DM Coffman, author
Here they are--the first two books of my Net thriller series. They both received 5-Stars from Reader's Favorite. Book #1 is The Net Conspiracy. Readers' Favorite said: "The Net Conspiracy by DM Coffman is a conspiracy thriller that will have you biting your nails and holding your breath. Packed with action and filled with rich details. I loved the subject matter. I can't wait for the next installment." Book #2 is The Hainan Conflict. Reader's Favorite said: "The Hainan Conflict has every ingredient I look for in a novel: intelligent, brave protagonist; cold, calculating villain; scenes so descriptive I felt I was there; tension and suspense, exploding with action. I was completely hooked."
Where do I get story/character ideas? Well, personal experiences while living in China, for a start. Then, news. Yes, there's a lot more truth than fiction in these books. For example, the following are true:
- The United States sponsored judicial training for China's judges when China received permanent normal trade status with the World Trade Organization.
- A strange woman came to our door while we taught at Peking University, claiming to be a news editor with knowledge of terrorists in south China.
- In the past, China's judges were often required to rule based on the dictates of their superiors based on personal favors, family connections, money--not the law.
- Counterfeiting and corruption are problems negatively impacting China's foreign business relationships.
- A Russian virologist did sell bio-weapons to Iraq; a strain of deadly smallpox was purposefully released in a populated area of Kazakhstan; China tried to cover up the SARS epidemic.
- Hainan Island has many caves, which were used by the Women's Army there; military training was conducted along Yalong Bay; there is a primitive village near Sanya that is a matriarchal society and the leaders faces are tattooed; there was a modern computer setup in a makeshift tent in the village; a man in black did drop down out of the trees; 10,000 crabs did suddenly and mysteriously come ashore.
- The midair collision between a US spy plane and a Chinese jet occurred April 1, 2001, requiring the top-secret US plane to land on Hainan. The news reports in China and the US differed greatly.
About the Author
DM Coffman specializes in clean fiction, tackling adult themes without the use of offensive language, graphic sex or extreme violence. She is the author of The Net thriller series starting with The Net Conspiracy, The Hainan Conflict, and The Panama Contagion (to be released in 2020). She also wrote the Whitney Award nominated thriller The Hainan Incident published by Covenant Communications, Inc. which is an LDS version of the first two books in the Net series. In non-fiction, she authored Above the Best: The Remarkable Life of Seeley E. Ralphs which received a five-star review by Reader’s Favorite, and China Through the Eyes of Her Students providing a glimpse at life in China through the uncensored writing journals of her students at Peking University in Beijing and South China University of Technology in Guangzhou.
DM and her husband lived in the People’s Republic of China from 2000-2004 where they taught with the Brigham Young University China Teachers Program and the US-sponsored World Trade Organization China Judicial Training Program. She wrote A Peking University Coursebook on English Exposition Writing, published by Peking University Press, and served as an editor and foreign consultant for English educational texts produced by China’s Ministry of Education from 2004-2007. She has a M.Ed. from Brigham Young University and a B.B.A. from National University. Prior to living in China, DM and her husband worked in the legal profession in Washington, DC. They now reside in Spanish Fork, Utah.
“Above the Best: The Remarkable Life of Seeley E. Ralphs is an inspiring biography and a story that will encourage readers to give everything when they love something. Told in beautiful prose and with well-reconstructed dialogues, this book will stir the hearts of readers.”
--Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
“Coffman has written a novel that is high on suspense and introduces Asian cultural elements unfamiliar to most Americans. . . . I found the style quite similar to that of Tom Clancy . . . The story is powerful and keeps the reader turning pages, unable to put it down. The background is fascinating. . . . The characters are well-defined, the protagonists are likable, and even the bad guys are interesting. The plot moves forward in a fast-paced excellent fiction arc. Suspense and action readers will enjoy this one.”
--Jennie Hansen for Meridian Magazine
“The author writes in a concise, spare style with dialogue that flows authentically. Occasionally she throws in a few Chinese phrases, which are translated in the same sentence, adding a nice flavor to the dialogue. The chapters are short and cinematic in nature.”
--Rosemarie Howard for The Deseret News
“Holy Cow – I just finished a gooooood book this week that cost me a LOT of sleep. . . . I thoroughly enjoyed the Hainan Incident and I heartily recommend it. . . . It was well written, engaging, believable, even compelling.”
--Cindy Suelzle for What’s New with LDS Books n Things
The Whitney Award nominated suspense thriller The Hainan Incident is “a thrilling ride through modern terrorism and Chinese culture. Nonstop action makes it impossible to put this book down until you’ve turned the last page.”
--Traci Hunter Abramson, author