1.) Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:
Hell and Gone is an action-adventure/military thriller about a team of Special-Operations veterans-turned-PMCs (Private Military Contractors) on a desperate mission to wrestle an atomic weapon away from a terrorist group.
2.) Who is your favorite character and why?
That’s a toss-up between Tommy Scarred Wolf and Ehud Siyr. They’re both honorable men and formidable warriors, somewhat Quixotic, though from vastly different backgrounds. I didn’t set out to make Siyr such a larger-than-life super soldier–he started writing himself. He’s not invincible, but models the sort of integrity and selflessness many of us wish we could.
3.) If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
The first thing that comes to mind are the maps. They didn’t come out well. In fact, the Dinka village map came out so bad I just deleted it altogether. I don’t know how helpful the Camp Ali map/sandtable image is. I wound up deleting it, too, in the e-book.
4.) Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:
I might be too sleepy to choose the best one, but I gave a “shout-out,” of sorts, to my old platoon. I lost track of every last one of those guys, but like to think that some day one of them will stumble on the book, read that part and have their memory jogged.
5.) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
The most comprehensive information can be found on my website at www.hell-and-gone.com, plus I have a presence on Gather, Twitter (”MachineTrooper”) and Facebook. I spend the most time on Facebook, where I have a fan page for the novel. The first chapter is posted on the “info” tab on Barnes & Noble’s online store (and in “notes” on the Facebook page), you can do a “look inside” on Amazon, or of course you can get free samples at the Kindle Store or on Smashwords. Of course I’d also welcome emails from those interested, @ MachineTrooper@gmail.com.
6.) What can we expect from you in the future?
I just e-published the first issue in a pulp anthology I’ve wanted to do for a long time: Virtual Pulp: Tales of High Adventure, Low Adventure, and Misadventure. It’s about novella-length, with some fantasy, some historical fiction (one with romance), aviation adventure and post-apocalypse. Future issues will add science fiction, western, war and hard-boiled detective to the mix. Some characters are continuing; some are stand-alone. I’ve got about a bazillion more novels I want to write. The one I should concentrate on first is an alternative history military adventure. I’ve already got a killer opening chapter on paper for it.
7.) And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:
    When Scarred Wolf stopped in his tracks, the others froze, following the line of his eyes with their own, as if some unseen orchestra had begun playing suspenseful music, signaling imminent danger.
Heading toward the village from the north was a fast-moving Jeep.
      “Is that Mugabe?” Asked Zeke.
      “It’s that Limp-Richard from the CIA,” Mai said.
      “Mugabe is the CIA guy,” Fava-Vargas said.
      McCallum reached behind himself to wriggle a hand into his buttpack. He extracted a small pair of rubber-armored binoculars, held them up to his eyes and brought them to focus. “That’s a green Jeep,” he said. “Mugabe drives a black S.U.V. with waterboo horns.”
      The Jeep slowed to walking speed just inside the village. A black man jumped out of the passenger door and hit the ground running toward the church. He was carrying…a case of beer…? The Jeep accelerated, blazing through the village, out the other side and off into the horizon. The view of the running man was obscured by the buildings of the village.
      Villagers, young and old, burst from their huts and ran for the river like lemmings in overdrive.
Now Scarred Wolf pointed to a growing tsunami of dust on the horizon.
     “What the…?” Zeke muttered.
     “Now that can’t be good,” McCallum said.
     Bojado locked-and-loaded.

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