Authors on the Air host Pam Stack welcomes retired Seal Team 6 warrior Don Mann and his writing partner Ralph Pelluzzo to discuss their new book SEAL TEAM SIX: HUNT THE VIPER.
HUNT THE VIPER is set in the current geopolitical hot spot that is all over headlines: Syria. While helping a small Kurdish border town organize a resistance army against the Assad government, Crocker helps a medical crew escape a village attacked by the Viper, a notoriously vicious ISIS general. When the Viper’s men kidnap an American Doctors Without Borders volunteer, Crocker is prepared to do whatever it takes to launch a rescue mission and save the American woman’s life.
Don Mann has already shared with the world his incredible experiences as one of America’s elite warriors. Until 1998, Mann was on active duty with SEAL Team Six. Since then, he has been deployed to the Middle East on numerous occasions in support of the war against terrorism. Many active-duty SEALs on SEAL Team Six are men that Don has educated in urban, arctic, desert, river, and jungle warfare, as well as in close-quarters battle and military operations in urban terrain.
Ralph Pezzullo: "When I was five years old my father joined the Foreign Service of the State Department. His job took us to Washington, DC, Mexico, South Vietnam, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay and Nicaragua. We lived in Saigon during the Tonkin Gulf Incident, the overthrow of Diem, a number of other coup d'etats and almost daily Vietcong terrorist attacks against Americans. After that, we survived three years gasping for air at 13,000 feet in La Paz, Bolivia during the time that Che Guevarra was trying to build a guerrilla base in that country. By 1980 my father was the US Ambassador to Nicaragua, and I was there witnessing the first days of the Sandinista Revolution."