3/30/11 ** I'd heard of Blackwater's escapades and debacles in Iraq; the FEMA camp subcontractors in ASHFALL are based on Blackwater and called Black Lake. This book seems to paint a picture that makes this mercenary army seem much more frightening. I'm looking forward to reading about how the relatively small company from S. Carolina became so powerful while remaining so secretive. I'm guessing the book will read like a spy mystery.
Found the book at a library booksale somewhere in Iowa (or was it Minnesota or Wisconsin) - I lost track of all the small towns and libraries that I went to on the ASHEN WINTER research trip/ASHFALL marketing trip.