I am so fired up to share this week’s guest, David Kilcullen. We have been friends for over a decade now and if you have been following me for a bit or have read my novels you already know the influence he has had on me as a student of warfare. David Kilcullen served in the Australian military for more than 20 years before being recruited as the Chief Strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the U.S. State Department.
My guest today is my friend and bestselling author, the great Steven Pressfield . He is the author of THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, GATES OF FIRE, THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN, LAST OF THE AMAZONS, KILLING ROMMEL, and THE WARRIOR ETHOS, among many others. He has also penned a series of books on creativity, books I read as I was starting my writer’s journey: THE WAR OF ART, TURNING PRO, DO THE WORK, THE AUTHENTIC SWING, and THE ARTIST’S JOURNEY. His latest novel is A MAN AT ARMS, the story of a character you may remember from TIDES OF WAR, THE VIRTUES OF WAR, and THE PROFESSION, the solitary mercenary, Telamon of Arcadia.
Chris Ryan, an SAS Operator, is the bestselling author of seventy works of fiction and non-fiction, including THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, which details his experience on E&E (Escape & Evasion) during the 1991 Gulf War. The only member of his eight-man team to not be captured or killed, Chris evaded enemy patrols and survived over a 300-kilometer journey to the Syrian border. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS.
My guest today on DANGER CLOSE is my friend and former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson. You know Clint from 100 Deadly Skills and Official Violent Nomad Escape the Wolf and Survive This Podcast. He is the author of the 100 DEADLY SKILLS series of books and THE RIGHT KIND OF CRAZY. We discuss Clint’s career transition from ninja to Navy SEAL, the darker side of special operations, and our shared experience of running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
My guest today is my friend Leif Babin. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Navy SEAL officer who served in the Battle of Ramadi as one of the Officers in Charge in Task Unit Bruiser, the most decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War. He authored two New York Times bestselling books with Jocko Willink titled EXTREME OWNERSHIP: HOW U.S. NAVY SEALS LEAD AND WIN and THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP: BALANCING THE CHALLENGES OF EXTREME OWNERSHIP TO LEAD AND WIN.
I was so fired up to see how the novels are resonating with the archery and bow hunting communities, especially since SAVAGE SON is an archery centric thriller where I use the meditative and therapeutic benefits of archery for veterans to help propel the storyline.
I recently had the honor of sitting down with Jocko Willink and Echo Charles for Jocko Podcast 183.