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An Amazing Week in Vegas with 5.11 Tactical

photo-3-224x300 - An Amazing Week in Vegas with 5.11 TacticalThe annual Shot Show at the Venetian in Las Vegas this year was more fun than anyone should be allowed to have.

Where to begin?

ITW authors, Andy Harp, Jeffrey Deaver,  John Gilstrap, Kathleen Antrim  (co-president of ITW) and myself were guests of 5.11 Tactical.  We all signed books in the 5.11 booth and met hundreds of Shot Show patrons. On the first day, we went to the Boulder City range and test fired all kinds of weapons. You should’ve seen Kathleen Antrim with an assault rifle – an awesome sight!

Over 55,000 people attended. There were literally tens of thousands of rifles, handguns, shotguns, knives, and anything else you can imagine related to shooting sports.

Andy Harp and I attended USO tours to the Middle East to acknowledge and thank our troops serving in harm’s way and 5.11 Tactical generously supplied all our clothing and gear for the tours!

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The fun included weaving our way through a 20 acre showroom floor with gun enthusiasts from every corner of the globe. Andy and I had a nice dinner with Jeff Deaver and John Gilstrap. Toward the end, we saw an advanced screening of Act of Valor. We met the producers Mouse McCoy and Scott Waugh – two really great guys. The movie was amazing. We’re talking the real deal here. Actual Navy SEALS played themselves in the movie. It’s a truly remarkable cinematic event, so don’t miss it – coming next month. And the trailer is one of the best I’ve ever seen!

I sat on an author/press conference panel with Deaver, Gilstrap, and Harp. Among others, I met Chris Kyle, co-author of AMERICAN SNIPER, and sat next to him on the panel. He’s an interesting man, but definitely reserved. He’s donating his share of the proceeds to help his fellow members.

Last but not least, I want to extend a special thank you to Tom Davin, CEO of 5.11 Tactical for both hosting and inviting us to attend. His leadership and compassion are second-to-none and I feel privileged to consider him a friend. Cheers Tom!

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Monterey County Herald covers Operation Thriller II: A USO Tour for the Troops

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Last week, Kathy McKenzie, who does freelance writing for the Monterey County Herald, met me at a Starbucks in Salinas.  Kathy was professional, yet cordial – a rare trait.  I thoroughly enjoyed our interview.   I especially like the coverage she gave to my fellow tour authors.   As the big date approaches, I’m feeling a growing sense of purpose and direction.  I can’t wait to personally thank our nation’s heroes for their sacrifices and listen to their stories.  Cheers to America’s servicemen and women!

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Week-Long USO Tour to Middle East

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Five of Today’s Most Popular Thriller Authors to Embark on Week-Long USO Tour to Middle East in Fall 2011

Clive Cussler, Sandra Brown, Kathy Reichs, Mark Bowden and Andrew Peterson

Among Writers to Make Tour’s Second Installment to Front Lines and Bring Touch of Home



 USO tour featuring bestselling authors/International Thriller Writers members:

    • Clive Cussler (Raise The Titanic, Sahara, Deep Six, among many, many others)
    • Sandra Brown (French Silk, Smoke Screen, Smash Cut, Ricochet, The Crush and Unspeakable, among others)
    • Kathy Reichs (The Temperance Brennan Series that became the basis for the popular Fox television series, “Bones,” Déjà Dead, Death du Jour, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, and Monday Mourning, among others)
    • Mark Bowden (Black Hawk Down, Killing Pablo, Guests of the Ayatollah, and most recently Worm, among others)
    • Andrew Peterson (First to Kill, recently optioned for a major motion picture, and Forced to Kill)



Fall 2011



Middle East
Note: Due to security reasons, the countries and tour dates cannot be released at this time. 



In Fall 2011, a group of the nation’s most renowned thriller writers will travel to the Middle East on a week-long USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to visit troops.  The tour, OPERATION THRILLER, will fly to the Middle East, where they will sign autographs, pose for photos with the troops and talk about their books, movies, television series and writing.


This trip marks the tour’s second installment, the first one kicked off in November 2010 and was comprised of Steve Berry, David Morrell, Doug Preston, James Rollins and Andy Harp.  That tour visited five bases in eight days and lifted the spirits of many thousands of service men and women stationed in Kuwait and Iraq.  Each author is a member of the International Thriller Writers, the nation’s first and only professional organization devoted solely to thriller authors.


Learn More about the International Thriller Writers Association.

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