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Matthew Betley writes the bestselling Logan West Thrillers. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended St. Xavier High School and then Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he graduated with a B.A. in psychology and minors in political science and sociology. Upon graduation, he worked in corporate America for five years in Cincinnati before joining the Marine Corps in 1999. Matt spent ten years as a Marine officer and was trained as a scout sniper platoon commander, an infantry officer, and a ground intelligence officer. His experiences include deployments to Djibouti after 9/11, and Fallujah, Iraq, prior to the surge, both in staff officer support billets.
Matt is a recovering alcoholic with nearly eight years of sobriety. He credits the Marine Corps with providing a foundation in discipline and personal accountability for his desire to initially seek help. Matt is open and direct about it and has spoken in front of large groups of people with one clear message – if he can get sober, so can anyone. He credits his recovery with providing the authenticity for Logan West’s struggle with his inner demons. (From Matthew Betley’s Bio).
His latest book is Field of Valor which was published on May 22, 2018. I enjoyed his book very much. The bullets start flying on the first page and it’s pretty much non-stop action until the last page with an engaging story featuring a secret organization playing the United States against China. It’s a real page-turner.
Matthew Betley’s Books
Trailer for Field of Valor:
Author influences include Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Don Pendelton, and Matthew Reilly
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving was a big influence.
Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Agents – this is the book Matt used to find an agent.
Link to the Variety article regarding the movie rights of Matt’s novel Over Watch.