Apr 122017
 

I first visited New Zealand in 2006 and fell madly in love with the place. The scenery was like nothing I had ever seen before. Towering snow-capped mountains, crystal clear rivers and lakes, majestic glaciers, and forests of moss covered trees.

What’s more the country was super relaxed. People didn’t jump up and down and get excited about crap that wasn’t important. They got on with life driven by common sense, not bureaucracy, ego and douchery.

So when the time came to choose a new home base, I knew this was the place for me. That was 2013, and I haven’t looked back. In fact, I recently purchased a pub in one of the wildest parts of the country, the future home of team PRIMAL.

So, if you’re looking for a great place to visit and an even better place to live check out New Zealand. Need some inspiration? Take a peek at my Instagram, it tells the story.

And no, I’m not getting kickbacks from NZ Tourism……yet.

Newzealand truly is a majestic place. I expect to find orcs and dwarves around every corner. #lotr #middleearth

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It doesn’t get much better than this.

Aug 282016
 

SEAL of ApprovalYou can do 22 pushups every day for 22 days and draw attention to the plight of veterans. Or you could download a 99 cent book and help make a big difference for a veteran who needs a buddy and a dog who needs a home.

For the next five days, I’m putting a hundred percent of the royalties I make from each copy of SEAL of Approval toward the selection and training of a support dog for a suffering veteran. At 99 cents that means you will be contributing 70 cents to help me reach the $2500 it will cost to rescue and train a canine support buddy.

Since launching SEAL of Approval, I’ve managed to raise $1800. That means I only need to sell another thousand books to get it over the line. That’s something I think I can achieve in 5 days.

The books currently rated 4.7 stars on Amazon and may ‘actually’ be entertaining. It’s a bit of a rom-com with enough action to keep your average red-blooded male interested. But hey, at 99 cents it’s not like you have to ‘actually’ read it.

Hit the button below, cough up a buck, and make a real difference.

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Cheers,

JS

Jul 252016
 
Head on a swivel, Poketard!

Head on a swivel, Poketard!

Yesterday, I was driving through town in my truck when I rounded a corner and was confronted by an individual standing in the middle of the road with their back to me. Instantly, I realized this was a simple-minded victim of the Pokemon Go craze that has been sweeping the world. Jumping on my brakes, I brought my two tonnes of death sled to a screeching halt, wound down my window and informed the unfortunate individual that their presence on the road was impeding my travel. It sounded more like this, “Hey, Poketard. You got a death wish? Get the hell off the road.”

Situational awareness is something that’s drilled into every soldier from day one of basic training. Calls such as “head on a swivel, eyes up space cadet, look for work, and, my personal favorite, are you f@cking blind,” will stay with us till the day we die. Unfortunately, your average Pokemon Go player hasn’t had the benefit of getting smacked in the head every time their eyes drop to the ground. So in light of that, I’ve devised a three-step training program specifically for Poketards!

images-1Step 1: Keep it in your workspace. This is pretty simple, to operate the electronic device and remain aware of your surroundings, you need to lift your noodle arms and hold it in front of your face. Then, you look past your phone every few seconds to ensure you’re not walking into a sign, pole or another person’s fist. The training technique is equally simple. See someone tooling along with their eyes down on their device? Position something in their path, preferably a large immobile object, and wait for the results.

Step 2: Head on a Swivel. Now, you’ve got your device in your workspace, and things are humming. The key here is to remain aware of your surroundings by looking past your device and turning your head from side to side. Sounds hard? It isn’t. Quickest way to help your buddy learn this is to extend your fist and run at them from a 45-degree angle. On impact scream,”Head on a swivel Poketard!”

Step 3: Get a Life. Yep, holster that brain frying iTard and get your head in the game. There’s a big bad world out there filled with real experiences, real people and cool stuff to do and see. You don’t have to be chasing invisible Tamagotchis to explore it.

Jack out.

Mar 062016
 
It's got romance in it. But, it's not too romantic.

It’s got romance in it. But, it’s not too romantic.

Yeah, don’t judge me.

I mean sure, it’s got some romance in it. But, it’s also got Navy SEALs fighting a cartel hitmen, a wounded military working dog and OK, a little romance between the girl next door veterinarian and our hero SEAL. Think Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.

It’s also a bit of a comedy, in that our hero, like many military men, has terrible taste in women. Yep, he’s dating narcissistic princesses (we’ve all been there). However, his teammates have a plan to ensure his next love isn’t so shallow, enter the Girlfriend Selection Course. It’s BUD/S for babes.

It’s a short tale, 40K words, that’ll make you cringe, laugh and fist pump when the good guys win. Most importantly I’m going to be donating some of the royalties the books earns to a volunteer organization supplying support dogs to veterans. Hopefully, I can raise enough to provide a trained rescue dog to help someone deal with PTSD.

So, grab a copy of SEAL of Approval. Remember, don’t hate yourself for reading romance, you’re helping out a veteran who needs the support of a dog.

Cheers,

JS

 

Dec 232015
 

Someone on social media enlightened me yesterday. Allegedly I have been committing a significant PC sin by wishing people a “Merry Christmas”. Allegedly the correct greeting I should be using is… “Happy Holidays”.

Seriously… eat a dick. If a Muslim wishes me a Happy Eid, a Jew a Happy Hanakah a Buddhist a Happy Vesak or any other religion a happy ‘whatever’ my response is ‘right on brother/sister’. I respect their religion and their right to use a greeting aligned with it.

People need to chill the hell out. Political correctness is a hot load of crap that generates a passive society unwilling to stand up for itself. So, if you want to wish someone a Merry Christmas then holiday the f$ck up and ride that pony to the ranch.

And, in line with the theme of a politically incorrect Christmas, Holiday Season, Hannakah or whatever you’re running with, I’m giving away a book filled with the holiday spirit of gifting copious amounts of lead to really shit people.

For the next few days PRIMAL Unleashed, my first full length novel, is available for free. So spread some freedom and enjoy the hell out of it.

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Merry Christmas.

JS

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Oct 112015
 

I recently read an article that’s getting a lot of traction on the web regarding the amount of Toyota Hiluxs that ISIS is banging around in. Allegedly the US Government is pissy with Toyota because somehow this is their fault. Seriously, it’s like they don’t understand the basic principles of a free market. People give Toyota money in exchange for cars. Then these people sell the cars to other people and before long they’re in the hands of ISIS, the Taliban, Boko Haram, and every other black flag waving dickhead. The real question is why do the world’s worst choose the Toyota Hilux over every other option?

That question’s easy to answer… it’s because Toyotas are built Taliban Tough. No shit I’ve seen Hiluxs take punishment that other pickups simply can’t. They’ve been strafed by miniguns, blasted by Hellfire missiles, and still keep rolling.

The Taliban Love Their TOYOTA's

The Taliban Love Their TOYOTAs

Not only does the Hilux reign supreme in the Middle East it also thrives in the harshest place in the world… Australia. Aussies are notoriously hard on their pickups and the Toyota truck is the highest selling vehicle on the market. Farmers in OZ treat these trucks with even more disrespect than the Taliban.

Don’t belive me that these things are tough? Then check out this series of torture tests that the team at Top Gear put one through.

All this evidence makes it pretty easy to see why ISIS want to drive Hiluxs. They’re cheap, they go hard, and they’re pretty much indestructible. However, if ISIS wants real street cred they need to start getting around in VW diesel Polos and Golfs. They’re not only tough but they’re also polluting the world at 10 times the rate of other cars… eco-terrorism at its best.

Oct 062015
 

Not On Ops You Didn’t.

Tooling around the web I came across this new phenomenon being endorsed by some marketing twit called Sarah Wilson. ‘I quit sugar’ is her book and damn it’s made her wealthy as f#ck. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not adverse to people helping others improve their health. Hell I’m all for it. I’m also not against people cutting back on sugars. I personally think that High Fructose Corn Syrup is a greater threat to humanity than team retard ISIS. However, I do want to issue a warning to anyone thinking about going cold turkey on sugar.

A few years ago, while deployed on ops, I decided to pull the plug on sugar. At the time I was running a very small team that was working long hours providing vital support to door kickers. These guys were some of the smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with and all of them remain close friends. However, my little sojourn into sugar free living nearly ended that.

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Rip It Saved My Life!!!

The first five days of my journey were dark to say the least. I got cold sweats, my hands shook, and I craved anything sweet. Sleep, when it came, was fitful and filled with dreams of donuts and Otis Spunkmeyer muffins. Seriously, they were like some kind of LSD-fueled Disney movie with angry confectionary chasing me through Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. On the sixth day a Green Beret buddy dropped off a slab of sugar-free Rip Its. That shit saved my life and kept me sane for another day.

At the conclusion of the first week my team team held an intervention. Allegedly I wasn’t the only one suffering from my sugar withdrawal. “You’re being a dick.” “For f#ck’s sake man eat a muffin or five.” “If you don’t eat some sugar we’re going to kill you.” I faced angry faces and harsh words from the guys I relied on to get the job done. It would seem that the absence of sugar turned me into a short-tempered tyrant looking for any excuse to vent. Did I fold and start consuming? Not at first. But then muffins, cookies, candy, and Timmy Hortons iced coffees started appearing on my desk. At first I resisted and the evil glares from my workers continued. Then, one day I surrendered to a packet of Twizels and before I knew it I was back on the gear. Almost instantly my team started talking to me again and the death threats ceased. Team cohesion was saved by a plastic tasting candy that I truly despise.

Why have I shared this? Do I endorse the excessive consumption of sugar? Hell no. However, like everything when consumed in moderation, it has a place. Oh, and most importantly, going cold turkey in a small team environment is a good way to get your arse kicked.

JS out.

P.S. Remember to pre-order PRIMAL Renegade so I can donate some money to help save rhinos in Africa.

P.S.S Check out these lunatic Aussies who quit sugar.

Aug 032015
 

Poaching is a topic that literally makes me want to punch someone in the face. The idea that majestic animals are being hunted to the brink of extinction for a substance that is identical to your finger nails really eats at me. I would like nothing more than to unleash PRIMAL on the perpetrators of such a heinous, self-centered crime. Unfortunately I can’t, but I can write a book about it and use some of the proceeds to fund people who are fighting poaching.

PRIMAL Renegade takes Bishop on a wild adventure through Africa as he seeks retribution against a Chinese-backed poacher. It’s a journey that will tear at his moral fibre and ultimately see him lose something he values more than life itself.

For every pre-order past 1000 of PRIMAL Renegade, I’ll give half my royalties to the IAPF (International Anti Poaching Foundation, www.iapf.org). Pre-order Renegade, or gift it to a friend or family member, and you’ll help out this team of heavy hitters who are on the frontline protecting rhinos, elephants, and other species at risk from poaching.

Click on your bookstore of choice below to pre-order the ebook.

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Cheers,

JS

Don't let this happen. Support the IAPF.

Don’t let this happen. Support the IAPF.

Jul 052015
 

Team,

Make sure you grab PRIMAL Inception for free. Click on your bookstore of choice below to download the ebook.

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If you’re new to the PRIMAL Series, Inception is the book that started it all, revealing the backstory of the two rogue CIA operatives who formed PRIMAL. For those of you who don’t shop on Amazon, the next book in the series is PRIMAL Reckoning. Book one in a trilogy that pits our team of global vigilantes against Mexican cartels, civilian paramilitary contractors, and ultimately, the CIA. I’ll be releasing all future PRIMAL books in all stores so if you haven’t yet ‘Join PRIMAL’ here to be kept informed of upcoming releases. I will only email you when I have a new book or news pertaining to my work.

Enjoy

JS out.

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May 222015
 
Wow this looks like fun.

Wow this looks like fun.

It amazes me how quickly people latch on to stupid ideas and run with them. Yesterday I read an article promoting walking with a heavy pack as the #1 fitness fad of 2015. They call it ‘rucking’ and allegedly it’s how the military stays fit.

I’m baffled how people think that this is a good idea. I’ve yomped, rucked, stomped, humped, and TAB’d more miles than I would like to remember, carrying ridiculous loads and as a result I’ve got the knees of a seventy year old man.

Walking around with a pack on ... otherwise known as hiking.

Walking around with a pack on … otherwise known as hiking.

What people fail to realize is that Soldiers don’t carry heavy shit because of the health benefits. They carry heavy shit because they need it. They carry ammo because sure as hell when terry towel head starts laying down the smack you want to throw something more than a goddamn pillow at him. Water, food, night vision gear, breaching charges, mortar rounds, spare socks, med kits, radios, rocket launchers, all of this gear is heavy and all of it is mission essential. We don’t carry it so we can maintain rock hard abs and a toned arse. We carry it because it keeps us alive.

More to the point the first chance soldiers get they dump their shit in a helicopter, APC, MRAP, truck, robot donkey, or even a goddamn wheelbarrow. Why? Because carrying shit sucks balls and it destroys your body. Stress fractures, torn ligaments, compressed discs, shin-splints, sheered ACL joints, tendonitis, these are all ‘health benefits’ that civilians carrying heavy packs can look forward to.

Water boarding - great fitness for the whole family.

Water boarding – great fitness for the whole family.

But, fucktards (rucktards) do like to jump on a bandwagon. Obstacle courses were huge last year, this year it’s rucking, so what’s the next big fitness fad being lifted from the military? I think we should spread the love and go for a CIA-based activity. Waterboarding – low on calories, great for your abs and really cleans out the sinuses. Get into it rucktards!

Oh, by the way PRIMAL Redemption is out on  3 June. It’s got heaps of great ideas in it for rucktards to try out including; extreme rendition, subfreezing exposure and high velocity impact training.