Last, but not least, is Blackhawk! Blackhawk! was founded by a SEAL and is headquartered in Virginia Beach, near the home of the East Coast SEAL Teams. Blackhawk! all but invented the modern nylon tactical gear industry, and I’ve used numerous products of theirs over the years. My friend Josh Waldron is now at the helm, and I can’t wait to see the innovation he brings to this iconic company. Blackhawk! rushed a care package to the production team that included clothing, gear bags, rifle accessories and more. Blackhawk! jumped in when we needed them, and I can’t thank them enough.
We had gear, we had a budget, but we still needed a production team. After interviewing several, the choice was clear. Ironclad Media produces world-class video content for commercial customers across the globe. They are amazing storytellers who have produced some breathtaking content for the tactical and outdoor industries, so I knew they would do The Terminal List justice. Matt Turley and Katie Buchanan at Ironclad were amazing to work with and their product speaks for itself.
The last piece of the puzzle was someone to play the protagonist of the story, James Reece. I have lived and breathed the James Reece character over the past few years. His emotions on the pages of The Terminal List stem from the feelings associated with my real-world experiences downrange—he has become family and not just anyone could fill his shoes. It was also critical that whoever portrayed him would be able to handle the weapons and equipment with the proficiency Reece displays in the book. We couldn’t have some actor fumbling with a firearm, a Winkler tomahawk, or a Half Face Blades Karambito. Again, the choice was an easy one: my friend, brother, and Teammate, Dom Raso—former SEAL and owner of Dynamis Alliance and Adaptiv-X. I count Dom among those warriors whose debts I can never repay. Dom agreed to portray James Reece and did so in a way that exceeded all expectations.
In the video, James Reece ominously prepares his gear for the mission ahead, crossing names off his list as those who betrayed him, his family, and his Team are eliminated with extreme prejudice.
Why did we wait months after the release of The Terminal List to produce the trailer? Because, like the book, it had to be something special. I could not be more pleased with the end result. It was worth the wait.