Author(s): Michael Smith
America's most secret Special Forces unit does not even have a name. Formed as the 'Intelligence Support Activity', it has had a succession of innocuous titles to hide its ferocious purpose. It exists to 'undertake activities only when other intelligence or operational support elements are unavailable or inappropriate'. Translated from Pentagon-speak, this means operating undercover in the world's most dangerous places, penetrating enemy organizations including Al Qa'eda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. 'The Activity' combines the spy work of the CIA with the commando/SAS role of the Green Berets. It not only provides the intelligence on the ground - it translates it into 'direct action'. This is the unit that located Saddam Hussein. It is now dedicated to the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Michael Smith's STATION X was a Sunday Times No.1 best-seller He is the defence correspondent of the DAILY TELEGRAPH KILLER ELITE is a classic page-turning military adventure story in the tradition of BLACKHAWK DOWN 'Well written and authoratively sourced, Killer Elite is the first detailed account of a special operations unit that Smith regards as America's most effective' 'We have the SAS. The Americans have 'the Activity', a top-secret special operations unit forming and re-forming itself under code-names such as Torn Victor. They are a shadowy body, but Michael Smith tells their story with style and authority' Sally Cousins, Daily Telegraph 'The author writes compellingly and has clearly done his homework. Its hard to put Killer Elite down once you start reading; it will educate, amaze and excite you, mainly because youve heard about most of these missions before just not in this much detail' John Yialeloglou, Air Force News
"We have the SAS. The Americans have 'the Activity', a top secret special operations unit forming and re-forming itself under code-names such as Torn Victor. They are a shadowy body, but Michael Smith tells their story with style and authority." -- Sally Cousins DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Stirring stuff' AIRCRAFT ILLUSTRATED "The author writes compellingly and has clealy done his homework. It's hard to put Killer Elite down once you start reading; it will educate, amaze and excite you, mainly because you've heard about most of these missions before - just not in this much detail." -- John Yialeloglou AIR FORCE NEWS
Sunday Times Defence Correspondent Michael Smith is an expert on intelligence and special forces operations and was named Specialist Writer of the Year in the 2006 British Press Awards. Smith served for ten years with the British Army's Intelligence Corps before leaving to join the BBC. He lives near Henley with his wife and family.