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The Caje Cole sniper series
In December 1941, the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor plunges the United States into war. On farms and cities nationwide, lives are upended as young men and women volunteer for the war effort.
One of these young men is Deacon Cole, fresh from the hardscrabble mountains of Appalachia. He’s never been good at much except hunting and hard work. He soon finds himself sent to the Pacific Theater to join the fight against Imperial Japan.
Deacon hits the beach for his first test against the enemy. He will use all his skill with a rifle against a deadly Japanese marksman. Across the beaches and jungle, they take part in the savage battle for control of a Pacific island. Can he protect his squad, or will they fall, one by one, under the enemy’s crosshairs?
The fight for victory in the Pacific continues, this time at Leyte in the Philippines. Deacon Cole and the rest of Patrol Easy are sent as an advance unit to help crack the formidable Japanese defenses before the American invasion. To make the mission even more difficult, the Japanese have deadly snipers of their own. If Deke and the others can’t bring down the enemy defenses in time, there will be a terrible price to pay when US troops hit the beach.
Just when it looks like Allied troops are finally winning the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes forest, German forces launch a devastating counter-attack called Operation Nordwind.
Surrounded in the 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, Cole will have to settle the score once and for all to satisfy his “Sniper’s Justice.”
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.
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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By David Healey for The Big Thrill Magazine In the fight against Imperial Japan, the early months of 1942 were some of the bleakest and most uncertain. The Japanese had already pummeled the United States with their devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. In swift order, outposts from the Philippines to Guam quickly fell to … Continue reading
This seemed like a good story to share as we get into Independence Day celebrations and the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Sometimes I actually get out from behind the keyboard and that was the case this week when I went exploring and visited Bethesda Methodist Episcopal, a country church and old cemetery near … Continue reading
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Please join me and other local authors for a fun reading on Thursday, May 27, 7:30 pm on Zoom. It’s free and you can sign up here https://www.easternshorewriters.org/event-4324911 I’m not sure what I will read yet and may play it by ear depending on the audience, but I am leaning toward a chapter from Sniper’s … Continue reading
By David Healey In the summer of 1865, the nation is just beginning to heal from the bitter Civil War. The signs of the war are everywhere—in the man with one arm on the street corner, the empty chair at the table, the still-bitter ring of names like Shiloh and the Wilderness. As if this wasn’t … Continue reading
These are better than a cup of coffee … it’s impossible to watch these videos and not feel energized and even a little amazed. Your results may vary, but these work for me. Richard Ashcroft 2019 singing Bittersweet Symphony live. This song was a hit in the ’90s but he’s still got it. Lucky Man love … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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