“My experiences in the military were brief, as a medic in the Army Reserves, so I have no extensive background here. I did do considerable research on the subject reading voluminous materials on Delta Force, it’s early beginnings and history. As a writer, I am addicted to research and often find myself spending too much time reading materials that interest me but may be more than I require for the project at hand and then I find myself faced with the task of wading through entire binders of notes and background materials. There was, however, an aspect of the character Ruiz that was real and based on personal experience. These were the battlefield scars of my uncle in North Korea and the lifelong trauma that he suffered afterward.”