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I want to thank Robb for giving me permission to reprint some of these reviews from Amazon dot com.
John Ringo wrote the follow review:
I ran into Rob Kott at the International
Thriller Writer's Convention (ThrillerFest) where he was one of the paid
instructors trying to teach people who had never heard a shot fired (much less
in anger) what it was like to shoot someone in the teeth. Feisty, out-spoken,
wired enough to be just a tad nervous-making, he created the immediate
impression of someone who ate, lived and breathed being on the sharp end.
Since then I've gotten to know him pretty well and, like some of the other reviewers, got an advance copy of Save the Last Bullet. It, alas, came in at a time when I was under deadline.
Thanks alot buddy @#$%^&. Just what I needed. A couple of days of zero sleep killing one of the best books on the merc lifestyle ever written.
Buy this book. It not only is worth the read you're helping to save innocent puppies all over the world. Buy one for the puppies! :-)
Author, NO OTHER OPTION, WARRIOR IN THE SHADOWS, BROTHERS IN ARMS"
I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy
of SAVE THE LAST BULLET -- and like John Ringo, I spent several days burning
through the pages. Rob's inside look at the world of the professional soldier is
the best of the best in the genre. Rob is well known to readers who enjoy
professional commentary on all things military from his writing for SOLDIER OF
FORTUNE, JANE'S, and other military journals. But among the professionals who
carry a weapon in harm's way, he's known as a total pro -- and somebody you'd
want at your six in a fire fight. He's a fascinating man, Rob Krott is --
Harvard scholar, anthropologist, journalist, weapons expert, boon drinking and
cigar smoking companion, spell binding story teller, legendary ladies man,
combat medic, special operator in plain clothes and uniform, and now author of
the best book on the real world of the contract professional.
If you have any interest in the human story of the professional soldier, and the "where the rubber meets the road" perspective of the evolution of contract soldiering, buy this book. And if you don't have any interest, buy it anyway and give it to someone who does.
I'm waiting for Hollywood to wake up and take notice....
Adventures of a Professional Paladin, September 16, 2008
Author Rob Krott and I have known each other
in many capacities and on many fronts for now two decades. He was kind enough to
see that this summer I received an advance copy of his much awaited book "Save
the Last Bullet for Yourself".
Rob is both an authentic professional paladin and gifted writer. The last time we saw eachother was outside of Baghdad, Iraq, where he was teaching close quarters shooting techniques and I was running a hard crew of professional soldiers doing personal security detail work inside the city. Rob's previous publishing of his travels on the dark side of Humanity have appeared in numerous U.S. publications to include Soldier of Fortune, Behind the Lines, and Fighitng Knives. He has also been well published in an impressive number of overseas magazines.
He is who he offers to be and has done what he says he has done.
"Save the Last Bullet" is a fast-paced, run 'n gun recollection of his participation in eastern Europe and Somalia as a mercenary and international observer of these conflicts. Well educated and a former commissioned U.S. Army officer Krott takes the reader with him onto the hidden battlefields of small wars and navigates the world of cross/double cross politics of those who hire such fighters. The biggest problem with Krott's book is whenever I put it down I found myself picking it back up again to see what was happening next.
"Save the Last Bullet" has the horsepower to require a sequel and when he writes it I hope Krott includes his adventures in Angola, Cuba, and those other places where he's trod the hallowed killing fields of "pay as you play" warfare plying the ancient trade of the mercenary adventurer and gifted sage.
BULLSEYE!, September 26, 2008
Review by J David Truby. Truby is a former U S Army combat intelligence NCO, civilian military advisor, war zone journalist, author of military history , biography and ordnance books, plus a university professor.
Know the difference between a professional soldier and too many of today's war zone journalists? The former fires with effect; the latter flares for affect. The former hopes to make a true difference in people's lives; the latter hopes to score stardom. One knows the difference between honor, loyalty, patriotism and self-serving treason; the other does not.
In this, his first book, Rob Krott, a former U S Army Captain who has been a professional combat soldier for more than 20+ years now, flares brightly as an entertaining storyteller. His warrior rhetoric hits with strong effect as to the why of modern mercenaries and their attempts to do the right thing for the right people, naïve and old fashioned as it may seem.
In his autobiographical story, Krott proves to be an entertaining and effective storyteller, going from a rural kid in the sparsely populated wilderness of Northwestern PA , enlisting in the National Guard as a 17 year old high school boy, to an Army commission, then up the ladder from Benning to the JFK Center at Bragg, to grad school at Harvard, plus infantry assignments in Korea and other military garden spots.
Explaining that special gene that makes some folks true warriors, Krott tells how, where, and why he became a military contractor, our current PC term for mercenary soldier. It's an interesting explanation, too, along with the rationale and the action of his early contracts and assignments in Africa and in the Balkans. He has about 30 good photos in here, too.
If you're confused about why America
encourages certain of its special warriors to lead and teach foreign troops in
other , hostile lands with leadership disputed between the good, the bad and the
truly ugly, you won't be after you read Krott's accounts of his experiences. His
stories and accounts make perfect sense. If you're one of those rare readers who
follow geopolitics, and really knows the operators and players you will be
surprised at what and who Krott knows, too, and with whom he has warriored.
It's obvious that Rob Krott is a damn good, lead-from-the-front officer as well as an excellent instructor, even though any reader who's served in the real military will be appalled at some of the rookies, wannabes, criminals, psychopaths, liars, thieves and other subhuman flotsam that Krott and his professional colleagues are asked to train, teach and lead. If you are a military virgin when you read this book you won't believe some of the truly shocking true events that he reports and some of the sphincter muscles associates he describes, using their real names for the most part. Each and every page is good, entertaining reading , and I admire Rob Krott's patience, courage and judgment for reporting these truths.
While this is his first book, this is not Rob Krott's writing debut. Knowledgeable readers of SMALL ARMS REVIEW and of SOLDIER OF FORTUNE will recognize his byline on articles about wild wars, historic weapons still in combat and the even wilder warriors wielding them.
Happily, this will not be Rob Krott's only book. This is the first of at least two other tomes detailing the exciting, real, and all very true stories of this modern mercenary. Personally, I hope he's locked `n loaded, and gets them out soon.
A must read, September 16, 2008
Gary A. Linderer
I had the privilege of reading a review copy of "Save the Last Bullet for Yourself" before the title was released by the publisher. I also had the honor of being asked to write a blurb. I have known the author for a number of years and was familiar with both his story and his writing skills. The book was no disappointment. Rob has led an extraordinary life, one that most military men would envy. Now his career as a mercenary and soldier of fortune has finally been documented for all to share. It's a shame that it took this long in coming, but gathering the material was a llfe-long endeavor for the author. Rob's witty, matter-of-fact writing style adds timely humor to tales of a dangerous and often deadly profession. I will not exploit the work by giving away any of the story, but for any veteran, active duty military, or combat aficionado, Save the Last Bullet for Yourself is a worthy addition to your library and a bargain at this price. Read it and enjoy.
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