John L. Flynn

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Murder on Air Force One. When the body of a woman who died under mysterious circumstances is discovered aboard Air Force One, Inspector Kate Dawson is called to investigate the aircraft out at a secure hangar on the grounds of San Francisco International Airport. Secret Service agents have already determined the woman died of a drug overdose, but Kate has other ideas which force her to scramble down a rabbit hole of presidential conspiracies and cover-ups to find out what really happened and why. After reaching number 1 (on the bestseller list), this book and three other Kate Dawson mysteries were re-printed by a large New York publisher and issued with brand-new covers. Thank you!

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My agent Jeanie Loiacono worked out an exceptional deal with Open Road Media, the big New York Publisher, to reprint and re-issue my Kate Dawson books with brand-new covers, and very unique ways of bundling my books for sale. Three of my most thrilling mysteries, starring a tough San Franciso cop whose cases have more ups and downs than the city's streets, were released for Father's Day in a beautiful, boxed gift set for readers to enjoy. The set includes Architects of Armageddon, Merchants of Death, and my bestseller Murder on Air Force One. In Architects, Kate Dawson follows the clues from a mass murder to a doomsday cult stoking the fires of Armageddon . . . In Merchants, a car full of corpses on San Francisco’s subway system sends Kate racing to stop a runaway train loaded with deadly toxins as it speeds toward a packed stadium . . . And finally, in Murder, the corpse found in the lavatory of Air Force One leads Kate to uncover the truth about all sorts of political conspiracies and cover-ups . . .

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Everything I Know About Life I Learned From James Bond by John Flynn and Bob Blackwood is a light-hearted but thoroughly researched look into the world of James Bond. This book provides witty and insightful aphorisms about everyday things, ranging from girls of the world to food and drink, cars to clothing and style, gadgets, and life lessons to fun facts about culture and civilization, as reflected through the prism of James Bond 007, the world's most stylish and cultured secret agent. My thanks to Open Road Media for printing a 2nd Edition of the James Bond book with a beautiful new cover for their readers.

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Mention The Phantom of the Opera at a dinner party, and each guest will have his or her own vivid, almost visceral, recollection of the tale of a disfigured musical genius and his unrequited love for a beautiful, young singer. Someone will undoubtedly pantomime the famous unmasking scene from the Lon Chaney silent. Another guest is likely to burst into a song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The original story contains so many richly textured scenes that each of us, at one time or another, has been seduced by the Phantom. Revised and updated, this Third Edition of Phantoms of the Opera: The Face Behind the Mask includes lots of new material from the Gerard Butler-Emmy Rossum Phantom as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies and dozens of other productions.

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Terror at the G-20. The murder of a sex worker in the ballroom of an expensive hotel in San Francisco puts Inspector Kate Dawson on the trail of a geopolitical conspiracy against the United States in this international thriller. The dead woman's five co-workers have disappeared, presumably in Chinatown, as Dawson struggles to connect their lives with that of the Morag Tong, an ancient guild of assassins, a mad North Korean General’s master plan of bringing about economic chaos in the West, and his nuclear submarine playing hide-and-go-seek with fishermen in the Bay. As the hands on the clock tick down, the world’s leaders and economists converge on the annual summit, and Kate Dawson is no closer to preventing terror from breaking out at the G-20. Her only clue, a commercial jingle which keeps running through her head she cannot identify....

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Signet Books paid me to write several introductions for their classics line of books, and often I wrote not only an introduction but a brilliant study guide for students reading these classic novels for the first time. In addition to The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells, with an Introduction by John L. Flynn, Ph.D., I wrote the materials for Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. I enjoyed working for Signet Publishing, and I had hoped to get the assignment to write material for a new edition of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, or F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, but alas, when the United States (and the rest of the World) went through a dramatic downturn with the Covid Virus, Signet Classics publishing efforts came to an abrupt end.

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Architects of Armageddon. A San Francisco detective puts her life on the line to stop a doomsday cult from stoking the fires of Armageddon in this tense thriller. When Detective Kate Dawson is called to investigate a mass murder, she has no idea how grim and disturbing the situation truly is. The charismatic leader of End Times Ministries has ordered his followers to put their own children to death. Many of the followers willingly complied, believing it to be part of God’s plan. As the Chosen Ones, they are destined to inherit the Earth. And the time has come for them to prepare for a holy war. The only person standing between the world and its final destruction is Kate Dawson.

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One of my favorite tasks at Signet Books was writing the Introduction and study materials for Signet Classics edition of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. The tale of a disfigured musical genius and his unrequited love for a beautiful, young singer had always been a favorite book of mine, and here I was writing what was an introduction of a whole new generation of readers. In addition to writing the materials for H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau, I had hoped to get the assignment to write material for a new edition of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, or F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, but alas, when the United States (and the rest of the World) went through a dramatic downturn with the Covid Virus, Signet Classics publishing efforts came to an abrupt end.

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Merchants of Death. When a BART subway car arrives at its destination, with twenty-four passengers all dead, Kate Dawson must find out what killed them and who is responsible for their deaths. Her investigation takes her from the treacherous back streets of Chinatown to a luxurious Chateau nestled in the Northern California hills, and from a lavish horse race track to a perilous underground lair. She is pitted against a young rival who covets her job, a twisted but wealthy brother and sister duo who deal in drugs and illegal arms, and a deadly group of U.S. Army deserters, known as Task Force Red. The story twists and turns through the streets of San Francisco. The audio book is narrated by Geoffrey Boyes, and is available through Audible. Print book and Audiobook are available through Amazon.com

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The beautiful image of Angelique Pettyjohn from the cover of The Sci-Fi Siren Who Dared Love Elvis and Other Stars by John L. Flynn is available on a T-shirt (S-5XL). Click here to order your t-shirt of the book cover. For a unique variation of the t-shirt with Star Trek themes added to the background, click here to view and order. Your friends will be envious! They will also want to know where you bought your one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Show your support for Author John L. Flynn and/or the late Angelique Pettyjohn by purchasing this 100% cotton, classic fit t-shirt to wear at your science fiction and comic book conventions. Casual elegance will make it an instant favorite in everyone's wardrobe.

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Angelique Pettyjohn (1943-1992) was groomed to be the next Marilyn Monroe. But on her way to stardom, she took a slight detour... This is the incredible, true-life story of the Star Trek Siren who dared to love Elvis Presley and give the King of Rock-n-Roll his only son. Towards the end of the Covid Pandemic, Gary Burman and Adam Malin invited me to present my book at the big Star Trek show in Las Vegas in 2022, but as I was sick in bed with the virus, my PPT slideshow debuted there without me. Click here for "Angelique Pettyjohn: A Career Retrospective in Pictures." A year later, I joined Elvis Junior on tour in Florida, and I sold hundreds of books to concert goers who wanted to know the truth about him.

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This tote bag features the image of beautiful Angelique Pettyjohn against a star field with the Starship Enterprise. Star Trek's Angelique Pettyjohn as a Drill Thrall Tote Bag is now available for purchase for a limited time. This practical, high quality Tote Bag has the beautiful image of Angelique Pettyjohn printed on both sides, and measures 16in x 16in x 2in in size. Big enough to carry several books and/or souvenirs from your latest Star Trek or Sci-Fi or Comic Con. All over print provides comfort with style on the beach or in town or on your next away mission from the Enterprise 1701. Click here to order 1 for $21.45, plus shipping.

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When 2001: A Space Odyssey opened on April 3, 1968, science fiction films were not very well regarded by critics; in fact, most considered them to be juvenile with little intellectual or artistic value. The critics hated Stanley Kubrick's epic space adventure, in part, because he defied their expectations by daring to produce a literate work of SF. Ironically, their reviews didn't stop moviegoers from lining up at the box office. Few understood what Kubrick was trying to do; some just dropped acid and enjoyed the light show. Today, audiences have come to regard it as a masterpiece of cinema. Print book and audiobook available through Amazon.com

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Earth invaded by Mars! Millions incinerated by heat ray! Panic grips nation as Martian tripods advance on Washington! Remember the headlines? They said it wouldn't happen here, and then, wave after wave, the Martians attacked the Earth with a vengeance. H.G. Wells' great novel, The War of the Worlds, chronicled the first wave. Then Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast, followed by George Pal's 1953 movie. The Martians kept coming! War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg is a tribute to Wells and those radio, television, comic book, and film adaptations inspired by it. Includes the two new miniseries from 2019.

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What is your favorite science fiction film? At the start of the new millennium, fans who attended science fiction conventions persuaded Flynn and Blackwood to conduct a survey of the Top Ten Science Films of the 20th Century. They then embarked on a ten-year odyssey to gather thousands of fan votes. The result: a list of science fiction films that probably contains at least one of your favorites. Each film was considered from its inception, to the pre-production period, through production and finally reviews and critical responses. Print book is available through Library Tales, and the Audio Book is coming soon from Audible Books.

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Dissecting Aliens chronicles a different kind of alien invasion from those chronicled in War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg by John L. Flynn, Ph.D. Alien (1978) and Aliens (1986) and all those movies, spin-offs and rip-offs inspired by them, including Predator (1987) and the Alien Versus Predator films are more about man confronting a competitive entity in his conquest of space. Often that confrontation leads to war in which man is seemingly ill-matched against the alien force. Dissecting Aliens is available through Galactic Books.

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When Inspector Kate Dawson is awakened in the wee hours of the morning to investigate a homicide, little did she know what would be waiting for her on the tarmac of San Francisco International Airport. Air Force One has landed with a corpse in the lavatory. Madame President and the First Man were on board with a slew of reporters and other personnel. It seems someone enjoyed kinky foreplay, like having their oxygen supply limited, a gasper. It just went too far, or did it? Or was the beautiful blonde Fox news reporter murdered for the Cold War secret she carried? Dawson must solve the mystery before anyone else is killed. The audio book is narrated by Kevin Chambers, and is available through Audible. Print book through W&B Publishers.

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Everything I Know About Life I Learned From James Bond by John Flynn and Bob Blackwood is a light-hearted but thoroughly researched look into the world of James Bond. This book provides witty and insightful aphorisms about everyday things, ranging from girls to food and drink, cars to clothing and style, and life lessons to fun facts about culture and civilization, as reflected through the prism of James Bond, the worlds most stylish and cultured secret agent. Print book is available through Library Tales.

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Critics have spoken: "Strange!" "Haunting!" "Brilliant!" "Cosmic! "Transcendent!" "...this is an impressive collection of short stories by three-time Hugo nominee John L. Flynn." Journey into his wondrous imagination...to the last great library where a robot librarian awaits the return of its human patrons...to the planet Jupiter where strange lifeforms halt the progress of a mining platform...to a wasteland where the last survivors practice a strange ritual...to a warm, tropical beach where a vampire stalks its prey...to a crime scene that stumps even the great Sherlock Holmes...and to other shadow worlds. If you enjoy science fiction and mystery stories, then you will like this collection. The audio book is narrated by Geoffrey Boyes, and is available through Audible.

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Everything I Know About Life I Learned from James Bond by John Flynn and Bob Blackwood is also available as an audiobook from Audible. While chasing bad guys in your Aston Martin or flying a Moonraker shuttle to Drax's hidden space station, you can sit back, relax, and listen to Matthew E. Kelly's thrilling narration. This book provides witty and insightful aphorisms about everyday things, ranging from girls to food and drink, cars to clothing and style, and life lessons to fun facts about culture and civilization, as reflected through the prism of James Bond, the world's most stylish and cultured secret agent.

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When a BART subway car arrives at its destination, with twenty-four passengers all dead, Kate Dawson must find out what killed them and who is responsible for their deaths. Her investigation takes her from the treacherous back streets of Chinatown to a luxurious Chateau nestled in the Northern California hills, and from a lavish horse race track to a perilous underground lair. She is pitted against a young rival who covets her job, a twisted but wealthy brother and sister duo who deal in drugs and illegal arms, and a deadly group of U.S. Army deserters, known as Task Force Red. The story twists and turns through the streets of San Francisco. The audio book is narrated by Geoffrey Boyes, and is available through Audible. Print book through W&B Publishers.

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When 2001: A Space Odyssey opened on April 3, 1968, science fiction films were not very well regarded by critics; in fact, most considered them to be juvenile with little intellectual or artistic value. The critics hated Stanley Kubrick's epic space adventure, in part, because he defied their expectations by daring to produce a literate work of SF. Ironically, their reviews didn't stop moviegoers from lining up at the box office. Few understood what Kubrick was trying to do; some just dropped acid and enjoyed the light show. Today, audiences have come to regard it as a masterpiece of cinema. Print book published by Galactic Books.

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Someone has a fetish for murder. When a rich, politically connected CEO dies in his private dungeon on a foggy night, beaten and castrated by a mysterious sex worker, Kate Dawson and her partner are assigned the case. Their only lead is a provocative email from Crystal Rose and an IP address at the University of San Francisco. Before long, Kate's on the trail of a serial killer who uses the seedy underworld of porn shops and S&M clubs to target victims. She knows the only way to catch the killer is to become part of that world. Dawson is willing to go undercover to catch a killer. But this time, undercover may be exactly what the killer wants. The audio book is narrated by Chaz Allen, and is available through Audible. Print book through Bellebridge Publishers.

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When Inspector Kate Dawson is awakened in the wee hours of the morning to investigate a homicide, little did she know what would be waiting for her on the tarmac of San Francisco International Airport. Air Force One has landed with a corpse in the lavatory. Madame President and the First Man were on board with a slew of reporters and other personnel. It seems someone enjoyed kinky foreplay, like having their oxygen supply limited, a gasper. It just went too far, or did it? Or was the beautiful blonde reporter killed for the Cold War secret she carried? Print book is available through W&B publishers.

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Life on the planet Jupiter? Former Senator Mitchell Ryan had always been told the violent, storm-tossed world was devoid of life. He had dismissed rumors of a strange life form living in the energy rich atmosphere as mere fantasy. In a solar system gone mad with civil war, the last thing he needed was an unknown factor to complicate his mission to supply critical energy resources to Earth and its fracturing colonial empire. Battling saboteurs and assassins, Ryan soon discovers the Jovians are real, and he faces a dilemma that will change his life and determine the fate of the solar system forever. The audio book is narrated by Geoffrey Boyes, and is available through Audible. Print book through Galactic Books.

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What is your favorite science fiction film? At the start of the new millennium, fans who attended science fiction conventions persuaded Flynn and Blackwood to conduct a survey of the Top Ten Science Films of the 20th Century. They then embarked on a ten-year odyssey to gather thousands of fan votes. The result: a list of science fiction films that probably contains at least one of your favorites. Each film was considered from its inception, to the pre-production period, through production and finally reviews and critical responses. Includes interviews with directors, producers and stars of the movies. Print book is available through Library Tales.

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After Inspector Kate Dawson is called to investigate a mass murder, she discovers certain parents have been directed to put their children to death. They believe they are the Chosen Ones, destined by God to inherit the Earth. The charismatic leader of End Times Ministries, whose grand plan includes stoking the fires of Armageddon, has ordered parishioners to close ranks and prepare for a holy war. With a stolen nuke, Kate Dawson realizes they plan to start a global jihad by killing the million people who live in the San Francisco Bay area. The Doomsday clock was ticking, and it was already five minutes to midnight. The audio book is narrated by Kevin Chambers, and is available through Audible. Print book through W&B Publishers.

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Since the debut of Superman in 1938, superheroes have been a ubiquitous part of our popular culture. They have dominated American comic books for nearly 70 years, and their stories have crossed over into other media. They have been featured in daily comic strips, filled the pages of pulp magazines, figured in radio dramas, appeared on television, and headlined cinema marquees around the world. In many ways, their legendary tales of courage and derring-do form a modern mythology that has deep roots in our culture, our moral and spiritual beliefs, and our whole way of life. Print book is available through Galactic Books.

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From what begins as the simple murder of a sex worker, Inspector Kate Dawson follows the clues to human trafficking and ultimately the Asian sex trade. Then, as the date of the G-20 Summit in San Francisco draws closer, Dawson struggles to connect the lives of five Asian women, who have presumably disappeared in Chinatown, with that of a mad North Korean Generals master plan of bringing about economic chaos in the West and his nuclear submarine playing hide-and-go-seek with fishermen in the Bay. With time running out, Dawson must prevent terror from breaking out at the G-20. The audio book is narrated by Courtney L. Shelly, and is available through Audible. Print book through W&B Publishers.

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Like comic book superheroes, Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger has played a number of heroes (and at least one villain) in the movies. The Films of Arnold Schwarzenegger documents his rise as a cinematic hero for the modern era, and discusses each film in depth with the unlikely star. Films include Conan the Barbarian (1981), Conan the Destroyer (1984), Terminator (1984), Commando (1985), Predator (1987), The Running Man (1987), Total Recall (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), True Lies (1994), among many others. Out of print, but copies still available at Amazon.com

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They were like Gods. Count Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Phantom of the Opera, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and Invisible Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon formed a modern-pay pantheon that ruled the mythical kingdom of Hollywood. They dwelt at Universal, their Olympian-like home in the hills of northern Los Angeles. Their stories were the stuff of legend in the most successful horror films ever made. 12 years after the last Universal monster film, Hammer Films, a small British production company, started creating its own pantheon of Gods with the The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). By remaking Universal's black-and-white monster films in vivid, blood-curdling color, Hammer established itself as the preeminent producer of horror films. Both studios ruled the box office at different times with their iconic monsters. Both books are available through Galactic Books.

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Cinematic Vampires: The Living Dead on Film and Television is an authoritative reference work which provides a complete look at 372 vampire films, from Georges Melies The Devil's Castle (1896), a two-minute short that predated Bram Stoker's classic novel by a year, to Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Each entry gives the year of release, production credits, actors, and a synopsis of the film and its importance. Includes alternate titles and original titles of non-English films. Out of print, but copies still available at Amazon.com

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Earth invaded by Mars! Millions incinerated by heat ray! Panic grips nation as Martian tripods advance on Washington! Remember the headlines? They said it wouldn't happen here, and then, wave after wave, the Martians attacked the Earth with a vengeance. H.G. Wells' great novel, The War of the Worlds, chronicled the first wave. Then Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast, followed by George Pal's 1953 movie. The Martians kept coming! War of the Worlds: From Wells to Spielberg is a tribute to Wells and those radio, television, comic book, and film adaptations that have been inspired by it. Dissecting Aliens chronicles a different kind of alien invasion; those movies, spin-offs and rip-offs inspired by Alien (1978) and Aliens (1986), including Predator (1987) and the Alien Versus Predator films. Both books are available through Galactic Books.

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Future Threads, costume design for the science fiction world, evolved from a series of articles John had written for Starlog, Enterprise Incidents, Enterprise and other sci-fi magazines in the 1980s into a "How-to" book for fans wishing to cosplay costumes from Star Trek, V, and Star Wars at science fiction conventions. Dr. Flynn is a Master-Class Costumer. In 1985, Robert Fletcher, the costume designer for Shogun (1980) and the Star Trek films, was so impressed with Flynn's portfolio he offered John the opportunity to work for him at Western Costume, just off the Paramount Lot. Unfortunately, this book is out of print.

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