Another Tuesday means I have a GREAT guest for The Tami Jackson Show*!

My guest tonight is former Marine officer and author Matthew Betley.

Matthew BetleyA former USMC officer of ten years, Matthew was deployed to Djibouti after 9/11 and Iraq, prior to the Surge, and very much understands the military life, having lived it himself.

He appreciates the intricacies of an officer’s mind and that personal experience shines through in the authenticity of his writing.

A New Jersey native who considers Cincinnati home, he graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a B.A. in psychology and minors in political science and sociology.

Matt’s debut novel, Overwatch, hit the market in March 2016 with a big bang, a high-octane thriller that we talked about on the show last year.

Now, Overwatch is a finalist for this year’s Barry Award for Best Thriller! The winner announced at Bouchercon in October.

Now Betley’s brand new novel, Oath of Honor debuts TODAY! Oath of Honor is the perfect follow-up to Overwatch, a top-shelf thrill ride of a special ops/military page turner.

As written on the book page:

A break-neck, edge-of-your-seat thriller that moves from a resurgent Russian threat in the Aleutian Islands to North Korean spy ships to secret Sudanese prisons as former Marines Logan West and John Quick, now members of an FBI special task force, uncover a global conspiracy that threatens America’s position in the current international balance of power.

Oath of Honor is an intense and gripping follow-up to former Marine Matthew Betley’s “brilliantly conceived” (Clive Cussler) Overwatch and solidifies his place among the greatest contemporary thriller writers.

Listen in as Matt and I discuss the battle of the bottle and sobriety (something Matthew and his protagonist, Logan West, know well), the Marine Corps, leadership, his deployments to Africa, the Barry Award, and Oath of Honor.

Follow Matthew on Twitter at @MatthewBetley, and me at @tamij and tweet your questions/comments during the show using hashtag #tjrs.

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