Interview on “Sand and Fire”

I shared a few thoughts about my new novel, Sand and Fire, with The Reading Frenzy blog. Click here to read the interview.

The Mullah’s Storm producers team with nonprofit

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.

Citizen Soldiers? I Don’t Think So

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.

Look for The Mullah’s Storm on the big screen!

DAVID SARDI TO DIRECT THE MILITARY ACTION-ADVENTURE FEATURE MOTION PICTURE “THE MULLAH’S STORM”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 29, 2014 – Herald Square Entertainment, LLC today announced that David Sardi will make his feature motion picture directing debut with the military action-adventure “The Mullah’s Storm.”
Based on the novel by thriller writer Tom Young, “The Mullah’s Storm” features U.S. Air Force Major Michael Parson who, after surviving the crash of his transport plane and losing his entire crew, finds himself in the middle of an Afghan blizzard with only Sgt. Sophia Gold and her “high value” detainee, fighting for survival against a treacherous Taliban radical. The story, winner of the Gold Medal Award from the Military Writers Society of America, is a fast-paced, epic tale of endurance, commitment and the close bonds forged in combat by our men and, now, women warfighters. Those bonds get complicated when men and women fight side by side. Published by GP Putnam & Sons, the novel is the first of four detailing the exploits of Parson and Gold.
David  Sardi  is  a  major  motion  picture  first  assistant  director  with  over  thirty  years   of  experience  spanning  a  vast  body  of  work. He  has  guided  the  productions  of  many  top   Hollywood  movies  including  such  popular films  as “GI Joe: Retaliation,” “Identity Thief,” “Safe House,” and “Fast Five.” During  his  long  and  varied  career,  he  has run the productions for some  of  America’s  most  respected  directors  including   Oliver  Stone,  Sidney  Lumet  and  Nora  Ephron.  His  more  recent  credits  include “The  Town”  starring  and  directed  by  Ben   Affleck, “Fast Five” with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker and  the  current  actioner,  “Need  for  Speed” starring “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul. Sardi was the winner of the Director Guild of America Assistant Director Award for his work on the Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning feature “Born on the Fourth of July.”
“The Mullah’s Storm” will be shot digitally in the 4K format, capturing the highest possible visual resolution. Principal photography of the film is scheduled to begin in December 2014 in New Mexico. The movie will have its theatrical release in 2015.
Casting for the lead roles of Maj. Michael Parson and Sgt. Sophia Gold is now being conducted by Hollywood casting director Jennifer Ricchiazzi, CSA, of LaLa Casting, Los Angeles, California.   With a broad background in big budget productions to small budget independents to TV pilots,  Jennifer has worked on some of the biggest and most critically acclaimed movies with some of the most talented casting directors in the business including David Rubin (“The Talented Mr Ripley”), Deborah Aquila (“The Illusionist” and “Underworld”) and Billy Hopkins and Kerry Barden (“Deja Vu”).
The filmmakers have dedicated the film to our service men and women who have volunteered their time, blood and lives so the rest of us can live in peace and security here at home.
About Herald Square Entertainment, LLC
 
Herald Square Entertainment, LLC is a film development and production company dedicated to bringing riveting stories to the screen. HSE engages creative talent, gives them the tools to work with and gets out of their way. Herald Square Entertainment, LLC’s affiliate Tontine Films most recently produced the creepy sci-fi drama “Sleeping and Waking,” that had a U.S. theatrical art house run, was a Netflix selection and is now available on demand on Google Movies.
For More Information: Media Relations, Herald Square Entertainment, LLC; phone 301-785-4319; e-mail:producer@themullahsstorm.com.

 

Gaithersburg Book Festival

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.

Sand and Fire

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.Young_SAND_jacket3 thumb

Happy New Year!

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.”

Karjackistan!

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.
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Dereliction of Duty

Congress has passed a measure to pay active-duty military personnel during the government shutdown. So, lawmakers have solved the military part of the problem, right?

Wrong.

Thousands of full-time members of the Guard and Reserve serve most of the time in a civilian status. They’re called Civilian Technicians or Air Reserve Technicians. They perform vital functions for our nation’s defense every day, and on drill weekends or when called to active duty, they serve in a military status.

And they’ve received furlough notices while Congress keeps getting paid.

Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity

Had a great time at the recent Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity literary conference in Baltimore. Speakers included John Gilstrap and Jefferey Deaver, who gave informative and entertaining talks.

I had an opportunity to take part in two panels. The first panel addressed violence in genre literature. I asserted that an author can use detailed violence in quality fiction as long as the author also shows the cost of that violence–the grief, the impact on families, and even the impact on the person committing the violence. To provide an example, I read passages from a thriller that has stood the test of time, THE ILIAD, by Homer. Some of Homer’s lines are pretty darned graphic.