When the Tempest Gathers: From Mogadishu to the Fight Against ISIS, a Marine Special Operations Commander at War

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About the Author

COL. ANDREW MILBURN was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the United Kingdom where he attended St Paul's School and University College London. After graduating from law school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps as a private. He was commissioned from the ranks, and as a Marine infantry and special operations officer, has commanded in combat at every grade.

As the commanding officer of the Marine Corps' special operations regiment, he was selected to lead a multi-national task force given the mission of defeating ISIS in Iraq. He retired in 2019 as the Chief of Staff of Special Operations Command, Central (SOCCENT), the headquarters responsible for the conduct of all US special operations throughout the Middle East. He and his wife Jessica live in Tampa, Florida with their two children and a coterie of rescued dogs.


"A decorated Marine's officer's riveting account of some thirty years of often horrific frontline fighting from, Somalia to Iraq. Milburn's to hell and back memoir is gritty, erudite, and reminds us of the extraordinary sort of people who keep us safe while we sleep."--Victor Davis Hanson, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Author, The Second World Wars. How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won
"Milburn has constructed a real tour de force of recent military history, strongly
written and executed with the dedication and attention to detail you would expect from a Marine
Special Operations Commander."--Booklist
"This is simply the finest war memoir to emerge from the last two decades of constant fighting."--Bing West, co-author of "Call Sign Chaos", New York Times Bestseller.
"...the best combat memoir to emerge from the modern battlefield. Milburn's astonishing Marine career took him from Somalia in 1992 to Syria In 2018 and everywhere in between, including traditional infantry and unique advisor and special operations commands that resulted in fighting for the same Iraqi cities years apart, again and again. The result is a searing perspective on endless Middle East combat that has no peer."--Owen West, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations
"In the fields that today we know as Special Operations, individuals throughout history have developed near-legendary standing....The first half of the 20th century gave us T. E. Lawrence and Marines like Edson, Carlson, and Pierre "Pete" Ortiz.....Without hyperbole, the combat memoir of Colonel Andrew Milburn, USMC, When the Tempest Gathers, establishes this Marine leader's name among this storied group...... this genuine tale of the triumphs and the challenges of leadership in today's wars....is most importantly a compelling and completely authentic story."
--Marine Corps Gazette
"....a valuable addition to war memoir literature and well worth reading. There are numerous useful lessons packed into this extraordinarily insightful and accessible book. It is ideally suited as a professional military education resource for Marine, Army, and SOF NCOs and officers as well as any American seeking a better understanding of the toll of our post-9/11 wars on the All-Volunteer Force."
--Proceedings - U.S. Naval Institute
"After reading this powerful and beautifully written memoir, indispensable for understanding how a warrior engages in military combat, one can't help but wonder if perhaps a movie or a television series based on it might be next."--The Washington Times
"Andy Milburn provides a work that seems to bring a sense of pride to what many call the 'Long Wars', some even the 'Lost Wars.' Colonel Milburn dictates the story I feel many veterans, myself included, of those wars wished to be conveyed. Milburn's work is the perfect 10/10 in my opinion. It will be added to the list of quintessential memoirs for the men and women who have served during that time period."--Marine Corps Association
"a unique and especially recommended addition to the personal reading lists of all dedicated military history buffs and a core addition to community, college, and university library American Military History collections and supplemental studies reading lists."--Midwest Book Review