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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mentor Press (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450708455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450708456
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,651,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilsman gets the political-thriller formula almost perfect..punchy chapters, a myriad of secretive characters, a dynamic hero, a canyon of exotic locales and verbal jousting that ultimately provides the fuel that keeps one reading.
--IndieReader.com

Hilsman gets the political-thriller formula almost perfect..punchy chapters, a myriad of secretive characters, a dynamic hero, a canyon of exotic locales and verbal jousting ultimately provide the fuel that keeps one reading.

--IndieReader.com

From the Back Cover

Standing on a windy bluff on the northern border of Israel, televangelist Matthew Vaughn is broadcasting to an audience of millions when he is kidnapped by guerillas from a mysterious terrorist cell.  Veteran CIA operative Grant Stearns is thrown into the hunt for the captive preacher, a chase that leads from the deserts of Syria to a remote coastal resort in Albania.  But Stearns' biggest challenge is not only to rescue Vaughn, but to battle the forces in Washington and the Middle East - a renegade Homeland Security Secretary in league with an ambitious Israeli Defense Minister - who want to exploit the kidnapping for their own political purposes, even if it means provoking a full-scale war.

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HOYT HILSMAN is an award-winning writer, educator and critic, and most recently a candidate for Congress. (hoythilsman.com) He has written screenplays for a number of studios and television networks, including Disney, Sony, New Line, ABC, NBC and CBS, and his stage plays and musicals have been produced in theaters around the country and abroad, and have won numerous awards. His television script, Foggy Bottom, based on his childhood in Washington, was honored at the 2005 Slamdance Festival. Mr. Hilsman is a former television and theater critic for Daily Variety and now is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post. (www.huffingtonpost.com/hoyt-hilsman) He has written, produced and directed several independent films, television series and internet productions.

Mr. Hilsman has also been an active participant in the national political scene and a candidate for Congress in California. Mr. Hilsman grew up in Washington, DC, where his father was an Assistant Secretary of State and advisor to JFK. He has been active in politics ever since, and has worked with various national figures, including President Bill Clinton. He has been an advisor to several Congressional campaigns, was a delegate to the 2004 Democratic National Convention and later ran for the Congressional seat held by Republican David Dreier, Chairman of the House Rules Committee. He is a director at the Hope Street Group, a national, non-partisan policy organization of business professionals devoted to Opportunity Economics, and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

As a journalist, Mr. Hilsman has written hundreds of articles and op-eds for national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Magazine, Variety, Hemispheres and The National Law Journal. He has also written a number of books on media and politics, including The New Electronic Media. He is a recipient of the Apex Award for Excellence in Journalism and his currently a regular columnist/blogger for the Huffington Post. He recently completed a novel, 19 Angels, a political thriller set in the Middle East.

He has taught screenwriting and playwriting at the UCLA Writer's Program and is the founder of the Pasadena Writers Workshop. His students have written and directed television shows from Everybody Loves Raymond and The O.C. to Law and Order and Dexter, feature films like Twilight and Step Up, as well as having their novels published and their plays produced. He is also a past President of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, a judge of the PEN West Literary Awards and served on the Curriculum Guidance Committee of the UCLA Writer's Program.

He has also been a consultant to a variety of corporations, non-profits and governmental organizations, including Vulcan Ventures, Idealab!, The Kennedy Space Center, The National Museum of Patriotism, The Inventors Hall of Fame, Unocal, Mead Data Central, International Data Corporation, Harcourt Brace Publishers, Nomura Securities and other media and entertainment companies. He recently organized a series of "Intentional Conversations" for business, civic and arts leaders throughout Southern California. Trained as a lawyer, Mr. Hilsman also served as an executive at the Screen Actors Guild in New York.

Mr. Hilsman is active as a community volunteer. He has taught creative writing to students in the public schools in East Los Angeles through a volunteer program at PEN West. He has been a volunteer at Union Station (a homeless shelter in Pasadena), and been active in the Writers Guild and other community organizations. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School. Mr. Hilsman is married to the painter Nancy Kay Turner, who teaches at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. They have one child and live in Pasadena.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reading4fun on November 21, 2010
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Author, Hoyt Hillsman clearly has thought through and researched the Israeli/Arab conflict which he uses as the backdrop for this fictional political espionage.
"19 Angels" is a fun read and "page-turner" with great characters, and places; yet Hillsman manages with intelligence and understanding to touch all the finer points surrounding this real-life unresolved conflict.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don M Howard on August 20, 2011
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Mr. Hilsman can write, no mistake about that. However, there is more to bringing a book to the readers than just the writing. A good line editor would have done much to improve this self-published novel. The punctuation is erratic and the format is sometimes hard to figure. Next time, maybe he should take the traditional path to publishing, through a good publishing house with good editors. He could start by hooking up with a good literary agent.
Going it alone wasn't a very good idea.
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By Amy Edelman on January 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An evangelist preacher is kidnapped while visiting Israel by a rogue group that no one can pinpoint. The reasons why come later, but through most of "Nineteen Angels", the narrative suspense builds as the author creates a maze of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, both within our government and Israel's.

Hilsman gets the political-thriller formula almost perfect, providing a wealth of background--touching on historical events, cultural idiosyncrasies, friction within ruling factions and religious debate--all smoothly interspersed within the story. Add to that already dynamic mix: short, punchy chapters, a myriad of secretive characters, a dynamic hero, a canyon of exotic locales and verbal jousting between protagonists that ultimately provides the fuel that keeps one reading.

Hilsman's style is more reportage than literary and there's a surprising lack of violence which some may find a detriment in this genre. I didn't. While the numerous characters sometimes got confusing, this is a small criticism when seen in relation to the overall effort.

Reviewed Joe Del Priore

BA in English. Teacher. Mailman. Currently enjoying retirement. Eclectic reader. Eclectic writer for almost thirty years. Published indie author.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DMR on November 8, 2010
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I loved this book. It was a great political thriller and had me up way past my bedtime to read it. It shows a lot of insight into the political process as well as human nature.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BigEck601 on May 24, 2011
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Hilsman has done a great job keeping you in the middle of the action with concise real time chapters and looking for the next plot twist. This is "24" in a hardcover, move over Jack Bauer. You don't want to put it down until you reach the thrilling conclusion.
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