Anthony Hyde, born in Ottawa in 1946, is a notable Canadian author known for his politically charged writing. The son of artist and filmmaker Laurence Hyde, he played a significant role in the Canadian New Left movement during the 1960s, particularly with The Student Union for Peace Action.

Hyde’s debut novel, “The Red Fox” (1985), is a well-received spy thriller set against historical backdrops ranging from 1930s Comintern to modern Russia’s ultra-nationalist movements. His subsequent works include “China Lake” (1992), exploring the intersection of science and the military, and “Formosa Straits” (1995), set in China and Taiwan during the Mao era. He also authored “Double Helix” (1995), a novel centered around a sex-selective contraceptive vaccine.

Besides his thriller novels, Hyde has ventured into non-fiction with “Promises, Promises” (1997), analyzing political promises in Canadian politics, and explored different genres with “A Private House” (2007), a novel about two women’s experiences in Havana.

Hyde’s brother, Christopher Hyde (1949-2014), was also a novelist. Together, they co-wrote “Locksley” (1983), a historical novel about Robin Hood, under the pseudonym Nicholas Chase. Additionally, Hyde contributed to adult literacy with “Picture This” (2007), a part of the Good Reads Series for ABC Literacy Canada.

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  • 1992 First Edition: China Lake, by Anthony Hyde

    China Lake by Anthony Hyde is a gripping thriller that follows the story of a photojournalist, John Wells, who stumbles upon a conspiracy involving the U.S. Navy and a top-secret military base in California’s Mojave Desert. As Wells delves deeper into the mystery, he uncovers a sinister plot involving mind control experiments and a dangerous cult. Along the way, he must confront his own past and the demons that haunt him.

    Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the Vietnam War, China Lake is a fast-paced and suspenseful novel that explores themes of power, corruption, and redemption. With its vivid descriptions of the California desert and its well-drawn characters, the book is a must-read for fans of the thriller genre.