H. Ripley Rawlings IV

Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Ripley "Rip" Rawlings IV is the New York Times bestselling author of the military fiction novel Red Metal and a former United States Marine Corps infantry & reconnaissance officer.[1][2][3][4]

Early life, family and education

Hunter R. Rawlings IV was born in Boulder, Colorado. His father, Hunter R. Rawlings III, is the former President of Cornell University and his mother, Irene Rawlings, is a travel author and radio personality in Denver, Colorado. He is married with three children and lives outside Washington, D.C. Rawlings completed his first year of college at the Virginia Military Institute, then transferred to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, New York where he received degrees in English and German Literature. He holds a master's degree in Operational Planning from the Marine Corps' School of Advanced Warfighting, Marine Corps University and is a Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI program.

Writing career

Rawlings began his writing career as a co-Author with Mark Greaney, the author of over fifteen works of thriller and espionage fiction. Rawlings' first book, Red Metal, released by Penguin Publishing House on 16 July 2019. It received bestseller status from the New York Times, USA Today and Amazon on its release week.

In August 2019, Rawlings signed a multiple book deal with Kensington Publishing of NYC for a military fiction series titled Assault by Fire.[5]



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  2. "Red Metal". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  3. "Amazon Charts Top 20 Books". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  4. "Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings > 1st Marine Division > Leaders". www.1stmardiv.marines.mil. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
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