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RICK SIMONDS, in addition to writing the thrilling new novel OPERATION: MIDNIGHT, is the author of the highly acclaimed murder mysteries BLOOD CODE and BLOOD SPORT. He has been a columnist for both the Maine Sunday Telegram and the Rockland Courier Gazette and written both columns and feature articles for national trade magazines. He continues to live and write in Maine.
“Twists, turns, and conspiracy collide in the Big Easy. And distinguishing friend from foe is never easy in this fast-paced thriller.” — Bruce Robert Coffin, award-winning author of the Detective Byron Mysteries
Just when you think you have figured it out – you learn you are wrong… and the danger intensifies.
Imagine leading an idyllic life as a waiter in New Orleans only to be told by a stranger that your life is in danger and your parents are not truly yours. Lonnie Clifford, a highly gifted young man, soon learns that nothing in his life is as it seems and he is confronted with the challenges of finding who his real parents are and avoiding capture by government agents trying to bring him into the evil experimentation called “OPERATION MIDNIGHT”.
As those around him are killed, he discovers letters comprised of seemingly random words and numbers and only by solving the mystifying clues can he hope to get the answers he desperately needs. Every bit of Lonnie’s genius is challenged In this thrilling tale of betrayal and intrigue as he attempts to outwit the head of the rogue scientific operation and determine who in his life is genuinely who they say they are.
SIMONDS RUNNER-UP IN SHORT STORY WRITING COMPETITION
Rick Simonds, who has had three novels published, including the recent thriller, OPERATION: MIDNIGHT, finished as runner-up out of dozens of entries in the Crime Flash short story competition sponsored by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. The winning entrant was Muhammad Drammeh of Bangor.
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“Simonds has an exciting and entertaining hit mystery here.”
– Kennebec Journal
“I read your book in one day.
It was incredible.”
– S. Sheehan
“A terrifying tale loaded with suspense.
– Waterville Morning Sentinel
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Thank you. Rick Simonds
News & Notes
The following review was written by Hannah Ward and posted on her blog Echoes in an Empty Room.
This was such a great thriller, that keeps the reader engaged till the end. I read it in two days as I couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down. The story follows Lonnie who is a very gifted young chap, but he learns that not everything in life is as simple as it could be. He goes on the hunt to find out who his real parents are and has to avoid capture by the government. I found it was fast paced and each chapter ends with something that makes you want to read on. It is captivating, engaging, lots of twists and turns and full of suspense. I would recommend this book for a great thriller and be keen to read more of Rick’s books in the future.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
Reedsy Review of Operation: Midnight by Jaimin Shripal
Rick Simonds does not fail to deliver a thrilling conspiracy thriller. This book was dark, fast-paced, crazy, and entertaining. This is for sure one of the most compelling books I have read this year. I love a good conspiracy thriller with a shadowy government organization, an antagonist who thinks his evil and insane plans are for the better good of humanity, and it’s just all entertaining to read. The writing is fresh and dynamic, with all research well done. I loved the fast-paced plot, which kept me on the edge of the seat. I was very much invested in knowing what would happen with Lonnie. I loved Lonnie’s character. He has a photographic memory, but he doesn’t know what to do with his life; he feels so relatable. The character development of Lonnie is excellent to watch, and we see him change a lot throughout the book, from being reserved and not knowing what to do with his life to being a man who knows what sort of life he wants. The plot and Lonnie’s characters were the real winner for me.
If you’re a fan of police procedurals and conspiracy theories you’ll want to read this one!
OPERATION: MIDNIGHT REVIEW by Bill Bushnell
Kennebec Journal and Morning Central 3/25/22
“Being a waiter at a high-end New Orleans restaurant is a sweet deal for Lonnie Clifford- good money, big tips, a generous boss and a waiter’s act that makes him a popular novelty with customers. Then a creepy stalker tells Lonnie his life is in danger.
Operation: Midnight is Brunswick author Rick Simonds’ third suspense novel after Blood Code and Blood Sport. The first two novels involved cops and crime; this one is more cerebral and complex, and includes illegal government experiments, an insidious cover-up and people willing to kill to find Lonnie.
Simonds spins a good yarn, but readers beware: This is a much more complicated plot than the first two books, and will require careful, deliberate reading to keep up.”