Connie Griffin's southern roots go back for generations in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. The daughter of a fundamentalist minister, she left the South and relocated to New England in her late twenties for graduate studies in multicultural literature of the Americas. She is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor at the University Without Walls, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Connie is an experienced writing workshop facilitator who teaches, writes, and publishes in the field of narrative nonfiction. She has combined her interests in literary and cultural studies with feminist and queer theory to address cultural constructions of identity. Her book, To Tell the Truth: Practice and Craft in Narrative Nonfiction, published by Longman/Pearson Publishers (2009), draws on her years of teaching workshops and university courses in creative nonfiction writing and American literature (including southern literature) and incorporates an anthology of narrative nonfiction pieces. Connie received her B.A. from the University of Tulsa, her M.A. from Boston College, and her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her life partner, their numerous pooches, and cats.
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OPPOSE ANY FOE is book #4 in the bestselling Luke Stone thriller series, which begins with ANY MEANS NECESSARY (book #1), a free download with over 250 five star reviews.
A small arsenal of U.S. nuclear weapons are stolen from a NATO base in Europe. The world scrambles to figure out who the culprits are and what their target is—and to stop them before they unleash hell on humanity.
With only hours left before it is too late, the President has no choice but to call in Luke Stone, the former head of an elite FBI para-military team. Finally getting his life back in order, and with devastating news on his own family front, Luke does not want the job. But with the newly elected female President desperate for his help, he realizes he cannot turn his back on her.
In the action-packed, international cat-and-mouse chase that follows, Luke, Ed and his former team will have to be more daring, and break more rules, than ever before. With the fate of the world at stake, Luke heads into the murky fog of war and espionage, and discovers the culprit is not who he thinks it is after all.
A political thriller with non-stop action, dramatic international settings and heart-pounding suspense, OPPOSE ANY FOE is book #4 in the bestselling and critically-acclaimed Luke Stone series, an explosive new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.
Book #5 in the Luke Stone series is also now available!
Gunnery Sgt. Kyle Swanson, a top Marine sniper, is vacationing on a yacht in the Mediterranean when he receives orders to mount a top secret mission to rescue the general. But as the Marines prepare to land in the Syrian desert, they fall victim to a terrible accident. Swanson, the only survivor, then discovers they were also flying into an ambush. How did the enemy have details of a mission known only to a few top American government officials?
Swanson takes off across the desert alone to find the captured general and realizes he is fighting a particularly ruthless and dangerous enemy: American mercenaries working for a very-high-level group of U.S. officials with ties to the White House itself, part of a clandestine conspiracy whose hidden goal is nothing less than total control of the American military. Their sworn enemy is the captured general whose fate now rests in Swanson's hands.
Filled with the kind of action that author Jack Coughlin lived during his career as a Marine sniper, Kill Zone marks the debut of an extraordinary new series.
Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance’s one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic “Black Jack” legend...