The Crew Reviews Podcast

Every Monday, go behind the scenes with the world’s greatest storytellers. Hosted by CE Albanese, Mike Houtz, and Sean Cameron.

TCR Episode #78 | Daniel Pyne - WATER MEMORY

April 12th, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with author/screenwriter Daniel Pyne. 

Daniel Pyne was born in Chicago, raised in Colorado, educated at Stanford University, and now lives in Los Angeles and Santa Fe with his wife, brown dogs, fat cat, and an extremely sullen box turtle his grown children left in their wake.

He is the author of five novels: Fifty Mice, Twentynine Palms, A Hole in the Ground Owned by a Liar, Catalina Eddy, and Water Memory.

Among Pyne's film credits are the remake of The Manchurian Candidate, Pacific Heights, Any Given Sunday, Fracture, and his latest movie, Backstabbing for Beginners. Pyne's television work spans from the seminal hipster cop show Miami Vice to the Amazon TV series Bosch.

Pyne has worked as a silk screen printer, journalist, cartoonist, advertising copywriter, screenwriter, director, and occasionally teaches writing at UCLA's graduate school of film.

Learn more at www.danielpyne.com

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TCR Episode #77 | Andrew Mayne -BLACK CORAL

April 5th, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with bestselling author Andrew Mayne to discuss his latest thriller BLACK CORAL.

To say Andrew is an interesting person would be an understatement. He has been nominated for the Edgar Award for his book Black Fall and the Thriller Award for Name of the Devil and The Naturalist – an Amazon Charts best-seller that spent six weeks at the number one spot for all books on Amazon. Prior to his first publishing deal, Andrew was listed by Amazon as one of the top-ten best selling indie authors of the year.

Andrew starred in the Discovery Channel Shark Week special Andrew Mayne: Ghost Diver where he swam alongside great white sharks using an underwater stealth suit he designed. Andrew also starred in the A&E magic television series Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne.

With the support from the Johnny Carson foundation and the James Randi Educational Foundation, Andrew created a program to use magic to teach critical thinking skills in public schools. His Wizard School segments, teaching magic and science to children, aired nationwide on Public Television.

As a creative consultant he’s worked behind the scenes for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and David Blaine. He’s developed innovative magic effects that are performed around the world and even helped develop an experiment that was conducted onboard the International Space Station.

His underwater stealth suit featured in the Shark Week special Andrew Mayne: Ghost Diver was the result of his interest in perception and engineering. While researching great white sharks and their behavior he developed artificial intelligence models based on sharks and used them to create a VR training simulator for shark interaction.

Andrew’s current project is AI Channels, an artificial intelligence platform built in collaboration with OpenAI for interacting with virtual characters that can be used for education and storytelling.

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TCR Episode #76 | Jack Carr - THE DEVIL’S HAND

March 29th, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times bestselling author and former US Navy SEAL Jack Carr, to discuss his latest thriller THE DEVIL'S HAND. 

About Jack Carr: He led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces.

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TCR Episode #75 | Tod Goldberg - THE LOW DESERT

March 22nd, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Tod Goldberg.

Tod is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Low DesertGangsterland (a finalist for the Hammett Prize), Gangster NationThe House of Secrets (which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer), Living Dead Girl (a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and the popular Burn Notice series. His books have been published in a dozen languages and around the world and were twice named a finalist for the VN international Thriller of the Year Award.

Tod Goldberg holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from Bennington College and is a Professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside where he directs the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. 

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TCR Episode #74 | CJ Box - DARK SKY

March 15th, 2021
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In this episode, #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box returns to podcast to talk about his latest Joe Pickett thriller, DARK SKY.

“With a plot as immediate as a gunshot, C.J. Box continues his casual excellence with DARK SKY. The dangers of social media, the raw and unforgiving wilderness, guilt and revenge…Box has piled the conflict as high as the Wyoming mountains Joe Pickett knows so well.” - Sean Cameron, The Crew Reviews

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TCR Episode #73 | Ray Porter

March 8th, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Ray Porter.

Ray is the multiple Earphones Award–winning and Audie-nominated narrator of over 400 audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers Jack Carr, Don Winslow and Jonathan Maberry among many others. A veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ray has also appeared in ArgoThe RunawaysSons of AnarchyJustifiedAlmost Famous, and many other TV and film productions including Murphy Brown, Fraiser, ER and Modern Family.

More recently, Ray revealed he had been cast as Darkseid in the Zack Snyder-directed JUSTICE LEAGUE and will lend his voice to Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs’s audiobook adaptation of “The Sandman."

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TCR Episode #72 | Hank Phillippi Ryan - THE FIRST TO LIE

March 1st, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with award-winning and bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan. 

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, four Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” “a superb and gifted storyteller,” and she’s the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her 2019 standalone, THE MURDER LIST, won the Anthony Award for Best Novel, and is an Agatha, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. International bestseller A.J. Finn says, “exciting, explosive, relentless,” and the Library Journal starred review calls it “A must-read.” Hank’s newest novel is the chilling psychological standalone The First to Lie, now nominated for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award. The Publishers Weekly starred review says “Stellar… Hank Phillippi Ryan could win a sixth Agatha with this one.” and bestseller Sarah Pekkanen says “Book clubs will gobble it up.”

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TCR Episode #71 | Don Bentley - THE OUTSIDE MAN

February 22nd, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with author Don Bentley.

Don Bentley spent a decade as an Army Apache helicopter pilot during which time he was stationed in South Korea, Germany, and Texas.  While deployed to Afghanistan as a Troop Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI, Don was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with “V” device for valor.  Following his time in the military Don worked as an FBI Special Agent and was a member of the Dallas Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.  Since leaving the FBI, Don has worked for a number of companies that develop technology for the U.S. Special Operations Community.  He holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University, and an M.F.A in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. 

Don is the author of the Matt Drake thriller series including WITHOUT SANCTION, THE OUTSIDE MAN, and two forth coming titles, as well as TARGET ACQUIRED, a Tom Clancy Jack Ryan, Jr. novel.

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TCR Episode #70 | Mark Greaney - RELENTLESS

February 15th, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney. 

Mark Greaney’s debut international thriller, THE GRAY MAN, was published in 2009 and became a national bestseller and a highly sought-after Hollywood property.

Ten subsequent Gray Man novels have been released to date, including his latest, RELENTLESS.

Mark is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of seven Tom Clancy novels, including his most recent TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE. He collaborated with Tom Clancy on three Jack Ryan novels before Tom’s death in 2013.

RED METAL, a military thriller written by Mark Greaney and Lt Col Hunter R. Rawlings, USMC, became a New York Times bestseller in 2009.

Mark’s books are published in several languages and are also available as audiobooks.

A feature film adaptation of THE GRAY MAN is in production at Netflix, with Ryan Gosling in the title role.

A feature film adaptation of Mark’s scripted audio play Armored, is in development with Michael Bay and Erwin Stoff to produce.

In his research for the Gray Man and Jack Ryan novels he has traveled to dozens of countries, visited the Pentagon, military bases, and many Washington, D.C. Intelligence agencies, and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics.

Mark lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife, his three stepchildren, and his three dogs, Lobo, Ziggy, and Winston.

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TCR Episode #69 | Josh Hood - THE TREADSTONE EXILE

February 8th, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes for a second time with "All Killer, No Filler" thriller author Joshua "Josh" Hood. Hood graduated from the University of Memphis before joining the military and spending five years in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he was team leader in the 3-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment. In 2005, he was sent to Iraq and conducted combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006, and from 2007 to 2008 he served as a squad leader in the 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and was deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. Hood was decorated for valor in Operation Furious Pursuit. He is currently a member of a full time SWAT team in Memphis, Tennessee, and has conducted countless stateside operations with the FBI, ATF, DEA, Secret Service, and US Marshals.

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TCR Episode #68 | Sarah Langan

February 1st, 2021
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with award-winning author Sarah Langan to discuss her latest thriller GOOD NEIGHBORS.

Sarah grew up on Long Island, in a town called Garden City, but not on a crescent bordering a park. She got her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, and also received her Master’s in Environmental Health Science/Toxicology from New York University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughters.

She’s received three Bram-Stoker awards, and her work has often been included in best-of-the year lists and anthologies. She’s a founding board member of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and works in both film and prose.

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TCR Episode #67 | Gregg Hurwitz - PRODIGAL SON

January 18th, 2021
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with award winning and New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz to discuss his latest Orphan X thriller, PRODIGAL SON.

"Forced into retirement, Evan Smoak gets an urgent request for help from someone he didn't even suspect existed."

GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 22 thrillers including the ORPHAN X series. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in 33 languages. Additionally, he’s written screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks, comics for DC and Marvel, and political and culture pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Bulwark and others. Gregg lives with his three Rhodesian ridgebacks in Los Angeles, where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.

To learn more about Gregg, go to:  https://gregghurwitz.net/

 

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TCR Episode #66 | Nick Petrie - THE BREAKER

January 4th, 2021
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National bestselling and award winning author Nick Petrie returns to The Crew Reviews podcast to discuss his latest Peter Ash thriller THE BREAKER.

Nick received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. His story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in The Seattle Review, a national literary journal.

His first novel, The Drifter, won the ITW Thriller and Barry Awards, and was nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Hammett Awards. He won the 2016 Literary Award from the Wisconsin Library Association and was named one of Apple’s 10 Writers to Read in 2017.  Light It Up was named the Best Thriller of 2018 by Apple Books and has been nominated for a Barry Award.

His books in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, Burning Bright, Light It Up, and Tear It Down. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector.  He lives in Milwaukee, where he is hard at work on the next Peter Ash novel.

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TCR Episode #65 | Brad Taylor - AMERICAN TRAITOR

December 28th, 2020
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor.  Brad served for more than 21 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel.  During that time he held numerous Infantry and Special Forces positions, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta where he commanded multiple troops and a squadron.  He has conducted operations in support of US national interests in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other classified locations.

Brad's final assignment was as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.  He holds a Master’s of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, with a concentration in Irregular Warfare.  In 2011, Brad published his debut novel, One Rough Man, which was an immediate success and launched the Pike Logan series. Now with more than 14 installments and nearly 3 million copies sold, the series has consistently hit the New York Times bestseller list. When not writing, he serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. 

Learn more about Brad by visiting : www.BradTaylorBooks.com

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TCR: Episode #64 | Chris Hauty - SAVAGE ROAD

December 21st, 2020
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In this episode, Best-Selling author and screenwriter, Chris Hauty, returns to The Crew Reviews. His debut in January of 2020, DEEP STATE, is arguably one of the best first novels in thriller genre history. His follow up, SAVAGE ROAD, continues the Haley Chill storyline with the amazing plot twists he is known for. Keep your eyes peeled for an adaptation for TV or film in the near future too!

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TCR Episode #63 | Lee Goldberg -BONE CANYON

December 14th, 2020
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In this episode, the always jovial and #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg returns to The Crew Reviews. Hopefully, he doesn’t break anything this time...

To learn more about Lee, visit www.LeeGoldberg.com

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TCR Episode #62 | Robert Dugoni - THE LAST AGENT

December 7th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Robert Dugoni. Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite police series set in Seattle, which has sold more than 6 million books worldwide. He is also the author of The Charles Jenkins espionage series, and the David Sloane legal thriller series. He is also the author of several stand-alone novels including The 7th Canon, Damage Control, and the literary novel, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell - Suspense Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year, for which Dugoni’s narration won an AudioFile Earphones Award; as well as the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Several of his novels have been optioned for movies and television series. 

Dugoni is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and a two-time winner of the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He is also a two- time finalist for the International Thriller Award, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award.

Robert Dugoni’s books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages. 

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TCR Episode #61 | Boyd Morrison - MARAUDER

November 30th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with author Boyd Morrison. Boyd is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. He started his career working on NASA's space station project at Johnson Space Center, where he got the opportunity to fly on the Vomit Comet, the same plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity.

After earning a PhD in engineering from Virginia Tech, he used his training to develop eleven US patents at Thomson/RCA. Boyd then managed a video game testing group in Microsoft's Xbox division before becoming a full-time writer and co-authoring the last six OREGON FILES series books with Clive Cussler.

Boyd is also a professional actor, appearing in films, commercials, and stage plays. And in 2003 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! champion.

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The Crew Reviews | Thanksgiving 2020 Book Recommendation

November 23rd, 2020
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On this episode, Mike, Sean & Chris take a look back at some of their favorite books and author interviews during 2020.   

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TCR Episode #60 | Simon Gervais - TIME TO HUNT

November 9th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Simon Gervais. Simon is the New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of Hunt Them Down (January 2019) and Trained to Hunt (September 2019). He also wrote the Mike Walton series: The Thin Black Line (2015), A Red Dotted Line (2016) and A Thick Crimson Line (2018).

He is represented by literary agent Eric Myers at Myers Literary Management.

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TCR Episode #59 | Michael Connelly - THE LAW OF INNOCENCE

November 2nd, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scene with the master of American crime fiction, Michael Connelly to discuss his latest Mickey Haller thriller THE LAW OF INNOCENCE. Connelly is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of thirty-five novels, which have sold over 80 million copies sold worldwide. He has won virtually every award the publishing industry has to offer from the Edgar Award for Best First Novel for the BLACK ECHO to multiple Anthony and Macavity Awards, as well as many others in the U.S. and throughout the world. Connelly is the executive producer of the acclaimed television series “Bosch” based on his own novels, and has seen two other novels, BLOOD WORK and THE LINCOLN LAWYER adapted for the big screen.

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TCR EPISODE #58 | FRED BURTON - BEIRUT RULES

October 26th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Fred Burton. Fred is a former State Department counter-terrorism deputy chief and DSS Special Agent and the author of a bestselling memoir, Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, Chasing Shadows, Under Fire and his latest book, co-authored with Samuel Katz, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America.

You can learn more about Fred by visiting his website:  https://www.officialfredburton.com/

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TCR Episode #57 | LEE CHILD & ANDREW CHILD - THE SENTINEL (PART 2 OF 2)

October 19th, 2020
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PART 2 of 2

On this episode (Part 2 of 2), the Crew finishes their conversation with Lee Child and his brother, Andrew Child, about the latest Jack Reacher thriller the brothers co-wrote, THE SENTINEL.

Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers. He was born in Coventry, raised in Birmingham, and now lives in New York. It is said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds. His books consistently achieve the number-one slot on bestseller lists around the world and have sold over one hundred million copies. Two blockbusting Jack Reacher movies have been made so far. He is the recipient of many awards, most recently Author of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Andrew Child was born in Birmingham, England in May 1968. He went to school in St Albans, Hertfordshire and later attended the University of Sheffield where he studied English Literature and Drama. After graduation Andrew set up and ran a small independent theatre company. And then moved into the telecommunications industry as a 'temporary' solution to a short-term cash crisis. Fifteen years later, after carrying out a variety of roles, Andrew became the victim / beneficiary of a widespread redundancy programme. Freed once again from the straight jacket of corporate life, he took the opportunity to answer the question, what if ... ?

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TCR Episode #57 | Lee Child & Andrew Child - THE SENTINEL (Part 1 of 2)

October 12th, 2020
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On this episode (Part 1 of 2), the Crew goes behind the scenes with Lee Child and his brother, Andrew Child, to discuss the latest Jack Reacher thriller the co-wrote, THE SENTINEL.

Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers. He was born in Coventry, raised in Birmingham, and now lives in New York. It is said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds. His books consistently achieve the number-one slot on bestseller lists around the world and have sold over one hundred million copies. Two blockbusting Jack Reacher movies have been made so far. He is the recipient of many awards, most recently Author of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Andrew Child was born in Birmingham, England in May 1968. He went to school in St Albans, Hertfordshire and later attended the University of Sheffield where he studied English Literature and Drama. After graduation Andrew set up and ran a small independent theatre company. And then moved into the telecommunications industry as a 'temporary' solution to a short-term cash crisis. Fifteen years later, after carrying out a variety of roles, Andrew became the victim / beneficiary of a widespread redundancy programme. Freed once again from the straight jacket of corporate life, he took the opportunity to answer the question, what if ... ?

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TCR Episode #56 | Cyrus Nowrasteh the director of INFIDEL

October 9th, 2020
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On this audio-only version of the episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with acclaimed director/screenwriter Cyrus Nowrasteh to discuss his latest blockbuster movie INFIDEL.

Cyrus Nowrasteh was born in Boulder, Colorado of Iranian parents, and lived in Iran as a young boy. A graduate of the USC cinema program, he has worked in the motion picture and television business for over 20 years. Cyrus' work includes The Day Reagan Was Shot, Falcon Crest, Into the West, The Young Messiah, The Stoning of Soraya M., and the controversial docudrama The Path to 9/11.

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TCR Episode #55 | H. Ripley “Rip” Rawlings - ASSAULT BY FIRE

October 5th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with H. Ripley "Rip" Rawlings to discuss his latest debut solo thriller ASSAULT BY FIRE.  A New York Times Bestselling author, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Ripley "Rip" Rawlings IV, was a Marine Corps infantry and Reconnaissance Officer with 23-years of service. With ten deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, CJTF-HOA, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia to name a few. An Infantry and LAV Reconnaissance Officer, he had additional specialties of military advisor and operations planner. He served in billets from Scout Platoon Commander, LAV Reconnaissance Company Commander, FAST Commander up to Infantry Battalion Commander.

Learn more at: www.riprawlings.com

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TCR Episode #54 | Rod Lurie - THE OUTPOST movie

September 28th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with movie director & screenwriter Rod Lurie to discuss his latest movie THE OUTPOST.

Lurie is an Israeli-American director, screenwriter and former film critic. Lurie wrote and directed the widely-praised Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated political thriller "The Contender," starring Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Gary Oldman and Christian Slater. He also wrote and directed the films "Straw Dogs," "Nothing But the Truth," and "Resurrecting the Champ". Additionally, he created and executive-produced "Line of Fire," a one-hour FBI drama for ABC, and directed the feature film "The Last Castle."

In television, Lurie created the series "Commander In Chief," which was nominated for the Best Drama Series Golden Globe, and for which Geena Davis won the Best Actress Golden Globe for her depiction of the first female President of the United States.

Lurie made his film writing and directing debut in 1998 with the dramatic short "Four Second Delay," which won the Best Short Film award at the Atlanta Film Festival and the Crested Butte Reel Fest. The film also won the Prix du Jury at the Festival of American Cinema in Deauville, France. Lurie followed in 2000 with his first feature film, "Deterrence," a drama about America coming to the brink of nuclear war, starring Kevin Pollak and Timothy Hutton.

Before he segued to filmmaking, Lurie graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984 and went on to serve for four years as a Combat Arms officer in the U.S. Army. After the military, Lurie first enjoyed success as a film critic and entertainment reporter, breaking into journalism as a reporter for the New York Daily News, and was also a film critic and interviewer for Channel 12 in Fairfield, Connecticut. In addition, he was a frequent contributor to such magazines as Premiere, Movieline and Entertainment Weekly. After moving to Los Angeles, Lurie worked as a film critic, investigative reporter and contributing editor to Los Angeles Magazine from 1990-1995.

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TCR Episode #53 | Kyle Mills - TOTAL POWER

September 14th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with author Kyle Mills. Kyle is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen political thrillers, including Red War for Vince Flynn and The Patriot Attack for Robert Ludlum. In the next thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series, created by Vince Flynn, it’s a race against the clock when ISIS takes down the entire US power grid and throws America into chaos.

Kyle initially found inspiration from his father, the former director of Interpol, and still draws on his contacts in the intelligence community to give his books such realism. Avid outdoor athletes, he and his wife have lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for over twenty years. Visit his website at KyleMills.com.

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TCR Episode #52 | Sean Parnell - ONE TRUE PATRIOT

September 7th, 2020
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Sean Parnell. Sean is the New York Times Bestselling author of Man of War and Outlaw Platoon, a U.S. Army combat veteran, Infantry Officer, and co-founder of a charity called The American Warrior Initiative. He retired from service as a highly decorated Captain, receiving 2 Bronze Stars (one for valor), and the Purple Heart.
When he is not traveling with the American Warrior Initiative, he speaks all over the nation on leadership, advises Congress on policy that will better serve our veterans and is a frequent contributor for Fox News. He lives in Pittsburgh with his three children.

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TCR Episode #51 | Joel C. Rosenberg - THE JERUSALEM ASSASSIN

August 31st, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg. 

Joel C. Rosenberg (www.joelrosenberg.com) is the author of 13 novels and five nonfiction books, with nearly 5 million copies in print. His latest thriller, THE JERUSALEM ASSASSIN, hit bookshelves in March. 

Joel has spoken to audiences and met with religious and government leaders all across the U.S. and Canada and around the world, including Israel, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the UAE, Turkey, Afghanistan, Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, India, South Korea, and the Philippines. He has also addressed audiences at the White House and the Pentagon, addressed members of Congress on Capitol Hill, members of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, and a conference held at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.

He is the founder and chairman of The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.com), a nonprofit educational and charitable organization he and his wife launched in 2006 to mobilize Christians to "bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, according to Genesis 12:1-3."

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The Crew Reviews Podcast | Crew Capsule #1 | Scott Kenemore -LAKE OF DARKNESS

August 10th, 2020
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On this inaugural Crew Capsule, the Crew highlights the work of horror author Scott Kenemore. Born in New York and educated at Kenyon College and Columbia University, Scott Kenemore is the national bestselling author of Lake of DarknessThe Grand Hotel, and Zombie Ohio, as well as numerous other works of horror and satire. He lives in Evanston, IL.

Can you learn more about Scott by visiting his website:  https://scottkenemore.com/

 

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #50 | Barbara Poelle - Literary Agent

August 3rd, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with literary agent Barbara Poelle. Barbara began her publishing career as a freelance copywriter and editor before joining the Goodman Agency in 2007, but feels as if she truly prepared for the industry during her brief stint as a standup comic in Los Angeles. She has found success placing thrillers, literary suspense, Young Adult and upmarket fiction and is actively seeking her next great client in those genres, but is passionate about anything with a unique voice. Barbara is also the author of Funny You Should Ask: Mostly Serious Answers to Mostly Serious Questions About the Publishing Industry (Jan, 2020) based on her Writer's Digest column of the same name.

 

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #49 | Brian Freeman - THE BOURNE EVOLUTION

July 27th, 2020
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In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with bestselling and award-winning author Brian Freeman. Freeman writes psychological thrillers that have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. His novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and his novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award.
 
He has been named by Putnam and the Robert Ludlum estate as the official author to continue Ludlum’s famous Jason Bourne franchise. THE BOURNE EVOLUTION will be released in July 2020.
 
“My goal is to write books with haunting characters and a lightning-fast pace,” Brian says. “My stories are about the hidden intimate motives that draw people across some dark lines. The twists and turns keep you turning the pages, and each piece in the puzzle gives you new insight into the heroes, victims, and villains.”
 
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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #48 | Brad Thor - NEAR DARK

July 20th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Brad Thor. Brad is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty thrillers, including: NEAR DARKBACKLASH (One of Suspense Magazine‘s Best Books of the Year), SPYMASTER (“One of the all-time best thriller novels” – The Washington Times), THE LAST PATRIOT (nominated Best Thriller of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association), BLOWBACK (One of the “Top 100 Killer Thrillers of All Time” – NPR), and THE LIONS OF LUCERNE (“One of the best political thrillers ever” – Barnes & Noble).

Brad has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Channel, CNN, CNN Headline News, The Blaze, and MSNBC (among others) to discuss terrorism, as well as how closely his novels of international intrigue parallel the real threats facing the world today.

Brad graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California where he studied creative writing, film, and television production. Prior to becoming a novelist, Brad was the award-winning creator, producer, writer and host of the critically acclaimed national public television series, Traveling Lite.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #47 | Shawn S.A. Cosby - BLACKTOP WASTELAND

July 13th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with rising talent Shawn S.A. Cosby. S.A. Cosby is an Anthony award winning writer from Southeastern Virginia. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. His story "Slant-Six" was selected as a Distinguished Story in Best American MysteryStories for 2016. And his short story "The Grass Beneath My Feet" won the Anthony award for best short story in 2019. His writing has been called "gritty and heartbreaking" and "dark, thrilling and tragic."

His style and tone is influenced by his varied life experiences which includes but are not limited to being a bouncer, construction worker, retail manager and for six hours a mascot for a major fast food chain inside the world's hottest costume. When Shawn isn't crafting tales of murder and mayhem he works as a mortician's assistant.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #46 | Ted Bell - DRAGON FIRE

July 6th, 2020
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On this episode the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times bestselling author Ted Bell. The author of 10 consecutive New York Times best sellers and former advertising executive, Ted Bell began his advertising career in the 1970’s as a junior copywriter at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), New York. At the age of 25, he sold his first screenplay to Hollywood, as well as became the youngest vice-president in the storied history of DDB. In 1982, he joined Leo Burnett Co., Chicago, as a creative director. Four years later, at the age of 40, he was named President, Chief Creative Officer where he was credited with developing numerous innovative and award-winning advertising campaigns. In 1982, Bell joined Young & Rubicam, London, and in 1991 became the Vice Chairman and Worldwide Creative Director. Bell has won every award the advertising industry offers, including numerous Clios and Cannes Gold Lions, and while at Young & Rubicam, the Grand Prix at the Cannes Festival. In 2001, Bell retired to write full time. He has 10 consecutive New York Times Bestsellers to his credit: The Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers published by HarperCollins and the young adult targeted time travel adventure series, Nick of Timeand The Time Pirate published by St. Martins Press.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast | 4th of July Celebration

July 4th, 2020
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On this Fourth of July, the Crew joins veterans and bestselling authors Dale Dye, Rip Rawlings, and Larry Bond, in a celebration of American independence. We'll also pay tribute to the USO and the hard work and support they provide our warfighters.

Happy 244th Birthday America.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #45 | Ryan Steck - THE REAL BOOK SPY

June 29th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with The Real Book Spy - Ryan Steck. Praised as “one of today’s finest reviewers” by Gayle Lynds (New York Times bestseller and award-winning author), Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers.” (A.J. Tata, Bestselling author of the Jake Mahegan thriller series.)

Since launching The Real Book Spy, Steck has broken relevant industry news, written hundreds of book reviews, and conducted interviews with many of the genre’s top thriller authors on his way to becoming one of the most respected voices among thriller fans. 

A former sports writer who transitioned into publishing word in 2014, Steck worked as a book critic and reviewer for several other websites and media outlets before launching The Real Book Spy in December of 2015. Since then, he’s worked with a number of authors as a “book doctor,” and earned a loyal following of diehard readers and become the go-to source for all things thriller.

A resident of Michigan, along with his wife and their six kids, Steck cheers on his beloved Detroit Tigers and Lions during the rare moments that he’s not reading or talking about books on social media.  

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #44 | Lee Goldberg - FAKE TRUTH

June 22nd, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with author/screenwriter Lee Goldberg. His many books include the non-fiction Successful Television Writing and Unsold Television Pilots as well as the novels My Gun Has BulletsThe WalkKing CityMcGraveDead Space, and Watch Me Die, which was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Novel from the “Private Eye Writers of America.” He’s also the writer/co-creator of The Dead Man, the monthly series of original novels published by Amazon’s 47North imprint, and co-author with Janet Evanovich of the five international bestselling Fox & O’Hare novels and two New York Times bestselling prequel novellas.

Goldberg broke into television with a freelance script sale to Spenser: For Hire. Since then, his TV writing & producing credits have covered a wide variety of genres, including sci-fi (seaQuest), cop shows (Hunter, The Glades), martial arts (Martial Law), whodunits (Diagnosis Murder, Nero Wolfe), the occult (She-Wolf of London), kid’s shows (R.L. Stine’s The Nightmare Room), T&A (BaywatchShe Spies), comedy (Monk) clip shows (The Best TV Shows That Never Were) and total crap (The HighwaymanThe New Adventures of Flipper).

He’s written and produced TV shows in Canada (Murphy’s Law, CobraMissing), England (Stick With Me Kid, She Wolf of London) and Germany (Fast Track: No Limits). His mystery writing for television has earned him two Edgar Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America.

His two careers, novelist and TV writer, merged when he wrote the eight books in the Diagnosis Murder series of original novels, based on the hit CBS TV mystery that he also wrote and produced. He followed that up by writing fifteen bestselling novels based on Monk, another TV show that he worked on. His Monk novels have been translated and published in Germany, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, and many other countries.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #43 | Joseph Reid - DEPARTURE

June 18th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Joseph Reid. The son of a Navy helicopter pilot, Joseph Reid’s number of moves kept up with his age throughout most of his childhood. Upon receiving a book about sharks as a going-away present from his kindergarten classmates, he was bitten by a passion that would last the rest of his life. Through the remainder of elementary school, high school at Phillips Exeter Academy, and even in college at Duke University, he was determined to become a marine biologist.

Discovering the extremely low ratio of boat time to grant writing time in graduate school, however, he decided to cut bait and swim with a different kind of “shark.” After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, he became a patent litigator, and since then he has represented clients ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 50 companies in lawsuits valued in the millions—sometimes billions—of dollars.

He’s also spent an awful lot of time on airplanes and in airports. These travel experiences spawn the backdrops for his novels, which he writes each morning before dawn breaks and the real world intrudes.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #42 | David Brown- Deputy Director of Publicity, Atria Publishing Group

June 15th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Atria Publishing Group publicist extraordinaire David Brown. David has spearheaded the #1 New York Times bestselling campaigns of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and Jodi Picoult. Additionally, he has led publicity campaigns for Jack Carr, William Kent Krueger, John Lescroart, Adam Savage, Matthew Betley, Mindy Mejia, and Chris Hauty. In 2014 he helped launch the careers of Terry Hayes (I Am Pilgrim) and Caroline Kepnes (YouHidden Bodies).

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #41 | Kathy Reichs - A CONSPIRACY OF BONES

June 8th, 2020
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On this episode, the CREW goes behind the scenes with Dr. Kathy Reichs. Kathy’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan books include Death du Jour, Deadly Decisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, Bones Are Forever, Bones of the Lost, Bones Never Lie, Speaking in Bones and the Temperance Brennan short story collection, The Bone Collection  In addition, Kathy co-authored the Virals young adult series with her son, Brendan Reichs. The best-selling titles are: Virals, Seizure, Code, ExposureTerminal, and the novella collection Trace Evidence. The series follows the adventures of Temperance Brennan’s great niece, Tory Brennan.  Dr. Reichs’ latest novel, Two Nights, was released July 11 and features Sunday Night, a tough-talking, scarred heroine.  Dr. Reichs was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.

Dr. Reichs' latest novel, A CONSPIRACY OF BONES, is now available.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #40 | Dale Brown - EAGLE STATION

June 1st, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with author Dale Brown to discuss his latest thriller EAGLE STATION. Dale Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, from Flight of the Old Dog (1987) to The Kremlin Strike (2019). His novels are published in 11 languages and distributed to over 70 countries. Worldwide sales of his novels, audiobooks and computer games exceed 10 million copies. As a former U.S. Air Force captain, he can often be found flying his own plane in the skies of the United States. He lives near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

His latest novel, EAGLE STATION, is available now.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #39 | Jeffery Deaver - THE GOODBYE MAN

May 25th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with award winning author Jeffery Deaver. Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into over twenty-five languages. He has sold 50 million books worldwide. The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme. In 2019, NBC picked up the series titled it “Lincoln." 

His latest novel, THE GOODBYE MAN, a Colter Shaw thriller, is available now.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #38 | David Ricciardi - BLACK FLAG

May 18th, 2020
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On this episode, the CREW goes behind the scenes with author David Ricciardi. David is an American author and an outdoorsman who made his debut with the novel Warning Light. He’s lived quite a life of adventure and has used much of those adventures in his first novel.

When you describe Ricciardi as an outdoorsman, you’re not saying that he likes to camp. Ricciardi is so much more than that. He’s backpacked his way through the mountains of Alaska and the western United States, baring the elements along the way. He’s also received training from law-enforcement and US special ops. He is an avid sailor and once woke up for his shift aboard a sailboat to find that the ship way heading the wrong way through the Atlantic Ocean sea lines with a crew member suffering from hypothermia. He made it out of that one alive, and is now a writer as well as a certified scuba rescue diver.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #37 | Tom Colgan - Vice President, Editorial Director at Berkley/Penguin Random House

May 11th, 2020
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In this episode, the Crew Reviews interviews Tom Colgan. Tom Colgan is the Vice President, Editorial Director at Berkley. He started his career at Berkley in 1985. In those days he worked on everything from the novelization of the movie ET: The Extraterrestrial to westerns.  He then spent six years at Avon/Morrow and returned to Berkley as an Executive Editor in 1996. He has worked with such bestselling authors as Ed McBain, Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, Tom Clancy, Marc Cameron, and Mark Greaney. Among the New York Times bestselling titles Tom has edited are Last Man Down: A Firefighter’s Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center, Hardcore Twenty-Four, and Tom Clancy Enemy Contact.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #36 | Brad Meltzer - The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s Sixteenth President

May 5th, 2020
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On this episode, The Crew goes behind the scenes with master storyteller and#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (The First Conspiracy), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, the new TV series based on his children’s books with Chris Eliopoulos, can be seen every day on PBS KIDS.  He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #35 | Andrews & Wilson - TIER ONE ORIGINS “SCARS”

April 27th, 2020
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On this episode of the Crew goes behind the scenes with bestselling authors Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson (Andrews & Wilson) to discuss the first installment in a new series of novellas called TIER ONE ORIGINS - SCARS. Each short features a different Tier One character during a pivotal event in their past before joining Task Force Ember. Tier One fans get a rare glimpse into Dempsey's past when he was Jack Kemper, a young Navy SEAL operating in Iraq. Discover the story of Dempsey's first encounter with Mahmood Bin Jabbar (the villain in WAR SHADOWS) and learn how Dempsey got his iconic serpentine scar.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #34 | Jennifer Hillier - LITTLE SECRETS

April 20th, 2020
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On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with award-winning author Jennifer Hillier. Jennifer writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. Her book JAR OF HEARTS, published in 2019, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Crime Writers of Canada and a regular columnist at The Thrill Begins. 

Jennifer's latest novel LITTLE SECRETS comes out April 21, 2020.

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The Crew Reviews Podcast Episode #33 | Jack Carr - SAVAGE SON

April 13th, 2020
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On this episode, The Crew goes behind the scenes with former Navy SEAL turned bestselling thriller author Jack Carr. Jack Carr led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan, to a platoon commander practicing counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, to commanding a Special Operations Task Unit in the most Iranian influenced section of southern Iraq throughout the tumultuous drawdown of U.S. Forces.

Jack has written three blockbuster novels: THE TERMINAL LIST, TRUE BELIEVER, and SAVAGE SON

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