A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT McCALL's WRITING...
"...as riveting as it is raw..." - Publishers Weekly
"An immense and breathtaking research...McCall is a legend." - Neheda Barakat, Award-Winning Documentary Producer, TV Bureau Chief/Executive Producer, Journalist; BBC; ABC-TV/Australia; U.N.; U.S. Dept. of State
"An amazing story. Good book." - F. Gary Gray, Director; "THE NEGOTIATOR"; "THE ITALIAN JOB"; "THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS"; "STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON"
"A movie-ready narrative...an inspiring...love letter... Accessible for all readers...a natural for the big screen." - Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Rich and detailed...visual and in your face. I really love this book." - Billy Finkelstein, Emmy Award-Winning Writer; "Law and Order"; "Brooklyn South"; "NYPD Blue"; "L.A. Law"; "Murder One"
"...'dirty realism' [takes] the readers to gritty places and slices of life... described unflinchingly... with a rich but clean writing style. ...unanticipated personal descent into darkness. ...any reader would be amazed at what [McCall was] able to accomplish without getting killed... took some guts and naïveté..." - Wilbur J. Scott, Ph.D., Professor; US Air Force Academy, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
"Powerful...engrossing...meaningful and relevant. McCall's poetic prose has a 'Fight Club' quality... with suspenseful vignettes building toward anarchy... Unique and illuminating. Think 'Donny Brasco'-meets-'Fight Club'-meets-'Traffic'." - Don Morgan, Phoenix Pictures; "6TH MAN"; "A THIN RED LINE"
"...a book that argues in favor of drawing upon your deepest self to confront life's toughest battles. A primer in both how to instill - as well as how to access - excellence, this book should be read by everyone." - Marion Roach Smith, Author; NPR Commentator; former Staff, New York Times
"...gripping and dark...subtle and engaging..." - Andrea McCall, V.P.; DreamWorks SKG
"A great read and a thrilling ride! ...a tale of dogged human aspiration, invention and the capacity to believe in the impossible. ...This book is a testament to what people can achieve if their will never falters." - Rachel Boynton, Emmy and Tribeca Film Festival-nominated, Edward R. Murrow Award-winning Director; "Our Brand is Crisis"; "P.O.V."; "Big Men" (Executive Produced by Brad Pitt)
"Riveting...disturbing...thought provoking...a monumental achievement. A must-read... rousing, inspirational, exciting story...you won't be able to put down or forget." - Charles Holland, J.D., Writer-Producer; "J.A.G."; "Murder One"; "Soul Food"; "Profiler"
"...[McCall's] story is the 'APOCALYPSE NOW' of the American inner city ghetto." - Jonathan Krauss, Illusion Entertainment; "JFK"; Co-Producer, "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY"
"Gritty...a true triumph... McCall pries up the corner beneath the polite media hum...gives us a good look at the dark subconscious of our society." - George Geiger, Writer-Producer; "Profiler"; "Miami Vice"; "Hunter"
"This book is kick a*s--I loved it." - W. Peter Iliff, Writer; "PATRIOT GAMES"; "POINT BREAK"; "BAYOU"
"This is a great story. It'll make a great movie." - David O. Sacks, Co-Founder and former Chief Operating Officer of PayPal
"...a unique story. It gives the reader a front-seat row into two worlds that are otherwise rare to the majority of us. ...executed with that surgical precision ...a visceral and extraordinary account ...done calmly, meticulously and precisely." - Neheda Barakat, Award-Winning Documentary Producer, TV Bureau Chief/Executive Producer, Journalist; BBC; ABC-TV/Australia; U.N.; U.S. Dept. of State
"...reminds us that our capacity to do good as individuals is matched only by our ability to do evil as a group...McCall is masterful." - Orlando Jones; "TIME MACHINE"; "DOUBLE TAKE"; "THE REPLACEMENTS"; "MAGNOLIA"
"Poignant...a powerfully important work with implications for every major city the world over." - Carol Wightman, Senior Producer; BBC Scotland
"...a great book...powerful." - Frank Yablans, Writer-Studio Chief; "NORTH DALLAS 40"; "MOMMY DEAREST"
"Wow, what a ride--one we can all learn from...a gruesome reality..." - Julia Rogers, Reporter; KABC News, Los Angeles
"McCall...truly an amazing writer." - Susan Solomon, Industry Entertainment; "CSI: Crime Scene Investigators"/CBS
"Like Hunter S. Thompson, McCall immerses himself totally in the milieu...brilliantly portrays a life and place most Americans can only imagine. More than just an observer, McCall's on-the-scene perspective is stunning... From beginning to end, a riveting account." - Brett Peruzzi, Ebooks Reviews
"...beautifully written ... [McCall took] hair-raising risks to inform the rest of us about the inner world of the gangbangers. ...exactly what I wish I had known before I stepped into the urban public school as an experiment to learn about teaching urban adolescents." - Professor Lisa Carey DeLorenzo, Author; Montclair State University
"An astounding book...I really loved it." - Marla Ginsburg, Producer, Vertikal Ent.; "La Femme Nikita"; "Highlander"
"Awesome...simply incredible. McCall is one of the best writers in America today. Definitely Pulitzer material." - Cindy Bond, President, Providence Ent.; "OMEGA CODE"; "EXTREME DAYS"
"Enthralling and inspiring. ...a page-turner with substance." - Charles Holland, J.D., Writer-Producer; "J.A.G."; "Murder One"; "Soul Food"; "Profiler"
"McCall's experience, his writing, the whole thing--excellent, amazing." - Stacy Peralta, Director; "RIDING GIANTS"; "DOG TOWN AND Z BOYS"
"This is great stuff...McCall can [flat-out] write." - Steve Feke, Writer-Producer; "Profiler"; "Beastmaster"; "Sins of the City"
"...terrifying... gripping tale..." - Martha MacCallum, Anchor; "The Story"/Fox News
"Highly recommended...a masterful piece of work by ANY standard...read this book, and mark its lessons well." - Karen Bernardo; BookReview.com
"So intense that there were times I had to walk away from it...most realistic..." - Scribesworld Reviews
"McCall has an unusual ability... His perspective, insight and experience are priceless." - Author Kenneth C. Ulmer, Ph.D., past-President, King's University, L.A.; Adjunct, Magdalene College, Oxford University, England
"...will fascinate its readers ...an event that very few people experience and even fewer survive. ...frightening. ...unique insight ...you will both enjoy and appreciate..." - Professor Joseph D. Zuckerman, M.D.; Author; Chief of Surgery
"....a tragic tale, primal... compelling, which McCall brings to us with raw, intoxicating energy. A fearless hegira into a place and consciousness so foreign it's difficult to believe it exists in America. A book for the brave." - Alexander Martin, Ph.D.; Psychotherapist
"I couldn't put [it] down, completing it in an evening. ...you will be impressed by the courage, resiliency and insight of a truly remarkable person." - Professor Alexander R. Vaccaro, M.D., Ph.D., MBA; President, Rothman Institute
"McCall's ability...is not common... He has helped shape this material into something that I believe will greatly help the next generation of leaders." - Author Phil Pringle, Ph.D., Chancellor, C3 College, Sydney, Australia
"In the world of ghostwriting, he is one of the best writers and project managers. If McCall has availability in his schedule, you better hire him for your project today. ...you'll have an outstanding, professionally-written book and it will have been an easy and enjoyable process." - Leah Nicholson, Production and Editorial Director; BookPublishing.com
ADVANCE ENDORSEMENTS OF BOOKS McCALL RECENTLY COMPLETED AND/OR HIS AGENT IS PRESENTING TO PUBLISHERS:
1. International Thriller, titled "The Christ Box" (fall 2018):
"What a great work McCall has done here. ...as gripping and fast paced as Lee Child, as rich and complex as Dan Brown. ...could easily be a movie." - Author Phil Pringle, Ph.D.; Chancellor, C3 College, Sydney, Australia
"Intriguing, provocative, unpredictable. ...'Da Vinci Code'-meets-'Raiders of the Lost Ark' ... unique layering of richly-conceived characters ...unforeseeable plot twists and turns, this riveting journey progresses from mystery and drama to thriller and adventure. ... tough, iconic protagonist ...a world filled with dark and powerful, deadly and even fun antagonists. McCall has written one big, surprising splash of a debut novel, with a cliffhanger ending that begs for a sequel." - Kenneth C. Ulmer, Ph.D.; past-President, King's University; Adjunct, Magdalene College, Oxford University, England
2. Biography with a vaunted former FBI Special Agent, titled "Centurion On The Wall" (winter 2018):
"What fun to read--pulls you right in. ...Very cool!" - Jane Meyer, The New Yorker
"...great read. Always good to hear the old stories from the past. ...it will definitely sell." - Marc Taylor, Chief of Police, City of West Covina, California
3. Narrative Nonfiction with a coauthor about an improbable escape from a Palestinian refugee camp, titled "The Road To Nablus" (winter 2018):
"...a remarkable and triumphant story--and an effective counter-narrative to so much prevailing anti-immigrant sentiment." - Jessica Papin, Literary Agent; Dystel, Goderich and Bourret, New York
"I absolutely love this story of triumph against all odds. Lots of highs and lows. ...[a] reminder of the horror unleashed onto the Palestinians... Well done!" - Neheda Barakat, Award-Winning Documentary Producer, TV Bureau Chief/Executive Producer, Journalist; BBC; ABC-TV/Australia; U.N.; U.S. Dept. of State
A FEW ENDORSEMENTS OF BOOKS DEVELOPMENTALLY EDITED BY McCALL:
"...a book that defines the true meaning of intelligence and then uses that gift to respond to the most urgent questions people are asking today. ...You'll not want to put this book down." - Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, Chaplain, U.S. Senate
"This book is a winner. ...practical and inspirational. ...Genius of an idea." - Frank Damazio, Ph.D., Best-selling Author
"...for people wanting wisdom in a world of conflicting messages." - John C. Maxwell, Best-selling Author
"...confronts the toughest issues facing society today—issues that most ignore, many deny, and only a few even acknowledge. ...prepare to be confronted, challenged and even changed." - Author Kenneth C. Ulmer, Ph.D., past-President, King's University, L.A.; Adjunct, Magdalene College, Oxford University, England
M. RUTLEDGE McCALL