He was a Delta soldier and was falsely accused of killing his wife. He was tried and acquitted; he didnít do it but was kicked out of the military. Heís a pretty cool guy and tough as nails.
Why an Army Delta over other branches? My godfather was in the field, and originally, because I knew so much about my godfather, I was going to make him be in the field, but the more I studied it and the more I got to know [Dewey] as a character, I realized that he wasnít a field. Fields are very team-oriented and Deltas are pretty individualistic, and the more research I did and talking to people, itís very clear that this personality that I built is much more of a Delta. Heís much more of a loner, completely self-sufficient.
Why did you choose Pakistan and India as the countries for this situation? When I started to write the book, the main thing I was interested in was neither country. I was interested in what occurs during a coup díétat, and I had started a study of different coups and what you realize is that a coup has a way of changing government. Itís much more violent than a revolution.
In the library you find all these books about revolutions but only a handful on coups. So I wanted to write a book that brings the reader inside a national coup. I was interested in that phenomenon, that event, and wanted to take my reader inside.
Iím interested in what I think is a growing tide of radical Islam, and I realized as I was reading about Pakistan, it has a combination of factors that really make it a uniquely dangerous place. The existence of nuclear weapons and that itís 97 percent Muslim and a democracy and I think that once I really understood that, I wanted to write about it because itís the kind of situation that could happen.
You know, I could have written about a coup in Russia or Brazil but the truth is Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world for America because of the scenario I write about in my book. What happens if a jihadist or a radical Islamist has nuclear weapons ó and I guarantee I am not alone in thinking that itís a potential problem for America.
What are you hoping your readers will take away from the book? What is your political message, if you have one? The America I paint in my books is one where America is not afraid to take action, to stop radical Islam from triumphing. I definitely want my readers to have fun reading it, but No. 1, I also want them to feel good about the country they live in, not just America, but the people who are protecting it. The picture I paint of the people who are protecting America is a good one.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.