thrillers to make you think Books by Paul Shemella

Thrillers to make you think...

The Jungle Rules Trilogy presents thrillers to make you think.  In this blog, I would like to talk about the important issues that underlie the page-turning narratives.  My view is that we can all learn a lot from fiction, but only if we have a forum for discussing the dialogue that underpins the action.  The image of a fence - connected by posts - represents the lines of conversations I'd like to feature in this space.  I solicit your comments to help build that metaphorical fence, leading us to a deeper understanding of leadership, loyalty, love, morality, corruption, drugs, terrorism, and other topics I have woven into the stories.  Let's get started!

 

The Contested Concept of Terrorism

The Contested Concept of Terrorism Paul Shemella is a retired Captain of the U.S. Navy SEAL who dedicated most of his military service to planning and executing counter-terrorism operations in regions like Latin America and Europe. Over the last decade, … Read More

Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising I see a bad moon rising. I see trouble on the way. My favorite definition of strategy, taken from John Lewis Gaddis’s landmark On Grand Strategy , is “doing the best you can with what you have.”  … Read More

Portraying Drugs and Thugs in Literature

As the world progresses, literature also becomes more diverse and daring. To be clear, literature has always been bold. It has been an avenue for social commentaries, propagandas, and even revolutions. However, what distinguishes new literature from the old one … Read More

Who is a terrorist and who is not?

President Trump wants to label Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.  Is this a good idea or a bad idea?  On one hand, the designation would open the way—legally—for American military and CIA personnel to attack drug traffickers south of … Read More

Jungle Rules Explained

Jungle Rules Explained I was first introduced to the term “Jungle Rules” as a young athlete.  Playing by these rules meant playing by no rules at all.  As a child, I pushed back against all rules, and roughness in sports … Read More

Christian Terrorists?

Now there’s an oxymoron!  How is it that a Christian (or any religious person) can justify using violence as a means to create a better world?  The “Christian Identity” movement reached a crescendo in the 1990s, but splinter groups still … Read More

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