Rocky Mountain Press Announces New Book Release, Broken, a Whistleblower's Historical Fiction on Drones, the Surveillance State and Torture

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Broken is based on the first hand experiences of a high level military intelligence officer turned whistleblower, in a fictional thriller about the men and women caught in the cross fire of the business of war, terror, drones, PTSD, and a for-profit surveillance state.

This book nails the reality of torture as both deeply pathological and unproductive. - Robert Steele

The Washington Post calls Michael Kearns "the clean-cut Boy Scout type who does everything by the book," and Business Inc. notes, "Michael Kearns' professional background reads like the protagonists from best-selling authors Robert Ludlum or Clive Cussler."

A retired Air Force Intelligence Officer and former Master SERE instructor, Kearns has been a vocal opponent of the Bush/Cheney torture program and the dark complexities of war profiteering. With co-author and entertainment veteran, Ronald Solomon, the book delves into the reality of torture as both deeply pathological and unproductive. It goes further, and shows how 70% of the secret budget is spent on contractors without a clue and without ethics.

With a no-holds bar to controversial subject matter, Broken has already garnered attention and plaudits from inside the intelligence community, including John Kiriakou, former CIA Clandestine Case Officer and author of "The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror," who said it is "an account so tightly written it makes you feel like you're in the room, a part of the team, on the mission."


"In warfare, you must shoot the trigger to stop the firing. You have to aim at the shooter. Early on it was easy. It was a club or a sword; the guy was right there in front of your face. But technology has moved the trigger farther and farther away. Spears, then bows and arrows, guns, missiles on gunships, and now drone ground stations in the United States. The trigger is here. They have come here to stop it. It's their only hope."

"I saw the tape of that engineer being tortured," he continued. "And while I know it won't be a very popular thing to say, that terrorist was a harbinger. We have to get engaged. We have to establish a moral compass for our technology and our technologists or we'll have more 9-11's than we can count. I don't want the trigger in my backyard."

"Sounds a little Ted Kaczynski-esque," said Kraner, referring to the still imprisoned Unabomber.

"Kaczynski was a theorist. I'm not. I was in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Carby. "I saw some of the diabolical things that robots did. A lot of it is good, yes. But a whole lot more of it is bad. I'm just saying that Americans need to engage and see that their tax dollars are being used in ways that aren't exactly, American."

The book is for sale now on Amazon:

The authors will be donating 20% of their net profits to Veterans for Peace.

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