Congratulations Scott on your new book Ghost Sniper! Tell us about your new book.
This is the fourth book in the Sniper Elite series, and many recent reviews suggest the best so far! Like the others, this book is about the exploits of an American Patriot (Gil Shannon) who is a retired SEAL Team Six Sniper. The non-stop action in Ghost Sniper begins after a top American official and her entire attache’ are assassinated in broad daylight in Mexico City. The United States Central Intelligence Agency comes to the realization that something must be done to respond to the drug cartels and corrupt government officials responsible. Gil Shannon and his group of highly trained special operators are called upon to respond in a manner consistent with their military training. You can read the first three chapters at sniperelitebooks.com.
What three takeaways would you like readers to leave with after reading your book?
While this book is fiction based on every-day factual occurrences (“faction”); there are groups of very real men called upon daily to defend this nation’s interests with their lives. Men like Gil Shannon stand ready to defend this country in ways we don’t always see every day. This country must prepare itself for the very real threats just across our southern borders, whether its from narco-terrorism, or classic international terrorist attempts to enter this country with the help of narco-terrorist resources, e.g., tunnels. The Mexican people unfortunately have a very real terrorist organization that live and control many aspects of their government aka “drug lords.” They are victims, just like other nations with terrorists in their midst.
You were the co-author of American Sniper, with Chris Kyle, and have a very successful sniper novel series. Where do you come up with the ideas for your books or what is your inspiration?
The inspiration for my books are the men and women of the United States Military, the SEAL Teams, and those that retire from direct military service, but continue to work for the United States in other ways, i.e. CIA, GRS, DSS services. Many of the stories are modified real life experiences told to me by these men and women.
Can you comment on the most recent sniper shootings of police officers in Dallas, TX?
My comment is first and foremost that this was a cowardly act against valiant first responders that were there to protect the public. It cannot be tolerated in our society. Beyond that, this was not a “sniper,” it was merely a sick individual that used a gun to perpetrate criminal acts of terror, and he should be tried as such.
What books, authors, or conservative-themed books, influenced your political philosophy and outlook on life?
I am a huge fan and avid reader of American western writers (McMurtry, L’Amour) and virtually anything in that genre. I am also a big fan of classic conservative writers and figures such as William Buckley, Sir Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and others. I believe that the United States, and the men and women in her military are exceptional. I also believe that hard men (and women) must be called upon to defend our interests in a very dangerous world. That is what I like to write about in both fiction and non-fiction.