Retired Army combat Veteran & author



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Rob Walker has served in countless operations in combat zones across the globe.


Now, his mission is personal.


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 like Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Shinedown, and Def Leppard. 


   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 three 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.

Series Books

Roger O'Neil Series:

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Book 1

Book 2

Rob Walker Series:

THE MESSENGER - coming soon
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Professionally written by a brilliant author who knows very well how to craft a suspenseful, thrilling, and action-packed story. Highly recommended!

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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 to the teeth, residents are afraid of speaking out against them for fear of the worst.

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 had run-ins with in the past. The guy would sell out his own mother for quick cash.

Having seen too much during a botched drug deal, she is snatched up and handed over to 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. 

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. 

The 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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