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How a Veteran MC Inspired a Zombie Novel

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Author Dana Fredsti recently published Plague World, the latest in her series of Ashley Parker zombie novels. She’s previously written for us about her experiences watching war movies with her dad and the research that went into getting her zombies right.

This time she talks about how she created characters inspired by the Veterans’ Allegiance VMC Motorcycle club and how she got their permission to use them in her novel. +Continue Reading

Marine Vet Michael Pitre Wrote a Novel & It’s Great

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Fives and Twenty-Fives tells the story a USMC Road Repair Platoon in Al Anbar Province in Iraq. Pitre explores his characters’ post-war lives and flashes back to their time in Iraq. The author was a creative writing major at LSU before he joined the Marines after 9/11 and it’s obvious he took a lot of notes during his service. The scenes set in Iraq are full of telling details and he does a great job of capturing the camaraderie of his characters and both the tedium and critical danger in the job they perform. +Continue Reading

A New Sherlock Holmes Adventure from World War I

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective character is mostly in the public domain now, meaning that anyone should be free to create new tales starring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Novelist George Mann has just published The Spirit Box, a new adventure set in 1915 during the Great War. We’ve got an exclusive excerpt. +Continue Reading

A Radical Change for Captain America

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Army and World War II veteran Steve Rodgers has passed on his shield and title to one of his closest allies: African-American veteran Sam Wilson, also known as Falcon. With the super-soldier serum (the juice that gives him his powers) sucked out of his body by the Iron Nail, Rodgers is left elderly and incapable of laying the vibranium smackdown on his foes. This news arrived first from the Colbert Report, and comes hot off the heels of Marvel’s announcement that the new comic-book version of Thor will be a woman. +Continue Reading

Archie Takes a Bullet for a Gay Veteran

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In the latest issue of Life With Archie, Archie Andrews dies when he steps in front of a bullet intended for his best friend Kevin Keller, the gay veteran and gun control advocated who’s launched a political career after his husband is the victim of a mall shooting.

Let’s pause a moment to let everyone who hasn’t seen an Archie comic since the 1970s to catch their breath. +Continue Reading

The Art of Watch Dogs

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Watch Dogs is a rarity in the modern video games business: it’s a genuine hit that’s not a sequel to a game that everyone’s been playing for years. Delayed for what seemed like eons, it finally came out last month and Titan Books has released The Art of Watch Dogs, a book that explores extensive concept and development art with detailed creator commentary.  +Continue Reading

Remembering Robert Ames in ‘The Good Spy’

  • May 22, 2014
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The Good Spy is Kai Bird’s remarkable biography of legendary CIA officer Robert Ames, who was killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. Bird was the co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer and he brings his considerable storytelling talents to the life of a man whose intelligence work attempted to create peace in the Middle East. +Continue Reading

‘U.S. Marshals’ Tells History of the Service

  • May 13, 2014
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Mike Earp is the retired Associate Director of Operations of the U.S. Marshal Service and he’s written a book with author David Fisher that tells the story of the organization. U.S. Marshals isn’t really a memoir of Mike’s career and it doesn’t set out to be a comprehensive history. Instead, it’s more of a collection of anecdotes from Earp and the colleagues he served with during an era when the Marshals saw their mission transformed by a generation of Vietnam veterans who entered the service. +Continue Reading

Mike Hammer Returns in ‘King of the Weeds’

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UTR favorite Max Allan Collins has once again channeled Mickey Spillane and completed what the author planned as the final Mike Hammer novel. King of the Weeds is the sixth time Collins has finished one of Spillane’s unfinished Hammer projects and he’s consistently delivered high quality work, much better than you usually get from the “brand extension after author’s death” genre. +Continue Reading

‘Liberty Incident’ Author Missed Skipper’s View

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The author of a book claiming to be the “definitive account” of the 1967 Israeli attack on an American Navy ship says he is not aware that the ship’s captain had publicly stated his belief Israel’s attack on the Liberty was no accident.

“I don’t recall that statement” by Capt. William McGonagle, who died in 1999, said Jay Cristol, a Florida judge and former Navy pilot, at a March gathering at the Spy Museum in Washington. Cristol, author of The Liberty Incident: The Definitive Account of the 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship, maintains that Israeli naval and air forces believed the Liberty was an Egyptian war ship when they struck it on June 8, 1967, with napalm, machine-gun fire and torpedoes.

The United States accepted Israel’s apology for the attack but has never accepted its explanation. +Continue Reading