Posts Tagged Grant Blackwood

Clive Cussler Roast at ThrillerFest 2009

Thrillerfest is amazing!

Who have we met up with? 

The list is long and distinguished: Lee Child, Mark T. Sullivan, Paul Kemprecos (and his lovely wife), Jeffery DeaverGrant Blackwood, James Rollins – and that was just in the first 5 hours!

I promise to have more pictures – as the day proresses!  We are off for an author’s panel, or two.

The twitter account has pictures – I promise more soon!


Justin Scott joins the Cussler franchise!

Justin Scott, (AKA Paul Garrison), one of my favorite authors, is bringing back Isaac Bell, the hero in Cussler‘s bestselling The Chase.  The new novel is called The Wrecker, and is scheduled for release on November 17.  VJ Books plans to offer this book in both US and UK editions, as well as our Norwood Press editions.

It is 1907. Train wrecks, fires and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades express line. Desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in its top investigator, Isaac Bell. Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West.  Known as The Wrecker, he recruits accomplices from among the down-and-outs to attack the railroad, killing them afterwards. The Wrecker travels the vast spaces of the American West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage and loss of human life. Who is he and what does he want? Is he a striker? An anarchist? A criminal mastermind engineering some as-yet unexplained scheme? Whoever he is, whatever his motives, The Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc. Bell senses that he is far from done – indeed, it would seem that The Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything committed before. If Bell doesn’t stop him in time, the entire future of the country could be at risk.

Clive Cussler and his co-authors, Dirk Cussler, Paul Kemprecos, Jack DuBrul, Grant Blackwood, and now, Justin Scott, bring the high adventure only experenced by reading a Cussler novel in five different story lines, on both land and sea!

VJ Books is proud to offer signed copies of all Clive Cussler titles!

An Introduction to Grant Blackwood

“A New Cussler Series and a Co-Author’s Journey”
(, Grant Blackwood)

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The call came unexpectedly last fall from Tom Colgan, my superb, longtime editor at Putnam. They’d asked Clive if he’d be interested in doing another series, Tom explained. Would I be interested in having my name thrown in the hat as a potential co-author?

Dumbfounded, I interrogated him: Was this a joke? No joke, he assured me. And we’re talking about the Clive Cussler, correct? Author of dozens of bestsellers stretching back decades; his work published in over 40 languages in more than 100 countries; 125 million faithful fans; 160 million copies of his thrillers in print. Yep, that’s him, Tom replied.

Satisfied this was neither a joke nor a case of mistaken identity, I still had to think long and hard about Tom’s proposal — okay, that’s not true. I mulled it over for approximately 1.378 seconds, and said Yes.