Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: Warriors Publishing Group

Screenshot 2014-06-25 10.57.29Their tagline pretty much says it:

We Publish Books You Like to Read

They’re the Warriors Publishing Group and they are affiliated with Hollywood military adviser turned actor Dale Dye, and his Warriors Inc. advisory business. Dye, a Vietnam USMC vet and Marine Mustang who retired as a Captain, singlehandedly transformed the Hollywood war-film process by training actors and extras on weapons, tactics, and military deportment in condensed “boot camps”. He is the singular reason that gun handling in today’s films is miles above the gun handling in the classic films of the fifties and sixties, and for that alone everyone who strains his ocular equipment towards a big or small screen needs to say three Hosannas and a Hail Chesty in the general direction of Camp Pendleton (which for us is close enough to the general direction of LA-based Dye. If you’re closer to the West Coast the angles may be all wrong).

Fun fact about Dye: at least on his second, longer tour in Vietnam, he was a combat correspondent, who put a good deal of emphasis on the “combat” part of the title. He experienced, among other delights, the Tet Offensive in Hue, one of the USMC’s legendary battles of the 20th Century.

Dye is also a novelist of some talent. Several of Dye’s books are published by Warriors, unfortunately not including his great Run Between the Raindrops. 

If Dye is one tentpole author in the Warrior’s Publishing tent, the other has to be John DelVecchio. He was also a combat correspondent, but in the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), the Army’s helicopter-mounted fire department in Vietnam, in 1970-71. DelVecchio’s The 13th Valley is a truly great novel of Vietnam, written when the experience was still fresh in his mind. He has two further books, one dealing with the challenges of veterans’ reintegration, Carry Me Home, and another with the miseries of Cambodia, For the Sake of All Living Things. Fortunately, Warriors has republished these three classics.

Along with those two, WPG also includes books by other authors we haven’t heard of, but certainly hope to.

The boss of Warriors Publishing is longtime Warriors Inc. manager Julia Dewey Dye, PhD, (née Rupkalvis), Dale’s wife and a sought-after theatrical military advisor in her own right.  (They met on the set of Starship Troopers). She has a book out that sounds interesting, Backbone: History, Traditions, and Leadership Lessons of Marine Corps NCOs. (That link is to the Kindle edition, but the hardcover’s the same price). She cites some famous Marine NCOs and former NCOs who are, or ought to be, legends in the Corps. (Some of them, you’ll go, “Dang, I never knew…”) Naturally, it’s published by Warriors.

They do indeed seem to publish books we like to read.

8 thoughts on “Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: Warriors Publishing Group

  1. robroysimmons

    Speaking of books and reviews will you touch on “American Spartan?”

    1. Hognose Post author

      Haven’t read it yet. Knew Gant by rep when he was on the way up although I don’t think our paths ever crossed in real time.
      ETA — correction — I am informed that Jim’s team relieved a team from my battalion in 2003.

      I just noticed the book was blurbed by some good people, like Gunner Sepp and Steve Pressfield. It’s also blurbed by assclowns like Tom Ricks.

      I also see that the Army (or more likely, the worthless suits at the pentangle) has just leaked a lot of his personnel file to discredit him. That speaks all the better for Gant. I don’t excuse him shacking up with the reporter bimbo but he wasn’t the first SF guy to do that. A famous South African-born TV correspondent has had more SF uggle-de-boo than a whole company’s wives get the first week back. But she’s an Afghanistan 10, whereas Jim’s new wife the reporterette is an Afghan 7 or so.

      1. robroysimmons

        To paraphrase Carlin, its a small club and your in it so I wasn’t sure what you would say. And yeah, I read the Yahoo account of it and the government looks like ass cheese, charging a guy because in that circumstance he paints a unit identifier on the hood of his crap hummvees. (an account I got from a Marine vet from Iraq, in his AO a certain Army unit painted “USMC” on the bumpers, should they all lose some pay?)

        And frankly I don’t know what happened to the culture of America since the 80s but if those Kansas boys had been replaced with about 12 of my 19 year old jarhead buddies we would have traded our MREs for Afghan 2s after about a week.

        Anyway it looks like an interesting account, kind of reminds me of a Follet book from when the Pashtun were on the American side.

      2. Graw

        Gee, a South African-born TV correspondent. You don’t say.

        That segment was a lot of fun to watch. IIRC it was unfairly criticized by some prominent milbloggers at the time, but I guess that’s par for the course considering what happened around the Lone Survivor movie release.

  2. Tam

    I don’t know I’ve read 13th Valley since high school. Thanks for the memory jog. I’ll bet I have the paperback in the attic.

    (Although, IIRC, it wasn’t exactly the feel-good family hit of the summer, like Charlie Mike was…)

    1. Hognose Post author

      That was a great book, and now you made me check out what happened to Leonard Scott. In his Ranger unit as a junior LT, he was not well liked, but everyone loved the book, and his subsequent The Last Run and The Hill. (The Hill is the story of Hill 875/ Dak To).

      He doesn’t appear to have published since ’98, but there’s no obit for him. Maybe I’ll shake some Ragnar trees and see if I can find out what’s up. His last books were FBI stories which is probably why I didn’t read ’em.

      You gotta love Amazon. A search on “Leonard B. Scott” also finds “Scott Joplin.” Hey, John Moses Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, same thing, right?

      Here’s an Amazon page I found from google, not Amazon’s brain-dead search injun:

      You never know. A couple years ago I wrote about J.C. Pollock and I’ve been in touch with him ever since. His publishers are squeezed between their dislike of his subject matter and their greed to make money off his backlist. You have to read the Kirkus review of Scott’s The Expendables here: to get a sense of just how much New York publishing loathes the military — that was right when my novel was going around, and getting comments like that from editors.

  3. Julia Dye

    Thanks for your kind words! Just wanted to let you know that we’ll be bring back Dale Dye’s “Run Between the Raindrops” next year so keep a look out. It’s our most requested book and it’ll be great to see it back in print.

  4. Dale Dye

    Just a note to say thanks for the kind words in the last blog. We were delighted to get such a glowing review from a veteran who knows whereof he speaks. We started and continue with Warriors Publishing Group for people like you and your audience. When our efforts are recognized by those folks, it’s Mission Accomplished and we are motivated to continue the march. Thanks again and Semper Fidelis from all of us here. Capt. Dale Dye USMC (Ret)

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