Thomas W. Young was a member of the West Virginia Air National Guard, and has logged nearly 4,000 hours serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, and elsewhere around the world. His service has earned him two Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals, a Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Air Force Combat Action Medal, and more. Young has studied writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, among other places, and worked for more than a decade as a writer and editor for the Associated Press’s broadcast division. He is the author of two previous books: the fictional bestseller The Mullah’s Storm and the nonfiction work The Speed of Heat: An Airlift Wing at War in Iraq and Afghanistan. His newest novel, Silent Enemy, will be published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on August 4.