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January 20, 2011

INTERVIEW: A.J. Tata: A Hero to Follow

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Blasting onto the military thriller scene with lethal force is A.J. Tata, the author of, so far, three gripping books about Matt and Zachary Garrett, brothers, soldiers, leaders, and heroes that are worth following through every nail-biting, pulse pounding page of Tata’s action packed books.

Before I tell you about SUDDEN THREAT, ROGUE THREAT, and HIDDEN THREAT, let me tell you about the man, the hero, behind the books. Anthony J. Tata is not only a dynamic author but he is a man who spends every day doing his best to serve. After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 1981, he spent twenty-eight years in the Army and retired a Brigadier General in 2009 with a long list of accomplishments, accolades, and honors. He then went on to serve the public by working for the Washington D.C. school district, and in 2011, he will take on the job of Superintendent for Wake County Schools in North Carolina. He has a vision to put education in America back on the right track and is dedicated to effecting change in education one small step at a time.

Hidden Threat

Published: December 17, 2010

Out this week is book three, HIDDEN THREAT, a full-throttle plunge into danger, intrigue, betrayal, and the heart-wrenching love and honor of man on the quest for the truth in the hell zone of the Afghani-Pakistan border.

“When Special Forces Colonel Zachary Garrett leads a team of commandos into an enemy base-camp inside forbidden Pakistan territory, the ensuing combat destroys his helicopter and all its occupants. After military officers notify his estranged daughter, 17-year-old Amanda Garrett, of her father’s death, she is apathetic until they mention a $500,000 life insurance payout. But there’s a catch: before she can collect her cash, Amanda must visit revered psychiatrist Riley Dwyer for counseling.

With his eyes on Amanda’s coming bonanza, Spartanburg, SC bad-boy Del Dangurs keeps close tabs on Amanda and the long hoped-for windfall.

Meanwhile, Matt Garrett, Amanda’s uncle, leaves his CIA post and arrives in Afghanistan to recover Zachary’s remains. But first he leads a daring vengeance raid into Pakistan that results in a clue to Zachary’s fate. With hopeful evidence in hand, Matt continues the search for his brother as physical reminders of him are being destroyed or attacked back home, including Riley, who holds her own secrets close.

The story alternates between thrilling combat scenes in Afghanistan and Pakistan as Matt pursues his brother’s fate and attempts to complete a politically sensitive mission while Amanda races to uncover the truth about her father.”

A.J. Tata is the new Tom Clancy. …Electrifying. —Brad Thor, #1 NY Times bestselling author of FOREIGN INFLUENCE[/quote]

Rogue Threat

Published: October 20, 2009

In ROGUE THREAT, Book 2 of the series, Tata presents a chilling what if scenario that should have the world and especially every American looking over their shoulders. Automated weaponry falls into ruthless hands and the very heart of America is about to be ripped apart.

“When a fleet of unmanned aerial drones disappears, the U.S. Vice President turns to Matt Garrett, still nursing the wounds he suffered in the Philippines. The situation worsens when a terrorist commandeers Garrett’s jet and a former Iraqi General with a startling link to Garrett’s brother emerges from hiding. Matt discovers that international terrorists have kidnapped the the world’s leading expert on nanotechnology, who has enabled the missing Predators to locate, track, swarm, and kill…all by themselves. Meanwhile, the enemy has launched a flurry of attacks throughout America’s heartland. The country is on edge as citizens wonder whether the terrorists have the capacity to deal a devastating blow with weapons of mass destruction. But Garrett is beginning to suspect that the true enemy may be all too close to home. A chilling tale of intrigue and power written by an author who has experienced combat up close, this is the story of a nation on the brink of chaos and a man about to uncover an unthinkable conspiracy.”

“An explosive, seat-of-your-pants thriller! …terrifying and timely – Read it!” —W.E.B Griffin and W.E. Butterworth IV, #1 NY Times bestselling author
Sudden Threat

Published: November 25, 2008[quote]

In book one, SUDDEN THREAT, honor and betrayal take you on a thrill ride from an unexpected battlefield in the Philippines to secret meetings in Washington, DC, and the twisted minds of men who serve self rather than to those they’ve pledged an oath.

“In December 2001, CIA paramilitary operative Matt Garrett is mysteriously pulled from Pakistan as he closes in for the kill of Al Qaeda senior leadership and is reassigned to a low-profile mission in the Philippines. But as he sifts through the wreckage of a downed C-130 in the tangled jungle, he finds a dead U.S. Special Forces paratrooper who is not supposed to be there and is thrown into a contest of wits and resiliency in the uncharted rainforests of Mindanao.

Manipulated by the secret plans of a powerful quartet of upper-echelon Rolling Stones groupies in Washington, DC, Garrett and U.S. Armed Forces establish their bona fides as true patriots on the cutting edge of freedom as they struggle for survival against the rising tide of Islamic extremism and the reemergence of the Empire of the Sun in the ever-expanding Global War on Terror.”

In the stunning prequel to his award-winning novel ROGUE THREAT, A.J. Tata creates an uncanny sense of presence on and off the battlefield in SUDDEN THREAT, a novel rife with conspiracy, diplomatic double-talk, betrayal, loyalty, valor and honor.”
“Riveting entertainment at its best!” —The Military Writers Society of America
Vince Flynn and Brad Thor better watch out.” — Author Magazine

General Tata has donated 100% of his book proceeds to the USO Metro DC Hospital for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda National Naval Medical Center

Why these books aren’t topping the New York Times Bestseller list is a question to which I cannot find an answer. For A.J. Tata, General Anthony Tata is worthy of a great following.

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Jennifer St. Giles
USA Today Bestselling Author, Jennifer St. Giles/J.L. Saint/Jennifer Saints This bewitching Georgia Peach is anything but ordinary. She's a mother, nurse, thriller writer, award-winning paranormal/romance/contemporary author, passionate patriot, event planner and more! She's also home schooled three children and is the Vice-President of a charitable foundation which helps women and children's causes and in her spare time she writes screenplays! J.L. in her own words: Under a barrage of nagging by BFF's, I've been told my bio was boring, not at all a reflection of just who I am beneath the surface, which is a compliment…I think. So, I promised to rev it up a bit. Thus the reason why I'm sitting here staring at the computer screen with nothing but crickets in my brain. I'm totally into making up wild and interesting stories with a lot of heart thrown into the mix, but telling people about myself isn't so easy. What can I tell you about me? I don't play video games or watch horror because I can't take the heat, but give me a kickass thriller every minute of every day and I am there. Be prepared for a Hoover Dam meltdown if you're with me and the movie is sad. So, to avoid disaster, I love romantic comedies. Read more about Jenni on her website:



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