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A SITREP with debut author Bill Brewer
- Congratulations on your debut novel, can you tell me what inspired you to become an author?
Thank you Slaven, I really appreciate your support. I’ve always enjoyed a good story, and I’ve found that I’m gripped by my memories of the most engaging parts of a tale well told. Thrillers are exciting, compelling stories, with action scenes that transport readers to a place of adrenaline-fueled transcendence. I wanted to create a story that would captivate my readers. I hope that David Diegert’s adventures entertain my readers, invoking them to root for David as he faces danger with true grit and determination.
- Tell me about your protagonist, David Diegert?
I appreciate your interest in Mr. Diegert. David is a guy who has a lot more ability than he has been able to develop. He’s smarter than people realize. He’s stronger than people think. He’s tougher than anyone knows, and he’s more thoughtful and loving than he ever shows. I write David’s character with the hope that his personality traits are conveyed through his actions and mannerisms. They are not, however spelled out on the pages of the novel. He is a unique individual, just like you. People perceive you based on your behavior. Diegert is more than meets the eye, and I hope readers come to recognize and enjoy that as they get to know him.
- Besides David’s will to stay alive, in this novel he was motivated by his mom’s current predicament, having solved that issue, what will be driving him forward?
There is no shortage of predicaments in the life of David Diegert. In the second book, Blood of the Assassin, Diegert learns that the secret society, Crepusculous, has an incredibly dangerous mission for him, the consequences of which forces Diegert to become a fugitive. An unexpected ally turns the tables on David and he must now confront the very forces that betrayed him.
There’s action, intrigue, tense confrontations and unforeseen teamwork that’ll keep readers guessing right to the end. I hope readers find Diegert to be a complex character, who takes time to get to know and understand. In this second book, and the third, Diegert reveals more about himself and learns more about his own inner values and motivations. Killing is not the only thing he’s capable of in life and he has to convince others that there is more to him than just a hitman. I hope readers will be entertained by that, but fear not, once an assassin, there’s no turning back.
- Will his family continue to play a big part of his life or has he completely moved on from them?
Family, you can never leave them, even if you’d like to. His father and brother treated him like crap while growing up, but David is loyal to his mom, she was the only one to love and defend him. David gets a little break from his despicable father and brother, but their influence is experienced throughout the stories. Like so many people, Diegert is haunted by his family, and I believe readers will find the roles his deplorable father and brother play to be very entertaining. What Tom and Jake should realize is that it’s not very healthy to be hated by the world’s most sought after assassin.
- Your follow up work is just around the corner, Dawn of the Assasasin is out October 15th, the second in the series, Blood of the Assassin is coming in February? Can you tell me how you’ve structured your releases?
The stories are being released in chronological order, and their pub dates allow readers to enjoy one story before the next comes out. For Dawn of the Assassin, I am very grateful for your generosity, I really appreciate the publicity the book is receiving through Lima Charlie. I’m working with an excellent book marketing firm, New Shelves Books, who has several blog tours set up, the book is being featured in The Big Thrill, and there is an advertising campaign planned for Amazon. The majority of sales for a book happen in the first four weeks of release, so it’s important to capture reader interest right away. I hope readers enjoy one story so they are eager for the next.
- Do you have a longer goal in mind past the Four currently announced?
Yes, I am writing book five now, and I have three more books outlined. I would love to complete the series as I have it planned. David Diegert is a character who will go through a metamorphous, emerging as a man who understands the desire and profound intimacy of killing, but has learned to harness his instincts. He then seeks his place in the world where he can do well, but is allowed to define what is Bad, and what is Good.
- What do you do with your time when you’re not writing?
I work full time Directing the Exercise Science Program at RIT. Therefore, I teach classes and administer the program for the wonderful students for whom I am privileged to serve. I also like to hike, go cycling and paddle my kayak or canoe.
- With Lima Charlie, I get to work with a lot of up and coming authors. What advice do you have for someone that is just starting to write?
Write the best story you can, but start right a way to think about the process of marketing your book. If you want to be published, you must consider the market for your story and prepare for the process of publicizing your story. It’s imperative that you seek the readers you want to find so they can be informed about your fabulous story. Always keep writing.
- What are the last three books you’ve read and what is on your TBR stack?
Recently I read a series of fantasy novels by Bryce O’Connor. His Wings of War series features the character Raz, a dragon who lives with, loves and kills a lot of people. I also enjoyed Bryce’s, A Mark of Kings, which is an epic journey taken by a cast of fascinating characters, one of whom discovers he has magic powers which he learns to use just in the nick of time. The books are extremely well written, I think of them as fantasy thrillers.
I was enthralled with Red Metal, the collaboration of Lt. Colonel Rip Rawlings and Mark Greaney. It’s a sweeping military thriller that pulls you into a Russian plot to secure access to the world’s biggest source of critically important rare earth minerals. The US response is complex and very risky, and the writing takes you into the tense world of military combat with modern weapons, creating a war unlike anything that’s ever occurred. It’s a chillingly compelling read because this story could all come true.
Right now I’m reading Jack Carr’s, True Believer. I really enjoyed The Terminal List, in which the character James Reece was introduced. In the second book I’m gripped by Reece’s struggle to cope with the loss of his family, as he tries to find a new purpose in life. Jack’s background in the SEALs gives him an excellent perspective from which he tells this compelling story about the importance of having a mission in life. Jack Carr’s stories are very entertaining, so I’m excited to see his third book was recently announced, Savage Son will be released in 2020.
- You’re trapped on an island, you have one book, one weapon, and one personal item (Non-electronic) with you. What are they?
The book: Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss, because we all need hope and inspiration.
The weapon: The Popeil Pocket Fisherman by Ronco, because you can live a long time eating fish.
The personal item: Gold plated toenail clippers. Wait ‘til you read what Diegert does with one of these.
Our review of Dawn of the Assassin
What does it take to become an elite assassin working globally to end lives and make more money than most people dream about? Well, Bill Brewer’s Dawn of the Assassin explains it all in great detail.
Introducing David Diegert, we follow him from early adulthood as he’s exposed to the world he’s unprepared for. Trying to survive, but the odds are just not in his favor. Add to that a bit of a temper and David quickly finds himself in trouble with the law. Growing up in a small town in rural Minnesota, there just aren’t many opportunities for him. Seeing a bit of potential in him and not wanting him to waste his life, the local sheriff suggests he joins the service in order to get out of this town and make something out of himself.
Taking the Sheriff’s advice, he does just that. David joins the army and ends up getting deployed to Afghanistan soon thereafter. While serving his country and being “all he can be” sounds like a great selling point from the local recruiter, being a soldier isn’t what David imagined, especially when his unit overseas was involved in some illegal activity. Budding heads with a junior officer, David finds himself court martialed and dishonorably discharged.
Being part of the most formidable army on the planet however left David with some particular skills which he put to use as a bouncer at a club. Needing a job and money to survive, those skills are noticed by the local Russian mobster. The Mob boss offers David a side gig with a handsome payment and David jumps at the opportunity. From that point forward, David finds himself in a life or death situation almost constantly, utilizing his skill to outmaneuver those that want to see him dead or in jail. Realizing that he’s heading down a certain path of no return, David embraces it and goes all in.
What we get is a detailed accounting of what it takes to become a world class assassin. And once you’ve achieved a certain level of proficiency, people of certain influence start to notice. In Dawn of the Assassin, David is noticed and recruited into an organization that breeds world class assassins. How do they do this? By compiling these would be killers and making them prove who is the best. The only way to prove with 100 percent certainty is for the rest to not come out alive.
David Diegert is a fresh new character that is full of emotion, determination, skill, and raw talent which sets him apart from the rest. This new series from Bill Brewer is an absolute fun read, chronicling the birth of an assassin. Someone that is quite normal, facing many hardships common across the country and world today, showing that with certain life choices, anyone could end up in a similar predicament David did. If that were a fact, how would you react? Could you become an assassin and take a life or would you end up dead like David almost did many times?
Earning itself a Blast Radius of AN ARTILLERY SHELL, this new series can only get better from here. While David is a flawed human being, emotional and disturbed at times, allowing the reader to easily put yourself in his shoes. What kept this thriller from a higher rating was certain skills David had which were never quite explained how he got them. For example, picking a lock without any trouble in 30-seconds takes some unique skill that isn’t on the curriculum of Army Basic training.
Author: Bill Brewer
Series: David Diegert # 1
Publisher: Melange Books
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Follow Bill on Twitter: @BrewerBooks
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: AN ARTILLERY PROJECTILE (7/10) – 155 mm High Explosive Projectile fired from Medium Towed Howitzer fires a High Explosive round up to 30 klicks, with a blast radius of 50 meters and a casualty radius of 100 meters. What makes this weapon so great is its range and speed. Artillery crews can fire up to 5 rounds per minute, with each battery in the Marine Corps having six per gun line, that’s 30 rounds per minute down range. Its why they call it “steel rain.” And artillery men are called “King of Battle.”
About the Author
Bill Brewer is a member of the Faculty of the College of Health Sciences and Technology at RIT where he serves as the Director of Exercise Science within the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition. His areas of instruction include Anatomy & Physiology as well as numerous courses in Exercise Science.
Bill is a family man, happily married and the proud father of a son and two daughters. He lives in the South Wedge of Rochester NY. and loves to find outdoor adventure in the Adirondacks and in the Frontenac region of Ontario, Canada.
In July 2013 as a result of his first ever colonoscopy, he was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. He underwent a surgical hemi colectomy to remove one third of his colon including the Stage III tumor.
During his recovery he seized the opportunity to do something he had always wanted to do and wrote a novel. Tears of the Assassin was published under the pen name William Schiele.
Early detection saved his life. Surviving cancer made him realize, life is too short not to strive to achieve your dreams.
Get your colonoscopy, live your dream.