books by fredrick cooper

adventure thrillers

Enthralling stories alive with adventure and suspense set in the vivid worlds of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Fredrick Cooper is an award-winning author, environmental engineer, a native of the Pacific Northwest and a member of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe. In addition to being a writer, he spends his spare time on his boat cruising in Alaska and British Columbia or in his workshop where he expresses his creativity through traditional Native American woodcarving. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and Oregon Authors and is currently working on his next book. His debut novel, Riders of the Tides, was recognized with: a 2013 IPPY award for Best Regional Fiction: West-Pacific Region; a 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award finalist in the new fiction category; and Honorable Mention in the 2014 Hollywood Book Awards General Fiction category.

Destruction Island Cover
Riders of the Tides


The Grotto

Brooklyn never knew her father. But when Vince James, a down-on-his-luck, Tlingit Indian shows up and pleads for Brooklyn’s mother to help him, her mother unwittingly agrees to go with him and then disappears. Brooklyn, with a strange group of friends that include Tony, a Tlingit boy she once loathed, an Alaskan sourdough named Luther Calhoun, and Bingo Bob, who is considered the town drunk, sets out to find and rescue her from a person bent on vengeance.

“Set against the backdrop of the Alaskan wilderness, Fredrick Cooper’s latest novel is at its heart a coming-of-age story. The Grotto showcases the importance of friends and family in times of need, who, even in the most desperate of circumstances never leave your side. The narrative is well-paced, and the plot is filled with thrilling moments of suspense and intrigue. Brooklyn’s relationship with the inhabitants of the tiny Alaskan town of Chatham, and the way they develop throughout the story make for a thoroughly engaging reading experience. The characters are lively, with distinct personalities that make them all the more compelling.”
~ Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite


Glacier World

Earl Armstrong is just an ordinary guy, who works as a forester for a Pacific Northwest Indian tribe. Only Earl has a knack for finding trouble and dead bodies. When Earl learns that one of his shipments of lumber to Japan is missing and part of it was used by a Native American woodcarver in an Alaskan village, he is drawn to a superstitious community and becomes entangled in a web of intrigue involving a soon to open, Alaskan theme park. The park is Glacier World, where tourists can experience all that Alaska and the Arctic have to offer in one location — a real life, Jurassic World filled with Alaskan predators. When Earl Armstrong and his friends discover that Glacier World may be connected with things other than entertaining tourists and could be responsible for several suspicious deaths, they decide to obtain proof. Getting into the park should be easy, but to get out they must evade more than one Glacier World killer, one desperate and some just hungry.

“Fred Cooper has done it again! This is a great adventure story with a complicated plot going directions that I didn’t even know were possible. Definitely a page-turner. I read this one at medium speed, not too fast so I could enjoy Fred’s craft of story development and character building, and not too slow, because I had to know what was going to happen next. Kudos to Fred! Can’t wait for the next book!” – Connie


Destruction Island

When Earl Armstrong assists a group of volunteers surveying tsunami debris that is threatening the pristine Northwest coast, he discovers a body mysteriously linked to a remote island where his great-grandfather once served as a lighthouse keeper. It is an island with a tragic history and holding a secret presumably known only to his great-grandfather and himself. Then Earl discovers there is someone searching for this hoard of Indian artifacts that includes a priceless, golden sun mask–a ruthless collector who will stop at nothing short of murder and kidnapping to possess it.

“An exhilarating thriller that will have readers demanding another sequel.” Kirkus Reviews


Riders of the Tides

Set in the Pacific Northwest, it is an award-winning historical fiction novel about pioneer and lumberman Ben Armstrong, one of 44 men who petitioned the U.S. Congress to form the Washington Territory. Armstrong was murdered under mysterious circumstances and, due to a lack of evidence, the case was never solved. Then 150 years later, some of his personal belongings find their way to one of his descendants, Earl Armstrong, a tribal forester. The inherited items induce dreams that provide Earl with an exhilarating journey into the past and clues to solving the mystery. During his pursuit of the truth, trouble stalks Earl at every turn as he becomes the target of someone linked to the death of his ancestor

“In this book the author has woven three stories together in such a way that I was completely drawn in. I resisted reading it too fast so I could absorb the beautiful pictures being drawn in my mind with the wonderful descriptions. Cleverly moving from one story to the next I was completely impressed with the author’s ability to build tension and keep me on the edge of my seat which created a fun tension as I was trying to read slowly to enjoy the writing.” Amazon Review

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Norika Edo paced back and forth next to one of the huge picture windows of her apartment that offered a panoramic view of the Roppongi District of Tokyo. She spoke loudly into a satellite phone and then tossed it onto a couch as she stopped pacing and stared for a long time at the carefully manicured gardens five floors below her. The fifth floor of the Izumi Villa Tower was entirely leased by the Edosan Corporation, an international import company dealing principally in precious stones and gold.

Norika was making very little progress in resolving a problem that had consumed her every waking moment of the last four months—from the day that the island of Honshu had experienced a major earthquake. The fact that nearly 20,000 people had died, 400,000 people had been left homeless, and a nuclear power plant had leaked radioactivity and caused a meltdown did not bother her. Her concern was for a very small, unmanned watercraft—an escape pod that had been lashed to the aft deck of a freighter that just happened to be anchored in the Miyako Harbor at the time of the quake.


“Even if the heavens were to fall on me, I want to do what is right…I never do wrong without a cause.” Geronimo Chiricahua Apache

John Hopkins Glacier

“We who are clay-blended by the Master Potter come from the kiln of Creation in many hues.

How can people say one skin is colored, when each has its own colorization?

Sunrise on the Water

This Memorial Day I have someone special to remember–the grandfather I never met. In fact, I had never known much of anything about Fred Harmon Cooper, the person after whom I am named.