Author(s): William F. Owen
'What we do here is not for everyone. It's real hard work, and once in a while we lose folks. Laos and Cambodia are the North Vietnamese Army's backyard. It's their home and they don't like us snooping around. They got anti-aircraft guns, more trucks than you can count and whole companies just dedicated to hunting recon teams. If you find this ain't your thing, then you gotta say so. I know a lot of brave men who just weren't cut out for recon. Got it?' CCC Kontum, a US Special Forces unit, runs top-secret cross border reconnaissance missions. The President denies their involvement, and the public are unaware of their existence. Any method is permissable, in a secret war of relentless ferocity, where achieving your mission and surviving are not the same thing. Bobby Lake dropped out of Harvard to fight in Vietnam, because he wanted to be a hero. But how do you become a hero amongst men who only notice the cowards, where just the price of respect is high, and the cost of being a hero is hard to pay?
William F Owen is British and was born in Singapore in 1963. Privately educated, he joined the Army in 1981, and served in both regular and territorial units until resigning in 1993 to work on defence and advisory projects in Kuwait, Taiwan, Algeria, the Philippines, and Sierra Leone. An accomplished, glider, fixed wing and helicopter pilot, he works as a writer, broadcaster and defence analyst. This is his first novel.