Biography

Andre Frieden

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After leaving his birthplace in Senegal, Africa, A.C. Frieden spent several years in India, Switzerland and the UK before emigrating with his parents to the southern United States. After high school, he returned to his native Switzerland to serve in the Swiss Army, where he trained as a marksman. He later came back to the U.S. to complete undergraduate and graduate studies, and then earned two law degrees, a pilot’s license, and scuba instructor license. Today, aside from his thriller writing career, you’ll find him practicing law as one of the country’s preeminent technology lawyers.

Frieden’s interest in writing fiction began during his legal studies in Russia, Austria and Hungary. What began as short stories, diaries and poems, many written during his travels, soon emerged as ingredients for future novels. Mysteries and thrillers soon became his passion. His first manuscript, Canvas Sunsets Never Fade, a mystery delving into nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, was published in 2004. His second novel, Tranquility Denied, is set in post‐Cold War Moscow, Stockholm and Southern Louisiana, and is the first in a series featuring hotshot maritime lawyer Jonathan Brooks. The book was launched in Russia and in the U.S. in late 2006, followed by the sequel, The Serpent's Game, in 2013. His publishers recently announced the upcoming release of two more Jonathan Brooks thrillers, The Pyongyang Option and Letter From Istanbul. Frieden’s work has also appeared in anthologies, including the recent published Down, Out and Dead. He is also launching a new globetrotting thriller series packed with political and espionage intrigue featuring former JAG lawyer Kaden Black.

To bring action and realism to his novels, Frieden has extensively researched the most challenging conflicts of the Cold War, including the Korean War, the U.S. intervention in Chile, the invasion of Panama, CIA counterinsurgencies in Bolivia, and the August Coup in the former Soviet Union, among other conflicts and crises. He’s also researched key events in the changing post‐Cold War era, such as the sinking of the K‐141 Kursk, the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, and the Libyan and Syrian civil wars. His interest in researching on‐site has brought him face‐to‐face with key political figures, diplomats, journalists and former military officials in Cuba, Venezuela, Turkey, Russia, India, and more than sixty‐five other countries. His research also led him to witness the 2009 Honduran coup d'état firsthand, to interview former combatants in Nicaragua, to visit once‐secret underground mountain bunkers in Switzerland and to visit the former Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine. Frieden also went to China and Vietnam to research another novel, and he recently published a photography book capturing his journey through North Korea, including Pyongyang, Kaesong and the Korean Demilitarized Zone. In addition, his non‐fiction works have appeared in numerous legal, technology and international business publications worldwide.

Frieden’s novels are available from crime fiction publisher Down and Out Books and Avendia Publishing.

Infographics about A.C. Frieden’s globetrotting literary research:

Ukraine

Chernobyl, ICBM launch site, Kiev

Chernobyl, ICBM launch site, Kiev

North Korea

Pyongyang, Kaesong and DMZ

Pyongyang, Kaesong and DMZ

Nicaragua

Ortega’s gov’t, a volcano and more

Ortega’s gov’t, a volcano and more

Russia

Moscow: Kremlin, Ostankino, and Monino

Moscow: Kremlin, Ostankino, and Monino

Sweden/Denmark

Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Copenhagen

Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Copenhagen

Bolivia

The Che Guevara trail

The Che Guevara trail

USA (Nevada)

Area 51

Area 51

United Kingdom

London, Bath, Portsmouth and Oxford

London, Bath and Oxford

Italy

Como, Verona, and Venice

Como, Verona, and Venice

France

Normandy, Paris and Loire Valley

Normandy, Paris and Loire Valley

USA (Arizona)

Former ICBM launch site more

Former ICBM launch site more

Chile

Santiago and the Andes

Santiago and the Andes

Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Halong Bay

Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Halong Bay

USA (Louisiana)

New Orleans

New Orleans

India

Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi

Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi

Argentina

Buenos Aires and Bariloche

Buenos Aires and Bariloche

Uruguay

Montevideo, Colonia, and Punta del Este

Montevideo, Colonia, and Punta del Este

Peru

Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu

Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu

France & Monaco

Perpignan, Nice, and Monte Carlo

Perpignan, Nice, and Monte Carlo

Spain & Andorra

Madrid, Barcelona, La Vella, and Seu d’Urgell

Madrid, Barcelona, La Vella, and Seu d’Urgell

Scotland

Edinburgh

Edinburg

Finland and Russia

Helsinki and St. Petersburg

Helsinki and St. Petersburg

Morocco

Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou, and Ouarzazate

Marrakech, Ait Benhaddou, and Ouarzazate

USA (Wisconsin)

Madison, Milwaukee, and Lake Geneva

Madison, Milwaukee, and Lake Geneva

Venezuela

Caracas

Caracas

USA (Florida)

Miami, Everglades and the Keys

Miami, Everglades and the Keys

Cuba

Havana

Havana

Serbia & Romania

Belgrade and Bucharest

Belgrade and Bucharest

Mexico

Mexico City, Taxco, and Acapulco

Mexico City, Taxco, and Acapulco

Panama

Panama City, Colón, and Isla Grande

Panama City, Colón, and Isla Grande