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THE CHRIS BLACK ADVENTURE NOVELS

CHRIS BLACK ADVENTURE #1

INTO A CANYON DEEP

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 at  CamCat Publishing as print, e-book, and audio book!

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CHRIS BLACK ADVENTURE #3

DEAD MAN'S SILENCE

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. 

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

 Notable 100 - Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition (2021)   

Finalist Foreward Reviews INDIE Award (2021)    Finalist Sliver Falchion Award (2021)     

Finalist in the Best Cover Design: Fiction category of the 2020 Best     

Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest 

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CHRIS BLACK ADVENTURE #2

BLOOD COLD

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. 

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

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CHRIS BLACK ADVENTURE #4

CALYPSO DOWN

An undersea laboratory in a violent storm. 

Indomitable marine biologist Chris Black arrives in Florida intending to assist young aquanauts on an internationally funded mission to Calypso, the new undersea laboratory deployed on the edge of a coral reef. But as online trolls jeopardize the integrity of the mission and mysterious attacks suggest that someone would prefer that Calypso never come up for air, Chris is called upon to join the underwater team. Already embattled by financial, political, and scientific skepticism, the mission goes awry when a tropical storm builds and threatens the safety of the scientists onboard. Will Chris be able to save the mission and everyone involved amidst a perfect storm?

Coming in March 2024 from  CamCat Publishing as print, e-book, and audio book!

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VIRTUAL DIVES WITH CHRIS BLACK

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The VR ICONs below are links to the videos hosted on the YouTube channel of the 'California Undersea Imagery Archive. If you are prompted to choose a projection, select "Monoscopic 360". Controls may vary between headset models.

 

Open the YouTube VR app in your headset. Type 'California Undersea Imagery Archive' into the search window. A number of videos will appear in the library. Navigate to the 'IMMERSION! 360 Videos' playlist. The VR videos are indicated by a '360' in the upper left corner.

TEMPERATE KELP FOREST 
Swim through the kelp, surrounded by fish, as Chris Black does in Into A Canyon Deep, Blood Cold, and Dead Men’s Silence.

 
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GALAPAGOS WHALE SHARK

Swim within two meters of a Whale Shark in the Galapagos Islands, as Chris Black does in Dead Men’s Silence.

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UNDERSEA CANYON

Swim with research divers along the edge of the Carmel submarine canyon, as Chris Black does in Into A Canyon Deep.

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by DR. JAMES LINDHOLM

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 42 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, followed in September, while the third book in the series, Dead Men's Silence, arrived in October. He is now at work on book four, Calypso Down, due out in March 2024.

Dr. Lindholm lives on the Monterey Peninsula in California, where he can be found surfing, diving, watching movies, reading books, and riding his road bike.

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