A regular expert correspondent with WMAL-ABC Talk-Radio, Washington, DC, Mr. Thompson offered suggestions for national preparedness on many national and syndicated broadcasts--with over 75 hours of interviews in the first ten days following Attack on America.

On Monday, September 10, 2001, Thompson was interviewed for 3 hours by Los Angeles' 50,000 watt KFI veteran talk-show host, Lee Klein, on his late-night show that reaches 16 states. As he had done many times before, Craig gave warnings of probabilities for attacks on our homeland...led by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda suicide bombers. He talked of the high probability for bioterrorism, and the need for massive programs of preparedness with our public health systems. He spoke of a major lack of security in our airports, and within our borders, and with our INS.

During the radio interview a caller said, "We have more of a chance of being attacked by Oakland Raider fans than by terrorists." Thompson remarked that the listener was " in the same ether that member of Congress had been living in since the fall of the Soviet Union, thinking we no longer had any enemies."

Author, Craig O. Thompson has created a suspense-filled, fictional premise--based on fact--that lays the reality and issues of terrorism directly in the reader's lap. And it will at once alarm and startle the reader page by page-turning page.

Welcome to the realm of "OMAR: A Novel by Craig O. Thompson.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1549 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Brightwater Publishing Company / StrataGem Press; 2 edition (January 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00703HTGI
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I love reading exciting books that keep me on the edge of my seat. This one has it all: a treasure hunt, crazed terrorists, car chases, kidnapping, deep sea diving, and the Titanic! Craig O. Thompson didn't miss any bases when writing this thriller and his description of a terrorist attack was almost too real. The paperback version of the book was originally published a month before the events of 9/11! In Thompson's book the terrorists are scary--determined to kill with insane hatred and cruelty. I frankly had to skip a few of the more grisly scenes but braver souls will appreciate the imagination and research of a talented author.

The novel's main hero, Cary Parker was a member of the team of scientists who discovered the Titanic and explored the wreck. Although he pledged never to bring up relics from the Titanic gravesite, the government gets intelligence that terrorists plan to retrieve treasure to finance future attacks. The Great Omar is a valuable rare book with jewels embedded in the leather binding. If the book is still intact, the masterpiece could finance heinous terrorist attacks. Parker reluctantly agrees to retrieve the treasure--and then the terrorists target him!

Readers of this very well-written novel learn about the intricate process of book binding and go back in time to meet the artist who created the masterpiece as well as the passengers who died protecting the book. Back to modern times, Thompson describes the technical aspects of diving inside a high-tech submersible as Parker dives to the wreck, resting in the black depths of freezing cold water. Several times I wondered how he knew all these things--the answer is comprehensive research.

If you enjoy reading adventures by Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Jack Higgins or Wilbur Smith, you need to buy this thriller! Thompson's insight into terrorism is more relevant in today's dangerous world, and we'd be lucky to have a man like Cary Parker on our side.
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Craig O. Thompson has magnificently written a story based on historical fact overflowing with suspense and intrigue. It is apparent after reading "Omar" why the author is the International Benjamin Franklin award-winner of the Silver Award for Best New Voice - Fiction.

Worldwide terrorism with a magnitude of deadly consequences was set into motion in 1995 aboard the remains of RMS Titanic. Dr. Cary Parker an oceanographer and specialist at the Smithsonian Institute is called upon to challenge the terrorists and beat them at their own game. A terrorist organization is after a priceless treasure called The Great Omar buried amongst the ruins of the Titanic. The FBI and CIA join forces to rescue this priceless treasure before the terrorists get their hands on it. What follows is a complex and indescribable journey filled with suspense and drama that held me firmly in its grasp.

Dr. Cary Parker is a character that has vowed to protect the sanctity of the Titanic wreckage and wrestles with his involvement in this operation. He is a devoted family man and a trusted, loyal and well respected friend and colleague. He is a remarkable character that is very realistic and I could relate to him on a human level.

Jennifer Nakamura a decorated FBI agent is assigned to the project to aid Dr. Parker. She is an extremely confident, strong, loyal and well placed character that plays an essential part in this story. The remaining cast of characters are extremely well thought-out and presented in a way that is truly believable and frightening.

This story places the spotlight on world politics and the sacrifice of a person's personal values all in the name of greed. The dialogue in this book is intelligently written and very thought provoking.
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Craig Thompson's Omar is a suspenseful and thrilling novel of escalating global terrorism. When a priceless book is found 2077 fathoms under the North Atlantic Ice Barrier, the CIA/FBI, a private billionaire oilman, and a fanatic terrorist group compete to recover and claim it. The competition has potentially cataclysmic effects for the known world. Omar is a shocking, action-packed, highly recommended page-turner filled with suspense and plot twists to the end. Omar is also available in paperback (0967520722, [price])
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OMAR combines a lot of different themes into a devious plot by terrorists and good guys alike to salvage a rare and valuable artifact from the disintegrating wreck of the Titanic. I sometimes found the lengthy descriptions of technical details acted to slow the book down, but I'm still giving it five stars because of the original plot and serious attention to accurate research and detail. There are some really excellent scenes underwater, suitably evil villains and enough fireworks to make thriller junkies happy. If you like techno-thrillers, OMAR will not dissapoint you.
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I don't write thrillers, but I really enjoy reading them. Somehow that edge-of-your-seat fear for the character you've come to love relaxes me. I know that doesn't make any sense, but maybe a thriller's action is compelling enough to allow me a brief escape from my own character who keeps getting herself hung up in some place that I have to nudge her out of.

Craig O. Thompson's novel Omar provides just that kind of escape. It begins with a young Irish couple's accidental stumble into a terrorist safe house, followed by a devastating terrorist attack. And it leads through knuckle-clenching nautical adventures to the terrorists' capture of nuclear and biological weapons and the "good guys' attempts to recapture them. Thompson's exhaustive research into weaponry, sea-going salvage operations and equipment, and global terrorism and his attention to detail make his tale very real and immediate.

Scientist, Dr. Cary Parker, is hardly a counterterrorism expert, yet he gets sucked deeper and deeper into a terrifying world he wants no part of. His mission seems safe and simple enough. He only needs to bring a one-of-a-kind, very valuable book up from the bottom of the sea, from the wreck of the Titanic. Yet, in his attempts to do so, he's faces with obstacle after obstacle, mostly in the form of terrorists and most of them armed with deadly weapons.

Although it's not necessarily called for in a thriller, Thompson has provided at least some hints at the terrorists' humanity in a scene with arch-villian Faheed Al Mar Ragem at home with his family. He provides only a hint at the reasons for Ragem's fanatical desire to kill and maim, leaving his reader wishing for more.

Like a Tom Clancey novel, Thompson's writing is top drawer with plot twists that will keep his readers up at night.
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