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SYRIA WITH SEBASTIAN JUNGER KATE QUINN AUTHOR

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A look at the hell that is Syria and a look at a little known story of women spies in World War 1 are the subjects of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and bestselling author Sebastian Junger and co-producer of the National Geographic Documentary Film Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS and author Kate Quinn whose new, emotion-filled novel THE ALICE NETWORK recreates the little known story of the most successful spy network of World War 1, led by women.

In National Geographic Documentary Films’ Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger and his Emmy-winning film-making partner, Nick Quested, chronicle Syria’s descent into the unbridled chaos that allowed the rise of the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, capturing the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage, political and social consequences, and, most important, its human toll, while painting an alarming picture of the west’s role in the creation of ISIS. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS has been released theatrically in NY and LA and is airing globally on National Geographic Channel. Sebastian Junger is the New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of “The Perfect Storm,” “Fire,” “A Death in Belmont,” “War” and “Tribe.” As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award. Junger’s debut film, “Restrepo,” was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

SYRIAHistorical fiction writer Kate Quinn hits a home-run in her new book THE ALICE NETWORK when she recreates the little known story of the most successful spy network of World War I, The Alice Network, run by a woman named Louise de Bettignies code name Alice, the Queen of Spies. Cut to Quinn’s story and 1947 in the chaotic aftermath of World War II and to American college girl Charlie St. Clair pregnant, unmarried, and in search of her missing beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war. Flashback to 1915 when young Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until young Charlie barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.

War is hell.  A look at the war in Syria and women spies of World War 1 on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show,at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: WRITERS PAM JENOFF JESSICA SHATTUCK

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As we commemorate HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we visit with two authors best known for their Holocaust historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff and New York Times Notable Author and PEN finalist Jessica Shattuck.

Holocaust Remembrance DayFor Pam Jenoff it all began with the astonishing success of her THE KOMMANDANT’S GIRL the World War II heartrending, Quill-nominated International Bestseller. Many successful books later she comes to us with her new title, THE ORPHAN’S TALE, already on the New York Times Bestseller List. THE ORPHAN’S TALE is set amid the unconventional world of a traveling circus, the novel bringing together two women—both refugees from their own pasts and each attempting to live under the radar during the Nazi incursion. Drawing on a little a little-known, real-life Nazi-run program, the Lebensborn Program, in which Jewish babies were ripped from their families and sent by train to concentration camps and the circuses of the era that sheltered Jews during the War, THE ORPHAN’S TALE exposes the light in the shadows of World War II.

Holocaust Remembrance DayAuthor Jessica Shattuck’s grandparents were Nazi’s. She admitted the truth in a recent New York Times op ed. “My grandparents were Nazis,” Shattuck wrote. “It took me until recently to be able to say — or write — this.” It was when Shattuck came upon a picture of her grandfather in his Nazi uniform that Shattuck could no longer deny the truth, even though she had had and loved her grandmother who Shattuck says did not seem temperamentally suited to hate. Understanding why and how this woman Shattuck knew and loved was swept up in a movement that became synonymous with evil led to Shattuck’s writing her gripping new novel THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE (currently on the New York Times Bestseller List). Turbulent, disturbing, fraught, haunting, THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE provides rarely seen insight into the lives of ordinary Germans during the Nazi era, providing a perspective rarely examined in the voluminous literature of the Second World War.

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Nazi, Germany, World War II, historical fiction, Jewish literature two interesting conversations with bestselling authors Pam Jenoff and Jessica Shattuck on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 19, the podcast posted 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

PATRICIA CORNWELL, PETTY BIOGRAPHER WARREN ZANES, TERROR TALK with DAN HAMPTON

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Zanes pettycoverThe biography of rock ‘n roll icon Tom Petty, a great mystery from the “Queen of Crime” Patricia Cornwell, and the story of the Wild Weasels, the band of maverick aviators who flew the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam War are the subjects of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 25, 3 pm ET.

Author and musician Warren Zanes was a member of the Del Fuegos from 1983 to 1989 and is set to release his fourth solo recording. His writing has appeared in the Oxford American, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, the Cleveland Plan Dealer and more. A former vice president of education and programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum he is currently the executive director of Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. Add to his accomplishments the publication of a brand new book PETTY: THE BIOGRAPHY, a remarkable look at the life of the lead singer and guitar player of the iconic rock band Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

CornwellbookDepravedHeartIt’s been 25 years since bestselling author Patricia Cornwell launched the hugely popular Dr. Kay Scarpetta series – and a national obsession with forensic research. Yep, before there was CSI, NCIS and all the other copy cats, there was Cornwell and Scarpetta! Twenty-five years since her first book, POSTMORTEM was rejected by numerous publishers because no one wanted to read about a “woman who cuts people open,” 29 New York Times Bestsellers later, Patricia Cornwell is back with a new captivating Scarpetta thriller DEPRAVED HEART.

CornwellHamptonBookHunterKillersRetired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton flew 151 combat missions during his twenty years in the USAF, the recipient of. four Distinguished Flying Crosses with valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor, five Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other citations. He is a graduate of the elite USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School, and USAF Special Operations School. A frequent guest analyst on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, the bestselling author discusses his latest book THE HUNTER KILLERS, which recounts the extraordinary story of the first Wild Weasels, the band of maverick aviators who flew the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam War.

Great reads for Thanksgiving week, and great gift ideas for bibliophiles for the holiday season on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 25, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

UP NEXT: COMING HOME, VOICES OF WAR

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WarFightingPTSDWednesday, November 12, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds takes a look at war through the eyes of three authors who bring unique perspectives to the discussion. Joining Halli at her table is Brian Turner author of MY LIFE AS A FOREIGN COUNTRY, Janet Burroway author of LOSING TIM, and Helen Thorpe author of SOLDIER GIRLS.

WarBookMyLifeasaForeignCountryAmerican poet, essayist, and professor, Brian Turner, won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award for his debut collection, HERE, BULLET, the first of many awards and honors received for this collection of poems about his seven year experience as a soldier in the Iraq War. The director of the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, his breathtaking memoir MY LIFE AS A FOREIGN COUNTRY retraces that war experience in a humane, heartbreaking and expertly crafted work of literature.

WarBookLoosingTimJanet Burroway is the author of eight novels and numerous plays, poems, and essays, including THE BUZZARDS, which went up for a Pulitzer and RAW SILK, nominated for a National Book Award. In her memoir LOSING TIME, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN AMERICAN CONTRACTOR IN IRAQ Burroway recounts the life and death of her elder son, US Army Captain Tim Eysselick.

WarBookSoldierGirlsHelen Thorpe’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The New Yorker, Slate, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is the author of JUST LIKE US, a winner of the Colorado Book Award. In SOLDIER GIRLS, Thorpe shares the battles of three women soldiers at home and at war — they part of the new breed of soldiers, the Soldier Girls who are now more than 15 percent of America’s armed services.

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at the realities of war and the men and women who serve. Tune in live November 12, 3 pm ET online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

All of our guests will be making appearances at The Miami Book Fair International November 16-23 in Downtown Miami at Miami Dade College.

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