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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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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?

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Now availableRISING SNIPER

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. 

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REBEL DAWN: A Civil War Novel

An April morning in Baltimore turns bloody and violent as the first Union troops arrive in the border state of Maryland, where adventurer Tom Flynn soon finds himself forced to choose sides. Will his skills as a soldier best serve the North or the South?

Called to return to the Southern capitol of Richmond, Flynn must work to save an idealistic Union spy. His journey takes him to the first Battle of Bull Run. In the midst of the battlefield, Flynn must fight to save the spy, protect new friends, and settle old scores.

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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.

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.”

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Fallen Sniper

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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Sniper Ridge

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.

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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 your copy of ‘The Gift of the GI’

From the title, you will probably recognize that this holiday story was inspired by “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Growing up, I used to enjoy those classic short stories by the likes of O. Henry, H.H. Munro or Saki, Richard Connell (“The Most Dangerous Game”), and Somerset Maugham. Most of them had … Continue reading

When Heroes Flew: The Shangri-La Raiders

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

A Civil War substitute

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

Does it hit the mark?

This is a sneak peek of a detail from an upcoming book cover. Thoughts? Comments are welcome. Thank you!

After Alice Fell

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

My favorite rock videos on YouTube

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

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

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Rising Sniper reading

At 7 pm on June 29, I will be giving a 10-minute reading from Rising Sniper. If you’d like to listen in, please sign up at the link. Thank you! https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeaOKH7QTcvam…/viewform

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