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- First and foremost, thank you for your service. Congratulations on your new series. Can you introduce yourself to fans that are just getting to know you?
My name is Josh Hood and I served in the 82 nd Airborne from 2004-2008- deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. After I got out, I joined the Shelby County Swat Team in Memphis, TN where I eventually became the Sniper Team Leader.
- For fans that may not know, you have two Search & Destroy thrillers – Clear by Fire (2015) and Warning Order (2016). Can you describe that series briefly?
The Search and Destroy Series was the story of Mason Kane, a special ops type who was betrayed by his team after a raid in Afghanistan turned into a massacre. In typical fashion the books follow him as he tries to clear his name and regain his US citizenship.
- Tell me about your new protagonist Adam Hayes? What drives him?
Adam Hayes is a former member of Operation Treadstone who has left the service of his country after his son was born. He is very similar to Jason Bourne except that where Bourne can’t remember, Hayes can’t forget. And this causes problems when he tries to go home. To reconnect with his family. He is suffering from severe PTSD and because of this, his wife doesn’t want him around their child. So, she gives him an ultimatum: eighteen months to get his head right. With that in mind, Hayes moves to Washington State where he becomes a carpenter. He is determined to put Treadstone behind him when he is attacked and “drawn back in.”
- There’s a reoccurring message about PTSD in The Treadstone Resurrection, you briefly mentioned the operative (Jason Bourne) who lost his memory after being shot in the head. As Veterans, you and I know that there are many vets who don’t have it as easy. Men and women like Adam Hayes who have to live with the past. Can you expand on that and why it’s an important topic to you?
I think this is a very important topic to any veteran who either suffers from or knows someone who suffers from PTSD. Back when I was in the Army, PTSD was something you didn’t talk about. And if you did, you were considered weak. I think we can all agree that was the wrong answer. Especially when we consider that veteran suicides are now reaching an epidemic.
- What is next for Adam? How many books are in your contract?
In the next Treadstone, which I am writing now, we see Adam dealing with the backlash of his action in the first book. Trying to pick up the pieces of his life and figure out where to go next. Unfortunately, many of the decisions are being made for him.
- You described very well how Hayes got recruited by Treadstone, as for him leaving… Mental health and his family were a driving factor in his decision to piece his life back together, will you expand more in future books on his past missions that led him down that road?
Layering in backstory while staying on point is an art unto itself. I purposefully went heavy with Treadstone Resurrection because I needed to build the world and orient the reader to Hayes’ place in it. I plan on unboxing Hayes more in the continuing books. Fleshing out his story, but it takes a very gentle touch to bring it off and not take away from the narrative.
- Writing a series in an existing universe, what research did you do before starting this novel?
THE BOURNE IDENTITY was published in 1980, so I read the book before I ever saw the movie. But I figured that most of the world would think of Matt Damon when they thought of Bourne, so I started with the movies and then went back to the books.
However, the most important research was reading over the interviews the Robert Ludlum had given. Studying them until I felt that I understood what he was thinking about when he came up with Jason Bourne.
- With Lima Charlie, I get to work with a lot of up and coming authors. What advice do you have for someone who is just starting to write?
I’m kind of old school, so when someone asks me for advice the first thing, I tell them is: The writing is the ONLY thing that matters. It is EVERYTHING and for a new author, every question can be answered with JUST WRITE. Until you have a good understanding of the craft and the seven basic plots Don’t worry about ANYTHING ELSE. Not Genre’s, Agents, Publisher’s the Market.
- What are the last three books you’ve read and what is on your TBR stack?
I just finished SHIBUIMI by Trevanian, KING LEOPOLD’s GHOST and 7 Essential Writing Tools. I am almost done with SAVAGE SON, (Jack Carr) and when I’m in the car I’m listening to ONE MINUTE OUT—which, let me tell you is an AMAZING book. Seriously, I think it is one of Mark’s (Greaney) best. As an author, I am so impressed with his decision to write the book in First Person. Change POV on such a successful series took some balls. 99.9% of authors in his position would NEVER have taken that risk. But I know that Mark wanted to give the audience a unique look inside of Court and man did he knock it out of the park.
10. You’re trapped on an island, you have one book, one weapon, and one personal item (Non-electronic) with you. What are they?
I would have a copy of HOW TO STAY ALIVE ON A DESERTED ISLAND FOR DUMMIES, a machete and for my personal item I would bring Bear Grylls.
Veteran author Joshua Hood is back with a Jason Bourne spin-off series, The Treadstone Resurrection. The Jason Bourne Series was originally created by Robert Ludlum in 1980 with The Bourne Identity, followed by The Bourne Supremacy (1986), and The Bourne Ultimatum (1990). Joshua is an Army veteran, while assigned to the famous 82nd Airborne Division, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan. Upon returning to civilian life, Hood continued to serve his community as a sniper team leader on a full time SWAT team in Memphis. Currently, he spends his time writing, hunting, and generally being a BAMF.
Jason Bourne could be considered lucky, having been shot in the head on an operation and losing his memory, what about the Treadstone operatives that can’t forget what they’ve done? These operatives are trained to be the perfect killing machine, ignoring pain and pushing forward no matter what. Killing America’s enemies and disappearing without a trace. Among these is Adam Hayes, a former Army Special Operator, he had lost men on a mission while fighting the war on terror and the CIA came calling with promises of retribution. They trained him well, used him for years until he had enough. Deciding to call it quits, he went off the grid and was attempting to piece his life back together. He was doing a pretty good job until his past came calling in the form of an old war buddy that was being hunted. His friend reached out to Hayes for help, but by the time Hayes got the message the enemy already had their sights on Hayes, not really knowing who they were dealing with, they tracked Hayes and were in a world of hurt.
Hayes escaped with his life and goes on the hunt, not really knowing who is after him. Could it be an old mission with some loose-end, a hostile foreign government, his own government? Targeting Hayes and pulling him into this conspiracy turns out to be a bad call, dusting off his skills and killing bad guys is something Hayes is very good at. He quickly learns what is at play and people in power at the highest echelons of multiple governments are plotting to seize control and the only thing standing in their way is Adam Hayes.
Joshua Hood brings us a page turning novel, filled with action, including detailed descriptions of all weapons utilized, descriptive enough that only someone that has been there and done that can achieve. The tone of this novel is serious, as many scenes are life and death. However, Hood does a fantastic job interjecting humor at very appropriate times. Making this novel a fun read that is difficult to put down. Earning itself a Blast Radius of a Dirty Bomb, a 9.25 Lima Charlie Rating. This new series from veteran author Joshua Hood is going to be an annual must read, I can’t wait for the follow up. Furthermore, making this book into a movie should happen ASAP.
Author: Joshua Hood
Series: Adam Hayes # 1
Pages: 384 Hardcover
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release Date: February 25, 2020
Follow Josh on Twitter: @Joshuahoodbooks
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A DIRTY BOMB (9.25/10) – This type of bomb kills immediately & continues to kill rendering the land useless for a long time.
About the Author:
Joshua Hood is the author of Warning Order and Clear by Fire. He graduated from the University of Memphis before joining the military and spending five years in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a team leader in the 3-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2007 to 2008, Hood served as a squad leader with the 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan for which he was decorated for valor in Operation Furious Pursuit. On his return to civilian life he became a sniper team leader on a full time SWAT team in Memphis, where he was awarded the lifesaving medal.
Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series–The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum–among other novels. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001.