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Contracted: America's Secret Warriors Paperback – December 7, 2012
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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!
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).
is always a but, there are other people fighting and doing medical
combat care, in war zones.
They are Civilian Contract Workers.
I live in a Military city, less than 5 miles from the Post's gates, and
in my neighborhood, there are at least 6 CCW's.
And all of them are "gone" at this moment.
This is a story about them, who they are, what they do, and why.
It is fiction, seeped in fact, and will make you feel like you are in
an Afghan village at night, wondering if you can trust anyone around you.
WATCH.......here comes 3 pickup trucks, and they are coming in HOT.....
I hope you get home my friend.
After all, it conjures up for them the concept of mercenary `condottieri', security guards and `muscle'.
Kerry Patton sheds more light (sunnier reflection) on the spirited and committed contractors of the current day.
He provides us with examples of `brothers'; whose lives are each-others merit, and whose souls are as balanced as any missionary's; tactically and sensitively alert.
The current type of conflict (which for reasonable interpretation I'll cite Lind); 4GW (Fourth Generation Warfare) may be a knot of complexities; considering bureaucracies, rules of engagement (ROE's), and martial exercise by diplomatic guidelines.
Mr. Patton, as Declan Collins, takes us through these days by way of the `gully less travelled', spurning the obstacles of protocols and guiding us in `mission accomplishing' as would be experienced in Afghanistan. He takes us through the challenges and anxieties; the meeting and appreciating of cultures with discipline and study; not shock and contempt. And missions are met with initiative beyond the regulatory shackles.
He invites us further, quite apart from the writing of `closet-cavaliers' and `tinned-snake-meat-eaters', to (what I'll call) the soul; his ethics, beliefs and faith; not just in God, but with God in the nourishing love he shares with his wife, "Bran". Exceptionally referenced without false piety.
This reviewer read this with appreciation from the experience of background in the early 60's of the old CIC (Counterintelligence Corps), an apparatus that encouraged `initiative', before it was smothered by a major bureaucratic blanket called MI. (My current posture being that of an informed pedestrian only.)