THE WAR BENEATH Jacket Copy Reveal by TSJ



Here it is — the book description for my upcoming underwater thriller.

I’ve always been excited by books and films set in this interesting, unique and dangerous environment.  In many ways the undersea world is more hazardous for humans than outer space.  With great depth comes great pressure.  This means that structures face implosion at almost any time.  It also means that more nitrogen and other gases dissolves in our bloodstream and tissues, and this results in The Bends if a character bolts to the surface.  There’s therefore no escape in an emergency.  Characters must solve issues on the spot.

They are prisoners of the deeps.

Throw in the superpowers of the world engaged in a new cold war, cities on the ocean floors, submarine warfare and espionage, love and family and greed and revenge, and it makes for an exciting and action-packed undersea world.  I hope you enjoy it; the book is coming this fall.

Here’s the book’s jacket copy:

THE WAR BENEATH by Timothy S. Johnston

Living and working underwater can be a dangerous thing.

First the bulkheads sweat, then there’s a trickle of water, and then in an instant you’re gone. The only thing left is a bloody pulp in the dark water and crushed bone fragments on the seafloor.

And you can’t bolt to the surface in an emergency … The Bends will get you.

But that’s not the worst. When you’re living underwater and also working as a spy for your city, that’s when things get really dangerous.

Truman McClusky has been out of the intelligence business for years, working the kelp farms and helping his city Trieste flourish on the shallow continental shelf just off the coast of Florida. Until his former partner shows up, that is, steals a piece of valuable new technology and makes a mad dash into the Atlantic. Before he knows it, Mac ends up back in the game, chasing the spy to not only recapture the tech, but to kill his former friend.

But when he learns the grim truth behind the theft, it sends his stable life into turmoil and plunges him into an even deadlier mission: evade the submarines of hostile foreign powers, escape assassins, and forge through the world’s oceans at breakneck pace on a daring quest to survive, with more lethal secrets than he thought possible in his pocket.

The future of the city depends on McClusky … if he can make it back home.



TSJ, 2013 — Photo by Tiffany Jones Photography


Timothy S. Johnston is a lifelong fan of thrillers and science fiction thrillers in both print and film. His greatest desire is to contribute to the genre which has given him so much over the past four decades. He wishes he could personally thank every novelist, screenwriter, filmmaker, director and actor who has ever inspired him to tell great stories. He has been an educator for twenty years and a writer for thirty. He lives on planet Earth, but he dreams of the stars. Visit to register for news alerts, read his blog and reviews, and learn more about his current and upcoming thrillers. Timothy is the author of futuristic murder mystery/thrillers THE FURNACE, THE FREEZER, and THE VOID. Follow Timothy on Facebook @TSJAuthor and Twitter @TSJ_Author.

“… a Crichtonesque thriller …” — K I R K U S
“… this is your perfect read.” — Chanticleer Book Reviews
“… intense …” — The Bibliophilic Book Blog
“… I was absolutely blown away by The Furnace …” — Dreamworld Book Reviews
“… definitely a page turner … suspense-filled …” — Kaye Trout’s Book Reviews
“… compelling …” — Booklover Book Reviews
“Johnston is an exemplary novelist.” — Dreamworld Book Reviews
“… suspense-filled …” — Kaye Trout’s Book Reviews
“… a gripping page-turner …” — Ramblings from this Chick


THE FURNACE by Timothy S. Johnston

Winner of the 2015 CYGNUS Award for Science Fiction Thriller
Winner of the 2015 CLUE Award for Blended Mystery
Shortlisted for the 2015 EPIC Award


THE FREEZER by Timothy S. Johnston

Winner of the 2016 EPIC Award for Science Fiction Thriller
Winner of the 2015 CLUE Award for Blended Mystery
Shortlisted for the 2015 CYGNUS Award


THE VOID by Timothy S. Johnston

Winner of the 2015 CLUE Award for Blended Mystery
Shortlisted for the 2016 EPIC Award
Shortlisted for the 2016 CYGNUS Award


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