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Soldiers, please note: we have an email address for input from the military community: warfarewithoutwarning <at> gmail -- please let us know what you think, or share stories or contacts or photos!
Also: thanks for the amazon.com comments--they are of course very helpful!
2 years, 7 months ago on A Story That Can Only be Told as Fiction: The Activity #8
@RossElder @btrgo We are always happy to send some floppy issues (single issues) overseas; if anyone is headed that way or has friends on deployment, let us know!
@Tango9 @JackMurphyRGR If you're a collector, by all means! Find us at a con and get it signed if you do. The volume, though, collects 1-5. Be sure to find 6, 7, 8 out there too now!
@Tango9 @JackMurphyRGR This should be what you're looking for: http://www.amazon.com/Activity-Volume-TP-Nathan-Edmondson/dp/1607065614/ref=pd_cp_b_0/180-9315214-7783327
@LauraWalkerKC rock and roll--let us know if you do and let us know what you think. Thanks for reading.
@Tango9 @JackMurphyRGR I don't see where #1 is 30.00, but I'm guessing that's ISSUE 1, not VOLUME 1. It would sell higher because it's a first edition/collectible. Volume 1, which collects issues 1-5, retails for 12.99; single issues for 3.50.
@JackMurphyRGR @Tango9 heavyink.com / tfaw.com should have the singles.
@JHR are "the guys" soldiers on deployment?
Jack, thanks for the post.
Colonel/ Jack: we're just setting up foreign rights distribution deal for THE ACTIVITY (and my other titles), making them available in shops in Europe/S. America/ a host of other countries. More info when it hits.
Next issue is SOMALIA, and you can expect some BLACK KNIGHTs and CRYE PRECISION among other notable buzzworthy items in the issue.
For those who missed it, CNN's Security blog picked up on the book: http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/16/comic-imagines-world-of-top-secret-military-unit/ (your comments welcome there, too, seems there's some heat on it :) )
2 years, 7 months ago on Comic Book Review: The Activity
@DanVazquez You will learn more about the histories/ranks in future issues, but as it stands:
Danny: SFC --off the top of my head, possible I'm getting it mixed without looking.
2 years, 10 months ago on Comic Book Review: The Activity
@Iassen Donov I'd love to involve you; can you DM me somehow?
Greetings, folks. Thank you kindly for reading, buying, commenting, the like. We appreciate Jack for reviewing and for the SOFREP folks for being continually helpful (we can ALWAYS use more input on this series!)
I think you'll enjoy what's to come for THE ACTIVITY.
For the sake of dialogue, @SEAN SPOONTS we do our best to not fall into cliches with the book (this is no soap opera or superhero comic) but occasionally we need tight, direct motivational moments. A character has to arc, after all. That said, part of what we are doing with that part of "Weatherman"'s past--and we will deal with this later on in the series more--is show how some armchair-generaling and politics affected soldiers, particularly in Anaconda (I think most of the SOFREP folks know better than I what I'm talking about).
At any rate, I appreciate you taking the time. Our goal is to make this series as realistic as possible without losing the thrill-ride. SOFREP is a helpful resource, of course!
Thanks for this, Jack. We should all post a link to it in the TIMES piece comments section.
2 years, 10 months ago on The Washington Times on Delta Force, Here We Go Again…
Isn't the Army already employing CINDER to weed out possible...dissidents in the ranks?
2 years, 11 months ago on Computer Models, Guerrilla Warfare and SOF
@writer_reader are those personal details the best things to be posting online?
2 years, 11 months ago on Three U.S. Special Operations Soldiers Die in Mali
...although, I must admit, part of me was hoping that you would start talking about something you weren't supposed to be, and a satellite laser would blast down on you through the roof. Obviously, I've been watching too much Michael Bay.
2 years, 11 months ago on Jack Murphy’s Presentation on Directed Energy Weapons
Excellent presentation, Jack. I see more of this in your future.
@The Nature Roy This guy! ^
Thanks indeed, Iassen. And I noticed this article seemed to disappear for a while this morning?
Yes, this is what I've been hearing in all my research. Thanks for posting about the Pacific Rim--anything more on it I'm eager to read.
2 years, 12 months ago on Future War: Confrontation in the Pacific Rim
...also, I'm definitely headed to Columbia. For research.
3 years ago on OUTRAGE: Special Forces Soldiers Caught with Colombian Prostitutes
And one wonders where the POTUS's agenda and itinerary were?
"You got anything we can roll up to snort this?"
"Here, use some of these papers we have lying about."
"They look important..."
To those who know better: it seems that, particularly in the first interrogation, the interviewer is just trying to wear the subject down by repeated, accusatory questioning--to constantly put him on the defensive. Am I reading that correctly? Or is the questioning just a bit clumsy?
3 years ago on NEWS: Bin Laden’s Driver Interrogation Video
By the way, folks; this is a bit self serving but after several inquiries, I wanted to post the link to the Amazon.com pre-order for THE ACTIVITY, Volume 1 (the trade collection featuring the first 5 issues). It's only 6.83$ this week for Prime Members!
Please do talk to me about it after reading it, if you do. Tell me what to do better in the future.
--and I promise not to shamelessly hock my crap on the forums too much in the future.
3 years ago on Intelligence Support Activity, JSOC’s Most Secretive Unit
@EliasFreire Elias, to read the book digitally, go here: http://pulllist.comixology.com/sku/OCT110438/Activity-1 ....issues 1-4 are out now (not just so you pay the money, but each one is very different in the first four and give a nice overview, so I do recommend trying multiple). The collected trade edition will be available in all bookstores on June 6. Thanks!
@Iassen Donov to be clear, though-the ISA is then a participant? At least, presumably so?
@The Nature Roy @ColonelProp @JackMurphyRGR Thanks guys. Please do shoot me an email anytime, Roy. If that link didn't work, just try searching my name + the activity + USA Today and I'm sure the article will pop up.
You can find more at my site, including back-press: www.nathan-e.com. I'm dedicated to research, and there is always room for improvement. Our book is fiction, of course, but our goal is that it should be steeped in realism.
Blame and Bio-Mega I'll be sure to check out, as well as your book, Jack.
Don't worry guys, I carry a Sig--232 when dressed fancy and an HK USP when I mean business. I'll start working on the beard, but I got to look pretty for the cameras every so often.
@Iassen Donov thanks for the info--
@ArcticWarrior I'm sure Jack knows better than I, but those with whom I've spoken at JSOC tell me that the ISA is structured as one of the Tribes under JSOC (Berets, Civil Affairs, etc among the others). There being 9 acknowledged/semi-acknowledged with other tribes rumored among the uninitiate like myself. The book mentioned below, THE COMMAND, which is available on Amazon as an e-book, has a chapter "The Activity" which speaks to the structure in more detail, and even talks about the brand new "JIB" building at Ft. Belvoir--Joint Intel. Building--run by the Activity. ....all of this I say, again, hoping someone knows more than I do and will correct me!
@The Nature Roy THE COMMAND is a very up-to-date read, and quick, too (though I understand it is part of a much larger hardcover book premiering in the fall). Michael Smith's KILLER ELITE is an account of the ISA/MSA's development, too, that's not too dense but well researched.
@JackMurphyRGR Glad, and please be in touch (not sure if there's a way to direct message on this forum, but this is my twitter handle). I'd be interested in speaking with you further.
We've really engaged the research for this series, with help from folks under JSOC, even, but embedded reporters, US Army Entertainment Liaison and others help us ensure accuracy. This site is proving to be a big help. If it would be of interest I'd gladly contribute a post about it, too.
Readers might check out: http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/story/2012-01-11/The-Activity-thriller-comic-series/52498212/1
...also, hi, new to the site, but I'm the author of the above (comic book). I look forward to catching up on here regularly.