This Tom Clancy Walks the Walk

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Every military thriller writer wants to be compared to Tom Clancy, but to be called better? That's what Aiden Rocke is hearing about his first work, Rogue Threat, and the upcoming sequel, Hidden Threat. Military writers say his books, filled with terrorist tales, are very realistic. So how does he make them so authentic? Rocke is a pseudonym for the real author: a member of the Army brass who has fought in Afghanistan. "The primary heroes," he tells us, "are amalgamations of role models I've observed from private to general." We can't tell you Rocke's real name or, you know, we'd have to kill you. Let's just say he doesn't want his hobby to interfere with his day job, though he does give a percentage of profits from book sales to the Army emergency relief campaign.