The Crew Reviews Podcast

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

TCR Episode #122 | Brad Thor - RISING TIGER

June 27th, 2022

#1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor returns to The Crew Reviews to discuss his latest Scot Harvath thriller, RISING TIGER. This is Brad's third appearance on the show.

"With RISING TIGER, Brad Thor continues to astonish, doing the seemingly impossible and raising his game to yet another level. A masterful plot told at a breakneck pace that somehow manages to till fresh ground in a genre where it seemed every doomsday scenario has been explored, reveals a writer at the height of his powers. Pitting Scot Harvath against multiple dangerous enemies against the backdrop of superpowers on a collision course may sound familiar, but Mr. Thor weaves originality in at every turn, in every character, in every locale, creating a thriller as fresh and immediate as any in recent memory. Thor’s writing is like Harvath himself: inventive, efficient and lethal." - Sean Cameron

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TCR Episode #121 (Part II) | Marc Cameron & Don Bentley - WRITING TOM CLANCY NOVELS

June 22nd, 2022

PART II

The Crew continues their ventures into the Tom Clancy Universe with the two talented authors charged with maintaining and building upon the legacy of the master himself. Don Bentley and Marc Cameron join us for a second hour, continuing our fascinating and wide-ranging discussion of all things Ryan, meeting and upending fan expectations, and balancing the popular series with their own original novels.

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TCR Episode #121 (Part I) | Marc Cameron & Don Bentley - WRITING TOM CLANCY NOVELS

June 20th, 2022

PART I

The Crew ventures into the Tom Clancy Universe with the two talented authors charged with maintaining and building upon the legacy of the master himself. Don Bentley and Marc Cameron join us for a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion of all things Ryan, meeting and upending fan expectations, and balancing the popular series with their own original novels.

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TCR Rewind | S.A.Cosby - RAZORBLADE TEARS

June 15th, 2022

“Be Kind, Rewind”

In this edition of the Crew Rewinds, the boys flip the script back to the summer of 2021 when they sat down with S.A. Cosby to discuss RAZORBLADE TEARS, his jaw-dropping follow-up to the brilliant BLACKTOP WASTELAND, the clash of cultures, and how to stay grounded when you’re one of the hottest writers on the planet.

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TCR Episode #120 | Landon Beach & Scott Brick - NARRATOR

June 13th, 2022

In this episode, Crew fans are treated to a fascinating conversation with author Landon Beach and award-winning narrator Scott Brick discussing Landon's latest thriller, NARRATOR.

Landon is the author of six books. He was born and raised in Michigan but now lives in the Sunshine State with his wife, two children, and their golden retriever. He previously served as a Naval Officer and was an educator for fifteen years before becoming a full-time writer.

Actor, writer and award-winning audiobook narrator Scott Brick certainly knows how to tell a story, in a way that keeps publishers, best-selling and award-winning authors, critics and the public at large begging for more.  Hailed by Audible in 2012 as their most prolific narrator, Brick has narrated almost 900 audiobooks including titles such as: Jurassic Park, the Jack Reacher series, Alexander Hamilton, the Hunt For Red October, The Passage trilogy, In Cold Blood, the Bourne trilogy, Atlas Shrugged, Helter Skelter, Fahrenheit 451 and the Dune series.

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TCR Episode #119 | Joshua Hood - ROBERT LUDLUM’S TREADSTONE TRANSGRESSION

June 5th, 2022

In this kick-ass episode, all killer, no filler author Joshua Hood returns to The Crew Reviews to discuss his third Robert Ludlum Treadstone thriller, TREADSTONE TRANSGRESSION.

Josh graduated from the University of Memphis before joining the military and spending five years in the 82nd Airborne Division. On his return to civilian life he became a sniper team leader on a full-time SWAT team in Memphis, where he was awarded the lifesaving medal. Currently he works as the Director of Veteran Outreach for the American Warrior Initiative.

Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of the Jason Bourne series—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum—among other novels. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001.

To learn more about Josh, visit his website: https://joshuahoodbooks.com/

You can get your copy of TREADSTONE TRANSGRESSION here: https://amzn.to/3x6Txc8

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TCR Episode #118 | James Swallow - AIRSIDE

May 29th, 2022

In this episode, prolific author and scriptwriter James Swallow joins The Crew Reviews to discuss his latest standalone thriller, AIRSIDE.

Swallow is a New York Times, Sunday Times, and Amazon bestselling author, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominee, a former journalist, and the award-winning writer of over fifty books, along with numerous scripts for video games, radio, and television. He is one of a handful of writers to have written original fiction for both the Doctor Who and Star Trek franchises. And he has also written for numerous other successful franchises, including Warhammer 40,000; Stargate; 24 (audio-book), The Horus Heresy, 2000AD; Deus Ex; Tom Clancy- Splinter Cell. Swallow is also the author of the bestselling Marc Dane series. 

To learn more about James Swallow, visit his website: https://jswallow.com/

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TCR Episode #117 | Stephen Lloyd - FRIEND OF THE DEVIL

May 23rd, 2022

On this episode, Stephen Lloyd, four-time Emmy nominated screenwriter/co-producer of two of television’s most successful series (Modern Family and How I Met Your Mother) joins the Crew to discuss his debut thriller, FRIEND OF THE DEVIL.

FRIEND OF THE DEVIL is a noirish horror story that combines the gleeful gore of 80’s slasher pics with the teen angst of a John Hughes film, stirs in the classic sensibilities of Poe and Stoker, and adds a dose of Raymond Chandler for good measure. The result is a keenly original tale that stands apart from its peers.

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TCR Episode #116 | Jack Carr - IN THE BLOOD

May 16th, 2022

In this episode, former US Navy SEAL sniper turned #1 New York Times bestselling author Jack Carr returns to the show, his fourth time, to discuss his latest James Reece thriller- IN THE BLOOD.

Jack talks about writing his favorite chapter of all time. His experience on the set of THE TERMINAL LIST series starring Chris Pratt. And the eye-opening and jaw droppings things he learned while researching IN THE BLOOD.

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TCR Episode #115 | Boyd & Beth Morrison - THE LAWLESS LAND

May 9th, 2022

New York Times bestselling author Boyd Morrison and his sister, expert art historian Beth Morrison join The Crew Reviews to discuss THE LAWLESS LAND, the first in a fast-paced knight-errant adventure series. This is Boyd's second appearance on TCR and Beth's first.

Boyd Morrison is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve thrillers, including six collaborations with Clive Cussler in the Oregon Files adventure series. He is also an actor, engineer, and a Jeopardy! champion.

Beth Morrison is Senior Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. A leader in her field, she has curated several major exhibitions, including ‘Imagining the Past in France, 1250-1500,’ and ‘Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World’. She has a PhD in the History of Art from Cornell University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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TCR Episode #114 | MP Woodward - THE HANDLER

May 3rd, 2022

An exciting new voice in espionage fiction joins the Crew as former naval intelligence officer M.P. Woodward sits down with the boys to discuss his acclaimed debut, THE HANDLER. NYT Bestselling author Mark Greaney calls it “a brilliant thriller… one you don’t want to miss.”

 

A disgraced former CIA operative must go back in the field with only his ex-wife as his handler in this electrifying thriller from a former intelligence officer.

Meredith Morris-Dale is a CIA case officer and a damn good one…even if this last mission did go terribly wrong. Now she has been summoned back to Langley where she expects to be fired. Instead, she is met by the Deputy Director with stunning news. 

A single well-placed CIA mole in Iran’s uranium enrichment program has kept the terrorist nation from building a bomb by sabotaging the performance of their covert centrifuge arrays. But after losing his daughter in an airliner shootdown, the mole wants out—leaving the world on the brink. His one demand: a reunion with the only handler he ever trusted, John Dale—Meredith’s disgraced, fired, wayward ex-husband. As Meredith and John struggle through their fraught relationship, a craven CIA political hierarchy, Russian interference, and the rogue spy’s manipulation, they must reach deep within their shared connection to maintain, recover, or kill the asset.

 

 

“A spectacular tale, brimming with intrigue, suspense, and richly-drawn characters. Fantastic storytelling.” 
—Marc Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Chain of Command

 

 

M.P. Woodward is a former naval intelligence officer with the U.S. Pacific Command. In multiple deployments to the Persian Gulf and the Far East, he worked alongside U.S. Special Forces, CIA, and NSA. Woodward recently stepped down from heading international distribution marketing for Amazon Prime Video, having launched Amazon’s original video content in more than forty countries. He developed the international distribution strategy for the upcoming serial adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

 

 

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TCR Episode #113 | ALMA KATSU - THE FERVOR

April 25th, 2022

Crew favorite Alma Katsu returns to discuss her latest novel, THE FERVOR. The last time Alma appeared on the show, we talked about RED WIDOW, her first spy novel, this time, we explored a totally different genre with her: horror-infused historical fiction.

We discuss Japanese internment camps, spiders, the Jet Stream, Fu-Go (fire balloon), and more. 

The New York Times and the Washington Post have called THE FERVOR one of the most anticipated books of Spring 2022

Alma Katsu is the author of seven books and one graphic novel. 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.

To learn more about Alma, visit her website: https://www.almakatsubooks.com/

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TCR Episode #112 | Don Bentley — HOSTILE INTENT

April 18th, 2022

A familiar face returns to The Crew Reviews as our friend Don Bentley discusses his upcoming Matt Drake novel Hostile Intent. Bentley’s prescient plot in the third outing in the critically acclaimed series finds Drake embroiled in intrigue in Ukraine, mirroring the real-world conflict playing out on our televisions.

“In Bentley’s third terrific Matt Drake adventure…The intricate level of who’s-doing-what-to-whom adds twists. Readers who enjoy the world of special ops should add Bentley to their reading pile.”
Library Journal

In the espionage community, Vienna is known as the City of Spies, and Matt Drake is about to learn why in the latest electrifying thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Target Acquired and The Outside Man.

When a mysterious walk-in to the US embassy in Vienna claims to have critical information about a Russian intelligence operation, he raises eyebrows. But when he asks for Matt Drake by name and calls himself the Irishman, he gets the DIA’s premier case officer on a one-way flight. 

Matt arrives to find Austria’s charming capital lousy with intelligence officers, all swirling around Nolan Burke—a onetime member of the real IRA. But before Matt can debrief Nolan, the Irishman is kidnapped by a Russian direct action team. Now, Matt must find a way to repay the debt of honor he owes Nolan while stopping World War III in the process.

 

Don Bentley is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Matt Drake series and two Tom Clancy Jack Ryan, Jr. novels (Zero Hour June 7, 2022). Don spent a decade as an Army Apache helicopter pilot, and while deployed in Afghanistan 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 focusing on foreign intelligence and counterintelligence and was a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member. Don lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

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TCR Episode #111 | David McCloskey — Damascus Station

March 14th, 2022

The Crew welcomes the author of one of the buzziest debuts of the year as David McCloskey join us to talk about his scintillating novel DAMASCUS STATION. A finalist for the 2022 ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel, DAMASCUS STATION drips with authenticity thanks to the authors rich experience in the shadowy world of intelligence.

 


"Damascus Station is the best spy novel I have ever read." —General David Petraeus, former director of the CIA

CIA case officer Sam Joseph is dispatched to Paris to recruit Syrian Palace official Mariam Haddad. The two fall into a forbidden relationship, which supercharges Haddad’s recruitment and creates unspeakable danger when they enter Damascus to find the man responsible for the disappearance of an American spy. 

But the cat and mouse chase for the killer soon leads to a trail of high-profile assassinations and the discovery of a dark secret at the heart of the Syrian regime, bringing the pair under the all-seeing eyes of Assad’s spy catcher, Ali Hassan, and his brother Rustum, the head of the feared Republican Guard. Set against the backdrop of a Syria pulsing with fear and rebellion, Damascus Stationis a gripping thriller that offers a textured portrayal of espionage, love, loyalty, and betrayal in one of the most difficult CIA assignments on the planet.

A CIA officer and his recruit arrive in war-ravaged Damascus to hunt for a killer in this page-turner that offers the "most authentic depiction of modern-day tradecraft in print."  (Navy SEAL sniper and New York Times bestselling author Jack Carr). 

David McCloskey is a former CIA analyst and former consultant at McKinsey & Company. While at the CIA, he worked in field stations across the Middle East and briefed senior White House officials and Arab royalty. He lives in Texas.

 

 

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TCR Episode #110 | CJ Box - Shadows Reel

February 14th, 2022

Like his main protagonist Joe Pickett, C.J Box is not a man who seeks out the spotlight, but the spotlight seems to find him. When you do your job as well as Joe, and as well as C.J. Box, you draw attention. And since his debut novel OPEN SEASON in 2021, Box has drawn the attention of a legion of fans and won almost universal critical acclaim. Now, with television adaptations of both his Joe Pickett and Cassie Dewell book series, the spotlight is brighter than ever. He joined the Crew to discuss his 22nd Joe Pickett story, SHADOWS REEL.

 

 

A day before the three Pickett girls come home for Thanksgiving, Joe is called out for a moose poaching incident that turns out to be something much more sinister: a local fishing guide has been brutally tortured and murdered.  At the same time, Marybeth opens an unmarked package at the library where she works and finds a photo album that belonged to an infamous Nazi official. Who left it there? And why?
 
She learns that during World War II, several Wyoming soldiers were in the group that fought to Hitler’s Eagles Nest retreat in the Alps—and one of them took the Fuhrer’s personal photo album. Did another take this one and keep it all these years?  When a close neighbor is murdered, Joe and Marybeth face new questions: Who is after the book? And how will they solve its mystery before someone hurts them…or their girls?  
 
Meanwhile, Nate Romanowski is on the hunt for the man who stole his falcons and attacked his wife. Using a network of fellow falconers, Nate tracks the man from one city to another. Even as he grasps the true threat his quarry presents, Nate swoops in for the kill and a stunning final showdown.

 

 

C.J. Box is the author of over thirty novels, winning the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and two Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and French Elle magazine literary award. His books have been translated to twenty-seven languages. He lives with his wife Laurie on their ranch in Wyoming, and like Joe Pickett, is the father of three daughters. He is an executive producer on ABC TV’s Big Sky, which is based on his Cody Hoyt/Cassie Dewell novels, as well as executive producer of Joe Pickett for Paramount Studios/Spectrum Originals.

 

 

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TCR Episode #109 | Mark Greaney - SIERRA SIX

January 31st, 2022

When all is said and done, 2022 is sure to be the Year of Mark Greaney. The long-anticipated Netflix adaptation of the Gray Man will be streaming on televisions everywhere this summer, directed by the Russo Brothers and starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. In July, the novelization of his hit Audible original ARMORED hits bookshelves. But first up is the 11th novel in his sublime Gray Man series, SIERRA SIX. Mark sat down with the Crew to discuss his latest, which is sure to be a favorite of long-time fans and new readers alike.

 

 

Before he was the Gray Man, Court Gentry was Sierra Six, the junior member of a CIA action team. In their first mission they took out a terrorist leader, at a terrible price. Years have passed. The Gray Man is on a simple mission when he sees a ghost: the long-dead terrorist, but he’s remarkably energetic for a dead man. 
 
A decade of time hasn’t changed the Gray Man. He isn’t one to leave a job unfinished or a blood debt unpaid.

 

 

“Excellent….Greaney seamlessly adjusts focus between the timelines, jumping from one exhilarating roller-coaster ride to the other. Spy and military thriller fans will be well pleased.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

 

New York Times Bestselling author Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science. In his research for the Gray Man novels, he has traveled to more than fifteen countries and trained alongside military and law enforcement personnel in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics. In addition, Greaney co-authored the wildly popular Red Metal with Lt. Colonel H. Ripley Rawlings. He is also the author of the New York Times Bestsellers Tom Clancy Support and Defend, Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect, Tom Clancy Commander in Chief, and Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. With Tom Clancy, he co-authored Locked On, Threat Vector, and Command Authority.

 

 

 

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TCR Episode #108 | Greg Hurwitz - DARKHORSE

January 24th, 2022

The Nowhere Man is back! NYT Bestselling Author Gregg Hurwitz joins the Crew to pull the curtain back a little further on the life of Evan Smoak, Orphan X. We talk vodka, the challenges of parenting when you’re trying to run a cocaine empire, and opinionated plants.

Aragon Urrea is a kingpin of a major drug-dealing operation in South Texas. He's also the patron of the local area--supplying employment in legitimate operations, providing help to the helpless, rough justice to the downtrodden, and a future to a people normally with little hope. He's complicated--a not completely good man, who does bad things for often good reasons. However, for all his money and power, he is helpless when one of the most vicious cartels kidnaps his innocent eighteen year old daughter, spiriting her away into the armored complex that is their headquarters in Mexico. With no other way to rescue his daughter, he turns to The Nowhere Man. 

Now not only must Evan figure out how to get into the impregnable fortress of a heavily armed, deeply paranoid cartel leader, but he must decide if he should help a very bad man--no matter how just the cause.

 

"Gregg Hurwitz has outdone himself this time. The many followers of Orphan X will get whiplash from the unexpected turns and surprises. It was only a matter of time until his Evan Smoak took on the drug cartels. That the main villain is a fully rounded character is unexpectedly moving. The action strikes like lightning." --Luis Urrea, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Devil's Highway

 

GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 23 thrillers including the ORPHAN X series. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in 33 languages. Gregg currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers (ITW). Additionally, he’s written poetry, screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks, comics for AWA, DC, and Marvel, and political and culture pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Bulwark and others. Gregg lives with his Rhodesian ridgebacks in Los Angeles, where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.

 

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TCR Episode #107 | Nick Petrie THE RUNAWAY

January 17th, 2022

One of the Crew’s Favorite writers, Nick Petrie, joins the boys to discuss his 7th Peter Ash thriller, THE RUNAWAY. When Peter Ash rescues a stranded woman, he finds she’s in far deeper trouble than he could ever imagine in the powerful new thriller in this bestselling and award-winning series. Don’t miss this latest white-knuckler featuring the character Lee Child calls “the real deal.”

 

 

War veteran Peter Ash is driving through northern Nebraska when he encounters a young pregnant woman alone on a gravel road, her car dead. Peter offers her a lift, but what begins as an act of kindness soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse chase across the lonely highways with the woman’s vicious ex-cop husband hot on their trail. The pregnant woman has seen something she was never meant to see . . . but protecting her might prove to be more than Peter can handle.
 
In order to save the woman and himself, Peter must use everything he has learned during his time as a Marine, including his knowledge of human nature, in order to escape a ruthless killer with instincts and skills that match—and perhaps exceed—Peter’s own.

 

“If you’re not already on the Peter Ash train, jump aboard now. Nick Petrie is doing headliner work.”—Robert Crais 

Nick Petrie 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. Both Light it Up and The Wild One were shortlisted for the Barry Award.

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TCR Episode #106 | Stephen Hunter - TARGETED

January 10th, 2022

One of the icons of the genre, NYT Bestselling author Stephen Hunter returns to the Crew Reviews to chat about TARGETED, the electrifying 12th novel in the Bob Lee Swagger saga. With TARGETED, the man Mark Greaney calls “A true American literary icon” has written one of his finest novels yet.

 

After his successful takedown of a dangerous terrorist, Bob Lee Swagger learns that no good deed goes unpunished. Summoned to court by the United States Congress, Swagger is accused of reckless endangerment by a hardheaded anti-gun congresswoman. But what begins as political posturing soon turns deadly when the auditorium where the committee is being held is attacked.

Swagger, the congresswoman, and numerous bystanders and reporters are taken hostage by a group of violent operatives. Soon, the very people who had accused him are depending on him to save their lives. Trapped in the auditorium and still struggling with injuries from his last assignment, Swagger must rely on his instincts, his shooting skills, and the help of a mysterious rogue sniper on the outside in order to ensure that everyone makes it out alive.

A heart-pounding and crackling action-packed novel, Targeted proves that Stephen Hunter is “a true master at the pinnacle of his craft. No one does it better” - Jack Carr, Former Navy SEAL Sniper and author of The Terminal List.

 

Stephen Hunter has written over twenty novels. The retired chief film critic for The Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, he has also published two collections of film criticism and a nonfiction work, American Gunfight. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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TCR Episode #105 | Toby Harnden–FIRST CASUALTY

December 27th, 2021

In this episode, accomplished author and veteran foreign correspondent Toby Harnden joins the Crew Reviews to discuss First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11, his riveting account of the first U.S. military action in Afghanistan.

 

 

"Harnden skillfully interweaves dramatic action sequences with the backstories of the book’s central figures, and briskly highlights the failures of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. Readers will be swept up in this little-known chapter of America’s 'forever war.'" –Publishers Weekly

America is reeling; Al-Qaeda has struck and thousands are dead. The country scrambles to respond, but the Pentagon has no plan for Afghanistan—where Osama bin Laden masterminded the attack and is protected by the Taliban. Instead, the CIA steps forward to spearhead the war. Eight CIA officers are dropped into the mountains of northern Afghanistan on October 17, 2001. They are Team Alpha, an eclectic band of linguists, tribal experts, and elite warriors: the first Americans to operate inside Taliban territory. Their covert mission is to track down Al- Qaeda and stop the terrorists from infiltrating the United States again.
 

 

First Casualty places you with Team Alpha as the CIA rides into battle on horseback alongside the warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum. In Washington, DC, few trust that the CIA men, the Green Berets, and the Americans’ outnumbered Afghan allies can prevail before winter sets in. On the ground, Team Alpha is undeterred. The Taliban is routed but hatches a plot with Al-Qaeda to hit back. Hundreds of suicidal fighters, many hiding weapons, fake a surrender and are transported to Qala-i Jangi—the “Fort of War.”
 
Team Alpha’s Mike Spann, an ex-Marine, and David Tyson, a polyglot former Central Asian studies academic, seize America’s initial opportunity to extract intelligence from men trained by bin Laden—among them a young Muslim convert from California. The prisoners revolt and one CIA officer falls—the first casualty in America’s longest war, which will last two decades. The other CIA man shoots dead the Al-Qaeda jihadists attacking his comrade. To survive, he must fight his way out against overwhelming odds.

Toby Harnden reported from 33 countries as a foreign correspondent while based in London, Belfast, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Washington D.C. During his work for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times of London, he was imprisoned in Zimbabwe and faced prosecution in Northern Ireland for his work. A dual U.S. and British citizen and former Royal Navy officer, he lives in McLean, Virginia.

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TCR EPISODE #104 | TED BELL - SEA HAWKE

December 6th, 2021

In this episode, New York Times bestselling and acclaimed author Ted Bell returns to The Crew Reviews to discuss his latest Alex Hawke thriller, SEA HAWKE.

Bell's books are international bestsellers, published in 17 countries including Japan, Israel, and Turkey, and Russia, where he is the last spy novelist still published in Russian. The novels are also available in audio versions voiced by actor and good friend of Ted’s, John Shea.



Bell worked for a brief time as an Advisor at the U.S. State Department and is a standing member of DOCA, a unit of the Department of Defense.

He was also formerly one of the leading talents in advertising, having won every award the industry offers, including numerous Clios and Cannes Gold Lions, and, as Worldwide Creative Director of Young & Rubicam, the Grand Prix at the prestigious Cannes Festival. 

A native Floridian, Bell, an English major, graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia and is a former member of the college's Board of Trustees.

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TCR Episode #103 | Robert Dugoni - THE WORLD PLAYED CHESS

November 22nd, 2021

In this episode, critically acclaimed New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington Post and #1 Amazon bestselling author Robert Dugoni returns to the Crew Reviews to discuss his latest thought-provoking and evocative book, The World Played Chess.

The World Played Chess is a masterwork of emotion from an author who seems like he hasn’t met a genre he can’t conquer. Rich with historical detail and as poignant and powerful as the best works of fiction, this novel is a gut-punch of a story that is as fearless as it is insightful.” —Bookreporter

“A riveting story of boys becoming men and the risks they take along the way.” —Library Journal

In 1979, Vincent Bianco has just graduated high school. His only desire: collect a little beer money and enjoy his final summer before college. So he lands a job as a laborer on a construction crew. Working alongside two Vietnam vets, one suffering from PTSD, Vincent gets the education of a lifetime. Now forty years later, with his own son leaving for college, the lessons of that summer-Vincent's last taste of innocence and first taste of real life-dramatically unfold in a novel about breaking away, shaping a life, and seeking one's own destiny. 

Dugoni is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and a three-time winner of the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He has also been a finalist for many other awards including 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. His books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than thirty languages.

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TCR Episode #102 | Simon Gervais - THE LAST PROTECTOR

November 15th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author Simon Gervais to discuss his latest thriller, The Last Protector.

Simon spent several years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police protecting visiting heads of state, such as Queen Elizabeth II and former US president Barack Obama, and his expertise shows on the pages of this explosive new thriller.

Praise for The Last Protector:

“Gervais’s brisk series kickoff, which jumps around the world, is built on the tension underlying the tenuous alliances among the sort of power-hungry villains who will stop at nothing. Well-modulated action scenes alternate with showdowns that reposition the pawns.” Kirkus Reviews

“[A] solid thriller from Gervais…” Publishers Weekly

“A thrill ride from the first page to the last! Simon Gervais is coming in hot with The Last Protector. Looking for action, intrigue, and suspense? This is your novel! Move it to the top of your list!” Jack Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Hand

In The Last Protector, we are introduced to former US Air Force combat rescue officer turned Secret Service agent Clayton “Clay” White. When he is assigned a routine protection assignment for the US vice president elect, Clay thinks his days on the front lines are over. But all too soon he is thrown into a vast conspiracy that lands the love of his life—the daughter of the vice president elect—in the crosshairs. Pitted against the power-hungry politicians of DC and deadly South African mercenaries, Clay will stop at nothing to protect her.

You can learn more about Simon by visiting https://simongervaisbooks.com/

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TCR Episode #101 | Yasmin Angoe - HER NAME IS KNIGHT

November 8th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew is joined by #1 Amazon bestselling author Yasmin Angoe to discuss her smash debut novel featuring an elite assassin heroine on a mission to topple a human trafficking ring and avenge her family, HER NAME IS KNIGHT

Hailing from Northern Virginia, Yasmin Angoe is a first-generation Ghanaian American who grew up in two cultural worlds. She taught English in middle and high schools for years, served as an instructional coach for virtual teachers, and works as a freelance developmental and copy editor.

Yasmin received the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color from Sisters in Crime, of which she’s a proud member. She lives in South Carolina with her beautiful blended family, and when she’s not writing, Yasmin’s editing for clients, trying new recipes, or absorbed in an audiobook.

You can learn more about Yasmin by visiting https://yasminangoe.com/

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TCR Episode #100 Celebration

November 1st, 2021

The Crew celebrates their 100th episode with special guests Nick Petrie, Don Bentley, Meg Gardiner, David Brown, and Mark Greaney.

We discuss the origin of the show, the state of the publishing industry, and highlight upcoming news.

So pour yourself a drink and pull up a chair. We think you're going to enjoy this show.

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TCR Halloween 2021 | Horror Novel Recommendations

October 29th, 2021

Halloween 2021 | Horror Novel Recommendations

From Stephen King to Alma Katsu, there is a monstrous amount of great horror writers out there, but on this special Halloween 2021 episode, the Crew discuss their current and past favorites.

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TCR Episode #99 | Vera Kurian - NEVER SAW ME COMING

October 18th, 2021

In this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with Vera Kurian to discuss her debut thriller, NEVER SAW ME COMING.  

Vera is a writer and scientist based in Washington DC.  Her debut novel, NEVER SAW ME COMING, was published by Park Row Books (US) and Harvill Secker, Vintage (UK) in September 2021. Her short fiction has been published in magazines such as Glimmer Train, Day One, and The Pinch.  She has a PhD in Social Psychology, where she studied intergroup relations, ideology, and quantitative methods. She blogs irregularly about writing, horror movies and pop culture/terrible TV. She enjoys existentialism and puppies.

You can learn more about Vera by visiting www.VeraKurian.com.

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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

Keep an eye out for the knife-hand.

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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.

Buckle up, folks. You're gonna laugh. But you already knew that, right?

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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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