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Naperville Thriller Author Approved for New Spy Story
Author JT Patten passes military and government publication review for super secret counterterrorism novel
By: Author J.T. Patten
The long anticipated action and adventure novel follows two previous independently published titles by Patten, and will be released through New York-based publishing house Kensington's Lyrical Underground imprint and distributed by Penguin Random House's publisher services.
According to initial interviews by Patten with book reviewer, The Real Book Spy Ryan Steck, the Task Force Orange series will cover the highly secretive Joint Special Operations Command's (JSOC) counterterrorism and intelligence gathering unit, the Intelligence Support Activity. "I wanted to do something different from the usual superhero Navy SEAL or Delta Operator," says Patten. "Many thriller readers have a voracious appetite for exciting military and espionage novels, but after a while, the names change but the plots remain largely the same."
Patten continued, "'The Intelligence Support Activity' has not been the focus of any thriller, to date - to the best of my knowledge - and certainly has not been written by anyone with prior special activities experience."
True enough, the Intelligence Support Activity's exploits have been covered in fiction by a three-volume graphic novel "comic book", entitled The Activity, by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads, and written about in non-fiction through Sean Naylor's Relentless Strike and Michael Smith's Killer Elite. Evidently, these fellow authors approve of Patten's new work according to their raves on his website and Buried in Black's description:
"Researched, accurate, and thrilling! Patten delivers on all three!"
—Mitch Gerads, Author, Illustrator, Creator of The Activity, The Sheriff of Babylon
"Patten's writing is easy and smooth and brings the reader swiftly into a global tale of elite warfare and white-knuckle action. An absolute thrill and an expertly-written primer for the shadowy world of special operations and global eavesdropping."
—Nathan Edmonsdson, Author of The Activity
"Fantastic. This is a thriller that reads like it could be true. J.T. Patten really knows his stuff, largely because he's lived it, with all the thrills and adrenaline rush it involves. Buried in Black will leave you sometimes shocked, frequently terrified, and ultimately grateful for the risks thees guys take in real life to keep you safe."
—Michael Smith, Bestselling Author of Killer Elite
Unlike most authors on today's top thriller charts, Patten is required to submit his manuscripts to the U.S. military and government prior to sharing with even his publisher or editor. His book jacket disclosure writes that the Task Force Orange series has been reviewed by the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency.
When asked by The Book Spy, Steck, about the author's decision to write about a unit that would require so much scrutiny, Patten remarked, "I'm not sharing any secrets. This is fiction based on content that has been released to the public. I'm happy to work with the 'powers that be' to ensure the content is released without disclosing sensitive equities. My focus is on the character not the secrets. Really, if you read my books, the intelligence community nuances are less important than the heart and minds of the warriors I depict. Certainly, anyone who has been involved in so-called 'black operations' my catch hints of the clandestine world, but they will really catch the battle weariness, commitment to the cause, and psychological issues that so many of our soldiers deal with today."
Patten concludes, "Buried in Black is an escape read. For many readers, it will allow them to escape their reality. For veterans and former intelligence professionals, I hope it is an enjoyable read about things no one else but their buddies tend to understand."
Buried in Black: A Task Force Orange Novel can be purchased on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/
Page Updated Last on: Jul 05, 2018