About the Author
David E. Knop is a retired Marine officer with twenty years of service. He saw two tours in Vietnam as an artillery forward observer and naval gunfire support officer. As a staff officer, he wrote and edited numerous military operations plans. Dave also authored feature articles for the Field Artillery Journal and Marine Corps Gazette. In civilian life, Dave became a technical writer and produced many electronic and automotive manuals for industry leaders such as SAIC and Computer Sciences Corporation. Daves work for the Eighth Air Force received an award of excellence in a Northern California Society of Technical Communications competition. Daves first novel, The Smoked Mirror, a supernatural thriller featuring former Marine, Cochiti Pueblo police officer Peter Romero, placed honorable mention in both the Maryland Writers' Association and Reading Writers contests. The manuscript also qualified top ten in the Wahmpreneur Books Fiction contest. Daves second mystery, Mining Sacred Ground, brings the role of spirit warrior to the subgenre of Native American detectives. This novel was a semi-finalist in a recent Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Contest and placed top ten in the Killer Nashville contest. Daves third novel, Poisoned by Gods Flesh was awarded a bronze medal by the Military Writers Society of America, and received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Eric Hofer writing contest. An alumnus of Book Passage Mystery Writers workshops, Taos Institute of the Arts, Maui Writers Retreats. Dave is a lifelong student of Native American mythology.