New Book

Author Mark Greaney’s first stand-alone novel, “Red Metal,” co-written with USMC Lt. Col. Hunter Ripley Rawlings IV, will be released July 16.

On July 18, at 6 p.m., both will be at McIntyre’s at Fearrington Village just outside of Pittsboro for a conversation with Anthony J. Tata.

“In ‘Red Metal,’ a desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia to simultaneously strike Western Europe and invade East Africa in a bid to occupy a rare mineral mine that will give Russia unprecedented control over the world’s hi-tech sector. The book features not only members of the U.S. and Russian military, but also an international cast of characters from all sides to fully examine the conflict.

In September 2009, Mark Greaney’s debut thriller “The Gray Man” was published as a mass market paperback, which has now, 10 years later exploded into a series of Gray Man novels. The eighth and most recent, “Mission Critical,” published in February and immediately hit bestseller lists across the country. Reviewers, fans, and publishing trade professionals have been bowled over by his masterful storytelling and vivid plots.

Mark Greaney has a degree in international relations and political science. He collaborated with Tom Clancy on Clancy’s final books and continued the Jack Ryan character and the Tom Clancy Universe from 2013 to 2016. He lives in Memphis, Tenn., with his two Catahoula Leopard dogs, Lobo and Ziggy.

Lt. Col. Hunter “Rip” Rawlings IV is an active duty Marine and a veteran of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. A former infantry battalion commander and light armored reconnaissance officer, he has served for more than 20 years. He is currently assigned to Quantico as the warfighting director for Marine Corps Command and Staff College. In his spare time, Rawlings is an avid scuba diver, small-craft sailor, and microbrewer.

The shop is located at 240 Market St., Pittsboro. For information, call (919) 542-4000.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Public Library is holding its summer reading program. Register online at

Read and enter minutes read and codes for programs attended. Earn badges and show at a Montgomery County Public Library for prizes. Participants may earn 10 badges and choose from a selection of prizes designed for all children and young adults.  Three bonus coupons will be awarded. Those finishing the program will be entered into grand prize drawings. The reading program continues through Aug. 31.

Late fees will be waived on all juvenile and young adult cards to encourage reading. (Damaged or lost items will not be waived.)

The North Georgia Zoo, Wildlife Wonders, will bring a “Zoo to You!” Exotic animals and native wildlife will be shown at East Montgomery High School Theatre Tuesday, July 16, at 10 and 11:30 a.m.

Attend a rock concert with Los Acoustic Guys at East Montgomery High School Theatre on Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m. The group performs with music in both English and Spanish. All ages are welcome to attend the free concert.

Build and fire rockets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing Saturday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Troy Library. Many recycled items will be used for building. The program is designed for grades 4 and up. Registration is requested, especially for groups, at (910) 572-1311.

Perfection on Wheels – BMX Pros Trick Team will perform at the East Montgomery High School parking lot on Tuesday, July 23, at 10 a.m. The team plans to bring three riders to awe the crowd. Downtown BMX will be on hand to give a bike for a grand prize. Another grand prize will be a Walmart gift card.

“Bring a lawn chair or towel and enjoy the show,” says a spokesman. “The rain date is Wednesday, July 24.”

The “Number Drummer,” Troy Kryzalka, will be at Troy Elementary School on Thursday, July 25 at 10 a.m.

See EarthQuest’s Birds of Prey at Troy Elementary School on Tuesday, July 30, at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Many raptors will be shown, along with the world’s largest owl, fastest bird and the largest flying bird.

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