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Stolen Valor is the pilot novel in the newest and most anticipated Action Thriller Series in years. Unlike the Jack Reachers, Jack Ryans, Jason Bournes, and Wile E. Coyotes, Carson Brand is an everyman who has earned the reputation as a tough guy in the real world. When he draws the attetnion of the largest Drug Cartel in Mexico, he finds that his limited abilities may not be enough.
Novel Excerpt #1
The underlying cause of this confrontation was the large breasts and gym-honed curves of the dusky brunette at the end of the bar. Her name was Gwen. She had spent most of her time downing dirty Martinis and putting Brand in his place.
Novel Excerpt #2
Miguel wiped the tears from his eyes. He could hardly see to drive. He was Mu-Ha now - his final test passed with flying colors. He felt real pride for a fleeting moment. For scant seconds the dying eyes of the frightened teen fell from his thoughts. The reprieve was brief. His swelling pride fell violently to guilt and despair, as the kid had fallen to his colt revolver.
Novel Excerpt #3
He circled the pool, approaching the dark-haired beauty with measured steps. His dusty jeans and heavy work boots felt shoddy and inappropriate. He was conspicuously out of place, as if he had suddenly been transported to a tropical island and had forgotten to pack for the trip.
Novel Excerpt #4
Bert was a tall heavy man with a full beard and expensive sunglasses. He wore slacks, a silk shirt and leather mesh sandals. He smiled at Brand as he surveyed the morning’s work. “Get to work. We’re burning daylight,” Bert called brightly. Brand registered only annoyance. “We start at seven, Bert.” “Thank god someone does. You wouldn’t believe the night I had.”
Novel Excerpt #5
Bert made frequent trips to Mexico and was a veteran of Border town procedures. His block of instruction to Brand was simple and inviolate: Leave your truck in a parking lot on the U.S. side. Cabs were cheap and easily available. Cell phones were worthless across the border unless you ponied up sixty bucks for a month of international calling. The vegetables came from the U.S. and were usually e-coli free. It was best to exchange dollars for pesos at the bank on the square, or the locals would take liberties in their calculations of the exchange rates. Finally, and the most important, don’t buy a whore in Boy’s Town until the night shift arrives after 8 PM.
Novel Excerpt #6
Karen considered Bert for a moment before she moved across the bar to serve another patron. “She sure is icy today,” Bert complained. “She knows you, Bert.” “What is that supposed to mean?” “How many of her girlfriends have you banged?” “How does she know about that?” Brand regarded Bert with an incredulous look. “Everyone knows.”
Watch the Video TrailerStolen Valor
Carson Brand crosses the Mexican border for a wild night out with his best friend, Bert. Neither of them knows that will be their last night together. Brand learns one of the biggest Drug Cartels has sanctionned him as a target by one of their clandestine assasins called Sicarios. Brand will have to fight for his life if he wants to get out of Mexico alive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a few of the many questions asked of Craig Rainey about his long and storied career.
01. Why are you called a Modern Day Renaissance Man?
I was bestowed the moniker by someone who saw a similarity between my life's experiences and a life committed to the arts in multiple genres. As a film actor, professional musician, screenwriter, author, and student of the humanities, they believed I fit the anachronism to a tee.
02. How many books have you sold?
As of completion of Reasonable Sin, my 5th novel, I was in the mid 20-thousands. Not bad for only a couple of years in print with no publisher.
03. Do you still work in film?
It is rare lately that I audition or am asked to work in film, although I am in talks with a director with whom I have worked in the past about an upcoming western. I still have an agent and she hates me because I refuse to book commercials. I don't consider it acting and she needs the money it offers.
04. Where did you get your inspiration for Carson Brand?
Brand is an amalgamation of my experiences (embelished of course) and the combined personalities of two people I know. I have always loved spy novels, so of course I would write a spy series. My hang up with the big three tough guys on the market is they are formulaic. I wanted to create a hero with gaping flaws and numerous vulnerabilities.
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Listen to Craig Rainey's PodcastThe Modern Day Renaissance Man
Craig Rainey's Podcasts are available everywhere Pocasts are platformed. Hear his thoughts and insight on the writing world. He occasionally talks about his days as an actor and musician.
Finally I Finished the Novel. Now What am I Gonna Do?Author Insight
I am Finished with the Story but I am only halfway through the book.Author Insight
Cover Art is an Art FormPublishing Advice
Sovereign Rule and Word CountAuthor Insight
Reasonable Sin is Finally CompleteAuthor Insight
More Craig Rainey Podcast EpisodesVarious
More Craig Rainey Podcast EpisodesVarious
Other Carson Brand Novels
Read the entire series. The Carson Brand Thriller Series is touted to be the next big Action Thriller Series. See why so many Action Thriller fans have added Carson Brand to their collections.
Novels by Craig Rainey
Stolen Valor is the first novel in the Carson Brand Series. Craig Rainey has also written other books outside of the Carson Brand Series. Check them out!
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