The Peaceful Night

The Peaceful Night

by Harry F. Smith

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BN ID: 2940011164125
Publisher: Harry F. Smith
Publication date: 12/30/2010
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,059,193
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Harry F. Smith grew up in the frozen wilderness of Jersey City, New Jersey and proudly claims to be a born and bred native, but only when it is to his financial advantage to do so.

After a brief career in the Navy stationed at the amphibious base at Little Creek, Virginia as a member of Beachmaster Unit Two, he attended California State University, Chico where he somehow managed to obtain a BS in Mathematics and a Master's in Computer Science. A glutton for punishment, he spent another year at the McCloud Institute of Simulation Sciences as a graduate assistant and was the first person to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Simulation Science from the Institute.

He also ate a lot of ramen noodles and drank many beers during this time.

After graduating from college, Harry needed to pay off his numerous school loans, so he worked as a software engineer on various defense industry projects. Most of them can't be talked about in public forums without filling out massive amounts of paperwork, but believe me, they involved some pretty cool stuff like lasers and bombs and small furry creatures from other planets.

During this time, he authored many boring technical documents and manuals, such as 'A Case Study of Constrained Nonlinear Optimization Methods' and 'A Thousand and One Ways to Properly Use Your Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO)'. None of these ever reached the New York Times Best Sellers list, although he did win a minor award for 'The Most Semicolon Usage in a Government Document.'

Having conquered the exciting world of software engineering, he finally caved into the voices that rattle around in his head as they commanded him to switch from writing computer code to mystery stories that concentrated on living, breathing people and the evil things that are done by them.

After a while, he started his own E-book publishing company, Like A Duck Publishing and wrote his first novel, 'The Chat Room Murders.'

He invented the character of John DelMonico, an ex-Jersey City detective who is recruited by a friend to join the newly formed National Cybercrime Investigation Agency. This was a bit of a stretch since John was quite possibly the most computer illiterate person ever born. Recently divorced form his childhood sweetheart, John moves out to Silicon Valley to start his life anew, taking his prized '66 Mustang to face the harsh San Jose traffic.

Since all good detective stories need at least one beautiful woman, he is teamed up with the gorgeous Terri O'Brien, a red headed, ex-FBI lawyer babe. A native of California, John soon learns that behind her green eyes lurks a fierce Irish temper. Being a Shaolin kung fu master, Terri quickly proves that she can hold her own in the male dominated world of criminal computer investigations.

Eugene Lee, a Chinese-American software engineer / computer nerd extraordinaire, rounds out the team.

John and Terri's exploits have spanned five novels so far. In each one, they manage to defeat the bad guys while they try to deny the building frisson that they feel for each other.

Lately, Harry has finished the latest story in the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien detective series. Since there was a bit of a cliff hanger in 'The Hunting Club' , he wrote 'Shadow Of The Throwaways' to continue the story. Maybe this will be the one where John and Terri jump each others bones ...

Besides the John DelMonico / Terri O'Brien detective stories, Harry wrote 'The Peaceful Night', a story about a category five hurricane that smashes into Orlando, Florida and forces the people of an exclusive gated community to fend off starvation, a power hungry ex-mafioso don, alligators, a horny but brain dead mutt named Peepers and a psychotic killer who'll do anything to silence the voices in his head until help arrives.

He decided to make this story a FREE download because:
A) He is a kind and generous person.
B) He believes that authors should give something back to their fans.
C) Everybody kept bugging him for a freebie.

Since the statute of limitations for unspeakable past crimes has not yet expired in New Jersey, Harry now lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota year-round so that he can enjoy the snow, ice and freezing cold weather. His interests include listening to esoteric music, perfecting his vast barbecuing skills and devising new ways to scare small children, all the while fighting killer rabbits who are intent on eating the lush green lawn outside of his condo townhouse.

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wem3124 More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a hurricane that devastates Orlando, FL, Where I was born and have lived for most of my life. I've experienced the major hurricanes of 2004, 1960 and 1945, so this story was especially meaningful to me. This author has certainly done his research. The story flows very well and kept me turning pages to the point that I neglected other tasks so I could keep on reading. With a little more proofreading and editing Mr. Smith's writing would compare very well with John Grisham who is my personal benchmark for quality writing. There are a couple of factual errors that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. 1. At the point in the story when the hurricane is about to make landfall in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area and an evacuation has been ordered. The author refers to the north-south Interstate in that area as "I-95". That should be I-75. I-95 is the interstate highway near the Florida east coast. 2. A category 5 hurricane striking Orlando very unlikely because Orlando is about 100 miles from the Florida west coast and a Hurricane loses strength as it travels over land. The author probably made the storm a category 5 to increase the drama. Had I written the story, Id have done the same thing. I think this would make an excellent movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in Orlando, and its amazing how accurate the author is about things. I also work the same kind of gated communities that he talks about, and yes the people are the same way. I could see this happening in Orlando, but pray that it never does, it would be the same kind if chaos if not worse. I love the book, it keeps you wanting more. Great job Mr Smith, keep them coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of man's depravity in one book. Even though I enjoyed the book, it was so disturbing I had to go looking for a fluff book to read next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over 700 pages and I enjoyed every word. Writer developed the charaters. Good story line. Once I started reading had to finish it. Makes you stop and think "What would I do in the same circumstances?" Survival is the name of the game.
helichomper More than 1 year ago
This is a very very good book, couldn't put it down. great plot everyone should read this one.
alpayton More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in the Deep South and have experienced terrible hurricanes. This book does a pretty good job of depicting the aftermath of a horrid disaster and how the survivors cope.
chocolate-chip33 More than 1 year ago
This book was a breath of fresh air. It wasn't something where you have read the plot a million times in a different setting. I found it a realistic view of human nature in a tragedy and it kept my interest right til the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, for all the anal retentive reviewers who are complaining about hurricanes not acting like they do in the book...ever hear of poetic license? An author can make stuff do anything he wants it to????? Dont get all worked up over it. Its just a book, and a good one at that. If only the grammar and spelling nazis would take a hike as well and stop grading the blamed book. The book was good. Some parts were a bit technical, but having lived through katrina i can tell you, he hit parts of it on the head!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One community of very diverse people and how they handled a hurricane's devastation until help arrived. Very slow moving. Too much description of everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've lived through several hurricanes, and never experienced anything as "dramatic" as this. Characters seem to be chosen from a list at Central Casting, which makes for an odd mixture in a small neighborhood. You can almost feel the author writing these characters with certain actors in mind, and planning how he will handle the press tour when his Movie of the Week gets Emmy nominations. The story might be worth watching as a 2 hour TV movie while multitasking, but that's about all. Quite disappointing, actually.
Kathy Jensen More than 1 year ago
true picture of human nature. great variety of story line kept it interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book intially. The characters were well developed; however, the story didn't end - it just stopped!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good story....very real characters and how they react to disaster. these are all neighbors who "thought" they knew each other.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Very entertaining. A gripping novel. It kept me on the edge of my seat. A real page turner. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a good book. Spelling was off a bit. Alot of stuff that need not have been. Slow in alot of parts
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Very good and fun read. Hard to put down.
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This book has a lot of un needed info, skimmed a lot of pages. Also just ends, doesn't seem finished.
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Very good book. Kept me into it from start to finish.
diDE More than 1 year ago
Must read.....very good
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