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 | #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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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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