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Available NOW–TALISMAN, A Shadow Warriors Short Story

Posted By on March 19, 2014

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Available now. . .TALISMAN, a new Shadow Warriors short story.

“We are going to find the people who did this to our country. And we are going to see them burn.”

With America still reeling from the largest terrorist attacks to strike the homeland since 9/11, a Clandestine Service strike team is dispatched to the Mediterranean to target the man responsible for financing the plot—Saudi Prince Yusuf ibn Talib al-Harbi. Codename: TALISMAN.

For CIA paramilitary operations officer Jack “Tex” Richards, his orders couldn’t have been more straightforward: by the time the sun rises once more over Monaco, TALISMAN will be dead. The plan is simple enough.

But as darkness falls, as the mission starts to fall apart, as the life of an American college student becomes inextricably linked with that of the prince, one truth is self-evident: there is no such thing as a clean kill. . .

Lone Survivor: A Review

Posted By on January 10, 2014

I saw Lone Survivor last night, and it is, in my opinion, a great film and an incredible tribute to the men who died that day.

While I won’t get into spoilers, suffice it to say that it is a heart-wrenching movie from start to finish, driven home at the end by a montage of family pictures and video of the fallen. The brutal reality that this. . .was real.

In speaking of reality, it is important to note that Lone Survivor is not a documentary but a dramatization of the events of that day–and anyone who has read Luttrell’s book(upon which the film was based) will quickly recognize the deviations. Having seen it, however, I don’t feel that the artistic license taken detracts from the bravery and sincerity of the portrayal.  Director Peter Berg and his cast truly did a tremendous job of bringing this story to the screen.

I do highly recommend reading the true story of Operation Red Wings before you go–it will deepen your appreciation for what you see and fill in gaps left by the film’s narrative.

It is important, in conclusion, not to view this film as entertainment. This isn’t another action movie, but a tribute to men who lived–and died–as brothers.

And as Lone Survivor opens across the country today, my thoughts and prayers go out to the families and comrades of the fallen as they contend with the memories this film brings once again to the fore. May God bless you all for what you have sacrificed.

Special CYBER MONDAY Deals!

Posted By on December 2, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: As a special ‪#‎CyberMonday‬ deal, I’m offering a 25% discount on the SIGNED copies of both Day of Reckoning and Pandora’s Grave purchased through my website, great Christmas gifts for the thriller fan on your list.

From now through tomorrow night. . .get them while supplies last. Please note: the signed paperbacks of Day of Reckoning will NOT be discounted again before Christmas. This is a one-day deal.

Also tomorrow, the Kindle edition of Pandora’s Grave is discounted to only $0.99. If you’re giving a Kindle this Christmas, load it up tomorrow with the three volumes of the Shadow Warriors series: NIGHTSHADE, Pandora’s Grave, and Day of Reckoning, all for under $6!

And the Books for Heroes Event is a Wrap!

Posted By on September 16, 2013

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And the Books for Heroes event is now officially over, with a total of $225 raised from sales of Day of Reckoning since the event launched on the 8th of September.

In addition, I will be donating $100 to the Foundation–and my fellow thriller novelists Steve Konkoly and R.E. McDermott have generously joined the effort with matching donations.

All told, it’s been a great week–my thanks to everyone who participated and helped spread the word!

 

Two 9/11s

Posted By on September 11, 2013

I remember the first as if it were yesterday, walking out into the crisp perfection of that September morning, finding myself angry at the very beauty of it.

An eleven-year-old kid, furious that the heavens themselves did not weep for the lives lost that day. Asking as so many did, “Why?”

And I remember last year, penning a blog post in remembrance of that very day. . .when the reports began to come across the wires. We’d been attacked again–this time on the sovereign ground of a United States consulate. An ambassador murdered, for the first time in decades. Navy SEALs killed defending him–men who weren’t even supposed to be there. But they’d done what Americans have always done through the years. . .they’d run toward the sound of the guns. And gone down fighting.

But this time–the world didn’t stop turning. And as I sit here today, a year later, a mention of Benghazi–of Glen Doherty, of Tyrone Woods, of Christopher Stevens, brings little but a blank look to the faces of most Americans.

And again, I find myself asking, “Why?” and with no less anger than I did on that first September morning. Because this time there was no response–no vengeance to be had. The American giant was not even roused from slumber, let alone awoken.

But never forget this. . .so long as you live. There were two 9/11s. And one remains unpaid.

Pandora’s Grave on SALE–99 Cents!

Posted By on September 6, 2013

 

From now through Sunday, in celebration of the release of Day of Reckoning,  the Kindle edition of Pandora’s Grave–the first novel of the Shadow Warriors series–will be made available at the bargain price of 99 cents! An action-packed thriller that for seven months held position as Amazon’s #1 Top-Rated spy story, Pandora’s Grave hasn’t been offered at a price this low since January of 2011. Get a copy now. . .and tell your friends!

As part of this promotion, Pandora’s Grave is being featured on Kindle Books & Tips. For bargain reads, head on over. http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/

Day of Reckoning Order(Signed Edition)

Posted By on August 27, 2013

The book is out & the signed edition of Day of Reckoning is available for order!

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To order a copy of the print edition, personally signed by the author, please click the “Buy Now” button below left:
(Copies will be inscribed to the buyer unless otherwise specified)




Books For Heroes Event Update

Posted By on July 29, 2013

In March, I made the announcement that I would be running a fundraising event for George Scott and the Books for Heroes Foundation surrounding the upcoming release of my third novel, Day of Reckoning—the second full-length novel of the Shadow Warriors series.

The months since that post have been filled with work, finishing up the book and editing it–preparing for it for release, which will take place on August 30th, as announced Saturday in this video trailer.

The fundraising event for Books for Heroes will begin at dawn September 8th and run through the morning of the 15th. During that week, $1 from every e-book of Day of Reckoning (and $2 from every paperback) sold will go to the Books for Heroes Foundation, raising money to send books overseas to our military, and those in VA hospitals stateside. It is my goal to raise a minimum of $1,000 for the foundation–and to that end I am pulling together a network of other authors, bloggers, etc. to help make this event go viral.

If you would be willing to help our veterans and publicize this event(by posting on your website, Facebook, Twitter, simply sharing a graphic or e-mailing your friends), please contact me at stephen@stephenwrites.com.

For more information on the Books for Heroes Foundation, please read my original post here:  Upcoming Partnership.

Signed Copies of Pandora’s Grave–25% Off!

Posted By on July 9, 2013

As we move toward the release of Day of Reckoning later this summer, signed copies of the first Shadow Warriors novel, Pandora’s Grave, will be available at 25% off for the month of July. Grab your copy today!

A Stand on the Green

Posted By on April 19, 2013

It was on the morning of April 19th, 1775, that a ragtag line of men fell out upon the village common of Lexington. Farmers, shopkeepers, men, and boys—they formed part of the Massachusetts militia, under the leadership of Captain John Parker. Alerted by William Dawes and Paul Revere that “The Regulars are coming out!”, these men rallied to defend the stockpiles of arms collected over the preceding months and give dissident leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock time to escape.

History does not tell us what was going through the mind of the forty-six-year-old Parker on that fateful morning. We can only conjecture. He was not a well man—indeed, he would die only a few months later of tuberculosis, never living to see the harvest of the seeds he sowed upon the Lexington Green.

As he stood there in the morning mists with his men with the light infantry of Major John Pitcairn marching up the road toward their position, Parker cannot have suffered any delusions as to the odds arrayed against him. The British army of the time was the finest the world had ever seen, hardened by their devastating victories in the Seven Years’ War scarce more than a decade earlier. A veteran himself, Parker had seen the might of British power displayed against Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham. He and his men were alone, for all intents and purposes—the Declaration of Independence would not be drafted for another year, and history gives us no indication that Parker desired war.

And yet he stood his ground, even as Pitcairn’s crack troops formed up in line of battle against him, issuing a simple, yet immortal order: “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

What followed, as a British officer rode forward to issue the imperious command, “Lay down your arms, you damned rebels!”—as the light infantry surged onto the green with bayonets fixed, is forever shrouded in history. By the time the smoke had cleared, eight colonists lay dead , including Parker’s cousin Jonas, their blood staining the green grass.

But the fire of liberty had been kindled, an unquenchable fire that would sweep the land and defy every attempt of a monarch to extinguish it.

Never underestimate the power of an individual willing to take a stand for his beliefs, even though it be in the face of overwhelming odds.