Saturday, November 27, 2021

College Professor Publishes Third Novel Set in South Florida

Submitted Photo | “Jetport TNT” Front Cover.

Arizona State University Professor Craig Mertler has released his third novel, titled “Jetport TNT.” With 25 years of experience as a professor of education and as an author of academic textbooks, Craig decided to venture into the world of fiction writing in 2018. All three of his novels fall under the genre of suspense, crime fiction. His first novel, “Tequesta University,” was published in 2018, and his second, “The Last Page,” was published in 2019. All three of his novels are set in South Florida. 

Jetport TNT” follows the story of retired Police Detective Luis Tanner as he inadvertently discovers and struggles to end a decade-long crime organization. When retired detective Luis Tanner receives a call from a former colleague—with whom he had a torrid relationship—pleading for his help, he is extremely hesitant to offer his services. However, Everglades City Police Chief Brenda Walker convinces him that he is the only person who can break up a years-long illegal dogfighting operation in the Ten Thousand Islands off of Chokoloskee Bay. As Luis gains access to the organization, he begins to discover that the crimes and corruption run much deeper than just the dogs. Is it possible that the same organization is responsible for drug trafficking, money laundering, and—worst of all—sex trafficking of minors from a foreign country into the U.S.? And how is it all connected to a mysterious, seemingly abandoned airport in the middle of the Everglades? As Luis infiltrates the organization to its core, he is appalled and sickened by what he witnesses and he knows it may end his life, but he vows that he must put an end to the atrocious crimes associated with Jetport TNT.


Below are a couple of quotes from early reviews of “Jetport TNT” 

  • I’m always looking for a novel that intrigues me and teaches me something at the same time. The ability of a writer to do those things is a sign of a great storyteller! 
  • When looking for a good read, I always like to find ones that I cannot put down. “Jetport TNT” was definitely a page-turner for me. Mertler’s character development and plot twists enabled me to become invested in the well-being of the characters and the plot as they were unfolding within the novel. 

All of Mertler’s novels—including “Jetport TNT”—are available for purchase on, in both paperback and Kindle formats. 


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