INTO A CANYON DEEP (Chris Black Adventure #1)  

Not all secrets are buried deep. . .enough.


Returning from a research dive off the coast of picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea, marine biologist Chris Black is attacked while walking to his car. No stranger to physical altercations, Chris is easily able to defend himself and hold one of his assailants captive. He learns that the goon has been sent to intimidate him: Stop diving or else… Not one to respond well to threats, Chris and his childhood friends Mac Johnson, a former Navy SEAL, and Jase Hamilton, investigator with the Monterey County Sheriff, dive a little deeper. What is it that Chris and his graduate students might have seen on the ocean floor? Is it related to the body that washed up ashore? And how does whatever might be buried under the sea connect to the rich and famous who exude influence over Chris Black’s research projects by funding them?


When things hit close to home and his girlfriend and mother are threatened, Chris Black strikes back.

Now available from CamCat Publishing as print, e-book, and audio book!

BLOOD COLD (Chris Black Adventure #2)  

The legacy of a failed regime reaches up from the deep.


Traveling deep into the southern hemisphere to support a diving project off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, marine biologist Chris Black planned to spend six months focused purely on scientific research. But a stunning undersea discovery at the False Bay study site brings Chris once again into direct contact with a consortium of evildoers who will stop at nothing to  achieve their goal. Drawing on the support of his friend and colleague, Mac Johnson, Chris will also find help from a mysterious employee of the US embassy who seems to know much more than he will admit. As the violence escalates, it will become clear that someone among Chris’ colleagues is providing critical information to the criminals. Who is the inside man? Or is it in inside woman? And what is their motivation?


From killer sharks and sabotaged SCUBA gear to underwater explosions, Chris and this team will be tested like never before, culminating in a violent showdown that not everyone will survive. When things hit close to home and his girlfriend and mother are threatened, Chris Black strikes back.

Coming September 2020 from CamCat Publishing as print, e-book, and audio book!

DEAD MEN'S SILENCE (Chris Black Adventure #3)  

When pirates ask for ransom, Chris Black answers.

En route to the Galapagos Islands for a deep-sea diving trip with a group of international college students under his care, marine biologist Chris Black leaves his research vessel for a single night to enjoy dinner with friends. When he returns, the ship has vanished. With crew and passengers on board. Modern-day pirates hijacked the boat, hoping to collect a lucrative ransom.  Amidst the storm of the century, indomitable Chris Black chases the pirates from island to island, fighting back to save the students under his care in a battle royal aboard the pirates’ mysterious flagship. 

Coming October 2020 from CamCat Publishing as print, e-book, and audio book!


Dr. James Lindholm is the James W. Rote Distinguished Professor of Marine Science and Policy and the Chair of the Department of Marine Science at California State University Monterey Bay. He also serves the Chair of the Research Diving Program.


A native Californian, Dr. Lindholm attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo for his undergraduate studies, and Boston University for graduate school (both MA and PhD). He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Undersea Research Center at the University of Connecticut, before taking a job with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Dr. Lindholm has conducted research around the world, including the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean, Caribbean  and Red Seas. He's used technologies ranging from ROVs, AUVs and HOVs to SCUBA, including participation in six missions to the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory in the Florida Keys. His research interests include the landscape ecology of fishes, design and evaluation of spatial management regimes, and the ecological effects of fishing.

Dr. Lindholm has published a textbook, Dynamic Modeling for Marine Conservation (with Springer Verlag) and 41 research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His first novel, a thriller titled Into a Canyon Deep, was re-released in August 2020. The sequel, Blood Cold, will follow the next month in September. The third book in the series, Dead Men's Silence, is due one month later in October 2020.

Dr. Lindholm lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where he can be found surfing, diving, watching movies, reading books, and riding his road bike.

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