Patrick served his country at Fort Benning in the 1980s, with a specialty in Advanced Infantry Training. A conversation Patrick had with a schizophrenic veteran who believed he was a secret assassin sparked an idea that would eventually inspire him to write his first novel, Execution of Justice.
After the military, Patrick attended Presbyterian College, where he majored in Political Science and began to have short fiction published in PC's literary magazine, Figs and Thistles. He eventually earned a Masters Degree in Chemistry, and is a member of Mensa.
While Patrick's military and Political Science background provided excellent groundwork for Execution of Justice, the Chemist in him has generated a new techno-thriller series, Mortal Coil.
The first book in the Mortal Coil series will be released in 2018. Themes include the hubris of Man and the catastrophic possibilities of genetic engineering.
Patrick lives in South Carolina with his wife and newest son.
You can learn more about Patrick on his website at
Author's note: Execution Of Justice
Execution of Justice is my first novel. When I graduated basic training at Fort Benning, GA, in 1982, I had nine hours to kill at a civilian bus station near the fort. Back then, eighteen-year-olds could purchase beer, and I fully availed myself of this privilege.
Sharing my long wait (and my beer) was a retired veteran who told me a fantastic tale of being a secret assassin for the military during the Viet Nam era. He claimed to be a chauffer who received his assignments from top ranking officers while driving them around various European bases. His missions were in violation of international law, and as such would be disavowed by the US government. He operated assuming 100% of the risk, using his own life as a shield to protect his country. No one would ever know that he even existed.
I decided the gentleman was either delusional or pulling the leg of a naïve teenage recruit. The stories, however, continued to bounce around inside my head for many years. I wondered what personal background a person would need to embrace such a brutal and selfless path.
Eventually, a story began to form - a military covert operations plot with a deeply personal narrative. The protagonist, John Drake, was forged at the intersection of childhood abuse, loyalty, betrayal, and the need for a greater purpose. Drake’s quest for redemption and inner peace would take him through the darkest recesses of the international underworld and the human mind.