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My Husband, an American Patriot

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Carla Martinez

 

For 17 years, my husband  has passionately pursued his writing career in hopes of landing a contract.  In September of 2008, his dream came true!  "First to Kill" (FTK) was purchased by Dorchester Publishing, a mass market paperback house, and has been receiving stellar acclaim from the publishing world.  FTK is an action driven thriller featuring Nathan McBride, a former marine sniper. McBride, also a retired CIA covert operative, is contacted by the FBI to help track down some criminal arms dealers who’ve acquired a huge cache of plastic explosives.

 

Last fall, Andy was fortunate to have Costco carry his book in 97 buildings in five states.  In a 5,500 mile whirlwind tour, he managed to visit 91 out of the 97 locations to sign stock and interact with Costco customers.  As a result of his 5 week tour, Costco reached a 93% sell through. Dozens of Costco customers who purchased his book have contacted him, asking about a sequel.  

 

What makes Andy so special is not only his talent as a writer, but his generosity.  He’s committed 50% of all proceeds from sales to the San Diego Museum of Man’s summer camp program to help underprivileged kids find an alternative to drugs and gangs.

 

During his Costco tour, he donated valuable “touring time” to visit VA hospitals where he personally met and thanked dozens of our nation’s veterans who’ve given so much to keep us all safe.  In addition to giving each veteran a personalized autographed copy, he left hundreds of his books with staff for distribution to other vets.  In the Phoenix VA hospital, Andy had the privilege of meeting a Pearl Harbor survivor and a WWII “code talker.” 

 

Andy has also donated over 1,000 copies of FTK to domestic and foreign based U.S. Naval and Army hospitals as a token of his appreciation to our troops who are recovering from battlefield wounds.  As if all that isn’t enough, he’s also donated over 400 copies of FTK to Operation Shoebox in support our overseas troops via "care" packages.  

 

Andy has been a Costco member since its original inception.  He is hopeful Costco will stock his sequel due out in the spring of 2010.  Andy is very grateful to Pennie Ianniciello for not only carrying his book, but he’s also grateful for the outstanding support and encouragement he received from Costco’s managers, staff, and members during his exhausting tour.

 

FTK is also available as an audio book download from Audible.com.  Dick Hill, the award winning voice of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, did the narration.

 

Hats off to Andy for his generosity in supporting our underprivileged children and our service men and women stationed around the world!

 

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FIRST TO KILL, A mass market paperback release from Leisure Books, an imprint of Dorchester Publishing. Scheduled release, August 26th, 2008.

Available for pre-order on Amazon and many other online retailers.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0843961449?ie=UTF8&tag=allt00-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0843961449

Synopsis

When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. But Nathan McBride believed he had done just that. The former Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him, until now.

When a deep-cover FBI agent disappears, along with an enormous cache of powerful Semtex explosive, the government envisions a disaster of international proportions and has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement. But almost as soon as Nathan accepts the assignment, he finds himself caught between a ruthless adversary with a blood-chilling plan and federal officials who will stop at nothing to see their own brand of justice done.
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