Switzerland’s DRA-10 in Libya

In our coverage of foreign Special Operations units, there is one country which is easily overlooked. When we think of SOF in the Western world, it is Rangers, SEALs, SAS, KSK, or somewhat more obscure units like SOG or FSK that come to mind. In a conversation about international Special Operations units, few would mention Switzerland’s DRA-10. In a country famous for neutrality and chocolate, fewer still would be aware of the Swiss hostage rescue mission that almost got off the ground in Libya several years ago.

Even before Hillary Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi unfriended Omar Gaddafi on Facebook in 2011, relations had begun to sour between Libya and Switzerland as early as 2008. The trouble began when Swiss police arrested the Libyan dictator’s son, Hannibal Gaddafi, in Geneva for allegedly mistreating his house staff. Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife were later released, but the damage had been done, and Omar Gaddafi carried out a series of retaliations against Switzerland.

Flights from Switzerland to Libya were halted, Gaddafi threatened to stop oil shipments, Swiss businesses were forced to close their doors in Libya, and most notably, two Swiss businessmen named Max Göldi and Rachid Hamdani were held on house arrest in Libya, kept as de facto hostages and political bargaining chips to be used against the Swiss government. The two Swiss nationals were initially allowed to stay in the Swiss embassy but were not permitted to leave Libya. Then, in 2009 when diplomatic negotiations broke down, the two Swiss nationals were kidnapped and disappeared and were not returned for over a month.Negotiations over the fate of Max and Rachid continued to grind away. Both were convicted in a Libyan court of visa violations. The dispute went from being a Swiss problem to being a European problem when Gaddafi then refused to issue visas to any European Union citizens. When Max Göldi was imprisoned, the Swiss government secretly paid Hannibal Gaddafi 1.5 million francs to try to smooth things over and normalize relations with Libya.

While the falling out between Switzerland and Libya was being reported in the European media, what was not reported was the quiet deployment of Swiss counter-terrorist operators to the Swiss embassy. Planning for a high-risk hostage rescue operation began, as the Swiss commandos started working to recover Max and Rachid. In Bern, frustrations were growing with Gaddafi’s bluster.

Leave a comment

Filed under News

Direct Action Giveaway Concludes!

The Direct Action giveaway closed last night and after consulting the random number generator, I’ve selected the grand prize winner and two runners up.  E-mails are out to the winners!  Thanks everyone who entered, you guys rock!

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Direct Action Giveaway, Time Running Out!

DirectActionGiveAwayOnly three more days left to get your submissions in for the Direct Action giveaway.  If you ever bought one of my three novels (Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, or Direct Action) then you are eligible.  Get the details here and enter to win!

Leave a comment

Filed under News

Why the Obama Administration Won’t Release Pictures of Bin Laden

There are a lot of puzzled expressions on people’s faces when it comes to the subject of the late Osama Bin Laden and why the White House has not authorized the release of any pictures of his body.  Photographs and video were released of Saddam Hussein’s hanging as well as post-mortem pictures of his criminal sons, Uday and Qusay after Delta Force took them out.  Why not release a few pictures of public enemy #1 to prove that he is dead and show the world what happens when you take on the US of A?

Matt Bissonnette, one of the SEAL Team Six operators on the raid partially outs the reason in his book “No Easy Day.”  The book reads, “In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing. Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless” (No Easy Day, Chapter 15).

But this is perhaps the most measured and polite description that one could give of how operator after operator took turns dumping magazines worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body.  When all was said and done, he had at least a hundred bullets in him by the most conservative estimate.

But was it illegal?  Under the Laws of Land Warfare, a soldier is fully authorized to put a few insurance rounds into his target after he goes down.  Provided the enemy is not surrendering, it is morally, legally, and ethically appropriate to shoot the body a few times to ensure that he is really dead and no longer a threat.  However, what happened on the Bin Laden raid is beyond excessive.  The level of excess shown was not about making sure that Bin Laden was no longer a threat.  The excess was pure self indulgence.

You may not care if Bin Laden got some extra holes punched in him, few of us do, but what should concern you is a trend within a certain special operations unit to engage in this type of self indulgent, and ultimately criminal behavior.  Gone unchecked, these actions get worse over time.  And they have.

The real issue is not that Bin Laden was turned into Swiss cheese but rather that this type of behavior has become a Standard Operating Procedure in this unit.

Now you know the real reason why the Obama administration has not released pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s corpse.  To do so would show the world a body filled with a ridiculous number of gunshot wounds.  The picture itself would cause an international scandal and investigations would be conducted which would uncover certain activities which took place on the OBL objective as well as other operations, activities which many will do anything to keep buried.

And now you also know why the administration would pretend to dispose of Bin Laden’s body at sea.

Of course, these attitudes and behaviors do not come out of nowhere.  Endless back to back deployments, PTSD, broken families, and war itself all plays into it.  There is also another reason, one that the military has papered over and that I only dare to write about as fiction for reasons which will become apparent.

I stress that the below account is a work of fiction which only represents actual events.  Names and specifics are completely altered.

Excerpted from Direct Action:

Afghanistan, 2005:

Navy Chief David McAtee was alive when the jihadists moved in. They were Chechens. Foreign fighters who had over run the hide site he had occupied. With three teammates, he had tried to escape and evade down the side of the mountain. There were simply too many of them for him and his recon team to successfully break contact and escape.

Chief McAtee was alive when the enemy started picking over his body, beginning to strip him of his weapons and equipment to divide amongst themselves. Shot through one lung, both legs, and through his cheek, he was in no condition to defend himself. His arm was limp; he couldn’t even feel any sensation in it as one of the Chechens undid the clasp on his wrist watch and then let his arm flop to the ground.

Chief McAtee was alive when the Chechens cut the gear off his body and yanked away his M4 rifle off by its sling. He struggled to breath. His three comrades were dead, that much he knew for sure. He had watched them die one by one. Now, he knew that they were better off.

Chief McAtee was alive when the knives came out and they began the cutting.

* * *

Wind howled down the side of the mountain. Snow-streaked crags of rock poked up from beneath the white ground, forcing the team to negotiate their way around them. The windswept mountain was an even bigger obstacle than the enemy, the terrain slowing them as they moved uphill through knee-deep snow.

Master Chief Bill Geddes saw the world through a green-tinted lens. The PVS-14 Night Optical Device limited both his depth perception and his field of vision but he was walking point and needed to be able to see the enemy before they saw him. Although the wind was blowing snow drifts off the side of the mountain, the night was clear with a full moon hanging over their heads. The added illumination would make it easier for the Master Chief to spot the enemy, but it would also make it easier for the enemy to see his team.

For what seemed like the hundredth time, he wiped snow off the lens of his NODs so that he could see.

The word to describe their current mission was anger. As members of Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six, they had been assigned to lay up in a hide site over a valley and watch for suspected enemy activity. Intelligence indicated that large numbers of foreign fighters were moving from Pakistan to Afghanistan through the valley, and the brass up at the Joint Operations Center in Bagram wanted a heads-up as to what was coming their way.

A second reconnaissance team, led by Chief McAtee, had occupied another overwatch position where they had a vantage point over a section of the road running through the valley that Bill’s team couldn’t cover. Four hours ago, McAtee’s hide site had been compromised. From what they could gather from the radio transmissions, the team had been on the run ever since. Two hours ago, they had lost radio contact with McAtee’s team altogether. Bagram couldn’t get them on comms and neither could Bill.

A Troops in Contact call had been sent over the net, but higher said it was a no-go. There was a storm moving in and they could not risk flying in close air support or the SEAL platoon that had been standing by as a Quick Reaction Force. Last month a CH-47 filled with Rangers had been shot out of the sky by the Taliban. It had turned into a big fiasco on the news networks back home and now the commanders were risk adverse about sending in helicopters on another rescue mission.

They could write off a small four-man recce team, but another downed CH-47 could cost some Colonel his star.

Pissed. That was another adjective that described how he felt, Bill thought to himself.

Since the cavalry wasn’t coming and they had no overhead surveillance, Bill decided to take the initiative. His four man recce team abandoned their hide side and began trudging through the snow towards the last known location of McAtee’s team.

Bill and his men had hardly slept since occupying the hide site several days prior. Now they were dehydrated from snaking their way up the side of the mountain. Most of them were big guys, weight lifters with a lot of upper body strength. Now they were paying the price as those large muscles required a lot of oxygen during exertion, oxygen that wasn’t available at high altitudes. They were exhausted, but Bill knew that as SEALs, there was no way they would turn around, no way they would quit, not without bringing their comrades home with them.

His legs dragging trails behind him, Bill was perhaps the most tired of all as he was up front breaking through the thick snow and making their route selection. Time seemed to standstill in the night, their faces having gone numb from the cold wind, their heads beginning to hang as sleep deprivation set in. Maybe it was another forty five minutes, maybe an hour and a half. During the after action review, Bill was unable to recall with any clarity when he saw the four silhouettes in the night.

The Master Chief could see them clearly through his PVS-14s from several hundred meters out. They wore thick jackets and Afghan pakol caps on their heads. The four of them had AK-47 rifles slung over their backs as they squatted, huddled around something. There was no camp fire. Adjusting the focus on his night-vision monocle, Bill could see their long ratty beards blowing in the wind.

The firefight was nothing spectacular. The SEAL Team Six operator had his men get on line and they opened fire as one, cutting down the four enemy fighters in half a second. No fancy tactics were going to be applied with the men exhausted and in such difficult terrain, and none were needed. Their M4 rifles cracked through the night. Two of the jihadists dropped like marionettes that had their strings suddenly cut. Another was struck in the shoulder, then tried to get back up and run until Bill emptied the rest of his magazine into the jihadist’s back. The last fell face-first into the snow. At first he tried to push himself back up, then thought better of it, laid back down, and promptly died.

Bill dropped his expended magazine, inserted a full one, and dropped the bolt on his M4 to chamber the first round. The other three SEALs on his team did the same.

Moving forward, the mountain planed out into a small ledge. As they grew closer, the SEALs put a few insurance shots into the Chechens just to make sure they were well and truly dead. Closing on the bodies, the SEALs were able to see what the enemy had been crouching around. Bill slung his rifle and ran to the prostrate form. Laying face down, the snow around Chief McAtee had been stained a dark shade of crimson.

The seam down the back of McAtee’s fatigues had been sliced open with a knife. His ass was bloody where the enemy had been sodomizing him. Bill took a knee and rolled his friend over on to his back. Reilly, the team medic, dropped his aid bag and began digging through its contents.

As Bill rolled McAtee onto his back, his blood ran colder than the wind blasting down the side of the mountain. McAtee convulsed in his arms, in a deep state of shock. He was not conscious but still technically alive. When Bill cradled his friend in his arms, the SEAL’s head hinged backwards with a jagged second mouth opening at the neck. McAtee was shaking in his arms.

Reilly crouched over him with bandages, but there was nothing he could do. He was a Special Operations trained medic, but felt utterly useless as his comrade’s condition was beyond anything he could begin to treat in an emergency room much less on the side of a mountain during a blizzard. They could hear McAtee gurgling as he struggled to breath.

Finally, the ravaged SEAL convulsed for the last time and lay dead in Bill’s arms. The four SEALs stared at the ground in shock. Each of them was a veteran of countless battles. Ship seizures in the Persian Gulf, covert operations in Somalia, targeted killings in Colombia, and direct action raids in Afghanistan, but none of them had ever experienced anything like this. This was different. This was crossing a line from which they could not return.

Bill laid McAtee down in the snow. Digging into his kit he found a space blanket that he used to cover the remains with. He then began camouflaging the body under snow with the other SEALs joining in. Reilly got out his GPS and wrote down a ten-digit grid location, marking where the body was cached. A snow storm was quickly blowing in from the west.

Getting to his feet, Bill slung his rifle in front of him and looked up the side of the mountain. They had three more SEALs to recover. They were up there, somewhere. With the Chechens.

Bill looked over his shoulder at his recce team. His gaze cut right through them.

“From this day forward,” he shouted over the wind. “It is an eye for an eye.”

The SEALs nodded.

“Every single day. For McAtee and the rest.”

Master Chief Bill Geddes ground his teeth and stepped off in search of the others.

“Its blood for blood,” he yelled up the mountain at anyone who would listen.

Three SEALs followed close behind their team leader, walking in the footprints he made in the snow.

Soon, the four operators disappeared into the snow storm.

25 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Announcing the Direct Action Giveaway

Today I’m excited to announce the Direct Action giveaway.  I’ve got some great prizes lined up for the winners.  Special thanks to SOFREP, Hyperstealth, Blackside Concepts, and Flashbang magazine for their contributions!  Everyone who has purchased Direct Action (or past Deckard novels) is eligible.  That probably includes everyone who reads this blog so please get your name in the hat before the deadline hits.  Thanks everyone for reading and good luck!

Grand Prize

SOFREP membership: A one year subscription to SOFREP’s Team Room.  This gives you full access to all our articles, videos, documentaries, e-books, and discounts at our online store.  This is an incredible value for those interested in the world of Special Operations and Intelligence.  (PS: I’m the managing editor of the website and write articles there frequently as well).

Your source for Special Operations news

OR gloves and hat:

ORgearMulticam Seattle Sombrero (Large) and Firemark Gloves (Large).

HSGI hat: The winner gets a HSGI ballcap in Multi-Cam.

HSGIHSGI ballcap…beer not included.

Flashbang magazine: The Grand Prize winner will also walk away with the first three issues of Flashbang magazine.  This is a super high quality premium magazine which features photography of the world’s elite Law Enforcement and Special Operations units.

logo

NASCAR ride: The Grand Prize winner will also get a ride in a NASCAR with a professional driver!  The Special Forces Ride is avaliable with the caveat that the winner is responsible for getting himself to Phoenix, Arizona and pays for his own travel and lodging.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Kansas City.

Hyperstealth Deceptex uniform: Hyperstealth will custom build the grand prize winner a Deceptex uniform in the winner’s choice of pattern and size.  This is a very unique prize of a $300 value.  With hundreds of available patterns and color schemes, you can choose the one that is specifically suited from whichever area of the world you live or operate in.

Deceptex-Victor-14

Grayman Dinka: The grand prize winner will receive this is a awesome blade made by Grayman Knives.  You can check out my review here.

DSC02763-600x450

Blackside Concepts Murals and Poster:

TheParaTrooper

The Para-Trooper

“The Paratrooper” was written by a veteran of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and describes a paratrooper getting ready to exit an airplane via static line parachute. You can read the full text that is on the print here These prints are a museum grade 20″ by 30″ giclee art print. They are printed on the best equipment available in the world today with no exaggeration. They are using museum quality Ultra chrome HDR archival pigment inks. These are the highest quality inks available. They are both printed on acid free archival tight weave canvas that is made in the USA with a subtle texture just enough for a true artist look but not so much as to suffer loss of detail. They are coated with the highest resolution coating for more accurate detail and color. The finish is medium gloss making them more durable against scratching. Once the ink is on the canvas they look more matte than anything with the combination of having more of the look and feel of paint and providing more depth with proper lighting. They use a water resistant canvas to provide you the ultimate durability. The prints will be shipped without a frame, but will include a certificate of authenticity. They will both be hand numbered to give the print a personal touch, and ‘The Paratrooper’ will be signed by the author as well.

TheRanger

The Ranger

“The Ranger” Open Edition was written by a veteran of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and describes a Ranger getting ready for combat. You can read the full text that is on the print here: http://hitthewoodline.com/militaria/2013/6/6/the-ranger This print is a museum grade 20″ by 30″ art print. It will be printed using the best equipment available in the world today with no exaggeration. This print features museum quality archival pigment inks. These are the highest quality inks available. “The Ranger” will be printed on museum grade cotton art paper. It’s coated with the highest resolution coating for more accurate detail and color. This print will be the centerpiece of any room, a true piece of art that displays the characteristics of the modern Ranger. The print will be shipped without a frame, but will include a certificate of authenticity. This print is an open edition, and the prints will not be individually numbered and are usually not signed, but the author of the Ranger will be signing this one for the release of ‘Direct Action’. These prints will be an instant heirloom, a must have for anyone who has served. With our attention to detail and hiring a truly elite printing company, these prints will be in your family for generations to come!

NOTE: ‘The Ranger’ is the open edition, and done on cotton paper instead of canvas. It is not numbered since it is an open edition, but I did sign it – one of the only open editions that I have signed

Brothers

“Brothers” is a photograph of a special operations strike force on a ridge line in Afghanistan that was recreated as an oil painting. Towards the bottom, you can find the words “For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother”. This print is meant to depict the deep brotherhood that occurs between those who endure the trials of combat together. Artwork by Kala Jensen, based on the original photograph by Sergeant Jeff Collet

Samruk callsign patch and hat: The Grand Prize winner will also get a Samruk callsign patch made by Combat ID and a Samruk ballcap made by Viper Headwear.  (I will need your size for the ballcap since they are fitted).

hat2patch3

DirectActionPreviewshot

TARGETDECKLowResReflexiveFire_LR_Final

All three Deckard novels signed by the author: I will sign all three of my novels for you and include that not just for the Grand Prize but also two runners up as well.

Give Away Rules:

The giveaway opens on March 3rd, 2014 and concludes at the end of the month on March 31st, 2014.

To enter, winners must purchase a copy of Direct Action by Jack Murphy and then e-mail the confirmation number to JackMurphyRGR@Gmail.com by March 31st.  At the conclusion of the contest, the grand prize winner and two runner ups will be selected at random by the author.  All three winners will then be contacted via email with coordinating instructions so that they can claim their prizes.  Confirmation numbers from past purchases of Deckard novels (Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, and Direct Action) can also be entered for increased chances of winning.

The confirmation number for your order of any of the three books eligible for entry can be located via your Amazon.com account.  Click the “Your Account” tab on the front page of Amazon.com and then click on “orders.” In this menu you will be able to view all of your orders, including digital orders, along with the confirmation numbers for your orders.  See the screen cap below to see where the confirmation number is located:

confirmnumber

One (1) grand prize winner will receive everything above.  Note that if a prize takes place at a specific location (NASCAR ride) then the winner will be responsible for his own travel and lodging expenses.  Two (2) runner up winners will also be selected and they will receive a copy of each of the Deckard novels signed by the author.

10 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Casting Direct Action

Deckard

guy-pearce

Guy Pearce still takes the top spot as the best actor to portray Deckard.  He’s not the standard issue tough guy or ex-special-something-or-other dude you see in most action films.  Deckard is a smart ass dude sticking it to jive ass mofo’s all over the place.  Take a back seat Channing Tatum, I’ll use you as a henchmen in book #13.

Bill

dwayne-johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a terrific actor with a huge personality.  In Direct Action, Bill is described as a “human wrecking ball” so the actor that plays him can’t be some sally.  The Rock has the personality and the physique but my only hold up is that I wonder if he can play a truly evil character.  Because he plays the hero and since he seems like such a nice guy in real life, I wonder if he could pull it off.  If I were casting, I’d definitely let him take a shot at the role though.

Rick

bradleycooper

Rick is the team’s pretty boy, pompous ass, and self indulgent prick.  Sorry Bradley Cooper, this has you written all over it.  Pretty boy.

Zach

EXPENDABLES 2

Zach is actually described as looking like Waffen SS trooper but I think Paul Adkins has the street cred to pull it off.  He’s a real life fighter and martial artist so I think he’d work quite well.

Paul

BenFoster

Paul is another Liquid Sky mercenary, pals with Rick and Zach, who sports a nice Taliban beard.  I think Ben Foster can play a different type of character, more of an introvert which would work well in contrast to Adkins, the Rock, and Cooper.

Ramon

Mark-DacascosRamon is Liquid Sky’s only member who hails from Army Special Forces.  He is a Filipino-American who served in 1st Special Forces Group.  Mark Dacascos fits the bill and he is also a martial artist.  Plus him up with some karambit training and he would be good to go.

Nadeesha

freida-pintoNadeesha is actually from Sri Lanka as opposed to India which is where the actress Freida Pinto is from.  I pictured Liquid Sky’s sole female operative is being darker skinned but I think the talented Ms. Pinto could play the role of the femme fatale.

The Operator

shadowThe Operator.  Your worst nightmare.  The final member of Liquid Sky.  Can’t even remotely think of someone in show business who could play this guy.

DirectActionPreviewshot

“Gonna lay it out there… I love Jack Murphy’s work. It’s gritty, it’s fast paced, it’s got more bang than a breaching charge and it’s balls to the wall from cover to cover. Murphy’s latest, Direct Action, is all of this with a very healthy slab of contemporary world events thrown in for good measure. Yeah sure it’s a little controversial in parts but hey, it’s fiction, so it’s not necessary real…or is it? It’s the blending of fact and fiction that makes this book such a great read. If you’re interested in the murky world of SOF and the even darker world of contracting then this is the book for you. Another great read by Murphy that comes highly recommended.” -Jack Silkstone

Get Direct Action for your Kindle or in paperback!

14 Comments

Filed under Action Adventure, Military Fiction

Weapons and Kit of Direct Action

For those reading Direct Action and are interested in some of the kit and weapons used by the characters, I thought I would highlight a few items!

Wingsuit

SbirdIn one of the more cavalier moments in Direct Action, the Liquid Sky team infiltrates to their objective via wingsuit.  This particular model is the S-Bird wingsuit made by Tony Suits.  The S-Bird suit is designed for the maximum amount of forward travel, not just to stay in the air longer but to cover the most distance.  This is a capability that Liquid Sky makes good use of while flying over the city of Manila…


40mm GPS round

GPSbulletRounds with Global Positioning Systems embedded inside them are all ready being used by police officers to safely end what would other wise be high speed pursuits.  Firing the round from a specialized cannon on the front of their squad car, it uses a special adhesive to stick to the criminal’s vehicle.  The police can then break off their chase and simply follow up and arrest the perp wherever he stops.  In Direct Action, I speculate that it would not be hard to make 40mm grenade rounds with this same capability and a Samruk International mercenary uses it to Tag, Track, and Locate a very sensitive item.

AK-103

AK103The AK-103 again makes an appearance or ten in Direct Action as Samruk International’s standard issue weapon.  Many other authors would opt for something sexier and more high tech but the reality of unconventional warfare is that you need a solid, durable, reliable weapon.  You also need a rifle that shoots ammunition commonly found on battlefields around the world.  You can forget about that cool-guy 300 blackout ammo because if you go winchester on ammo out in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, the Philippines, or anywhere else that is not a gun show in the US, you won’t be able to found more ammo for it.

Ingram MAC-10

IngramMAC10

HERF device

Sadly, no pictures are available for government made high-energy radio frequency (HERF) guns but you can scope out some home brewed versions.  Technopedia describes a HERF guns as, “A high-energy radio frequency weapon (HERF) is a directed-energy weapon used to disrupt digital equipment, such as computers. HERF works by blasting high-intensity radio waves at electronics, disrupting their operation.”  By disrupting digital equipment, the HERF gun could reset system and create an opportunity for hackers to insinuate themselves into electronic networks.  In Direct Action, a black then black program uses just such a technique to stir up the Arab spring in a certain country.

Combat hatchet

tacticalhatchet

Grayman Dua folder

GraymanFolderThe Dua folder from Grayman Knives is folder I most often carry.  In Target Deck, the Sub-Saharan got a front line appearance on the cover but in Direct Action, its baby brother sees some action.  In one scene, Deckard uses the Dua to sabotage some enemy vehicles.

Emerson karambit

emersonkarambitA Filipino-American 1st Special Forces Group veterans carries the fixed-blade karambit from Emerson knives as his preferred edged weapon.  This knife ends up playing a pivotal role in Direct Action, especially in the final scenes of the book.

Mk48

Ten rounds per secondThe most memorable remark about the Mk48 that I ever heard was, “That is the lightest heavy machine gun I’ve ever seen!” As a Corporal, I was a Gun Team Leader in Ranger Battalion where my team made great use of the Mk48 in training as well as combat. The Mk48 is the size of a SAW but packs the 7.62 punch of a M240B. It’s small size makes it perfect for immediate support by fire in dismounted, urban environments.

Carl Gustav

Operation Iraqi FreedomAdmittedly, the M3 Carl Gustaf isn’t the sexiest of weapons among the 75th Ranger Regiment’s rather extensive arsenal.  This is especially true when you have to pack this giant metal tube into an AT4 jump pack with cardboard honeycomb and exit a C-17 during a Mass-Tactical airborne jump at night.  Getting hung up in a MH-60 with the Goose slung over your back while fast roping and dangling 50ft in the air ain’t sexy either.  Don’t ask me how I know that…  I’ve written about being Tank Sniper and elaborated on the training and tactical issues surrounding the Gustaf in the past, so take a look!

DirectActionPreviewshot

“Jack Murphy takes readers on a ride of reality mixed with fiction. The question is, how much fiction really unfolds within his latest Deckard novel “Direct Action?” Filled with current affairs and blending real world incidents that few really know anything about, Murphy entangles an incredibly ferocious web of issues many have not the heart to address let alone write.” -Kerry Patton, author of Contracted I and II.

Get the book today for your Kindle or get the paperback at Amazon.com

4 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized