Authors occasionally find themselves in an awkward position during the publishing process. Most of us are good with capturing the story, researching and writing. But then you have to do things like convince someone to look at an advance copy of your book and review it. And preferably make the quote short enough to be included on the cover.
My co-author on Blasted by Adversity: the Making of a Wounded Warrior, Luke Murphy, who is the subject of the book, knows a lot of people. A lot of them. But even Luke was a little out of his comfort zone asking such a huge favor. We collected a few names and gave them to the publisher. Luke called me one day and said one of the four-stars he knew talked to another four-star and they told retired General Stanley McChrystal about the book. As in, the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan? Yep, the very same. It sounded like a long shot, but the publisher sent the manuscript over anyway.
Amazingly, within a week, the General had answered:
“Luke Murphy’s story starts where most war movies end – in the smoking aftermath of battle. Not for the faint of heart, it is an infantry sergeant’s tale of his journey to combat, and the long road back. Don’t look for tragedy. Read it to experience combat, courage, camaraderie, pain, and recovery. Your view of soldiers will forever change.”
— General (Ret.) Stan McChrystal,
former Commander US and International Forces in Afghanistan
It just goes to show how strong the ties are within the U.S. military. And it sure feels good to know once you have a high profile person’s attention, they’re not going to be disappointed.