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RED METAL hits the USA TODAY Bestseller’s List

LtCol Rip Rawlings
You all understand what a big deal this is, right?
“We must be the great arsenal of democracy.”
-FDR, Dec 29, 1940.
I have zero problems being one of the brokers of that arsenal. Zero! How about you?

LtCol Rip Rawlings
R.I.P. Scott Sibley.
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Illia Ponomarenko 
Our International Legion is sustaining combat losses as well Rest In Peace Scott Sibley  Thank you for your service. You fought for the most just cause this world knows now.

LtCol Rip Rawlings
Just looking through photos. Ordinary lives demolished… for what?

LtCol Rip Rawlings
27 Apr 2022
Some very exciting news today:
-In addition to our Legion guys, we’ve adopted 3 new combat units: a Recon Platoon, a straight leg grunt Company and a Territorial Defense unit.
-We appointed a top tier CFO. She’s former Deloitte and worked DOJ/FBI. She’s a stud and she’s free!!

LtCol Rip Rawlings

Flew in to D.C. to meet with

Extremely pleased for his solid support to Ripley’s Heroes and to accept his $15,000 donation, which we will put to immediate use. He remains dedicated to helping the people of #Ukraine and to halting the illegal Russian invasion.

No one wants Nukes to fly. But burying your head in the sand ain’t gonna make them go away.
I was the USMC Nuclear Officer in the Pentagon… what an eye opening duty.
Anyhow, read about my analysis of Russian Nukes here.

I love the news, I really do.
Those fuzzy little bastards are necessary.
However, I like the indys WAY better.

Follow Illia Ponomarenko for what I’d consider REAL news.

Orthodox Easter here was very cool.
Spring in general is a good season for hope and add Easter and people coming out of their winter shells and you have something besides the doom and gloom of putin’s missiles and attack to look forward to.

I’ve seen cruise missiles in flight in Iraq.
They suck.
These killed a mom and kids in Odessa.
Russia sucks.

We’re Erin and Rip. We were about to go on an ’80’s cruise but decided to come help #Ukraine instead!
We hope you’ll follow our journey a bit.
Our goals are to get Erin into a hospital to perform needed surgeries on any who suffer and for me to report what’s happening and broaden U.S. understanding of the war in Ukraine.



Stratfor Podcast

Red Metal: A World War III Thriller with Mark Greaney and Rip Rawlings
JUL 29

An interview with Mark Greaney (author of the Gray Man series of thrillers) and Lt. Col. H. Ripley Rawlings IV. Together they have written a gripping and realistic action thriller in which World War III emerges as a conflict between the West and Russia.

In this novel, Russia creates a three-pronged front – testing the US military capabilities – in a gamble to lay claim to a rare mineral mine that will give Russia primacy over the entire world’s technology.

Combining geopolitics, cover-to-cover action that include battles in the air, on land and sea, with  great camaraderie among a small and desperate team, Stratfor’s Fred Burton says he was hooked to the last page.

STRATFOR Podcast Interview of Mark Greaney and Rip Rawlings

Interview: Authors ‘Mark Greaney’ And ‘Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Ripley “Rip” Rawlings’ Talk New Book Red Metal

Mark Greaney’s debut international thriller, THE GRAY MAN, was published in 2009 and became a national bestseller and a highly sought-after Hollywood property. Six subsequent Gray Man novels have been released to date, including AGENT IN PLACE (2018), and MISSION CRITICAL.

Mark is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of seven Tom Clancy novels, including his most recent TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE. He collaborated with Tom Clancy on three Jack Ryan novels before Tom’s death in 2013.

On July 16th, 2019, Red Metal will be the released; a military thriller written by Mark Greaney and Lt Col Hunter R. Rawlings, USMC. Mark’s books are published in several languages and are also available as audiobooks. A feature film adaptation of THE GRAY MAN is in development at Sony Pictures.

Mark has a degree in International Relations and Political Science. In his research for the Gray Man and Jack Ryan novels he has traveled to dozens of countries, visited the Pentagon, military bases, and many Washington, D.C. Intelligence agencies, and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics.

Mark lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his two Catahoula Leopard dogs, Lobo and Ziggy.

Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Ripley “Rip” Rawlings IV was a Marine Corps infantry and Reconnaissance Officer with over 22-years of service. With ten combat and peace keeping deployments including Iraq (OIF), Afghanistan (OEF), CJTF-HOA (OEF) Djibouti and a specialty military reconnaissance advisor to Saudi Arabian forces, to name a few.

Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings last assignment was as an instructor at Marine Corps University with an appointment as the Command & Staff College Associate Dean and the Department Head for Warfighting.

Prior to this appointment, he served as Battalion Commander, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, the Marine Corps’ storied “Darkhorse” battalion.

LtCol Rawlings is an avid hunter and outdoorsman, rock drummer, motorcyclist, SCUBA diver and a licensed small craft sailor.

Check out his website hereTwitter and Facebook. The book is in stores on Tuesday, July 16th from Berkley. You can listen below to the interview.

Red Carpet Crash interview of RED METAL

Thanks for the great discussion.

The American Veteran Show Interview of Red Metal

July 21st, 2019

The American Veteran Show – 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM

Great interview on the Steffan Tubbs show:

Hey All,

This is still being solidified, but excited to get on the road and see you and hear what you liked about our novel RED METAL!

Check back here regularly for updates and changes:

July 16
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ

July 17
Tattered Cover
Aspen Grove Littleton, CO

July 18
Pittsboro, NC

July 19
One More Page
Arlington, VA

July 20
Novel, a bookstore
Memphis, TN


01 May, 2019
Wow! Thanks so much to the Kirkus reviewers!

Russia launches war in Europe and Africa in this military thriller reminiscent of the late Tom Clancy.

A small group of Chinese communist special forces sneaks into Taiwan to assassinate a politician and provoke a war. This attracts intense U.S. attention—perfect timing for Russia to launch Operation Red Metal and “retain its proper place in the world.” The Russians’ ultimate goal is to keep control of a rare-earth mine in Kenya, for which they need to wield “a scalpel through the heart of Europe” to destroy AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command headquartered in Germany. They kill Western satellites to take out GPS and make Europe deaf, mute, and blind. On Christmas Day, Russian trains disguised as civilian transport deliver offensive forces into Europe, unloading troops and tanks. They also attack in Kenya, where battles rage. NATO hasn’t detected this military buildup and is taken completely by surprise. A Russian general opines that the U.S. can’t fight a conventional force anymore, embroiled as it’s been in Afghanistan. Ha! Tell it to the Marines, like Lt. Col. Dan Connolly, who knows “this world’s a damn dangerous place” and figures out what the enemy is up to. The war lasts about a week, plenty of time for intense battle scenes and the distinct possibility of tactical nukes. Having produced well over 600 pages, Greaney and Rawlings, his Marine co-author, had a bout of logorrhea, but the collaboration has yielded plenty of realism. There are some good lines, as when an A-10 pilot strafes the ground while screaming “Die, Commie, die!” (He apparently didn’t get the memo about the USSR.) But the best line: “And as long as we get to pop a bunch of those Russkies, death ain’t but a thing.” Readers will be humming “The Marines’ Hymn” after finishing this paean to the U.S. Marines. Hoorah!

As with all of Greaney’s work, this is a fun read. If only all our wars were fiction.

Pub Date: July 16th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-451-49041-4
Page count: 656pp
Publisher: Berkley
Review Posted Online: April 28th, 2019
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2019


You heard that right!  Red Metal the action packed thriller novel by NYT bestseller Mark Greaney and co-authored by LtCol Rip Rawlings (USMC) will release on 16 July, 2019.  Reserve a copy now!










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Red Metal will be published July 16, 2019!