“Operation Thriller IV” by the USO Deploys Five Bestselling Authors Abroad Tour to Europe and the Middle East
Twitter: @HarlanCoben, @philmargolin, @fpaulwilson, @KathleenAntrim, @HeatherGraham to make @the_USO Visit to DC Oct. 24
WHAT: "Operation Thriller IV" USO Tour
WHO: Harlan Coben, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST, and HOLD TIGHT
Phillip Margolin, author of 17 New York Times bestselling legal thrillers, including SLEIGHT OF HAND, and former criminal defense attorney for over a quarter of a century
F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of the Repairman Jack novels, including DARK CITY, and winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement
Kathleen Antrim, award-winning author of CAPITAL OFFENSE, journalist, columnist and radio personality
Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author of more than a hundred novels including her most recent novel, THE NIGHT IS FOREVER
WHEN: October 24, 2013 - November 1, 2013
WHERE: Multiple locations including Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Germany, an undisclosed military base in the Middle East and the United Kingdom
Note: Due to security reasons, not all of the countries can be released at this time.
WHY: In an effort to bring troops and their families stationed in the Middle East, Germany and the United Kingdom special moments this Halloween season, the USO is once again deploying five bestselling thriller authors abroad as part of the "Operation Thriller IV" USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour October 24 - November 1. Unlike any "Operation Thriller" USO tour in its series, this year's installment will kick off with a three-day visit to the nation's capital.
Jam packed with special moments, the "Operation Thriller IV" USO tour is scheduled to officially begin with an autograph signing at the newly constructed 25,000 square foot USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir. The center opened its doors in February 2013 and is the largest center in USO history to support wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers as well as local active duty troops, reservists, members of the National Guard and their families. The center is open daily and is operated by the USO of Metropolitan Washington.
The tour will continue with a visit to Walter Reed Bethesda National Military Medical Center to visit wounded, ill and injured warriors followed the group's attendance at the 2013 USO Gala, where they will extend their congratulations to this year's Service Member of the Year honorees. The first leg of the tour will conclude with a trip to Quantico Marine Corps Base.
This trip marks the fourth installment of "Operation Thriller," which has deployed 14 award-winning authors to seven countries and brought a touch of home to hundreds of troops since 2010. It is the second USO experience for Antrim, who traveled to the Middle East on last year's tour and the first for Coben, Margolin, Wilson and Graham.
All five authors are proud members of the International Thriller Writers (also known as ITW), the nation's first and only professional organization devoted solely to authors (both fiction and nonfiction) who write books broadly classified as "thrillers."
QUOTES: Attributed to Harlan Coben:
"We make up heroes for a living. Now we get to meet real-live ones and express in some small way our gratitude. I can't imagine a greater honor."