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WARRIOR CLASS: International Thriller Writers is here!

AirBattleForce.com Skybird: International Thriller Writers I urge every writer, aspiring writer, and fan of thrillers--mystery, crime, legal, etc., as well as military techno-thrillers--to visit http://www.internationalthrillerwriters.com. Co-founded by my friend Gayle Lynds, with my good friend John Lescroart as the Founding Sponsor (which meant he ponied up a lot of bucks to launch this organization), ITW bills itself as the first association dedicated to the thriller literary genre.

The group is already planning its launch party at the Book Expo America booksellers convention in New York City on Saturday 4 June 2005 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Algonquin Hotel in NYC, and a big get-together and some discussion panels at the international mystery convention, Bouchercon, on 1-4 September 2005 (www.bouchercon.net).

I'm not much of a joiner, but I plan on joining ITW. When I lived in Sacramento I belonged to a group of friends we called "Karen And The Boys" (Karen Kijewski, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, Richard Herman, and William Wood), and we'd get together occasionally to talk shop--bitch, complain, argue, and tell jokes about our lives and the writing business. We'd trade a lot of good information on the biz, let each other know the latest rumors and gossip, and offer encouragement and tips on getting the idea machine running.

Writers don't tend to share ideas like that easily, and I think an organization like International Thriller Writers could serve that purpose. Plus, I'm hoping it affords a good reason to party!

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Act Of War (June 2005)

ACT OF WAR introduces a whole new hero and a new conflict to techno-thriller fans around the world.

A series of deadly terrorist attacks in the United States and South America--including a nuclear attack near Houston, Texas--has the entire world on red alert. The attacks appear to be targeting an American energy company, but the terror group that calls itself GAMMA seems to be more than the anti-globalization, pro-environmental activists it claims to be.

Enter U.S. Army Major Jason Richter and his partner, Dr. Ariadna Vega of the Army Research Lab's Infantry Transformational BattleLab. These two young engineers have designed and built a land combat system designed to replace an entire motorized infantry squad: CID, or Cybernetic Infantry Device, a piloted robot with the speed and firepower of a weaponized Humvee, the strength of a bulldozer, and the agility of a special ops commando.

The hard-charging National Security Adviser, Robert Chamberlain, pairs Richter and Vega up with an FBI intelligence expert, Special Agent Kelsey DeLaine, and a veteran special ops expert, Command Sergeant Major Ray Jefferson, to form Task Force TALON, the first joint military-FBI unit charged with hunting down and stopping terrorists anywhere in the world. With CID's speed, power, weaponry, and amazing capabilities, combined with the talents of the U.S. Army and the investigative skills of the world's greatest detective agency, TALON is designed to put terrorists on the run around the globe.

But putting conflicting and single-minded personalities like Richter and DeLaine together is like mixing oxygen and gasoline: do it right and it produces horsepower--do it wrong, and it creates an explosion. Even the National Security Adviser can't seem to control his team. Can Task Force TALON survive long enough to hunt down GAMMA and its secret puppetmaster, the shadowy Consortium, before the next deadly attack?

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