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Eight 5-star reviews for Reflexive Fire

Yes, I’m bragging again.  I’m just very flattered to see that my novel is connecting with people!

“A military novel, written by a true expert on the subject, just takes the story to another, higher level, compared to books made up by “civilian” authors with vivid imaginations. Reflexive Fire is written by a true and unquestionable military expert; Jack Murphy, an eight year U.S. Army Special Operations veteran, and this fact adds incomparable credibility and accuracy to the story, and to the important, and often neglected, details. I have served in the military for over 15 years, yet, by reading Reflexive Fire, I have actually picked up some new skills from the author Jack Murphy; e.g. how to cut time when reloading a AK 47 etc. It is however easy to miss all the grains of gold, because of the intriguing and cunning story, it does take a lot of will power to put the book down.

I highly recommend this book to both experts and amateurs.

Frank C. Jones “

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Reflexive Fire gets PRIMAL!

Jack Silkstone, the author of the Primal series, just posted a very favorable review of Reflexive Fire.  Check it out:

“Jack Murphy’s book Reflexive Fire caught my attention immediately. Author with a SOF background, check. Rogue operatives with a solid set of morals, check. He even has the same first name as me, legend. I had to give it a read and I sure as shit wasn’t disappointed.”

Read the rest on the Primal website.

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Reflexive Fire: Get it now on your Kindle!

Click the cover to buy on Amazon.com

Reflexive Fire got published on Amazon even faster than I thought it would.  The book has it’s first five-star review on the Amazon page from a pre-release copy I sent out.  It was cool to see that Hank picked up on a number of things I attempted to accomplish with this book.  The literary world of Thrillers, especially those about military or ex-military types, is highly politicized, no getting around it.  When I wrote Reflexive Fire, I really spent some time thinking about who the villains should be.  What is the biggest threat facing America?  Islamic terrorism is real, I’ve seen it up close, but less Americans die from terrorism each year than from being struck by lighting.  I decided not to write yet another novel about stereotypical Arabs running around with towels on their heads and shouting “Allah Akbar!”

The villains in Reflexive Fire are those who occupy hidden centers of power such as large international lending institutions like the IMF and the World Bank.  The individuals who meet in secret to make foreign policy decisions for America at the Bilderburg Group and the Council on Foreign Relations.  I made a real effort to cut through the childish notion of left and right wing politics to home in on who is really destroying America and American freedom.

As Hank wrote in his review:

“I’ve learned to avoid political thrillers, and ordinarily wince, groan, roll my eyes and grit my teeth when the author of any novel starts to portray their naive concept of how back room politics play out. This was another pleasant surprise for me. The author bypasses the two-party good-cop-bad-cop charade to tickle the truth hidden behind it. A few years ago, to even mention the workings of the shadow government was to invite ridicule and worse. Maybe this has changed as certain evidence becomes more difficult to hide. Still, I admire the author’s courage to reject the blue pill publicly. “

I expect that this stance will cost me some readers but I feel good about the direction this novel took.  For the type of reader who likes to google the things he reads in a book to see if they are real, I think they will find the information in Reflexive Fire to be authentic and shocking in many ways.  I hope that you will read one of the early scenes in the book about Bohemian Grove and think that I wrote something over the top and ridicules.  Look into if for yourself, I’m not that creative.  This stuff is real!

See for yourself in this in-depth article about Bohemian Grove


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Custom made Unconventional Warfare web gear

I kit bashed this bad boy together myself after failing to find anything on the market that met the requirements I was looking for.  It is essentially an updated and upgraded form of the old-school Load Carrying Equipment or LCE.  Taking my personal experience into account from Iraq and Afghanistan and combining them with the military theory of people like H.J. Poole and William Lind, I then incorporated what I’ve learned from studying military history, particularly, the Vietnam War and the Rhodesian Bush War.

Today, soldiers are weighed down with far to much equipment.  This is an issue I’ve addressed in this blog before, as have others, and I’m not going to rehash it again at this time.  We wear heavy, cumbersome body armor that makes it difficult to maneuver, reducing our effectiveness as soldiers.  The LCE served its purpose but needs to be taken into the 21st century.  Chest Rigs are also great for many applications, but can become unsuitable when loaded to capacity, making it difficult to lay in the prone or crawl on the ground while under fire.

Before moving on, let me list the components used to put this gear together.  It is built on a ENDOM’s CM Belt and Battle Suspenders.

The chest piece is built on a Tactical Tailor modular bib panel.  Attached to the bib is a ATS triple magazine shingle and one single mag shingle for a total of four magazines.  Mounted on the magazine shingles is a Kifaru admin pouch for holding various odds and ends such as maps, compass, GPS, ect.

Attached to the back of the suspenders via Malice clips and some lengths of nylon is hydration pouch.

On the belt, to the six o’ clock position, under the hydration pouch, is a horizontal Tactical Tailor E&E pouch containing basic survival items. On the left hand side of the belts is a Eagle double magazine pouch for .45 mags, located near the belt buckle for easy access.  Behind that is a Bench made fixed-blade knife, and Maxpedition dump pouch.

On the right hand side of the belt is a double grenade pouch, a modified Safariland drop holster, and ATS medical pouch.

Doing some field testing, I would go for kit runs wearing everything seen here and running for several miles across varied terrain to make sure everything felt right and functioned properly.  While running I found that the front panel bounced up and down quite a bit, slamming down on my stomach and becoming fairly painful after a couple miles.  For this reason I added the horizontal strap you see under my arm pit that connects the front bib to the hydration pouch.  This strap has the effect of tightening down the entire rig for a closer fit, making it ride much more comfortably.


What I was looking for in the design was something I couldn’t find commercially.  I wanted a modernized LCE, something that was light weight and facilitated maneuver and unconventional warfare to include infiltrations.  When it comes to the latter, I’ve found that when chest rigs are filled to capacity that it becomes difficult or impossible to high crawl or low crawl, the same goes for plate carriers.

Later, I did feel the need to add more than what you would expect from a simple LCE.  There was some modern kit that is so useful that I felt I had to include it.  Sure, expended magazines can simply be dumped down the front of your shirt, but a dump pouch sure helps and also gives you the ability to carry extra mags in it during an emergency or use it to carry intel taken off dead enemy.  Likewise, I felt that a modern medical pouch is something you don’t want to compromise with.  For a soldier operating behind enemy lines, a bare minimum of survival and Escape and Evasion gear is also needed, hence the horizontal E&E pouch.  With all this space taken up from the get go, I found that I needed to attach a hydration pouch and a panel for extra magazines above the belt line.

All and all I am very happy with how this project turned out.  I only wish that I had had the opportunity to use it in combat.  If need be the straps can be loosened and soft armor or concealable body armor can be worn underneath making this rig even more versatile.  Readers may be interested to know that this is the exact same rig described and used by Deckard, the protagonist in “Reflexive Fire”.  I’ve also been working with the cover artist to ensure that the uniform and kit on the cover of the book matches what you see here exactly to maintain continuity as well as show readers something they’ve never seen before.

I’m sure that a professional could refine this design and sew something much better, whereas I had to cobble it together from spare parts.  I think experienced soldiers are finding that less really is more and adopting a “combat ultra-light” mentality is the way to go.  Sadly, the Brass doesn’t see things the same way.  Until then, lets hope some people run with this idea and see where it goes!


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