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Deadly Anthem Time Reich Pirate Moon

The Caje Cole sniper series

Ghost Sniper Iron Sniper Gods & Snipers Ardennes Sniper

Red Sniper Frozen Sniper

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New Release!

At the Battle of Triangle Hill, Cole and his squad find themselves in a stalemate with Chinese forces, fighting to capture and then regain a strategic foothold. To make matters worse, a deadly enemy shooter has positioned himself on the hill known as Sniper Ridge, picking off the defenders and outshooting Cole. To defeat this enemy, Cole must return to his mountain roots as a hunter, tracker, and jaw-dropping marksman.

Sniper Ridge is the the seventh Caje Cole novel, now available in ebook and print. Click here to get your copy.

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New Release!

Deep in the Korean mountains, U.S. sniper Caje Cole and his squad are on patrol when they witness a dogfight that ends with a pilot being shot down over enemy territory. Cole leads the rescue effort that puts him in conflict with a deadly Chinese sniper, but that turns out to be the least of his worries. Chinese forces are on the move, starting with the capture of an outpost just forward of the American line. To stop a large Chinese force poised to smash the American line, Cole joins a makeshift unit sent to hold an ancient fort at a mountain pass. These misfits plan a desperate fight to the last man against overwhelming odds as Cole faces a showdown with the enemy sniper.

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Just when it looks like Allied troops are finally winning the massive Battle of the Bulge in the snowy Ardennes forest, German forces launch a devastating counter-attack called Operation Nordwind.

Surrounded in the deep, wintry hills, the odds seem impossible, but the defenders have Cole and his rifle on their side. For Cole, the battle leaves some unfinished business. Years later, on a trip to Germany to help dedicate a WWII museum, Cole will have to settle the score once and for all to satisfy his “Sniper’s Justice.”

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Civil War novels

Sharpshooter Rebel Fever Rebel Train

Mysteries and more

The House That Went Down With The Ship Beach Bodies Deadly Anthem

First Voyage Ship of Spies The Duelist

Regional History (non-fiction)

Rediscovering 1812 Great Storms Delmarva Legends

Blog Posts & News

Get to know the Borinqueneers

Fallen Sniper was inspired by several unconnected events from the Korean War that came together here for the story. In the late stages of the war, the conflict entered the stalemate phase described by historian Max Hastings. Instead of fighting back and forth, the two opposing sides were now facing each other across a wide … Continue reading

Author Lee Gimenez on Blacksnow Zero

The following article appears in The Big Thrill. By David Healey Author Lee Gimenez is one of those rare writers who still uses a pen and paper to craft his stories, often in a coffeeshop or sometimes in the backyard during these pandemic times. Day by day, word by word, those pages have added up … Continue reading

Canal history cruises planned for Summer 2020

It’s hard to picture today, but when the C&D Canal first opened in 1829, it was just about 60 feet wide and 10 feet deep. A whole section of the canal would have fit into some of the vessels that traverse it today. Locals called it “The ditch,” which was something of an apt describe. … Continue reading

Wild about foxes

Earlier this week, I was out for my evening walk and I had a good bit of luck because I saw a red fox sitting in the path ahead. We started out some distance apart, keeping a wary eye on one another, but as I got to within about 50 yards away he still hadn’t … Continue reading

When Heroes Flew by Buzz Bernard

The following article appears in The Big Thrill: By David Healey Former Weather Channel senior meteorologist H. W. “Buzz” Bernard is best known for his thrillers related to weather disasters and other natural phenomena. This time around, he has turned his attention to the skies in a new way, writing about a World War II … Continue reading

An interview with Cara Putman, author of Flight Risk

By David Healey In her ambitious new novel, author Cara Putman takes on so many topics that this thriller is hard to classify. The story touches on human trafficking, the issue of fake news, the consequences of social media, and even alcoholism within families. Where to begin? “It is hard to put it into a … Continue reading

Knock on bookstores’ virtual doors!

Support our local bookstores through this time Our local bookstores and shops have been so supportive of me in my 20 years of selling books. My heart goes out to the many small businesses and shops that are doing their part by closing their doors. You can imagine how difficult it is to suddenly stop … Continue reading

Meet The Savage Deeps author, Timothy S. Johnston

Underwater warfare in the next century DECEMBER 31, 2019 by DAVID HEALEY By David Healey Deep under the oceans, more than a century from today, a struggle is being waged for the survival of humanity. After the devastation wrought by rapid climate change, the remaining world superpowers are coping with how to sustain their populations. Where do … Continue reading

On the trail of a stolen Star-Spangled Banner in Deadly Anthem

Read the complete article here By Tim O’Mara In David Healey’s new thriller, DEADLY ANTHEM, the Star-Spangled Banner flag is stolen from the Smithsonian, and it’s up to historian Francis Scott Keane (does that name sound familiar?) to get it back. To do so, he will test his knowledge of history and his skills as a … Continue reading

Interview with thriller author Eric J. Gates

By David Healey When you’re interviewing a thriller writer who is an expert on cybersecurity and computers in general, it’s a bit embarrassing if the microphone doesn’t work on your Skype account. There’s author Eric J. Gates on the other end of the video, on the other side of the Atlantic, patiently holding up a notebook … Continue reading

Pirate Moon & Other Stories new release!

This is my first collection of previously published stories and essays (along with a few new pieces) mostly focused around the Chesapeake Bay region. The essays here touch on everything from the origins of the unique dialect known as Delmarvese to running a trapline. In the fiction pages, ride along with Confederate cavalry gone astray … Continue reading

John Sandford on the cover of The Big Thrill

Jeffery Hess interview in the June issue of The Big Thrill

Writing for The Big Thrill is always a pleasure because it gives me an opportunity to a lot of wonderful authors and discuss writing with them. My latest interview was with Jeffrey Hess, a Florida-based writer. This was actually the second time that I have interviewed Jeff  and I really enjoyed his novel, NO SALVATION. … Continue reading

Life lessons from your local library

by David Healey The recently released film, “The Public,” dramatizes an imagined standoff between altruistic staff and patrons of the Cincinnati Public Library on one side and self-interested government officials on the other. The film brings some positive attention to libraries at a time when some might wonder why we need them at all in … Continue reading

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Get to know the Borinqueneers

Fallen Sniper was inspired by several unconnected events from the Korean War that came together here for the story. In the late stages of the war, the conflict entered the stalemate phase described by historian Max Hastings. Instead of fighting back and forth, the two opposing sides were now facing each other across a wide and fluid front. Communist forces still probed and attacked in an effort to gain as much territory as possible for when the negotiations of a truce finally reached a conclusion. Meanwhile, many fought and died as the “peace talks” dragged on.

Outpost Kelly was one of the places where that fighting took place. The background for the battle comes from “Outpost Kelly: A Tanker’s Story,” an engaging memoir by Jack R. Siewert. The story of the 65th Infantry Borinqueneers that resulted in actual court-martial charges comes from the fight over a different hill, which has been combined here with events at Outpost Kelly just to streamline things. There’s no doubt that the Borinqueneers faced many obstacles in terms of training, language barriers, and 1950s prejudice.

The last stand at Outpost Alamo draws upon several incidents but is itself fictitious. Interestingly enough, there really are many ancient mountain forts throughout Korea, which has such a fascinating history. Finally, it’s worth noting that the dogfight against MiGs imagined here was inspired by several accounts. Thank you as always for reading and I hope that you enjoy Fallen Sniper.

The 65th Infantry Borinqueneers on the attack in Korea. Painting by Dominic D’Andrea. Courtesy U.S. National Guard.
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