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Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

In 2022, humanitarian organizations from the U.S., Sweden, and Norway start to send food and medical relief to the people in the African breakaway republic of Zamibia despite the sinister efforts of the country’s president to confiscate the supplies and terrorize the people. In 2032, six southern provinces break away from the stable, peaceful Iraq forming their own state, Tajikistan – an oil producing country to rival Saudi Arabia. Force Insertion is hired to provide the might behind the cause.

Force Insertion is a mercenary army led by a U.S. war hero – turned war criminal- General James Salter. Hired by corporations and nations, both big and small, this military conglomerate attracts the best warrior from all nations to its payrolls and the customers with the deepest pockets. Grown out of necessity, this organization begins to rival the revenue and power of multi-national corporations such as General Electric. But, does Force Insertion always do the bidding of its customers? Or does James Salter have an ulterior motive in mind when he put together the largest mercenary army in the world?

Steven Pressfield puts together an action packed, intriguing concept of where the future of the military and war might be headed in The Profession. As he so deftly describes, the instant media reports from war zones has made it impossible for standing armies to be able to carry out their missions due to the public outcry back home. The only armed entity that could possibly escape that Achilles Heel would be an international mercenary force. And, it stands to reason that should an entity such as this rise, the person at the helm would succeed where others have failed: global domination.

Rating: 4/5

Erin fell in love with the written word as a small child and subsequently spent most of her life happily devouring literature. She works as a freelance news, marketing, and technical writer as well as a full-time researcher/investigator in the sign industry. Erin lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio enjoying the beauty of life with her children and grandchildren.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Crown. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.