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Johnny and I are looking forward to hanging out with the SEALs at a book signing at the Navy Exchange in Norfolk, VA on Valentine's Day at noon. Then, on Saturday, Feb. 15 from noon to 2 p.m., we'll be at Books-A-Million in Virginia Beach. But we were sorry to miss spending time with the Marines at Quantico Thursday -- the event was canceled because of the blizzard. (We hope everyone stays safe during this winter storm that is blanketing much of the South and East Coast!) Thanks to everyone whose come out to see us.
C-Span's Book-TV, which filmed our book launch in New York City, will air the episode on Saturday, Feb 15 at 9 p.m.
Kirkus Reviews praised CODE NAME: JOHNNY WALKER, written by Johnny Walker and Jim DeFelice, as a "fiery, insightful memoir from the former Iraqi translator who fought alongside U.S. Special Forces during the recent war in Iraq." Hailed as an invaluable insider's perspective of Iraq, Kirkus also called Johnny's story a "harrowing personal journey of courageous empowerment during wartime."
The late-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle spoke with great admiration about Johnny Walker while Jim and he were writing AMERICAN SNIPER. Americans soldiers who worked with the native Iraqi interpreter (called "terp" for short) came to rely on Johnny's uncanny abilities to determine faulty intelligence, diffuse volatile situations, calm people down, and convince enemy combatants into giving themselves up peacefully. But Johnny was a warrior, too, commended for saving and rescuing American soldiers under fire. Don't miss this vivid, gritty look at the Iraqi war from an unusual point of view. You can preorder your copy at Amazon.
Jim was honored to work on the MEMORIAL EDITION of Chris Kyle's AMERICAN SNIPER, helping the late-Navy SEAL's widow Taya add personal stories and photos from friends and family to create a fuller portrait of Chris' life. Chris Kyle was a hero not just at war, but he embodied the best American qualities of being a good neighbor and mentor in his community, and the wider community of veterans. Those are the stories you will find in the memorial edition.
"White-hot action" and "intelligent heroes" are the prime ingredients in all Jim DeFelice books. From his first 1992 NY Times bestselling novel "Coyote Bird" [a high-flying "man vs. doomsday machine" thriller], DeFelice has written more than 30 high-energy, thought-provoking books and short stories, featuring male and female heroes both fictional and real.
"I'm one of those people who has a lot of interests and I've been very lucky to be able to pursue them," DeFelice says. "I'm best known for military and spy thrillers, especially 'Leopards Kill,' and probably for my collaborations with Dick Marcinko [Rogue Warrior series], Steve Coonts [Deep Black], Dale Brown [Dreamland/Whiplash], and Larry Bond [First Team/Red Dragon Rising.]"
HOGS #6: DEATH WISH, the sixth installment in Jim DeFelice's Hogs First Gulf War series, is now on Kindle for just $5.99 !!! Blistering action and gritty authenticity puts you in the cockpit with a colorful group of brave pilots flying A-10As during the First Gulf War in 1991.
Hotshot Major Horace "Hack" Preston is rotated into Devil Squadron with a big chip on his shoulder: considering the Warthog A-10A beneath his piloting abilities, he sees it as a stepping stone to a generalship, scheming to take over command from Colonel Michael "Skull" Knowlington. The Colonel, struggling against alcoholism, wonders if it's time to quit the Air Force. Before he can, Devil Squadron is tasked to rescue two British pilots deep in enemy territory. Captain Bristol Wong detects an enemy MiG-29 at the rescue site. Hungry for glory, Major Preston volunteers to snatch the MiG and fly it back to base. But that leaves the mission one pilot short, unless Knowlington flies. It seems everyone in Devil Squadron has something to prove on this mission. Don't miss this final exciting tribute to the real pilots who flew these hard-working, air-to-ground fighter-bombers.