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Andy Marino

Biography

Andy Marino

Andy Marino was born and raised in upstate New York. He spent his childhood orchestrating Lego pirate battles, drawing detailed maps of imaginary video games, and cheating death in Choose Your Own Adventure books. Profoundly influenced by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and the movie Bloodsport, he started writing his first novel at the age of eleven. Tragically, THE RUNES OF ILLIARM was never completed.
 
In sixth grade, he won a spelling bee and qualified for regionals --- one step away from the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC. Thoughts of ESPN cameras and fawning groupies clouded his mind, and he misspelled the word malediction.
 
During his teen years, Andy designed sets for school plays and became an expert stockpiler of unfinished art projects. After graduating from NYU with a bachelor’s degree in English, he played guitar in the bands Sayonara and SleepCrime, and got serious about writing fiction.
 
The insidious tractor beam of online social networks became the inspiration for UNISON SPARK, a novel about two teens with a secret past fighting the manipulative, all-consuming social network of the future. A strange and possibly morbid childhood fascination with Civil War photographs planted the seeds for UNCRASHABLE DAKOTA, which concerns the discovery of flight, a long-simmering family feud, and the fate of the world’s most magnificent airship – not to mention a very odd species of beetle.

Andy Marino

Books by Andy Marino

by Andy Marino - Adventure, Fiction, Humor, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

After winning a contest, William becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. Now he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip. For William, an adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before graduation. But Autonomous is more than just a car without a steering wheel. It's capable of downloading all of the passengers' digital history. The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well-kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own. Think you know Autonomous? The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you?

by Andy Marino - Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Science Fiction, Technology, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

In 1862, infantryman Samuel Dakota changed history when he found the biochemical secret of flight.  Now the Dakota flagship embarks on its maiden flight. But the airship is hijacked. Hollis, the heir of the Dakota empire, is plunged into the midst of a family feud. Maybe Samuel’s final secret wasn’t just the tinkering of a madman after all...