I thoroughly enjoyed writing the "Operation Cleanup" books. In undertaking that project, my goal was to put something together covering the kind of ground that had to date been unexplored in boxing. And to that degree, it was successful; there was never anything like it before and will never be anything like it again, since by definition anything that resembled it would have to be derivative of it.
Though not something for a mass market, the electronic books, which rolled out on a chapter-by-chapter basis in serial form on my Total Action website, were incredibly well-received by ardent fans, as well as "insiders" in the boxing community.
And no one seems to have forgotten them. I can't begin to tell you how many people approach me, whether it be in person, by phone or email, asking, "When are you going to do another Operation Cleanup?"
Well, friends and fans, that day may be close at hand.
I am expecting that by December or January, there will be the unveiling of OPERATION CLEANUP III: BASTARD PEOPLE - once again, coming down the pike in serial form, story by story, "bullet by bullet." I honestly couldn't tell you how long it's going to be, but I can guarantee I wouldn't be writing another Operation Cleanup book just for the sake of getting some exercise.
Anyone who knows me understands that I am basically a very nice, friendly, agreeable person. Of course, there's another side as well. When it came to the dishonest, disreputable, scurrilous, incompetent characters in boxing, the side of me that is a little mean, nasty and ruthless surfaced in Operation Cleanup and Operation Cleanup 2, as well as the latest book, Body Shots . We put a lot of pressure on a lot of people - successful in putting some of them in their place and blasting others OUT of their place.
But even those who know me best may not be aware of precisely how intense, surgical, mean, nasty, ruthless, fierce, brutal, savage, ferocious, fervent, dogged, unflinching and unyielding I can possibly be.
With OPERATION CLEANUP III: BASTARD PEOPLE, everyone's about to find out - some at a distance, others at dangerously close range.
Sure, I'll revisit a few of our old "pals" from the previous Operation Cleanup books, but in OPERATION CLEANUP III: BASTARD PEOPLE I'll be introducing a whole new cast of characters - all nefarious, dastardly or megalomaniacal in their own way, previously untouched and untraversed. How appetizing is THAT?
If you're the type of person who goes in for this kind of thing (and you know who you are), OPERATION CLEANUP III: BASTARD PEOPLE will probably be the most entertaining boxing book you'll ever read.
So get set to go on another thrill ride.
And pray real hard that you won't be staring down the business end of my pen.
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