Q: Thank you for your interview, Mr. Gunn. Before we get started, I understand that you are still in the Navy SEALs and I want to thank you for your service. Can you tell us your story?
A: Thank you for having me on your show. I grew up on a Montana Indian reservation. My parents died in a car fire when I was 8. I pulled my little brother out of the back seat window, but I couldn’t save our mom. Grandpa Joe and Grandma Bear Nose took us in. They’re both gone too… The Zuya, which is a secret sect of Sioux elders raised Travis and I in the old ways since we are both from Sitting Bull’s blood line. I learned to throw and shoot pretty much anything; knives, spears and hatchets, well, you get the picture. I realize it may seem odd to most of your readers after what America has done to us, but Native Americans are very patriotic. So the Zuya trained me to be a warrior and to defend the United States of America against terrorism.
I joined the Navy straight out of high school. The SEALs were a natural fit for a guy with my skill sets. Since before 911, I’ve been hunting down and killing terrorists. I’m good at what I do. Some say I’m the best, but it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that I kill them before they kill you. And believe me, if you saw half the stuff that I saw, you wouldn’t ever leave your house.
Q: Tell us about your most distinguishable feature.
A: I have the names of all my fallen teammates tattooed on the inside of my left arm. I don’t know how distinguishable it is, but their ultimate sacrifice means more to me than anything. I wish you could have known them.
Q: Tell me what I would love most about you?
A: I’m a hard man to like, much less love. I’m pretty rough around the edges, if you know what I mean. I think people love, or at least respect how I stand up to bullies. Ever since my parents died, I’ve been looking out for my little brother, and kicking ass when I needed to. I’m not always proud of what I do or how I do it, but when I see bullies picking on the little people, something inside me snaps and I revert back to my Indian name, Raging Bull Jack Gunn..
Fighting terrorists is no different. You’ve seen what ISIS does, right? And you’re only seeing 1% of what’s really going on. I’ve seen it all and that’s what I fight for; to protect you and make sure you never have to see what I see.
Q: Tell me what I would hate the most about you?
A: Like I said, I’m pretty rough around the edges after spending the greater part of the last fifteen years in the Middle East fighting terrorists. I’m what we call, hard wired, meaning I can’t shut myself on and off like I could in my early years. I can’t go into details, but I’ve watched men and women wearing burkas and turbans do unspeakable things in the name of jihad. So when I see someone dressed like that when I’m back home, the hairs on the back of my neck go up. I say things I wish I didn’t say and sound like a bigot.
Q: Tell me what’s your most treasured possession?
A: My family, no question. Being a SEAL is inherently dangerous, and fun. It’s a rush to do the things we do. But when my job puts my family at risk, it makes me wonder if it’s time to get out and do something else.
Q: Tell me what’s your greatest fear?
A: Like I said, losing my family. I don’t fear death. In fact dying on the field of battle is how I expect to go. I’d rather go that way than withering away in some nursing home. Or like Sitting Bull died when a bunch of drunks drug him out of his bed and shot him in the head.
Q: Tell me what your idea of a perfect day is?
A: It would be a perfect day if we got actionable intelligence on the location of the world’s top terrorist and I dropped in out of nowhere and put two bullets between his eyes. That, or spending the day at home with my family.
Q: Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
A: I think Richard did a good job for somebody who’s never been a SEAL, or been shot at, or twisted someone’s neck until it snapped. He might have made me sound better than I am. It’s hard to say when the story is about me, since I know what I’m like on the inside, but I have no idea how I come across to others.
Q: Lastly, if you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
A: My motto for life has always been to make the last thing I do, be the greatest thing I did. The greatest thing I ever did was marrying Nina and having our son Barett. I would spend the day with them, my brother’s family and my teammates. My little brother would smudge me with sage smoke and perform a ceremony. We’d tell stories and pass the peace pipe, maybe a shot or two of Jack Daniels too, and prepare the way for me to join the elders. Other than being away from my family so much, I have no regrets. God Bless America. Hooyah.
About The Book:
Book 2: Jack Gunn Thriller Series
Author: Richard Blomberg
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press
Publication Date: February 15, 2015
Genre: Military Thriller / Suspense
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Naval SEAL Jack Gunn's life turned upside down when terrorists kidnap his family and disappear without a trace. While Jack and his team search frantically for clues in Virginia, half-way around the world, his wife, Nina struggles to survive the terrorist's daily persecutions as his hostage.
Terror Never Sleeps is an action-packed tale of Nina's transformation into a warrior who is fighting for her life, and Jack's relentless pursuit of the terrorists from Mali to Diego Garcia to Pakistan. A Military coup, propaganda, dirty bombs, and the launch of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal with one target - Israel - is all part of the terrorist's master plan, who are hellbent on blowing the world back to the eighth century. The non-stop action keeps the reader constantly off balance with the bizarre and unexpected.
Dawley Corners, VA
“I’m scared, Mommy.” Barett sat back up in bed, clutching his dinosaur pillow under one arm and his frayed security blanket under the other.
“Don’t cry, honey. Daddy will be home tomorrow.” Nina brushed her son’s tears aside with her fingers, cupped his tender face in her hands, and gave him a kiss on the forehead. She inhaled the scent of baby shampoo from his tangled wet hair and snuggled him to her chest. Barett’s Mickey Mouse night-light cast a buttery glow across the carpet. A constellation of
fluorescent stars and planets were already glued to the ceiling of his brand-new bedroom and floating like luminous jellyfish in the dark above.
“But what if the bad guys kill Daddy?” Barett chewed on the fringe of his blanket.
“Nobody’s going to kill Daddy,” Nina quickly answered for the umpteenth time as she stroked his black hair. Barett nodded, locked on Nina’s eyes. She closed the bedtime storybook and put it back on the nightstand.
Barett’s lower lip quivered. “What if you die, Mommy? I heard you and Daddy talking.” He started crying again.
Nina gasped. “You don’t need to worry anymore, sweetie. Mommy’s cancer is all gone.” She crossed her hands across her chest and threw them up into the air. “Poof! And Daddy is a brave Sioux, just like you.” She poked Barett in the chest. “If the president of the United States trusts Daddy to protect his country, I don’t think we need to worry.”
Sorrow instantly overwhelmed Nina, sad that Barett’s last thoughts before falling asleep were to fear for his mommy’s and daddy’s lives—even though Nina frequently cried herself to sleep with those same fears. Barett, Nina’s angel throughout her chemotherapy, reached up and brushed her tears away with his baby-soft fingers as he had done so many times before.
If Jack was Nina’s soul mate, Barett was her heart mate. Nina’s first pregnancy ended horribly with a devastating and unexpected miscarrage. Her second ended the same way. So after nine months of living on the jittery edge of sanity, wondering what would go wrong the third time around, Barett was her gift from God who miraculously joined the world on Nina’s twentysixth
birthday. She loved her little bear more than anything. She loved Barett more than Jack.
Trying to stay strong and keep up a good front for Barett while Jack was away, Nina snatched the dreamcatcher hanging from a tack in the wall above Barett’s pillow and fanned his face with its eagle feathers as if she were trying to start a fire.
“Remember, Uncle Travis had a very special medicine man make this to protect you from bad dreams.” She tickled his chest until he giggled.
“Now go to sleep, honey. Daddy will be home tomorrow.” She leaned over and gave him one last kiss.
Nina left his door half open, just how Barett liked, and went downstairs to lock up for the night. Everything in their condominium smelled fresh and new. The paint on the walls, the polish on the floors, and the carpet on the stairs. It was their first home and their first mortgage. Nina smiled, thinking of her husband, Jack, and how he had gone over the top to buy the most
expensive door and window locks.
Being a Navy SEAL and the head of the Counterterrorism Task Force (CTF) made it nearly impossible for Jack Gunn to trust anyone. The only people he trusted were the other SEALs on his Ghost Team and Native Americans, like Nina and him.
“I’m not going to be a prisoner in my own home, Jack. Spend all the money on locks and guns and whatever else you think we need, but take a look around. We’re not living in Afghanistan.” Nina had opened the blind so Jack could look out and see their front yard of new sod, their one-inch elm sapling held vertical by three posts and gardening wire, and the empty lots across the street staked out for new construction. No one else had even moved into their
building yet. They had first pick in the new ocean-view community in Dawley Corners, south of Virginia Beach.
“This is what I’ve always wanted, Jack,” Nina had told him. “I know it’s not Montana, but there’s no place I’d rather be.”
“The perimeter is secure,” she could almost hear Jack saying.
Her smile vanished as she pulled back a corner of the curtain and watched a windowless panel van slowly cruise past their condo. It was the type of hammer-and-nail-laden van construction crews drove through their neighborhood on a daily basis, but not after dark at nine thirty on a Saturday night.
There was something about the van that sent a shiver up her spine as it crawled around the cul-de-sac and came back. She let the sheer curtain fall back into place and watched the headlights. They stopped at the end of Nina’s driveway. With a growl of the engine, smoke puffed from the tail pipe into the chilled air. Now hiding behind the front door, she began to hyperventilate as she fought off the suffocating feeling of panic.
Nina felt guilty for cowering like a scared little girl. She knew if Jack were home, he would have put one of his patented kill looks on his face, stomped out the front door, and challenged the guys in the truck. He did stuff like that all the time. Most of the time, the other guys took off before he got close enough to do any harm; he looked that intimidating. Far from being politically correct, Jack was the man who backed down to nobody. Who feared nobody. Who suspected everybody.
Nina swallowed hard, checked the lock, and glanced up the stairs to make sure Barett was still in bed. Fingers trembling, she fumbled to get her cell phone out of her pocket to call Jack, but dropped it. Pieces of plastic and glass blasted in every direction, like a grenade exploding in the dark, when it hit the porcelain tile.
“Oh my God!” she gasped. That was her only phone. The van still rumbled in the street, not moving. She made out the silhouette of a stocking-capped, bearded man in the passenger seat. Her brain swelled like an expanding water balloon between her ears.
“Think, dammit. Think.” She heard Jack’s words reverberating in her head. It was late Saturday night, her phone was trashed, their home Internet was not scheduled to be activated until Monday, which had not been a big deal because her smartphone functioned as a mobile hot spot for her laptop. All that had changed the instant her phone crashed.
Her feet felt as if they were stuck in cement, nailing her to the floor behind the door.
“The gun. I’ve got to get the gun.”
She looked through the curtain at the van one last time, then stumbled up the stairs, went into their bedroom closet, and turned on the light. The gun safe still had the manufacturer’s stickers on the anodized steel door.
She dialed three numbers stuck in her head. Nothing. She tried again. Nothing. The combination to the safe lay splayed across the entryway floor downstairs in a worthless cell phone microchip.
A noise outside spooked her. Her fingers trembled on the dial.
She tried the lock one last time and prayed. “Hallelujah!” The door opened. She grabbed the loaded shotgun. Jack always said it was the best gun for home protection. Point the scattergun in the general direction of your target and pull the trigger. It would blow a hole in the door the size of a basketball.
Nina had pulled the trigger on a shotgun once before. She blasted tin cans and beer bottles with her brothers back at the reservation garbage dump in Montana when she was a kid. The gun kicked like a mule and knocked her on her butt. It seemed funny at the time.
She flipped the safety off, racked a shell into the chamber, turned off the light, and tiptoed back out of the closet. The gun went first, with Nina’s slippery finger on the trigger. Her eyes dilated to adjust back to the dark.
The condo was too new. Nothing looked familiar. Every shadow, every noise made her jump. The furnace kicked in. The bedroom curtain fluttered over the heat duct. She heard a noise in the hallway. Nina opened the door with the gun barrel.
“Barett. Oh my God. I almost . . .” She covered her mouth, overcome by a sudden wave of nausea. Nina swallowed hard to push the bile back down as she propped the gun up against the wall behind the door, out of Barett’s sight. She grabbed Barett, hugged him hard, and carried him back to his room. “Stay in bed, honey. Mommy will be right back.”
Nina snatched the gun with her shaking, sweaty hands and quickly crept back down the carpeted stairs, trying her best to keep quiet.
The front door was still locked. The van was gone. She held the shotgun against her chest and fixed her eyes on the doorknob, dreading movement of any kind. Her heart raced as she waited in the dark.
The wind blew. The furnace kicked off. The doorknob did nothing.
She turned on the entryway light and scraped together all the pieces of her phone.
I can’t call the police. The phone lines are down till Monday. I can’t call or text Jack. He’ll be pissed. It was probably nothing. No need to get all worked up. Just go to bed. Get a new cell phone in the morning before Jack gets home. And put that stupid gun away before you shoot someone.
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