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.


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.


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


Blackside Concepts Murals and Poster:


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.


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: 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” 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).




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 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 account.  Click the “Your Account” tab on the front page of 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:


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.


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Casting Direct Action



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.



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 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 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 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.


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.


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.


“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

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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!


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.


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


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


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.


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!


“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.

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The Direct Action Soundtrack

I just wanted to pass one some of the music I was listening to as I wrote Direct Action.  I actually had a big break during the writing of the book as summer ended and the fall semester started up at school.  I ended up jamming out the rest of the book during Christmas vacation.  The THYX album actually really helped kick start the book.

Apoptygma Berzerk, Unicorn

Edge of Dawn, Beyond the Gate

And One, Military Fashion Show

And One, Body Company

THYX, Below The City

Stochastic Theory, What You Weren’t (Echos Virus Mix)

Conjure One, Like Ice

Korpiklaani, Rauta

Somewhat Damaged, NIN

Came Back Haunted, NIN


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From New York Times Bestselling author, and Special Operations veteran, Jack Murphy comes a new military thriller about what happens when America’s best go bad.

The right man in the wrong place.

They call themselves Liquid Sky. A group of rogue SEAL Team Six operators turned soldiers of fortune. They’ve got the training and combat experience to pull off the impossible as their client hires them to stoke the flames of the Arab Spring in certain Middle Eastern countries…and suppress it in others.

Deckard faces the most challenging mission of his career when he comes across intel that puts him hot on the trail of Liquid Sky’s latest assassination in Pakistan, a mission that targets a pro-democracy advocate. Failing to stop the rogue cell, Deckard shoots from the hip and drops his name in the running to be Liquid Sky’s newest member, replacing the one he just killed.

It is a mission unlike any other that Deckard has ever faced. As they strike their targets in the Philippines, Afghanistan, Egypt, and beyond, Deckard has to maintain his cover while sabotaging their operations. If he can hold out just a little longer, he might be able to find out who Liquid Sky is taking their marching orders from.

But the missions are only getting dirtier, and Deckard’s hands are far from clean. When the time comes, not even Deckard knows if he will be able to do all that is necessary to take down Liquid Sky.

Kindle: Amazon

Paperback: CreateSpace

Signed Edition, ball caps, and patches: Reflexive Fire

Direct Action can also be read on your PC or choice of mobile device by downloading the Kindle App.

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Samruk International Hats, Patches, and Books

hat2Because you guys kept asking for them, I now have patches and hats in for all of you.  Please note that the ball caps are fitted so when you order I need you to make a note as to what size you require.  I sunk a good chunk of change into having some high quality stuff done up and am selling it just above cost, so I hope you guys enjoy!  The order links will go live on the merchandise page on Friday morning.  You’ll also be able to purchase signed copies of Direct Action, along with past books.



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Direct Action, This Ain’t No Brad Thor (Or Tom Clancy)

Andrew Vachss is a crime writer and an attorney whose mission is to protect children.  He has worked tirelessly on this issue through his legal work and also through the many novels he has written over the years.  He writes stories from, “down in the zero” which is that place that you don’t ever see in the headlines.  Some people just don’t want to know, especially when it comes to sexual predators and those who would traffick children to them for profit.

While Vachss started his writing endeavors as a vehicle to tell the world about these crimes, my own work started out somewhat differently.  I had just gotten out of the Army in 2010 and had some experience working in Army Special Operations units.  I felt I had seen some things and witnessed some history that no one was talking about, or writing about, as of yet.  It was too soon to start writing a non-fiction book about the “Task Force” but I decided to write a novel.  I figured it would be cool to take my experience and training and then apply it to a completely fictional scenario to write the ultimate action-adventure novel.  This is what became Reflexive Fire.  In the next book, Target Deck, I took a lot of stories about modern Counter-Terrorism operations and disguised them within a fictional scenario taking place in Mexico.

The third novel took on a very different tone.  There are certain subjects that I’ve spent a long time researching.  These are things that I can’t write about as fact.  The court of public opinion would crucify me, even if I could probably prove these things in a court of law.  There are some narratives that the American public clings so tightly to that you will never be able to change their mind about.

One of the most frustrating comments I get is from people who read my books and then say, “this is nothing like Tom Clancy or Brad Thor.”  Yes, that is quite intentional on my part.  These guys are talented writers, but they are coming from a very different perspective than I am.  They may even be far better writers than I am, but they never walked the walk.

It was only after I finished Direct Action that I realized what I had done.  Like Vachss, I’d told a story from The Zero.  The plot of the novel is a work of fiction, a series of events I strung together for narrative purposes.  However, the individual scenarios, situations, and conversations in the book are very real.  The general thesis of the novel is that a Special Operations soldier was found mutilated by the enemy in Afghanistan after a contact with the enemy.  Those who recovered him swore that from then on it would be an eye for an eye and that it set a certain segment of the Special Operations community down a very dark path.  I wish that this wasn’t true.

The best comments about the books that I receive is when people tell me that they are creepy.  Sometimes they tell me that the events depicted in the books feel like something that is happening right now.  That’s a great observation.  There is a reason why they get that feeling.

Perhaps at some point the full story will be told.  I was warned by friends in the Special Operations and Intelligence world about what I was investigating when I wrote Direct Action.  “They won’t hesitate to kill you,” was one of the more blunt warnings.  There was no question as to who “they” are.

In the end, I have no doubt that people will absolutely hate me for writing about these things.  People like to talk about their desire for the truth but in my experience, it is the last thing that they actually want.

Why choose the hard right when you can choose the easy wrong?

DirectActionPreviewshotDirect Action will be released on February 21st in paperback and as a Kindle e-book.  Those who don’t own Kindles can still read it on their choice of mobile device or computer using the Kindle App.


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