Feb 282014
 

10458871_10152170006550108_7588909318375872464_nThere was once a time when the only men that wore beards were manly men. Lumberjacks, fishermen, Spec Ops dudes and Vikings.Now it seems that every second dweeb I see on the street is a flaxseed consuming, noodle armed, skinny jean wearing, pot smoking, artistic fuckwit sporting a full blown organic face warmer.

A steely eyed, bearded warrior waits patiently for a Hipster to trundle by on a fixie, drinking a flax and kale smoothie.

A steely eyed, bearded warrior waits patiently for a Hipster to trundle by on a fixie, drinking a flax and kale smoothie.

I hate these people almost as much as I hate vegans. Why? I hear you ask. Because they’ve taken something awesome and turned it in to a great big pile of steaming hippy shit. There was a time when a heavily tattooed, bearded dude
wearing a watch cap was either a lumberjack or a WWII Commando about to scale a French cliff and snap some Nazi scumbag’s neck like a twig. Now it’s the hallmark of a veritable smorgasbord of limp wristed dipshits who’s only contribution to society is to consume kale, sell useless second hand shit and ride helmetless on bikes with no brakes and no gears. Fucking tards.

There, I’m done. Now I can breath easy and go back to working on PRIMAL.

 

 

 

 

Feb 212014
 

F#ck I love technology. Aircraft, weapons, cars, bio security, 3D printers, comms networks, medical tech, it doesn’t matter. If it’s shiny and high tech I want one. So when the opportunity to hit the Singapore Air Show popped up I was on it like Bieber on a cock flavored lolly pop.

One thing  I noticed when I rocked out at the show with my PRIMAL t-shirt on was the number of bad suits that guys were wearing. I felt like I was in the most expensive second hand car yard in the world. It’s not gonna give me much confidence in your billion dollar tech if you can’t be arsed buying a suit that fits.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?…. Sort of, it’s Super Heron.

The overall trend at the show in the military sector was unmanned tech. Boats, vehicles and aircraft, everything was on offer. Not surprising considering that the entire military technology world is trending towards leaving personnel out of harms way and outsourcing the fighting to the machines. No real stand outs, just plenty of the same. Israeli Defence Industries did roll out their new upgraded Heron platform. Despite their official ‘we don’t arm drones’ standpoint this bastard sure has a lot of hard points. You can’t tell me they’re all for fuel.

No airshow is complete without some old faithfuls

The F-15. Old school but packing more high tech systems than your iPhone.

and the Singapore Armed Forces are still flying two of my favorites, the F-16 and the F-15… sex on wings.  As old as these girls are the Singaporeans have jacked them up with all the latest gear. In fact the F-15 SG is probably the most capable multi-role fighter in the world. This thing carries more ordnance than Iron Man.

The Chinese stand was pretty funny. The models of their latest technology looked pretty sweet until you realized that every one of them was a copy of an aircraft from the 1980s. Maybe they’re keeping their good stuff at home?

What airshow would be complete without an F-35 or a V-22 Osprey in attendance. Despite all the set backs the F-35 is one savage looking jet.

The RTF over the ramp roll on roll off weapons delivery system. An idea borrowed front the pages of PRIMAL?

It was pretty cool to see some of the tech I’ve been writing about in the PRIMAL books actually starting to make it on the shelves. The boys over at ATK have designed a roll on roll off weapons pack for the C-130 Herc, not unlike the system in the Pain Train. I also located an iPRIMAL-esque battle space management tool being built by the Singaporeans.

Anyway enough jet setting, time to get back into the books and crack out PRIMAL Nemesis.

JS

 

 

 

Aug 022013
 

PRIMAZONSo it’s finally happened. I’ve sold my soul to the devil and signed PRIMAL up to a publishing house. I might add that the publishing house is Amazon Publishing and not some antiquated team of literatertards who don’t get what I write or why.

Why did I do it and what does it mean? Well for starters it means I can now write full time, f@ck yeah! That means more PRIMAL more often. It also means that there will be hard copies and audiobooks available, lots of fans have been asking for both. In the short term it has delayed the release of PRIMAL Fury but in the long term it’s going to be HUGE.

Does this mean that I will compromise when it comes to keeping PRIMAL grittier than one of Chuck Norris’ turds? Hell no! The guys at Amazon Publishing are on team with letting me run things as I always have. What they bring to the party is distribution and the skills to turn out an even better final product. The entire PRIMAL series will be relaunched in December including a new ‘extended’ PRIMAL Origin that includes PRIMAL’s first mission. The relaunch will be closely followed by PRIMAL Fury which will be the first book launched by Amazon Publishing.

Until that time you can still buy all three of the current ‘limited edition’ indie versions here.

I want to finish this entry by passing on my heartfelt thanks to all the PRIMAL fans that have made this ‘huge’ move possible. You took a chance on an unknown author and it’s you guys who have made PRIMAL what it is. I write because you guys read! I also want to thank Amazon for the opportunity to work with a forward thinking and flexible organisation, they truly are the SOF of the publishing world. Lastly I want to thank my agent Scott Miller for hooking it all up, much appreciated bro.

Now I’ve got to get back to mapping out PRIMAL Mirza.

JS

 

 

Aug 302011
 

The News Observer recently interviewed former-CIA Director Michael Hayden about the hunt for Bin Laden. If you are interested in CIA covert action, HUMINT, NSA and Al Qaeda, it would be well worth reading. Although retired, he continues to teach, lecture, and give interviews.

I was fortunate to chat with him a couple of years ago just after he retired as Director of the CIA. He was very frank with his experiences and opinions – a total professional who spoke his mind, a man I respect.

Some judge Hayden harshly for his views, one idea in particular.  He argues that ongoing global counter-terrorism operations still need to be classified as ‘war’. Why? Simple, so we can justify the nature of operations required to combat terrorists. Operations that include the targeted killing of terrorist leaders and high risk capture missions.

I for one think the man’s on the money. The threat from extremist elements is not decreasing, and some of the methods required to counter this threat are not easily justified outside of war.

Sounds ruthless? That’s because it is. I know this might sound harsh to some, but it is the cold reality of the world we live in. The threat groups out there are fighting a war without rules. They’re willing to murder women and children, and torture innocents. To bring justice to these men we need to wage war!

You can find the transcript of the interview here.

Til next time,

Jack