Monday, April 15, 2019

Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano (Book Spotlight, Author Guest Post and Giveaway!)

Today, I'm spotlighting Joe Giordano's latest release, the second book in the Anthony Provati Thriller series. My review will be posted later this month on Library of Clean Reads. I asked Giordano how he created realistic settings for his novels. Scroll down for his guest post on this topic and then enter to win a copy of the book!

Book Details:

Book Title: Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano
Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Release date: April 15, 2019
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates: April 15 to 26, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (for graphic violent terrorist scenes, no sex, no f-words.)

Book Description:

Karim’s family is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, collateral damage. The Islamic State in the Levant exploits his rage, recruiting him for a terrorist attack on the U.S., and only Anthony Provati can stop him. Drone Strike takes you on a fast-paced adventure across the Mediterranean, into Mexico, finally arriving in the States. Drone Strike explores the psychological realities that seduce Karim to commit an act of terror, includes a love story between Moslem Karim and Miriam, a Christian woman he defends in Turkey and highlights the plight of Middle Eastern and Central American refugees.

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Guest Post:

How I Create Realistic Settings for My Novels
by Joe Giordano

Realistic settings spring from both personal experience and research.

As a retired International Executive Vice President of 3M, I lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium, and the Netherlands and traveled extensively, experiencing the cultures and locations around the world that appear in my writing. For example, my first foreign assignment had been as Managing Director, running a business in Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa out of Athens. giving me first-hand experience with Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern people and most of the locations in Drone Strike.

With both Appointment with ISIL, An Anthony Provati Thriller, and Drone Strike, the just-published, second book in the series, a University of Texas class on Islamic history provided me with additional background.

Regarding Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, my first novel, an historical fiction set around the turn of the twentieth-century, all my grandparents and my father were immigrants from Naples. They entered the United States during the Progressive Era. To learn about the environment they encountered, I took a graduate course on the period at the University of Texas and my research interest and term paper topic was Italian immigration. While Birds of Passage was not about my family, my experience growing up with immigrants allowed me to capture how they thought and acted.

Library research and the Internet are excellent sources for accurate details on settings without needing to visit or revisit a location. For example, I’ve toured both the San Gennaro Cathedral in Naples and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, two sites in Drone Strike, and through Internet images, I refreshed my memory on features inside both churches. Street level Internet map applications allowed me to virtually walk around Bodrum, a Turkish city I hadn’t visited in years, another locale featured in Drone Strike.
Meet the Author:

As a former International Executive Vice President of 3M, Joe Giordano’s experience included running a business in the Middle East out of Athens, Greece. Born in New York, he’s had first-hand experience with the cultures and most of the locations in Drone Strike.

Joe's stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post and Shenandoah. His novels, Birds of Passage: An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story (2015) and Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller (2017) were published by Harvard Square Editions. Read the first chapters and sign up for his blog at

Joe was among one hundred Italian-American authors honored by Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio to march in the 2017 Manhattan, Columbus Day Parade.

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