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Co-Author Writing and Double-Signed Books

Co-Author Writing and Double-Signed Books

Article by John Hutchinson
October 18, 2017

Over 30 years ago, Stephen King teamed with Peter Straub to pen THE TALISMAN. It was a relative first in modern publishing for two bestselling authors to co-author a new work of fiction. Since then, it has become much more common. Clive Cussler has teamed with 10 different authors to write his numerous series. James Rollins has teamed with Rebecca Cantrell and Grant Blackwood. Blackwood has also written with Cussler and Tom Clancy. Other teams include scifi greats Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, and thriller greats, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

Family writing teams include Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler, Dick and Felix Francis, Jonathan, Faye and Jessie Kellerman, Mary Higgins and Carol Higgins Clark, and most recently Stephen and Owen King.

VJ Books has relationships with these writing teams and many others, and are pleased to have this category dedicated to Double-Signed Books. These special volumes add value to any collection.

Stephen King

Co-Author Stephen King

Owen King

Co-Author Owen King

Peter Straub

Co-Author Peter Straub

Mary Higgins Clark

Co-Author Mary Higgins Clark

Carol Higgins Clark

Co-Author Carol Higgins Clark

Modern Signed Books – Mark Greaney’s True Faith and Allegiance (as Tom Clancy)

Modern Signed Books – Interview with Mark Greaney about True Faith and Allegiance (as Tom Clancy)

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About “True Faith and Allegiance” by Mark Greaney as Tom Clancy

True Faith and Allegiance

The #1 New York Times–bestselling series is back with the most shocking revelation of all. After years of facing international threats, President Jack Ryan learns that the greatest dangers always come from within…
 

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Spy vs. Spy

Spy vs. Spy

John le CarreWhen the cold war ended and the last spy came in from the cold, it was predicted that the espionage novel would fade with the “duck and cover” films. No longer were we under the constant threat of annihilation – we were finally free from the fear of nuclear war, and our way of life seemed secure. So did the spies created by John le Carré, Frederick Forsyth, and the rest of those who so skillfully managed the genre disappear from the literary scene? The answer is a resounding no. The world, as it turns out, isn’t safe after all.

A new kind of threat emerged and the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich was where it was born. A Palestinian group calling themselves Black September took 11 members of the Israeli Olympic Team hostage and eventually killed them. Terrorism was born that dark day in Germany, and we have watched it spread throughout the world, eventually landing on our own shores.

Since that time our enemies have taken many names – PLO, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas, and now Isis have grabbed the headlines, all state-sponsored terrorist groups with the expressed objective to destroy the West, its allies and its influence. In recent days Isis, a self-declared Islamic State that has seized over a third of Iraq, has boldly executed US trained Iraqi defense forces, destroyed religious sites including Jonah’s tomb, ordered the genital mutilation of all women between the ages of 11 and 46, and ordered all Christians to convert, leave or die.

In a world turned upside down a new breed of thriller writers emerged, establishing a new genre replete with 21st century characters shaped to meet the challenges of this new threat, a threat with a growing arsenal of weapons and tactics each intended to use violence against civilians. Ken Follett, Robert Littell, Robert Ludlum, and Tom Clancy took the lead in introducing us to this new era of thrillers, soon followed by Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and of course, Daniel Silva.

Jason MatthewsJason Matthews, a 33-year veteran of the C.I.A. who “served in multiple overseas locations and engaged in clandestine collection of national-security intelligence” arrived with RED SPARROW, turning his considerable knowledge of espionage into a startling debut.

I AM PILGRIM is the best spy novel I have read in ten years – written by Terry Hayes. The first novel by Hayes, a filmmaker with a huge resume with Mad Max, the Road Warrior, and Beyond Thunderdome to his credit, is sure to follow with many more installments.

 

American Assassin Matthew PalmerMatthew Palmer is a twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, currently serving as political counselor at the American Embassy in Belgrade. His recent debut, THE AMERICAN MISSION, is a top notch political thrill ride that delves into very complicated world of central African politics.

As a long time fan of the spy novel – Matt Damon was only ten years old when I first read The Bourne Identity – I have followed the genre’s transit to its current form with more than casual observation. The new breed of thriller writer has incredible style, an authentic voice, bringing to life characters that demonstrate reckless courage in the face of overwhelming odds. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

John

John Remembers Tom Clancy

John Remembers Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy When THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER arrived on the scene in 1984 the cold war was still in full swing, it was a period of elevated tension, with the Soviet downing of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 the United States increased diplomatic, military, and economic pressures on the Soviet Union. Tom Clancy emerged from nowhere to become the dominant voice in a new genre filled with techno-thrillers and Cold War novels. So impressive was his grasp of the technology of warfare, when he met the Navy Secretary, the official demanded: “Who the hell cleared it?”

Clancy’s main character, Jack Ryan, soon became the country’s symbol for strong leadership as he traveled a bumpy road from the Navel Academy to the Oval Office. In EXECUTIVE ORDERS, Ryan, issues a foreign policy doctrine which defines his administration’s international perspective. The Ryan Doctrine states that the U.S. will no longer tolerate attacks on “our territory, our possessions, or our citizens,” and will hold whoever orders such attacks accountable.

Over the years that followed Clancy wrote or co-wrote 25 novels in all, each one a bestseller. THREAT VECTOR and his final novel, COMMAND AUTHORITY, were co-written by Mark Greaney. Continuing a with a world alive with action and remarkable individuals, Greaney now brings us SUPPORT AND DEFEND featuring Dominic Caruso, nephew of President Jack Ryan, as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career.

Clancy is gone, but his voice is still echoing in a world where the Cold War has ended, but the dangers we face are just as dangerous. Now more than ever we need heroes like Jack Ryan.

John Hutchinson
VJ Books
July 2014

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