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Find out how to reach us. why? And what the hell is a GALCO? These are only a few of the questions Carson Nowak needs answers to.

CARSON NOWAK is a CIA contractor like none you’ve ever met before. Carson is tasked with retrieving a trunk full of documents. The order comes not from the Agency or even the President, but a higher authority; his nana. In addition to the documents the trunk also contains a war relic tied to a mysterious death just before D-Day. Tracing the provenance of this relic triggers a chain of events that not only unlocks Carson’s family history but garners the interest of a South American hit squad. Carson must navigate the challenges of protecting his family, maintaining his business, ensuring the safety of a young refugee developing a revolutionary weapons system, and deal with an infuriating curmudgeon. Along the way he falls in love. To navigate these challenges, he enlists the help of a pencil-thin code breaker, a claustrophobic corpsman and a Haitian nurse.

PARABELLUM, the novel, is spy/mystery/thriller novel set in Upstate NY, with flashbacks to both World War I and World War II.

PARABELLUM, the word, is a Latin term which loosely translates to “When you live in peace, Prepare for war”.

The writing style is a mash-up of C.J. Box meets Daniel Silva, meets John le Carre.

Meet the main characters

In PARABELLUM, you'll meet two main characters along with a whole host of other friends and foes. Pick up your copy to learn more about:

Carson Nowak

a CIA contractor who will do anything to protect his family


Carson's feisty 100 year-old grandma with a mysterious past

Secondary Characters

meet a code breaker, corpsman, Haitian nurse and many more

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Trace a mystery through two world wars-nothing is ever what it seems

Are you searching for the next obsessive page-turner of the summer? Jack Nanuq's new mystery spy thriller should be on your radar. An old trunk containing historical documents and relics leads our main character into family secrets spanning generations-and those that want to keep it hidden.

"PARABELLUM: When You Live in Peace, Prepare For War" is the first in a series of spy novels featuring Carson Nowak and his grandmother, Nana. Follow the unwinding secrets and clues that put danger at every turn. It's a fast-paced thriller you'll never want to end.

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One thing that I love about reading a book by a local author who writes a story that relates to things and places in your area is the feeling that you get. You really get a sense of really being there !! And in Parabellum : When you live in Peace, prepare for War author Jack Nanuq takes the reader through the sights and sounds of Albany, New York and the surrounding areas.

Not only did I enjoy reading and knowing the area Nanuq was writing about, I was instantly drawn into the lives of Carson and his great-grandmother, Nana. I loved the way Nanuq would write about Carson and Nana in one chapter and then whisk the reader back in time to when Nana was young in the next chapter. The reader cannot help but fall in love with Nana and appreciate the hard times that she went through and what she had to do to survive. And then to turn the page and read about Carson and everything that he is learning about Nana and seeing that he will do whatever it takes to protect Nana and everyone close to him.

There are a few different stories being told in Parabellum and one cannot help but be drawn into them all. You cannot help but feel like you are sitting right there with all involved and holding your breath quite a few times throughout it. You may even find yourself shedding a tear or two......

When I get to the end of the book and it says to turn the page and read a portion of the next book in the series, I usually don't do it. I don't want to be teased, I feel that I am strong and can wait until the book is published. HOWEVER that was NOT the case with this story.... I wanted more so I read the few pages that Nanuq teased the reader with. And boy I cannot wait for more of Carson and Liza......I know it will be a page turner !!!


The author and I have attended the same writers' group for several years. I've been listening to his novel a chapter at a time for quite a while. This novel is told in simultaneous chapters with settings nearly a hundred years a part.

Carson's great grandmother was a POW on the Isle of Man during World War I. Then we find out who and why Carson is protecting for one of his jobs in the Albany, NY area in the winter and spring of 2000. Though spy novels and thrillers are not usually my go-to genres, I finished reading this in less than two days. I really enjoyed it.

The protagonists are characters I wanted to know more about. The antagonists are vile-as they should be. I recommend it to readers who like spy novels, historical fiction, novels set in the Capital District, readers who like entertaining novels. I further look forward to more novels in this universe.


PARABELLUM: When you live in Peace, prepare for War by Jack Nanuq is a mystery, thriller and a spy adventure among other things. Jack Nanuq does a wonderful job of weaving several stories together. Jack Nanuq draws you into each story and keeps you interested. It is well written. This will not be the last book that I read by Jack Nanuq especially as I can not wait for the adventures to continue.

I received a copy thru an author Giveaway. This review is my honest and freely given as I enjoyed the book.


An impressive debut novel! The author masterfully weaves together two stories from different time periods. He also blends different genres, so there's something for everyone-historical fiction, mystery, romance, and spy thriller. I appreciated how his female characters were strong, tough, and good with guns. The story comes together in a suspenseful, satisfying conclusion with (as it seems) a possible sequel in the works.


An exciting thriller! Although the story is fiction, it is told in a very believable way and makes you think about all the underground intelligence that takes place everyday for which the general public is unaware. Colorful characters draw you in, especially Nana. It's a page turner that keeps you looking to find out what will happen next. A great read!


A compelling thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat and the pages turning. Suspenseful... left you wanting more. I cannot wait to read another novel by this new author.


I enjoyed it too. It seems unique that Nana and Carson share time as lead protagonists in separate eras. From a young mother being held on the Isle of Mann, to Carson, her favorite relative, there is always something happening.