BIO: Ray Anderson -- Hingham, Massachusetts -- USA
I’m a hiker and writer. So far, I’ve thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, hiked all of the Pacific Crest Trail, The Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail.
I developed an abiding interest in hiking over 35 years ago when I began climbing the 4000+ foot mountains of New Hampshire. After those, I climbed the rest of the 4000 footers in New England. I’m now tackling the high-peak Adirondacks in upstate NY.
The Trail (thriller), from Turner Publishing, was my debut novel, and took place along the Appalachian Trail. My second thriller, Sierra, takes place along the Pacific Crest Trail. The third novel, The Divide, released in 2020 and takes place along the Continental Divide Trail, primarily in the Rocky Mountains.
My first Sci-fi novel, LIFT: The Rise of M-L-M, releases in May 2024.
I’m married, live in Hingham, and have three children who are leading busy lives of their own. Happy to say that my wife, Nancy, has stood by me all the way.
This eco-thriller is about diminishing water in our country.
In the novel, THE DIVIDE, home-grown terrorists have different reasons for wanting to send a catastrophic message in Colorado as they plot together. Water rights and treachery were also the same theme in the movie, Chinatown.
Fresh water is the number one requirement for survival. We die of thirst before we die of hunger. We are losing this resource. Whether it’s global warming, which contributes to forest fires, and the reverse, or growing populations in areas requiring water to be diverted to them, or the squandering of this resource by watering massive lawns, golf courses, etc., we have a problem: We will not have enough water in the years ahead!
Colorado’s Moffat Tunnel system diverts water from west to east under the continental divide. This has become a hot dispute, because the diverted water leaves less water for the other states west of Colorado. The reservoirs and the Colorado River are getting shallower by the day. In THE DIVIDE, the Moffat Tunnel water diversion system is a terrorist target.
Long-distance hiker, Awol, and his dog, Blazer, begin a hike of the Continental Divide Trail at the Mexican border. By the time Awol gets to Colorado, he has experienced the lack of water and seen its devastating effects on the locals, herds, and crops. On the trail he hears chatter traced to furious outdoorsmen who say a dam or worse may blow. One of the outdoorsmen is an American Indian, the other a recluse living off the grid.
Diana Santos, an FBI agent, is assigned to the field to intercept and work with Awol to bring down the terrorists.