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From Fact to Fiction. Behind the headlines, stories, and current events of today. Join host Jeff Clark and his guests as they talk books, politics, headlines, preparation, and more.
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    TR Hendricks: The Infiltrator

    TR Hendricks: The Infiltrator

    Welcome to Episode 96 of the Course of Action podcast! Today, we have a special guest, TR Hendricks, a former military intelligence officer and bestselling author. Listen along as TR shares his insights on debut author advice, survival tactics and strategy, his time in Iraq working intelligence, and writing his newest book, "The Infiltrator."

    Topic 1: Debut Author Advice and Writing SuccessThe conversation begins with TR Hendricks sharing advice for debut authors looking to find success in the publishing industry. He discusses the importance of perseverance, honing one's craft, and building a strong author platform.

    Topic 2: Survival Tactics and StrategyTR delves into his experience in the military and the importance of survival tactics and strategy. He discusses the mindset required to navigate challenging situations and make critical decisions.

    Topic 3: Time in Iraq and Working IntelligenceThe conversation shifts to TR Hendricks' time in Iraq working in military intelligence. He shares his experiences and challenges faced while gathering and analyzing intelligence in a combat zone.

    Topic 4: Writing "The Infiltrator"TR Hendricks discusses his newest book, "The Infiltrator," and the inspiration behind the story. He shares insights into the research and writing process, including the development of compelling characters and intricate plotlines.



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    • 53 min
    Zach James: Behind Enemy Lines

    Zach James: Behind Enemy Lines

    Welcome to Episode 95 of the podcast! Today, we have a special guest, Zach James, an Army veteran and military contractor turned author. Tune in as Zach shares his insights on writing horror books, world-building, deploying with special gear, and the Ukraine-Russia war.

    Topic 1: Writing Horror Books and World Building
    The conversation begins with an exploration of Zach James' journey as an author of horror books. Zach discusses his passion for the horror genre and the process of crafting compelling and chilling narratives. He shares insights into the art of world building, creating immersive settings that captivate readers and enhance the horror experience.

    Topic 2: Deploying with Special Gear
    Zach delves into his experience as a military contractor and the unique challenges he faced while deploying with special gear. He discusses the importance of specialized equipment in high-risk environments and the impact it has on mission success. Zach shares anecdotes and lessons learned from his time in the field, highlighting the significance of adaptability and preparedness.

    Topic 3: The Ukraine-Russia War
    The conversation shifts to the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war. Zach shares his perspectives on the conflict, drawing from his military background and knowledge of the region. He discusses the geopolitical dynamics at play and the implications of the war on regional stability.

    Topic 4: Balancing Military Experience and Writing
    Zach discusses the process of balancing his military experience with his passion for writing. He shares how his background in the military influences his storytelling and adds authenticity to his narratives. Zach highlights the importance of finding a creative outlet to process and share experiences from his time in service.

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    • 49 min
    Pete Turner: Grounded In Truth

    Pete Turner: Grounded In Truth

    Welcome to Episode 94 of the podcast! Today, we have a special guest, Pete Turner, a former Army combat spy, producer, and podcast host of the Break it Down Show. Join as Pete shares his insights on the Ground Truth Center, movie production, podcasting, and veterans issues.Topic 1: Ground Truth Center - Reducing Failures in US Foreign PolicyThe conversation begins with an exploration of the Ground Truth Center, a non-profit organization designed to reduce failures in US foreign policy. Pete discusses the mission and objectives of the center, emphasizing the importance of understanding the ground truth in complex geopolitical situations. He shares insights into the work being done to bridge the gap between policy decisions and the realities on the ground.Topic 2: Movie Production and StorytellingPete delves into his experience in movie production and storytelling. He shares his perspectives on the power of film as a medium for conveying important messages and creating impactful narratives. Pete discusses the challenges and rewards of bringing stories to life on the big screen.Topic 3: Podcasting and the Break it Down ShowThe conversation shifts to Pete's podcast, the Break it Down Show. He shares his journey into podcasting and the motivation behind creating a platform for meaningful conversations. Pete discusses the diverse range of guests and topics covered on the show, highlighting the importance of fostering open dialogue and understanding.Topic 4: Veteran's Issues and AdvocacyPete shares his insights into veterans issues and the importance of advocacy. He discusses the challenges faced by veterans and the need for support systems to address their unique needs. Pete emphasizes the importance of raising awareness and creating opportunities for veterans to thrive in civilian life.



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    Brian Andrews & Jeff Wilson: Beyond The Clock

    Brian Andrews & Jeff Wilson: Beyond The Clock

    Welcome to the Course of Action podcast! In this episode, we have special guests Brian Andrews, a former submarine officer, and Jeff Wilson, a former combat surgeon with an east-coast based SEAL Team, both of whom are award-winning and internationally best-selling authors of the Tier One Series, The Shepherds Series, The Sons of Valor Series, and the recent hit The Sandbox, as well as their newest book, Four Minutes. Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson join the show to share their insights on time travel, their new book "Four Minutes," and the intersection of military thrills and sci-fi.

    Topic 1: "Four Minutes" - A Sci-Fi Thriller with a Time Travel Twist
    The conversation begins with an exploration of Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson's new book, "Four Minutes," a thrilling sci-fi novel. Brian and Jeff discuss the premise of the book, which revolves around time travel with a limitation of only four minutes. They share insights into the challenges and possibilities of incorporating time travel into a military-themed narrative.

    Topic 2: Time Travel and Timelines
    Brian and Jeff delve into the concept of time travel and its implications in their book. They discuss the complexities of managing multiple timelines and the impact of altering the past on the future. The guests share their perspectives on the creative and narrative possibilities that time travel offers in storytelling.

    Topic 3: Medical Effects of Time Travel
    The conversation shifts to the medical effects of time travel explored in "Four Minutes." Jeff, drawing from his experience as a combat surgeon with the Navy SEALs, discusses the physiological and psychological challenges that characters face when traveling through time. He highlights the importance of incorporating realistic medical elements into the narrative to enhance the reader's immersion.

    Topic 4: The Idea Behind "Four Minutes" and Military Thrills
    Brian and Jeff share the inspiration behind their idea for a time-traveling novel with military thrills and action. They discuss their passion for blending military authenticity with imaginative storytelling.
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    • 36 min
    Adam Sikes: The Underhanded and CIA Paramilitary Ops

    Adam Sikes: The Underhanded and CIA Paramilitary Ops

    Welcome to the Course of Action podcast! In this episode, we have a special guest, Adam Sikes, a former Marine and paramilitary operations officer for the CIA.
    Listen as Adam shares his experiences in covert operations, navigating the CIA book review board, and his journey as a fiction writer.

    Topic 1: The Underhanded - A Thrilling Fictional Account
    The conversation begins with an exploration of Adam Sikes' new book, "The Underhanded," a thrilling work of fiction. Adam discusses the inspiration behind the book and the process of crafting a compelling narrative. He shares insights into the challenges of writing fiction while drawing from his real-life experiences in the CIA.

    Topic 2: CIA Covert Actions and Paramilitary Operations
    Adam delves into his experiences as a paramilitary operations officer for the CIA. He provides insights into the nature of covert actions and the complexities involved in executing missions. Adam discusses the importance of adaptability, critical thinking, and teamwork in the world of intelligence operations.

    Topic 3: Navigating the CIA Book Review Board
    The conversation shifts to Adam's experience navigating the CIA book review board for his book, "The Underhanded." He shares his insights into the process of obtaining approval for publishing a book based on classified experiences. Adam discusses the balance between sharing compelling stories and protecting sensitive information.

    Topic 4: Coffee and Writing Rituals
    Adam shares his love for coffee and its role in his writing rituals. He discusses how coffee helps him focus and find inspiration during the writing process. Adam highlights the importance of finding personal rituals and routines to enhance creativity and productivity.


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    • 47 min
    Matt Gallagher: Exploring Ukraine and Global Dynamics

    Matt Gallagher: Exploring Ukraine and Global Dynamics

    Welcome to this bonus episode of the Course of Action podcast! Today, we have a special guest, Matt Gallagher, an author, veteran, and American journalist.
    Listen as Matt shares his insights on Ukraine, the current US political climate, journalism, his new book Daybreak, and the dynamics between global leaders.

    Topic 1: Ukraine - Geopolitical Dynamics and Challenges
    The conversation begins with an exploration of the geopolitical dynamics in Ukraine and its significance in global affairs. Matt provides insights into the ongoing conflict, the involvement of Russia, and the challenges faced by Ukraine in asserting its sovereignty. He discusses the implications of the conflict on regional stability and the role of international actors in finding a resolution.

    Topic 2: US Political Climate - Congressional Fighting and Disagreements
    Matt delves into the current political climate in the United States, focusing on the fighting and disagreements within Congress. He shares his observations on the challenges of bipartisan cooperation and the impact of these divisions on effective governance. Matt highlights the importance of finding common ground and fostering constructive dialogue to address pressing issues.

    Topic 3: Game-Changing Article and Perspectives on Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and Vladimir Putin
    The conversation shifts to a game-changing article written by Matt Gallagher for ESPN, exploring the intersection of sports and politics. Matt shares his perspectives on the leadership styles and policies of former President Donald Trump, current President Joe Biden, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He discusses the implications of their actions and decisions on domestic and international affairs.

    Topic 4: NATO Expansion and Global Security
    Matt provides insights into the expansion of NATO and its impact on global security. He discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by NATO's enlargement and the need for collective defense in an evolving geopolitical landscape. Matt emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong alliances and partnerships to address shared security concerns.

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