I'm an ex-mercenary who just wrote DEEP BLACK, based on actual events inside the ISIS Caliphate. Ask me anything!
I was a “private military contractor” for years. I worked mostly in Africa, where I dealt with warlords, raised small armies, worked with armed groups in the Sahara, transacted arms deals in Eastern Europe, and prevented a genocide vicinity Rwanda. Before this, I was a paratrooper in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
After I left the mercenary world, I decided to talk about it. Mercenaries are rising around the world, doing things that would blow your mind. It’s worse (or better, depending on POV) than most think.
I use fiction to pull back the curtain on the mercenary world today. That way I don’t get sued to death. (Or worse.)
I’m now a professor of war and strategy in Washington DC, where I teach senior military officers and intel types from around the world how to fight and win. I have unorthodox views, but that’s what happens when a merc gets a PhD.
My novel DEEP BLACK: A TOM LOCKE NOVEL comes out tomorrow. It’s thinly veiled reality, and a fun read. Think Dan Silva, Brad Thor, Tom Clancy with more…authentic details. Please check it out: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Black-Tom-Locke-Novel/dp/0062403737/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
More about me here http://www.seanmcfate.com. I’m even on twitter now @seanmcfate
I will answer all of your questions to the best that I can — if I can. If I can't, I will do my best to explain why.