Friday, February 29, 2008

I can speak!

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 1 at 12 noon (CST) I'll be on Northern Alliance Radio Network, am 1280, out of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. To hear it live:

a podcast will be posted later at:

and Chad the Elder, who will be interviewing me tomorrow, just posted an insightful review of SINS at his blog:

more fun to come

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Tour Schedule

(WELCOME NRO readers)
Yesterday was the official launch of SINS, which also happened to be Supertuesday... not the greatest day to get attention for any book, but things went well, starting with John J. Miller posting a link to his podcast interview with me.

Next I was interviewed by Kirby Wilbur, talkradio host of KVI-AM in Seattle. Kirby and company are off to Washington DC today for the CPAC conference. Kirby will be offering copies of SINS in on-air contests. If you're at the conference, stop by and say hello to him or Matt.

David Montgomery, book reviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times, tagged SINS as "book of the week" at his site, Crime Fiction Dossier.

It's no secret how much I loved Robert Ferrigno's Prayers for the Assassin, last year's winner of the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller. Now Ferrigno has returned to the world of a post-revolutionary, Islamic America, and the results are just as satisfying. In Sins of the Assassin, Rakkim Epps, Muslim special forces warrior, is sent into the Christian Bible Belt (the Old South of the former USA) to retrieve a secret weapon before the Christians can get their hands on. What ensues is an action-packed and suspenseful thriller, cast against a stunning backdrop of imagination. It's early in 2008, but this is one of the best books I've read so far this year.

Timmer at The Daily Brief, a military blog, also reviewed the book. Much obliged, Tim.

I leave for a short booktour this weekend. If you're in Southern California or the Scottsdale area, I'll be reading and signing at the following locations.

Orange, CA
Sunday February 10 --- 1pm
Book Carnival
348 Tustin Avenue
Orange, CA 92866
Phone: (714) 538-3210

Torrance, CA
Monday, February 11 --- 7pm
3700 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503

Scottsdale, AZ
Tuesday, February 12 --- 7pm
Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd. Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: (480) 947-2974

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Reader Email of the Week

Jawwad F, is a Pakistani international businessman, educated in the U.S., who returned to Karachi five years ago. We have corresponded regularly since he bought Prayers for the Assassin in a Borders in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Our recent discussion centered around the U.S. presidential election and how he and his friends view the candidates.

Historically speaking the Republicans have always had a soft corner for Pakistan, where as the Democrats have always pushed the Indian cause and played hardball with us. Geopolitical considerations aside, I am rooting for Barak Obama. I don’t have anything against Hillary and I think President Clinton was one of the sharpest presidents to take the office in recent history, but I think it will interesting to see what happens when the first African American president takes charge of the office. My worst nightmare is Rudy walking into the white house.

No nightmare ahead for Jawwad. The only way Rudy is walking into the White House is on a guided tour.