‘Black Hawk Down’ writer to entertain troops in USO

Miami HeraldOctober 27, 2011 

It’s not your granddad’s USO.

The organization that typically sends musicians and comics to perform for American troops abroad says its latest batch of Middle East-bound entertainers are writers, including Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden.

This is the group that once dispatched Bob Hope with a golf club and a bevy of beauties to Vietnam.

Flash forward to the dwindling days of the Iraq occupation and the private organization said Thursday it’s about to launch a “Thriller Tour” with adventure and mystery writers who include Bowden, Clive Cussler who wrote Raise The Titanic! and Kathy Reichs whose Temperance Brennan novels inspired the TV show Bones.

Bowden, a former newspaper journalist, has chronicled the U.S. military’s adventures and misadventures with other bestsellers, such as Killing Pablo about the 1990s hunt and hit on Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

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