Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Operation Thriller: US Troops Stationed in Persian Gulf

This Fall, International Thriller Writers David Morrell, Douglas Preston, James Rollins, Steve Berry, and Andy Harp will deploy to the Persian Gulf on a week-long USO tour to visit and uplift troops.

The tour, conceived of and organized by Andy Harp, and fittingly entitled Operation Thriller, kicks off with a visit to Washington, D.C., where the group will visit with troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center. The group then flies to the Persian Gulf to talk fiction, inspire, spread cheer and, most importantly, show their heartfelt gratitude.

Participating in what will be their first USO tour, the authors will visit multiple posts, sign autographs, pose for photos and distribute advance copies of their upcoming novels.

I think this is fabulous on so many levels. Good for the troops; good for authors; good for reading!

Many of you know my company TeamBuilding Unlimited organizes a teambuilding event: Operation Military Giving in which companies and associations pack boxes for U.S. troops overseas, specifically Iraq and Afghanistan. I always provide at least two crime novels per box. Hope some of our recipients will get to meet the authors!


Ali Karim said...

As much as hate the concept of war especially as innocents get caught up in the crossfire, which breaks my heart. I am also a realist. I think the ITW writers are doing a great service to our troops.

This quote sums up a great deal -

"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."

There is dispute as to whether George Orwell said this in his notes on nationalism, refering to Rudyard Kipling - Though some attribute this quote to Winston Churchill.

Who ever said this, understand that we live in a troublesome world, where fact and fiction merge, but thankfully we will all prevail thanks to the sacrifices made those stationed overseas.


Anonymous said...

Awesome!Anything to support our troops. Well said Janet!

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