His historical novels and thrillers have made bestseller lists and his Ethan Gage series, set during the Napoleonic wars, have sold in 28 languages. He has also written novels set in the Roman Empire, Antarctica, and Australia. His non-fiction works are natural history and environmental history of the Pacific Northwest.
He worked for several Pacific Northwest newspapers and Gannett News Service.
He reported extensively on science and the environment. His first book, The Final Forest, depicted the old growth and spotted owl battle in Forks, Washington.
He wrote a book on the Columbia River, Northwest Passage, a book on Northwest plants and animals, Natural Grace, and did the text for a pictorial book by photographer Art Wolfe, On Puget Sound. His first novel, the World World War II adventure Ice Reich, grew out of his reporting in Antarctica.
This was followed by Getting Back, an eco-fable set in Australia, Dark Winter, a thriller at the South Pole, and Hadrian"s Wall and The Scourge of God, set during the Roman empire.
Most recent are the Ethan Gage series of novels: Napoleon"s Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, The Barbary Pirates, and The Emerald Storm. Since 2006 he has been a professor of environmental journalism and writing at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, where he advises Planet magazine. He has two grown daughters.