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The Two Navy Guys are back with a “ripped from the headlines” novel about homegrown radicalization in America’s heartland.
The Two Navy Guys are back with a “ripped from the headlines” novel about homegrown radicalization in America’s heartland.
The Two Navy Guys are back with a “ripped from the headlines” novel about homegrown radicalization in America’s heartland.
54 backers pledged $4,835 to help bring this project to life.

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JIHADI APPRENTICE, a 21st Century Thriller

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Meet the Two Navy Guys

A year ago, two US Navy veterans, a career naval intelligence officer and an author, brought you the novel Weapons of Mass Deception. Your generous support of the WMD Kickstarter campaign allowed us to produce three beautiful editions of our novel: an ebook, a paperback, and a Kickstarter-only Collector’s Edition. Since its release last May, the book has gathered over 60 great reviews on Amazon. Here’s a sample:

Introducing Jihadi Apprentice, the sequel to Weapons of Mass Deception

As the Two Navy Guys, we write about the big issues of our time. Jihadi Apprentice is a “ripped from the headlines” novel about homegrown radicalization in America’s heartland. Set in Minneapolis, Jihadi Apprentice follows the recruitment and manipulation of a Somali teenager as she is groomed to take action against the country of her birth—the United States. On the other side of the action is FBI Special Agent Liz Soroush, a return character from WMD, who is leading a task force to counter the trend of homegrown violent extremism.

As with Weapons of Mass Deception, we take a world view of the problem, with plenty of action scenes in Somalia, Tehran, and Africa that include some of your favorite characters from WMD.

David and JR fulfilling rewards for their first Kickstarter last year
David and JR fulfilling rewards for their first Kickstarter last year

Your Support Brings This Book to Life

Last year, we produced three editions of WMD that were as professional and polished as something you’d buy in a bookstore. Some supporters even said they were better. (OK, we’re biased). But when you self-publish, you bear all of the book production costs up front. To produce Weapons of Mass Deception to professional standards, we spent thousands of dollars on professional editing, cover design, interior layout, and marketing.

That’s where you come in. With your help, we plan to produce four ways to enjoy Jihadi Apprentice:

  • E-book edition
  • Paperback edition
  • Hardback Collector’s Edition, exclusively for Kickstarter backers
  • Audiobook edition

Last year, the Kickstarter Collector’s Edition was by far the most popular reward of the WMD campaign. As the name implies, this reward is available only through the Kickstarter campaign. 

These beautiful, limited edition, numbered copies were a big hit with our supporters and (we think) will only increase in value over time. Check out this short video to see what a Collector's Edition looks like.

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There’s an Audiobook Option This Year 

It’s official, we’ve taken the plunge into audiobooks. When you peruse the rewards, you’ll see that we’ve included audiobooks for Weapons of Mass Deception and Jihadi Apprentice at multiple reward levels.

How Will We Use the Money? 

The best part about this campaign is that we have a great track record of success with WMD. On our website, we were completely transparent about how we spent every penny of the money raised

In summary, we raised about $6000 and here’s how we spent it: 

  • $3000 – Book production costs such as professional editing, cover art, and interior design 
  • $2000 – Printing costs for the Collector’s Edition and paperback rewards
  • $1300 – Fulfillment costs such as Kickstarter fees and shipping the rewards out to backers 

For Jihadi Apprentice, using what we learned last year, we're shooting for even greater success. 

Risks and challenges

Our project is very low risk. During our first Kickstarter campaign last year, we delivered every single reward on schedule or early and we expect to do the same thing this year.

As with any complex project, schedule is always a concern, but we have a solid plan and the proven track record of experience to back it up.

If you back our project you won’t be disappointed.

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    MIDSHIPMAN Level

    Midshipmen get an ebook copy of JIHADI APPRENTICE. Also, your name will be listed on the Supporter Page of the Kickstarter print editions.

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    A paperback copy of JIHADI APPRENTICE, signed by the authors, with your name listed on the Supporter Page, plus an ebook copy of the book.

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    Paperback editions of JIHADI APPRENTICE and WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION, signed by the authors, plus ebook copies of both books.

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    LIEUTENANT COLONEL Level

    For those who would rather listen to great works of literature, get the audiobook editions of both WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION and JIHADI APPRENTICE. You will also receive an ebook edition of both novels.

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    Commanders receive a Collector's Edition copy of JIHADI APPRENTICE, signed by both authors, plus an ebook copy.

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    Looking for that perfect gift? Commodores get THREE Collector's Editions of JIHADI APPRENTICE, personally inscribed and signed by both authors, and ebooks and audiobooks of both novels.

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    CAPTAIN Level

    If you missed out on a Collector's Edition of WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION last year, we have a few copies left!

    Captains get a Collector’s Edition copy of JIHADI APPRENTICE and WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION, both personally inscribed and signed by the authors, plus ebook and audiobook copies of both novels.

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    FIVE Collector’s Edition copies of JIHADI APPRENTICE, personally inscribed and signed by both authors, plus ebooks and audiobooks of both novels.

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