OFFICIAL: Mission: Blacklist site is updated! Purchase the book and view a trailer for the site!

The official website for the novel, Mission: Black List #1, has been updated for the film, news, Eric Maddox speaking engagements and more!

Screencap of the new and improved website!

  • If you’d like to purchase an autographed copy of the book, click HERE!
  • If you’d like to read more about Eric Maddox, the role Robert Pattinson will play, click HERE!
  • If you’d like to visit the film’s section, visit or the main section for the updated site, visit

Here’s a quick video trailer highlighting Eric Maddox’s story:

Buy ‘Mission: Black List #1″ for your Kindle! The eBook is available on Amazon

Finally! Mission: Black List #1 is available on Amazon for Kindle! Are you going to purchase copy?

Rob: I already have my copy :)

Now we can start organizing the book club again :)

We asked. You answered. What’s fascinating about ‘Mission: Blacklist’? Plus more book purchasing info

When we hit 1,000 followers on twitter, we said we’d give away a copy of Mission: Black List #1Robert Pattinson said that Eric Maddox was a fascinating person and the story was amazing so for the contest, we asked followers to tell us to fill in the blank:

Mission: Blacklist fascinates me because _________

The winner was this entry, randomly selected by @tweetaways

Mission: Blacklist fascinates me because it’s based off a true story and Rob is going to portray Eric Maddox perfectly. @
Sℯmprℯ ℛob

All the entries were great and we wanted to share them with you guys. This won’t be our last contest but we contacted the official site for the book to find out when they’d have more in stock. They wrote back saying “the book will be available within the month” and their website would be up and running soon with plenty of books for purchase. Click HERE to visit the official site for the book.

Now…what fascinates our readers and followers about this story and upcoming film?

@: Mission: Blacklist fascinates me because I find it to be an important journey and we’ll get first-hand details!
Little J.

Mission: Blacklist fascinates me because the Gulf War is the first war that happened in my lifetime. I want to know more. @
Lucy T

@ Mission: Blacklist fascinates me because it shows the interrogation techniques of a soldier searching for truth among lies

@Mission: Blacklist fascinates me because it is a story about a man and a team who changed the world!
Mija in Swe

@ Mission Blacklist fascinates me because who else should play a war hero than Robert Pattinson?

@ Mission Blacklist fascinates me because I just love learning about our American heroes and the daily sacrifices they make.
Tara Seely

Mission: Blacklist fascinates me because it explains how the interrogations were conducted and we can debate about them @

Mission: Blacklist fascinates me because it’s one story, one man compelled to one need in history. @

@ true stories of our military people are always interesting. I was a Navy Wife for 10 years before we had e-mail and cells.
April Tyerman

Mission: Blacklist fascinates me because of the incredible nature of the story itself & Rob’s the 1 to tell it onscreen! :) @

@ Mission:Blacklist fascinates me because its a sentimental and intriguing story of events that changed the world forever

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Why can’t I find ‘Mission: Black List #1′ in my bookstore? Some answers from the ‘terps…

Catch me if you can

We originally planned to have our discussion group for Mission: Black List #1 start today but we postponed the series. Why? Because it seems like Mission: Black List #1 is as hard to find as Saddam Hussein.

When Robert Pattinson was initially announced to play Eric Maddox in the film, the book was readily available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and you could purchase the eBook for Kindle and iBooks. I was lucky to grab it right away for iBooks and ‘terp M snagged it at the library.

About a week later, the book was pulled from Kindle and iBooks and a new, hardcopy of the book was off the main retailers lists. If you visit Amazon or B&N, you’ll see it’s 3rd party sellers offering the book and most in used condition.

We contacted an independent bookstore that reached out to their distributor for more info. They were told the book has been pulled by the publisher indefinitely. That may sound the book is off the grid but the distributor explained that it could mean the book is pulled for a re-issue, a new edition and/or copyright adjustments.

Rob: I already have my copy :)

Since Pattinson became attached, there has been much attention to the film and book so it’s not hard to believe that the publishers want to re-issue the book. Possibly announcing the film? Waiting for the movie-tie in cover? Giving it a re-edit now that all eyes are on Mission: Black List #1? This is exciting and we’ll continue to watch for the re-release of the book.

We are going to start our discussion group by next month as well as do a script review after the discussion group series. The book and script have notable (clever) differences. If you are seeking to capture the book and join our discussion group, here are a few options for you to find the elusive book:

  • Buy the UK version. Same book. Different title. Capturing Saddam: The Hunt for Saddam Hussein–as Told by the Unlikely Interrogator Who Spearheaded the Mission. Click HEREto purchase.

    UK version

  • Buy it used from Amazon or B&N. It’s under $20 from both retailers. HERE for Amazon. HERE for B&N.
  • Check HERE and HERE for other retailers. You might even find a local indie bookstore with one, last copy on a dusty bookshelf, hidden in an underground hole.
  • Follow us on twitter to enter our giveaway. We’re close to 1,000 followers and we’ll give the book away as a contest when we hit that number.

Good luck on your search! We will prevail and earn our seat at the bar. ;)

ROUNDUP: Mission: Blacklist mentioned with upcoming films from Oscar winners, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck

Mission: Blacklist is still working on financing but it’s already being mentioned about in film circles alongside other upcoming military-based flicks.

Quick excerpt from Film School Rejects:

True-life American military tales are gunning for a real resurgence lately – what with Ben Affleck’s Argo, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and the Robert Pattinson-starring Mission: Blacklist – and it looks like that means we’re not safe from a 3D take on such projects. A morning press release out of the Cannes Film Festival (oh, and heads up, get ready for a metric ton of these in the coming days) reveals that Freedom Films and Paradox Entertainment have made a deal to produce the “epic action pic Thunder Run,” based on the book “Thunder Run – The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad.”

The article isn’t about the film but it was cool to see it name-dropped so soon among other credible filmmakers. Curiosity continues to grow from the film blogger circuit and we’ll see what the response is like the further along we go. A few showed genuine intrigue when the sales poster circulated.


The only thing I’m not a big fan of here is the title and the use of the colon. Unless you are inviting some kind or any kind of confusion with the Mission: Impossible why do this? Otherwise, Mission: Blacklist sounds interesting as we get a first look at a sales poster for the film, which will surely be floating around the Cannes marketplace next week looking for some money.


Here’s the fancy new sales poster for Robert Pattinson’s new movie, Mission: Blacklist which will be doing the rounds next week when Cannes 2012 kicks off in an attempt to find funding (I’m sure it won’t take long!). It features RPatz staring at us seductively and I rather like it!

It comes from the folks over at Rope of Silicon who make the very good point that adding the colon to the title makes it appear very much in the same vein as the Mission: Impossible franchise. Who knows why the Embankment Films would go down that road but I’m sure we’ll find out in due course.

AltFilmGuide made note that the colon originated from the book and not a filmmakers choice:

I thought Osama bin Laden was the world’s most wanted man, but never mind. Mission: Blacklist is based on (or perhaps merely “inspired by”) factual events. Maddox offered his version of the story in his and Davin Seay’s book Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein — As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture. (Note that the Mission: Impossible-like colon could already be found in the book’s title. It’s not something made up for the movie version.)

The film is also up on IMDb. It doesn’t have much filled in but the sales poster is up. :) Click HERE to check it out.

If you are still looking for the book, try this site, IndieBound. You can plug in your zip code and they’ll find indie bookstores near you that carry the book online or in the store. Click HERE to visit.

Lastly, we’re now accepting affiliates. If you’re interested, click HERE to grab our button and send us yours!

BOOK: Join our ‘Mission: Black List #1′ discussion group!

UPDATE: The book is still difficult to find for many of you so we’re going to pause the book discussion book schedule. We’ll repost when we feel like readers have been able to acquire the book. If you have your book, feel free to read the story and bookmark parts that strike you. You’ll be ahead of the game and ready to discuss with others when it’s time. :)

UPDATE: The ebook has disappeared from Kindle and iBooks and was never available for the nook. If you are having a tough time finding the hard copy, you can purchase Capturing Saddam. That is the UK title but it is the same as the US version. Click HERE to purchase from Amazon.

Photo manipulation of Robert Pattinson reading Mission: Black List #1

“He says that you are the interrogator in the blue shirt.”

~Mission: Black List #1

Come with us to meet the man in the blue shirt! We’ll be starting our discussion group next Friday, May 18th and continue every Friday until the book is finished. You may have already read the story so you’re ahead of the game. If you haven’t read the story, you have time to buy the novel and come back next Friday when we discuss the following chapters:

  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1 – Night Ride
  • Chapter 2 – Outside the Wire
  • Chapter 3 – Interrogation 101
  • Chapter 4 – Dogs of War
  • Chapter 5 – The Routine

Sound like a plan?

Click HERE to buy from Amazon, HERE from Amazon UK, HERE from Barnes and Noble. The book is also available on iBooks and Kindle. :)

AUDIO: Interview with Eric Maddox talking about his novel, ‘Mission: Black List #1′

Great interview from 2009 about the novel from Pundit Reviews. It’s funny because the interviewer at one point mentioned that Hollywood wouldn’t believe this story yet here we are with the book being turned into a movie. :)

We’re going to do a series of discussion groups for the novel. Click HERE to buy your book and keep a look out on the blog for the discussion group. UK: Click HERE to purchase.


AUDIO: NPR talks to Eric Maddox about Mission: Black List #1

A quick interview with NPR from Dec. 2008:

Former Army Staff Sgt. Eric Maddox talks about his role in the capture of Saddam Hussein five years ago. Maddox used non-violent interrogation methods to discover Saddam’s whereabouts by closing in on Saddam’s inner circle of bodyguards. Maddox talks with Steve Inskeep about how he got the information to get Saddam.

The website for the novel has a few more links to interviews that you should check out when you have a chance. Click HERE to view the links on Mission: Black List #1′s website.

AUDIO: Eric Maddox talks about ‘Mission: Black List #1′ being developed into a film

An interview with Pundit Reviews from 2011, Eric Maddox mentions the book being turned into a film and working with screenwriter, Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers) and producer, Ross Dinerstein.

Talk about the film comes up just after 9:00


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