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The Profession: A Thriller


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The master storyteller of Gates of Fire, The Afghan Campaign, and Killing Rommel returns with a stunning, chillinglyplausible near-future thriller about the rise of a privately financed and global military industrial complex.

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Steven Pressfield is the author of Gates of Fire,The Legend of Bagger Vance,Killing Rommel and The War of Art. His books are in the curriculum at West Point, Annapolis and the Naval War College, as well as being on the Commandant's Reading List for the Marine Corps. He has an international following for his online series, including 'It's the Tribes, Stupid,' and 'Writing Wednesdays.' He is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Los Angeles.


"Gripping. . . provocative. . . a thinking person's techno-thriller."-Wall Street Journal

"The Profession is a compelling mix of modern weaponry, modern communications, modern politics and the warrior's ancient ethos of honor and loyalty. It moves quickly and with deadly precision. . . . This is the modern world taken to its logical and frightening extreme."-Los Angeles Times

"Steven Pressfield, in The Profession, has written a novel of the near future that is as good and in some cases better than anything Tom Clancy ever wrote in his day."-Mark Whittington, Yahoo!

"Pressfield's military thriller stands out from the crowd by speculating on what the next generation of warfare will be like and then dropping the reader right into the action. Clancy fans should give this a shot."-Booklist

"When I read a novel, I want to go someplace, with somebody who's been there. In The Profession, Pressfield takes us into the heart of combat-and even deeper than heat of the action: he takes us into the soul of the warrior. This is all the more remarkable because the world he leads us into hasn't happened yet-though we see its possibilities, its unfolding reality, all around us. To give us this book, Pressfield went to the places were soldiers and ideologies are colliding, and he sifted the thoughts, motives and skills of the men at the cutting edge of those conflicts. But best of all, for me, is that he seems to have looked into my heart too."-Randall Wallace, screenwriter of the Academy Award winner Braveheart

"From owner-operated Apache gunships to The New York Google Times, The Profession is chilling because it rhymes just enough with today to make us wonder whether this future will be, or only might be. Pressfield's trademark lessons in honor and loyalty are here, woven into the classical tradition of the warrior's way. It's a ripping read."-Nathaniel Fick, New York Times bestselling author of One Bullet Away and CEO of the Center for a New American Security

"Pressfield imagines a world in which private military forces have all the power. . . . When the commander of the largest force around decides to take control of the United states, his top commando-Gilbert "Gent" Gentilhomme-opts to wipe out his commander. Pressfield dominates the military thriller genre, and his works are realistic enough that military colleges like West Point assign them."-Library Journal

"Pressfield's impressive research shows throughout this novel.... a book that paints an all-too-plausible future in which American outsources its dirtiest jobs."
-Kirkus Reviews

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