Book Release: “White Passage – Red Sun”

9781438927725_cover.indd  February 1989.  Captain Brian Halloran and his Special Forces team deploy to a remote jungle valley in Peru to establish a base for training elite Peruvian counter-narcotics police.  Not only are they threatened by violent narco-traffickers, but they face possible attack by the ruthless Shining Path insurgents operating in the valley.  Making matters worse, they quickly realize that powerful political forces may be conspiring to ensure their mission fails.

A brilliant young guerrilla leader, Comrade Olivario, commands the most lethal force the insurgents have ever fielded.  He must establish the Shining Path as the preeminent political power in the valley, and to do this he must eliminate every threat—including the Green Berets. The stakes are high, and Olivario’s plan will not only decide who controls the valley, but very likely the fate of the woman he loves. 

Straight from the headlines, White Passage: Red Sun details the motivation behind US involvement in the drug war and accurately describes the tenuous relationship between the drug Cartels and various terrorist insurgencies.  The exciting story explains the powerful influence of global political events on the “drug war” and exposes the inner workings of one of the most misunderstood conflicts of our time.

About the Author:  Matt Rowe spent a decade in the US Army.  As a Special Forces “Green Beret” he deployed to numerous Latin American countries as a Military and Police Advisor specializing in counter insurgency, counter-terrorism, and counter narcotics.


“Good historical fiction often depicts reality better than traditional history. Matt Rowe reaches this level of literary excellence in his novel White Passage: Red Sun. He captures the essence of the threats, challenges, and opportunities faced by U.S. Special Forces soldiers involved in assisting friendly countries eradicate ruthless drug cartels and defeat violent insurgents. The book puts the reader in the middle of the action where young Special Forces troops try to balance U.S. objectives with local politics in order to reach mutually acceptable outcomes. A great read.”  Colonel Hy S. Rothstein, US Army Special Forces (Ret.).  Author of “Afghanistan & The Troubled Future of Unconventional Warfare”

“This book brought back memories of what it was like to participate in Counter Drug Operations in the Southern Command area of Operations. Matt Rowe gets the details right about what it was like for Special Forces to operate against the Drug Cartels in this part of the world.”  Sergeant First Class Robert Marchesello, US Army Special Forces (Ret.)


“Superb story, told with the authority of a Special Forces soldier who has been there.  Matt Rowe perfectly describes the excitement, the hardships, and the feelings of conflict on the edge of the world.  This exceptional book is highly recommended.”  Colonel Kevin M. Higgins, US Army Special Forces (Ret.), Former Commander 7th Special Forces Group.




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