Tom Milton

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I’m always in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it gives me things to write about.

I’ve spent most of my life living, working, and traveling in foreign countries. For some reason, wherever I am a war breaks out, or there’s a revolution or a military takeover. People suspect that I have something to do with these events, but I swear I don’t. I just happen to be on the spot, and most of the time I don’t know what’s happening.

I’ve been writing all my life, and ten years ago I found a publisher for my novels. Since then they have published fourteen of my novels: No Way to Peace, The Admiral’s Daughter, All the Flowers, Infamy, A Shower of Roses, Sara's Laughter, The Golden Door, Outside the Gate, Leave of Absence, Invisible Wounds, Orphans of War, The Silver Locket, Eden Valley, and The Godmother, which was published on June 1, 2018. They are suspense novels, and readers tell me they can't put them down.

I write novels not only to entertain but to bring a deeper understanding of how the major events of our time challenge our values. In their pursuit of lofty goals, my protagonists encounter situations that expose their inner conflicts and test their commitments.

My books appeal to educated readers of serious fiction and are popular with reading groups. They all have book discussion guides that include an introduction, a conversation with the author, and questions for discussion.

My first career was in journalism with the Wall Street Journal, after which I served in the army during the Vietnam War. Then I joined a large international bank and worked overseas, initially as an economic and political analyst, applying skills I learned in journalism and the military. My years of living, working, and traveling in foreign countries have given me settings for my novels (Buenos Aires, Madrid, London, Santo Domingo, and other places).


Eden Valley

“In Eden Valley, Tom Milton not only puts a timely and probing spotlight on the criminal excesses of corporate power, which has no regard for the well-being of people or nature, but also introduces the reader to the beauty of a specific bucolic paradise in southeastern Minnesota being threatened by international oil interests that plan on mining the land for its rich frac sands.” Barbara Benjamin, author of The Joshua Priest

"Interesting story around the struggle against corporate greed." Goodreads

The Silver Locket

"In this novel the author introduces the reader to the horrors of a violent gang rape of an innocent young woman and goes on to explore the motivations of the perpetrators and the devastating consequences to the victim." Barbara Benjamin, author of The Joshua Priest

"I loved the book! It had me thinking about when I went to school." Goodreads

"This is a must read for parents with school aged children." Goodreads

Orphans of War

"An excellent book, in-depth, insightful and a great read, written by an exceptional writer." Goodreads

"Such a believable story in this day and age. It's heart-wrenching as I think of myself and what I would do in this situation." Goodreads

"A strong female character." Kindle Reader

Invisible Wounds

"I am a service member who deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, and since coming back, I have been diagnosed with PTSD. This is the best fiction book ever written on the topic." LibraryThing

"As a veteran with PTSD myself, this novel brought a wave of relief across me. FINALLY someone gets it! It is so refreshing having someone write about the struggles of being a veteran. It makes me feel not so alone!" Kindle Reader

"I got this book and couldn't put it down. Well written and brought to light what PTSD really is and how it affects everyone around not just the soldier. I would recommend this book!" Amazon Reader

Leave of Absence

"Once I began I could not stop my page turning. It is so good." Goodreads

"A thoughtful novel with likeable characters, a warm setting, and dramatic tension. You begin to feel for the characters and are enchanted as the story goes on." LiraryThing

"This is a novel that probes some of our most pressing human challenges: overcoming childhood traumas and learning to receive love and love others; dealing effectively with the existence of pure evil in the pursuit of good; and opposing violence without engaging in violence." Barbara Benjamin, author of The Joshua Priest

Outside the Gate

"The author’s intent is to shine a spotlight on the appalling crime of human trafficking that persists in many parts of the world. He succeeds in establishing a sense of impending disaster—a race against the clock—as a horrific kidnapping is seen through a parent’s eyes." ForeWord Reviews

"This book is a shocking glimpse into a world that I feel most of us like to pretend doesn't exist, but is very real, and far more widespread than I ever would have suspected. A must read for anyone with children, a conscience, or a global perspective." LibraryThing

The Golden Door

Finalist for Book of the Year - ForeWord Reviews

"The Golden Door is a good read, and its address of immigration issues is easily applicable to American controversy on the same subject, as well as stereotypes that persist today." ForeWord Reviews

"This book was fantastic. A sad and gripping storyline about a girl struggling to live as other Americans do. Never a dull page, it will keep you interested throughout the whole book. Very compelling and wonderful. I would absolutely read this if I were you!" Goodreads

Sara's Laughter

Finalist for Book of the Year - ForeWord Reviews

“Milton is a talented storyteller who has real sympathy for his characters, and the result is an honest tale about relationships—the vicissitudes, the frustrations, the solace—and the enduring power of familial love.” Foreword Reviews

“I loved this book. It is a great story about a woman struggling to come to terms with infertility and her desire to have children.” Library Thing

“A great read for everyone that loves family, friends and the desire to have a baby.” Goodreads

“An original saga of would-be motherhood.” Midwest Book Review

A Shower of Roses

“Provoking and engaging, and hard to put down.” ForeWord Reviews

“Tom Milton’s masterful storytelling in A Shower of Roses lures readers into a world where a poignant and powerful love story unfolds in the backdrop of an extraordinarily evocative setting.” Wordsmith


Finalist in Next Generation Indie Book Awards for multi-cultural fiction.

“Tom Milton has definitely crafted a gripping thriller.” U.S. Review of Books

All the Flowers

“A story of the growing loss of innocence through the years of the Vietnam War, a fascinating read all the way through.” Midwest Book Review

The Admiral’s Daughter

“This novel has all the elements of a Greek tragedy—a great man who falls from grace, a family drama that pits father against daughter, and retribution for ancestral sin—while at the same time it’s a moving story of love and redemption.” Eileen Lanahan, author of An Act of Love

No Way to Peace

“The setting is superb. The characters are clearly defined. This book makes an excellent book club choice. We rated it five hearts.” Heartland Reviews

Selected Works

A woman and her husband search for her missing goddaughter who has run away to find her birth mother.
A woman becomes the target of terrorism because she opposes sand mining in her valley.
The victim of a gang rape and one of its perpetrators try to deal with its terrible consequences.
An orphan of its civil war returns to Guatemala on a risky mission to find out what happened to her mother.
A young woman tries to help her fiancé recover from the war in Afghanistan.
A man escaping from his troubled life encounters the brutal reality beneath the surface of a tropical paradise.
A woman confronts a parent’s worst nightmare when her daughter is kidnapped by human traffickers.
The future of a young Latina is threatened by an anti-immigrant law in Alabama.
A woman in her mid-thirties deals with learning she is unable to have a baby.
A young nurse is drawn by love into a political intrigue of the Cold War.
Security agents try to stop a terrorist attack on an unknown target in New York.
A love story about two young musicians caught up in events of the Vietnam War.
A young woman opposes her father, a white supremicist, over civil rights in Mississippi.
A story about the courage of five women during Argentina’s war of terror in the 1970s.

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