Tony Acree

Author of the Victor McCain Thrillers

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub Book Signing


Saturday July 23rd I’ll be at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in St. Matthews from 6 pm until 9 pm signing my latest novel, Revenge. This is one of my favorite signings of the year. Molly’s serves up the best Irish food around and I get to spend the evening with good friends. Come out and throw down a few pints (drink responsibly and have a designated driver) and share in the fun.


Ready to go at the Prospect Starbucks. The first three people who show up and say Victor McCain for president gets a free cup of coffee on me. No book purchase necessary.

Starbucks Book Signing


I will be at Starbucks in Prospect on July 9th from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. selling and signing copies of Revenge, the newest Victor McCain thriller. I will also have copies of the other books in the series, The Hand of God, The Watchers and The Speaker with me as well.

Heather and all the rest of the fine folks at Starbucks are like a second family. I spend a great deal of time in their store when I’m in a good writing groove and they keep me topped off and running. Even if I do drink decaf.

Arts on the Green

Arts on the Green Poster

Things will be nice and dry inside Karen’s Book Barn tomorrow. Stop by and say hello. I’ll be there signing Revenge and the other books in the Victor McCain thrillers. Lynn Tincher will also be there signing Afterthoughts and dishing on the latest hush-hush info on a certain Afterthoughts movie.

Review of Extreme Prey by John Sandford


extreme prey

I finished John Sandford’s Extreme Prey, the newest Lucas Davenport novel, on audible. Loved it. The premise is some one may be trying to bump off a presidential candidate. Can Lucas stop them in time? Richard Ferrone does the narration and in truth, it took a bit for me to get used to his voice. Once I did, i loved his characterizations. Well worth the money if you like a good thriller performed to a high level.

Derby Memory

One Derby day I found myself working for Pony Express Pizza. It was late in the evening and I delivered around $52 dollars in pizza to a house in Fox Harbor. When I get to the house, a couple greeted me at the door and the husband was drunk off his ^#$.
He handed me a hundred dollar bill and told me to keep the change. His wife, mortified, said, “You can’t give him that big of a tip.”
To which he responded, “I just hit the pick six at the Derby and won over $50,000. If I win, the pizza boy wins.”
He gave me a high five and shut the door. I practically ran to the car in case the wife got him to change his mind. It was the largest single tip I earned while a pizza delivery guy.

The Power of Music

I heard a song tonight which brought back a strong memory, The song is Wildfire by Michael Murphy. In mid summer of 1975 my maternal grandmother, Nanny, was dying. She had an inoperable brain tumor and was at home waiting for the end. At 12 years of age, I’m not even sure I knew exactly what was going on, but the grand-kids suspected.
My mother spent many nights with Nanny and since dad worked early in the morning, my brothers and I slept at my other grandparents. We slept on the floor in the living room, next to the old gas furnace. The only way we could sleep was with music on and my grandparents plugged in an old clock radio which provided both music and a night light. I would lay on the rough throw rug and watch the flicker of the pilot light of the furnace hoping the music would allow me to sleep.
For whatever reason, I remember overhearing my parents talking about Nanny only having a few more days. That night, while tossing and turning on the floor, Wildfire came on and between the flames of the furnace and the sense of loss for both the girl and the singer of the song, it resonated with what was going on with my grandmother. She died a few days later.
I haven’t heard that song in years and years, and with the loss of my own mother, it took me back to that night on the floor and I now understand what my mom must have been going through.
The power of music.

Cletus Tank Bone


I am often asked how do I come up with the various characters in my books. The short answer is, every major character is based on someone I know. Both the good ones and the bad.

Cletus “Tank” Bone is the perfect example. The huge, red bearded member of the Tyranny Rides biker game, known affectionately by Victor McCain as Evil Santa, appears in Revenge, the latest Victor McCain thriller, and is a throwback to my wicked youth.

When I was around nineteen or twenty years old, I worked for Pony Express Pizza in Prospect, Kentucky. During the summer months a biker gang hung out at Buzz Parsons, a local dive which is now Cunninghams Creekside. The bar sits on the banks of  Harrods Creek, a stone’s throw from the Ohio River.

Back in the day, the bikers would gather at Parsons, drink beer and smoke marijuana. Often on a Saturday night they would order a large amount of pizza and they got to know me and would request me to bring out the pies.

One night I arrived with about ten pizzas to find the entire gang outside, drinking and partying hard. The biker who usually paid me was huge. Picture Santa, well over six feet tall with a huge read beard and a gut large enough to smuggle a small elephant. In my mind I’d dubbed him Evil Santa, though he’d always dealt with me fairly. I don’t remember his real name or his nickname, but one night a guy yelled for him by his given name and when he came out the door he yelled, “Don’t you ever call me that %$*& name again, you hear me?” Evidently Evil Santa had a nickname because he hated the one given to him by his parents.

This night I sat the pizza down on a bench outside of Parsons and turned to Evil Santa for payment. Instead of him handing me the bills, he said, “What are you going to do if we just kick your ass and take these pizzas?”

Every biker stopped what they were doing and turned to watch. I glanced around at them for a moment and replied, “I guess I’ll take my ass whupping like a good boy.”

To which Evil Santa slapped me on the back (nearly knocking me to the ground) and said, “Ah pizza guy, we ain’t going to hurt you. You’re alright.”

He handed me the money, which always included a generous tip, and the rest of the gang laughed. I let out the breath I’d been holding, thanked them and made my getaway.

I knew one day, if I ever wrote a novel, Evil Santa would be a character who I’d want to include and with Revenge I got to do trot him out. Evil Santa, AKA Cletus Tank Bone was born.


Presidential Election, Game of Thrones Edition

Season six of Game of Thrones will arrive on HBO April, 24. Count me a huge fan of the show based on George R.R. Martin‘s bestselling fantasy novels. Every spring I add HBO and drop it a few months later.

Thinking about the new season while watching one political ad after another, made me wonder: What character in Game of Thrones would each presidential candidate say is most like them. And which character are they really most like. Here are my guesses.

Donald Trump

He thinks he is:  Jaime Lannister – A man born into a wealthy family and with the best hair this side of Jon Snow, he believes he is a man pressed into action because forces around him plot to destroy his country and his family. He is a strong man who can wield the sword of the deal to bring peace and greatness to the Seven Kingdoms once again.

He really is: Cersei Lanister – He thinks everyone is out to get him. Especially a certain woman, who he feels is not worthy  to wear the crown . He fears illegal immigrants are invading his country and will try to take the Iron Throne and the Seven Kingdoms from him.Will a Wall be enough to save him from the zombies who will overtake him?


Ted Cruz

He thinks he is: Jon Snow – The consummate outsider, a bastard of the establishment, he does what he does to prove to those in power that the common man needs a voice. He went to the Nights Watch (the well of the Senate) to slay those, even of his own party, who might keep him from saving the world from the demons on the other side of the Wall (he wants to build on the Mexican border). Can he rise from the dead and overtake the leader?

He really is: Theon Greyjoy – He believes he can make it to the top at Winterfell, when in reality, even those who say they like him are only doing so until he defeats the main rival. When the tables turn, there will be no where for him to run for support.


John Kasich

He thinks he is: Ned Stark – He is the candidate who is staying above the mudslinging, the insults and the dirty tricks. He believes he is the man with the spotless reputation who will lead the country by example. His virtuous nature will win the day.

He really is: Renly Baratheon – He claims the crown for himself, though he has to get by Stannis, Rob Stark, all the Lannisters, a girl who flies on dragons, and everyone else to win. In the end, he is taken out by his rivals when it comes to the convention.


Hillary Clinton

She thinks she is: Daenerys Targaryen –  A woman who has been through the fires of being First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State and emerged stronger and ready to lead. The people will rally around her and she will sweep change across the Seven Kingdoms and around the world.


She really is: Melisandre – Her enemies believe she is a red (Commie) witch, casting a spell over an unsuspecting public. She uses what they feel is dark magic, willing to burn her adversaries to the ground to get what she wants. She claims she knows what is best for the country, but can we trust her?


Bernie Sanders


He thinks he is: Tyrian Lannister – Wise, intelligent and a thorn in the side of his own family, he is willing to conquer all using only the power of his mind. He has a vision that will save everyone, if they will only listen.


He really is: The High Sparrow – A man most of Kings Landing doesn’t understand but with followers who are rabid and loyal. He refuses to take the gold of the establishment and demands justice for the people. Besides, look at the hair.

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