New Book ‘Killing Sharks: De Profundis’ is Reality-Based War on Terror Thriller

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Eric Wentz explains why chivalry isn’t dead in the military.

Killing Sharks: De Profundis by Eric Wentz

A new novel, “Killing Sharks: De Profundis,” is informed by the experiences of U.S. Navy veteran Eric Wentz, who worked as an interrogator and linguist at Guantanamo Bay military prison and believes that chivalry isn’t dead – at least not in the military.

“It boggles my mind that smart, well-educated American citizens take our country’s security for granted; chivalry isn’t dead because, when it counts, a small percentage of honorable people put their lives on the line for everyone else,” says Wentz, a former intelligence officer whose book is a Readers Choice Award-winning novel.

Protagonist Lt. Cmdr. Grant Chisolm is on a mission to thwart jihadists. His latest assignment as liaison officer to Guantanamo brings him face to face with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and their hatred of the United States. Based on real-life circumstances, “Killing Sharks” allows readers to dive into the explosive world of terrorism and experience the lives of soldiers for whom chivalry isn’t dead -- men fearless enough to fight a worldwide menace bent on destroying Western civilization.

“In the best tradition of the works of Frederick Forsyth and Dan Brown, ‘Killing Sharks: De Profundis’ is a thriller that takes the reader from the desolate mountains of the FATA on the Afghan-Pakistani border to the warm waters of the Caribbean and the base prison at Guantanamo, Cuba,” writes Ralph L. DeFalco III, senior strategist for Reserve Intelligence Integration for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

“Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Grant Chisolm races against the timing of suicide bombers and through the murky world of the modern war on terrorism and the backwaters of the Cold War,” DeFalco writes. “Wentz’s work is authentic. It’s the product of a Navy officer who has seen Guantanamo and the worldwide war on terror firsthand.”

Elias Abu-Ayn, former U.S. Special Envoy to the Saudi Royal Family and author of “Operation: Snow Leopard,” writes:

“The author is a man of a powerfully perceptive worldview of East and West. His laser targeting of the Caucasus, the Middle East, and the fractionalized world of Lebanon, specifically, speaks of firsthand knowledge of these tortured regions. His insight put forth in beautiful prose climbs into the realm of the poetic and will stir even a casual reader.”

About Eric Wentz

Eric Wentz is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served as an intelligence officer, interrogator and linguist. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and English literature, a master’s degree in linguistics, and a Master of Science degree and doctorate in educational administration. He is also a certified SCUBA diver and an experienced canoeist. His novel, “Killing Sharks: De Profundis,” has won the Readers Choice Book Reviews Bronze Award. For more information visit

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