Hi Mr. Flynn,
I am writing to ask a favor of you. My husband, Aaron recently returned home from an 18-month deployment to Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom.
While he was deployed, his job was route clearance, which involved searching the roads for bombs and clearing the roads before anyone else would travel on them. he had a pretty dangerous job.
While he was there he had little downtime and not much help taking his mind off the day-to-day routine and the severity of his daily job.
Knowing my husband, my parents sent him a few of your books...he became hooked and had to have more! He read all of your books on his deployment. He didn't have a lot of downtime but when they went on overnight missions where they were away from their FOB, they didn't have much to do which finally gave him the opportunity to read and he always found comfort and a way to escape his realities of deployment by reading your books.
I have to emphasize what a big deal this is, coming from a guy who didn't like to read much before he left. Now, he is now huge fan of yours. He can't wait for your next book to come out in February!
So, here is where my favor comes in. I don't know if this would be at all possible, but I thought I'd never know unless I asked. It would be the coolest gift ever if I could get a signed copy of his favorite book, which is "Consent to Kill." I would be happy to pay you for the book and shipping costs or whatever it took. This would be huge! It would be an amazing gift to give him for Christmas.
This was a really scary deployment for our family, we have two small kids at home and we were truly blessed to have him return home to us after being away for so long in such a dangerous area. I would be forever grateful to you if you'd be willing to help me with this. I'm sure you get requests all the time, but I can tell you that having a soldier return home and knowing that your books was one of few things that got him through deployment: it's something to be cherished.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for any help you'd be willing to give, assuming you have the time. Thanks again and thank you for being an incredible writer! Best to you!
Vince sent Aaron a signed edition of Consent To Kill.