Thursday, June 02, 2011

Sergeant Smack Garners Several Book Awards

PRESS RELEASE - September 2010

For Immediate Release
Strategic Media Books

Sergeant Smack Garners
Several Book Awards 

Rock Hill, North Carolina—It is a book award season and Strategic Media Books’ Sergeant Smack: The Legendary Lives and Times of Ike Atkinson, Kingpin, and his Band of Brothers has won or been nominated for nine awards.  The categories include True Crime, African American and Non Fiction. The awards recognize excellence in writing and story telling. In winning the gold medal in the true crime category of the eLIt Awards. Sergeant Smack was lauded for “illuminating digital publishing excellence.”

Other book awards include:
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Winner, 2010, African American category, 2010 Book of the Year
  • International Books Awards, 2011, True Crime Book of the Year
  • New England Book Festival—Finalist, 2010 True Crime Book of the Year
  • Books and Authors Net—Winner, 2010 True Crime Book of the Year
  • Independent Book Publishers Awards (IPPY awards), Bronze Medal, 2010 True Crime Book of the Year
  • USA Book News “National Best Books Awards”, Finalist, 2010 True Crime Book of the Year
  • The National Indie Excellence Awards, 2011 True Crime Book of the Year
  • Crime Magazine’s Choice of True Crime Books, 2010
  • Foreword Magazine, Finalist, 2010 True Crime Book of the Year (Winner to be announced on June 25, 2011)

“We are delighted that several awards committees deemed Sergeant Smack worthy of recognition,” Chepesiuk said. “It reflects the positive feedback we have been receiving from reading public.
” Chepesiuk revealed that Sergeant Smack has been optioned for a film, which is currently in development.

"Sergeant Smack: The Legendary Lives and Times of Ike Atkinson, Kingpin, and his Band of Brothers, which hit the bookshelves in June 2010, details the true legend of Ike Atkinson, the biggest African America drug traffickers in U.S. history. Atkinson's notorious enterprise was so complex and profitable; it easily rivaled that of popular modern day hoodlums, the Black Mafia Family.

Atkinson, who operated in the 1970s, never carried a gun, never committed murder and never bowed down to the infamous Italian La Cosa Nostra. As a U.S. Army Master Sergeant, he utilized his intellect and charm to, by conservative estimates, smuggle more than 1000 pounds of heroin worth $400 million annually from Bangkok, Thailand, through U.S. military bases into the United States.  Atkinson pioneered some of the most innovative methods used in international drug smuggling. They ranged from duffle and AWOL bags, to the U.S. Army Postal System to the use of unsuspecting crew chiefs who operated military aircraft to teakwood furniture.

Now 85-years old, Atkinson was released from federal prison in April 2007 after serving a 32-year prison term. ”We worked hard on putting the book together” Ike Atkinson said. “It’s gratifying to get some recognition for our effort.”

Chepesiuk has penned some 28 books, including "Gangsters of Miami," "Drug Lords, the Rise and  Fall of the Cali Cartel," "Gangsters of Harlem" and "Gangsters of Chicago," and more than 4000 articles. In all, Chepesiuk’s books have won more than twenty awards.

Join Ike Atkinson on Facebook.  See and hear from Ike Atkinson himself at and read about him at For more information about Ron Chepesiuk, go to Information about the publisher, Strategic Media Books, can be found at

And pick up the "Sergeant Smack: The Legendary Lives and Times of Ike Atkinson, Kingpin, and his Band of Brothers" online or at a bookstore near you! 

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See Also...
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: Chopping It Up With Sergeant Smack: The Real American Gangster 

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