Bridge of the Paper Tiger

Bridge of the Paper Tiger by [Chaplick, John]THE BOOK: Bridge of the Paper Tiger


THE AUTHOR: John Chaplick

THE EDITOR: Paula Stahel

THE PUBLISHER: Cricket Cottage Publishing

SUMMARY: In an unlikely partnership, a meek, mild-mannered accountant teams up with a tough, maverick FBI agent in an effort to thwart a terrorist plot to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge. The book takes the reader through the workings of the FBI, Al Qaeda, and the notorious Salvadoran street gang, Mara Salvatrucha. Behind the plot the reader finds a secret coalition of Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. In the news recently Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the U.S. decision to aggressively oppose the widespread activities of “MS-13,” which is actually the same Mara Salvatrucha I highlighted in my book. Additionally, the hostile actions of Kim Jong Un of North Korea were also predicted three years ago in Bridge of the Paper Tiger.

John ChaplickTHE BACK STORY: I wanted to engage the readers in a very unique plot involving an equally fascinating alliance between an accountant and a rogue FBI agent, two character types so diverse that they challenge the customary character paradigms. Every aspect of the research was almost overwhelming except for the material featuring the accountant…a bit easier because I am a CPA and have experience in forensic and investigative accounting and fraud.

WHY THIS TITLE: The bridge, of course refers to the famous Golden Gate Bridge, an American icon of the kind which is important enough to make its prospective destruction an attention-getter from a reader’s perspective. The term “paper tiger” is a derogatory expression used by enemies of the United States to refer to the U.S. as a once-formidable force which has now lost its power (i.e. made of paper) and is vulnerable to attack by any organized external aggressor.

WHY READ IT: Any reader who enjoys being transported to a strange place by a fascination and unique plot would enjoy a frightening story which has a high likelihood of becoming a reality someday…i.e. the North Korean element and the MS-13 element just became realities a few weeks ago, two full years AFTER my book was published!

REVIEW COMMENTS: I believe there are one or two on the amazon review, but the main ones have been expressed just a week or two ago when Jeff Sessions and MS-13 hit the Fox news channel on TV. One of my readers exclaimed “Holy Christ, is your damned story a blueprint for a Golden Gate Bridge fiasco next?”

AUTHOR PROFILE: My bio is spelled out on/in all three books. However, an unrevealed part of my bio relevant to this book is my extensive experience travelling the Golden Gate Bridge and studying its engineering strengths and weaknesses from a forensic perspective.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: Two elements make this book a must-read: 1. The story is fascinating and crosses several genres; 2. The likelihood of the story becoming fact, given the determination of our enemies, is extremely high, (witness the MS-13  and North Korea facts) which raises the bar on the suspense and realism built into it.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: Unfortunately, my computer expertise is insufficient to permit me to transmit, but the summary is available in two places: 1. Amazon; 2. my website @ The book is available for purchase on amazon and on amazon via my website.

LOCAL OUTLETS: Readers can purchase the book (all three of my books) from Barnes & Noble upon request, although B&N does not stock them. Of course, all three books can be purchased through my website.

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: From above or, if the reader prefers, directly from me as long as the reader sends a check for $12.00 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling. I’ll endorse the book ordered in this manner if the buyer so chooses.

PRICE: Listed @ $12.00 plus shipping and handling, which varies through amazon.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: I think my website discloses my contact address, but in case it doesn’t the reader can always contact me via my email address @

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

One thought on “Bridge of the Paper Tiger”

  1. This sounds interesting. I have recently gotten back into reading spy type novels and enjoying them. I will have to check this one out. Good luck with the book.


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