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Past Nominees and Winners

ITW Thriller Award nominees and winners. Winners are listed in bold with *

2013 Thriller Awards

Anne Rice, ThrillerMaster, in recognition of her legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Steve Berry, Literary Silver Bullet Award, USO, Corporate Silver Bullet Award

BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL

Sean Chercover – THE TRINITY GAME (Thomas & Mercer)
Brian Freeman – SPILLED BLOOD (SilverOak)
Lisa Gardner – CATCH ME (Dutton Books)
Gregg Hurwitz – THE SURVIVOR (St. Martin’s Press)
William Landay – DEFENDING JACOB (Delacorte Press)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

Daniel Friedman – DON’T EVER GET OLD (Minotaur Books)
Owen Laukkanen – THE PROFESSIONALS (Putnam Adult)
Chris Pavone – THE EXPATS (Crown)
Matthew Quirk – THE 500 (Reagan Arthur Books)
Michael Sears – BLACK FRIDAYS (Putnam Adult)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Blake Crouch – PINES (Thomas & Mercer)
Sean Doolittle – LAKE COUNTRY (Bantam)
Alison Gaylin – AND SHE WAS (Harper)
Alex Marwood – THE WICKED GIRLS (Penguin Books)
Michael W. Sherer – NIGHT BLIND (Thomas & Mercer)

BEST SHORT STORY

David Edgerley Gates – “The Devil to Pay” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine)
Clark Howard – “The Street Ends at the Cemetery” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
Dennis Lehane – “The Consumers” (Mulholland Books)
Gordon McEachern – “The History Lesson” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
John Rector – “Lost Things” (Thomas & Mercer)

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL

Michelle Gagnon – DON’T TURN AROUND (HarperCollins)
Andrew Klavan – IF WE SURVIVE (Thomas Nelson)
Dan Krokos – FALSE MEMORY (Hyperion Books CH)
Niall Leonard – CRUSHER (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
William Richter – DARK EYES (Razorbill)

BEST E-BOOK ORIGINAL NOVEL

Jon Land – PANDORA’S TEMPLE (Open Road E-riginal)
CJ Lyons – BLIND FAITH (Minotaur Books)
Alexandra Sokoloff – HUNTRESS MOON (Alexandra Sokoloff)
Allen Wyler – DEAD END DEAL (Astor + Blue Editions)
Allen Wyler – DEAD WRONG (Astor + Blue Editions)

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2012 Thriller Awards (Winners announced July, 2012)

Jack Higgins, ThrillerMaster. in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Ann Rule, True Thriller Award

Richard North Patterson, Silver Bullet Award

BEST HARD COVER NOVEL

Joseph Finder – BURIED SECRETS (St. Martin’s Press) **
Jonathan Hayes – A HARD DEATH (Harper)
Stephen King – 11/22/63 (Scribner)*
Michael Koryta – THE RIDGE (Little, Brown and Co.)
Marcus Sakey – THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES (Dutton Adult)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

Jeff Abbott – THE LAST MINUTE (Sphere/Little, Brown UK)*
John Gilstrap – THREAT WARNING (Pinnacle)
Helen Grant – THE GLASS DEMON (Delacorte Press)
Steven James – THE QUEEN (Revell)
John Rector – ALREADY GONE (Thomas & Mercer)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

James Barney – THE GENESIS KEY (Harper)
Melinda Leigh – SHE CAN RUN (Montlake Romance)
Paul McEuen – SPIRAL (The Dial Press)*
H.T. Narea – THE FUND (Forge Books)
Leslie Tentler – MIDNIGHT CALLER (Mira)

BEST SHORT STORY

James Scott Bell – “One More Lie” (Compendium Press)
Michael Lewin – “Anything to Win” (Strand Magazine)
Twist Phelan – “Happine$$” (MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA PRESENTS THE RICH AND THE DEAD, Grand Central Publishing)
Tim L. Williams – “Half-Lives” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)*
Dave Zeltserman – “A Hostage Situation” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

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2011 Thriller Awards (Winners announced July, 2011)

R.L. Stine, ThrillerMaster, in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Joe McGinniss, True Thriller Award

Karin Slaughter, Silver Bullet Award

Best Hard Cover Novel:

Michael Connelly – THE REVERSAL (Little Brown)
Jeffery Deaver – EDGE: A NOVEL (Simon & Schuster)
Brian Freeman – THE BURYING PLACE (Minotaur)
Mo Hayder – SKIN (Grove)
John Sandford – BAD BLOOD (Putnam)*

Best Paperback Original:

Robert Gregory Browne – DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN (St. Martin’s)
Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens – YOU CAN’T STOP ME (Pinnacle)
J.T. Ellison – THE COLD ROOM (Mira)*
Shane Gericke – TORN APART (Pinnacle)
Jon Trace – THE VENICE CONSPIRACY (Hachette Digital)

Best First Novel:

Carla Buckley – THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE (Random House)
Paul Doiron – THE POACHER’S SON (Minotaur)
Reece Hirsch – THE INSIDER (Berkley)
Thomas Kaufman – DRINK THE TEA (Minotaur)
Chevy Stevens – STILL MISSING (St. Martin’s)*

Best Short Story:

Mike Carey – “Second Wind” (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin’s)
Michael Connelly – “Blue on Black” (Strand Magazine)
Richard Helms – “The Gods for Vengeance Cry” (Dell Magazine)*
Harley Jane Kozak – “Madeeda” (CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT: Mysteries from the Dark Side, Berkley)
Nicholas Kaufmann – “Chasing the Dragon” (ChiZine Publications)
Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins – “Long Time Dead” (Strand Magazine)

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2010 Thriller Awards (Winners announced July 10, 2010)

Ken Follett, ThrillerMaster, in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Mark Bowden, True Thriller Award

Linda Fairstein, Silver Bullet Award

US Airways, Silver Bullet Award (Corporate)

Best Hard Cover Novel:
VANISHED by Joseph Finder
LONG LOST by Harlan Coben
FEAR THE WORST by Linwood Barclay
THE NEIGHBOR by Lisa Gardner*
THE RENEGADES by T. Jefferson Parker

Best Paperback Original:
SHADOW SEASON by Tom Piccirilli
URGE TO KILL by John Lutz
VENGEANCE ROAD by Rick Mofina
THE COLDEST MILE by Tom Piccirilli*
NO MERCY by John Gilstrap

Best First Novel:
FRAGMENT by Warren Fahy
DEAD MEN’S DUST by Matt Hilton
COLLISION OF EVIL by John J. Le Beau
DRACULA: THE UN-DEAD by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt
RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL by Jamie Freveletti*

Best Short Story:
THE DESERT HERE AND THE DESERT FAR AWAY by Marcus Sakey
A STAB IN THE HEART by Twist Phelan*
BACKUP by Rick Mofina
ICED by Harry Hunsicker
BOLDT’S BROKEN ANGEL by Ridley Pearson

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2009 Thriller Awards (winners announced July 11, 2009)
ThrillerMaster: David Morrell
Silver Bullet Award: Brad Meltzer
Silver Bullet Corporate Award: Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Best Thriller Of The Year
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver*
The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
The Last Patriot by Brad Thor

Best First Novel
Calumet City by Charlie Newton
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith*
Criminal Paradise by Steven Thomas
Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd

Best Short Story
Between the Dark and the Daylight (Ellery Queen Magazine) by Tom Piccirilli
Last Island South (Ellery Queen Magazine) by John C. Boland
The Edge of Seventeen (The Darker Mask) by Alexandra Sokoloff*
The Point Guard (Killer Year Anthology) by Jason Pinter
Time of the Green (Killer Year Anthology) by Ken Bruen

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2008 Thriller Awards (winners announced July 12, 2008)

ThrillerMaster: Sandra Brown
Silver Bullet Award: Macy’s 
and David Baldacci

Best Novel
No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay (Bantam)
The Watchman by Robert Crais (Simon & Schuster)
The Ghost by Robert Harris (Simon & Schuster)*
The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz (Viking)
Trouble by Jesse Kellerman (Putnam)

Best First Novel
Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell (Dutton)
Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover (William Morrow)
From the Depths by Gerry Doyle (McBook Press)
Volk’s Game by Brent Ghelfi (Henry Holt and Co.)
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (William Morrow)*

Best Paperback Original
The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco (Ballantine)
A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish (Pocket)
The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirilli (Bantam)*
The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon (Pocket)
Shattered by Jay Bonansinga (Pinnacle)

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2007 (winners announced July 14, 2007)

ThrillerMaster: James Patterson

Best Novel
False Impression, Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin’s Press)
Killer Instinct, Joseph Finder (St. Martin’s Press)*
Cold Kill, Stephen Leather (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Messenger, Daniel Silva (Putnam)
Beautiful Lies, Lisa Unger (Shaye Areheart Books/Bantam)

Best First Novel
Shadow of Death, Patricia Gussin (Oceanview Publishing)
Switchback, Matthew Klein (Orion)
A Thousand Suns, Alex Scarrow (Orion)
18 Seconds, George D. Shuman (Simon & Schuster)
Mr. Clarinet, Nick Stone (Michael Joseph Ltd/Penguin) *

Best Paperback Original
Skeleton Coast, Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul (Berkley Trade)
The Deep Blue Alibi, Paul Levine (Bantam)
An Unquiet Grave, P.J. Parrish (Pinnacle)*
Headstone City, Tom Piccirilli (Spectra Books/Crown)
Mortal Faults, Michael Prescott (Onyx Books)

Best Screenplay
Inside Man: Russell Gewirtz
The Departed: William Monahan
The Good Shepherd: Eric Roth*
Children of Men: Alfonse Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby
Casino Royale: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis

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2006 Thriller Awards (winners announced July 1, 2006)

ThrillerMaster: Clive Cussler

Best Novel

Panic, Jeff Abbott (Dutton)
Consent to Kill, Vince Vlynn (Atria)
Velocity, Dean Koontz (Bantam)
The Patriots Club, Christopher Reich (Delacorte Press)*
Citizen Vince, Jess Walter (Regan Books)

Best First Novel
Improbable, Adam Fawer (Willaim Morrow)*
The Color of Law, Mark Gimenez (Doubleday)
Cold Granite, Stuart MacBride (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Pain Killer, Will Staeger (Will Morrow)
Beneath a Panamanian Moon, David Terrenoire (Thomas Dunne Books)

Best Paperback Original
Sleeper Cell, Jeffrey Anderson (Berkley)
Pride Runs Deep, R. Cameron Cooke (Jove)*
Upside Down, John Ramsey Miller (Dell)
The Dying Hour, Rick Mofina (Pinnacle Books)
Exit Strategy, Michael Wiecek (Jove)

Best Screenplay
Match Point, screenplay by Woody Allen
Syriana, based on the book by Robert Baer, written by Stephen Gaghan
Cache (Hidden), screenplay by Michael Haneke*
Oldboy, screenplay by Jo-yun Hwang, Chun-hyeong Lim, Joon-hyung Lim, and Chan-wook Park; story by Garon Tsuchiva
Munich, screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth; based on the book by George Jonas

Past Nominees and Winners

ITW Thriller Award nominees and winners.

Winners are listed in bold with *

 

2012 Thriller Awards
(Winners announced July, 2012)

Jack Higgins, ThrillerMaster
in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Ann Rule, True Thriller Award

Richard North Patterson, Silver Bullet Award

BEST HARD COVER NOVEL

Joseph Finder – BURIED SECRETS (St. Martin’s Press) **
Jonathan Hayes – A HARD DEATH (Harper)
Stephen King – 11/22/63 (Scribner)*
Michael Koryta – THE RIDGE (Little, Brown and Co.)
Marcus Sakey – THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES (Dutton Adult)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

Jeff Abbott – THE LAST MINUTE (Sphere/Little, Brown UK)*
John Gilstrap – THREAT WARNING (Pinnacle)
Helen Grant – THE GLASS DEMON (Delacorte Press)
Steven James – THE QUEEN (Revell)
John Rector – ALREADY GONE (Thomas & Mercer)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

James Barney – THE GENESIS KEY (Harper)
Melinda Leigh – SHE CAN RUN (Montlake Romance)
Paul McEuen – SPIRAL (The Dial Press)*
H.T. Narea – THE FUND (Forge Books)
Leslie Tentler – MIDNIGHT CALLER (Mira)

BEST SHORT STORY

James Scott Bell – “One More Lie” (Compendium Press)
Michael Lewin – “Anything to Win” (Strand Magazine)
Twist Phelan – “Happine$$” (MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA PRESENTS THE RICH AND THE DEAD, Grand Central Publishing)
Tim L. Williams – “Half-Lives” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)*
Dave Zeltserman – “A Hostage Situation” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

 

2011 Thriller Awards
(Winners announced July, 2011)

R.L. Stine, ThrillerMaster in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Joe McGinniss, True Thriller Award

Karin Slaughter, Silver Bullet Award

Best Hard Cover Novel:

Michael Connelly – THE REVERSAL (Little Brown)
Jeffery Deaver – EDGE: A NOVEL (Simon & Schuster)
Brian Freeman – THE BURYING PLACE (Minotaur)
Mo Hayder – SKIN (Grove)
John Sandford – BAD BLOOD (Putnam)*

Best Paperback Original:

Robert Gregory Browne – DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN (St. Martin’s)
Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens – YOU CAN’T STOP ME (Pinnacle)
J.T. Ellison – THE COLD ROOM (Mira)*
Shane Gericke – TORN APART (Pinnacle)
Jon Trace – THE VENICE CONSPIRACY (Hachette Digital)

Best First Novel:

Carla Buckley – THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE (Random House)
Paul Doiron – THE POACHER’S SON (Minotaur)
Reece Hirsch – THE INSIDER (Berkley)
Thomas Kaufman – DRINK THE TEA (Minotaur)
Chevy Stevens – STILL MISSING (St. Martin’s)*

Best Short Story:

Mike Carey – “Second Wind” (THE NEW DEAD, St. Martin’s)
Michael Connelly – “Blue on Black” (Strand Magazine)
Richard Helms – “The Gods for Vengeance Cry” (Dell Magazine)*
Harley Jane Kozak – “Madeeda” (CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT: Mysteries from the Dark Side, Berkley)
Nicholas Kaufmann – “Chasing the Dragon” (ChiZine Publications)
Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins – “Long Time Dead” (Strand Magazine)

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2010 Thriller Awards
(Winners announced July 10, 2010)

Ken Follett, ThrillerMaster
in recognition of his legendary career and outstanding contributions to the thriller genre

Mark Bowden, True Thriller Award

Linda Fairstein, Silver Bullet Award

US Airways, Silver Bullet Award (Corporate)

Best Hard Cover Novel:
VANISHED by Joseph Finder
LONG LOST by Harlan Coben
FEAR THE WORST by Linwood Barclay
THE NEIGHBOR by Lisa Gardner*
THE RENEGADES by T. Jefferson Parker

Best Paperback Original:
SHADOW SEASON by Tom Piccirilli
URGE TO KILL by John Lutz
VENGEANCE ROAD by Rick Mofina
THE COLDEST MILE by Tom Piccirilli*
NO MERCY by John Gilstrap

Best First Novel:
FRAGMENT by Warren Fahy
DEAD MEN’S DUST by Matt Hilton
COLLISION OF EVIL by John J. Le Beau
DRACULA: THE UN-DEAD by Dacre Stoker & Ian Holt
RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL by Jamie Freveletti*

Best Short Story:
THE DESERT HERE AND THE DESERT FAR AWAY by Marcus Sakey
A STAB IN THE HEART by Twist Phelan*
BACKUP by Rick Mofina
ICED by Harry Hunsicker
BOLDT’S BROKEN ANGEL by Ridley Pearson

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2009
ThrillerMaster: David Morrell
Silver Bullet Award: Brad Meltzer
Silver Bullet Corporate Award: Dollar General Literacy Foundation
(winners announced July 11, 2009)

Best Thriller Of The Year
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver*
The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
The Dark Tide by Andrew Gross
The Last Patriot by Brad Thor

Best First Novel
Calumet City by Charlie Newton
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith*
Criminal Paradise by Steven Thomas
Sacrifice by S. J. Bolton
The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd

Best Short Story
Between the Dark and the Daylight (Ellery Queen Magazine) by Tom Piccirilli
Last Island South (Ellery Queen Magazine) by John C. Boland
The Edge of Seventeen (The Darker Mask) by Alexandra Sokoloff*
The Point Guard (Killer Year Anthology) by Jason Pinter
Time of the Green (Killer Year Anthology) by Ken Bruen

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2008
ThrillerMaster: Sandra Brown
Silver Bullet Award:  Macy’s
and David Baldacci
(winners announced July 12, 2008)

Best Novel
No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay (Bantam)
The Watchman by Robert Crais (Simon & Schuster)
The Ghost by Robert Harris (Simon & Schuster)*
The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz (Viking)
Trouble by Jesse Kellerman (Putnam)

Best First Novel
Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell (Dutton)
Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover (William Morrow)
From the Depths by Gerry Doyle (McBook Press)
Volk’s Game by Brent Ghelfi (Henry Holt and Co.)
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (William Morrow)*

Best Paperback Original
The Last Nightingale by Anthony Flacco (Ballantine)
A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish (Pocket)
The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirilli (Bantam)*
The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon (Pocket)
Shattered by Jay Bonansinga (Pinnacle)

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2007
ThrillerMaster: James Patterson

(winners announced July 14, 2007)

Best Novel
False Impression, Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin’s Press)
Killer Instinct, Joseph Finder (St. Martin’s Press)*
Cold Kill, Stephen Leather (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Messenger, Daniel Silva (Putnam)
Beautiful Lies, Lisa Unger (Shaye Areheart Books/Bantam)

Best First Novel
Shadow of Death, Patricia Gussin (Oceanview Publishing)
Switchback, Matthew Klein (Orion)
A Thousand Suns, Alex Scarrow (Orion)
18 Seconds, George D. Shuman (Simon & Schuster)
Mr. Clarinet, Nick Stone (Michael Joseph Ltd/Penguin) *

Best Paperback Original
Skeleton Coast, Clive Cussler with Jack DuBrul (Berkley Trade)
The Deep Blue Alibi, Paul Levine (Bantam)
An Unquiet Grave, P.J. Parrish (Pinnacle)*
Headstone City, Tom Piccirilli (Spectra Books/Crown)
Mortal Faults, Michael Prescott (Onyx Books)

Best Screenplay
Inside Man: Russell Gewirtz
The Departed: William Monahan
The Good Shepherd: Eric Roth*
Children of Men: Alfonse Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby
Casino Royale: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis

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2006
ThrillerMaster: Clive Cussler
(winners announced July 1, 2006)

Best Novel
Panic, Jeff Abbott (Dutton)
Consent to Kill, Vince Vlynn (Atria)
Velocity, Dean Koontz (Bantam)
The Patriots Club, Christopher Reich (Delacorte Press)*
Citizen Vince, Jess Walter (Regan Books)

Best First Nove
l
Improbable, Adam Fawer (Willaim Morrow)*
The Color of Law, Mark Gimenez (Doubleday)
Cold Granite, Stuart MacBride (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Pain Killer, Will Staeger (Will Morrow)
Beneath a Panamanian Moon, David Terrenoire (Thomas Dunne Books)

Best Paperback Original
Sleeper Cell, Jeffrey Anderson (Berkley)
Pride Runs Deep, R. Cameron Cooke (Jove)*
Upside Down, John Ramsey Miller (Dell)
The Dying Hour, Rick Mofina (Pinnacle Books)
Exit Strategy, Michael Wiecek (Jove)

Best Screenplay
Match Point, screenplay by Woody Allen
Syriana, based on the book by Robert Baer, written by Stephen Gaghan
Cache (Hidden), screenplay by Michael Haneke*
Oldboy, screenplay by Jo-yun Hwang, Chun-hyeong Lim, Joon-hyung Lim, and Chan-wook Park; story by Garon Tsuchiva
Munich, screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth; based on the book by George Jonas

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Julie Cooper *
Steven Cooper
Lauri Corkum *
Douglas Corleone
James Cornwell
Shawn Corridan
Miles Corwin
S.A. Cosby
Carol Costa
T.L. Costa
Guy Cote
Ally Cowee *
Patricia Cox *
Richard Creasey
Jeff Critser *
Richard Crompton
Tanya Crosby
Elizabeth Crouse*
Brad Crowther
Jamie Crumley*
Ray Cruz *
Jean Cullen *
Fiona Cummins
Doug M. Cummings
Sean Cunningham *
William Cunningham *
Lindsay Curcio *
Chris Curle
Quinn Currie *
Clive Cussler #
Dirk Cussler #
Ronald Cutler
Ron Cutler


 

D

Brandon Daily
Susan Dailey *
Mary Dalmau *
David Dalrymple *
C.E. Daly *
Celeste Daly *
Warren Darcy *
Susan Darin *
Carolina Dasher *
Annette Dashofy
E.M. Davey
Anne Da Vigo *
Cari Davis
Keith Davis
Rodger Davis *
Zalman S. Davis
Mark Dawson
Bailey Day
Charles Day
Lara Dearman
Stephen M. DeBock
Cheryl Deering *
Tracee de Hahn
Thomas George Deitman *
Darrell Delamaide
M. Maitland DeLand
Matthew Delaney
Terry Del Bene
David DeLee
Sandy DeLuca
DeLeon DeMicoli
Nelson DeMille ~
Leonard Denison *
Len d’Eon
Pat DePaolo *
Alan M. Dershowitz
Paula d’Etcheverry *
Andie Devaux
Katerina Diamond
Jame DiBiasio
Terry DiDomenico
Lesley Diehl
Linda Diianni *
Melinda Di Lorenzo
Tyler Dilts
Rosanne Dingli
Joni Dital
Christina Dodd
Sarah Dodge *
Amy Fellner Dominy
B.P. Donigan
Judith Dore *
Fran Dorricott
Gil Dorland
Conda Douglas
Kathryn Dovgala *
Trey Dowell
Down & Out Books *
Rebecca Jean Downey *
Susan Drake
HenyaD Drescher *
Alex Dryden
Brendan DuBois
Charles Dubois *
Charley Dubois *
Wallace Duff *
Brendan Duffy
Jim Duncan
Brian Dunford *
Harry Dunn
Mark Dunn
Randall Dunn *
Robert E. Dunn
Steven Dunne
Mike Duran


 

E

Steve Earnhart *
Daniel Easterman
Dawn Eastman
Ines Eberl
Chris Eboch
Rachael Eckles *
M.K. Eder *
Les Edgerton
Mark Edwards
Marguerite Edwards *
Kevin Egan
Christie Eheman *
David Elder *
John Eisenhart *
Cecilia Ekbäck
David Elder *
Tori Eldridge
John Elefteriades
Julie Elias *
Mark Ellis
Kurt Ellis
Saunders Elmore
Ashley Elston
Warren Embree
John English *
Ezra Kyrill Erker
Allen Eskens
Carl Esquibel *
Marcia Evanick
Barry J. Evans, M.D. *
Joanna Evans *
Patricia Gardner Evans
Jack Everett
Stephan Everling
Lynne Ewing
Excellence in Writing & Revision *
Pete Expendable


 

F

Julie Fagan *
John Wayne Falbey
Christi Fallon *
Jessica Faraday
Don Farmer
Matthew Farrell
John Farrow
Robert Farsky aka Robert Alan *
Julie Fasciana *
Rob Fasone *
Deirdre Feehan
Sylvan Feldstein *
Penny Felix Michalski *
Bernard Ferguson *
Kay Harwell Fernandez *
Claudette Ferron *
Gerrie Ferris Finger
Charles Fickey *
Alan Field *
Maureen Fielding *
Joya Fields
Catherine Finger
Erynn Finn *
Trevor Firetog *
David Fisher
Lee Fishman *
Sean Fitzgerald
Matt Fitzpatrick *
Matthew FitzSimmons
Terence Flanagan *
Robert Fleisher
Scott Fleuter *
In Memory of Elaine Flinn
William Floyd
Joseph Flynn
Rory Flynn
In Memory of Vince Flynn ~
Jakob Fog *
Stephen Follows *
Allan Folsom
G.M. Ford
Jim Forman *
Steven M Forman
Christopher D. Forrest
Ramona Forrest
Troy Foster *
Kate Forsyth
Angie Fox
Denny Fox *
John Foxjohn
C.B. Francis *
Lee Franklin *
Anthony Franze
Victoria Fraser
Bradlee Frazer
Ellen Frazer-Jameson *
Mariah Fredericks
David Freed
David Freedland
Jerry Freedman
Patrick Freivald
Jordan French *
Jamie Freveletti
Elizabeth Campbell Frey *
Hazel Friedman
Daniel Friedman
Jeaniene Frost
Bruce Funkhouser *
Sandra Furlong
Jennifer Fusco *


 

G

Diana Gabaldon
Theresa Gabaldon *
Marcos Gabriel
In Memory of Leighton Gage
Kerin Gale
Warren Embree
Mary Gammel *
Larry Gandle *
Joe Gannon
Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
Anthony Gardner *
David Gardner *
Jeff Garvin
Bennett Gates *
Alison Gaylin
Jon Gbur *
Kathleen O’Neal Gear
W. Michael Gear
Cherrie Geerdts *
Linda Gehrken aka L F Hampto
George Genung *
D. George *
Rob Gerrand
Peter Gethers
Jack Getze
Sharon Alice Geyer
Brent Ghelfi
John H. Gibson
Greg F. Gifune
Azam Gill
A. E. Gilly
Tracy Gilpin
Helen Giltrow
Howard Gimple *
Sibella Giorello
Paul Gitsham
Adam Gittlin
Deri Glenn-Gray *
Robert Glinski
Michael Glover
Michael Glover *
William Glover *
Brian Godden *
Victoria Goff *
Elizabeth Gold *
Joe Goldberg *
Ann Goldenberg *
Pamela Goldstein *
Joel Gomez-Dossi
Carol Goodman
Derek J. Goodman
Howard Gordon ~
Steve Gordon
C.W. Gortner
Shelia Goss
Howard Michael Gould
Ronald Kirk Goulding
Steve Govoni
Tom Grace
Walter Gragg
Bob Graham
Seana Graham
Michael Grais
Michelle Grajkowski *
Andrew Grant
Don Grant *
Elaine Grant
Gina Storm Grant
Sam Grant *
Andrew Gray
William Gray *
Mark Greaney
Jon Gregory *
Layton Green
Yvonne Green *
Jonathan Greene
Jill Gregory
Angela Greenman *
Gaylon Greer
Jill Gregory
April Grey *
Dana Griffin *
Gwen Griffith-Dickson *
Victoria Griffith
Jack D. B. Grimshaw *
Melissa Groeling
Laney Gross *
Gary Grossman ~
Paul Grzegorzek
Matthew Guinn
Johnny Gunn
Gregory Gunter *
Kathryn Guy Fox
Wayne Guyette *


 

H

Ammar Habib
Bill Hackett
Emory Hackman *
David Hagberg
Nina Hajda
Sharon Halasz *
Lisa Hall
Megan Hall Kelley & Hall Book PR *
Thomas Hall *
James Hallan
Bethany Halle
Karen Hallam
P. D. Halt *
Anita Halvorssen
Glen Hamilton
Ian Hamilton
John Hamilton aka J.A. Hamilton*
Karen Hamilton
Julie Hammer aka J.L. Hammer
Jill Hand
Diana Hansen-Young
Ken Harbin *
Tally Harbour
Marianne Harden
John Harney
Bradley Harper
Nan Harrington *
Allison Harris
Joanne Harris
Lori L. Harris
Ruth Harris *
Steven Harris
Tom Harris *
S. Harrison
F. Harris *
Joe Hart
Joseph V. Hartlaub
Maureen Harty *
Cameron Harvey
Jane Haseldine
Paula Hawkins
G. Miki Hayden *
Jonathan Hayes
Terry Hayes
James Hayman
Adam Haynes
Julia Heaberlin
Paul Heatley
Sarah Jane Heckscher-Marquis *
Nick Heeb
Scott Heekin-Canedy *
John Hegenberger
Merrilee Heifetz *
David Heilwagen
Elizabeth Heiter
Helen Henderson *
Todd Henderson
Shirl Henke aka Alexa Hunt
Deborah Henkes *
Mark Henshaw
D.B. Henson
Sam Hepburn
George Heron *
Greg Herren
Elisabeth Herrmann ~
Bob Herzberg
Diane Hester
Dennis Hetzel
Bob Hicks *
Michael Hiebert
Laurel Hightower
Ronald E Hignite
Sarah Hilary
Jenny Hilborne
Mark Hill
Scott Hill *
Raelynn Hillhouse
Michael Hilliard *
Martin Hill Ortiz *
Hoyt Hilsman
Reece Hirsch
Brian Hittle aka Brian Andrews
David Hodges
Ken Hodgson
Kevin Hoffman aka Geo Hoffman *
Traci Hohenstein
Laurie Holbrook *
Jamie Holland aka Jamie Michele
Craig Holland *
Kevin Holland *
Norwood Holland *
Kenneth Hollern *
SJI Holliday
Paul Hollis *
Cheryl Hollon
Diane Holmes *
Bert Holtje
Theodore Morrison Homa MD
Richard Alan Hood
R. Hope *
Rhonda Hopkins *
Gary Hoppenstand
Jacqueline Horsfall
Leslie Alan Horvitz
Sharron Houdek *
D. L. Houghton *
Keith Houghton
David Housewright
Mike Houtz
Dawson Howard *
Greg Howard *
Paul John Howard
Derek Howell
Richard Hoyt
Wendy Huang *
Debi Huff *
Jennifer Hughes
Michael Hughes
Nancy Hughes
ML Huie
Dennis Humphries *
Sharon Hunt
Tom Hunt
Stephen Hunter
Sharla Huret *
Sandy Huseby *
James Hutchins *
John Hutchinson, Norwood Press *
Karen Hutchinson *
Eileen Hutton *
Michael Hyman
Noel Hynd


 

I

Wajeeha Iftikhar *
Ponglada Iiitmakin *
Kevin Ikenberry
Judy Ingram *
K.J. Iptegrove
Thomas Isbell *
Susan Israel
Inkwell * ~
Alexandra Ivy
Nikhil Iyengar


 

J

Kelly Jaakkola *
Alice Jackson *
Melanie Jackson
Michael Jacobs *
Jeff Jacobson
Jean Jacques
Natascha Jaffa aka Nichole Severn *
Ian James *
Paul James *
Renee James
Tierney James
Hanna Jameson
J.A. Jance
Judith Janeway
Kenneth Janssen
Jonathan Javitt ~
Walter Jenkins *
Christian Jensen
Derrick Jensen
Linell Jeppsen
Michael Jervis aka M. J. Carlson *
Gale Jesse *
Andrew Jetarski
Piyush Jha
Roger Johns
Beau Johnson
Charles Johnson
D.E. Johnson
Megan Clare Johnson *
Pamela E Johnson
Pete Johnson*
Robert Johnson
Dwight Jolivette *
Joy Jones, Bitten Twice *
Merry Jones
Peter Jones *
Rick Jones
Steven Jones
Steven Graham Jones
Weyman Jones
Pam Joplin *
Catherine Jordan
Jane Jordan
Will Jordan
Dirk Jordaan
Christine Jorgensen
Alison Joseph
C. Courtney Joyner
Holly Jurbergs *


 

K

Leslie Kain *
AX Kalinchuk
Dietrich Kalteis
S.H. Kamal
Andrew Kaplan
Glenn Kaplan
Virlana Kardash *
Mona Karel
Chris Karsten
Karen Katchur
Thomas Kaufman
Arlene Kay
Robert E. Kearns
David James Keaton
Tim Keegan
Reagan Keeter
Larry Keeton *
Dharma Kelleher
Mary Louise Kelly
Mitzi Kelly
Virginia Kelly
Thomas Kelso *
Lou Kemp
Paul Kemprecos
Kay Kendall
Jesse James Kennedy
Tom Kenny *
David Kent
Matt Kephart *
Jack Kerley
G Kern *
Loretta Kern *
Laurel Kerr *
Vic Kerry
Kitty Keswick
Dana Killion *
Angie Kim
Harper Kincaid
Patricia King aka Annamaria Alfieri
Elise Hart Kipness *
Charles Kipps
Jay Klages
Susan Klaus
Lawrence Klausner
Glenn Kleier
Tal Klein
Madeline Kleiner *
K J Klemme *
Brian Klingborg
Colin Knight
Tony Knighton
Glen Knock
Larry Knorr
Bryan Koepke *
Danny Konczynski *
Howard Konig
Gerry Kontos*
Christina Kovac ~
Theresa Kovian *
Ryan Kreider *
Jennifer Kreischer *
Robert R. Kresge *
Richard Krevolin
James Krieger *
Michael Krikorian
Gary Kriss
Mike Krozer *
Richard Kunzmann
Michael Kurland
Ed Kurtz
K. P. Kyle


 

L

Cheryl Lacharite *
Deborah Lacy
Michelle Ladner *
C. S. Lakin
Bryan Lamaj *
Kristen Lamb
Robert Lance*
Shelly Lange *
John Lansing
Lanny Larcinese *
Sally Large *
L.A. Larkin
Frank Larnerd
Craig Larsen
L. Scott Larsen *
Ward Larsen
Keith Larson *
Cherry Laska *
T. C. Lathrop *
S.W. Lauden
Karen Laugel *
Owen Laukkanen
Jim LaVigne
James Law
Joe Law *
Bob Lawrence *
C.E. Lawrence
Darren Laws
Mike Lawson
Ben Leavens *~
Alan L. Lee
Tim Lees
Paul Lees-Haley
Mark Leggatt
John Leifer *
Jon Lellenberg
Bill Lemanski
Edna Leo *
Gus Leodas
Eden Leone *
Allison Leotta
Peter Lerangis
Barbara Levenson
David Levien
Howard Levine
Joe Lewis
Judith Lewis *
Mitchell Scott Lewis
Ben Lieberman
Lawrence Light
Julia Lightbody *
Halli Lilburn
Vanessa Lillie
David Lindsey aka Paul Harper
Jeff Lindsay
Jodi Linton
J.J. Livingston
Dick Lochte
Steven Lockley
Jennifer Loizeaux
Kate London
Lindsay Longford
Gregg Loomis
Danny Lopez
Sarah Lotz
Linda Lovely
Tom Lowe
Wesley Lowe
Catherine Lowell
Cym Lowell *
Laura Lubrano *
Avram Noble Ludwig
John Lutz
Lisa Lutz
Dennis Lyday *
In Memory of Dennis Lynds
JB Lynn
Billy Lyons
Beverly Lyons *
David Lyons


 

M

Lou Macaluso
Michael MacConnell
Morgan Hannah MacDonald *
Joanne Macgregor
Backen MacLeod
Henry Mac Nicoll *
Meika Macrae *
Cory Madison *
Bernard Maestas
Russ Maguire *
Karen Maitland
Alexander Major *
Ann Major
Donna Malane
Lisa Malice *
G.M. Malliet
Sean D. Malone *
Simon Maltman
Jerry Manas
Janson Mancheski
W. Adam Mandelbaum
Robert Mangahas *
John Mangan
Gary Mann*
David M. Mannes
Maureen Manning *
S. Lee Manning
R. Manolakas
Mike Manos
Catharine Manset Morreale
Ana Manwaring *
Barry Marcus
Mary Ellen Marcus *
Robert Marcus
Christopher Mari
Helaine Mario
Rebecca Marks
Stephen Marley
John Robert Marlow
D.W. Maroney *
Katie Marshall
Alex Martin
Andy Martin
Leila Martin *
Tone Martin *
Laura Martinez *
Stephen Martino
Alex Marwood
Jacqueline Mason *
Meshack Masondo
Mario Mastro * ~
Beth Mathison
Marcus Mattern
Patricia Mattern
Jack Matthews *
Larry Matthews
George Mavromates
Andrew Maxfield *
Edith Maxwell
Dianne May *
Dan Mayer
Stone Mayer *
Archer Mayor
Gordon McAlpine
Diane McAndrew *
Jennifer McAndrews
Nan McCann *
Leland C. McCaslin
Keith McCarthy
Lise McClendon
William Burton McCormick
Judi McCoy
Sue McCullough *
Alan McDermott
Craig McDonald
Joanie McDonell
Barbara McDowell *
Beck McDowell
Paul McEuen
Ron McGee
Chris McGeorge
Joe McGinniss
Denise McInerney *
D.J. McIntosh
Joshua McKeown *
Mike McKinley aka Michael Robertson
Shirley McKinnon *
Michael McLean *
Patricia McLinn ~
Karen M. McManus
Cort McMeel
Michael McMenamin ~
Patrick McMenamin
George McNeill
Sue McNeill
Nancy McNicol *
Tom McNiff *
Stacey McShane *
Glenn Meade
Russ Meidinger
Geoffrey Mehl *
Barry Meier
Dana Mele
Alan Melton *
Carolyn Melvin *
Michael Mendershausen *
Sharon Menear
A. S. Meredith *
Todd Merer *
James E. Merriman *
Carl Metzger
Adam Meyer
Deon Meyer
Nathan Meyer
Joe Meyers *
Ben Mezrich
Alex Michaelides
Hope Schenk-de Michele
Robert Middleton
Jill Migchels *
Robert Mikkelson *
Diane Miller *
Eydie Miller-Ellis *
Gil Miller
Jim Miller *
Melanie Miller *
Tom Miller *
Frank Milligan
Susan Mills *
Wendell Minnick
Mira Books *
Douglas Misquita
Caroline Mitchell
Cathy Mitchell *
Eddie Mitchell *
Frank Mitchell *
Adam Mitzner
Alexandra Monir
M. A. Monnin *
Terry Montague
Thomas F. Monteleone
John Montesano
Bill Moody
Diana Mooney *
James Moore
Jonathan Moore
Enzo Moreau *
Jefferson Morgan
Anne Morgellyn
Sarie Morrell *
P.J. Morris
Henry Morrison * +
Scott Allan Morrison
B.A. Morton
Althea Mosa *
Norene Moskalski *
Mark Mozden *
Bob Mrazek
William Mulkeen *
Adrian Muller *
Mike Mulloy
Laura Munder
Paula Munier
Vella Munn
Diana Munoz Stewart
Lori M. Myers
Max Myers
Steve Myers
William Myers Jr.


 

N

Elisa Nader
Ushani Nanayakkara *
Ron Nantel *
H.T. Narea
Kem Neal *
Molly Neely
Marilyn Nelson *
Hakan Nesser
Jan Neuenschwander *
Charlene Newberg
Joy Newborg *
Jim Newell
James Newport
Mukoma Wa Ngugi
Elizabeth Nickson
Scott Nicholson
Mike Nicol
Jeff Nilson *
Keith Nixon
Tom Nolan
Rosalind Noonan
Robert Norris *
Chris North
Will North
Uri Norwich
Brenda Novak
Wilf Nussey
Ann Nybo
Mark Nykanen
Neil Nyren *


 

O

Konstantin Obraztsov
Kevin O’Brien
Tim O’Brien
Laurence O’Bryan
Garner Scott Odell
Brian O’Grady
Ray O’Hanlon
Jeff OHare
Mike Olive *
Rob Olive *
Dave Oliver *
Rick Ollerman
Tim O’Mara
David O’Neil
Donna Del Oro
James Othmer aka James Conway
Laura Oles
Daniel O’Malley
John Opalenik *
David Orange
Chris Orlet
Jean Osborn *
James Osborne
Maurice O’Scanaill
Martin Österdahl
Lloyd Otis
Marc Otte aka Marc Cameron
Jeff Ourvan *
Kelly Owen *


 

P

Sunil P *
Maxine Paetro
Kim Paffenroth
Carl Page *
Laurelin Paige
NJ Paige
Matthew Palmer
In Memory of Michael Palmer +
Linda Palmer
Nancy Palsulich *
Pedro Palou
Chloe Palov
Dennis Palumbo
Sally Pane
Gina Pangione akaGina Fava *
Marc Paoletti
Cheryl Paradis
Jason Parent
WR. Park
Gary Parker
Mel Parker *
In Memory of Miranda Parker
WSamuel Parker
Michael Parnell *
Sarah Lee Gossett Parrish *
David Parry *
Kelly Parsons
Marie Parsons
John Passarella
Jonathan Paton
CS Patra
Timothy Patten
Janis Patterson
Pete Pautz
Justin Peacock
David Pearce
Matthew Pearl
A. Scott Pearson
Peggy O’Neal Peden
Michael Pedicelli
Clem Pellett *
Len Pellman *
Rodolfo Peña
Christopher Pence *
Pen-L Publishing *
Michael Penncavage
Cathy Perkins
David Perlmutter
PChristina Perry *
Ritchie Perry
Pamela Perry *
Andrea Pertesis *
Luca Pesaro *
Katherine Peterson *
Lisa Peterson *
Quintin Peterson *
Mark Petry
Mike Pettit *
Barbara Petty
Helen Phifer
Patti Phillips *
Douglas Piconi *
Rob Pierce
Jeanine Pirro
Cat Pleska
Barbara Plum
Christy Poff
Dea Poirier
Robyn Polanco *
Michael Ponsor
Brian C. Poole *
Beth Portello *
Rich Post
Sharon Potts
Marilyn Powell *
Manjiri Prabhu
Jill Prather-Nehls
Bill Prentice *
Joe Prentis
Steven Pressfield
Carole Price
Tonya Price *
Leon Pridgen
Cathryn Pritchard
Suzanne Proulx
Tanya Prouty *
DonnaInk Publications *
Kathleen Puckett *
Mark Pulsifer *
Joseph Purpura, MD, MS *


 

Q

Carrie Quesne
DM Quincy


 

R

John Raab *
Cynthia Rabe *
Theresa Ragan
Lynne Raimondo
Kristyne Raley *
Joan Ramirez *
Ed Ramsey *
Shari Randall
Robert Randisi
Bob Rapoza *
Bill Rapp
Ripley Rawlings
Randy Rawls
Thomas Rayfiel
Gino Raymond *
Bryan Reardon
Randal Reardon *
Sean Patrick Reardon
John Rector
Lissa Marie Redmond
Deborah Reed aka Audrey Braun
Bentley Reese *
Steve Reeves
Linda Reid
Kevin Michael Reilly *
Scott Reinhard *
Dorothy Rellas
Marcie Rendon
Randall Reneau *
Jodie Renner *
Santiago Restrepo *
Allan Retzky
Boyd Reynolds
Jeff Reynolds *
Vivian Rhodes
David Ricciardi
Cynthia Rice *
Joel M. Rice *
Lisa Marie Rice
David Rich
Douglas E. Richards
Drenda Thomas Richards *
Marcia Richards *
Michael Richards *
Michael Richards
Catherine Carney Richman *
Judy Richter *
Mick Ridgewell
Susanne Riemer
AM Riley
Mimi Riser
Steven Ritcheson *
Pilar Rivett *
Lynda Roades *
Dan Roberts *
Jeyn Roberts
Craig Robertson
Eileen Robertson
James D Robertson
Bryan Robinson
Cynthia Robinson
Jeremy Bishop aka Jeremy Robinson
Judith Rock
John Roche
Terry Rodgers *
Jack Rogan
Akemi Rogers *
Amy Rogers
Julie Rogers
Sandra Rohde *
Randy Rohn
Shawn Rohrbach
Carrie Roller *
M. K. Romesser *
Patrick Rooney *
Amy Rosa *
Christopher Rosche *
Chuck Rose
Charles Rosenberg
Gary Earl Ross
Julieta Ross *
Robert Rotenberg
Caitlin Rother
Mike Rothmiller
Joe Rothstein *
Robert Rotstein
Rupali Rotti
Claudia Rowe
R.E. Rowe *
Carolyn Rowland *
Jule Rowland *
Thomson Roy *
Deborah Royce
Jason Runnels *
Neil Russell
Randy Russell
Sue Russell *
Steven Russo
David Ryan *
Gen Ryan *
Robert Ryan *


 

S

Nina Sadowsky
Susan Sagarra
Riley Sager
Rhondi Salsitz
Karen Salyer
Julie Salzano *
Maegan Sampson
Raul Ramos y Sanchez
Thomas A. Sancton
Helen Sanders
Ryan Sandoval
Jerome Sanford
Susan Santangelo
Shawn Sarles
DS Saul t*
Joseph Savage *
Sterling Savage *+
Vanessa Savage
Ryan Sayles
TL Schaefer
Stan Schatt
Mike Scherer
Kevin Schick *
William Schiele
Jay Schiffman
Rebecca Schilling *
Joe Schreiber
Amanda Schuckman
Lynda Schuler *
Debbie Schulz *
Bill Schutt
Benjamin M. Schutz
Susan Schwager *
Mya Schwartz
Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Jay Schwartz
Adrian Scott aka AJ Davidson
J.R. Scott
J. Todd Scott
William Scott
tephanie Scott-Snyder *
Kevin Scott Olson *
K. V. Scruggs *
Nick Seeley
Holly Seddon
Nigel Seed
Patricia J. Sehulster *
Murv Sellars aka M.R. Sellars
Dominic Selwood
Sandy Semerad
Mara Senn *
Bill Sewell * +
Abigail Seymour *
Cat Shaffer
Julie Sharp *
Ben Sharpton *
Terry Lee Shaw
William Shaw
Tom Shawver
Austin Shear
Jeff Shear
Brenden Sheehan *
James Sheehan
Erik Daniel Shein
John Sheldon
In Memory of Sidney Sheldon
Carol Shenold
Richard Sherbaniuk
Alex Sheridan *
Sara Sheridan
Maura Sheridan
Matthew Sherley *
Graeme Shimmin
Arie Shtark
Michael Shulman *
Joe Shumock *
Charles Shutt *
Ezra Sidran *
Andy Siegel +
Louise Signorelli *
Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Kent Sievers
Jack Siler
Jim Silver
Mitch Silver
Rob Silverman
Silverton Agency *
Elisa Simon *
Rosemary Simpson
Michael Sims aka Mick Maynard Sims
Robert Sims
Ruth Sims
Kevin Singer
David Paris Singer-Carter
Prakash Singh *
Joan Singleton
Bradley Sinor
Michael Siverling
Anna Slade *
Nicola Slade
Verna Slade *
R. A. Slone
Clay Small
In Memory OfPhyllis Smallman
Wilma Smelcer *
Caleb Smith
Graham Smith
Greg Smith
Hal Smith *
Mark Allen Smith
Richard Smith *
Roger Smith
Sarah Smith
Sherri Smith
Susan Arnout Smith +
Dot Smith Stewart
Gil Snider *
In Memory of CJ Snyder
Danica Sorber aka Jackson D’Lynne
Jeff Soloway
Manju Soni *
Maris Soule
Keith Souter
Mike Space *
Susan Spann
Brent Spencer
Bonnar Spring
Jennifer St. Giles
Cliff St. James *
John Stamp
Ann Redisch Stampler
Nancy Stancill *
Andrea Stanet
Don Stansberry
B.R. Stateham
H. S. Stavropoulos
Catherine Steadman
Kyle Steele *
Peter Steiner
Jeffrey Stephens
Richard Stephenson *
Brian John Steven *
Elizabeth Stevens
Taylor Stevens
Janet M. Stevens-Cook
Chris Stevenson
Piet Steyn
Peter Stockwell *
Dacre Stoker
Laurie Stolarz
Cameron Stone *
R. Madison Stone
Sarah Stone *
S.A. Stovall
M.L. Stover *
Todd Strasser
Whitley Strieber
Anne Strieber
Fritz Strobl
Wallace Stroby
Gary Strong *
Robin Stuart *
Nikki Stuckwisch *
Linda Style
Nikki Stuckwisch *
Catherine Sullivan *
Jacqueline Sullivan aka J.D. Sullivan *
Nancy Sullivan *
Franklin Summers *
Ben Sussman
Paul Sussman
Victoria Sutton
William Sutton
James Swallow
James Swanson
Liam Sweeny
Jess Sweet *
Jessica Sweet
Jennifer Swick *
Lee Swift
Richard Switzky *
Ana Szucs *


 

T

Mike Tabor
AJ Taft
Eve Taggart *
Morgan Talbot
Khaled Talib
Kate Tana *
Carol Tanzman
Tony Tata +
David Taylor
Louise Taylor
Robert Leland Taylor
William-Stephen Taylor
Debbie TenBrink
Heather Terrell
James Thayer
Anne-Laure Thieblemont
Brian Thiem
August Thomas
Katherine Thomas *
Pat Thomas
Pat Thomas *
Richard Thomas
Terry Thomas
Beabe Thompson *
John Thompson
Mike Thompson
Starley Thompson *
Richard Thompson
Jim Thomsen *
Aidan Thorn
Linda Thorne
James Thorpe
Kevin Thornton *
Aimee Thurlo
Diale Tlholwe
Andre Tillery *
Milton Toby *
Simon Tolkien
David Eric Tomlinson
Victor Tomlinson *
Peter Tonkin
Mary Torjussen
Frank Tota *
Teresa Toten
Cynthia Tottleben
Anne Trager
Pamela Triolo *
Nick Triplow
Thomas Tripp *
Stanley Trollip aka Michael Stanley
Janna Trombold *
Mark Troy
Charles Trullinger *
Stan Trybulski
Albert Tucher
Michael Tucker *
Neely Tucker
Channing Turner
Irene Turner
J.B. Turner
Lisa Turner
Steven Turner *
Eric Turowski
Stuart Turton
Tuscany Press *
Paula L. Tutman
Cathi Twitero *
Larry Tyler
Natasha Tynes


 

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V

Kathy Valenti
Brett Valette *
Paul Vamvas *
Jos Van Brussel *
Quintus Van der Merwe
Bonnie Vanaman akaBV Lawson
John Vance
Tony Vanderwarker
Sharon Vandiver aka S.A. Van *
Raymond van Over
Professor Van Tassel *
Laurie Vanzura
Radha Vatsal
Joseph Velardo *
Yvonne Ventresca
John Verdon
Christine (C.A.) Verstraetet
Stephen Vessels
L.M. Vincent
Moni Vincent
Ronald von Freymann *
Carl Vonderau *
Christine Von Niessen *
Roy Voss *


 

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S. Eric Wachtel
Hank Wagner
Diane Wagner
Gary Waid
Lea Wait
Chuck Waldron *
Boo Walker *
David J. Walker
Walter Walker
David L. Wallace *
Elizabeth Walsh *
J.A. Walsh
Michael Walsh
Tom Walsh
David Walter *
Robert Walton
John Warburton *
Robert Watson *
Janett Lee Wawrzyniak *
Barry Webb *
Pamela Wechsler
Carol Weekes
Sophie Weiner
P. A. Weisenfeld *
Mel Weiser
Rob Welch *
Craig Wells
Kaite Welsh
Alex Welton *
Ray Wenck
Suzanne Werner *
Ella West
Eugénie West *
Shay West
Stuart R. West
Jeffrey Westhoff
Frank Westmark *
Sherry Weston *
Wade Wetherington *
Michael Wheiler *
Chris Whitaker
Darrah Whitaker
John White *
Paula White *
Wrath White
Jeff Whitfield aka Jack Daniels
James Whitworth
Michael Wiecek aka Mike Cooper
Elle Wild
Leonardo Wild
Lori Wilde
Harry Wilder
John Wilder
Ursula Wilder *~
Barry Wiley *
Chris Wilk *
Stacey Wilk *
Carolyn Marie Wilkins
Zach Wilks *
Jean Willett *
Cindy Williams *
Eli K.P. William
Jerri Williams *
Lany Williams*
Sarah Williams
Tim L. Williams
Penelope Williamson
Marianne Willman
Pamela Willis
Randy Willis *
John M. Wills
Trent Wills *
Jim Wilsky
Carter Wilson
Edward Wilson
John Morgan Wilson
Shawn Wilson
Cassondra Windwalker
Betty Winkelman
Dia Winkler *
Lisa Wixon
Tim Wohlforth
Andy Wolfendon
Jurgen Wolff
Bill Wood
Lee Wood
Maureen Wood
Scott Woods *
Sierra Woods
Stacy Woodson
Reavis Wortham
Bert Wouters *
Jennings Wright *
Lili Wright
In Memory of Frank Wydra


 

Y

Cinda Yager *
Bill Yarborough *
Evan Yarema *
Raffi Yessayan
Robin Yocum
Mark Yost
Anthony Young
Heather Young
Hester Young
Ovidia Yu


 

Z

Fred Zackel
Albert Zayat *
A. J. Zerries
Jan Ziff *
Michael Zimecki
Michael Zolezzi
Jeffrey Zuckerman
Yigal Zur
Jeff Zwagerman

2011 USO Tour

By Andrew Peterson

“My favorite memory is of the tour of the hospital at Bagram.   The dedication of the men and women who work there was readily apparent.  They’re optimistic, hopeful, and determined to save lives.  Their spirit was inspiring.  The ceiling of Warrior’s Way, the emergency bay where the wounded arrive, is draped in an American flag that once flew over Ground Zero.  Seeing that put a huge lump in my throat.” – Sandra Brown

uso2011oneI think Sandra’s words perfectly reflect the essence of Operation Thriller II.  All of us who flew halfway around the world to thank and acknowledge our service members found it rewarding beyond words and we came home with more than we gave.  This is a difficult feature to write because it’s hard to quantify the experience.  It’s my sincere hope that as you read this feature, the thoughts and perspectives of Sandra, Clive, Mark, and Kathy will deepen your appreciation of our troops serving in harm’s way.

USO is an acronym for United Service Organizations.  It’s mission and purpose is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.  And yet our spirits were constantly being lifted.  Everywhere we went, our service members thanked us.  Perhaps that’s what it’s all about.  A USO tour embodies the essence of goodwill­—an exchange of kindness and support.  We saw it in their eyes, when they said thank you to us, it made them feel better.  The reverse was also clearly true.  Each of us felt a deep sense of fulfillment.

uso2011twoSo what is the USO and how was it formed?  In 1941 it became more and more apparent that the United States was going to enter World war II.  As a result, many organizations and associations began mobilizing to address and ease the needs of service members and their families.  If a household’s breadwinner went off to war, how was his or her family supposed to support itself?  A mother with six children couldn’t just drop everything and get a job.  Organizations like the Salvation Army, the Young Men’s Christian Association, the Young Women’s Christian Association, the National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board stepped up to fill the monetary and spiritual needs of Americans affected by the war.

It didn’t take Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration long to recognize the need to create synergy and coordination among these agencies.  The United Service Organizations was formed with that objective.  It’s a nongovernmental entity based on the voluntary effort thousands of individuals who share a common goal: to remind service members and their families that America cares, supports, and appreciates the sacrifices of those who defend her.  Hands down, Bob Hope is the most famous of all the USO’s entertainers who selflessly donated his time and money to one of America’s most worthy organizations.

Over time, the USO has adapted and evolved.  It’s continuously developing new programs and facilities designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our troops and their families, while holding fast to the original mission of spiritual support.  One of the USO’s goals is to deliver a piece of America far from home.

How did ITW become involved with the USO?  Around two years ago, ITW member Andy Harp—a fellow author who served in the Marines—had the insight and energy to approach the USO and suggest it produce a tour with thriller authors.  After hundreds of hours of hard work and dedication, Andy’s dream came true.  For the first time in its 70 year history, the USO sent authors overseas on tour.  In November of 2010, ITW authors James Rollins, David Morrell, Andy Harp, Doug Preston, and Steve Berry went to Iraq and Kuwait.  Operation Thriller I was such a huge success, it spawned Operation Thriller II and a third tour is planned for 2012 with Kathleen Antrim chairing the event.

I’m pleased to offer insights from my fellow authors.  As I said, it’s difficult to adequately express what Operation Thriller II meant to us and the service members we visited.  The focus of this feature will be more on the intangible aspects of our tour.  It would literally take 20,000 words to describe everything we saw and did.  To get a good feel for scene and setting, the USO website has a dozen photos posted of the tour.

Clive Cussler is 80 years old and although I haven’t been able to verify it, I believe he set or tied a record attending a USO tour into an active war zone.  I asked Clive where he found the energy to keep going when all of us were exhausted beyond all hope and sanity.  He said he drew strength from our troops.

uso2011three“All of our service men and women were extremely dedicated to their efforts in behalf of our country.  They appeared quite earnest in their respective duties and I never heard complaints as was common when I was in the Air Force during the nineteen-fifties.  Meeting these men and women who are bound to their duty was truly inspirational.”

Kathy Reichs has similar feelings about the sacrifices being made on our behalf.

I recall speaking to many service members who spoke of the hardship of separation from their families.  Mothers who had left toddlers and teens.  Fathers who had yet to see their newborn babies.  One Marine who spoke of the importance of regular telephone contact.  Yet, he said, it was often difficult to find common topics for conversations.  He thanked me for the books and the show, saying Temperance Brennan and her exploits gave him and his family safe ground for sharing.”

Toward the end of our tour, Mark Bowden and I were in a recreational facility called Pete’s Place inside the Manas Transit Center in Kyrgyzstan.  We sat down with a couple of Army service members and I introduced Mark as the author of BLACK HAWK DOWN.  One of the soldiers nearly jumped out his chair with excitement.  He went on to say that Mark’s book influenced him so strongly, he enlisted to serve.  Mark recalls the conversation.

“When I hear a comment like the one from the soldier in Manas, my first thought is: Oh my God, I’m not sure I want that responsibility! But it is, of course, deeply flattering. To hear that a reader was so moved and inspired by something you wrote that it changed his life is the highest sort of praise. I am grateful to have such serious readers. Ultimately, of course, it wasn’t me who so inspired that young man, it was the brave soldiers who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu.”

I admire Mark’s genuine modesty, but he spent five years researching and writing the story and his book made its way into that soldier’s hands.  And it’s a good thing it did.  The soldier told us that joining the Army changed his life and saved him from a dark and hopeless future.  He talked about his life prior to the Army, how he’d lacked purpose and drive and had been on verge of joining a street gang.  The Army taught him about discipline, teamwork, and respect.

This brings up an important point.  Our service members are consummate professionals.  We never saw an unkempt uniform or piece of personal equipment or gear out of place.  They’re also ultra safe with the weapons they carry.  With very few exceptions, every soldier is required to keep his weapon him at all times.

Our introduction to Operation Enduring Freedom occurred when we landed in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  At this point we’d all been traveling for over 20 hours.  Sandra was at 23 hour mark and because I started on the west coast and had to drive 3 hours to the San Francisco Airport, I’d logged over 30 hours.  I’d lost track of time at this point.  All I knew was that it was dark outside.  At the civilian terminal, we met our Air Force liaison and guide, a nice lady who’s a master sergeant.

Much to Clive’s dismay, his suitcase didn’t arrive with the rest of our bags at the luggage carousel.  Despite assurances from the Air Force they’d track it down, he was really concerned, but Clive’s a trooper.  He never once griped or complained.  I couldn’t blame him for being apprehensive, I know how I would’ve felt if my bag turned up MIA—not the greatest way to begin an overseas USO Tour.

uso2011fourIt took around an hour for Jeremy Wilcox (our USO tour producer) to buy our visas and clear customs.  We boarded a white Air Force van for the drive into the transit center.  The Transit Center at Manas is surrounded by Hesco barriers.  Hesco barriers are made of individual heavy mesh cages with canvass liners  Each unit is approximately four feet square and five feet high.  They’re filled with dirt and rocks and stacked 3 units high like a stepped pyramid.  They’re used as explosive and vehicle barriers on the perimeter fences.  The tops are lined with antipersonnel razor wire.  There are miles of Hesco barriers surrounding the facility.

The Transit Center at Manas is home to the 376th Expeditionary Air Support Wing. It’s the lead refueling wing and premier mobility hub for operations over Afghanistan.  The wing’s around-the-clock missions include aerial refueling, airlift and airdrop, and aeromedical evacuation support when needed.

We arrived at our barracks building around 0430 and set our alarms for 0800.  We parted company with Sandra and Kathy who were required to stay in one of the female barracks units.  Our housing is made of prefab linear buildings with no windows at all.  The buildings are approximately 30 feet wide, 150 feet long, and 20 feet high.  We ended up on the second floor in an 8×10 room with two bunk beds.  I shared a room with Mark. Jeremy roomed with our official USO photographer, Mike Theiler and Clive ended up with a room to himself.  The showers and latrine were down the hall and pretty basic.  Two hours of sleep later, I turned off my iPhone alarm so it wouldn’t wake Mark.  A check-in with Jeremy yielded some good news.  Clive’s bag had been located and I delivered it to his room at 0700.

Later that morning, we visited the transit center’s headquarters and met the deputy commanding officer and her supporting staff.  We exchanged gifts before heading out to meet and interact with the troops.

Perhaps our most memorable introduction to the military lifestyle occurred later that night.  At 1700 hours, we relocated into the personnel terminal and were issued our individual body armor and helmets (IBA) for the duration of our stay.  Collectively, they weigh around 40 pounds.  We staged in a lockdown area with several hundred Marines inside the terminal and waited for our flight downrange.

A few hours later, we boarded a bus along with a platoon of Marines.  Out on the flight line, we met our ride, a C-130J Hercules—a four engine turboprop.

I asked Kathy to offer some thoughts on our flight downrange.

uso2011five“The letter C pretty much covers it:

Crowded.  We sat shoulder to shoulder, knee to knee with our fellow USO authors and an engineering company of Marines.  Everyone was bulked out in their IBA’s.  My flak jacket totaled roughly a third of my body weight.  Our helmets and backpacks were jammed under the seat or held on our laps.

Cold.  Being a rookie at riding transport planes, upon boarding, I took any random unoccupied jump seat.  By blind luck I chose the middle row.  While I went rocking every time the guy behind me re-positioned his spine against the netting, those seated along the plane’s outer walls endured frigid air flow up their backs the whole trip. 

Cacophonous.  These planes were not built with passenger comfort in mind.  The noise of the engines made ear plugs mandatory.  Which made conversation impossible without a whole lot of yelling.

Curtain.  Comfort facilities consisted of a commode on a small platform, six steps up, in the middle of the plane, surrounded by a curtain arrangement that had to be held in place by a buddy, in my case, Sandra!  Getting there meant crawling over the laps of dozens of Marines.  For me, toilette was out of the question.

Caliginous.   (Really.  It means dark.  Check a Thesaurus.  OK.  I’m pushing the alliteration way too far).  Throughout the flight the lights were kept very dim.  Upon arrival at our destination, the plane went totally black, veered quickly toward Earth, and landed on the airstrip.  The maneuver is designed to keep the plane out of the range of small-arms fire for as long as possible.  It kept my stomach well up in my throat.

But the flight had one thing in common with many I’ve taken on American domestic carries.  We were told the trip would last just under three hours.  Five hours after going wheels-up and after an intermediate stop at Camp Dwyer offload the Marines and their equipment, we finally touched down at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

Two of my fondest memories of the tour involve tributes to the show.  On entering one facility, an episode of Bones was playing on a huge projection screen.  (It was the only program besides football and an occasional news broadcast that I saw my entire time in Afghanistan!)  One day, on the take-off roll in a C-130, the Bones theme song was played for our benefit over the loud speaker system.  Whoo-hoo!”

The musical tribute definitely lightened the atmosphere.  During landings and take-offs, the flight crewmembers (loadmasters) were glued to small windows with night vision goggles looking for the twinkle of incoming AK fire  Had they seen it, they would’ve immediately reported it to the pilot who would’ve executed a series of evasive maneuvers.  Fortunately, no one fired at us.  Just to be on the safe side, our California Air National Guard pilot made some gentle jinking and swerving moves on final approach before she lined up on the runway.  The only source of light came from outside the aircraft, so the touchdown startled us.  One second we were flying, the next, we were rolling down the runway.

We met our Bagram Air Field liaisons around 0100 hours, and half an hour later we settled into our accommodations for the night, a B-hut (short for barracks hut.)  We ended up approximately 500 yards from the flight line and heard the near constant roar of jets coming and going at all hours.  The F-15E Strike Eagles using afterburners were exceptionally loud, they literally vibrated the plywood structure surrounding us.

Our epic Herky Bird flight was only the first of many transport flights.  Later that same day we climbed into a Black Hawk helicopter.  For Mark, it was especially significant.

uso2011six“That ride from Bagram to FOB Mehtarlam was my first in a Black Hawk, and quite a thrill, especially after the pilot offered to show us ‘what it could do.’ You might think that writing a book about helicopters being shot down would not necessarily endear you to chopper pilots everywhere, particularly the MH-60 guys. But happily it has. I was honored to be asked to sign a few Black Hawks on this trip, and hope that my signature works a little voodoo to keep them from ever unexpectedly going down.

Looking back, I think that Black Hawk ride was the highlight for me, just a spectacular sensation and sight, swooping over that rugged sunny terrain. I spent a lot of time reconstructing those scenes from my book inside Black Hawks, relying on the memories and descriptions of others, so it felt somehow right to experience a little of it myself. There were other great moments. I still find myself chuckling over Sandra—and what a trooper she was—being literally blown off her feet by the downdraft as they lifted off.”

Kathy also describes some of the flight.

“Flying out to the FOB’s, the terrain was dry and rugged, requiring a flight path though mountain passes.  Below, we saw what appeared to be mud-walled hamlets and villages.  And a whole lot of open space.” 

The word tribal describes the remote regions.  We saw many smaller inhabited areas without any roads for access.  Looking at the arid landscape, I had to wonder what it would be like conducting a foot patrol down there, especially in the blazing heat of summer.

It’s important to note that approximately 16% of our service members are women and fill 92% of all military jobs.  They fly planes and helicopters, drive tanks and MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected) vehicles, go on patrols, and disarm IEDs.  They’re engineers, commanding officers, foot soldiers, and aviators. America’s military is well integrated.  I asked Sandra what she thought of them.

“I was most impressed by the women service members we met.  Having stayed in the same type accommodations in which they live for up to a year, using the same bathroom facilities as they, I have an even greater appreciation of the sacrifices they make!  There were no niceties.  Yet each seemed committed to the job they’re doing, and they perform it without complaint.”

Army Specialist Justine Shahan, one of our escorts, told me, ‘I decided I hadn’t done anything with my life, and I wanted to.’  One could argue that having reared three sons was doing something!  But she wanted to serve.  Her sacrifice was inspiring.”

I asked Sandra if in a different life she might’ve served.

“I doubt I would be a good service member, not in this life, or any life!”

It’s an honest answer from the heart, and speaks volumes about the difficult and often stressful life our troops endure, both at home and abroad.  Although we tried, none of us could adequately thank them for their service to America.  We were constantly reminded of it.  In Bagram toward the end of our tour, I remember waking up at 0300 from the earth shaking roar of a jet.  I needed to use the latrine.  Desperately.  Well, I couldn’t just walk a few steps to a convenient bathroom.  B-huts don’t have plumbing.  I had to get completely dressed and walk 150 yards across uneven, fist sized gravel using a flashlight—in a cold rainstorm.  I remember thinking, man, this really sucks.

It was a chilling reminder of what our service members deal with on a daily basis.  As Sandra said, there are no niceties.  On our third or fourth night, we were awakened at 0200 hours by blaring siren, followed by a loudspeaker announcement that an explosive impact had been detected and to don our IBAs.  I flipped on the light, looked at Clive, and asked if he thought we should put on our vests and helmets.  His was response was one for the ages.  He uttered a single word.  “Nah.”

During our stay in Bagram, we had some distinguished company.  Lieutenant Colonel Budjenska, the Deputy J-1 for U.S. Forces Afghanistan, was assigned to us as our senior liaison.  LTC Budjenska told me privately that when he learned Clive Cussler was coming over on a USO tour, he specifically requested the job.  I asked Clive to give us his reaction to having a colonel assigned to us.

“I can never say enough about the courtesy given to us by Colonel Budjenska.  Besides being a high level officer he was highly intelligent and I also found him to be a very astute philosopher.

Each of us have really great memories of the trip.  On a few occasions when our group went to dinner at a DFAC, I stayed behind and enjoyed a cigar with Clive out in front of our B-hut—right underneath the NO SMOKING sign.  Hey, we were behind the sign and couldn’t read it.  Besides, LTC Budjenska joined us and gave us temporary “smoking passes.”  By the way, I want to thank Clive for sharing the good cigars.

Mark has similar memories.

“I enjoyed our chats with Clive, and was fascinated by my conversation with Mike O’Bryon, the State Department political officer we met on a C-130 flight. There were a few less treasured memories, like the latrines (or lack of them), lugging helmet and body armor, or watching my Eagles get destroyed by the Bears on Monday Night Football at six in the morning—a lousy way for any Philadelphian to start his day!

That morning, I got up with Mark and we walked over to the Pat Tillman Memorial USO Center to watch the game.  We literally watched the Monday Night game on Tuesday morning.  It took us several days to adjust to the time change.

I asked Clive the same question, if he had any favorite memories.

“The wild flight in the Black Hawk comes to mind.  The food in the mess hall certainly was present in a vast variety.  I even began to enjoy our shanty in old shanty town.”

Clive nailed it, the food was really good and there was ample selection and quantity.  And I have to admit, returning to our “shanty” after a 19 hour day didn’t seem so bad.  Mark, Clive, Jeremy, Mike, LTC Budjenska, and I shared a living space no bigger than a one car garage.  Fortunately, we each had lower bunk beds.  Unfortunately, the door to our B-hut made a horrible squeaking noise when opened slowly and a awful bang when closed quickly.  No amount of oil would’ve fixed it.  The door was dragging along the plywood floor.  Toward the end, it became a source of cheap amusement.  What can we say, we’re men.…

Contrary to what most people might think, the Operation Thriller tours weren’t promotional.  We weren’t there to hand out business cards or talk-up ourselves or our books.  We were there to thank and acknowledge our service members for their sacrifices on America’s behalf.  As chairman of the tour, I often made our introductions purposefully brief.  We had very few formal sit-downs in front of large groups.  Most of our interaction with troops was face to face in small personal settings.  Having said that, we still managed to visit with several thousand service members.  We met them in dining facilities, USO centers, command ops centers, The Armed Forces Network radio station, flight lines, boarding terminals, and recreational facilities.  If we saw a group of soldiers, we’d walk over and say hello.

Many of the troops were curious about us, but we would always turn the conversations around and ask them about their jobs.  Again, we weren’t there to promote ourselves or our books.  I did ask Kathy if she encountered a particular question more frequently than others.

“Inevitably I’m asked about the contrast between Temperance Brennan in my books and Temperance Brennan on the television series, Bones.  I explain that the show is like a prequel to the novels.  It catches Tempe at an earlier point in her life.  On screen she’s thirty-something, working at the Jeffersonian in Washington, DC.  In print she’s forty-something, working in North Carolina and Quebec, an older, more polished and sophisticated woman.”

I asked Sandra to offer some advice to future Operation Thriller authors.

uso2011seven“Pack only what you think you’ll absolutely need.  Then cull that till down by half.  And ask the USO or ITW to ship your hardcover books ahead of your arrival, so you don’t have to tote them.”

It’s solid advice.  We were more fortunate than Operation Thriller I’s authors.  They redeployed every single day to a different location, so they had to haul everything with them everywhere they went.  We stayed at a central location and returned there every night.  Each tour is different, so if you’re selected to attend Operation Thriller III, heed Sandra’s suggestion and pack light.

It’s worth mentioning that there are tens of thousands of civilian contractors working in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.  Of the 30,000 people working at Bagram Air Field, one third are civilians.  Many of them are Afghans or foreign citizens from the various coalition countries contributing to Operation Enduring Freedom.  Civilians are a key component to the effort, especially the Afghan interpreters.  Sandra and I were fortunate enough to speak at length with one of them during a lunch break at Grady DFAC.

Our gratitude wasn’t exclusive to the military, we extended it to civilians as well.  All of us found it tremendously rewarding to hear about the various jobs and military occupation specialties our troops do on a daily basis.  Again, their professionalism is second to none.

This feature doesn’t do justice to the experience we shared.  It can’t.  I can say with 100% certainty, that Sandra, Mark, Clive, Kathy, and I went on a once-in-a-lifetime event that was both rewarding and enriching.  Being able to say thank you—in person—to America’s deployed service members in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan will remain valued memories for the rest of our lives.

A huge thank you is also owed to Andy Harp, not only for his service in the Marines, but for making all the ITW/USO Operation Thriller tours possible.  His tireless effort and dedication to ITW and the USO is greatly appreciated.

I’d like to close with a question I posed to Clive.  I asked him if he could only three words to describe our service members, what would they be?

“Dedicated.  Inspirational.  Committed.”