National Press Club

Club author Tom Young introduces military thriller, 6:30 p.m. July 15

June 27, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Tom Young will discuss and sign copies of "Sand and Fire," a remarkable military thriller from one of the most widely acclaimed new suspense writers, at 6:30 p.m. July 15 in the conference rooms at a National Press Club Book Rap.

Registration is required. Tickets are $5 for Club members; $10 for the public. This event is a fundraiser for the NPC Journalism Institute. Books must be purchased through the Club. No outside books or memorabilia permitted. All sales are final.

Set in North Africa, the book revolves around a jihadist leader who has seized a supply of sarin gas and is wreaking havoc in places like a nightclub in Sicily and a packed street in Gibraltar. Acting on information, Marine gunnery sergeant A. E. Blount, at six-foot-eight a formidable warrior, the grandson of one of the first black Marines, sets out with his strike force to kill or capture the terrorist.

But it is a trap. Several Marines are killed, some are captured, and the jihadist promises that unless forces withdraw, he will execute one prisoner a day. Immediately, Blount’s friends and colleagues Sophia Gold, now with the U.N., and Lt. Col. Michael Parson, working the United States Africa Command, rush to Libya to help coordinate rescue efforts.

The ordeal, however, has only begun. Soon they will all be fighting for their lives in the sand and fire of the desert.

Thomas W. Young, a Club member, has logged nearly 4,000 hours as a flight engineer for the Air National Guard in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, and elsewhere, including Latin America, the Horn of Africa, and the Far East. His military honors include two Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. Young retired from the Air National Guard in 2013 as a Senior Master Sergeant.