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Author John Gilstrap John Gilstrap graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1979 with a degree in History. He later graduated from the University of Southern California with a masters in Safety Engineering. He has worked as the editor of a trade journal, as an expert in explosives safety and hazardous waste, as a volunteer firefighter, and as the president and founder of a consulting firm.

Gilstrap loved to write, even as a child. He wrote for his high school's paper, and tried after his undergraduate degree to get into journalism, but found his prospects dismal. While working his various day jobs, Gilstrap secretly kept writing away at his stories. He wrote three full manuscripts before Nathan's Run (1996), which became his first published novel. The film rights were snatched up immediately, although the movie was never made.

After selling his second book (and movie rights for that one too), Gilstrap decided to write full time. He continued writing novels and began writing screenplays as well. His books have taken him to the New York Times bestseller list on multiple occasions. He has also written a full-length non-fiction title Six Minutes to Freedom with Kurt Muse, the subject of the book, and the only civilian to have been rescued by the Delta Force.

Gilstrap mixed things up and went back to the world of safety consulting for a time. He became the Director of Safety for a trade association, and stayed in this position for a decade before going back to being a full-time writer. He also teaches seminars about suspense writing and speaks about his trade at literary events.

Gilstrap lives in Fairfax, VA.

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Scorpion Strike

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Scorpion Strike by John Gilstrap

Final Target

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Final Target by John Gilstrap

Friendly Fire
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Friendly Fire by John Gilstrap

At All Costs

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At All Costs by John Gilstrap

Even Steven
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Even Steven by John Gilstrap

No Mercy
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No Mercy by John Gilstrap
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Total Mayhem | Gilstrap, John | Signed 1st Edition Mass Market Paperback Book Gilstrap, John | Total Mayhem | Signed 1st Edition Mass Market Paperback Book

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Nathan's Run | Gilstrap, John | Signed First Edition Book Gilstrap, John | Nathan's Run | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book  1996 NY: HarperCollins  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket,signed by the author, remainder marked.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Nathan's Run | Gilstrap, John | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy Gilstrap, John | Nathan's Run | Signed Book - Advance Reading Copy

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Final Target | Gilstrap, John | Signed First Edition Book Gilstrap, John | Final Target | Signed First Edition Copy

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Friendly Fire | Gilstrap, John | Signed 1st Edition Mass Market Paperback Book Gilstrap, John | Friendly Fire | Signed 1st Edition Mass Market Paperback Book

Author Signed Paperback Book   June 2016 NY:  Kensington  First Paperback edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.

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Author Signed ARC. 1996 NY: HarperCollins Advance reading copy, near fine (edges toned) in pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.

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Against All Enemies | Gilstrap, John | Signed 1st Edition Mass Market Paperback Book Gilstrap, John | Against All Enemies | Signed 1st Edition Mass Market Paperback Book

Author Signed Paperback Book   June 2015 NY:  Kensington  First Paperback edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.

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At All Costs | Gilstrap, John | Signed First Edition Book Gilstrap, John | At All Costs | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book 1998 NY: Warner Books    First edition, first printing, fine (page toning) in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1998 NY: HarperCollins  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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Even Steven | Gilstrap, John | Signed First Edition Book Gilstrap, John | Even Steven | Signed First Edition Copy

Author Signed Hardcover Book.  2000 NY: Pocket  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

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No Mercy | Gilstrap, John | Signed 1st Edition Mass Market Paperback Book Gilstrap, John | No Mercy | Signed 1st Edition Mass Market Paperback Book

Author Signed Paperback Book  June 2009 NY: Pinnacle  First Paperback edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in flawless pictorial wrappers, signed by the author.

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John Gilstrap Selected Bibliography


Jonathan Graves Series Prequel

  • Soft Targets - 2013 (novella)

Jonathan Graves Series

  1. No Mercy - 2009
  2. Hostage Zero - 2010
  3. Threat Warning - 2011
  4. Damage Control - 2012
  5. High Treason - 2013
  6. End Game - 2014
  7. Against All Enemies - 2015
  8. Friendly Fire - 2016
  9. Final Target - 2017
  10. Scorpion Strike - June 2018

Other Works

  • Nathan's Run - 1996
  • At All Costs - 1998
  • Even Steven - 2000
  • Scott Free - 2003
  • Six Minutes to Freedom (with Kurt Muse) - 2006
  • The Chopin Manuscript - 2007
  • The Copper Bracelet - 2009
  • Fresh Kills - 2010
  • Nick of Time - 2016

John Gilstrap Awards

  • 2016 Thriller Award for Best Original Paperback for Against All Enemies

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