Thrill Seeker

A contractor uses his background in plumbing and municipal infrastructure to write his first suspense novel.
Thrill Seeker
13th Enumeration cover

An interest in Elliott and Kondratiev stock market waves coupled with 20 years of researching and comparing biblical and Old Testament chronology against ancient history triggered William Struse's desire to write The 13th Enumeration.

"When I stumbled upon the chronology of the 70-week prophecy of Daniel 9, it all came together," says Struse, a resident of Hereford, Ariz., and owner of Water Drain Works, a company that does onsite system repairs and other work related to household plumbing systems. "It's the anti-Da Vinci Code."

He plotted the complex thriller while turning wrenches under sinks and toilets, and occasionally replacing baffles on septic tanks and clearing related blockages. Back in the truck, he jotted down his ideas.

Struse, who had never written anything before, finished the 468-page book in six months. Plots include a terrorist attack on New York City's water supply, archaeological digs with history-shattering artifacts, murder to protect ancient secrets, international intrigue, and drinking water production technology that changes the balance of global power.

"I had fun putting plumbing and municipal sewer and water infrastructure in the novel, then showing how vulnerable they are to terrorism," says Struse, 41. Editing was the most painful part. After six revisions, he hired editor Rachel Starr Thomson before uploading the manuscript.

Struse began his own publishing company, PalmoniQuest, and published the book through Lightning Source, a print-on-demand and distribution service, and CreateSpace, a comprehensive online self-publishing service. The sequel is unfolding in his head.


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