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GLASTONBURY, CT – July 11 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — High Risk Security Contractors who work for firms hired by the U.S. Government are being specifically targeted in Iraq! Over 400 contractors have died in Iraq over the last two years, and latest reports show that they are being specifically targeted for assassination. R. Saint Hilaire, published by iUniverse, Inc., the leading provider of publishing technology solutions for authors, announced today the release of “The Contractor” (ISBN: 0-595-35535-8), an Action/Adventure novel which captures the danger faced by high risk security contractors on assignment in war-ravaged Iraq.

“The U.S. military has used security contractors for a couple of decades, but it has only been since the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq that the military has outsourced so many functions, which range from food service, to transportation, to force protection,” says author R. Saint Hilaire, an Army veteran and hand-to-hand combat instructor. “Since the highly publicized deaths of four security contractors in Fallujah, Iraq in March, 2004, the public has become aware of the important and dangerous role that civilian security contractors play in Iraq and around the world. These highly paid protection specialists are tasked with everything from armed escort for military convoys, to executive protection for business leaders and government officials.” R. Saint Hilaire has seamlessly woven many actual events experienced by security professionals currently in the Mid East into his new novel The Contractor.

“I wanted the reader to feel the desert heat, experience the intrigue, hear the gritty language, and participate in the action packed life of a security contractor through the story’s main character, Nick Branson,” said the author. “But in this story, our contractor is charged with protecting a traitorous CIA agent, which creates all sorts of problems.”

Like many who leave the military for the action and high pay of a private military contractor, former Navy SEAL Nick Branson abandoned a promising career to provide high-risk protection services for the CIA. Now charged with protecting a traitorous CIA agent, Nick slowly discovers the truth about the operative’s plot to bring destruction to U.S. troops. The agent and the contractor embark on a seek-and-destroy mission against one another across the war torn sands of Iraq. Only one will emerge the victor….

About the Author:

R. Saint Hilaire is a writer and hand-to-hand combat instructor whose clientele includes security professionals. He has written several articles concerning personal protection strategies and tactics and is the author of Pioneers of American Ju-Jitsu. He lives in Connecticut.

About THE CONTRACTOR:

Fiction / Action & Adventure; Trade Paperback
Publication Date: June 2005
Price: $15.95
Size: 6 x 9
Author: R. Saint Hilaire
ISBN: 0-595-35535-8
227 Pages
On Demand Printing
Available from Ingram Book Group, Baker & Taylor, and from iUniverse, Inc.
To order call: 1-800-AUTHORS

Book Web Site: www.buythecontractor.com.

About iUniverse:

iUniverse provides individuals a simple, fast and affordable way to publish, market, and sell fiction and nonfiction books. The company is one of the largest book publishing companies in the United States. iUniverse eliminates the necessity of massive print runs, dramatically shortens time-to-market, and gives authors control over when and how their works are published. iUniverse publishing programs are endorsed by industry leading author organizations, including the Authors Guild and the ASJA. iUniverse is a proud member of the Association of American Publishers, Publishers Marketing Association, and Small Publishers Association of North America. The company’s major investors include Warburg Pincus and Barnes & Noble. www.iuniverse.com

News issued by: R. Saint Hilaire, Author

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Original Story ID: (560) :: 2005-07-0711-001

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