Retired Army combat Veteran & author
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John Etterlee is a retired US Army combat Veteran, thriller author, lover of horses and other animals, and adventurer. Born in Augusta, Georgia, he joined the United States Army in 2001, shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and served multiple tours overseas before being medically retired in 2013. Having travelled to many countries, the Army really opened his eyes to different cultures around the world and inspired many of the books that he has in the works.

John’s longest deployment was a thirteen-month tour to southeastern Baghdad with 2-30 Infantry, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from 2007 to 2009. This was by far his toughest. Being in two IED blasts himself, his unit also came under indirect mortar fire, small arms, rocket and RPG fire on a regular basis. John lost a few friends on that deployment. 

Although John has always enjoyed writing, it wasn’t until recovering from surgery that he began to take it more seriously. Writing has since become a passion for him, and he loves to share his stories with the world of book lovers. Aside from writing, some of John’s hobbies and interests include traveling, (especially to Europe) shooting, learning new languages such as German, meeting new people, and music. He is a huge fan of rock music; his newest favorite being Breaking Benjamin. The oldest is Def Leppard. He also likes country acts like Florida-Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. 


John now lives in North Carolina with his wife Elizabeth, whom he met while stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State in 2011. He is also a lover of cats. John and his wife share their home with two beautiful Sphynx cats. Feel free to drop him a line any time. Vielen Dank!


FUN FACT: When John is not writing he enjoys being outdoors, and especially shooting his guns. John is into all firearms, but especially long-range sniper weapon systems.

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"O'Neil Series"

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THE MESSENGER - coming soon
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John is currently about three-quarter of the way through writing a standalone novel titled: THE MESSENGER. The process is going great!


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Rob Walker has served in countless operations in combat zones across the globe… Now, his mission is personal.


US Special Forces sniper, Sergeant First Class Rob Walker returns from a long tour in Afghanistan to find that home has changed for the worse.


A drug kingpin and old high school classmate has taken over several blocks surrounding Rob’s old Brooklyn neighborhood. Ruthless and armed with military-grade weapons, residents won’t speak out against the gang for fear of being hurt, or worse.


Soon after arriving home, Rob finds out that his younger sister, Marianne is foolishly involved with a local drug dealer and former boyfriend he'd dealt with in the past.


Having seen too much during a botched drug deal, she is snatched up off the street and taken hostage by members of a Mexican drug cartel who are after their pay day. Suspecting her of being sold into sex slavery to satisfy the unpaid debt, he must act before it’s too late. But, taken south into the Mexican criminal underworld, Marianne completely drops off the radar. 


The system is completely corrupt, with gang leaders paying off judges to keep their people out of jail. Rob receives assistance from an unlikely source, a burned out NYPD Detective on the verge of retirement and fed up with the rigged system. He's almost out of the game and willing to help feed Rob intel if it means finally bringing the criminals to justice, even if it is street justice. 


Knowing he can't do it alone, Rob enlists the help of his teammate and spotter, Staff Sergeant Kyle Branch.

With the law's hands tied, they decide to do the only thing they know to do — commit violence and punish everyone involved in his sister’s disappearance. 


Their mission — save her and send a clear message of brutality to her captors. Body by bloody body, they will dismantle an entire criminal empire if that’s what it takes.


But once a cartel hitman picks up their trail, it becomes a race for time to outwit him and find her.


Will they get to Marianne in time? Or will she vanish forever into the global sex trade?

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