Welcome to the blog, Robert! Could you tell us a little bit about your book?
Thank you so much, Rachel, for giving me the opportunity to talk about my new novel SAY GOODBYE. It is an Action/Adventure Thriller about an Air Force pararescueman (PJ) named John Paxton.
Here is a little bit about this award-winning book:
John Paxton is a man who understands duty—both to his family and to his country. As a highly decorated pararescueman in the Air Force, he's risked his own life numerous times to save the lives of others. He was the epitome of the pararescue motto: These Things We Do That Others May Live. But now that he's married with two small children, he's content as an instructor at Lackland Air Force Base.
Then Paxton is commanded to lead a team on a dangerous mission—supposedly to rescue the pilot of a stealth fighter shot down over Serbia. Yet, nothing is as it seems. As the mission goes from bad to worse, Paxton uncovers a deadly plot that threatens National Security. But to fight an enemy with ties to one of the most dangerous organizations on the planet, he risks not only his own life, but also the people he loves the most.
Here is a video trailer for the book.
What led you to write this novel?
I first learned about the PJs when I served in the Air Force. The more I learned about these heroes, the more I was convinced that their story needed to be told. They do an amazing job of saving lives and most people have never heard of them. I felt it was about time they start to get the recognition they deserve. I hope my novel, small contribution that it may be, helps in that regard.
What are some interesting facts about pararescue that you can share with us? How did John Paxton’s job make him a great protagonist?
Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) are the Air Force Special Forces operators that go pretty much anywhere in the world to rescue people. Their primary mission is to rescue downed airmen behind enemy lines, but they do much more than that. They are also on standby for all the manned space missions ready to rescue the astronauts should something go wrong. They are also involved in civilian rescues both on land and at sea in the most extreme circumstances.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when writing this book, and how did you overcome it?
Finding the time to actually sit down and write. I had to make it a priority. I made some big changes in my life to allow me to pursue my passion for writing.
What is your best advice on writing?
Keep writing. Work every day to perfect your craft.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Robert!
I am a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force. I am an educator and I live in Florida. I am currently finishing my second thriller THE LONG ROAD HOME that should be out in time for the Holidays.
Robert Capko can be found on RobertCapko.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Say Goodbye is available at Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, Books A Million, Sony, Kobo, and Diesel!
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