Coming spring 2024

Stephen Russell presents a brutally honest account of his experiences as an infantry soldier during his deployment in Iraq.

Fueled by a sense of duty and a desire for personal redemption, Stephen Russell shares the untold stories of his band of brothers, dispelling the notion of heroism and challenging the societal constructs that surround it. With brutal honesty and a refusal to conform to conventional narratives, this memoir offers an intimate portrayal of the humanity behind the war, exposing the complex emotions, moral dilemmas, and sacrifices faced by soldiers on the front lines. It presents a stark contrast between the harshness of combat and the illusion of patriotism, urging readers to confront the uncomfortable truths that lie beneath the surface of military culture.

Through vivid descriptions, poignant reflections, and unfiltered personal accounts, Troublemakers serves as a poignant reminder of the fragile nature of humanity, a tribute to unsung heroes, and a powerful critique of the societal systems they serve.  He ends with a call to action for American culture and society to understand our complicity and responsibility in the Iraq war, and how this has shaped our current lives and events.

Pre-purchase Troublemakers: The Greatest Dog and Pony Show in Iraq for $19.95 per copy plus $3.95 US shipping. Pre-purchased copies will be shipped in April 2024, with our thanks for your support for independent publishing by veteran authors.

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Published fall 2023

The default setting for global leadership in modern times is Nelson Mandela.

In these times of global strife and uncertainty, we need role models we can turn to for inspiration, guidance, and genuine leadership. Now more than ever, we need to take stock and push the default setting button. The default setting for global leadership in modern times is Nelson Mandela. His is the leadership we need.

Purchase The Leadership We Need by Andrew Russell for $US16.95 plus $3.95 US shipping direct from Blue Ear Books, or via Amazon.

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Latina Warrior is a collection of poems, prose, and art in which Col. Lisa Carrington Firmin, USAF (Ret.) weaves her journey in deeply personal, intense, explicit, and sometimes humorous expression.

Accompanying Lisa’s story expressed through poetry is the diverse art of Major Christina Helferich-Polosky, USA (Ret.). Included in a Reflections section are glimpses into the creation of each poem and art piece, demonstrating the unique collaboration between Lisa and Christina. Cover design by Sean Robertson. Christina used a photo of Lisa in a helicopter in Iraq as her inspiration, to honor both her Latina heritage and her military experiences.

Purchase Latina Warrior for $34.95 (unsigned) or $39.95 (signed) plus shipping direct from the author, or via Amazon.


Authors Christo Brand and Andrew Russell traveled from South Africa in November 2023 for a two-week tour of US cities with Blue Ear Books publisher Ethan Casey.

Speaking to students at Allen-Stevenson School, New York City

At the Salem Athenaeum, Massachusetts

Three Blue Ear Books authors: with Thomas MacDonald in Salem, Massachusetts

Speaking to staff of the NBA San Antonio Spurs, with host and moderator Amir Samandi of Students of Service

Enjoying Texas barbecue

Christo and Ethan in the Pearl district, San Antonio

Andrew and Ethan at the Spurs game