James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets–and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.
Known for building high-octane adventures on a solid science foundation, Jim juxtaposes the familiar with the exotic and then turbo-charges his tales with suspense. Always mindful of historys legacy, Jim reveals how secrets, some hidden for centuries, can change the course of human events. His novels explore how advancing technology can impact society not just by the physical threats of unchecked developments, but also the spiritual and moral challenges that result. The true terror of technology is not the cogs and the wheels, but how it will change us, he says.
James became the official Chair Author for USA Cares in 2012. For more information on James Rollins and his latest releases, please go to JamesRollins.com
In addition to advocating for our Veterans and military families, James has taken on a new program initiative for authors who share his support for our military. ”
Authors United for Veterans” is a USA Cares, Inc. program initiative which functions as a consortium-type partnership between USAC and leading American authors willing to raise and support national awareness on behalf of USA Cares (USAC).
Bryan currently resides in the Chicago area nearby his parents, Jim and Janet, identical twin brother Bob, and teenage sister Briana. In addition to academic excellence, Bryan excelled in sports during his high school years and competed as an accomplished gymnast in state level competitions. Following graduation, he worked for American Airlines as a Ground Crew Chief at O’Hare airport.
Bryan enlisted in the Army in April 2001 and had a ‘ship out’ date of September 11, 2001. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and was stationed in the Baghdad area. He attained the rank of Sergeant in the Military Police (MP), conducted police training courses in Iraq and gained additional law enforcement experience at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary as a prison guard.
In October 2005, Bryan was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that resulted in the loss of both legs and his left hand. As a result of his injuries, he was awarded a Purple Heart. Bryan received rehabilitation for a period of 13 months at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He is one of the few triple amputees to have survived his injuries in Iraq.
Bryan’s story has received extensive media coverage including a cover story in USA Today, two feature articles in Esquire Magazine (one a cover shot in January 2007), as well as numerous articles in major newspapers and publications, from his hometown Chicago Sun Times to the LA Times and NY Times. He recently appeared in a 60 Minutes segment profiling Gary Sinese.
Bryan has appeared in the HBO Documentary, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, and in a CSI: NY episode titled DOA for a DAY as a murder suspect. He appeared in the Golden Globe Award winning film The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei and appeared in an episode of ‘Hawaii 5-0’. Bryan was interviewed by MTV News ‘Choose or Lose Street Team’ and has appeared on the daytime drama ‘All My Children.’ He was the subject of the Captain America comic, ‘Theater of War – to soldier on,’ released in August 2009. Bryan has finished work on a book titled No Turning Back, released November 1, 2011, and most recently hosted a new PBS show in the Chicago area, Reporting for Service with Bryan Anderson, which received an Emmy Award. He also received a Telly Award for his work on a Quantum Rehab product video titled ‘Life Beyond Limits’.
Bryan is the national spokesman for Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility Corporation, and travels the country making numerous personal appearances while delivering his message of perseverance and determination in major rehab facilities. In addition, he is an Ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and is a spokesman for USA Cares, a national non-profit organization based in Radcliff, Ky., that is focused on assisting post 911 veterans in times of need.
Bryan is an energetic and enthusiastic individual who enjoys challenging his limits. He snowboards, wake boards, white water rafts and rock climbs. He loves to travel and enjoys meeting new people.
Robert Patrick Lewis
Robert Patrick Lewis, Hospital Administrator, Former (2012) Green Beret Special Forces Medic
Mark Twain said: “Fiction is obligated to stick to the possibilities. Truth isn’t.”
Robert Patrick Lewis learned the harsh truth among the myriad of fictions about the damage and repair of the human body, and the politics that affect both.
Graduating from Texas State University, Robert took his marketing degree to Army Ranger school in Ft. Benning, GA. From there he became a Special Forces Medic and Special Ops Green Beret. He then served four tours in harms way in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. These ”post graduate studies” earned him a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and numerous ribbons, medals and commendations from subjects not covered in college.
A husband and father of two, he now lives in Southern California with his wife and children. He is the author of the memoir, Love Me When I’m Gone as well as the recently released novel The Pact.
Robert Patrick Lewis on USA Cares
As an Author, I get to write and talk on radio about my Green Beret experience. As part of Authors United for Veterans, I join with my fellow authors in support of USA Cares.
Having fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, I came through some tough spots. I came home with medals on my chest and metal in my chest, and was blessed with family support and financial stability to get me and my family through the wounds you cannot see, and the pain you cannot anticipate, and so many expenses!
If the President and Congress agreed tomorrow on a plan to aid our Vets, it would never meet the needs of tens of thousands of post 9/11 Military Families. Certainly not personal, financial, rapid-response needs.
Could you imagine calling your congressman if you need to visit your wounded spouse; or if you are recovering after your service and can’t pay your utility bill?
USA Cares are the first-responders here at home, helping military families meet immediate needs. USA Cares has helped over 40,000 military families. They act in 48 hours or less, and spend 88 cents of every dollar on helping military families …
… and they do not advertise.
So, as a Green Beret, a family man, and an author, I ask you to please go to my website, www.LoveMeWhenImGone.com, and click on charities, and have a look at USA Cares.