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OMAR: A Novel (A Cary Parker Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"...'OMAR' forecasts tomorrow's headlines....This well-researched fiction is a timely window into potential disasters for unprepared nations." -- U.S. Senator, Richard G. Lugar, Select Committee on Intelligence

"...a story of this magnitude is mind boggling...I can't wait to see it on the big screen" -- Captain Jim L. Willsey, Deepsea Treasure Hunter--La Nuestra Senora de Atocha Treasure

"Deep ocean adventure in the tradition of Clive Cussler." -- Charles Pellegrino, "New York Times" Bestselling Author of the thriller, "Dust"

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OMAR: A Novel - For Suspense-Thriller, Action-Adventure Fans & Fans of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Jack Higgins and Wilbur Smith

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Best Thriller - 2012 Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book Competition

RECIPIENT: Intn'l Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Silver Award for “Best New Voice - Fiction”

In 1995, CIA/FBI jointly discover plans to recover a trove of priceless treasure from deep below the North Atlantic Ice Barrier, aboard RMS Titanic. Ultra-zealous terrorist divers compete against others, and set off a complex web of international intrigue and suspense. CIA's Colonel Bramson recruits Dr. Cary Parker, Woods Hole oceanographer / archaeologist, to beat both teams to Titanic's grave. And a wave of worldwide terrorism is set into motion at 2077 fathoms, as a rare, priceless book and lost treasure becomes the primary focus of a triadic search. Parker, challenges the terrorists on his own turf, and what follows is an epic adventure of legendary proportions.

- A Ravaged Titanic at Rest in the North Atlantic
- Mercenary Treasure Seekers
- A Complex Web of International Intrigue

CRAIG O. THOMPSON'S nail-biting, gripping journey to the bottom of the cold North Atlantic will make you wish there’s time to come up for air. The tragedy of a sunken ship, world politics and intrigue come together to make this award-winning novel a page-turning, suspense-filled and electrifying thriller! Tagged in Top 10 Amazon "Technothriller" category!

REVIEWS:
“Craig Thompson's 'Omar' is a suspenseful and thrilling novel of escalating global terrorism... a shocking, action-packed, highly recommended page-turner filled with suspense and plot twists to the end.”
James Cox, Editor
Midwest Book Review

"Craig O. Thompson has magnificently written a story based on historical fact overflowing with suspense and intrigue. It is apparent after reading "Omar" why the author is the International Benjamin Franklin award-winner of the Silver Award for Best New Voice - Fiction.... Omar" is truly a journey of suspense, intrigue and mystery that is a MUST READ for all readers."
Marilou George
The Kindle Book Review

" OMAR is a Thriller with a capital T - I love reading exciting books that keep me on the edge of my seat. This one has it all... if you enjoy reading adventures... you need to buy this thriller!"
Diane Rapp (TX)

“Thompson is an authority on terrorism and uses his knowledge to add a frightening, in-the-headlines sense of reality.”
Rich Gotshall,
“Indianapolis Star”

“... chillingly accurate in its depictions of terrorists, their actions, plots beliefs and ruthlessness. Thompson’s writing is top caliber, immediately putting him on a square playing field with the genre’s top purveyors.... An extremely engaging read that firmly establishes an exciting (author) in the genre.”
N.M.J.
“Rapport Magazine - The Modern Guide to Books, Music and More!”

“... a novel that reads extremely well... marvelous climax... bravo!”
Robert Gover,
“New York Times” Bestselling Author of “One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding”

"Deep ocean adventure in the tradition of Clive Cussler."
Charles Pellegrino,
"New York Times" Bestselling Author of the thriller, "Dust"

“... a well-written, well-researched, captivating, diabolical novel... ingeniously crafted... a first-rate story.”
J. Parker (CA)

"I was captivated from the very first page... this is THE BEST BOOK I have read this year and well worth your time. I highly recommend it!"
ZIZI (Montreal, Canada)

".... OMAR will not disappoint you."
A. Lukeman (CA)

BIO:
Award-winning author/speaker/keynoter, CRAIG O. THOMPSON is a counter-terrorism and business disaster recovery planning consultant, and communications director for the Intn'l Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals (IACSP). Mr. Thompson holds a B.S. and M.A. in Education from Northern Arizona University. He is currently working on two novels, a non-fiction book and three screenplays.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1549 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Brightwater Publishing Company / StrataGem Press; 2 edition (Jan. 20 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00703HTGI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #938,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Craig Thompson's Omar is a suspenseful and thrilling novel of escalating global terrorism. When a priceless book is found 2077 fathoms under the North Atlantic Ice Barrier, the CIA/FBI, a private billionaire oilman, and a fanatic terrorist group compete to recover and claim it. The competition has potentially cataclysmic effects for the known world. Omar is a shocking, action-packed, highly recommended page-turner filled with suspense and plot twists to the end. Omar is also available in paperback (0967520722, [price])
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By A Customer on May 22 2002
Format: Paperback
I received a copy of this novel from the author while standing in Rockefeller Center with the rest of the world who wished to show their signs on the Today Show. I was travelling on business and found the book to be perfect for my purposes. Lots of action broken up into three minute or so reads. It was easy to pick up and put down, and it always kept my attention. I would describe the book as a cross between Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy (without an overwhelming amount of technical jargon). It is a great escape.
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Format: Paperback
I purchased this book from the author at a bookfair here in
Indianapolis and am amazed at the topic of the book and
the current WTC attacks.
Many parts of the book included sections that would match
what is happening in the headlines today and found that very
interesting.
Particularly liked the ending regarding the ocean (won't say
much more since it'll give some of the book away). Didn't know
that could happened and found it very interesting reading.
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If you want a thriller that keeps you reading and makes you bite your nails, this is it! Craig Thompson's book has all the classic elements including engaging good guys, very nasty bad guys and some serious threats along the way. His writing style is very readable and the plot is all too plausible given today's world.
Well worth the time to read... and reread! Tom Clancy, move over... this guy knows his stuff!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8f30a64) out of 5 stars OMAR is a Thriller with a capital T July 22 2012
By Diane Rapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I love reading exciting books that keep me on the edge of my seat. This one has it all: a treasure hunt, crazed terrorists, car chases, kidnapping, deep sea diving, and the Titanic! Craig O. Thompson didn't miss any bases when writing this thriller and his description of a terrorist attack was almost too real. The paperback version of the book was originally published a month before the events of 9/11! In Thompson's book the terrorists are scary--determined to kill with insane hatred and cruelty. I frankly had to skip a few of the more grisly scenes but braver souls will appreciate the imagination and research of a talented author.

The novel's main hero, Cary Parker was a member of the team of scientists who discovered the Titanic and explored the wreck. Although he pledged never to bring up relics from the Titanic gravesite, the government gets intelligence that terrorists plan to retrieve treasure to finance future attacks. The Great Omar is a valuable rare book with jewels embedded in the leather binding. If the book is still intact, the masterpiece could finance heinous terrorist attacks. Parker reluctantly agrees to retrieve the treasure--and then the terrorists target him!

Readers of this very well-written novel learn about the intricate process of book binding and go back in time to meet the artist who created the masterpiece as well as the passengers who died protecting the book. Back to modern times, Thompson describes the technical aspects of diving inside a high-tech submersible as Parker dives to the wreck, resting in the black depths of freezing cold water. Several times I wondered how he knew all these things--the answer is comprehensive research.

If you enjoy reading adventures by Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum, Jack Higgins or Wilbur Smith, you need to buy this thriller! Thompson's insight into terrorism is more relevant in today's dangerous world, and we'd be lucky to have a man like Cary Parker on our side.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa72c22c4) out of 5 stars Outstanding Read! July 1 2012
By The Kindle Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Craig O. Thompson has magnificently written a story based on historical fact overflowing with suspense and intrigue. It is apparent after reading "Omar" why the author is the International Benjamin Franklin award-winner of the Silver Award for Best New Voice - Fiction.

Worldwide terrorism with a magnitude of deadly consequences was set into motion in 1995 aboard the remains of RMS Titanic. Dr. Cary Parker an oceanographer and specialist at the Smithsonian Institute is called upon to challenge the terrorists and beat them at their own game. A terrorist organization is after a priceless treasure called The Great Omar buried amongst the ruins of the Titanic. The FBI and CIA join forces to rescue this priceless treasure before the terrorists get their hands on it. What follows is a complex and indescribable journey filled with suspense and drama that held me firmly in its grasp.

Dr. Cary Parker is a character that has vowed to protect the sanctity of the Titanic wreckage and wrestles with his involvement in this operation. He is a devoted family man and a trusted, loyal and well respected friend and colleague. He is a remarkable character that is very realistic and I could relate to him on a human level.

Jennifer Nakamura a decorated FBI agent is assigned to the project to aid Dr. Parker. She is an extremely confident, strong, loyal and well placed character that plays an essential part in this story. The remaining cast of characters are extremely well thought-out and presented in a way that is truly believable and frightening.

This story places the spotlight on world politics and the sacrifice of a person's personal values all in the name of greed. The dialogue in this book is intelligently written and very thought provoking. The wealth of information provided by the author is interesting, informative and definitely kept me wanting to read more.

It is absolutely apparent that a great deal of knowledge, research and time went into the writing of this book. I learned a great deal reading this book and at the same time was totally taken in with the story and the characters. Especially poignant to me were the recollections and facts about the Titanic.

"Omar" is truly a journey of suspense, intrigue and mystery that is a MUST READ for all readers. I highly recommend it for the extraordinary and descriptive writing, excellent characters and circumstances and a tremendous story-line that delivers a wealth of knowledge and held me hostage throughout.

Marilou George - The Kindle Book Review
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73d039c) out of 5 stars A thrilling novel of escalating global terrorism Oct. 17 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Craig Thompson's Omar is a suspenseful and thrilling novel of escalating global terrorism. When a priceless book is found 2077 fathoms under the North Atlantic Ice Barrier, the CIA/FBI, a private billionaire oilman, and a fanatic terrorist group compete to recover and claim it. The competition has potentially cataclysmic effects for the known world. Omar is a shocking, action-packed, highly recommended page-turner filled with suspense and plot twists to the end. Omar is also available in paperback (0967520722, [price])
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa74c7edc) out of 5 stars A Must Read for Tom Clancy Fans Aug. 25 2012
By Masquerade Crew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
SHARON'S REVIEW

This amazing thriller is set in 1995, and depicts the scary underbelly of our modern society. Although a work of fiction, there are many elements that mirror the turbulent times we now live in, where life is cheap, and terrorism runs rampant under the radar. Craig O Thompson exposes this frighteningly realistic underbelly in the bright lights of intelligent storytelling and deep research. An expert on terrorism, the author gives the reader insight into the minds of men from the Middle East who are willing to murder innocent Western non Islamic people, all in the name of Allah.

This tale follows the exploits of Cari Parker, an experienced oceanographer who is charged with the task of retrieving a priceless jewel encrusted book from the abyss that swallowed the Titanic, eighty three years earlier.

Suspense runs high as he tries to retrieve the precious artifact before an unexpected alliance of Middle Eastern terrorists, and the Japanese crime mob get to it first. Cari doesn't want to desecrate the watery grave of so many of the Titanic's passengers, but he can't let it get into the hands of those who would use it to fund a war against the Western world.

Mr. Thompson's style is so visual and exciting that this heart pumping drama will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last word. There is a detailed depiction of the Titanic's sinking that left this reader weeping for the needless loss of humanity. There is a high speed gun battle going the wrong way on a British freeway that results in a spectacular multi vehicle pile-up. There is a high tech battle on the high seas between two ships and four mini subs for possession of the book. It's been cursed since its publication - disaster follows wherever it goes. The ending will amaze you."

This novel is an absolute must read for Tom Clancy fans. Omar is every bit as exciting, full of suspense, and high tech toys as The Hunt for Red October. There are some unexpected plot twists that had me open mouthed in awe of the author's expertise with character analysis, setting and sheer story telling ability. I loved this novel. I absolutely intend to read it again in time, as I do with all my favourites. It would make an Oscar grade blockbuster movie. I would recommend this book to anyone old enough to follow the intricate twists and turns of the plot line.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8f30bb4) out of 5 stars action adventure Aug. 28 2012
By qulytel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well thought out, end of chapter teaser made you anxious to return to that event. A good read with substance and enough details to prove subject matter expertise.