Timothy S. Johnston

Timothy S. Johnston is a lifelong fan of thrillers and science fiction thrillers in both print and film. His greatest desire is to contribute to the genre which has given him so much over the past four decades. He wishes he could personally thank every novelist, screenwriter, filmmaker, director and actor who has ever inspired him to tell great stories. He has been an educator for twenty years and a writer for thirty. He lives on planet Earth, but he dreams of the stars. Visit www.timothysjohnston.com to register for news alerts, read his blog and reviews, and learn more about his current and upcoming thrillers. Timothy is the author of The War Beneath and The Savage Deeps. His futuristic murder mystery/thrillers include The Furnace, The Freezer, and The Void. Follow Timothy on Facebook @TSJAuthor and Twitter @TSJ_Author.

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  • Global Thriller Award (winner, The War Beneath, 2018)
  • Clue Book Award (semi-finalist, The War Beneath, 2018)
  • Cygnus Book Award (semi-finalist, The War Beneath, 2019)
  • Silver Falchion Award (finalist, The War Beneath, 2019)
  • Clue Book Award (longlisted, The Savage Deeps, 2019)

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Praise for The Savage Deeps

“Reading The Savage Deeps is like watching a movie. The visual imagery of folks living and working in enclosed domes beneath the oceans, of zipping through the deep waters to visit other colonies using high-tech, high-speed subs is mesmerizing. But while this visual fantasy, so well-depicted by Johnston, fires our imaginations, it’s the challenges such a civilization would face, along with the intricate plotting, the intrigue, and the characters themselves that keep us turning the pages.”
Reader’s Favorite

Praise for The War Beneath

“. . . I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s what I call a ripping good yarn, a genuine page-turner. If you like action spy thrillers with lots of high tech in a science fiction setting, this book will definitely please. It’s loads of fun. And fast-paced. Did I mention fast-paced? ‘Cause it is. . . . If you’re looking for a techno-thriller combining Ian Fleming, Tom Clancy, and John Le Carré, The War Beneath will satisfy.”
—R. Graeme Cameron, Amazing Stories

“. . . a great concept of cities under the seas and the writing was so cinematic that I felt like I was there, in the seacar. It felt a little hard to breathe at times, which was the writer’s intention and it was very well done! Fast-paced, good old-fashioned Cold War espionage set underwater in 2099, this book offers a great escape! Shortlisted for the 2018 Global Thriller Award and Semi-Finalist for the 2018 CLUE Award.”
The Minerva Reader

The War Beneath is a thrill ride from beginning to end, with several heart-stopping scenes that clearly illustrate the boundaries of underwater living and warfare. The technology is well researched and stretched to the limit as Johnston tests every boundary, throwing Mac into many seemingly possible situations. Sometimes I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as I waited for Mac and his team to figure out how to live through their next quandary. . . . This novel is everything I’ve come to expect from Timothy S. Johnston and a promising start to a new series, and one I look forward to following.”
Kelly Jensen, SF Crow’s Nest

“Timothy S. Johnston has done it again. A master of taut, well-crafted stories, he raises the bar with The War Beneath. In a world of rising ocean levels, mankind has taken to creating underwater cities. Human nature does not change, however, and nations compete for supremacy under the waves. I have spent time aboard US submarines, and Johnston accurately recreates the feel of living under pressure, but with futuristic technology and robust characters in this attention-grabbing thriller. Johnston has his own voice, but if you like Clancy and le Carré with a hint of Forsyth thrown in, you’ll love The War Beneath.
—Colonel Jonathan P. Brazee, USMC (RET), 2017 Nebula Award & 2018 Dragon Award Finalist

“It feels similar to something Lee Child might write, but also has hints of Andy Weir’s Artemis . . . if you’re here for thrills, the book will deliver.”
The Cambridge Geek

“Johnston’s The War Beneath follows in the tradition of Tom Clancy and Larry Bond, except that all of the war machines are futuristic. If you like novels like The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising, you will certainly enjoy The War Beneath. Lots of action, neat technology, and interesting characters pretty much sums it up.”

“If you’re going to tackle The War Beneath by Timothy S. Johnston, then suspend any doubt you might have about where technology might take us, or what our cities might be like a century from now. Then sit back, start reading, and enjoy a deep sea dive into the future. . . . One very riveting, intelligent read!”
Readers’ Favorite

“This is a tense, gripping science fiction/thriller of which Tom Clancy might well be proud . . . I fully intended to read this novel slowly, being easily wearied these days, but once I started it I found it impossible to stop. So I read the entire 100,000+ word book in one day and was sorry when it ended. When I say it is gripping, that is the simple truth.”
—Ardath Mayhar

Praise for The Void:

“. . . engrossing and exciting . . . SF and mystery fans will be impressed with Johnston’s tightly written deep-space whodunit.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for The Freezer:

“. . . a combination of science fiction, thriller and horror . . . This exciting tale will keep readers rapt, desperate to find out what happens next.”
RT Book Reviews

The Freezer is a little bit of Asimov’s Caves of Steel, a little bit of Shelley’s Frankenstein, and a bit more of Carpenter’s The Thing . . . This is a great ride, and I heartily recommend it.”
Science Fiction Review

“. . . masterfully crafted . . . there are plot twists, lies, misdirection to wade through, and secrets to be revealed in pursuit of the truth . . . Just when you think you have everything figured out, Johnston piles on more, and more, and more.”
Chanticleer Book Reviews

Praise for The Furnace:

“. . . a Crichtonesque thriller . . .”

“. . . this is your perfect read.”
Chanticleer Book Reviews

“. . . intense . . .”
The Bibliophilic Book Blog

“. . . I was absolutely blown away by The Furnace . . .”
Dreamworld Book Reviews

“. . . definitely a page turner . . . suspense-filled . . .”
—Kaye Trout’s Book Reviews

“. . . compelling . . .”
Booklover Book Reviews

“Johnston is an exemplary novelist.”
Dreamworld Book Reviews

“. . . suspense-filled . . .”
—Kaye Trout’s Book Reviews

“. . . a gripping page-turner . . .”
—Ramblings from this Chick