The author, Mark Thomas McDonough, is an administrative law attorney for the federal government, who enjoys writing in his spare time. He twice served in the U.S. Army. During 1968-71, he served as an enlisted soldier, where he successfully completed Army (Combat) Engineer training at Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri, before attending the Army’s Airborne Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He takes great satisfaction in having graduated as “Airborne” on June 6, 1969, the 25th anniversary of D-Day. He also likes to mention, as trivia, that his Airborne Class was the last class to leap into the void from the Flying Boxcars (C-119s). Subsequently, he attended and completed Parachute Rigger training at Ft. Lee, Virginia, before the Army assigned him to Delta Company, 91st (Combat) Engineers, at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
In 1970, the author volunteered for Vietnam, where he was assigned to and performed parachute rigger duties for the 131st Aviation (Mohawk) Surveillance Company, while also volunteering for and spending a total of two months performing base perimeter guard duties on the bunker line at Phu Bai. Upon his return stateside, the Army assigned him to the Parachute Rigger School at Ft. Lee, where he performed instructor duties and other tasks assigned to him, including assisting in establishing the first NCO academy at Ft. Lee, Virginia. From 1969 through 1971, the author had a total of fifteen military and eight civilian parachute jumps, jumping from C-119s, C-130s, and helicopters. He openly admits to having loved every one of them.
The author attended and graduated from CCNY, in 1977, and after completing law school, he returned to military life as a Captain and criminal trial lawyer in the U.S. Army Jag Corp. From 1981-85, the author spent four years trying criminal cases, becoming one of the most experienced and successful prosecutors and defense counsel in the Corp. In sum, he tried well over one hundred of the most serious and complex criminal trials. At one point, as a prosecutor, he tried six fully contested courts-martial in less than thirty days winning all of them. Inasmuch as he won one hundred percent of all the cases he prosecuted, his peers were wont to nickname him the “The Hitman.” In the middle of his four year tour, he volunteered to be a defense counsel, becoming one of the most successful defense counsel in the Corp; his successes included literally shutting down almost all prosecutions within, what was then, the largest combat brigade in the Free World, earning him a phone call and an order to explain himself in person at Division Headquarters. Rather than intimidating the author, the reprimand only served to further embolden the author to new heights of creative defense mischievousness.
After leaving active duty, during 1985-88, the author was an International Law and Claims attorney in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he researched, wrote and conducted law of war problems embedded within major Army Reserve training exercises. However, after ten plus years of military life, the author decided to resign his commission for the sole purpose of spending more time with his family.
The author’s first novel, Pink Cotton Candy Is Sometimes Green, was published in 2000, and its sequel, The Cobalt Blue White Light, was published in 2006. Roper 3001 is the author’s third full-length novel.