New Novel Looks at War in Africa Using Private Armies

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As a private military contractor for over twenty-five years, D. Alan Johnson has lived the life that he portrays in his new novel, Asgaard. Using the Great African War in the Congo as the background, Johnson paints a story of conflict between greed, politics, and religion. The dictator whose wife falls for a mercenary pilot, an American missionary, and the CIA medic struggle to survive with honor when an assassin changes the Congo forever. Will they be able to escape the anarchy and bloodletting in the resulting power vacuum?

D. Alan Johnson has been an active military contractor since 1986. Before that he was a US Army Paratrooper whose job description included words like rifleman, demolitions, anti-armor, and prisoner interrogation.

As a contractor he has worked for the Department of State, the Department of Defense, major oil companies, and other US government agencies. During that time he made cargo airdrops, delivered troops, instructed foreign pilots, and flew surveillance aircraft in conflicts in Central America, Africa, and South America.

Those experiences are the basis for his books about a little-known world--telling of the life and flavor of being a contractor. He currently splits his time between flying a surveillance aircraft in South America and enjoying his time off with his wife and two cats in Georgetown, Texas.

Asgaard is available online at and for local purchase at Hill Country Bookstore in Georgetown, Texas. They will host a book signing on March 13, 2010 between 2 and 4 pm.    

To receive a copy for review or to arrange for an author interview, please contact D. Alan Johnson at BAT09(at)ATT(dot)NET.


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