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Apr 16, 2020

Military thriller author, Joshua Hood, stopped by the podcast to talk with me about being given the keys to the Bentley of Robert Ludlum's storied writing legacy, the military toughness that's written into his own stories, and how impostor syndrome doesn't phase him.

"In my career, I've had almost every bad thing that could happen to a writer ... happen to a writer." – Joshua Hood

Joshua was an English major at the University of Memphis before joining the military where he spent five years in the 82nd Airborne Division.

As a team leader in the 3-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Iraq (2005-2006), the author conducted combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as a squad leader with the 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan (2007-2008) and he was decorated for valor in Operation Furious Pursuit.

Hood is also a decorated "life-saving" sniper team leader who was on a full-time SWAT team in Memphis, Tennessee, and he has conducted countless stateside operations with the FBI, ATF, DEA, Secret Service, and US Marshals.

His background and expertise lend to the popularity of his own Search and Destroy military thriller series, and also made him a shoo-in to reboot the brilliant legacy of the late Robert Ludlum (1927-2001), a literary legend whose books have sold in the hundreds of millions.

Joshua kicked off a new series inspired by Ludlum's Bourne universe with Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone Resurrection, a book that #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Greaney called, “An intense and electrifying espionage adventure [and] ... a worthy addition to the Ludlum bookshelf.”

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In this file Joshua Hood and I discussed:

  • How The Hobbit lured him into a lifelong love of books and writing
  • Why writers are more than just people who jot down (ransom) notes
  • How he was handed the keys to the opportunity of a lifetime
  • His meticulous research and writing process
  • How bad "writing" luck can build resolve and character
  • And what it means to him to honor the legend of Robert Ludlum

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