Ardennes Sniper ebook now available!

Ardennes-Sniper-3D-BookCover-transparent_backgroundDecember 1944. As German forces launch a massive surprise attack through the frozen Ardennes Forest, two snipers find themselves aiming for a rematch. Caje Cole is a backwoods hunter from the Appalachian Mountains of the American South, while Kurt Von Stenger is the deadly German “Ghost Sniper.” Having been in each other’s crosshairs before, they fight a final duel during Germany’s desperate attempt to turn the tide of war in what will come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge. Can the hunter defeat the marksman? Even in the midst of war, some battles are personal.

Comments from other writers about the book:

“Healey writes the way a sniper works, in close. He knows his craft, his writing is clean and, like a good shooter, he stays out of the way. Healey’s in command, too, of his landscape, the battle of the Bulge, told from both cold and desperate sides of the fight. Ardennes Sniper will transport you to the place, the time, the struggle that was the Bulge, with a novel that has the crosshairs dead center on a well-told tale.”
—David L. Robbins, best-selling author of War of the Rats and The Devil’s Horn

“Wartime snipers: The soloists in vast orchestras playing symphonies of death. In Ardennes Sniper, David Healey continues the duel he began in Ghost Sniper, once again capturing the science and cunning of those who wage war one well-aimed shot at a time.”
—William Peter Grasso, author of the Jock Miles WW2 series

Get the ebook here. The print version of Ardennes Sniper is scheduled for release on December 15, to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

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An interview with Texas author Harry Hunsicker

Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to interview several authors for The Big Thrill, published by the International Thriller Writers. Sometimes I’ve been able to talk over the phone, but at the very least we exchange a few emails. Meeting these other authors and learning about their own struggles and successes is something that I’ve really enjoyed.

Below is the article I wrote about a wonderful Texas writer named Harry Hunsicker. I worked on the article on the train coming back from Thriller Fest in New York, so I had all sorts of writerly inspiration zinging around inside my head. If you would like to read the entire article, please click on the link at the end of the excerpt to go to The Big Thrill.

TheGrid-Cover-e1439913096560The Grid by Harry Hunsicker

Harry Hunsicker’s third book in the Jon Cantrell thriller series could be described in many ways as a twenty-first century Western. For starters, THE GRID is set in Texas. Cantrell is a lawman but also a drifter, having found employment as a rural county sheriff after a prickly history as a DEA contractor. He wears boots and carries a gold-plated star. Instead of a violent death in a saloon brothel, he is soon investigating a killer who knocks off cheating husbands looking for hookups online.

Cantrell’s challenges don’t end there. However, in THE GRID, it’s not a cattle rustler or a train robber who rides into town, but rather a terrorist that is attacking power-generating stations.

It’s all in a day’s work for a lawman in the New West, and Cantrell is more than up to the task. He’s savvy, tough, and has a lot of compassion—but he’s definitely got a burr under his saddle. He’s always ready with a quick-draw quip: “Not counting the power plant, I figured the town’s three biggest industries were food stamps, bass fishing, and diabetes.”

Harry-Hunsicker_153-427x640-e1439912984516This lawman is also something of a philosopher: “On some level we all live in a special world filled with mirrors that flatter the image of how we’d like things to be.” Well said, Cantrell.

Recently, author and native Texan, Harry Hunsicker answered a few questions about Cantrell, terrorists, and cowboy boots.

Read on at The Big Thrill





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Cover reveal for ARDENNES SNIPER!

Ardennes-Sniper-800 Cover reveal and PromotionalIt’s very exciting to share the cover for the new book! Set at the battle of the Bulge, Ardennes Sniper features a rematch between American sniper Caje Cole and the dreaded German Ghost Sniper, Kurt Von Stenger.

If you’ve read Ghost Sniper, you know that they have some unfinished business.

I think that the cover does a good job of capturing the frigid weather during the Ardennes Forest campaign in which Germany launched a surprise attack to push back Allied forces. It was not much of a Christmas present for the American soldiers.

The final edits are being made to Ardennes Sniper, and the book should be available soon in both print and ebook!

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Update on progress of the next book

Ghost Sniper was where Caje Cole and Kurt Von Stenger first matched wits. They have some unfinished business to settle in the follow up.

Ghost Sniper was where Caje Cole and Kurt Von Stenger first matched wits. They have some unfinished business to settle in the follow up.

I’ve had a few emails asking how the next book is coming along … so here is an update. First of all, this book is a follow up to Ghost Sniper. That’s the World War II story where an American sniper named Caje Cole faces off against the legendary German ghost sniper Kurt Von Stenger, also known as Das Gespenst.

Cole is a sort of modern day mountain man (actually, his friends call him a hillbilly) who uses his trapping and hunting skills from growing up in the southern Appalachians to match wits with Von Stenger, who is an amazing marksman and strategist.

Short of a spoiler, let’s just say that that Cole and Von Stenger have some unfinished business. This next book is where that business is concluded (in rather spectacular fashion, I might add).

Most of the other characters also return, such as the wisecracking Vaccaro and the intriguing French Resistance fighter Jolie Molyneaux. There are also a few new characters to make this a fresh story.

It was tough picking a title for this novel. I loved the title Wolves of Ardennes, but wiser minds have suggested using Ardennes Sniper to make a better connection to the previous book. When writing, I always seem to need the title first, and then everything else just falls into place. So, changing titles is rather monumental for me and I hope that the wiser minds were correct and that Ardennes Sniper (that’s pronounced Ar-Den) was a good choice.

While the draft of the novel is finished, there is some revision to do, some answering of questions about things like 88 mm guns and Springfield 1903A rifles, then the whole editing process, cover design, etc., etc. … let’s just say it’s quite a bit of work involving several people to get a book into print.

But Ardennes Sniper is well on its way. You’ll see the snipers in action soon … in December 1944 at the Battle of the Bulge!

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Front porch book signing set

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Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Levin J. Marvel

Levin MarvelNext month I will be taking part in the commemoration of a terribly tragic event on Chesapeake Bay. Even if you can’t join us, you might like to read it a bit about the sinking of the Levin J. Marvel, which is featured in a chapter from GREAT STORMS OF THE CHESAPEAKE.


On August 12, 1955, as gale force winds from Hurricane Connie raged up the Chesapeake Bay, a three-masted schooner by the name of the Levin J. Marvel sank off of Holland Point in the bay near North Beach, MD. Fourteen of the 27 passengers on board died in this tragedy. Thirteen passengers survived due to the heroic efforts of many local residents.

This tragic and significant Chesapeake Bay maritime event changed Coast Guard safety regulations applying to small passenger vessels.

The Bayside History Museum will present a program with displays and exhibits commemorating “The 60th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Marvel” on August 12, 2015, 7:00pm-9:00pm at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Bay View Hall located at 8536 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD. 20732. The event is free and open to the public.

Featured speakers are John Ward of the Deale Area Historical Society ; Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist; Bill Verge, Executive Director, USCGC INGHAM Memorial Museum, who served as mate on the Marvel that summer; Diane Harrison of Bayside History Museum, and Johnson Fortenbaugh, Jr. who will perform his song, “The Levin J. Marvel”.

David Healey , author, will have a book signing and sale for his book Great Storms of the Chesapeake (which features a chapter about the Levin J. Marvel).

Grace Mary Brady, President of the Bayside History Museum, will be available from 5:30pm to 7:00pm to video record oral histories with people who have personal recollections of the Marvel.

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On Summer Nights and Skirmishes During the War of 1812

On Summer Nights and Skirmishes During the War of 1812.

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Storm of 1821 struck fishing village of Chincoteague

An old woodcut that depicts the storm of 1821 that struck the Delmarva coast.

An old woodcut that depicts the storm of 1821 that struck the Delmarva coast.

In writing GREAT STORMS OF THE CHESAPEAKE I came across many accounts of old storms that have mostly been forgotten over time, but which were devastating to the people who lived through them.

One such storm struck the Atlantic coast of the Delmarva Peninsula in 1821, when the region was only sparsely populated. From descriptions of the time, the storm was almost certainly a hurricane. The storm devastated both Assateague and Chincoteague. Here is one contemporary account:

“In the early morning the terrified inhabitants, looking from their windows facing the ocean, saw an awful sight: the waters had receded toward the southward, and where the Atlantic had rolled the night before, miles of sandbars lay bare to the gloomy light, as the bottom of the Red Sea to the Israelites; then how a dull roar came near and nearer, and suddenly a solid mass of wind and rain and salt spray leaped upon the devoted island with a scream. Great pines bent for a moment, and then, groaning and shrieking, were torn from their centuried growth like wisps of straw and hurled one against another; houses were cut from their foundations and thrown headlong …”

The account goes on to note how one man and his grandson were swept six miles inland by the storm surge, but somehow managed to survive.

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Summertime book events and signings

I have a few more events coming up and I’m excited about them because it gets me out from behind the keyboard. I read recently about how a writer is a recluse addicted to hot drinks … that sounds like me to a tea … I mean T. Anyhow, maybe I will see you at one of these events in the weeks and months ahead. I certainly hope so!

July 9-12 ThrillerFest in NYC. I’m on the Friday morning historical fiction roundtable with some pretty amazing thriller writers, including Steve Berry, David Morrell, Anne Perry, Kay Kendall, Jerry Americ, Ann Parker, Anne Cleeland, and Francine Mathews. I am busy reading all of their newest books and I am in awe!

July 21 6:30 pm “Heroes and Villains of 1812” talk at the North East Library, North East, MD. Surprisingly, not all the villains were Redcoats. I’ll be sharing stories from this “Forgotten War” on Chesapeake Bay.

Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

July 25 4 pm Book signing at Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. Thank you to Browseabout for featuring “Beach Bodies.” If you are at the beach this summer, a visit to Browseabout and a slice of Grotto’s pizza are mandatory.

Commemoration of the sinking of the Levin J. Marvel. I will be talking about Great Storms of the Chesapeake when the Bayside History Museum  presents a program with displays and exhibits commemorating “The 60th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Marvel” on August 12, 2015, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Bay View Hall located at 8536 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach, MD. 20732. The event is free and open to the public.

Levin Marvel

August 22 10 am Front Porch Book Signing at the Old Gray Mare, Bohemia Avenue, in historic Chesapeake City. This is a big day in town because the annual car show will fill the streets. I’ll be on the front porch that day for as long as they let me hang around!

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On eve of hurricane season, recalling George Washington’s Storm

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Hurricane season officially begins June 1. While in some ways this is an arbitrary date because nature sets its own rules and does not follow a man-made calendar, let’s just say it’s time to keep a weather eye out!

In the last 400 years there have been some tremendous storms on the Chesapeake Bay, including this one from the 1700s that became known as “George Washington’s Storm.” Although Washington could not have known the science behind hurricanes, he certainly understood that this storm was something out of the ordinary, and he chronicled the storm in detail.

And so, as we gear up for another Chesapeake Bay hurricane season, here’s looking back at “George Washington’s Storm.”

Excerpted from Great Storms of the Chesapeake:

He may have led the Continental Army through the Revolutionary War, but before George Washington became a Founding Father, he was first and foremost a farmer. And like any good farmer, he kept an eye on the weather that affected his vast estate at Mount Vernon, Virginia. The mansion overlooks the Potomac River, not far from Chesapeake Bay. While majestic, the view also left Washington’s home vulnerable to the Chesapeake’s fiercest storm—the hurricane.

On July 19, 1788, a storm began forming near Bermuda that would become known as “George Washington’s Hurricane.” The storm that struck the lower Chesapeake full-on would be detailed in Washington’s journal when the eye passed directly over Mount Vernon.

At a little after midnight on July 23, the storm pounced upon the Chesapeake region and “blew a perfect hurricane, tearing down chimneys, fences, etc.” Accounts say the winds felled large trees, leveled crops and even shifted houses off their foundations.

A storm like that coming at harvest time was particularly devastating to the farms and orchards of the region. Trees heavy with fruit were blown down or their weighted limbs snapped. Corn was flattened and the last of kitchen gardens shredded.

The storm was just as bad on the water. Ships of all sizes that attempted to ride out the storm sank or were pounded to splinters at their moorings. In Portsmouth, Va., accounts say a large ship was floated by the storm surge into the center of town.

It came to be known as “George Washington’s Storm” because of his detailed journal descriptions of the storm and its aftermath. As always, Washington was focused not only on observation, but on the impact the storm would have on the roughly 8,000 acres he owned surrounding his home.

On July 24, Washington wrote: “Thermometer at 70 in the morning, 71 at noon and 74 at night. A very high N.E. wind all night which this morning being accompanied with rain became a hurricane driving the miniature ship Federalist from her moorings and sinking her; blowing down some trees in the groves and about the houses, loosning the roots & forcing many others to yield and dismantling most in a greater or lesser degree of their Bows, and doing other and great mischief to the grain, grass &c. and not a little to my mill race; in a word it was violent and severe more so titan has happened for many years. About noon the wind suddenly shifted from N.E. to S.W. and blew the remaining part of the day as violently from that quarter. The tide about this time rose near or quite 4 feet higher than it was ever known to do driving Boats &c. into fields where no tide had ever been heard of before, and must it is apprehended have done infinite damage on their Wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore &c.”

According to weather records, the 1788 hurricane followed a path—and shared an intensity—very similar to the 1933 storm that would carve Ocean City’s inlet. Consequently, this makes “George Washington’s Hurricane” one of the more intense storm on Chesapeake Bay—and we have the Founding Father himself to thank in part of keeping good records of the storm.



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