With Will Thomas, the Virginia student who founded Operation Hawkeye, an effort that honors fallen special operations warriors and their families. Will and his dad very kindly invited me to join them yesterday at their booth at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, DC. Operation Hawkeye is a marvelous cause; please consider giving Will’s organization your support.
Took the Ice Bucket Challenge to help raise funds for the ALS Association. Click here to watch.
I’m very pleased to pass along an announcement from the producers of the film version of my novel The Mullah’s Storm. They’ve partnered with a nonprofit organization to promote awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder. Click here for more details.
Reports say the FBI is now investigating the anti-government gunmen who have rushed to the aid of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Among other actions, these geniuses have set up checkpoints in the area. According to Nevada congressman Steven Horsford, armed men are stopping drivers and demanding proof of residency—in support of the rancher who won’t pay for grazing cattle on land he doesn’t own and who says African-Americans might be better off enslaved.
You’re invited to join me on Saturday, May 17 for the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I’ll be speaking on the topic of military thrillers with fellow thriller writer Rick Campbell, author of The Trident Deception. He and I will be at the Dashiell Hamett Pavilion at 3:15 p.m. For more info on other speakers and activities at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, please click here.
My new novel, Sand and Fire, comes to bookstores in July. But it’s available for pre-order now! Click here for links to order.
A thought for the New Year, from T.S. Eliot:
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
Welcome to Karjackistan! A driver backs away (around obstacles) to escape a mock ambush. This came as part of a Protective/Evasive Driving course that I took for background research. Vehicle Dynamics Institute teaches a great set of courses for security professionals. Note the splatters from paintball bullets.