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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Quiet Owl Books (December 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985944331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985944339
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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.

More 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.

Customer Reviews

Once I started reading it was hard to stop.
Christopher J. Simrak
Kerry Patton's book gives us a rare insight into the occupation and the mindset of the hard charging, dedicated military contractor.
Ross Elder
After listening to his interviews and reading some excerpts from the book I went out on a limb and bought a couple copies.
John

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Lowe on September 20, 2013
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Just finished Contracted and it is fantastic. Can't wait to start Contracted II! As a security contractor in Afghanistan so much of the book rings true and it right on the money. Thanks Kerry and keep them coming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Robertson on December 16, 2013
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Being prior military and a current security contractor myself, Kerry does it right. Despite the "fiction" label a lot of the experiences in the book rang true, while still protecting sensitive operational information. I particularly liked how he slowly went from having the reader think that all US troops and contractors over there really gave a damn about the mission to seeing how a number of these people treated it more as a job that they go home from at the end of the day, regardless of what needs to be done. And I am VERY glad he included the story of First Sergeants walking around (in a combat zone) correcting people on their lack of PT belts and uniform deficiencies, seemingly with nothing better to do. This is true stuff folks, and it makes me sick to my stomach. Also i'm glad he threw some jabs in in regards to some government employees being corrupt. Yes folks, there are many like them making it hard for us to complete our missions.

I chose to be a contractor to be able to cut through the red tape (some of it at least) and just get shit done. The idea of having an underground group of well connected super patriots is brilliant. Our government is choking itself on it's political correctness. I think a band of "silent professionals" is exactly what is needed in an age when grass roots movements are springing up across half the world. Sign me up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. it gives you insight into the warriors minds and how they struggle with being torn between the love for country and their brothers and that of their wives and families. The difficulty transitioning from warrior mode to civilian life when home from combat has to be a major hurdle. I know I rest easier knowing there are patriots out there fighting for our freedoms, for, or in spite of our government.
Can't wait to read more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kessa on October 9, 2013
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Utilizing his experience and skills, Kerry writes a realistic and intriguing story about the warriors that protect and defend the USA both at home and overseas. He makes you care about the characters and the ties between the fiction world and fact are strong and clear. After reading the first - I immediately got the second and now can't wait for the third!

As someone who works in the US Intel community as a consultant and contractor - this really hit close to home. Good job, Kerry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Confederate1864 on October 4, 2013
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Excellant but I would tell any one get both books not just the one.When you start reading make sure you have plenty of time becausse you can't put tthem down
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Twisted on September 6, 2013
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One of my biggest problems with books in this genre is that the writers have no idea what they're talking about. The technical details are so blatantly wrong that it's tough for anyone with any knowledge of tactics, military weaponry, or "special" units that work within the Departments of Defense or State to look past the flaws of most novels because of how unrealistically they are written.

Kerry Patton brings about a refreshing change to that trend as being someone who knows what he's talking about, which only adds to his ability to write well and tell a great story. "Contracted: America's Secret Warriors" may tread the same ground that other novels have, but does it in a way that quickly makes you realize what stories like this have been missing -- namely, an author with real-world experience and the ability to write well.

Patton has both and they are fully displayed here. I'm looking forward to reading part two of this series, as I downloaded both on my Kindle (that's a nod to the publisher for making them affordable, unlike so many publishers these days).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JT Patten, thriller author on July 23, 2013
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From building rapport between the teams and the locals, Patton really captures the moment. Lesser known is how the contractor fits in--- and doesn't--- within the war machine. As a fellow contractor with the t-shirt, Patten nails it from hooch to home. A great story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sprowl on December 16, 2012
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In Contracted: America's Secret WarriorsKerry Patton invites you inside the life of a Contractor. Through this journey you will learn what these Brave Americans go through for the love of Country. The many sacrifices that these men and their families endure so that we can live our normal lives. A must read. I look forward to the sequel.
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