ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

42 Days of 666: Day 22 with Sam Sykes


For the next 42 days we're going to be counting down to the release of SEAL Team 666. Why 42? Because it's the answer to the universal question.

Today we have Sam Sykes. I've known Sam for a few years now. He's one of the new generation of fantasy authors who is going to own the genre in a few years. Once George RR Martin's books have been completely mined by HBO, they'll go looking for Sam and learn about the Aeon's Gate Trilogy

Here are the usual questions:

1. What’s your favorite military movie, book or television show?

Man, I'm torn between Platoon and Apocalypse Now. I loved the latter's poetry, but the former had a stronger character plot, I think.

Oh shit! Does Hot Shots Part Deux count? Probably not.

2. Why is it your favorite? Here’s where you can ramble a bit.

 Ever since one of my best friends got back from the military (Marine Corps, two tours in Iraq, one in Afghanistan), I've started to look at military movies in a different way. As a young(er) man, I used to watch for explosions, eruptions, blood, gore and the like.

It's only within the past ten years that I've come to learn the difference between action and military. What I'm interested now is how the unique situation of combat life affects a man or woman, how the small, fleeting instants can make up the majority of their experiences and how everything can change so suddenly.

Military movies are one of the few movies where sudden, sweeping plot changes are a crux. For that reason, I think Platoon is my favorite. It's a much better instance of things changing so rapidly and meaningfully, which is so far from what I usually write that it's intensely fascinating.

3. What themes are overused? And is it overused, or just truthful observation?

Overused? I think if you make a genuine movie, you can't really overuse a theme. I wonder, sometimes, if we put soldiers up to a culture of hero worship, though. We give a shit about them in we're shaking their hand, hearing that they were in the military and we're saying "thank you for serving our country."

I'm sure they appreciate it, but the vast majority of the public doesn't really seem to care about the rest of the soldier's life: what he goes through when he gets back, when he's trying to readjust to civilian life, how his interactions with people have changed forever.

Soldiers, above all else, are people. Humans. I'd like to see films that reinforce that.

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Thanks, Sam!

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