About the Author
Paul Evancoe is a retired, career Navy SEAL with significant combat experience. Following his military career, he continued government service as the Director for Special Operations in the Office of the Coordinator for Counter-terrorism at the U.S. Department of State. Paul next took a position with the National Nuclear Security Administration where he later headed the Office of Emergency Response which had responsibility for world-wide nuclear and radiological accident and incident response. After 37 total years of government service he became the Vice President for Military Operations at FNH USA. Paul is the founder and president of International Security Strategies and Operations, Inc. ISSO specializes in emergency management, risk assessment, vulnerability assessment and facility hardening. .
Paul's significant military service awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star with "V" for valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Cross of Gallantry with gold star for heroism, Navy Commendation Medal with "V" for valor, Navy Combat Action Ribbon (3 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards), along with 12 other lesser medals and ribbons. Paul holds a BS in Industrial Technology and advanced degrees and certifications in Human Resource Development, Political Military Strategic Planning and Weapon Systems Engineering.
Paul is the author of numerous feature articles in various national and foreign journals and magazines. He regularly is quoted as a counterterrorism, weapons and non-lethal disabling technology expert in various newspapers and magazines. In addition, Paul has written numerous security-related policy and procedural documents for both government and commercial customers. "Own the Night" is Paul's first novel.
Q. How long did it take you to write "Own the Night?"
A. Since I'm a full time worker and a part time writer, it took me about 4 years. My jobs have always required me to do a lot of travel. Sometimes I would have to put the manuscript down for several months at a time which meant that when I restarted my writing, I'd have to reread the story from the beginning so I'd know where to begin the story again. It was very frustrating at times.
Q. What gave you the idea for the story?
A. As you probably know, I was a Navy SEAL for almost 25 years and then I worked for the federal government in Counter-terrorism for 11 years following my military career. I guess you can't chase bad guys for most of your adult life and not develop some primers of your own. Much of Own the Night is really fictionalized personal experience.
Q. What's fact and what's fiction in Own the Night?
A. That's for me to know and for you to figure out.
Q. Are you Jake Boucher in your story?
A. While Jake's philosophy regarding boldness and courage is mine, I am absolutely not him! I developed Jake's character by merging a conglomerate of some of my warrior friends' best character attributes. I guess you could say he's really a mixture of a number of great men.
Q. Are the locations you write about real?
A. Yes. For example, Bakers Run camp where Boucher links back up with Mojo is a real place. It is accurately described right down to the outhouse. The restaurant where Jake and Pat go to drink, Monocacy Crossing near Fredrick, MD, is a real place and one of my favorite restaurant...great wine cellar too.
Q. Are you writing a sequel?
A. Yes. I hope to have it completed and in print for release in early Spring of 2009.
Q. Are you planning on writing more books featuring Jake Boucher and his guys?
A. Yes. I have a sequel in works and two more already outlined and ready to go. I intend to write a total of 3 more books with Jake and his guys.
Q. What are the titles of your sequels with Jake Boucher?
A. I don't want to release that info just yet. I will be posting the title of my next book soon along with a short synopsis. I think you'll like the story as much or more than OTN.
Q. Do you know Rudy Bosch, from the TV Survivor series?
A. Yes. I've known Rudy for over 40 years. I served with him in SEAL Team 2 and he was my senior enlisted advisor when I commanded a Task Unit. God doesn't make men any more solid than Rudy.
Q. How do you know Vince Flynn? I saw you dedicated your book to him.
A. As I said in my dedication, Vince has mentored me and I am grateful to him as a friend. He's one hell of a successful writer.
Q. Who is your favorite writer?
A. Is that a trick question? Okay, just joking. Actually, I have several favorite writers and it depends on my reading mood and subject interest. Obviously, I think Vince Flynn is a superb writer and would recommend any of his 9 best sellers. I love reading Steven Pressfield's books. His book, "Gates of Fire" is one of my all time favorite books. I like Dan Brown's writing, "The Da Vinci Code." I also like Dale Brown's writings and I've read every one of his numerous paperbacks. These guys are all modern day master writers in my opinion.
Q. What do you do for fun?
A. Believe it or not, I love to write and it's fun for me. That said, I am a shooter. I own a gaggle of rifles, shotguns and pistols and I regularly shoot them.
Q. What's your favorite gun?
A. Well that depends if you're talking rifle, shotgun or pistol and what the intended target is. If it's combat shooting, I have several guns I really like. I have a 1911 Government model .45 customized by Wayne Novak. Wayne is one of the premier custom .45 builders in the U.S. today. His work is simply superb. In assault rifles, I have an Armilite custom built AR-10 and a custom built M1A1. Both are tack drivers. My sniper rifle favorite is my FN SPR 7.62 NATO with a Leopold Mk-4 mildot. I never carried a shotgun in a combat situation and I really don't have a favorite.