This week marks a special milestone – 50 episodes of any podcast are a pretty good collection, especially when they are each an hour long or more. I’m not saying they’re ALL gems, because they’re NOT – I have at least enough self-awareness to know full well that my rants can be hit-or-miss – but evidently people do like what I have to say. So marking the 50th such podcast would of course require something interesting.
And through a very fortunate combination of events, we have today’s 50th-episode podcast, which consisted of an interview with one Tom Kratman.
Many of you know who LTC Kratman is – he comments on my blog and has done for years, which is how and why we got to talking. For those of you who don’t know of him, his CV is quite amazing. Tom Kratman was/is:
- An Army Ranger and later Special Forces warrior who served in Iraq and other theatres;
- A former infantry company commander who served all over the Middle East and Europe;
- A really-for-real lawyer, with a degree and everything (just don’t ask him for law advice these days);
- A former member of the faculty of the Army War College;
- A prolific, very well-known, and well-published sci-fi author for Baen Books and other publishing houses;
- A political commentator and writer for a number of different websites, such as the sadly-defunct EveryJoe.com;
- A husband with a beautiful wife of more than 40 years, a father and grandfather;
- A guy whose visage has been known to make jihadis shit their beds;
- Someone who really likes – and, more importantly, understands how and why and when to use – capital punishment;
Most of all, LTC Kratman is just a really interesting guy who is a lot of fun to talk with. I had a lot of fun doing this interview and it was truly a pleasure, an honour, and a privilege to put this all together.
What you will find below is actually “only” the recorded part of a much longer conversation on Zoom – we were talking for nearly 2.5hrs, I think, and it was a fascinating discussion. I learned a lot of things that I’d never known before about the military, politics, history, and various other topics, and it’s my privilege to share them with you through this podcast.
MANY thanks to Tom Kratman for graciously lending a big chunk of his time to allow some random shlemiel on the internet to interview him at such length, and for his continued patronage of this blog. As you will hear toward the end of the interview, he has a HUGE number of writing projects on his plate right now, so do keep an eye out for those books to drop in the near future.
If you like what you hear in this interview, please make sure you buy Tom’s books – links are given right below the podcast itself. There are a few more that I missed out, in the form of compilations that were done with others such as our beloved and dreaded Supreme Dark Lord (PBUH) Vox Day and various authors, but the ones in the list below are by Tom pretty much exclusively. (Yes, even the ones co-authored with John Ringo, which were like 90+% Tom’s work. LTC Kratman pointed out that the hysterical bit about “snorting VX” in, I think, Yellow Eyes, was “100% John Ringo”. Knowing what little I do of the Mad Prophet Ringo, that doesn’t surprise me.)
For those of you who prefer to listen directly on SoundCloud, here is the link, as usual.
Here’s a list of Tom’s currently published books (affiliate links), in order of release year:
- A State of Disobedience
- Watch on the Rhine (Legacy of the Aldenata Book 7)
- Yellow Eyes (Legacy of the Aldenata Book 8)
- A Desert Called Peace (Carrera Series Book 1)
- Carnifex (Carrera Series Book 2)
- The Tuloriad (Legacy of the Aldenta Book 12)
- The Lotus Eaters (Carrera Series Book 3)
- Countdown: The Liberators
- The Amazon Legion (Carrera Series Book 4)
- Countdown: M Day
- Countdown: H Hour
- Come and Take Them (Carrera Series Book 5)
- Big Boys Don’t Cry
- Тhe Rods and the Axe (Carrera Series Book 6)
- A Pillar of Fire by Night (Carrera Series Book 7)
- Terra Nova: The Wars of Liberation
- Days of Burning Wrath (Carrera Series Book 8)
I’ve read all of these except for the Countdown series and the last two books in the Carreraverse. I’m quite looking forward to reading through Book 8 in the series soon, and as you’ll find out in the interview, there are some interesting ideas that LTC Kratman is working on right now which should bear fruit over the coming months.