From Gray Matter Splatter to Persona Non Grata

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for making Gray Matter Splatter a huge success, especially everyone who reviewed the book on Amazon which is a huge help.  I had a great time writing it and it is a pleasure to see readers respond to it in such a positive way.

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For a long time I had been thinking about the 5th Deckard novel which would be titled Death Blossom.  First, I envisioned a book that takes Deckard across Iraq, Kurdistan, and Syria fighting ISIS.  By now I have personal experience reporting in the region and have spent time with the YPG in northern Syria, the Peshmerga in Kurdistan, and with the Syrian regime in Damascus (where I was able to interview President Assad) so it seemed like the natural book to write.  As time went on, I knew that ISIS was not long for this world and perhaps I should shift the focus of the book to the more long term threat posed by groups like al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham.  Now things are moving quickly with major offensives on going in Mosul and Aleppo.  The situation on the ground is changing so quickly that my book would be outdated the moment I write it.

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I will go back to this subject in a future novel but for the time being I plan on moving my focus to another novel I had wanted to write, one which envisions a younger Deckard launching vigilante operations against human traffickers in the United States.  The title will be Persona Non Grata.  This year I attended the International Association for Human Trafficking Investigators conference and suffice to say that our prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and social workers are fighting a war right here at home.  It won’t be a easy book to write, but with my fiction I have always strived to shed some light on things that the public would rather not hear about.

In the meantime, I have been hard at work writing non-fiction pieces for SOFREP.com.  Much of my recent work has been focused on an ongoing debacle surrounding American covert action programs in Jordan and Turkey.  I have also been writing Special Forces history pieces including a in-depth article on Blue Light which was America’s first dedicated counter-terrorist unit.  Another history piece on the clandestine Special Forces unit based in Berlin during the Cold War called Detachment A remains unpublished, held up in a DOD review process as requested by the Green Berets I interviewed.  Hopefully, we can publish that one soon.

Until Christmas, you can read all of my articles on SOFREP.com for free.  You should also nose around the website and check out everything else written by our staff of Special Forces, CIA, SEAL, and Delta Force veterans.

 

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Samruk International Limited Edition Ball Cap and Signed Books!

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Hey everyone, go take a look at the order page for some shots of the new limited edition Samruk International ball cap I had made for the release of Gray Matter Splatter!  I also updated the page so you can order signed editions of the new novel as well.

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Gray Matter Splatter reviewed by Pete Nealen

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Jack Murphy definitely has a way with titles.  Gray Matter Splatter is a title that few could pull off, particularly in a day and age of nonsensical buzzword thriller titles like True Faith and Allegiance.

But Jack pulls it off, somehow.  Gray Matter Splatter is a breakneck bloodbath in the Arctic, a bit of a change of pace from the last couple Deckard installments.

Read the rest at American Praetorians.

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Researching Gray Matter Splatter

Researching Gray Matter Splatter took longer than the previous three novels combined.  In past books I was often writing about places where I had been deployed to as a soldier, visited as a tourist, or reported from as a journalist.  In other cases, they were countries I at least had some passing familiarity with.  In any case, I at least understood urban combat tactics and such, but in this case I came into the research process knowing very little about the Arctic and next to nothing about winter warfare.

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It was only by consulting with a number of experts on the arctic, including active duty soldiers from America and allied nations, that I was able to begin putting together the pieces and then augment this with my own research.  In this post I will lay out some of the books and websites I found most helpful while writing Gray Matter Splatter.  This can also serve as a virtual library for those who read the novel and are interested in learning more about Arctic warfare and geo-politics.

Books:

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills

New Strategic Dynamics of Arctic Region: implications for national security and international cooperation

Polar Imperative

Project Cold Feet: Secret Mission to a Soviet Ice Station

The Hundred Year Marathon

The Modern Mercenary

Cyber Silhouettes: Shadows Over Information Operations

Websites:

Russia’s plans for Arctic supremacy 

Bring back the Privateers

Russian military bases in the Arctic

Canada’s Arctic Station: Alert

Polar orbiting satellites

Off shore oil drilling in Alaska

Arctic ice floes

New Canadian Arctic base

2001 Arctic report

Ellesmere Island

Camp Century

Other resources:

Camp Century documentary

The Northern Warfare Training Center in Alaska also has a great website with many Field Manuals that can be downloaded at PDF files.

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Gray Matter Splatter soundtrack

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While writing the Deckard novels I am almost always listening to music.  Some people find it distracting, but it actually helps me concentrate.  As I was writing Gray Matter Splatter I was listening to some mainstays like THYX and Mind.In.A.Box but I also discovered some great electronic music compilations put together by DJ Evanstar.  Here are a few of them that I particularly liked:

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The weapons and gear of Gray Matter Splatter

Today I wanted to take a couple minutes to run you through some of the weapons, gear, vehicles, and technology featured in my new novel called Gray Matter Splatter.

Seizure grenade

The seizure grenade is real, something being developed as one component of a much larger secret program.  Sadly, you can’t see a demonstration outside of some fictional video games.

Visual disruption laser

U.S. Navy Chief Fire Controlman Kevin Barnett, assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), uses an LA9P nonlethal visual disruption laser to deter a simulated small boat attack during exercise Joint Warrior 2012 April 17, 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean. Joint Warrior is a United Kingdom-led multi-warfare exercise designed to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare participating crews to conduct combined operations while deployed. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katerine Noll, U.S. Navy/Released)

U.S. Navy Chief Fire Controlman Kevin Barnett, assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), uses an LA9P nonlethal visual disruption laser to deter a simulated small boat attack during exercise Joint Warrior 2012 April 17, 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean. Joint Warrior is a United Kingdom-led multi-warfare exercise designed to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare participating crews to conduct combined operations while deployed. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katerine Noll, U.S. Navy/Released)

They are called visual disruption lasers because lasers that blind people are illegal under the Geneva convention, as they maim.  Interestingly, lasers that kill are a-okay though!

Carrickfergus

The fictional Carrickfergus which our heroes use as a modern day pirate ship, authorized by letters of marque, is largely based on a real life US military experimental ship.

Arctic submarine

One scene in the book was inspired by arctic submarine operations.  You can take a peek at one of our subs breaching through the arctic ice in this youtube video:

Semi-submersible ship

Semi-submersible

The bad guys in Gray Matter Splatter make their getaway in a semi-submersible ship.  These are hardly anything new as everyone from the US Navy to drug traffickers utilize semi-submersible craft, however the fictional ship in my book is quite a bit bigger than anything you’ll likely find in real life.

SEAL torpedo

Yes, the SEALpedo is a thing, and you can read up on its development in this story from Fox News.

Crossmatch

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As our heroes race across the arctic to try to identify who the villians are, a bio-metrics gathering device manufactured by Crossmatch is particularly helpful.  You can read more about the device here.

PenCott “Snowdrift” camo

In Gray Matter Splatter, the mercenaries of Samruk International make extensive use of PenCott’s Snowdraft camo scheme, which also appears on the book cover.

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Petzl ice axe

One mean looking ice axe.  Of course, the mercs in Gray Matter Splatter get a ice axe kill in the book.  You can check out the real thing on the Petzl website.

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Assault snow shoes

I did not even know there was a such thing until I started the research phase of Gray Matter Splatter.  Suffice to say I learned a lot while writing this book.

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Iveco Assault truck

Last but not least, the Samruk International assault truck makes an appearance in Gray Matter Splatter, although the arctic is hardly the appropriate environment for these vehicles.

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Gray Matter Splatter Released Today!

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From New York Times best selling author and Army Special Operations veteran Jack Murphy comes the next installment in the Deckard mercenary fiction series.

The high Arctic is a region untouched by war.

Until now.

A mysterious weapon is stolen from a Russian facility by an equally elusive foe. With America under attack, the only chance to recover the weapon falls to Deckard and Samruk International in what quickly becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse in the Arctic Circle.

Their enemy is technically savvy, sophisticated, and cunning, staying a step ahead of Samruk at every turn as they race across the tundras of Russia, Alaska, Canada, and beyond.

With the numbers ticking down, Deckard makes a desperate final push across the frozen waste while the enemy triggers their final attack: a blow that could knock Western civilization back a hundred years and give birth to a new empire.

Available today in paperback and ebook editions!

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