RED METAL: From best selling author Mark Greaney & USMC Lieutenant Colonel Hunter “Rip” Rawlings!

img_2846From Marine Corps Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Ripley “Rip” Rawlings IV. A guy with more real world combat experience than majority of the protagonist in your favorite thrillers. The type of scenarios talented authors make up in their heads, then pen for a best selling novel, that’s this man’s actual life, his career. He took that experience, his talent for killing the bad guys and utilized it to pen this debut military thriller. Along with this treasure chest of experience, Red Metal is also co-written by New York Times Best Selling Author, Mark Greaney. The author behind the best selling Gray Man Novels, as well as seven novels in the Jack Ryan series. A pairing of this magnitude can only result in one absolutely bad ass military thriller.



Available 20190716




From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gray Man series comes a startlingly realistic novel of World War III.

A desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia to simultaneously strike into Western Europe and invade east Africa in a bid to occupy three Rare Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control for generations over the world’s hi-tech sector.

Pitted against the Russians are a Marine lieutenant colonel pulled out of a cushy job at the Pentagon and thrown into the fray in Africa, a French Special Forces captain and his intelligence operative father, a young Polish female partisan fighter, an A-10 Warthog pilot, and the commander of an American tank platoon who, along with his German counterpart, fight from behind enemy lines in Germany all the way into Russia.

From a daring MiG attack on American satellites, through land and air battles in all theaters, naval battles in the Arabian sea, and small unit fighting down to the hand-to-hand level in the jungle, Russia’s forces battle to either take the mines or detonate a nuclear device to prevent the West from exploiting them.




About the Authors



MarkGreaney_AuthorPhoto1-1-200x300Mark Greaney’s debut international thriller, THE GRAY MAN, was published in 2009 and became a national bestseller and a highly sought-after Hollywood property. Eight subsequent Gray Man novels have been released to date, including MISSION CRITICAL (2019)

Mark is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of seven Tom Clancy novels, including his most recent TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE. He collaborated with Tom Clancy on three Jack Ryan novels before Tom’s death in 2013.

Mark’s books are published in several languages and are also available as audiobooks.

A feature film adaptation of THE GRAY MAN is in development at Sony Pictures.

Mark has a degree in International Relations and Political Science. In his research for the Gray Man and Jack Ryan novels he has traveled to dozens of countries, visited the Pentagon, military bases, and many Washington, D.C. Intelligence agencies, and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics.


img_2753Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Ripley “Rip” Rawlings IV was a Marine Corps infantry and Reconnaissance Officer with 22-years of service. With ten combat and peace keeping deployments including Iraq (OIF), Afghanistan (OEF), CJTF-HOA (OEF) Djibouti and a specialty military reconnaissance advisor to Saudi Arabian forces, to name a few.

Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings last assignment was as an instructor at Marine Corps University with an appointment as the Command & Staff College Associate Dean and the Department Head for Warfighting.

Prior to this appointment, he served as Battalion Commander, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, the Marine Corps’ storied “Darkhorse” battalion.


Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings has served in a variety of commands and strategic staff positions within the Marine Corps and across the Joint services over the last twenty-two years of service to the Nation.

From 2016 to 2019 he was a military instructor at Marine Corps University, then Associate Dean and Department Head for Warfighting.

From 2014 to 2016 Lt Col Rawlings was a rifle battalion commander for 3d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in 1st Marine Division, called the “Darkhorse,” and with the motto, “Get Some!”

From 2012 to 2014 he served as a Strategic Plans officer to DC, PP&O, Strategic Plans (PLN) division at HQMC in the Pentagon. Here he held portfolio’s for PACOM including the Pacific numbered war plans, was the Marine Corps’ Nuclear officer, the PLN QDR officer, and wrote and staffed the ‘Forces For’ and the Marine Corps Service Campaign Plan.

Prior to serving as Strategic Plans Officer, LtCol Rawlings applied and was accepted to attend the USMC premiere School of Advanced Warfare (SAW) from 2011-2012 and Command & Staff (CDET) in 2010 graduating in the top of the class as a Distinguished Graduate.

From 2008 to 2010, LtCol Rawlings was the Future Operations Officer for the Counter-IED Operations Intelligence Center (COIC) and deployed as the COIC-A OIC in Afghanistan in 2009.

Prior to this, LtCol Rawlings was the Operations Officer and Executive Officer (Interim) for 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance (3d LAR) Battalion in 29-Palms from 2006-2008 deploying to OIF. Also at 3d LAR Bn, LtCol Rawlings Commanded Company D which deployed to OIF.

Before being assigned to 3d LAR, he attended the U.S. Army’s Armor Captain’s Career Course (ACCC) in 2005 where he was an Honor Graduate and the General George Marshall awardee. He was then nominated and accepted to attend the U.S. Army’s specialized Cavalry Leader’s Course in 2005.

From 2002 to 2004 he was a Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) Platoon Commander at 2nd and 1st FAST with Marine Corps Security Force battalion, Norfolk Virginia.


Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings attended Virginia Military Institute ’89, then transferred. He Attended Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany then graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1994 with​ undergraduate degrees in English Literature and German Literature and a minor in Studio Art. He holds a master’s degree in Operational Art from the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting. LtCol Rawlings is also a MIT Seminar XXI Fellow.


His ​awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster (2) Meritorious Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster (2), Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Combat Action Ribbon Joint, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8), Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO – ISAF Medal, Rifle Expert Badge (6), Pistol Expert Badge (8).

LtCol Rawlings demonstrated proficiency to mastery with all Marine Corps infantry weapons, from anti-tank rockets and missiles to heavy machine guns and LAV 25mm gunnery, and has been awarded the Marine Corps’ highest standard marksmanship badges: the Expert Rifle Badge six times and Expert Pistol Badge eight times. Rawlings competed for, and won the German Army (Bundeswehr) Gold Schützenschnur, the weapons proficiency badge in Gold (3rd Class), that Nation’s highest marksmanship award. LtCol Rawlings is a licensed Light Armored vehicle driver.

LtCol Rawlings is an avid hunter and outdoorsman, rock drummer, motorcyclist, SCUBA diver and a licensed small craft sailor



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