Nov 182013
 
A heavy hunk of steel but nothing beats the FNMAG for fully-automatic firepower!

It’s a heavy bastard but nothing cuts down jungle like the FNMAG.

The Jungle sucks balls! Without a doubt it is one of the nastiest environments on earth in which to conduct military operations. No shit, everything in the damn place is trying to suck your blood, bite your arse, chafe your nuts and make your life as miserable as f#cking possible.

I’m sure that I knew most of this from previous experiences in my military career, but somehow I had forgotten and when the opportunity popped up to join a group of South East Asian Special Forces guys on a weeklong training exercise in some heavy J, I jumped on it.

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Took less than four hours for my hosts to whip this up. Five star jungle accommodation.

Claymore Salad

What’s got four legs and 700 balls? Claymore that’s who. Rigged for rapid deployment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve got to admit the overall experience was off the charts. Our infil involved a three-hour ride up the delta in a landing craft followed by a chopper ride into the heart of darkness and then a week of live firing, navigation, survival training and general jungle bad assert, I fired enough lead to kill the Predator five times over.

In some parts of the world frog is a delicacy. Avoid those places...

In some parts of the world frog is a delicacy. Avoid those places…

My hosts were seriously slick operators, jungle hardened warriors they could break contact with the best of them and throw up a makeshift shelter in as much time as it took me to extract my sorry arse from a particularly nasty thorn covered vine. Impressively they were also impervious to the stifling humidity… unlike me who spent the entire time drenched to the skin with either sweat and/or torrential rain. Enter my favorite parts of jungle ops, prickly heat and chafing.

I came away from this little adventure with a very healthy respect for those men who’ve actually fought in the jungle, whether it was in the Pacific Theater of WW2 or Vietnam. Without a doubt they have endured some of the shittiest conditions conceivable. Maybe in the future I’ll send Bishop and the team in to test their mettle against the J. In the meantime I’m going to avoid it all costs and get back to writing PRIMAL Mirza.

By the way, for those of you who have been asking PRIMAL Fury will be out on March 04 2014. And for those of you who have been requesting hard copies PRIMAL Unleashed and PRIMAL Vengeance will be released in paperback on Dec 03 of this year. Audiobooks will also be available and you can pre order all of them on Amazon. 

 

 

Jul 152011
 

After a long hard slog the first PRIMAL story is finally available as an eBook on Amazon and Smashwords.

Acclaimed action thriller writer Matthew Reilly (ICE STATION) has read it and had this to say.

“If you like Tom Clancy, you’ll like PRIMAL. It bristles with authenticity because the guy who wrote it used to do it for real.”

I really enjoyed writing this short story; it’s fast paced, full of action and tells the story of how PRIMAL came to be. What’s more it’s free, or at least as cheap as we could make it in places like Amazon.

So what’s on the cards for Jack Silkstone and the PRIMAL Creative team now? We’re working on the first PRIMAL YouTube video. It is set to be released in the next month. Look out for it on our channel and on Facebook. Fans of FreddieW and Corridor Digital are going to love it.

In addition our first full-length novel PRIMAL Unleashed is scheduled for release in November 2011.

Till I next blog,

Jack Silkstone

 

 

Jul 072011
 

So in all seriousness WTF is going on in Libya? Is the Western world serious about removing Gaddafi from power or are they going to continue to sit on the fence until one side kills the other? If that’s the case then I think we’re in for some sore butts.

The French recently admitted to supplying weapons to the rebels. A bold move but also one that might come back to haunt them. I mean who are these guys? And what’s to say they won’t sell these arms to some other fanatical group later on? More to the point, if the whole aim of your operation is to protect civilians then why the hell would you give them guns? I’ve seen video of these guys trying to attack Gaddafi’s troops and the professional soldier in me cringed. They’re more dangerous to themselves than anyone else.

In my humble opinion, as an author and a keen follower of world events, this whole thing looks like a total shit fight caused by a complete lack of will power, on behalf of world leaders, to make a decision and follow it through. I mean seriously, if you want to stop civilians getting killed then pick a side and back them to the hilt. This fence sitting crap is just delaying the conflict, spreading turmoil and getting more and more people killed.

It’s not just soldier’s bullets that kill civilians in conflict. The destruction of vital infrastructure denies them the services they need to live. Services such as clean water, electricity, medical support and waste disposal. Prolonging a conflict is prolonging pain, suffering and unnecessary loss of life.

So what’s the solution? Arm the rebels, assassinate Gaddafi, send in troops, bomb Tripoli into submission, blockade Gaddafi loyalists, or a combination of the above? One thing is for sure; harsh words are not going to achieve much. No, if the West is serious about saving lives the time for action is now! Send in a well equipped, flexible force that understands unconventional warfare. Hang on, haven’t most nations learnt lessons from Afghan and Iraq?

Maybe it’s time for NATO to step up and step out on its own. I’m sure a NATO heavy Brigade could easily sweep into Tripoli and remove Gaddafi.

I mean we can’t count on a fictitious team like PRIMAL to roll into Tripoli and blackmail Gaddafi into abdicating, can we?

Just some of my thoughts,

J Silkstone

 

Jun 202011
 

So who are PRIMAL? They’re a bad ass team of technology enabled gunslingers waging a war against evil bastards across the globe. The key to PRIMAL is their complete lack of fear. No target is too big, too untouchable or too powerful for PRIMAL. They’re a gunned up, geared up, completely ruthless version of the A-Team. Less the complete lack of realism. These guys have no master and are not about to shirk a good old fashioned interrogation session to protect the innocent.

Burn a village, pollute a rainforest, spread fear and pain. These are all good ways to get the attention of a team of operatives that make the Israeli Mossad look like pizza delivery boys.

So how the hell did PRIMAL come into existence? The first novelette, PRIMAL Origin, gives you a heads up on how the team came together. The concept however was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan where I had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s finest Special Forces. UK SBS, US Green Berets, SEALs, Delta as well as Canadian JTF2 and Australian SAS and Commandos. Immersed in a world of targeting Taliban Commanders and other High Value Targets I constantly found myself imagining what these guys could achieve without the caveats of Government control. If they could wage unconstrained warfare against the world’s worst. So as I interacted with these amazing warriors I started to build a concept, a concept that would evolve into PRIMAL.

I won’t lie, I’m just like every other guy on the planet. I love action movies, first person shooters, fast cars, technology, guns, cool kit and of course beautiful women. I grew up with Dirk Pitt, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, Doom, Wolfenstein, Commando Comics, James Bond, Rambo, The Predator and more. As a young man I have embraced Counter Strike, Half-life, The Bourne Series, Top Gear, Call of Duty the list goes on and on. Coupled with my military experience this seething mass of adrenalin-fueled testosterone has evolved into PRIMAL.

This Blog is an opportunity for me to interact with everyone who is interested in all things PRIMAL. I’m going to update on PRIMAL books, short films and other concepts on a regular basis. I’m also going to comment on cool technology, fast cars, guns and other military hardware. I’ll put a Jack Silkstone/PRIMAL bent on world events and give insight onto how a technology enabled, independent, Special Ops team might handle some of the world’s problems. But most importantly I’m going to interact with PRIMAL supporters all over the world. I’m going to give away some free stuff and invite you to be a part of creating more PRIMAL missions.

Roll out the Target Packs, it’s time to deal some justice PRIMAL style.

Jack Silkstone