Interview with Matt Quade

Why did you inflict your writing on the unsuspecting public?
Because they deserve a different perspective of what happened in Iraq specifically and in conflict zones in general, particularly when their tax and donation dollars are paying for it.
Can you actually write, i.e. should people really spend their time reading your material?
Yes and No.
There are passages that have made people laugh out loud. There are passages that people bring up in a completely unrelated conversation (it is obvious they have been 'stewing' over it). And there are passages that have caused some people to simply stop talking to me. My original concern was that my writing was as dull as dishwater. It obviously cuts some people quite close to the bone, however. From a completely biased, wholly subjective point of view, there are passages and chapters that I would consider well written. Whether the book overall is well written I have absolutely no idea and consider that for others to judge.
'Mindless Thug Iraq-Haiti-Libya' is not a cleverly constructed novel with perfectly developed characters and an intrinsic plot line. It is more a series of recent historical snapshots that are loosely related with common themes. The baseline perspective is that of a private security contractor who could make no sense of the media reporting of the Iraq War in comparison to the events and people 'outside the wire' in that part of the world. So, in terms of the 'mechanics' of what would typically constitute good writing, then no, I am not a good writer.
Are the subject areas of your book relevant to most people?
At face value, many people may consider that the chosen topics are not relevant to them. I would argue otherwise. As I have stated in the book, we may have 'chosen' to go to war in Iraq but we will not have the authority or the luxury to choose the next war, it will choose us. The growing chorus of criticism of what are seen as ineffective U.S. methods such as airstrikes and material support only to local armies and militias, at a time of substantial territorial victories by jihadists is but one example.
There is one other point to make about relevance. Every half-baked news outlet has a never-ending supply of talking heads giving their opinion about these subjects. My personal favourites are actors who consider themselves qualified to enlighten the rest of us with their wisdom on such matters. Despite having written the book, my opinion is utterly irrelevant. What is important is the opinions and attitudes of Iraqis, Haitians and Libyans who have no access to a TV network microphone. These are the people that I have tried to project in this book.
Published 2015-05-23.
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Books by This Author

2032 Our Children's War
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 96,650. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
(4.25 from 8 reviews)
An Indonesian General brutally enforces secular law in his overpopulated homeland. To combat crushing poverty and the influence of Islamic extremists, an armada of crossing vessels is sent forth. With extensive strategic assets in Australia, China discretely backs the invasion. A ramshackle civilian insurgency ultimately locks horns with the Indonesian Army on Australian soil.
The Baghdad Bugle
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 13,480. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » World politics
Compilation of 'The Baghdad Bugle' monthly newsletter from September 2015 to July 2016.
French Language Guide
Price: Free! Words: 14,970. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » French
(5.00 from 1 review)
Beginners to intermediate French. Based on the method used by the Foreign Legion and written for those who require a rapid understanding of the basics of French for overseas deployment.
Mindless Thug - Private Security Contracting: Iraq-Haiti-Libya
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 70,870. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Middle East
(4.00 from 1 review)
Events preceding the Second Gulf War. Halabja gas attack. WMD. Iraq 'War'. Private security contracting 2003 to 2012. Current period in Iraq to April 2015. Haiti, post-earthquake, December 2010 - May 2012 Libya, post revolution and overthrow of Ghaddafi to mid 2012.