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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