Ralph Pezzullo
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Ralph Pezzullo

I've lived in some interesting places, starting with New York City....

When I was five my father joined the Foreign Service of the State Department. His job took us to Washington, DC, Mexico, South Vietnam, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay and Nicaragua. We lived in Saigon during the Tonkin Gulf Incident, the overthrow of Diem, a number of other coup d'etats and almost daily Vietcong terrorist attacks against Americans. We survived three years gasping for air at 13,000 feet in La Paz, Bolivia during the time that Che Guevarra was trying to build a guerrilla base in that country. In 1980 I was in Nicaragua debating politics with guys like Tomas Borge and the Ortega brothers and witnessing the first days of the Sandinista Revolution (the subject of the non-fiction book At the Fall of Somoza, which I wrote with my father).

So, yes, I have some stories to tell. After college I worked as a freelance journalist and for the National Endowment for the Arts. And when I moved back to New York City, I started writing plays. By the middle of the wild '80s I had became part of the downtown avant-garde theater scene working at such places as La Mama, Theater for the New City, Here and the Public Theater. Since then, fourteen of my plays have had their premieres in Manhattan.

In 1986 two movie producers attended an Off Broadway play of mine called The Education of One Miss February (a farce about the rise to fame of a Playboy bunny), optioned it for the movies and commissioned me to write a screenplay. That got me started writing for TV and film. I've also worked as a copywriter, speechwriter, published poems in literary anthologies and written an eight-part radio series called The Swamp Fox for National Public Radio and the BBC. (And I've been a bartender, actor, rock guitarist/singer, cruise planner, construction worker, labor foreman, baseball player, soccer coach, short order cook, writing teacher and ghost writer.)

I had written just about everything, except for a mystery novel. But that changed with Eve Missing published in October 2003. At the close of that year, I moved to Los Angeles to jump into the film world. It's been interesting so far working with directors like Oliver Stone, Antoine Fuqua, James Foley, Roger Donaldson, etc. Equally fascinating has been my work (book and film) with former CIA undercover operative Gary Berntsen (Jawbreaker, The Walk-In) and former LAPD detective Steve Hodel. I keep learning. Isn't that what it's all about?

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    • Full Battle Rattle

    • My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American History
    • By: Ralph Pezzullo, Changiz Lahidji
    • Narrated by: Eric Pollins
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    With over 100 combat missions and 24 years as a Green Beret, Changiz Lahidji is an expert in military operations. Full Battle Rattle is his legendary audiobook memoir....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • They need to find a narrator who knows military.

    • By Kevin M. Staples on 05-03-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Left of Boom

    • How a Young CIA Case Officer Penetrated the Taliban and Al-Qaeda
    • By: Douglas Laux, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 920
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 849
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 851

    On September 11, 2001, Doug Laux was a freshman in college, on the path to becoming a doctor. But with the fall of the Twin Towers came a turning point in his life....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Frustratingly [REDACTED]

    • By Csaba Turkosi on 12-29-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Viper

    • SEAL Team Six, Book 7
    • By: Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo's shockingly authentic military thriller sends Thomas Crocker and his SEAL Team Six brothers to confront a notorious ISIS general, The Viper, during the occupation of Aleppo, Syria....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A ho hum book

    • By Frank Spalitto on 06-21-18

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Zero Footprint

    • The True Story of a Private Military Contractor's Covert Assignments in Syria, Libya, and the World's Most Dangerous Places
    • By: Simon Chase, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated by: Eric Brooks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 557
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 497
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 501

    A dramatic insider account of the world of private military contracting....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Complete Rubbish

    • By Matthew on 01-19-17
    • The True Story of a Private Military Contractor's Covert Assignments in Syria, Libya, and the World's Most Dangerous Places
    • By: Simon Chase, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated by: Eric Brooks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 01-12-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 557 ratings

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Hunt the Wolf

    • A SEAL Team Six Novel, Book 1
    • By: Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    Navy SEAL Team Six commando Don Mann infuses his debut military thriller with the real-life details only a true insider can reveal....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator Horrible

    • By William on 07-26-16

    Regular price: $22.80

    • Jawbreaker

    • The Attack on bin Laden and al-Qaeda
    • By: Gary Berntsen, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Berntsen represents the new face of counterterrorism....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great read (err - Listen)

    • By Joshua on 07-01-08

    Regular price: $27.93

    • SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Falcon

    • By: Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    SEAL Team Six and Thomas Crocker are back hunting their most elusive adversary yet: The Falcon....

    Regular price: $22.80

    • SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Dragon

    • By: Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
    • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    The North Korean government is days away from realizing its nuclear ambitions, and only the heroes of SEAL Team Six can stop it....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Plodding, Incomplete, Unsatisfying, Simple Bizarre

    • By Kathryn on 11-05-16

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Most Evil

    • The Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hodel
    • By: Steve Hodel, Ralph Pezullo
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    Most Evil compiles an astonishing amount of visual, circumstantial, and forensic evidence to prove LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel's case against his father....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty Good.

    • By Lee Kirkland on 09-06-16

    Regular price: $25.89

    • SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Jackal

    • By: Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Real-life SEAL Don Mann brings all of his insight and experience to the next installment of the SEAL Team Six series....

    Regular price: $28.50

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