Doug Norton drew on both experience and research to pen the first novel of the Code Word Series, Code Word: Paternity. It's a cautionary tale of an American president, a North Korean dictator, and bin Laden's avengers. The second, Code Word: Pandora, has similar roots.
As a warship captain during the cold war Doug held launch codes for nuclear weapons and was prepared to use them, but he also participated in high-stakes international negotiations to reduce their numbers and the chance of nuclear war. In Geneva, Brussels, London, and Washington he experienced diplomacy and politics in tense meetings, glittering receptions, and deadline-driven all-nighters.
A graduate of the Naval Academy and of the University of Washington, Doug was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and Director of International Studies at the Naval Academy. After serving more than twenty-five years, Captain Norton retired from the navy and was an executive recruiter for fifteen years.
Doug and his wife live in Annapolis, where he volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in search and rescue and Anne Arundel Medical Center in the emergency department. He loves to meet readers and has signed books in bars, hospitals, and hotels as well as book stores, libraries, and book clubs.