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The Story Behind the Book

November 1, 2009

The story of The First Assassin, bit by bit: Encore Edition Read the AmazonEncore press release The First Assassin 2.0 AmazonEncore acquires my book The W Column How I’m publishing my first novel God of Thunder Brad Thor’s blurb Blurb of the Assassin Robert Ferrigno’s blurb The K-Man Andrew Klavan’s blurb The Cover Blurb Vince […]

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What They’re Saying

November 1, 2009

Praise for The First Assassin: “An excellent book—it’s like The Day of the Jackal set in 1861 Washington.” —Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit of Honor “Packed with fascinating information, superb characters, and sublime plot twists, The First Assassin is one of the most exciting thrillers I have read in a long, long time. This […]

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The First Assassin: Chapter 1 & 2 Excerpt

November 1, 2009

Please enjoy this excerpt from the first and second chapters of The First Assassin, by John J. Miller. CHAPTER ONE Saturday, February 23, 1861 When Lorenzo Smith heard the chugging of the train, he felt for the revolver at his side. His fingers met its smooth handle, hidden beneath his black coat. Then he found […]

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Reviving The Exorcist

October 24, 2009

WEEKLY STANDARD September 25, 2000 REVIVING THE EXORCIST A 1970s horror classic gets a new lease on life JOHN J. MILLER There’s a scene in The Exorcist — the book, not the movie — in which a motion-picture director shares a trade secret: “Darling, all you really need is a brilliant cutter.” Many readers of […]

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The Byline

August 9, 2009

I thought about using a pen name for The First Assassin. My given name is just too darn common. In my college dorm, there was another John Miller. When I moved to Washington, D.C., there was a John Miller in Congress. He later served in the State Department. One time, I called an old colleague for an interview. […]

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“The Most Gut-Wrenching Decision”

July 30, 2009

NATIONAL REVIEW September 15, 2008 “THE MOST GUT-WRENCHING DECISION” How John McCain Became a Hero JOHN J. MILLER On October 26, 1967, on his 23rd bombing raid over North Vietnam, John McCain was “killed.” That’s what naval aviators, in their slang, called getting shot down. For a while, McCain’s family feared he really was dead. […]

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