1. Great writing is not the ability to conjure worlds from words; it’s simply the capacity to use the written word for communication in a manner appropriate to the context with a minimum of redundancy and a maximum of eloquence, in my opinion. I’ve read theree of your books now, and your writing capabilities are by no means “limited” — I would never have picked up the second if I hadn’t been so riveted by the first! Don’t be so hard on yourself.

  2. I will have to dust off my library card and give these books a read. I like fiction that is based on real life, so these books may be right up my alley.


  3. Mr. Ayoob,

    First, your writing capabilities are just fine. Facts are GOOD! and your writing is full of them.

    Second, I’ll be checking out those recommended books – they sound like good reads.

    Third, if you like fact-based fiction, I’d suggest the books written by Richard Marcinko. Some fiction, some non-fiction, but they’re all, at a minimum, decent, and some are quite fun reads.

  4. Dear Mr. Ayoob,

    You did more than survive your force on force scenario in the Interactive exercise. You excelled! I would have been happy to have had you back me up anytime.

    I am humbled by your review of my books. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for all that you do to keep the walls bare.


    “Lt. Dan” Marcou

  5. Thanks, Dan. Ya did a great job, on all counts.

    For those outside The Job, “Keep the walls bare” is a reference to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in DC, dedicated to those slain in the line of duty.

    The names of the honored dead are engraved on those walls.

    What haunts you in that sacred place is the number of spaces they’ve left for those they know will sacrifice their lives for the public in the future. Those are the walls the motto, coined by the founders of the old American Society for Law Enforcement Trainers, hoped to “keep bare.”

    Brother Dan Marcou most certainly has done his part to keep those walls bare.