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Something About Me and My Book:
Richard Whitten Barnes is the author of THE FAIRCLOTH REACTION, an international thriller, THE CORYDON SNOW, a WWII Historical novel, and BRINK, this year's new thriller set in Silicon Valley.
Barnes was born in Minneapolis MN, but grew up in the north side of Chicago. Yes, he's a Cub fan.

After high school, he accepted a band scholarship to Michigan State University, but majored in chemistry. He is a veteran of the US Army 82d Airborne Division.

A two year stint as a research chemist developed into a technical service job, then chemical sales. Barnes is now retired from a long career in international chemical sales and marketing, which has taken him all over the world.

An avid sailor, Barnes lives in Lake Wylie, SC, but spends his summers with wife Marg, and super dog Sparty at his cottage on St. Joseph Island, Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron.

He and Marg have three grown children, all living in the Charlotte NC area.

Barnes has four published novels, his most recent: BAD MEDICINE, a thriller about counterfeit drug smuggling from Canada into the USA.

Inspector Andy Blake gets more than she bargains for when she returns to her Island home for R&R – a murder, and her old flame is in the thick of it.

About The Faircloth Reaction:

Del Justice's future looks promising. He's months away from receiving his PhD in engineering from North Carolina State University, and his beloved fiancee is pregnant with their first child. But a telephone call from a former acquaintance of Del's, young graduate student Hinson Faircloth, changes everything.

Faircloth has discovered a new refining process that will dramatically cut the cost of fuel, and he needs Del to confirm his findings. If successful, this new technology could spell the end of the oil monopolies grip on the world's thirst for energy. But word of the discovery leaks, which leads to a maelstrom of trouble for Del and Hinson.

The Russian Mafia wants to get their hands on Faircloth's findings, and they're willing to do just about anything to get it—including murder. Now drawn into a world of international high stakes and treachery, Del stands to lose his family, his career ... and his very life.

Packed with action and intrigue, The Faircloth Reaction is a first-rate thriller from talented newcomer Richard Whitten Barnes that brilliantly conveys the depths of one man's commitment to justice.

About The Corydon Snow:

In the summer of 1943, the Liberty Ship SS Corydon C. Snow is ordered on a dangerous voyage to transfer 400,000 gallons of highly explosive aviation gasoline from Midway Atoll to Port Moresby, New Guinea. En route, it becomes clear that the ship is plagued with a cantankerous engine. These pressures educe the best and worst from the crew. Notable among them is Victor Brenz, a misfit who somehow seems to be in the center of one conflict after another.

Lieutenant (JG) Robert Stark has reluctantly signed on as officer in command of the US Navy Armed Guard, a unit of fifteen men charged with defending the ship. His training does not prepare him for the diversity of the crew and events, particularly, the dangerous mission of the ship. He finds on board a solitary, troubled Captain, a First Mate with thoughts of suicide, a discredited Navy Chief, and Henry Baldwin, a young seaman he sees as a hick from Indiana.

On the other side of the Pacific a young student, Naoki Tamoro, is entering the Imperial Japanese Navy as a flight cadet. His training coincides with that of the Snow’s fifteen month cruise through the Southern Pacific until the two stories inevitably come together.


Ben Posner is at the top of his scientific career when a change in CEOs drastically affects his lifestyle. Before anyone realizes, Ben is using alcohol to cope with his problems. This downward spiral finds him homeless and eventually rescued by the woman he has secretly loved. Together they begin to patch his life back together, only to face a charge of murder.

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Forget the Agent

One of the best pieces of advice I've received in my quest to get published is to "Dish the Agent". I made a list of about 45 publishers, large and small, and got about a 40% response, inviting me to send sample pages. Of those, half a dozen asked for my manuscript. The upshot was two offers of a contract! Those are pretty good numbers.

My historical novel THE CORYDON SNOW - a WWII novel about the Merchant Marine - will be published in November.

Earlier attempts to find an agent were… Continue

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 8:22am

Hard Work

I think I had better take marketing my book, THE FAIRCLOTH REACTION, more seriously. A little effort goes a long way. This was demonstrated to me when I arrived at our summer home this year.

Last year, on a whim, I called the publisher of our local weekly in Ontario asking him if he'd be interested in doing a story on an author residing in the area. They ran a nice story about me and my book.

This season I arrived to find I am a bit of a…

Posted on June 26, 2010 at 5:11pm — 1 Comment

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