About David Pereda
Best Selling Author
David Pereda is the award-winning author of twelve thrillers and mainstream novels. His books have won the Lighthouse Book Awards twice, the Royal Palm Awards, the National Indie Excellence Awards, the Readers Favorite Awards twice, and the Book Excellence Award. His last novel, The Wall, was the 2023 Gold Medal Winner in the Drama TV Series Category of the Latino Books Into Movies Awards, and is a Finalist in the Coverfly Screencraft Cinematic Book Competition. In addition, he has traveled to more than thirty countries and speaks four languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, David had a successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, and Qatar, among others.
“What I learned then,” says David, “has helped me enrich my novels with unique characters and exotic places.”
His award-winning novel, The Wall, published by Drake Valley Press, is the first book of a planned trilogy with the same main characters. The second book of the series, Golden, expected publication in 2024, is a non-stop action thriller with crime fiction elements like David Baldacci’s books, particularly the Will Robie and John Puller novels, but in his unique style. He is now working on the third book of the series, another non-stop action thriller tentatively titled, The Girl That Was.
David is also planning a sequel to his successful mainstream novel, However Long the Night, published by Eternal Press in February 2012, which won awards in both the general fiction and the romantic suspense categories. Other previous award-winning novels include the books of his popular Havana Series of thrillers, featuring the deadly but sexy professional assassin Marcela and the resourceful and handsome Doctor Raymond Peters. Killing Castro was published by Eternal Press in January 2010, and Top Secret in 2009. Twin Powers, the third book in that series, was published by Second Wind Press in 2015.
A member of MENSA, David earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California and obtained bachelor’s degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Nearly a decade ago, David moved from the heart of Miami to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, an ideal setting for crafting his novels. He lives in artistic Asheville, where he teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College.
David is the ex-regional director of Florida Writers Association’s Western North Carolina division and the founder of AWE (Asheville Writing Enthusiasts). He loves sports and has won many prizes competing in track and show-jumping equestrian events.
With ten books published, David Pereda has established himself as a master of the novel.
I purchased the book for its cover, the blurb on the back cover, and then saw it was four-hundred pages. My first thought was this book would take me forever to finish, but when I started the book, ‘The Wall’ could have been one-thousand pages.
I could not stop reading it.
The life paths of two families; Thomas and Cecilia Bertram, and Domingo, Blanca and their young daughter, Nancy, were so different and yet so alike. The former owned a thriving restaurant, and the latter operated a repair shop.
Life has a way of bringing obstacles and to these two families, it came in the manner of gangs wanting extortion money and more.
Salvation for both families was going to the United States.
David Pereda blended their stories magically in my humble opinion with interchanging chapters describing how each family made progress towards the US border.
No politics, no opinions, just a story of fiction with a ring of truth in it.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in a contemporary topic in today’s world and who enjoys a terrific story.
J. F. NODAR
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