Press: Quiche Eaters, Read No Further

Soldier of Fortune, ten years old, wants only the macho

The publisher, fresh off the plane from Johannesburg, breezes into the office and props his feet on a desk. "The Colonel," as he likes to be called, discusses upcoming story ideas. Should next month's cover feature a new machine gun, which the Colonel himself tested in South Africa? What's the latest battlefront news from Afghanistan and El Salvador? The executive editor is there, but not the small-arms editor or the sniping-countersniping editor. The meeting soon breaks up, but not before the Colonel warns a staffer headed for Central America, "Be careful down there."

No, this is not the office of Vanity...

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