Praise for Hunting Che: How a U.S. Special Forces Team Helped Capture the World’s Most Famous Revolutionary
“This is the real story – extremely well told – of the unraveling of a guerrilla force and the patient and heroic team work of the men who brought down the iconic myth.” – Enrique Encinosa, author of Unvanquished: Cuba’s Resistance to Fidel Castro
“Weiss and Maurer have done it again…With memorable characters, rich detail and a fast-moving narrative, they bring us deep into the Bolivian jungle – and into a riveting story you will not want to miss.” – Ames Alexander, award-winning investigative reporter with the Charlotte Observer
“Hunting Che provides a powerful portrait of an iconic revolutionary who fell prey to his own ego and passions and a US blacks ops team hellbent on his capture — and death.” – Michael Sallah, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post
“Veteran journalists Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer have tag-teamed on another nail-biter…They shed light on an important – largely misunderstood – operation with fairness, objectivity, and candor.” – Tom Henry, Toledo-based writer and book reviewer
Praise for No Easy Day
“The bin Laden story is the marquee event in No Easy Day, of course. But the formative steps in the author’s own story are just as gripping. Mr. Owen’s new information about the Abbottobad attacks adds a human element to much of what has been previously reported. There is no better illustration in No Easy Day that SEALs are ruthless pragmatists. They think fast. They adapt to whatever faces them. They do what they have to do.” -Janet Maslin, New York Times
“The book is a stomach-twisting close-up look at that historic mission in Abbottabad, told from the point of view of a super-elite member of SEAL Team Six who fired a bullet into bin Laden and helped carry away the corpse. Written in clean, polished prose… No Easy Day often reads like a gripping novel as the author recounts remarkably vivid details… No Easy Day puts you right there for every tense moment.” -Entertainment Weekly
” …A cast of characters, including Owen himself, artfully drawn, yet painfully human, passionate descriptions of a lifestyle that few are privy to, as well as its breathlessly paced, inexorable march toward an inevitable ending?it’s a remarkably intimate glimpse into what motivates men striving to join an elite fighting force like the SEALS – and what keeps them there.” -Associated Press
“Make no mistake: No Easy Day is an important historic document. Think if we had a first-person account of the last minutes of Hitler in his bunker. No Easy Day is brisk and compelling in its telling of the training, execution and immediate aftermath of the Bin Laden mission by the elite Seal Team Six.” -Los Angeles Times
“[Mark Owen] has given us a brave retelling of one of the most important events in U.S. military history.” -People Magazine
“The writing is fast-paced, and Owen and Maurer tell some good yarns in a conversational style. They also neatly capture the camaraderie, the pranks, the constant training and the evident love that the men of SEAL Team 6 have for their jobs.” -Washington Post
Praise for Gentlemen Bastards
“Maurer captures the humor of the Green Berets even while keeping his own self-deprecating, smart-ass-reporter, along-for-the-ride sensibility. This book makes the bad asses seem a bit more human, while still focusing on the risks they take.” – Kelly Kennedy, author of “They Fought For Each Other”
“Maurer dispenses with political correctness and politics and offers a true and refreshing narrative that reads like HEART OF DARKNESS in its wide-eyed suspense and energy. Readers will feel the brotherhood of soldiers whose every meals are accompanied by rocket attack sirens. There are no politics here, there are just the men on the ground and their mission. Humorous, stark and honest, GENTLEMAN BASTARDS shows the reality of the War in Afghanistan and proves that true, unbiased journalism is still alive.” – Nathan Edmondson, author of THE ACTIVITY, Dancer, and Who is Jake Ellis?
“No journalist is more trusted by America’s secretive special operations troops than Kevin Maurer. His The Gentlemen Bastards is an authentic insider’s account of the dirty, dangerous, heroic – and sometimes dull and pointless – Afghan missions of the country’s best-trained soldiers. Maurer writes with grace, humor and a wicked eye for absurd details. He respects the Green Berets but doesn’t hesitate to criticize their shortcomings. This is a compelling book.” – David Zucchino, author of Thunder Run and Myth of the Welfare Queen.
“This story brings to life the unique men who form the ranks of the Green Berets and the Herculean tasks they must accomplish day in and day out, month after month, year after year. Maybe after reading this, some one will realize, an insurgent movement does not die with a person, it dies when the movement dies. Only a guerilla can hunt a guerilla.” – Rusty Bradley, author of Lions of Kandahar
“Gentlemen Bastards is a powerful look at Special Forces and the daily grind of tracking down the Taliban, terrorists and other bad guys in Afghanistan. Maurer focuses on one Special Forces team – the ups and downs of patrols, pumping locals for information and cajoling Afghan forces to do the right thing. Maurer, who was embedded with the team, skillfully weaves it all into a compelling narrative that makes readers feel like they’re walking dusty village roads or sitting at a makeshift base in the middle of nowhere waiting for something to happen. With crisp and clear writing, Maurer examines the tension between soldiers and Afghans in a war without boundaries, where the lines between soldiers and Afghans are often blurred. More importantly, the book serves a microcosm of the war itself, where missions and policy can change without warning – and soldiers are caught in the middle. The Gentlemen Bastards should be required reading for policy makers as the U.S. tries to extract itself from the nation?s longest war.” – Mitch Weiss, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and critically acclaimed author of Tiger Force, A True Story of men and War, and No Way Out, A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan.
Praise for Valleys of Death
“Richardson never pulls his punches in these vivid descriptions.” -Publishers Weekly
Richardson looks back at the 1950s when he was a master sergeant with the First Cavalry Division in Korea. After U.S. Army occupation duty from 1946 to 1950 in Italy, Germany, and Austria, and the U.N. vote to defend South Korea, he was reassigned to Fort Devens, Mass., to train recruits in weaponry. Shortly after arriving in Taegu, South Korea, their battalion was subjected to North Korean attacks. He recalls both fear and acts of bravery amid the deafening explosions, flying shrapnel, mortar and artillery fire, mass slaughter, bodies lying in piles, and the stunned reaction after a message dropped from a plane: “We were on our own. No relief column was on its way… and if we stayed in this hellhole we would all die.” The final third of the book details his torture and starvation during 34 months as a POW, concluding with a short summary of his later military career. Aided by journalist Maurer, Richardson never pulls his punches in these vivid descriptions of bloody combat action, interrupted by occasional flashbacks to his youth on the streets of Philadelphia Photos, maps. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Lions of Kandahar
“The war in Afghanistan is made for Special Forces, but very little has been written about these soldiers since the initial attack on Afghanistan in 2001. Bradley and Maurer do a great job of showing how these elite units fight and why they are so important to the battle against the Taliban. Lions of Kandaharis a gripping, moving, and well-told war story.” -Greg Jaffe, Washington Post reporter and co-author of The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army
“A powerful and gripping account of a battle that helped shape the war in Afghanistan. But Lions of Kandahar is more than that. Major Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer give readers a stirring inside look at the day-to-day operations of a Special Forces team?and what it takes to defeat insurgents hell-bent on regaining control of Afghanistan. With crisp writing and page-turning action, Lions of Kandahar is one of the best books written about the conflict.” -Mitch Weiss, Pulitzer Prize?winning investigative journalist and co-author of the critically acclaimed Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War
“A raw and authentic war story about untamed Green Berets in action. Bradley and Maurer crush it! Mr. President, grab a copy?this is a sure-bet Special Forces exit strategy. Unleash more of these brave lions across Afghanistan and America will win this war.” – Dalton Fury, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander’s Account of the Hunt for the World’s Most Wanted Man
“This is a riveting tale, told from the front lines of the secret war against the Taliban. Lions of Kandahar is the definitive account of a modern Special Forces mission–a must-read for anyone hoping to understand the harsh realities of the Afghan conflict.” -David Zucchino, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and author of Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
“I have read this book three times and I am still chilled to the bone with every word. In Lions of Kandahar you will be riveted by the unabridged action of our real-life military heroes. It took a group of exceptional individuals to accomplish Operation Medusa. We as a nation can only pray we have half the guts and fortitude given selflessly every day on our behalf by the Army Special Forces.” -Marshall R. Teague, actor; U.S. Navy (ret.)
Praise for No Way Out: A Story of Valor in the Mountains of Afghanistan
“No Way Out offers a deep dive into insurgency warfare and how one US special force managed to rise above the bad decisions of commanders and survive one of the most aggressive ambushes ever waged by terrorists in Afghanistan. The book is not just a cautionary tale in warfare, but a powerful portrait of the men who fought to save each other from certain death.” -Michael D. Sallah, Investigative Reporter for The Miami Herald and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting
“Take a post-9/11 version of Black Hawk Down, put it in the hands of two gifted writers like Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer and here’s what you get: an adrenaline-fueled narrative that will forever enhance your appreciation of U.S. Special Forces. What’s it like to fight an ill-conceived mission against well-trained insurgents who command the high ground? What’s it like to lower colleagues with life-threatening bullet wounds down an Afghan cliff? With meticulous reporting and powerful writing, Weiss and Maurer put us there. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to know how modern battles are fought – and how they should be.” -Ames Alexander, award-winning investigative reporter with the Charlotte Observer
“OP Commando Wrath was an operational marshmallow of the highest order where Mission Impossible and Murphy’s Law collided head on with some of the meanest mothers in the valley – Green Berets from ODA 3326. It’s Blackhawk Down in the Afghan Mountains!” — Dalton Fury, author of Black Site, the first book in the new Delta Force Thriller series.
“No Way Out is the Blackhawk Down for the war in Afghanistan. Mitch Weiss and Kevin Maurer have painted a portrait of soldiers fighting for each other even when their commanders have sent them on an impossible mission. It’s a lightning-quick thriller that’s hard to put down, even when the raw details of war are sometimes difficult to absorb. With U.S soldiers still in harm?s way in Afghanistan, this is an important book for all Americans. And it should be required reading for military leaders and politicians.” -Rick Rothacker, financial reporter at Reuters and the author of Banktown: The Rise and Struggles of Charlotte’s Big Banks
“This well-told story of war is not a history lesson, but a lesson for history as America moves into an uncertain global military future. It’s not just entertaining, but it’s useful in understanding the nitty gritty and effects down to the soldier level of American Foreign Policy.” – Christopher D. Kirkpatrick Editor, Detroit Free Press
“It was simultaneously fascinating and disturbing, and an adrenaline rush to hear it first-hand from the operator’s perspective… They are fiercely loyal to each other and our nation, and offer the enemy no quarter when the bullets start flying. You have captured all these with your words. Combat vets will read it and ?get it? right away. Americans who have no connection with such men of valor ought to read it to understand what intense combat can be like.” -Maj. Gen. Michael Repass, commander of Special Operations Command Europe