Writers don’t write for money. They write to create and to make people happy. This letter (printed here with permission) blew my mind and it’s this kind of mail that keeps writers working hard. Thanks, Bryan! And thanks for your service.
Dear Mr. DiLouie:
I just wanted to say I enjoyed your work on THE INFECTION, THE KILLING FLOOR and TOOTH AND NAIL. I first read THE INFECTION when I was deployed in Afghanistan during 2011-12. I was stationed on a small combat outpost which had only two platoons of soldiers, and our COP came under regular attack from the Taliban at dusk and all through the night. During one month, the COP was attacked 17 days in a row. I often found it hard to shake off the adrenaline of an attack and rack back out in my bed but your book THE INFECTION helped greatly in getting my mind off of COP living. Once I finished the book, I shared it with the rest of my platoon and ordered your book TOOTH AND NAIL which I also enjoyed deeply because like the main character in the book I also am a platoon leader. I just wanted to say thanks for writing such interesting tales that capture true military lingo and tactics. When it comes to writing about the U.S. military in the book it appears you have really done your homework. Well, on behalf of my platoon, thank you for your books and keep on writing.