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Jack_MurphyAnd now from the secret headquarters of the military veteran novelist mafia – Pete Nealan on Jack Murphy‘s novel Target Deck. Jack as no doubt recall is one of our former contributors here at Kit Up and a solid military fiction writer (or action fiction – I’m not sure what they’re calling the genre now, if it has a name specifically).  Pete Nealan is the author of Task Force Desperate (which I’ve previously reviewed here). I was going to review Target Deck myself, but I wanted to reread Reflexive Fire first – and I can’t do that until I get it back from my nephew, who borrowed it and apparently reads one paragraph a day max (looking at you Skylar LaBounty). In the meantime then, here’s Nealan’s take on it:

“A lot of what is happening as background for the book will be familiar to anyone who has kept an eye on the deteriorating situation in Mexico.  While Deckard’s operation is in the south, in what is presently disputed territory near Guatemala, the Zetas and Sinaloa cartel are featured prominently in the background.  The Zapatista rebels in Chiapas even make several appearances.  Jack even brings Fast and Furious into the mix, along with questionable black operations being run by shadowy individuals in the corridors of power.

The action sequences are frequent and well done.  The carnage in places is pretty intense, though anyone who’s been keeping even one eye on the war in Mexico would know that it’s by no means in excess of what has been happening down there.”

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The Attack of the Zombie Hippies book that included work, in part, from three current and former Kit Up! contributors (Christian Lowe, David Reeder and Jack Murphy) is doing very well for a small self-published effort. They are about to sell their 150th Kindle copy (thus generating approximately $400 for Independence Fund) and will soon be releasing the book in hard copy as well.

They’ve also received their first couple of on-line Amazon reviews.



Remember Christian Lowe? Former editor and Le Grande Fromage here at Kit Up! before moving on to US News & World Report? David Reeder, the current Associate Editor here? Perhaps you’ll recall Jack Murphy,another former contributor here and author of the PROMIS series. These three writers along with several others from the tactical industry (writers who are also instructors) collaborated in an anthology project to support the Independence Fund. Attack of the Zombie Hippies is finally available on Amazon. It got a thumbs up from JL Bourne (“Satire and zombies at its funnest.” -J.L. Bourne, author of Day by Day Armageddon), has a forward by our friend Eric Graves over on Soldier Systems and was edited by prolific entertainment writer Erik Dewey (author of the superb pre-deployment aid, the Big Book of Everything).

Yes, the zombie genre is growing tired, but this anthology is a little different than others (and it’s for a a good cause).

The collection contains 24 stories and articles. Roughly half are fiction; the others are training articles disguised as anti-zombie advice. From utilizing your tracking skills (courtesy of Freddy Osuna and Greenside Training) to the fundamentals of building a good carbine (Dave Merrill, of MilCopp Tactical) to improving your threat awareness in and around vehicles (Canadian freelance tactical writer Chris Clermont), all of the articles are written by SMEs with a lot to offer.

The fiction stories run the gamut of deadly serious and moving (Merrill’s Yona) to ‘action sarcastic’ (Reeder’s Roundhouse Kick Revival) to wry and entertaining (Arthur Lowther’s Woodstock) to the unexpected (Guns and Zombies, A Chick’s Perspective, by Evalynn Rose). All well worth reading and, interestingly, all but a few of them written by military veterans.

The last unique feature – there are coupon codes from industry manufacturers scattered through the book. Tactical Tailor, G-Code Holsters, BattleComp, Grey Ghost Gear, I.C.E. Training, Battle Systems LLC and many others. If you purchase just one thing with one code you’ll make your money back.

Arthur Lowther, contributor to the collection.

Christian Lowe, contributor to the collection.

Fred Osuna, contributor to the collection.

Rob Pincus, contributor to the collection.

Justin Mullins, contributor to the collection, apparently already prepared for TEOTWAKI.

Jack Murphy, contributor to the collection.

David Merrill, contributor to the collection (on Hawaiian Shirt Range Day).

David Reeder, contributor to the collection...not quite sure what he is doing.



The anthology is $3.99 on Amazon, currently Kindle only. Proceeds benefit Independence Fund and given some recent activity in veteran-support charities, feel free to contact them to confirm. Independence Fund, if you weren’t aware, works quite a bit with Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band. They do everything from providing rehabilitation opportunities to helping build ‘smart houses’ for catastrophically wounded veterans.

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Jack Murphy's ZXR ruck

I’m not going to try to pretend that I didn’t already love Kifaru before I linked up with them at SHOT this year. I’d been enjoying my Kifaru ZXR rucksack since I took it on my last deployment to Iraq and got some good use out of it while out on patrol with a LRS unit. These packs will set you back a few dollars but they are like the Rolls Royce of rucksacks and come with a lifetime warranty. When I spoke with Mel from Kifaru he was more than happy to show me some of their latest offerings. [click to continue…]


Digital round count: it’s finally here!


Another cool sighting from the SHOT show: A digital round counter that illuminates when you grip the pistol.  What do you think?  Is this a useful tool that will help soldiers or police officers in combat and training, or is it a distraction that is bound to get someone hurt?  Maybe the answer is somewhere in the middle, but I’d like to hear your thoughts.  To get a better idea of how it works, check out the video below:

Kit Up! contributor Jack Murphy is a former Ranger, Special Forces Soldier and is the author of the military thriller Reflexive Fire.


We’re big fans of action novels, if properly written. There really isn’t much worse than getting into a novel, really starting to like it, then having them do something so inaccurate and jarringly wrong that it ruins the whole thing…like for instance when you read about two SEALs that hold the rank of Major, who break the “wooden” stocks of their M4s over the skull of a critter they’re fighting.

Pretty lame (and yeah, that happened, from a best-selling novelist too). What’s particularly vexing about a lot of those things is the

Kit Up! PROMIS: South Africa, by our very own Jack Murphy

simplicity with which it could be avoided…ever heard of Google?

So lately, to avoid stoopid shyte, we’ve been reading three authors. Dalton Fury, who wrote Black Site, Marcus Wynne, who wrote No Other Option , and this cat named Jack Murphy, who wrote Promis: South Africa. All of them are great authors, all of them equally enjoyable: today we’re going to talk about Jack’s book, though.

Promis: South Africa is the latest in a series of books about Sean Deckard, and it’s good. The fact that the author (whom you might just recognize from this very blog, by the way) is a combat veteran of USSOCOM’s Special Forces and an avid Rhodesian/South African historian make the tale significantly better than you might otherwise expect.

12 SEP 83/0032 hrs/South Africa

Streetlamps cast golden light down on the long empty roads that twisted throughout the Eastern Cape, insects creating a steady buzz that filled the darkness of night with their presence. The occasional window was still illuminated, only to be dashed as the locals tossed a curtain intoplace and prepared to bed down for the night. Although not still, the night was calm until the blast rocked through several neighborhoods, shaking people from their beds and setting off alarm systems on several warehouses located in the area.

South Africa was having another one of those nights. [click to continue…]

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I was intrigued when I saw this gizmo out at the range.  It’s called the Angle sight, made by Accutact.  Even the designer told me that it’s KISS simple, basically it’s a prism that allows you to hold the weapon around a corner and fire while the shooter remains behind cover.  There isn’t any need to remove or rotate it out of the way when firing normally, you can still look straight down your sights.  Take a look at the video to see how it works:

Kit Up! contributor Jack Murphy is a former Ranger, Special Forces Soldier and is the author of the military thriller Reflexive Fire.


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