Don and Linda Pendleton

Linda Pendleton has written in a variety of genres: nonfiction, novels, comic book scripting, ecourses, screenplays and poetry. She coauthored several books with her late husband, renowned author Don Pendleton, including the popular nonfiction books, To Dance With Angels and Whispers From the Soul.  She has published the Catherine Winter Private Investigator Series; The Unknown; Sound of Silence; Deadly Flare-Up, and the historical novel, Corn Silk Days, Iowa 1862; several inspirational nonfiction books; and has written Introductions to various books on early California history.  She lives in the West and enjoys family genealogy when not writing.

Don Pendleton (1927-1995) served in the Navy in World War II, and the Korean Conflict. Following the war he worked as a railroad telegrapher, CAA/FAA air traffic control specialist, and aerospace engineer.  In the latter career, he worked as a senior engineer for Martin-Marietta's Titan ICBM programs and as an engineering administrator in NASA's Apollo Moonshot program.  He published his first short story in 1957 and his first novel in 1961.  Leaving his aerospace career behind, Don turned to full time writing in 1967, produced a number of mystery, science fiction, futuristic novels, a screenplay, and numerous poems, short stories and essays.

Then, in the year 1968, a time of civil unrest, love and flower power, psychedelic streets of Haight-Ashbury and Berkeley, and the horrors of the Vietnam War,  Mack Bolan, the Executioner, was conceived in the mind of forty-year-old Don Pendleton.  The phenomenal success of the first novel, War Against the Mafia, published in 1969, led to thirty-six sequels.  Dozens of imitators, inspired by Don's success, arose during the early seventies to create a new American literary genre, and the term, action/adventure, coined by Don, soon spread to encompass television and motion picture formats, as well.  The original Executioner novels have been translated in more than thirty languages with in-print figures of more than 200 million copies worldwide.  In 2014, the original Executioner novels were published as ebooks.

Don's later works include a series of six mystery novels based on the exploits of Joe Copp, Private Eye, and another six mystery novels based on the character, Ashton Ford, Psychic Detective.

In 1990, Don turned to nonfiction, and with his wife, Linda Pendleton, wrote To Dance With Angels, a definitive study of life after death and spirit communication.  Don and Linda also co-wrote Whispers From the Soul: The Divine Dance of Consciousness. Don's last novel was Roulette: The Search for the Sunrise Killer, co-written with Linda. 

Following Don’s death, his last two nonfiction books, A Search for Meaning From the Surface of a Small Planet, and The Metaphysics of the Novel: The Inner Workings of a Novel and a Novelist, a book for aspiring writers, were published. 

Don was a long time member of the Authors Guild; Writer's Guild of America, West; Past West Coast Director of Mystery Writers of America; International Platform Association; and a frequent speaker on campus and writers' symposiums.  In 1992, Don received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Diamond Comic Distributors. 

During his nearly forty year writing career, Don published more than one hundred novels, short stories, poetry, essays and nonfiction, although his worldwide recognition came from his Executioner Series of paperback novels.  Some of his early works were published under the pseudonyms, Dan Britain or Stephan Gregory.

Linda has recently published three of Don’s SciFi books, long out of print, and now available in print and ebook formats, including a 3 boxed set collection in Kindle.  The Guns of Terra 10; The Godmakers; and The Olympians. 

 To learn more about Don Pendleton and Linda Pendleton please visit our websites:
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For biographical reference and bibliography on Don Pendleton, see:

Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers, (St. Martin Press); Contemporary Authors (Gale); Queen's Edition, Dictionary of International Biography (Melrose - London, England); Murder Ink (Workman); Who's Who in the Midwest; and the
official Don Pendleton website,
The Don Pendleton Manuscript Collection: Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.

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