I was blown away when I met Sean McFate in 2014. He was a graduate of Brown University, a violin virtuoso, a former commanding officer in the U.S. Airborne under Stanley McChrystal, and until quite recently, a soldier-for-hire who had planned, recruited for and run complex and often violent black missions around the world. His tales of the battlefield made my jaw drop; his knowledge and insights into the “deep state” that ran modern warfare made my head hurt. I knew they would never let us put on paper the stories he was telling me…so we decided to collaborate on a couple novels.
I was blown away by Sean McFate’s Shadow War. A bold, riveting thriller that hurtles readers through a rich, contemporary story full of firefights, grizzled mercenaries, soldiers, gangsters, and spies—along with some of the most fascinating and realistic backroom geopolitical scheming I’ve ever read in a novel. With well-drawn, fascinating characters and ground-level espionage and combat sure to please fans of Brad Thor, Tom Clancy, and Daniel Silva, Shadow War is simply one of the most entertaining and intriguing books I’ve read in quite some time.
Step aside, faux thriller writers and armchair warrior storytellers. Ex-mercenary Sean McFate has produced a first novel that’s assured, authentic, timely, gritty, and most of all real… I enjoyed the hell out of it.
Shadow War has pace like a catapult, sudden and fierce, and it will hit readers straight between the eyes.
Wars produce warriors. Some, like special operator-turned mercenary Tom Locke, find it a curious calling that pulls them into the darkest of nights and most dangerous of places. Shadow War brings all of it to life in fascinating detail.
“For Black Ops and lots of military action, join Tom Locke for an exciting, wild ride.
Intelligent, funny, gritty, Ferrari-paced – at times even electric. Shadow War is in the running for best debut of 2016!
An American James Bond meets the twists and turns of “Homeland.