From Assault on St. Agnes, by Joesph Courtemanche:

When terrorists assault Saint Agnes Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota, they expect to find a congregation of lambs. They get Bobby Kurtz instead.

An unrepentant cold warrior, Kurtz destroys the terror cell with violent finality. Against his will, Kurtz is pulled back into the life he left behind decades before. He reluctantly picks up the burden of hunting the terrorists in our midst. He risks his life, and his marriage, in a single-minded pursuit of victory over evil.

I’ve been reading voraciously for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until I took a leap of faith and attended a literary conference a few years back that I realized just how vulnerable the publication process is. It’s one thing to write a manuscript (I’ve written three!) it’s a completely other thing to send it to the publisher, have it edited, do the re-writes, and then release it for all the world to read – and judge. What most people dream about, Joseph Coutemanche not only did, but he did so well that his work was honored with the Genesis award!

I remember sitting in the atrium of the hotel during the conference, with my Navy laptop bag at my side, when a man who looked like a cross between military bad-ass and Santa sat down next to me. Never a stranger, Joe introduced himself and shared some of his military background with me. As veterans are prone to do, we instantly connected and have remained friends since.

Joseph Courtemanche

How does someone who served as a special operator in the military (think Top-Top Secret) now serve as Santa Claus for thousands of children each year, write books (the sequel is coming soon!), and still manage to be the voice for some of the industry’s best audioboooks? You’ll have to tune in to find out! And while you’re at it, pick up Assault on St. Agnes today. In the mood for something witty? Check out his blog, Commotion in the Pews.

1 Comment

  1. Great interview! Joe is, indeed, a phenomenal person and a wonderfully versatile artist. May God richly bless his work for the Kingdom!

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