It was such a fine line, this difference between a legal and an illegal killing. In the shadowy world of espionage and counter-terrorism, the line was even more difficult to define. Yes, the men and one of the women under his command had already killed more than two dozen people since the operation began in El Salvador less than a week earlier. But those deaths all fell within the hazy edge of legal killings.” -excerpted from “A Mission for Delta” by L.H. Burruss
In the publishing world’s search for authenticity, they often procure the names of writers who have been there and done that, but generally being a great soldier does not make one a great writer. Because of this, we end up with a slew of ghost-written mish-mashes of fictional memoirs and non-fictional novels. However, a relatively unknown author named L.H. Burruss broke the mold long before the world ever heard of the late, great Tom Greer who wrote under the pen name Dalton Fury. Lewis “Bucky” Burruss may not have been to all of the rodeos during his time as a career Army officer, but he went to quite a few of them. Jokes aside, Bucky served in “Mike Force” with Special Forces in Vietnam. After the war he was sent on an exchange to the UK and completed British SAS selection before Colonel Charlie Beckwith tapped him to come help stand up Delta Force in the late 1970’s where he then served as A-Squadron Commander and later as Deputy Commander of the unit.
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