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- First and foremost, I would like to take a moment to thank you for your service to our country. As a veteran myself, I know many people work hard day in and day out to keep this country safe and you’ve contributed to that in the military as well as in federal law enforcement. Can you take a moment and tell me about some of your more memorable experiences?
I flew A-10’s in Desert Storm. The flying was nothing like what I’d trained for. We’d always assumed a high-threat conflict, likely in Europe, which meant being highly proficient in low altitude flying and weapons delivery. In the Gulf War we had air dominance, and the biggest threat was small arms fire, so we mostly stayed up above 20,000 feet. That meant we were strafing and dropping bombs from a 60-degree dive which, the first time you do it, looks like you’re diving straight at the ground. It was an eye-opener, but we adjusted, a good lesson for all – in war you have to adapt.
- Do you miss it?
I very much miss the flying, and also the squadron camaraderie. Of course, there are also parts I don’t miss. In particular, and as one moves up in the ranks into “management” the opportunities to fly become less and less.
- Congratulations on another absolutely bad ass novel, how did you come up with the plot for Assassin’s Strike?
I’ve always wondered what goes on behind the scenes at high-level meetings before between heads of state. It strikes me that after the are doors close and the photo ops over, the real bargaining is done between the principals. The interpreters are sometimes the only others who know what was really discussed. Seemed like a good place to start a novel.
- What research did you do? Do you visit any locations mentioned in your book?
Much of this book takes place in Syria, and while I’ve never set foot on the ground there, I’ve been based nearby and felt like a had a good feel for the region. As for research, I still maintain contact with men and women on active duty, and they always offer a good window to what’s going on in their units—not anything classified, of course, just a general idea of where they’ve been, and what equipment and tactics they’re using.
- What is your writing routine or schedule like?
I generally write for an hour or two in the morning, then three or four in the afternoon. Almost every day.
- What do you do with your time when you’re not writing?
I exercise regularly, do some diving. I also still fly for an airline a few days each week.
- Can you tell us what we can expect in the future from David Slaton?
Slaton will keep doing what he’s doing. He has ties to both Mossad and the CIA and will be called upon for missions that fit his unique skillset. He is developing a cast of surrounding characters that will help both directly and indirectly. And he always keeps his family first.
- On your website, the topic of a movie for your first novel, The Perfect Assassin hasn’t been updated since June 4, 2019. Can you give us something new? Anything in the works?
The project has been sidelined for now. It was in development for many years and was on the verge of going into production in France when the studio backed out at the last moment. The reason, ironically, was that there was an actual terrorist attack on a theater in Paris, and the studio didn’t want to pursue a film about terrorism in that moment.
- What are the last three books you’ve read and what is on your TBR stack?
Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz
The Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour
Backlash by Brad Thor
(recommend them all)
The Order by Daniel Silva
Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman
One Minute Out by Mark Greaney
- I ask every author the first time I interview them: You’re trapped on an island, you have one book, one weapon, and one personal item (non-electronic) with you. What are they?
A military-grade survival manual, a good knife, my wife (is that a personal item?)
Our Review for Ward Larsen’s latest David Slaton thriller ASSASSIN’S STRIKE
Former Operation Desert Storm Air Force fighter pilot and author Ward Larsen is back in Assassin’s Strike. His seventh thriller featuring assassin, David Slaton. His first novel, The Perfect Assassin is currently listed as in development on IMDB in an effort to bring the series to the big screen.
David Slaton was a Kidon, a member of one of the most elite and lethal group of expert assassins within the Mossad. He worked for them for about ten years, then he left. Majority of the world thought he was dead, he had however moved on to raise a family, but he kept being drawn back, either by Mossad or the CIA. Eventually, he made his choice and took refuge with the CIA utilizing their ‘asset protection’ program for his family and him. In return, when they need him, he would do what Slaton does best.
In Assassin’s Strike, the CIA called, and Slaton is given a mission. To extract a Russian defector out of Damascus, Syria. Ludmilla Kravchuk is a Russian interpreter selected for this specific role due to a previous local assignment and exceptional language skills. The Russian President, President Petrov and his Iranian counterpart, President Ahmed Rahmani have a secret meeting, absolutely no record of this meeting and its content is allowed. But do these corrupt politicians follow those rules?
The two President’s each require an interpreter and these two government employees are by design read into the topic of this meeting. To the Iranian President, the issue is a quick one to resolve, kill the interpreter. Ludmilla witnesses her counterpart’s death and comes to the realization that she is next. She barely escapes and only by luck because she has no operational training.
Slaton on the other hand has a very good understanding on how to be operational, he accepts the mission and from there it’s a fight for their life at every corner. On top of that, the topic of the meeting between the two corrupt president’s is being carried out and it’s a race to stop the brilliant plan that is sure to tear apart what is left of the Middle East and plunge the region into all out war.
As always with Larsen’s novels, his experience as a fighter pilot is evident. Utilizing his extensive knowledge on fighter jets, their use, maintenance, and the feeling of being in the jet while its going 500 miles per hour. This type of writing and intimate knowledge can only be achieved by someone that has sat in a similar cockpit and been in combat before in that capacity.
Ward Larsen’s new thriller Assassin’s Strike has earned itself a Blast Radius of a MOAB. A globe trotting, stay up all night reading type of novel featuring one of the most lethal assassins ever produced by the legendary Israeli intelligence apparatus.
Author: Ward Larsen
Series: David Slaton # 7
Publisher: Forge Books
Release Date: August 18, 2020
Follow Ward on Twitter: @wardlarsen
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A MOAB! – Massive Ordnance Air Blast -AKA- Mother of all Bombs. Largely known as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the US Military inventory. It has a blast radius of one mile, meaning it demolishes everything within 1 square mile.
About The Author
Ward Larsen is a USA Today bestselling author and a four-time winner of the Florida Book Award.
His first thriller, The Perfect Assassin, is currently being adapted into a major motion picture by Amber Entertainment.
A former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Larsen flew over twenty missions in Operation Desert Storm.
He has also served as a federal law enforcement officer, airline captain, and is a trained aircraft accident investigator.