I have two guests today: Julia Madeleine and John Weisman. John Weisman starts the show off at 4pm EST, with Julia Madeleine joining us a little later into it. Here is a little something on each author:
Julia Madeleine is a thriller writer and tattoo artist living on the outskirts of Toronto with her husband and teenage daughter. For a year she lived in the country on a 30-acre wooded property which became the inspiration for her second novel, No One To Hear You Scream. When not sticking people with needles at her day job, Julia enjoys writing short stories of mayhem and suspense which can be found published around the net, one of which was nominated for a Derringer Award in 2011. Visit Julia's websites for more information on her writing and art: www.juliamadeleine.com www.malefictattoos.com
About John Weisman:
Seven time New York Times bestselling author John Weisman is one of a select company of authors to have their books on both the Times nonfiction and fiction bestseller lists. He pioneered coverage of Naval Special Warfare when he co-authored the No. 1 New York Times best-seller ROGUE WARRIOR, the story of Richard Marcinko and the creation of SEAL Team 6, and then conceived, created, developed and wrote eight best-selling Rogue fictional sequels.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Seymour Hersh called his 2004 novel JACK IN THE BOX, “The insider’s insider spy novel.” Weisman’s CIA short stories were chosen for inclusion in BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES in 1997 and 2003. His most recent CIA short fiction appears in Agents of Treachery (Random House/Vintage, 2010). He reviews books on intelligence and military affairs for the Washington Times and his analysis has appeared in AFIO’s periodical INTELLIGENCER.
Since 2003 he has appeared on more than 130 radio and television shows as an expert on terrorism and intelligence matters. In the spring of 2005, he was invited by the German Government to lecture on the state of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Weisman is an adjunct instructor at Team One Network, which provides tactical training to both local and national law enforcement agencies, and at the Executive Protection Institute, for which he teaches the terrorism bloc.
He is an NRA-certified pistol instructor who has created and run tactical exercises for Loudoun and Fairfax counties (VA), and worked on the City of Manassas Park and Clarke County (VA) active shooter exercises. He is a current a member of the Clarke County (VA) Sheriff’s Advisory Board and he was appointed in 2011 to the National Rifle Association’s Public Affairs Committee. Weisman lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
KBL: KILL BIN LADEN , a novel based on true events gets as close—or perhaps even closer—to the truth about the hunt for and the mission to kill Usama Bin Laden than any newspaper, magazine, or TV account seen so far. Seven-time New York Times bestselling author John Weisman, a writer "perhaps wired more tightly into the reclusive special operations community than any other" according to the Washington Times, offers a unique look inside the joint CIA –JSOC operation that climaxed with Operation Neptune Spear and the as-yet-untold story of what happened when UBL’s corpse arrived on the USS Carl Vinson.
Veteran CIA operative and New York Times bestselling author Robert Baer calls KBL: KILL BIN LADEN "a true story that can only be told in fiction." KBL has been compared to Clancy's "Red October" because the book contains the real world tradecraft used by CIA’s covert operatives in Abbottabad; provides detailed accounts of the covert rehearsals of the secret operation, and uncovers the internal battles fought in the White House over whether the President would even approve the mission. And while other reports have highlighted just a few pieces of this special operations, intelligence community and political puzzle, Weisman’s sources have allowed him to deliver a holographic picture of how they all finally came together.
That is because Weisman has employed accurately sourced yet fictionalized accounts of real-world Tier-One military unit tactics and cutting edge intelligence tradecraft and technology. This ‘docudramatic’ technique allows Weisman to take readers inside the complicated, politically sensitive, and risky operation that finally culminated with the stalking, hunting, and killing of Usama Bin Laden and his final burial at sea aboard the Vinson.
THE TOP-TEN MOST EYE-OPENING DETAILS REVEALED IN KBL:
1. How CIA discovered UBL’s compound in Abbottabad and set up its own safe house to monitor it.
2. How CIA might have staged a deception operation to divert Pakistani attention from its Abbottabad safe house.
3. Who in the administration was in favor of a boots-on-the-ground raid, and who was against it.
4. What other government organizations besides the highly publicized SEAL Team Six, did some heavy lifting with regard to the last year of the hunt for UBL.
5. The deep involvement of the CIA Director in Operation Neptune Spear.
6. How one CIA analyst could have convinced the president to authorize the Abbottabad operation.
7. The correct tactical sequence of the raid—something that previously has been misreported.
8. What units made up the assault element? Was it just SEALs or were there others?
9. Why the President might have waited an extra day before giving CIA the green light on Neptune Spear.