Gary Brozek

Gary Brozek is the co-author of the New York Times bestsellers ONE LAST STRIKE with legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa, TRIDENT K-9 WARRIORS, OUT OF CAPTIVITY: 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle and BREAKING FREE with pro football star Herschel Walker. He was also a contributor to Glenn Beck’s New York Times bestseller BROKE. A much sought-after collaborator, he has co-authored and ghostwritten nearly twenty books on a variety of subjects. Prior to his career as a writer, he worked for ten years as an acquiring editor for two major New York publishing houses. Before leaving publishing to pursue writing full time, he worked for ten years as an award-winning high school educator. His first stop in publishing was at Random House. In addition to his duties acquiring fiction and nonfiction for the general Ballantine Books list, he worked with authors for its multi-cultural imprint One World. Among those he worked with were Johnnie Cochran, Faye Wattleton, and Kweisi Mfume. He also worked with New York Times bestselling authors Jeff Shaara (Gods and Generals, The Last Full Measure) and Arnold Palmer (A Golfer’s Life). After five years he accepted a position at Penguin Group USA. While a Senior Editor at Plume, he continued to acquire and edit both fiction and nonfiction, with a special emphasis on nonfiction and popular culture. As a writer, he attended Indiana University’s MFA program in fiction writing, where he also taught composition and creative writing. His combination of past editorial experience, his ability to easily and convincingly adopt voices other than his own, and his commitment to meeting time-sensitive deadlines have allowed him to publish an average of more than two books per year from 2005-2015. Highly regarded within the industry, he has written for all of the major New York publishing houses: Random House, Penguin Group USA, Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, St. Martin’s as well as others. In addition to those listed below, he has been an un-credited ghostwriter or contributor on other New York Times bestsellers, as well as other works of fiction and nonfiction. Celebrity / Sports Memoir THE ART OF HURTING: From Suicidal Junkie to Ironman Triathlete with Shane Niemeyer. (St. Martin’s Press, May 2014) The inspirational story of a highly intelligent young man who falls into the grip of horrible addictions to heroin and alcohol. After a failed suicide attempt in prison, Niemeyer seizes the opportunity to reform his life. He is currently a personal fitness coach in Boulder, CO and competes at the highest levels as an Ironman triathlete. THE YANKEE WAY, with Willie Randolph. (Morrow, May 2014). The legendary New York Yankee shares his memories and assessments of his years with organization as a player and coach. He also recounts his years growing up in New York and his stint as manager of the New York Mets. (Ghostwritten) KILL THE SILENCE with Monika Korra. (Random House, April 2015). As a Norwegian track and cross-country star, Monika Korra came to the US to fulfill her dream to become an Olympic caliber athlete. Instead, she became the victim of a terrible gang rape while a student at SMU. Using everything she learned about persistence and heart, she has become a victim’s advocate and frequent speaker on the subject of sexual violence. (Ghostwritten) ONE LAST STRIKE with Tony LaRussa (Morrow, August, 2012) This New York Times bestseller chronicled the St. Louis Cardinal’s amazing run to the World Series title as well as his thirty-three years as a big league manager. (Ghostwritten) BREAKING FREE with Herschel Walker (Simon and Schuster, April 2008) In this controversial New York Times bestseller, pro football legend Herschel Walker details his life lived with mental illness. Disassociative Identity Disorder, once known as Multiple Personality Disorder, has been a positive force in Walker’s life, though it also caused him great pain in his personal life. CHARACTER DRIVEN with Derek Fisher (Simon and Schuster, October 2009) A star guard with the Los Angeles Lakers, Fisher tells the inspirational story of his daughter’s battle with cancer and his the positive upbringing that allowed his family to survive the ordeal. Library Journal’s reviewer praised the book as, “An absorbing and uplifting read from cover to cover. Highly recommended.” A BOY OUGHT TO KNOW WHO TO TIE A TIE (Simon and Schuster, April 20010) is a follow up memoir / inspirational guide by Antoine Fisher, the author of the New York Times best-seller FINDING FISH and many screenplays. (Ghostwriter) MY LIFE AS A FURRY RED MONSTER with Kevin Clash (Broadway Books / Random House, October 2006), Kevin Clash is the creator and voice of “Sesame Street’s” beloved Elmo. Telling the rich story of his growing up in a loving family in an African-American community outside Baltimore, the book is part memoir and part parenting guide. HEARTACHE AND HOPE IN HAITI (Trimark Press, January 2013) Len and Cherylann Gengel endured the tragic loss of their daughter in the Haiti earthquake. To make her last wish come true, they funded and built an orphanage to serve some of the most impoverished children on the planet. Memoir THE REAPER, with Nick Irving (St. Martins Press, January, 2015). Nick Irving grew up dreaming of becoming a soldier and following in his parents’ footsteps. During one tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, he became the most prolific sniper in the history of the legendary Army Ranger’s special-forces history. TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS: My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines with Mike Ritland (St. Martin’s Press, April 2013) This New York Times bestseller debuted at number four. For the first time readers get an inside look at the loyal and courageous canines that serve alongside many of our most elite special forces teams. OUT OF CAPTIVITY with Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howes, and Keith Stansell (Morrow, February 2009) This New York Times bestseller debuted at number five and spent five weeks on the list. It is the inspirational and thrilling story of three American contract workers who survived a plane crash in the mountainous jungle of Colombia while doing aerial reconnaissance in America’s ongoing war on drugs. Taken captive by the FARC, a Colombian terrorist organization, they endured five years in various FARC prisons, forced starvation marches, and brutal treatment before being dramatically rescued in July of 2008 along with the French / Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt. Their interactions with her reveals a darker side of the heroic angel the media presented to the world. THIS VOICE IN MY HEART: Genocide and Hope in Burundi with Gilbert Tuhabonye (Amistad / Harper Collins May 2005) Gilbert Tuhabonye was a world class African runner who was the sole survivor of a genocidal attack on his school in Burundi. The story centers on Gilbert’s life in Burundi, his coming to America as a collegiate athlete, and his establishing himself as a symbol of forgiveness and inspiration. DIVORCED FROM THE MOB with Andrea Giovino (Carrol and Graf, April 2005.) The shocking and ultimately inspirational story of a Brooklyn-born woman whose mob dealings eventually lead to her arrest, relocation, and rehabilitation. Psychology THE TEEN WHISPERER: How to Break Through the Silence and Secrecy of Teenage Life with Mike Linderman (Collins Books, September 2007). A highly regarded clinical director at a school for at-risk teens, Linderman offers hope with his no-nonsense, straight-talking guide to establishing and maintaining pure intention with your teen. THE MIRACLE RUN: WATCHING MY AUTISTIC SONS GROW UP AND TAKE THEIR FIRST STEPS INTO ADULTHOOD. With Corinne Morgan Thomas (Berkeley, March 2000) The story of twin autistic sons who have been featured in a Lifetime original film entitled, “Miracle Run.” The book offers inspiration and advice to parents of autistic young people and adults in a no-nonsense jargon free and realistic manner. Health and Fitness THE CHEERLEADER FITNESS PLAN with Lindsay Brin. (Plume / Penguin, 2009) Brin is a former NFL cheerleader and fitness expert. She reveals the proven methods that enabled her to stay fit, control her weight, and sustain the energy necessary to be a full time mom, business owner, and NFL cheerleader. (Ghostwritten) Personal Finance / Business A MILLION IS NOT ENOUGH with Michael Farr (Springboard Press, March 2008) A retirement planning book for Baby Boomers. FINANCIAL BLISS: A COUPLE’S GUIDE with Bambi Holzer (Amacom, January, 2007.) A Beverly Hills financial planner, Holzer’s groundbreaking book helps couples deal with one of the leading causes of divorce—differences in money and financial views. (Ghostwritten) THE CAREY FORMULA: YOUR IDEAS ARE WORTH MILLIONS with Barbara Carey (Waterside Publishing, March 2007). A leading inventor and entrepreneur, Barbara Carey’s product ideas have earned her millions of dollars. She shares her secrets to getting to market. (Ghostwritten) Other TEAM DOG: How to Train Your Dog the Navy SEAL Way with Mike Ritland. (Putnam, Spring 2015). Using the lessons he learned training dogs for deployment with elite military special forces units, Ritland helps pet owners train themselves to be the authority figure their dogs want and need. Awards and Honors In June, 2007, THE CAREY FORMULA: YOUR IDEAS ARE WORTH MILLIONS was named the winner of the IPPY Award as the 2007 Business Book Breakthrough Book of the Year by the Independent Book Publishers Association. FINANCIAL BLISS: A COUPLE’S GUIDE was named a 2007 finalist in the personal finance category for a Books For a Better Life Award. He lives with his wife in the mountains outside of Denver in Evergreen, Colorado. Critical Praise For THE REAPER: “This gritty, unapologetic look into the life of a special operations soldier recounts both harrowing and heartfelt tales from the on-the-job experiences of Irving…This account is perhaps not for the faint of heart, but it is sure to be intriguing for those who are made of less squeamish stuff.” - Library Journal “Gung-ho account of a sniper's time in Afghanistan….Irving…is adept at discussing the uncompromising minutiae of weapons, tactics and battle staging, the lifeblood of the elite sniper fraternity.”- Kirkus Reviews "Irving, a former Army Ranger, and Brozek, who has cowritten many books, add to the sniper memoir genre a breathless, tension-filled account of the day-to-day combat experiences of a sniper in Afghanistan. A child of a military family, Irving knew he wanted to be a Navy SEAL from a young age and was on his way to reaching that goal when a routine test revealed that he is color blind. A sympathetic Army nurse helped him fudge a vision test, so he became a Ranger instead, honing a natural affinity for sharpshooting. Brozek gives Irving’s story shape, heart, and context as he helps convey Irving’s mixed emotions about his role in combat. But the real craft is in the book’s the artful depictions of battle. Readers are brought into the heat of the fight with white-knuckle anxiety, as troops edge their way toward IED-laden targets, chaotic firefights, and suicide bombers. The story culminates with the takedown of a massive arms depot while Irving was battling a wrenching gastrointestinal infection. It’s tough stuff, but Irving is a humble and humane narrator. What could have come across as a shallow exercise in chest-thumping is much more. Hawks and doves alike would do well to spend time with Irving to learn what it’s like to be a soldier in today’s military." - Publishers Weekly OUT OF CAPTIVITY: “Action-packed…[Out of Captivity] reads like a postcard from a rain forest gulag as the authors recount forced marches, escape attempts, and encounters with snakes, tarantulas and malaria as well as meals of chicken-head soup.” Time Magazine “Compelling.” Atlantic Monthly Character Driven: “An absorbing and uplifting read from cover to cover. Highly recommended.” Library Journal DIVORCED FROM THE MOB: “Gives the moth to the flame appeal of the Mafia a makeover spin. Her paens to brute strength and murder . . . are astonishingly unapologetic.” The New York Times Book Review “Page-turning.” Entertainment Weekly “A quick and practically perfect beach read, Andrea’s book tells all with candor.” Bust Magazine “Giovino’s memoir is raw and very real. Giovino’s voice rings true.” Publisher’s Weekly “Will make reader’s hair stand on end, then fall out altogether. . . Brozek ties her story into a neat terrible bundle.” Kirkus Reviews “Giovino's hair-raising biography reads like a fast-paced work of fiction. . . . Without pulling any punches, Giovino provides a more chilling and decidedly less glamorous view of Mob life than the average episode of The Sopranos.” Book List THIS VOICE IN MY HEART “A harrowing memoir by an athlete who survived the Hutu-Tutsi genocide …moving …inspiring.” Kirkus Reviews “Inspirational . . . uplifting.” Publisher’s Weekly A MILLION IS NOT ENOUGH “In his favor, Mr. Farr is terrific on the basics, going so far as to begin at the very beginning. . . . But his real value is in providing a definable goal.” The New York Times
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