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The Italian-American newspaper UT3PWdRLpAm5htKin Chicago has finally gotten around to reviewing my debut novel, “Soft Target.” Here’s is what they had to say:

Smokin’ Hot Tale

Leave it to a fireman to write a debut novel about an Italian-American firefighter whose escapades get him tangled

up with two al Qaeda operatives. In “Soft Target,” author MARK YOST sets the action in Highwood, a traditionally

Italian-American enclave. Hero-protagonist Nick Mattera comes home after surviving four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine Corps bomb squad technician. Nick becomes a young hotshot at his fire department,

until he runs into Abdullah and Jhalil. The two al Qaeda terrorists come to Chicago with one goal: kill Jewish

Americans and open up a whole new front in the War on Terror. “Soft Target” is the first in a planned four-book series. (

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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