• Fiction

The Mercenary Option


Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743480112
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 6692
After losing his son in the September 11 attacks, wealthy industrialist Joseph Simpson forms the Intervention Force (IFOR) -- a surgical strike team led by former Navy SEAL Garrett Walker. Officially, the group is a rogue operation with no government affiliation. But when the impossible becomes absolutely necessary, IFOR is... THE MERCENARY OPTION Shortly after the terror attacks on America, the American president announces the construction of an oil pipeline across Afghanistan. To stop this, and deter further Western encroachment in Central Asia, a vindictive Saudi prince retains ex-KGB terror broker Pavel Zelinkow -- a prime mover behind al Qaeda's 9/11 attack. Zelinkow plans to steal two nuclear weapons, detonating one of them among the pipeline construction crews and their military guardians, while the target of the second bomb is a mystery. U.S. special operations forces cannot be used against the terrorists hiding in Iran, so IFOR is called into action for the first time on a mission that will test them to their limits: take out the terrorists, recover the nukes, and get Zelinkow -- dead or alive.

    • Law

Corporate Warriors

The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry
Author: Peter Warren Singer
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801489150
Category: Law
Page: 330
View: 2429
Some have claimed that ?War is too important to be left to the generals,? but P. W. Singer asks ?What about the business executives?? Breaking out of the guns-for-hire mold of traditional mercenaries, corporations now sell skills and services that until recently only state militaries possessed. Their products range from trained commando teams to strategic advice from generals. This new ?Privatized Military Industry? encompasses hundreds of companies, thousands of employees, and billions of dollars in revenue. Whether as proxies or suppliers, such firms have participated in wars in Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and Latin America. More recently, they have become a key element in U.S. military operations. Private corporations working for profit now sway the course of national and international conflict, but the consequences have been little explored. In this book, Singer provides the first account of the military services industry and its broader implications. Corporate Warriors includes a description of how the business works, as well as portraits of each of the basic types of companies: military providers that offer troops for tactical operations; military consultants that supply expert advice and training; and military support companies that sell logistics, intelligence, and engineering. The privatization of warfare allows startling new capabilities and efficiencies in the ways that war is carried out. At the same time, however, Singer finds that the entrance of the profit motive onto the battlefield raises a series of troubling questions?for democracy, for ethics, for management, for human rights, and for national security.

    • Fiction

The Princess and the Mercenary


Author: Marilyn Pappano
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 1426873948
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
View: 3299
Tyler Ramsey's mission was to follow the trail of Montebello's missing crown prince to Montana, not to guard a pampered princess. But when Princess Anna Sebastiani insisted on joining the search for her brother, Tyler became her reluctant bodyguard. Keeping track of the regal virgin wasn't nearly as challenging as fighting the explosive and unexpected attraction between them. When the fierce Montana winter left them snowbound, the result seemed inevitable. But the rugged mercenary's sworn duty was to protect the princess—even from himself….

    • Political Science

Readings in the International Relations of Africa


Author: Tom Young
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253018943
Category: Political Science
Page: 384
View: 1617
These readings in international relations in Africa grapple with the continent’s changing place in the world. The essays confront issues such as the increasing tempo of armed conflict, the tendency of Western states and agencies to intervene in African settings, the presence of China, and the health of African states and their ability to participate in the global economy. Questions regarding sovereignty, leading regional actors, conflict and resolution, and the neoliberal African renaissance add to the broad thematic coverage presented in this timely volume.

    • Political Science

Conflicting Missions

Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976
Author: Piero Gleijeses
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807826472
Category: Political Science
Page: 552
View: 5362
This is a compelling and dramatic account of Cuban policy in Africa from 1959 to 1976 and of its escalating clash with U.S. policy toward the continent. Piero Gleijeses's fast-paced narrative takes the reader from Cuba's first steps to assist Algerian reb

    • Games

Mercenaries


Author: Alderac Entertainment Group
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)
ISBN: 9781887953580
Category: Games
Page: N.A
View: 1954

    • History

Mercenaries

Putting the World to Rights with Hired Guns
Author: Al J. Venter
Publisher: Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors
ISBN: 9781612002446
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 2042
"A fascinating look at modern merc actions in the Middle East and Africa. From brushfire wars in the Congo to outright genocides in Biafra, highly skilled mercenaries were called upon to fight for order, and also for a living. Whether facing fanatics in Somalia or revolutionaries in Rhodesia, staving off cannibals in Sierra Leone or assisting a civil war in Angola the mercs put their lives on the line for a cause." -- book cover.

    • Fiction

The Mercenary's Claim


Author: Chula Stone
Publisher: Stormy Night Publications
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 70
View: 8208
Languishing behind the walls of her father’s castle, Kirsten would have gladly given anything she possessed to defeat their enemies and break the siege… anything except what was ultimately required of her. In desperation and with no other option, her lord father had summoned the fearsome mercenary Gustav Jager and sought to buy his sword with lands and a title, but Gustav had demanded more… much more. He would come to their aid, but only in return for Kirsten’s hand in marriage. Led from the victory feast as his bride and his prize, Kirsten finds that Gustav has awakened something in her which she did not expect, and to her surprise she does not find her duties to her new husband in the least bit unpleasant. Soon, though, she learns that her body belongs to him in more ways than one, and that he is more than willing to bare her bottom and spank her soundly when her behavior warrants it. In spite of Gustav’s firm chastisement and his unsophisticated manner, Kirsten cannot help but start to fall in love as he works hard to build a better life for her and for the small band of loyal friends who serve them, and when an old enemy returns to plague her family once more, Kirsten must put aside the spoiled girl she once was and act with the courage befitting the wife of a knight. Publisher’s Note: The Mercenary’s Claim contains non-consensual spankings of an adult woman, including domestic discipline in a historical setting. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

    • Fiction

Covert Action


Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416510435
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 5858
First there was The Mercenary Option. Now IFOR, the surgical strike team led by former Navy SEAL Garrett Walker, returns in an explosive adventure charged with authenticity and suspense. COVERT ACTION Formed by a wealthy industrialist after the terror attacks on American soil, the Intervention Force is a professional strike team called in on missions others can't -- or won't -- undertake. IFOR has already defused a seemingly impenetrable scheme for nuclear annihilation; now they are called into one of the world's hottest zones. In the Zimbabwean province of Tonga, an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever has U.S. officials on the alert for bioterrorism. Walker leads his Black Ops team into the heart of danger in the African nation to unhinge the workings of two terrorist kingpins -- the brilliant Russian Pavel Zelinkow and Al Qaeda mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi -- before a cataclysm is unleashed on an unsuspecting world. For "hard-as-nails adventure that will keep you riveted to your chair" (Stephen Coonts), delve into the IFOR novels from Dick Couch.

    • Fiction

Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor


Author: Dick Couch,George Galdorisi
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101576170
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
View: 2031
The Navy SEALs have been fighting terrorists around the world for over a decade. And for all that time, the Bandito Platoon SEALS from SEAL Team Seven have been on continuous combat rotation. Now they have drawn a shipboard assignment off Central America—an easy day. But for a Navy SEAL, the only easy day was yesterday. In a powerful story of global anti-terrorism inspired by real life missions, Act of Valor combines stunning combat scenes, up-to-the minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes you deep into the secretive world of today’s most elite, highly trained group of warriors. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the United States, a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitments to country, team, and their families back home. But each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border—where they engage in an epic firefight with potentially unimaginable consequences for America… From the Paperback edition.

    • Fiction

Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Out of the Ashes


Author: Dick Couch,George Galdorisi,Tom Clancy,Steve Pieczenik
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250026822
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 8281
A New York Times bestseller! Tom Clancy's Op-Center is back with this new thriller written by the New York Times bestselling authors of Tom Clancy's ACT OF VALOR and featuring a chilling, ripped-from-the-headlines scenario. Before 9/11 America was protected by a covert force known as the National Crisis Management Center. Commonly known as Op-Center, this silent, secret mantel guarded the American people and protected the country from enemies. The charter was top secret and Director Paul Hood reported directly to the president. Op-Center used undercover operatives with SWAT capabilities to diffuse crises around the world, and they were tops in their field. But after the World Trade Center disaster, in the interest of streamlining, OP-Center was disbanded-leaving the country in terrible danger. But when terrorists detonate bombs in sports stadiums around the country leaving men, women and children dead or mutilated, the President executes an emergency order to bring back Op-Center-an Op-Center capable of dealing with the high tech crises of the 21st Century, and there is a lethal one brewing in the Middle East. A renegade Saudi Prince with ambitions of controlling the world's oil supply has an ingenious plot to manipulate America into attacking Syria and launching a war against Iran. Next, they would ignite a sleeper cell to attack the America homeland, resulting in a bloodbath unlike any other. Only the men and women of Op-Center, using sophisticated technology, realize what is about to be unleashed. Only they have the courage to issue a warning no one wants to hear. But will anyone believe them?

    • History

The Warrior Elite

The Forging of SEAL Class 228
Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0307566234
Category: History
Page: 384
View: 5030
With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world. What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep? In The Warrior Elite, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch documents the process that transforms young men into warriors. SEAL training is the distillation of the human spirit, a tradition-bound ordeal that seeks to find men with character, courage, and the burning desire to win at all costs, men who would rather die than quit. From the Trade Paperback edition.

    • Fiction

Pressure Point


Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416523251
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
View: 2555
Delivering "a gripping insider's view of the secret world of nuclear security" (W.E.B. Griffin), Dick Couch's explosive novel poses the chilling and timely question: How safe are America's waterways from terrorist threat? Riding quietly at her moorings on Puget Sound, the U.S. Navy's deadly weapon -- the Trident submarine -- waits for her return to the sea. But an Arab terrorist known as the Shadow has targeted the USS Michigan, with nearly three hundred nuclear warheads nestled in its missile silos. He intends to take the deadliest weapon of the Cold War and turn it into the deadliest dirty bomb conceivable -- by hijacking the Spokane, flagship of the nation's largest ferry fleet. The nation, caught by surprise, sends a select team of Navy SEALs to stop the Shadow. They are aided by a savvy FBI agent and the ferry's captain, Ross Peck. Unless the U.S. wields its political might to support his terrorist brothers in the Middle East, the Shadow will unleash a radiological holocaust, and a nightmare beyond imagining. . . .

    • Reference

U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological And Chemical Survival Manual


Author: George Captain Galdorisi
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780786725762
Category: Reference
Page: 256
View: 1523
Military experts teach you how to survive an attack on American soil, from North Korean missiles to weaponized smallpox North Korean nukes. Dirty bombs in train stations. Chemical warfare. Americans have more reasons than ever to be afraid. If a nuclear missile strikes, will you know what to do? If a nerve agent is released in your subway system or office building, will you be safe? The U.S. Armed Forces Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Survival Manual gives you the information you need to survive a terrorist attack. It contains the best practices of all the United States' military services, adapted for the first time for civilian use. With this manual, you will be able to take action to protect your family and loved ones, whether you are just beginning to think about the possibility of attack, or are well along the path of equipping yourself against a nuclear, biological, or chemical strike. Experts agree that it's only a matter of time before a rogue terrorist or an enemy nation breaks through our defenses. This handbook is the single most effective tool you can own to protect yourself and your family against the danger looming over our homeland. This manual will show you how to: Protect yourself during a chemical or biological attack Recognize the indicators of nuclear, chemical and biological attack Develop a simple and effective family action plan Guard against the radiological effects of a dirty bomb Assist victims of nuclear, chemical, or biological agents Assemble and store the everyday materials that could save your life

    • History

Hellenistic and Roman Sparta


Author: Paul Cartledge
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113450389X
Category: History
Page: 328
View: 5126
In this new edition, Paul Cartledge and Antony Spawforth have taken account of recent finds and scholarship to revise and update their authoritative overview of later Spartan history, and of the social, political, economic and cultural changes in the Spartan community. This original and compelling account is especially significant in challenging the conventional misperception of Spartan 'decline' after the loss of her status as a great power on the battlefield in 371 BC. The book's focus on a frequently overlooked period makes it important not only for those interested specifically in Sparta, but also for all those concerned with Hellenistic Greece, and with the life of Greece and other Greek-speaking provinces under non-Roman rule.

    • British

My Friend the Mercenary


Author: James Brabazon
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781847674395
Category: British
Page: 457
View: 2916
In a fly-blown bar in West Africa, war reporter James Brabazon found himself discussing military plans to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea with one of Africa's most notorious mercenaries - his friend Nick du Toit. The Byzantine plot, its farcical execution and its tragic consequences led to Simon Mann and a host of celebrated guns-for-hire falling victim to their own avaricious plans, Machiavellian scheming and perverse double-crosses. In a twist of fate, James Brabazon remained free. His mercenary friend wasn't as lucky. Nick du Toit was supposed to serve thirty-four years in Black Beach Prison, Africa's most notorious jail - a sentence which James could have been serving alongside him. My Friend The Mercenary recounts James's courageous journey into the Liberian war, and tell the inside story of the most infamous coup attempt in recent history. Through this gripping narrative, James Brabazon explodes the myth of the modern mercenary; and paints a moving portrait of an extraordinary friendship. It is a brutally honest book about what it takes to be a journalist, survivor and friend in the morally corrosive crucible of war.

    • Political Science

Mercenaries: A Guide to Private Armies and Private Military Companies


Author: Alan Axelrod
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1483364674
Category: Political Science
Page: 440
View: 6569
Mercenaries have been active in battle from the beginning of military history and, as private armies and military support firms, they are a major component of warfare today. Security, military advice, training, logistics support, policing, technological expertise, intelligence, transportation—all are outsourced to a greater or lesser degree in the U.S. military. However, privatization is not a uniquely American phenomenon. Countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia and Australia rely on privatization in one form or another. Historically, heads of state, politicians, and other administrators have justified use of mercenaries on the basis of their effectiveness, and cost-savings. These reasons and others continue to serve as rationales for use of private military companies in military strategy. Mercenaries: A Guide to Private Armies and Private Military Companies provides a comprehensive survey and guide to mercenary forces, entrepreneurs, and corporations active on the international military scene today, including a concise history of mercenaries and private armies on land, sea, and in the air. Narrative chapters are amply supplemented by sidebars including biographies of major figures, key statistics, historical and current documents, contracts, and legislation on private armies and outsourced military services. Each chapter includes a bibliography of books, journal articles, and web sites, and a general bibliography concludes the entire work.

    • Political Science

Empire and revolution

the United States and the Third World since 1945
Author: Peter L. Hahn,Mary Ann Heiss
Publisher: Ohio State Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780814208564
Category: Political Science
Page: 295
View: 3721
The ten essays in this volume represent state-of-the-art surveys of ten singular episodes in U.S. interaction with the Third World since 1945. Each author seeks to present a unique approach to a specific topic within U.S. -- Third World relations. The essays cover the globe and include studies of the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. They make use of a variety of source material and employ a wide range of analytical devices, such as the national security paradigm, the idea of economic development, and culture.The essays present a multihued portrait of the different ways policy makers in the United States dealt with Third World problems. The essays make clear the multitude of considerations that affected policy making; the many different actors, both official and nonofficial, who came to influence the policy-making process; and the possibilities for future research into U.S. relations with the nations of the Third World. They are designed not only to present the current state of theliterature,but also to suggest some avenues for future research.

    • Fiction

Silent Descent


Author: Dick Couch
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425143353
Category: Fiction
Page: 382
View: 8220
Members of the elite SEAL Team Two brave the perils and hardships of the frozen Kola Peninsula to rescue an American mole investigating Russia's covert trade in nuclear weaponry. Reprint.

    • History

Gunship Ace

The Wars of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot and Mercenary
Author: Al J. Venter
Publisher: Casemate
ISBN: 1612000827
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 7825
"A former South African Air Force pilot who saw action throughout the region from the 1970s on, Neall Ellis is the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive. Apart from flying Alouette helicopter gunships in Angola, he has fought in the Balkan War (for Islamic forces), tried to resuscitate Mobutu¿s ailing air force during his final days ruling the Congo, flew Mi-8s for Executive Outcomes, and thereafter an Mi-8 fondly dubbed 'Bokkie' for Colonel Tim Spicer in Sierra Leone. Finally, with a pair of aging Mi-24 Hinds, Ellis ran the Air Wing out of Aberdeen Barracks in the war against Sankoh's vicious RUF rebels. For the past two years, as a civilian contractor, Ellis has been flying helicopter support missions in Afghanistan, where, he reckons, he has had more close shaves than in his entire previous four-decades put together. Twice, single-handedly (and without a copilot), he turned the enemy back from the gates of Freetown, effectively preventing the rebels from overrunning Sierra Leone¿s capital once in the middle of the night without the benefit of night vision goggles. Nellis (as his friends call him) was also the first mercenary to work hand-in-glove with British ground and air assets in a modern guerrilla war. In Sierra Leone, Ellis' Mi-24 (it leaked when it rained) played a seminal role in rescuing the 11 British soldiers who had been taken hostage by the so-called West Side Boys. He also used his helicopter numerous times to fly SAS personnel on low-level reconnaissance missions into the interior of the diamond-rich country, for the simple reason that no other pilot knew the country and the enemy better than he did. Al Venter, the author of War Dog and other acclaimed titles, accompanied Nellis on some of these missions. Occasionally we returned to base with holes in our fuselage, Venter recounts, though once it was self-inflicted: in his enthusiasm during an attack on one of the towns in the interior, a side-gunner onboard swung his heavy machine-gun a bit too wide and hit one of our drop tanks. Had it been full at the time, things might have been different. The upshot was that over the course of a year of military operations, the two former Soviet helicopters operated for the Sierra Leone Air Wing by Nellis and his boys were patched more often than any other comparable pair of gun ships in Asia, Africa or Latin America. Nellis himself earned a price on his head: some reports spoke of a $1 million reward dead or alive while others doubled it. This book describes the full career of this storied aerial warrior, from the bush and jungles of Africa to the forests of the Balkans and the merciless mountains of today¿s Afghanistan. Along the way the reader encounters a multiethnic array of enemies ranging from ideological to cold-blooded to pure evil, as well as well as examples of incredible heroism for hire."