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 #98 | Lt. Col H. Ripley ”Rip” Rawlings, IV (Ret.) - THE KILL BOX

October 11th, 2021

In this episode, New York Times bestselling author, Lt Col H. Ripley "Rip" Rawlings, IV (Ret.) returns to The Crew Reviews to discuss his second Tyce Asher military thriller, THE KILL BOX.

With over twenty-three years of active duty service as a Marine Corps infantry and Reconnaissance Officer, Rip completed ten combat and peacekeeping deployments to Afghanistan (OEF), Iraq (OIF), Saudi Arabia, and Northern Africa (OEF), among others. His last assignment was in Quantico Marine Base as the Warfighting Department Head for Marine Corps Command & Staff College. Prior to this appointment, he served as Battalion Commander, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, the Marine Corps’ storied “Darkhorse” battalion. Rawlings has received numerous awards and decorations for his service and is a recognized expert in Marine Corps infantry weapons, from anti-tank rockets and missiles to heavy machine guns and LAV 25mm gunnery. He is a member of the Military Writers Society of America, International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild, The Wilfred Owen Association, The Cecil Scott Forester Society, The Philosophical Society of Washington, The Dorothy L Sayers Society and The Naval Order of the United States. He lives near Fairfax, Virginia. Visit him online at RipRawlings.com

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TCR Episode #97 | Lee Goldberg - GATED PREY

October 3rd, 2021

In this episode, the Crew welcomes back to the show our good friend and #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg to discuss his latest Eve Ronin thriller, GATED PREY. 

Lee is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels. He has also written and/or produced many TV shows, including Diagnosis MurderSeaQuest, and Monk, and he is the co-creator of the Mystery 101 series of Hallmark movies. As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing, and production of episodic television series. You can find more information about Lee and his work at www.leegoldberg.com.

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TCR Episode #96 | Brad Parks - UNTHINKABLE

September 20th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with award-winning and bestselling author Brad Parks to discuss his latest thriller- UNTHINKABLE.

Brad Parks is the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. His novels have been translated into 15 languages and have won critical acclaim across the globe, including stars from every major pre-publication review outlet. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Parks is a former journalist with The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger. He is now a full-time novelist living in Virginia with his wife and two school-aged children.

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TCR Episode #95 | Rachel Howzell Hall - THESE TOXIC THINGS

September 16th, 2021

In this episode, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Rachel Howzell Hall joins The Crew Reviews to discuss her latest must-read thriller, THESE TOXIC THINGS.

“This cleverly plotted, surprise-filled novel offers well-drawn and original characters, lively dialogue, and a refreshing take on the serial killer theme. Hall continues to impress.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The mystery plots are twisty and grabby, but also worth noting is the realistic rendering of a Black L.A. neighborhood locked in a battle over gentrification.”Los Angeles Times

Rachel is a past member of the board of directors for Mystery Writers of America and has been a featured writer on NPR’s acclaimed Crime in the City series and the National Endowment for the Arts weekly podcast; she has also served as a mentor in Pitch Wars and the Association of Writers Programs.

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TCR Episode #94 | Andrews & Wilson - DARK INTERCEPT

September 13th, 2021

In this episode, Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson, the award-winning authors behind the pen name Andrews & Wilson, return to The Crew Reviews to discuss their latest thriller (and newest series) DARK INTERCEPT.

WHEN DARK FORCES RISE IS FAITH & FIREPOWER ENOUGH?

It’s “Taken meets Stranger Things” in Andrews & WIlson’s new faith-friendly supernatural series from Tyndale House. DARK INTERCEPT (Book 1 in The Shepherds Series) follows former Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson as he confronts ghosts from his past, and demons in the present, while on a mission find and rescue a kidnapped twelve-year-old girl with very special gifts. Facing an enemy unlike anything he’s faced before. To survive Jed must tap abilities beyond the skills he developed as a SEAL…abilities that only faith can awaken.

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TCR Episode #93 | Kyle Mills - ENEMY AT THE GATES

September 6th, 2021

In this episode, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills returns to discuss his latest Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp thriller - ENEMY AT THE GATES.

Picking up where the “tour de force” (The Providence Journal) Total Power left off, the next thriller in the Mitch Rapp series follows the CIA’s top operative as he searches for a high-level mole with the power to rewrite the world order.

Mills is the author of over twenty novels, including seven in the Mitch Rapp universe created by the late, great Vince Flynn.

Learn more about Kyle Mills by visiting https://www.kylemills.com/

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TCR Episode #92 | Tess Gerritsen & Gary Braver - CHOOSE ME

August 30th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times bestseller Tess Gerritsen and acclaimed thriller writer Gary Braver to discuss their collaborative thriller, CHOOSE ME.

“A spellbinding mystery. Gerritsen and Braver’s expert storytelling is on full display.”―Karin Slaughter, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author

International bestselling author Tess Gerritsen has written twenty-eight suspense novels, with more than thirty million copies sold. Her books have been translated into forty languages, and her series featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the hit TNT television series Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. 

Gary Braver―pen name of college professor Gary Goshgarian―is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed mysteries and thrillers, including Gray Matter and Flashback, the first thriller to win the Massachusetts Book Award. His work has been translated into several languages; two have been optioned for film, including Elixir. As Gary Goshgarian, he teaches science fiction, horror fiction, bestsellers, and fiction writing at Northeastern University. 

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TCR Episode #91 | Ace Atkins - THE HEATHENS

August 23rd, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times bestselling crime noir author Ace Atkins to discuss his latest Quinn Colson thriller, THE HEATHENS.

About Ace:

Ace Atkins has been nominated for every major award in crime fiction, including the Edgar three times, twice for novels about former U.S. Army Ranger Quinn Colson. He has written nine books in the Colson series and continued Robert B. Parker’s iconic Spenser character after Parker’s death in 2010, adding seven best-selling novels in that series. A former newspaper reporter and SEC football player, Ace also writes essays and investigative pieces for several national magazines including TimeOutside and Garden & Gun.

Ace lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his family, where he’s friend to many dogs and several bartenders.

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TCR Episode #90 | Ben Coes - THE ISLAND

August 16th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times bestselling author Ben Coes to discuss his latest Dewey Andreas thriller, THE ISLAND.

Coes is a graduate of Columbia University, where he was awarded the Bennet Cerf Memorial Prize--the university's writing award. He was also a Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Coes also worked at the White House unders Ronald Reagan and served as a White House-appointed speechwriter to the Sec. of Energy. He also spent some time working in the oil sector for Boone Pickens.

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TCR Episode #89 | Taylor Moore - DOWN RANGE

August 2nd, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Taylor Moore to discuss his debut thriller DOWN RANGE. 

Moore is a sixth-generation Texan who worked for the CIA in both analysis and operations and then consulted for the Department of Defense in Theater Security Cooperation, Force Protection, and Counter-Illicit Trafficking. 

In this action-packed debut thriller for fans of C. J. Box and Jack Carr, DEA agent Garrett Kohl fights to protect his home on the Texas High Plains when a vicious criminal enterprise comes after his family.

“A riveting thriller with a family in crisis at the core. It's my kind of book.” —Brad Taylor, bestselling author of American Traitor

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TCR Episode #88 | S.A. Cosby - RAZORBLADE TEARS

July 26th, 2021

Award-winning, #1 Amazon, and New York Times bestselling author S.A. Cosby returns to The Crew Reviews to discuss his latest thriller, RAZORBLADE TEARS.

S.A. Cosby is the New York Times national best selling award-winning author from Southeastern Virginia. His previous books include MY DARKEST PRAYER and BLACKTOP WASTELANDAmazon’s #1 Mystery and Thriller of the Year and #3 Best Book of 2020 overall, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Winner of the LA Times Book Award for Mystery or Thrillers and a Goodreads Choice Awards Semi Finalist and the winner of the ITW award for hardcover book of the year.

His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, and his story “Slant-Six” was selected as a Distinguished Story in Best American Mystery Stories for 2016. 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 are influenced by his varied life experiences which include but are not limited to being a bouncer, construction worker, retail manager and for six hours a mascot for a major fast food chain in the world’s hottest costume.

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TCR Episode #87 | Brad Thor - BLACK ICE

July 19th, 2021

#1 New York Times bestseller, Brad Thor returns to The Crew Reviews to talk about his latest Scot Harvath thriller, BLACK ICE.

Brad has served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Analytic Red Cell Unit. He has also lectured to law enforcement organizations on over-the-horizon/future threats, and has been a keynote speaker for the National Tactical Officers Association annual conference.

In 2008, Brad shadowed a Black Ops team in Afghanistan to research his thriller, The Apostle.

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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TCR Episode #86 | Connor Sullivan - SLEEPING BEAR

June 27th, 2021

In this episode, the CREW goes behind the scenes with rising sensation Connor Sullivan to discuss his debut thriller, SLEEPING BEAR.

Praise for SLEEPING BEAR:

SLEEPING BEAR is one of the very best thrillers you’ll read this year. It’s one of those rare novels that keeps getting better and better and better.” — James Patterson

SLEEPING BEAR clamps you in its jaws and doesn’t let go.  A fierce, relentless beast of a novel!” — Tess Gerritsen

Connor Sullivan attended the University of Southern California, where he was the recipient of the Edward W. Moses Award for Creative Writing. During college, he interned for Warner Brothers reading screenplays before relocating with his family to the Gallatin Valley in Montana.

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TCR Episode #85 | David Ricciardi - SHADOW TARGET

June 21st, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with David Ricciardi. This is David's second appearance on the show.

David is the author of the Jake Keller thriller series from Berkley Publishing: Warning Light (2018), Rogue Strike (2019), Black Flag (2020), and Shadow Target (June 2021)

A keen outdoorsman, David incorporates many personal experiences into his writing. He’s backpacked through the mountains of the western United States and Alaska, received extensive training from law-enforcement and US special operations personnel, and once woke up for a 2 AM watch aboard a sailboat only to discover that it was headed the wrong way through the Atlantic sea lanes in heavy weather, with one of the crew suffering from hypothermia. In addition to being an avid sailor, David is also a certified scuba rescue diver and a former ski instructor. 

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TCR Episode #84 | T.J. Newman - FALLING

June 14th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with T.J. Newman to discuss her blockbuster debut, FALLING

Newman is a former bookseller turned flight attendant, worked for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2021. She wrote much of Falling on cross-country red-eye flights while her passengers were asleep. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. This is her first novel.

Newman is a native and longtime resident of Arizona who has been writing stories for much of her life and had tried acting and bookselling before becoming a flight attendant a decade ago, a profession shared with her sister and mother. After completing a draft of her novel, she tried finding an agent but was turned down dozens of times before taken on by Shane Salerno of The Story Factory, where other writers include Don Winslow and Janet Evanovich.

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TCR Episode #83 | Don Bentley - TARGET ACQUIRED

May 31st, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with rising thriller star, Don Bentley to discuss writing the latest Tom Clancy novel, TARGET ACQUIRED.

 

Don 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 #82 | Marc Cameron - BONE RATTLE

May 17th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times bestselling author Marc Cameron to discuss his latest Arliss Cutter thriller, BONE RATTLE.

Cameron is a retired Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal who spent nearly thirty years in law enforcement. His assignments have taken him from Alaska to Manhattan, Canada to Mexico and dozens of points in between. He holds a second-degree black belt in Jujitsu and is a certified scuba diver and man-tracking instructor.

Originally from Texas, Cameron is an avid sailor and adventure motorcyclist.  Cameron lives in the Alaska with his wife and BMW GS motorcycle. He enjoys hearing from readers.

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TCR Episode #81| Tim Brady - THREE ORDINARY GIRLS

May 3rd, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with award-winning author Tim Brady to discuss his latest non-fiction novel, THREE ORDINARY GIRLS.

Tim Brady has more than 25 years of experience as a professional writer. He has written narrative histories, corporate histories, institutional histories and more than 200 articles for a wide range of magazines and journals. He has written for a number of college, university, and university departmental publications through the years and does book reviews for the Mpls. Star Tribune. For years he has written on the history of the University of Minnesota for the U of M's Minnesota Magazine---over sixty features through the years. He also writes for the University of Wisconsin alumni magazine, the U.S. Naval Academy alumni magazine, as well as Macalester and Carleton College.

Tim has written and helped develop a number of television documentaries and created an award-winning Web site for PBS.org. He helped develop the Peabody Award-winning series, Liberty! The American Revolution for PBS and co-wrote Minnesota: A History of the Land, which won a Regional Emmy for Documentary writing. He has also written documentaries for the University of Minnesota, including A Tribute to Norman Borlaug.

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TCR Episode #80 | Alma Katsu - RED WIDOW

April 26th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with former CIA officer turned author Alma Katsu to discuss her latest novel, a spy thriller, RED WIDOW.

About Alma Katsu:  Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, been featured in the NY Times and Washington Post, been nominated and won multiple prestigious awards, and appeared on numerous Best Books lists including NPR, the Observer, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, Goodreads, and Amazon.

RED WIDOW is her first spy novel, the logical marriage of her love of storytelling with her 30+ year career in intelligence. As an intelligence officer, Ms. Katsu worked at several federal agencies as a senior analyst where she advised policymakers and military commanders on issues of national security. The last third of her government career was spent in emerging technologies and technology forecasting. She was also a senior technology policy analyst for the RAND Corporation and continues as an independent consultant and technology futurist, advising clients in government and private industry.

Ms. Katsu also writes novels that combine historical fiction with supernatural and horror elements. THE HUNGER (2018), a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party, was named one of NPR’s 100 favorite horror stories, was on numerous Best Books of the Year lists, and continues to be honored as a new classic in horror. Her first book, THE TAKER (2011), was named one of the top ten debut novels of 2011 by Booklist.

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TCR Episode #79 | John Sandford - OCEAN PREY

April 19th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford to discuss his latest Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers thriller, OCEAN PREY.

John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp, an American author and journalist. Camp won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1986, and was one of four finalists for the prize in 1980. He also was the winner of the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985.

Camp is the author of forty published novels, all of which have appeared, in one format or another, on the New York Times best-seller lists. He is also the co-author of three young-adult books in the Singular Menace series, with Michele Cook, and co-author of the science-fiction thriller Saturn Run with Ctein.

He is the author of two non-fiction books, one on art (The Eye and the Heart: The Watercolors of John Stuart Ingle) and one on plastic surgery (Plastic Surgery: the Kindest Cut). 

Camp’s journalism career began as an Army reporter. After getting out of the Army, he then worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southeast Missourian for a year.

He was a reporter and an editor at The Miami Herald from 1971-1978, and a reporter and columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1978-1990. He continues to do occasional journalism, and was embedded with the 2-147 Air Assault Battalion during the Iraq War, and covered the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

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TCR Episode #78 | Daniel Pyne - WATER MEMORY

April 12th, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - GOOD NEIGHBORS

February 1st, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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