When I was with the 10th Special Forces we initiated a program initially called, believe it or not, Jedi Warrior. That was changed to Trojan Warrior, as the Trojan Horse is part of a unit crest and perhaps because someone objected to copyright infringement?
It was a program to make a better soldier out of already elite Special Forces soldiers. Two A-Teams were selected for the training. My A-Team had the misfortune of being selected not to get the training, but to do all the same testing as the baseline to see if the program actually worked.
The movie Men Who Stare At Goats was partially based on the same program.
As an author, I can take fact and spin it into fiction so I wondered what would the next evolution of the Trojan Warrior program be?
Psychic Warrior is the result.
The Russians sink the submarine USS Thresher in 1963 using their classified psychic project, but something goes awry and all are killed. Except one scientist who plans to take the project to a higher level. Decades later, the Russians unleash Chyort, also known as the ‘Devil’. Chyort is a cyborg that can project into the virtual world with almost limitless power and reassemble his avatar anywhere in real world to wreak havoc. When the Russian mafia steals 20 nuclear warheads to auction them to the highest bidder, Chyort implements his own plan of revenge.
Sergeant Major Jimmy Dalton and a small team of US Green Berets who were originally trained in the classified Trojan Warrior program are thrust into the Psychic Warrior program. The team must battle the Russian avatar on the virtual plane and then take their own avatars into the real world. Their mission seems simple. Stop Chyort. If they fail? World War III.
Psychic Warrior takes warfare into the virtual plane through avatars and then reinserts the covert operatives into the real world. The results can be devastating. I use my real military experience in the then-classified Special Forces Trojan Warrior program and wrote a novel about the new frontier of warfare: the mind.
If you notice, many of my books are about the possibilities of the frontier of the mind.
This is the future of Special Operations Warfare.
A nice review from Library Journal: “A heart-pounding thriller about the emergence of a deadly avatar. The panorama of modern warfare and the details of hand-to-hand combat encounters add excitement. Inventive, entertaining, and realistic adventure. Highly recommended.”
Enjoy! Psychic Warrior
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