"Operator-now author- Kerry Patton proves he's an authentic war time novelist and gives readers a rare and true-to-life peek inside a very unique and dangerous world."-- Dean Popps, former Assistant Secretary of the Army
"An extraordinary tale that takes the reader inside the gray operational world of America's war against the Taliban and other Islamic extremists. America knows of its military warriors but there is another element of the struggle that goes largely unnoticed. Kerry tells the story of that group of warriors and intelligence experts in a most enjoyably readable style. You won't put this one down!"-- Captain Chuck Nash, US Navy Retired. Military and National Security Commentator"Only through fiction can insiders tell the truth. Kerry Patton is one of the few Americans who has the perspective and experiences, both with the military and outside the wire, to write a book that mixes ground truth with an impressive story. He is an insider who is using fiction to paint truth on what has become the longest, and will soon become the most controversial war in our history." -- Lieutenant Colonel Tim Lynch, US Marine Corp Retired
"Kerry Patton's breakout novel based on events the author lived, is both highly entertaining and educational. It delivers us into a world where everything is laid on the line for country and for each other. We live in a new world and with a new kind of warfare confronting America. This is a must read for those who wish to fully understand it. Highly recommended." -- James Michael Pratt, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Valentine and Ticket Home.
"Kerry Patton's debut novel shines a light on a little-understood linchpin in 21st century war efforts. Inspired by true events, the novel propels the reader on a journey alongside a secret fighter whose work will receive no public attention, but whose efforts are vital to national security. Patton's style adds a sense of immediacy to a finely written story." -- Kay B. Day, award-winning author and editor of The US Report
About the Author
Kerry Patton is an internationally recognized security, terrorism, and intelligence professional. He has taught domestic and international organizations in counter-terrorism, intelligence, and physical security related issues. He has briefed some of the highest government officials ranging from ambassadors and members of Congress and Pentagon staff. Kerry has served his country honorably throughout South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, fulfilling human intelligence and physical security operations. He has conducted risk management programs on critical assets, carried out tactical surveys of more than five hundred international airfields and energy platforms, and supported in the protection of Afghan President Karzai. While operating in some of today’s most classified US government programs, Kerry has interviewed (outside of interrogations) terrorists and former terrorists within multiple groups, which include Hezb Islami Gullbidine, Taliban, Maoist rebels, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. He operated in and outside of Afghanistan from 2001 through late 2008. His knowledge of Afghanistan has been shared through numerous speaking venues from radio talk shows, academic conferences, and law enforcement seminars, to non-public government engagements. Kerry serves as the vice president of training and public relations for the Emerald Society of the Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. He currently teaches counter-terrorism, intelligence, and protection management courses for Henley-Putnam University.