When you have experiences ranging from an Army Apache helicopter pilot to a member of the FBI Dallas SWAT team, it can be challenging to take these moments and put them into words – let alone a renowned thriller series. Don Bentley does just that and more — his audience is hungry for his latest book in the Matt Drake series — Hostile Intent, released May 3rd, 2022.

In this episode, Fred and Don discuss the striking coincidence in the thriller’s plot to what is occurring in present-day Ukraine. He also shares insight into how he shapes the Matt Drake character and closes the discussion with a fresh perspective on breaking into the writing space for aspiring authors.

Don Bentley is the New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Target Acquired and the Matt Drake series (which includes Without Sanction & The Outside Man). Don is a former FBI Special Agent, Dallas SWAT Team member, and Army Apache helicopter pilot. During his time as a pilot he was deployed to Afghanistan as a Troop Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI, and was later awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with “V” device for valor.

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