TARGET AREA: Lawrence A. Colby’s Next Thriller Due Out January 2024

On January 23, 2024, author Lawrence Colby—best known for his popular Ford Stevens military thrillers—is set to release his latest novel, Target Area, and we’ve got all the action-packed details.

Colby’s most recent release, The Buffalo Pilot (2020), was set in the world of Ford and Charlie Stevens and featured a blistering plot involving both brothers, each a talented pilot with something to prove. This time around, Colby will put forth a couple of new heroes in Air Force OSI Special Agent Leo Rossi and FBI Special Agent Marcy Phillips, for his fans to follow.

Check out the official cover art and plot details below!


In the latest full-octane thriller from #1 Amazon bestselling author and former military pilot Lawrence Colby, Special Agent Leo Rossi organizes the greatest manhunt Washington has ever seen to locate one of the Pentagon’s highest-ranking generals who has suddenly disappeared.

When an Air Force General cannot be located, and an ensuing search breaks out in Washington, D.C., it doesn’t take long for Air Force OSI Special Agent Leo Rossi and FBI Special Agent Marcy Phillips to realize that there’s something far more sinister going on than anyone believes possible. . .

After the Pentagon finds the body of a dead female lieutenant near the Drone Technology Office, followed by a shocking loss of classified information and a mysterious building fire, the federal law enforcement team stops at nothing to determine the alarming chain of events, capped off with the disappearance of the well-known and highly respected General. The political pressure to answer whether the general is still alive is roaring with intensity as people want answers. Now.

While hustling to connect the evidence surrounding the suspicious events, Leo Rossi and Marcy Phillips are convinced that the string of seemingly random events is anything but. Coroner reports, political and foreign interference, and a surprise ex-spouse all lead the duo down a trail few others are willing to follow—painting a different picture of the man who suddenly vanished in broad daylight.

With zero time to waste and an evil conspiracy beginning to take shape behind the scenes, Rossi and Phillips must utilize every tool in the national security toolbox in hopes of penetrating and exposing a secret and powerful social circle that few people even know exists before it’s too late.

“Colby writes with the authority of someone who has “been there…done that.” Wall Street Journal bestselling thriller author Jeffrey Wilson, co-author of the Tier One thriller series.



Lawrence A. Colby is the #1 Amazon Bestselling Military Thriller Author of The Ford Stevens Thriller Series. His books are published in over 12 countries and are enjoyed from the US and UK to India and beyond. A former Marine Corps attack pilot and Air Force tactical pilot, he has worked and flown all over the globe. Over his 28-years in the military, he worked in locations from Iraq and Afghanistan to the Philippines, Pentagon, and more. Flying under the callsign “Cheese” in the squadrons, he retired from active duty in 2018 and currently lives in the Washington, DC area. He is the military technothriller author of THE DEVIL DRAGON PILOT, THE BLACK SCORPION PILOT, and THE BUFFALO PILOT. Learn more at and follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @AuthorLAColby

Fans anxious to pre-order Target Area can now do so here just ahead of its January 2024 release.



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