TSJ’s New Bio

TSJ’s New Bio

The sixth — and final — book in my series, The Rise of Oceania, is due to publisher Fitzhenry and Whiteside at the end of the month.  I’ve been working hard on it for over a year now.  There’s a lot of story to wrap up, there are more graphics/schematics than in any of the previous installments, and I want this to be the most gripping conclusion possible.  Each book is written as a standalone thriller, but collectively they tell a complete arc from Book 1 to Book 6.  I’ve poured my energy into this for so many months now.  Here is—

—  my bio, written specifically for A Blanket of Steel, below.   It’ll be at the back of the book and Fitzhenry and Whiteside will use it on the website and for any marketing materials they create.  There is now a purchase page and a description page on my website for this book.  Over the next few months, production will ramp up on it, including cover and interior design.  Watch this space!


Timothy S. Johnston has won the GLOBAL THRILLER Award, the CYGNUS Award, the EPIC Award, the CLUE Award, and has been finalist in the SILVER FALCHION Award (Best Action Adventure) — twice.  His newest technothriller, A Blanket of Steel, is the sixth and final book in his underwater colonization series, The Rise of Oceania, from Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd.  Timothy S. Johnston is a Canadian writer who lives in London, Ontario.  He has been an educator for over twenty-five years and writes thrillers in pursuit of a radical dream:  to give back to the genres that have inspired him over the past five decades, and to thank the creative minds who provide much-needed escapist entertainment in times of need.  Timothy is a firm believer that a good story has the potential to heal the world.  His favourite movie is Planet of the Apes (1968), his favourite director is John Carpenter, and his favourite writers are Michael Crichton, Isaac Asimov, Agatha Christie, and fellow Canadian, Robert J. Sawyer.  Timothy has spent the past six years underwater (metaphorically) writing about a new Cold War, espionage, colonization, and gripping action.  Previous books include The War Beneath, The Savage Deeps, Fatal Depth, An Island of Light, and The Shadow of War.  After finishing the sixth and final book in The Rise of Oceania saga, A Blanket of Steel¸ he can finally take a deep breath and decompress … until adventure calls again, of course.




“The Shadow of War is a slambang thriller set in an all-too-plausible future. Fans of Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton will be spellbound.” Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of The Oppenheimer Alternative

“Johnston presents readers with a diverse set of characters, along with a complicated world for them to navigate. The novel shines when describing the technology, as when the characters discuss the beam weapon, nicknamed ‘The Water Pick’ … Fans of high-tech SF will enjoy the concepts and worldbuilding here …” Kirkus Reviews

“Any good heist consists of three components: a team, a plan and something worth stealing. ‘The Shadow Of War’, the fifth novel in Timothy S. Johnston’s ‘Rise Of Oceania’ series, has all three … Johnston has written a thriller with hot-off-the-presses technology, edge-of-your-seat moments, separated into heart-pounding seconds, and characters who don’t always do what they’re supposed to.” — SFcrowsnest

“Johnston weaves an engrossing tale … it’s easy to highly recommend The Shadow of War as an outstanding and gripping sci-fi technothriller.” — Midwest Book Review

“I need to see Oceania on the big screen!” FIVE STARS from Readers’ Favorite

“…a terrific read! Smart, thrilling, intriguingly plotted and, like all previous entries in Johnston’s ‘Rise of Oceania’ series, A-level entertainment. And that opening chapter—WOW! Page-turner is an understatement.” — Michael Libling, author of Hollywood North: A Novel in Six Reels and The Serial Killer’s Son Takes A Wife


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THE WAR BENEATH:  FIRST PLACE 2018 GLOBAL THRILLER Action / Adventure Category Winner, 2019 Silver Falchion Award Finalist, 2018 CLUE Award Semi-Finalist, 2019 Kindle Book Awards Semi-Finalist, & 2019 CYGNUS Award Shortlister

THE SAVAGE DEEPS:  FIRST PLACE 2020 CYGNUS Award Winner, 2019 GLOBAL THRILLER Awards Finalist, 2022 Kindle Book Awards Semi-Finalist; 2019 CLUE Award Shortlister

FATAL DEPTH: FIRST PLACE 2021 GLOBAL THRILLER Award Winner, 2022 Silver Falchion Award Finalist (Best Action Adventure), 2021 CYGNUS Award Semi-Finalist


“If you’re looking for a techno-thriller combining Ian Fleming, Tom Clancy and John Le Carré, The War Beneath will satisfy … a ripping good yarn, a genuine page-turner.” — Amazing Stories
“One very riveting, intelligent read!” — Readers’ Favorite
“If you like novels like The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising,
you will certainly enjoy The War Beneath.” — A Thrill A Week
“If you’re here for thrills, the book will deliver.” — The Cambridge Geek
“… an engaging world that is highly believable …” — The Future Fire
“This is a tense, gripping science fiction/thriller of which Tom Clancy might well be proud . . . When I say it is gripping, that is the simple truth.” — Ardath Mayhar
“… a thrill ride from beginning to end …” — SFcrowsnest
“… if you like Clancy and le Carré with a hint of Forsyth thrown in,
you’ll love The War Beneath.” — Colonel Jonathan P. Brazee (RET),
2017 Nebula Award & 2018 Dragon Award Finalist
“Fast-paced, good old-fashioned Cold War espionage … a great escape!” — The Minerva Reader

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