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Praise for The Hunt for the Peggy C

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2024 Best
Action Adventure

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The Adventure Continues
March 4, 2025

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My Story

John Winn Miller is an award-winning investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, editor, publisher, screenwriter, indie movie producer and novelist.

Based in Rome for The Associated Press and Wall Street Journal/Europe, he covered wars in Beirut (with camera left), Chad and Eritrea as well as special assignments in Libya, Bulgaria, Tunis and India ,and traveled with Pope John Paul II.

H was part of a team of reporters at the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader that wrote a series that helped trigger education reform in Kentucky. The series won the 1990 public service award from the Society of Professional Journalists, top honors from Investigative Reporters and Editors and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

He was executive editor of the Centre Daily Times (PA) and the Tallahassee Democrat and publisher of The Olympian (WA) and the Concord (N.H.) Monitor.

Miller also was the first Journalist-in-Residence for his alma mater, The University of Kentucky, and taught journalism at Transylvania University.

He has helped produce four Indie movies, written several screenplays and is a partner in a social media marketing company called Friends2Follow.


The Lexington, Kentucky-native is also a second degree black belt. His wife Margo is a former college English instructor and now a potter. Their daughter Allison Miller is an actress-screenwriter-director currently starring in the ABC series A Million Little Things.


"Diving into an intriguing plot with complex characters and urgent human stakes, this maritime World War II thriller from Miller immediately captivates."

Booklife at Publishers Weekly

"This is a brilliantly researched and superbly plotted adventure story.

Five star review at Reedsy Discovery

"A fantastic story that is highly recommended to all adults, young and old."

Five star review at Readers' Favorite

"The intrigue and realistic backdrops create a compelling story that operates for all readers."

Midwest Book Reviews

"Miller’s scenes are so vivid readers will wonder if they are reading a novel or watching a movie."

Independent Book Review


"The Hunt for the Peggy C is a tour de force of historical research that has pace, clarity, suspense, fascinating historical data woven in with the narrative, and perhaps most importantly, heart.”


Former Random House editor and author of:

"A Darkness Forged in Fire" and "Of Bone and Thunder."

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