John Etterlee is a thriller author and retired U.S. Army combat Veteran. Born in Augusta, Georgia, he joined the United States Army in 2001, shortly after the attacks of September 11th, and served three tours overseas before being medically retired in 2013. Having been to many countries, the Army really opened his eyes to different cultures around the world and inspired many of the books that he has in the works.
John’s longest deployment was a thirteen-month tour to southeastern Baghdad with 2-30 Infantry, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from 2007 to 2009. This was by far his toughest. Having been in two IED blasts himself, his unit also came under indirect mortar fire, plus rocket and RPG fire on a regular basis. John lost a few friends on that deployment.
Although John has always enjoyed writing, it wasn’t until recovering from surgery in Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany in 2010 from an injury sustained overseas that he began to take it more seriously. Writing has since become a passion for him, and he loves to share his stories with the world of book lovers.
John now lives in North Carolina with his wife Elizabeth, whom he met while stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State in 2011. He is also a lover of cats. John and his wife share their home with two beautiful Sphynx cats. In addition, he studies the German language, and enjoys traveling, especially to Europe, and meeting new people. Feel free to drop him a line anytime! Vielen Dank!