Jon Land is the USA Today–bestselling author of The Tenth Circle, Pandora's Temple (winner of the 2012 International Book Award and nominated for a 2013 Thriller Award for Best E-Book Original Novel), and five other books featuring Blaine McCracken, Land's iconic series hero, for Open Road Integrated Media. He also pens the critically acclaimed Caitlin Strong series, which includes Strong Rain Falling and Strong Darkness, winners of the USA Best Book Award in 2013 and 2014, in the Mystery and Thriller categories, respectively. Now with thirty-seven books to his credit, Land will soon be working on a new title for Open Road, in which McCracken teams up with Land's other bestselling series hero, Jared Kimberlain (The Eighth Trumpet and The Ninth Dominion). Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and can be found at jonlandbooks.com and on Twitter with the handle @jondland.
Since his first book was published in 1983, Jon Land has written twenty-nine novels, seventeen of which have appeared on national bestseller lists. He began writing technothrillers before Tom Clancy put them in vogue, and his strong prose, easy characterization, and commitment to technical accuracy have made him a pillar of the genre.
Land spent his college years at Brown University, where he convinced the faculty to let him attempt writing a thriller as his senior honors thesis. Four years later, his first novel, The Doomsday Spiral, appeared in print. In the last years of the Cold War, he found a place writing chilling portrayals of threats to the United States, and of the men and women who operated undercover and outside the law to maintain US security. His most successful of those novels were the nine starring Blaine McCracken, a rogue CIA agent and former Green Beret with the skills of James Bond but none of the Englishman’s tact.
In 1998 Land published the first novel in his Ben and Danielle series, comprised of fast-paced thrillers whose heroes, a Detroit cop and an Israeli detective, work together to protect the Holy Land, falling in love in the process. He has written seven of these so far. The most recent, The Last Prophecy, was released in 2004.
RT Book Reviews honored Land with a special prize for pioneering genre fiction, and his short story “Killing Time” was shortlisted for the 2010 Dagger Award for best short fiction and included in 2010’s The Best American Mystery Stories. He is also the author of the Caitlin Strong series, starring the eponymous Texas Ranger, a female character in a genre that Land has said has too few. The second book in the Caitlin Strong series, Strong Justice (2010), was named a Top Thriller of the Year by Library Journal and runner-up for Best Novel of the Year by the New England Book Festival. His first nonfiction book, Betrayal, written with Robert Fitzpatrick, tells the behind-the-scenes story of a deputy FBI chief attempting to bring down Boston crime lord Whitey Bulger, and was published to acclaim in 2011. The Blaine McCracken novel Pandora’s Temple won the 2013 International Book Award for Best Thriller/Adventure, and was nominated for a 2013 Thriller Award for Best E-Book Original Novel.
Land currently lives in Providence, not far from his alma mater.