By Robert K. Brown
Robert okay. Brown, former eco-friendly Beret, after a strange army occupation that succeeded in getting him kicked out of targeted Forces now not as soon as yet two times, and finishing the Command and normal employees university with no safety clearance, whereas interim being wounded in Nam, ultimately discovered his precise calling as a publisher.
Thirty-eight years in the past he introduced an upstart journal from his basement referred to as Soldier of Fortune, which driven the boundaries of journalism to its limits along with his untamed model of reporting—a digicam in a single hand, a gun within the different, and shortly thereafter he came upon that he’d proven a global group. His wildly well known, infamous journal turned an icon for action-seekers within the U.S. and all over the world.
In this long-awaited ebook, Brown tells his personal tale, taking the readers into strive against zones the place he and his bold wrestle reporters, or fearless “dogs of war,” trotted around the globe. His rogue warrior reporters embedded themselves with anti-Communist guerillas or freedom opponents, usually education and scuffling with with rebels opposed to oppressive regimes. of their innovative journalistic type, they created the motion after which wrote approximately it. Generals and leaders of unique armies welcomed the SOF viewers and led them or allowed them to tread into unchartered territory.
Brown himself observed groups to paintings and struggle with the Rhodesians; the Afghans in the course of the Afghan-Russo battle, Christian Phalange in Lebanon; ethnic minority Karens in Burma; the ethnic tribes combating the Communist govt of Laos; the military of El Salvador; and the military of suffering Croatia. Brown despatched scientific groups, frequently into the jaws of hazard, to Burma, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Bosnia, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and likewise into Peru after a devastating earthquake.
In brief, the “Soldiers of Fortune” went the place even the U.S. executive feared to tread, they usually did it with gallant type, now not fearing threat yet welcoming the problem, so long as they felt the reason used to be correct and had to be suggested. during this ebook the exploits of Brown and his veteran groups are printed for the 1st time in all their gonzo glory, at the same time the U.S. army, public, and well mannered diplomatic society occasionally refrained from their endeavors.
This is the tale of Robert Brown’s dogged quest, in journalism in addition to struggle, to “Slay Dragons, do noble deeds and not, by no means provide up.”
Bob Brown is a "Mature Audiences purely" type of man, and so is that this gripping publication. i like his unabashed protection of our 2d modification, his relentless disdain for commies and his steadfast help for our fellow Vietnam vets. i like Bob's penchant for looking hassle - and while he reveals it - his rush to the sound of gunfire. although i can't vouch for the entire characters and occasions during this nice learn, his account of the million greenback gift for a Soviet HIND helicopter is spot on!
LtCol Oliver North, USMC (Ret.)
Bestselling writer of Heroes Proved
"Revolutionary or armed rebel…LTC Robert okay. Brown has not just visible the elephant, he fist pounded his chest and stared a herd of them down from one bloody brush warfare to the subsequent for the earlier 40 years. RKB warned us - during the difficult classes and pages of Soldier of Fortune - simply how filthy and deadly firefights, ambushes, and punji sticks might be. He additionally stoked our starvation for patriotism, selfless carrier, and the all-American yearning to protect the land of the loose to the sour finish. "
—Dalton Fury, long island instances bestselling writer of Kill Bin encumbered and Tier One Wild
"The publication is written in Brown's flamboyant, self-effacing sort, and during all of it i have had an opportunity to mirror on his purple, white and blue patriotism as certainly one of America's so much fearless reporters and, certain, a soldier for fortune who cares approximately God and Country."
—John S. Meyer, former eco-friendly Beret and writer of around the Fence: the key conflict in Vietnam
"I Am Solider of Fortune" is a half-century of heritage advised from floor point. the better price, although, should be within the point of view it deals at the warrior tradition. From the surface, you will think each soldier of fortune, each "private protection contractor," is a Rambo-style wild guy, pumped on testosterone. a few of the characters passing via Mr. Brown's e-book are that. Others are darkly sinister. such a lot are measured, disciplined pros who comprehend either probability and precept. … At eighty, Robert ok. Brown stands as a critical determine in a shadow global of secrecy and fantasy. His publication opens that global to readers at the outdoor. there are various who do not like Soldier of Fortune journal and the tradition of rogue warrior exploits it represents. Bob Brown does not care.
“As a journalist, Robert okay. Brown out-gonzo’s Hunter S. Thompson, combating in after which reporting on dozens of guerilla wars within the nastiest Petri dishes on this planet. The reader is plunged into the world of past due twentieth century war through the founding writer and editor of the long-lasting and iconoclastic Soldier of Fortune magazine…. a rollicking stable memory by way of a guy who has lived lifestyles to the fullest and emerged alive, healthy and profitable at 80.…amply illustrated with dozens of photos and helping records and the prose is as witty and colourful because the writer himself. the guy can write....I’ll continue checking the fringe, er, the bookstore—hoping to discover a 'Part II'.”
—Richard Venola, former editor of weapons & Ammo
“…jumps out of its web page and fills the reader with the adrenalin …. The adrenalin rush is a drug and after your time it retains turning an outstanding soldier into extra adventures, reloading that syringe and re-injecting efficiency… the common one that will learn the publication will study a background of chilly battle and post-Cold conflict activities which might rather be polluted by means of layers of media editors or who could, as they typically do, use a buzz notice or on the cost of the truth.”
Bill Northacker,LTC, SF united states (Ret.)
“Bob Brown’s e-book is easily named. it truly is, on one hand, a concise chronological background of a special American publishing enterprise, and at the different, an autobiography of a maverick soldier and his extraordinary collection of cronies. specifically, it's a nice read.”
NRA Rifleman Magazine
“Bob’s ebook is a stroll via background and especially America’s occupation of hands, either private and non-private, position in defining and shaping that heritage. yet what's targeted is during this hugely readable and stress-free e-book, is the truth that Bob was once in detail inquisitive about not just recording but additionally shaping that history…”
"...it actually covers the breadth and intensity of this famous (and occasionally debatable) journal and its greatest chief. As he does in real-life, Brown simply tells it love it was once in those pages."
Dr Ronald C Thomas
"...its 398 spell binding pages, which march readers via each significant battlefield in our collective contemporary reminiscence, are tremendous educative concerning the existence and personality of a guy many might imagine they be aware of yet will research eons extra approximately from this book."
Marc Phillip Yablonka, army Journalist & writer, far away conflict: memories of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
Lieutenant Colonel Robert ok. Brown, USAR (Ret.) has released his autobiography titled, “I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils“. WDW – FL acquired a duplicate for overview. Robert ok. Brown’s (or RKB as he's identified to his buddies) booklet is greater than simply an autobiography, it's a huge lesson in American and global history.RKB’s booklet reads like a Tom Clancy novel, might Tom relaxation in peace.A lover of excellent whiskey, chance and going the place the motion is, often on his personal dime, makes him a latest day Ernest Hemingway. in contrast to Hemingway who wrote fiction established upon his adventures, RKB writes non-fiction reporting on his own experiences.
Dr. Richard Swier
“Brown’s new booklet, i'm Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils, just like the guy himself, is as blunt, fascinating and as cutting edge as they arrive. Crusty as hell now and then, his meat-and-potatoes form of overlaying conflicts went directly to make the guy an icon between his readers…
Al Venter, Tactical Weapons