Born and raised in Eastern Ohio, Commander Wallaced received his commission in The US Navy and an engineering degree from The Ohio State University. He served on the USS John Adams, SSBN620, and the USS Woodrow Wilson, SSBN624, during which time he made nine deterrent patrols through the height of the Cold War.
Commander Wallace served as Executive Officer on the Sturgeon class nuclear attack submarine Spadefish, SSN668, Spadefish and her sisters were decommissioned during the downsizing that occurred in the 1990's. The passing of that great ship served as the inspiration for "Final Bearing".
Commander Wallace then commanded the Los Angeles class nuclear attack submarine USS Houston, SSN713. During this tour, he worked extensively with the SEAL community developing SEAL/submarine tactics. Under his command, the Houston was awarded the CIA Meritoreous Unit Citation.
Commander Wallace retired to the civilian business world in 1995 after twenty-two years of service in nuclear submarines. He lives with his wife, Penny, in Alexandria, VA.
Don Keith is a native Alabamian and attended the University of Alabama where he received his degree in broadcast and film with a double major in literature. He has won numerous awards from the Associated Press and United Press international for news writing and reporting. Mr. Keith was a broadcast personality for over twenty years.
His first novel, "The Forever Season," was published in 1995 to commercial and critical acclaim. It won the Alabama Library Association Fiction of the Year Award in 1997. His second novel, "Wizard in the Wind," was based on his years in radio. Mr. Keith next released a series of young adult/men's adventure novels co-authored with Kent Wright set in stock car racing, titled the Rolling Thunder Stock Car Racing Series. Mr. Keith has most recently published several non-fiction historical works about World War II submarine history and co-authored The Ice Diaries with Captain William Anderson, the second skipper of the USS Nautilus, SSN574, the world's first nuclear submarine. Captain Anderson took the submarine on her historic trip across the top of the world and through the North Pole in August 1958.
Mr. Keith lives in Pelham, Alabama.