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MAR -A Novel by Craig O. Thompson


Winner: International Benjamin Franklin
Silver Award - "Best New Voice--Fiction"

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

Rich Gotshall, Indianapolis Star





OMAR: A Novel
By Craig O. Thompson
Historical Fiction | Suspense | Action-Adventure
StrataGem Press | August 2001

Hardcover | $24.95 | 0-9675207-0-3

Softcover | $14.95 | 0-9675207-1-1


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"Craig O. Thompson's Omar is a suspenseful and thrilling novel of escalating global terrorism....Omar is a shocking, action-packed, highly recommended page-turner filled with suspense and plot twists to the end."

Midwest Book Review


Craig O. Thompson's Biography

Author, speaker, educator, anti-terrorism expert and counter-terrorism consultant, Craig O. Thompson, has led an exciting, eclectic life. He was born in Los Angeles, California, where he spent most of his formative years. Some college and a life-changing experience in Sri Lanka--as the first 18 year-old to serve overseas in the U.S. Peace Corps--was all it took for him to decide that an ordinary life would not do.

In his early years, Craig was honored with a special invitation to Washington, D.C.--by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey--where he was able to speak before the very first gathering of returned Peace Corps volunteers. Several years later, he received a letter of commendation from the Carnegie Hero Foundation for "courage in the rescue of accident victims," after helping to pull a family from a burning car just before it exploded.

A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Craig O. Thompson holds a B.S. and M.A. in Education from the College of Education at N.A.U.

For over nearly 15 years, Craig O. Thompson has researched and studied "NBCRW" (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, and Radiological Warfare) and the potential effects of terrorism on democratic soils. Says Thompson, "I just set out to write an action-adventure novel. What I discovered at once alarmed and startled me. And what I discovered made me think twice about protecting our loved-ones and the security of our nation."

Thompson is communications director for the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (, a member of the Institute for Business & Home Safety, the International Association of Contingency Planners, and is affiliated with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), Project Vote Smart, and supports programs associated with Business Executives for National Security (BENS). As an anti-terrorism expert, professional speaker, educator, and author, Craig O. Thompson is a member of Washington Independent Writers, and numerous organizations affiliated with the book publishing industry.

A captivating platform speaker and educator, Craig offers his insights at national conventions, seminars and workshops. His subjects range from terrorism/NBCRW, disaster preparedness and business continuity planning, to how to protect our families and citizens. Thompson also speaks on the subject of writing novels, and provides advice for the budding or would-be writers in all of us. He is available for keynote speeches, workshops, lectures, book signings and readings.

Thompson was "on-call" during and after "The Attack On America"incidents--as a terrorism expert for WMAL-ABC Radio, Washington, D.C., and continued as a guest on hundreds of other stations from New Zealand to British Columbia and Toronto, and from Alaska to Orlando.

During the disasters in New York and D.C., Thompson spent hundreds of hours in direct radio and television interviews, discussing the subject of the attacks...and where America must go from here. To date, Terrorism expert, Craig O. Thompson, has been interviewed worldwide by countless Radio/TV stations and print media.

As a regular featured expert correspondent with WMAL-ABC Radio in Washington, DC, has also guested on the Joan Rivers Show, The Art Bell Show (twice in one week; four times in one year), eleven hours on the Lee Kline Show (KFI, Los Angeles), and numerous stations worldwide--from New Zealand to Venezuela, Vancouver to Toronto and most states in between.

On September 10, 2001, one day before the Attack on America, Mr. Thompson predicted-- on KFI, Los Angeles--our country would experience a major attack in the future, pointing out that the direction of the attack would come from Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda, and suicide bombers. Though he, and other experts, had hoped for an eight to ten year window, he stated, "It could happen tomorrow or ten years from now...either way we will not be prepared."

In his early days, he worked for Lucille Ball as Desilu-Paramount Television post-production office manager--during the days of the original Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Mannix, and The Lucy Show. Craig was also the producer-artistic director for the Lucille Ball Studio Theater on the Desilu lot.

Mr. Thompson left the studio to complete his education and teach on the Navajo Reservation. This was followed with over twenty-five years work in marketing and arts management. While an instructor on the Navajo Reservation, he co-directed the Navajo-Hawaii Cultural Exchange--an educational program, created with his friend Ed McGrath. The educational exchange program was honored in Congress and recognized twice in the "U.S. Congressional Record."

Thompson has been writing for over twenty-five years. He first started with poetry and lyrical pieces--encouraged by the late Poet Laureate and Pulitzer prize-winning Poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, and by renowned composer-pianist, Roger Williams. Further encouragement came from comedienne, Lucille Ball.

Years of writing copy for regional and national advertising, marketing and public relations campaigns--for public and private-sector businesses--rounded out an ability to research and express his ideas. As a member of the National Speaker's Association and International Platform Association, Mr. Thompson was published in an anthology titled "Star Spangled Speakers." Following on the heals of these experiences, he moved on to larger literary pursuits.

His debut novel, "Omar" (an historical suspense-thriller on global terrorism) is actually his second book. The first, a science-fiction fantasy thriller, was put on hold when the idea developed for his suspense/thriller, "Omar." Now, Thompson is re-exploring the inner-workings of the science fiction plot and gathering research and other important character development and plot requirements for at least two more novels in treatment stage, or at some other level of progress. He is also working on two screenplays and a non-fiction book called "The Terrorist Cell Game"--due out in 2004.

Thompson divides his time between charitable work and writing, skiing, and spending time with his family. He is also working to establish the St. Jude Foundation of Hope, to be funded through a portion of revenue from his writings and keynote speeches.

Craig O. Thompson's book, "Omar," is available at quality bookstores, or direct from the publisher 24/7 by calling Customer Service toll-free at 800-BOOKLOG (800-266-5564) or 800-247-6553, or on the web at

"Omar" sells for $24.95 for the First Edition Hardbound and $14.95 for Softbound, plus tax and shipping where applicable (624 pgs; suspense-thriller). Or write, Brightwater Publishing / StrataGem Press P.O. Box 503, Greenwood, IN 46142-0503.

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"OMAR: A Novel" by Craig O. Thompson. First edition 5.5 X 8.5, 624 pgs.
ISBN: (Hardcover) #0-9675207-0-3 (Softcover) #0-9675207-1-1;
CIP/LCCN: #00-191553.
$24.95 (Hardbound) / $14.95 (Softbound). Publication: August 1, 2001

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