DICK COUCH graduated from the Naval Academy in 1967 and served as a Surface Warfare Officer and SEAL Platoon Commander in Vietnam. Dick has enjoyed a unique relationship with the US Special Operations Command and has been allowed to document the special operations training venues for SEALs, Army Special Forces (Green Berets), Rangers, and Marines. He is a co-author of the Tom Clancy's Op-Center series. He has been a professor at the US Naval Academy where he taught ethics and is often called on to speak to issues of character, moral battlefield conduct, and training and deployment of American military special operations forces. He lives with his wife Julia in central Idaho.GEORGE GALDORISI is a career naval aviator. His Navy career included four command tours and five years as a carrier strike group chief of staff. He has written eight books, including (with Dick Couch), theNew York Times best seller, Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor; The Kissing Sailor, which proved the identity of the two principals in Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photograph; and over 200 articles in professional journals and other media. He is the Director of the Corporate Strategy Group at the Navy's C4ISR Center of Excellence in San Diego, California. He and his wife Becky live in Coronado, California.
"The U.S intelligence agencies have spent billions since 9/11
learning how to 'connect the dots.' But what if there are only one
or two dots? Out of the ashes is a smoothly written story by two
authors who understand the inner workings of U.S. intelligence,
government, and the military, and tell a frightening and exciting
tale about a very new, but also a very old threat." --Larry Bond,
"New York Times" bestselling author of Dangerous Grounds
"Thriller addicts like me devoured every Tom Clancy's Op-Center tale. Now they are back, intricately plotted, with wonderfully evil villains and enough realistic military action and suspense to ruin a couple of night's sleep. Highly recommended." --Stephen Coonts, "New York Times" bestselling author of Pirate Alley
"Fans of the original Op-Center series created by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik will welcome this solid continuation from Couch ("SEAL Team One") and Galdorisi ("Coronado Conspiracy"). . . . This thriller procedural packs plenty of pulse-raising action. The open ending promises more to come." --"Publishers Weekly
"Op-Center is back with a vengeance! "OUT OF THE ASHES" isn't just a reboot of the Op-Center series; it's one of the best techno-thrillers to hit the shelves in a long time. Dick Couch and George Galdorisi have just raised the bar for military adventure fiction. Suit up, strap in, and hang on, because you're in for one hell of a ride." --Jeff Edwards, bestselling author of "The Seventh Angel" and "Sword of Shiva"