Master Sergeant Regulo
Zapata Jr., USA (ret.) was an Army Special Operations NCO and retired as a Master Sergeant in 2003
after 28 years of service with the U.S. Army Special Forces. He now lives in Gilroy (California). Master Sergeant Regulo Zapata
Jr.is the author of Desperate Lands: The War on Terror Through the Eyes of a Special Forces Soldier.
According to the book description of
Desperate Lands: The War on Terror Through the Eyes of a Special Forces Soldier it “is the
unprecedented story of U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers and the missions they have carried out while fighting the war on
terror in the Horn of Africa and in Afghanistan. The book is unique and timely, in that it tells the compelling story of our
nations struggle and of its soldiers fighting a new and different kind of war never fought before a Global War on Terror.
This true story comes at a time when our nation has divided feelings and opinions about this war a division that exists among
both government leaders and the American people. These pages offer a different perspective that of lower enlisted soldiers
reflecting their personal experience in combat zones in Africa and Afghanistan as they witnessed and experienced the fog of
war. The author Special Forces Master Sergeant Regulo Zapata, Jr. shares his extraordinary journey through ancient and desperate
lands at the front lines of this ongoing war. Here are true stories of sacrifice, bravery, excitement, horror, anger, tedium,
fear, camaraderie, and more a firsthand look behind the headlines at the reality of the exceptional and difficult challenges
U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers face as they defend America against the terrorist threat.”
One reader of Desperate
Lands: The War on Terror Through the Eyes of a Special Forces Soldier said, “For most of us, the War on
Terror is "background sound" from CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and the three-letter networks. For the servicemen on the front
lines, however, the War on Terror is quite something else: grinding fatigue, hypervigilance against deadly enemies, energy-sapping
heat, blood and agony and even death. Author Zapata brings home the reality of what it means to be on the
other side of the world, far from family and comfort, pouring out and risking life to keep us all free. In
words that bear the stamp of credibility only possible from a soldier who's been there, Special Forces Master Sergeant
Zapata tells it as it really is. There are tons of books to read, but if you choose this one, you'll finish it and tell
yourself you're glad you did!
One reader of Desperate Lands: The War on Terror Through the Eyes
of a Special Forces Soldier said, “Master Sergeant Zapata has opened my eyes and taken me on a tour. We
traveled to the other side of the world, the war torn side that no one wants to visit. Before this, I had only seen things
in the bits and pieces that the networks offer.
From the mundane and tedious, (I believe "Hurry up and wait" comes from
the military experience) to the heart pounding encounters, I felt like I was actually there, witnessing the events unfolding
in front of me. I could almost feel the burning heat of Qatar, and the biting cold from the icy wind sweeping across the Afghani
desert. The sparse comforts and extreme conditions that they lived with fill me with guilt when I think of what they have
done on my behalf. Being exposed to exploding artillery and seeing team members injured, I can't even begin to imagine
the mental as well as the physical stresses!
The ways that they prepared for their
deployment made me not hate commute traffic as much. Reading about the weight that they have to carry in their packs made
me appreciate the weight of my tool-bag at work.”