William H. Hallahan

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The Day The American Revolution Began: 19 April 1775
Drawing on diaries, letters, official documents and memoirs, William H. Hallahan follows the news of Lexington and Concord as it sweeps across the colonies setting afire cities and small towns, villages and farms the author chronicles the reactions of people from all walks of life as word reaches them and provides striking insights on lives both ordinary and mythic,--from jubilant rebel leaders like Samuel Adams to suddenly apprehensive Loyalists; from farmers and shopkeepers, statesmen and aristocrats, to traitors, spies, opportunists, street thugs and cowards, as well as Europeans about to embark on a new life in the colonies. The Day the American Revolution Began portrays the foibles and courage of a people suddenly facing the prospect of war against the world’s most powerful monarch, and it vividly captures the spirit of the times and the vitality of those who took part in one of the most extraordinary events in history.

The Day The American Revolution Began is also filled with surpris9ing new revelations about Lexington and Concord and its aftermath. For example, scholars have often concluded that “the shot heard ‘round the world” was fired accidentally, but Hallahan’s research suggest otherwise—that the shot was fired deliberately from behind a stone wall to foment the violence that sparked the war. The identity of the man who was responsible for the shot is another of many subjects this free look at the revolution explores.

“William H. Hallahan has crafted a fascinating story worthy of the attention of everyone wanting to learn more about the stirring early days of the American Revolution….Very readable…Highly recommended .” James Kirby Martin, Benedict Arnold: Revolutionary Hero.

“Hallahan has successfully evoked all the passion and drama of the birth of the American Revolution.” Booklist.

Tripletrap
A Soviet mole whose assignment is to steal critical US military software, confronts US agent Charlie Brewer who doesn't know who the mole is,where he is, or what he's after, in a classic race and chase.
“Hallahan at his brisk best…the action is lean and satisfying with a formidably tenacious hero, a charismatic post-glasnost villain, some clever spy puzzles and just the right dash of Le Carré-inspired cynicism.” Kirkus Review

The Trade
After the editor of an arms trade newsletter is killed on the Paris Metro murmuring 'Doomsday Book, Charlie Brewer and Colin Thomas, an international arms trader, find themselves desperately dueling with the brilliant daughter of Germany’s leading intelligence officer as they slowly penetrate a shocking world-wide conspiracy. ‘Crackling good thriller. Compelling reading to the last page.” Publishers Weekly

Foxcatcher
Charlie Brewer, an intelligence agent, doesn’t know why he was framed for an illegal arms deal, or why he is suddenly released, or why someone is trying to kill him until he finds himself in the middle of a deadly duel between agents of the US and Iran for key pieces of military hardware with him as the bait in the trap. “Best thriller I’ve read in years.” Washington Post.

The Monk
Brother Timothy and a hawk from hell hasten to find Brendan Davitt, an otherwise ordinary man with an extraordinary purple aura, who can forgive Timothy for the greatest of all sins and bring ultimate destruction to the Inferno—unless the hawk finds him first.
“Mr. Hallahan will keep you up all night.” New York Times.



The Keeper of the Children
When Eddie Benson’s 14-year old daughter is found among a group of children in orange robes chanting and begging, he realizes she has come under the mental control of a strange Tibetan monk. To get her back, Benson has to learn strange mental techniques that enable him to battle the monk for the soul of his daughter.
“A mixture of horror and occultism told with driving force…a story that takes you will it all the way…to places far from normality…add this book to…other occult hits of the last decade.” New York Times.

Catch Me Kill Me
Charlie Brewer, a defrocked CIA castoff, and Ben Leary, patient and dedicated agent from Immigration and Naturalization, unaware of each other, race to find kidnapped Russian poet who is a pawn for the bigger stakes of a defecting Russian spy. “Takes off like a Chinook and whisks you through a labyrinth non-stop until the final sentence.” Clive Cussler.

The Dead of Winter
Three ordinary guys seek to redress a friend’s murder—the fourth in their poker night quartet. Soon one thing leads to another culminating in an unforgettable tale of vengeance and its consequences. “A book you will gulp down,” Newgate Callendar, NY Times.

The Search for Joseph Tully
Relentless pursuit and vengeance through centuries of reincarnation. “A relentless, terrifying thriller.” Dean Koontz

The Ross Forgery
The Ross Forgery
The forgery of a forgery leads the reader into the world of book collecting, publishing, historic type faces and rare samples of paper, where in the end every thing seems counterfeit, even the players. “Ingenious…A twisting shocker of an conclusion…You wouldn’t believe so much suspense and tension could be generated.” The Washington Post.
“Fascinating.” The [London] Times

Misfire
Among the most traumatic experiences suffered by American soldiers in the Vietnam War was the jamming, in action, of their key weapon, the M16 rifle. It was the cause of hundreds of battle mishaps.
William Hallahan's Misfire is an indepth expose of nearly two centuries of failure by the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps in the arming of our infantry. Hallahan shows that the M16 was the last in a long sequence of faulty smallarms provided to American soldiers since Revolutionary times. Hallahan tells the story of American small-arms weaponry from its colonial origins--with the establishment of our two great arsenals, the National Armories at Springfield, Massachusetts and Harper's Ferry Virginia--up to the present.
Misfire exposes for the first time the bureaucratic ineptitude that has plagued our infantry's military capability from the Revolution to the present. Hallahan's inside history of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps documents how our soldiers have invariably been armed with inferior weapons--rifles designed for outmoded, slow, deliberate, ammunition-saving fire despite the availability of demonstrably superior arms. The dire consequences include the prolongation of the Civil War by the Union's failure to use the repeating rifle; the United States's abject failure to produce an effective machine gun in World War I; the needless deaths and defeats of American infantrymen in Vietnam; and the current risk involved in adopting as our standard gun a non-automatic rifle while the world's other armies have superior fully automated guns.
Misfire is a story of politics as well as history. As Hallahan shows, the U.S. Army Ordinance Corps has been fixated for generations on accurate, deliberate firepower and the conservative use of ammunition, despite the fact that the prime innovations in arms technology have led to ever more rapid-firing and accurate weapons.
Misfire is riveting reading, with a vivid cast of characters that includes those who ran the Corps, those who fought it, and those who attempted to reform it but failed: General William Crosier, who dominated the Corps for decades prior to World War I; the supremely gifted outsider, Eugene Stoner, who created the most lethal, most reliable automatic assault rifle--the M16--to save the Corps in 1958, only to witness the Corps's final rush toward self-destruction in the Vietnam War; and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who terminated the Ordnance Corps in 1967. Misfire is passionate and controversial--a history of national frustration and disgrace.
“William Hallahan has captured its drama beautifully …and…prosecutes the U. S. Army Ordinance Corps without mercy, leaving the reader aching to lynch the scoundrels.” John Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy, Wall Street Journal.




Charlie Brewer Novels

Tripletrap
“Hallahan at his brisk best…the action is lean and satisfying with a formidably tenacious hero, a charismatic post-glasnost villain, some clever spy puzzles and just the right dash of Le Carré-inspired cynicism.” Kirkus Review
The Trade
Charlie Brewer confronts a world-wide conspiracy ‘Crackling good thriller. Compelling reading to the last page.” Publishers Weekly
Foxcatcher
“Best thriller I’ve read in years.” Washington Post.
Catch Me Kill Me
Winner of the Mystery Writer's of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Novel of the Year.“Takes off like a Chinook and whisks you through a labyrinth non-stop until the final sentence.” Clive Cussler.
Crime Fiction
The Dead of Winter
Nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Mystery “A book you will gulp down,” Newgate Callendar, NY Times.
The Ross Forgery
“Electrifying…spellbinding…beautifully plotted…a terrific climax…don’t miss it.” New York Times “You wouldn’t believe so much suspense and tension could be generated.” Washington Post. “Fascinating.” The [London] Times
History
The Day The American Revolution Began: 19 April 1775
“William H. Hallahan has crafted a fascinating story worthy of the attention of everyone wanting to learn more about the stirring early days of the American Revolution….Very readable…Highly recommended .” James Kirby Martin, Benedict Arnold: Revolutionary Hero.
Misfire
A dramatic account of all the rifles provided by US Amy ordnance —and the dismal consequences—from the first musket to the M-16 automatic rifle. “William Hallahan has captured its drama beautifully …and…prosecutes the U. S. Army Ordinance Corps without mercy, leaving the reader aching to lynch the scoundrels.” John Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy, Wall Street Journal.
Occult Novels
The Monk
A fallen angel and a hawk from hell urgently search for a unique mortal with a supernatural purple aura. “Mr. Hallahan will keep you up all night.” New York Times.
The Keeper of the Children
To recover his teenage runaway daughter a father engages in an out-of-body battle with a fanatical mind-control monk . “A mixture of horror and occultism told with driving force…a story that takes you will it all the way…to places far from normality…add this book to…other occult hits of the last decade.” New York Times.
The Search for Joseph Tully
“A relentless, terrifying thriller.” Dean Koontz

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