While Highest Betrayal is a work of fiction, the military aspects of the book are very much part of me. I spent 8 years as a United States Marine and it will forever be a part of me and anything else I write in the future. This day is not about BBQ’s and days at the beach or on the boats. This day is about remembering those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of this great country. Those like me who served or are serving in the military know what we are signing up for, and the risk involved in joining the military. So I salute all those that gave their lives in the defense of this great country of ours, and to the best platoon leader I have ever served with: “TO CAPTAIN ROBERT SECHER. SIR YOU HELPED TO MOLD ME INTO BECOMING THE BEST MARINE POSSIBLE. YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN SIR. RIP. KIA: OCTOBER 8, 2006, HIT, IRAQ.” Please remember those that gave their lives in defense of this great country known as America.