Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Freebie: Wynne's War by Aaron Gwyn

Congratulations to Kelley Christensen, winner of last week's Friday Freebie contest: Inappropriate Behavior by Murray Farish and Stop Here by Beverly Gologorsky.

This week's book giveaway is Wynne's War by Aaron Gwyn.  I'm so very happy to be offering this novel to readers of The Quivering Pen.  Just listen to what folks are saying about it:
"Wynne’s War combines two of America’s great literary genres, the Western and the war story, brilliantly. This taut, elegant, beautiful novel takes us straight to the tension at the heart of combat decision-making: mission or men."  (Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away)

"This novel feels like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. I could not stop reading it."  (Philipp Meyer, author of The Son)

Wynne's War is a deep and beautifully written story of men, war, and madness, told by a young American master. A page-turner of poetic and savage grace, of our time but transcending it, this novel takes its rightful place among the great American literature of war.”  (Nic Pizzolatto, author of Galveston and creator of HBO's True Detective)
You should just go ahead and reserve the book at your library now (or place an order at your local independent bookstore)....because even if you win this Friday Freebie contest, you're gonna want to have an extra copy to give away to friends, family or strangers who look like they could use a good read.  Here's a little more about Wynne's War from the publisher:
When Corporal Elijah Russell's superb horsemanship is revealed during a firefight in northern Iraq, the young Army Ranger is assigned to an elite Special Forces unit preparing to stage a secret mission in eastern Afghanistan. Elijah's task is to train the Green Berets--fiercely loyal to their enigmatic commander, Captain Wynne--to ride the horses they will use to execute this mission through treacherous mountain terrain. But as the team presses farther into enemy territory, the nature of their operation only becomes more mysterious and Wynne's charismatic power takes on a darker cast. Ultimately, Elijah finds himself forced to make a choice: on one side, his best friend and his most deeply held beliefs; on the other, a commanding officer driven by a messianic zeal for his mission. Based on the author's extensive interviews with Green Berets, Army Rangers, and other veterans, this taut page-turner brilliantly fuses the war novel and the Western into a compellingly original tale.
If you’d like a chance at winning a copy of Wynne's War, simply email your name and mailing address to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line.  One entry per person, please.  Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on June 19, at which time I’ll draw the winning name.  I’ll announce the lucky reader on June 20.  If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email.  Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).

Want to double your odds of winning?  Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter.  Once you’ve done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying “I’ve shared” and I’ll put your name in the hat twice.

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