Local author uses pen name of Tom Upadin

by: STAFF PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Tom Riddle holds a copy of his novel Men of Thorns. He writes under the pen name of Thomas Upadin.Lake Oswego resident Tom Riddle has self-published “Men of Thorns,” his first novel. Riddle writes under the pen name of Tom Upadin.

The novel takes place in Saudi Arabia where an innocent American businessman discovers a secret that a powerful Saudi leader and a corrupt American politician want kept hidden. They condemn him to a brutal death and friends have three days to save his life. They have to break him out of jail, hide him and then try to smuggle him out of the country.

“Their plans collapse and the hodgepodge group of friends become the hunted and are in a race for their lives,” said Riddle. “A massive manhunt is launched and the two corrupt politicians convince the Saudi government the condemned man and those helping him must be silenced forever. Time is running out and the band of friends has one last desperate option for escape. They know they could all die, and worse, they might have to decide which one of them dies for any of them to survive. What follows is a thrilling escape that reveals the dark side of men, courage, the treachery of an American politician and the insurmountable strength of friendship.”

Riddle spent several years working in Saudi Arabia supporting military and government projects.

He discovered his true passion is writing and makes time in the early mornings or late evenings to write.

“It’s like my characters wrote the book,” he said. “It’s sometimes an odd sensation ... even though I am writing it, the characters seem very alive to me.”

He is currently writing a sequel to “Men of Thorns.”

“Men of Thorns” is available as an ebook as well as a paperback book at and other retailers.

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