A New Book Breaks New Ground

—Sanctioned by the Corps and assisted by the FBI,
two wounded Marines return from Afghanistan and go to war in their homeland—

Online PR News – 04-April-2015 – Coeur d'Alene, Idaho – In his debut novel THE PITS, Greg Smith delivers an Action/Crime crossover story with an intriguing premise that has all the right essentials to keep a reader gripped throughout.

THE PITS begins in Afghanistan where the author expertly sets the scene—Captain Kramer, USMC, and his platoon rush to aid victims of a car bombing. It is here that Kramer befriends a stricken pup and their friendship grows and strengthens throughout the remainder of Kramer’s deployment. At one point the dog even earns the Purple Heart for rescuing Kramer while under enemy fire.

Kramer returns home to Oceanside, Calif., with the dog, Shadow, to recover from serious injuries. They find themselves drawn into a campaign by a group of college students to oust the local gangs involved in the ‘sport’ of dogfighting. The group’s campaign captures the attention of the FBI, which seizes the opportunity to involve the two Marines in the Bureau’s ongoing operation to bring down a major crime boss and his Florida-based empire.

Greg Smith was born in Sydney, Australia and immigrated to America in 1999. He has an extensive career as a graphic designer/illustrator and has always been an avid reader.

“It was after reading an article on the ASPCA’s website concerning the proliferation of dogfighting in America that the idea for a story was born,” says author Smith. “A dream, a few nights later, cemented the storyline. What could be more compelling than a story about a US Marine who brings a dog home from war then having the two of them fight against dogfighting? And does an Anatolian Shepherd dog (Shadow) sound like a fighting dog to you?”

Smith, an animal lover himself, hopes that the novel will help readers realize just how prevalent dogfighting is in their own backyard. “It is a $500 million industry with an estimated 40,000 professional dogfighters, another estimated 100,000 gang members involved in street dogfights, and an inestimable number of fight fans. Agencies, such as the ASPCA, estimate that 16,000 dogs on average die each year in dogfights. And all these statistics are seeing a new surge.”

Since 2000 there have 1,562 documented cases of dog fighting. Note: these figures are incomplete and are currently being updated.

THE PITS is available on Amazon.com, Audible.com, CreateSpace.com, Barnes 'n' Noble.com