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Sniper: ‘I believed I had the ability to change the playing field’

When I asked a former Army Green Beret how many kills he had recorded as a sniper during three tours of duty in Iraq, he used a lot of words to explain how such numbers can be hard to tally but never gave me an actual number. He did, however, tell me this:  “For me it wasn’t the numbers. I went back over and over because I believed I had the ability to change the playing field.”

Former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart in Iraq.

Former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart in Iraq.

While those words may sound like words spoken by the late Chris Kyle, whose legendary exploits as a Navy SEAL during four tours of duty in Iraq are portrayed in the blockbuster film, American Sniper, they were not. Instead, they were shared with me during an online conversation two days ago with Kelly Stewart, the former Army Green Beret sniper — and, later, sniper instructor  — whose life story is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August.

After watching the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper and after getting to know Stewart during 18 months spent researching, conducting interviews and writing Three Days In August and since the release of the book in October 2011, I stand by the admittedly-biased opinion I shared in my most-recent weekly recap — that is, that Stewart’s story, as it appears in Three Days In August, would make a better film than American Sniper.

How did I reach that conclusion? Allow me to explain.

American Sniper failed to deliver the kind of emotional impact I had anticipated. When I walked out of the theater, I felt as if I had not had been robbed in an odd sort of way that has nothing to do with the prices of tickets, drinks or snacks at the theater.

Maybe it’s because I’m so much closer to Stewart that I experienced a plethora of emotions — anger, sympathy and frustration, just to name a few — while working on Three Days In August. When you read the book, I think you’ll experience many of the same emotions — especially in a few select sections of the book.

Kelly A. Stewart's uniform was covered with signs of his life as a Top One Percent Special Forces Soldier.

Kelly A. Stewart’s uniform was covered with signs of his life as a Top One Percent Special Forces Soldier.

During the courtroom scene, as Stewart faces a possible life sentence, you’ll applaud him for refusing to answer questions from the prosecutor when, by answering those questions in an open courtroom, he would have revealed classified information and violated his code of conduct.

You might find yourself having a hard time deciding what advice to give Stewart following his moment of decision after the court-martial panel issues its verdict at the end of the second day of the military trial.

And you might find yourself welling up with pride for Stewart while reading the chapter, The Last Mission In Iraq. In that chapter, a Green Beret describes serving with Stewart for eight months in 2006 when both were members of a Special Operations Task Force Operations Detachment Alpha (a.k.a., “A-Team”). It includes this description of a scene in which Stewart embodied the prototypical war hero portrayed by actors like John Wayne and Sylvester Stallone in so many movies over the years:

“I had to put down my gun in order to treat this casualty, but there were still bullets flying around—buzzing around our heads like bees, quite literally. So that was hard for me to do, but (Kelly) reassured me that he had me covered. Kelly stood over the top of me and the casualty pretty much the whole time on the way back out of Sadr City, and it was under intense fire.”

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Of course, there’s much more inside the pages of Three Days In August. After reading this article and seeing who has endorsed the book, I hope you’ll order a copy.

WORTH NOTING: Due to the politically-correct environment that permeates Hollywood these days, I do not expect the story told in this book to appear on the silver screen anytime soon.

UPDATE 2/25/2015 at 1:24 p.m. Central:  A friend sent me a link to an article published under the headline, The Making of a Real American Sniper. It helps explain what Kelly Stewart told me as highlighted in the blue portion of this article’s lead paragraph. Hope you’ll read and share.

UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 1:12 p.m. Central: Check out the limited-time free-books offer here.

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Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Jan. 4-10

Though I had few opportunities to sit down and write this week, I still banged out a few worthwhile pieces at BobMcCarty.com. They appear in the weekly recap below:

I experienced a temperature change of more than 50 degrees when I returned to St. Louis from Orlando Wednesday.

I experienced a temperature change of more than 50 degrees when I returned to St. Louis from Orlando (above) Wednesday.

On Sunday, I shared Thirty-Six Reasons Why You Should Read The Clapper Memo. In addition, I shared a few snippets on my Facebook page. They included a graphic showing my nominee for Best Actor in a Political Role in advance of the 87th Academy Awards ceremony scheduled to take place on Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood as well as a photo from my oldest son’s wedding in England one year earlier. And, of course, I shared other items as well.

Early Monday morning, I shared news about a new cover for my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August (October 2011). Standing out on the new cover are four solid endorsements the book received during its first three years on the market. I also fired off an email to Ewen McAskill, the author of a newspaper article about British and Dutch researchers’ work on a new lie detector “suit” that’s said to be 70 percent accurate.

“Contrary to what you imply in your article (i.e., that most police departments rely on polygraph machines), the majority are now using something completely different,” I wrote before pointing him to the site where he could my find more information in the form of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo (May 2013), which contains details about a non-polygraph technology that’s more than 90 percent accurate. Not surprisingly I have yet to hear back from McAskill.

Chad Jeansonne (center) received the 2014 James L. Chapman Award for Excellence Tuesday from the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts. Shown with him are previous award recipients Marigo Stathis and Bob McCarty.

Click on the image above to learn the identities of the people in this photo with me (left).

Soon after sending that email, I drove to the airport and hopped on a plane to Orlando where I attended a conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. On Wednesday, I shared details about my experience at the conference in a piece published under the headline, Most of the Great People I Met in Orlando Were Cops.

As a “Throwback Thursday” item, I shared a photo Thursday morning of the raw version of the manuscript for  The Clapper Memo, that I had shared with the world two years earlier. Later that day, I published a guest-written article under the headline, Author Rebukes Media for Attack on Dr. Ben Carson.

Late Friday morning, I shared excerpts from Three Days In August in a post published under the headline, Sexual Assault Accuser Offers Strange Definition of ‘Contact’. Read it, and you’ll begin to understand more about the wrongful prosecution of Army Green Beret Sergeant 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart.

Woefully inadequate was the amount of online attention I gave this week to my recently-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet (Nov 2014). The book was, however, popular with the folks I hung out with in Orlando for reasons I will not explain so as not to spoil anything for you when you order a copy and read it.

Repeating what I say each week in my recaps, if you appreciate the unique perspectives I provide and would like to help keep me afloat for another year, please show your support by ordering copies of my books and encouraging others to do the same. Thanks in advance!

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