BRENDAN WILSON

THE AUTHOR

Following 25 years of military service as a US Army ranger and paratrooper, Brendan Wilson retired as a lieutenant colonel and then joined NATO where he served as a defense planner and diplomat for the next 15 years. During the course of his 40 years of work as a soldier and diplomat, he saw service in war-torn Libya, Ukraine, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Iraq.  A former coach and team captain for a military martial arts competition team, he holds master ranking (8th Dan) in three different martial arts, and won the silver medal in the 2009 US Open for Taekwondo.

 

In retirement Wilson turned his efforts to filmmaking. He wrote and produced two award-winning short films (Doug’s ChristmasA Child Lies Here) and served as executive producer for ten episodes of the award-winning web series, Greetings! From Prison starring SNL's Chris Redd.  Moved by seeing human lives upended in war-torn areas, Wilson is earning his law degree and, once qualified as an attorney, plans to volunteer to help refugees.  A former assistant professor who taught military history and the Univerity of Colorado, Wilson holds a Ph.D. in international relations and has about a dozen publications on defense-related topics. He is the father of two adult children. 

 

Wilson lives a quiet life in Sycamore, Illinois. He spends his days writing, hiking, studying law and practicing his martial arts.

HARMONY ZHANG

THE NARRATOR

HARMONY ZHANG is an actress from Tucson, Arizona. She is a recent MFA graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she appeared in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Maria/Lisa Simpson), The House of Bernarda Alba (Angustias), and The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go! (Violet). Her regional credits include the world premiere of Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins at Strawdog Theatre Company, and Kentucky (Sophie) at The Gift Theatre. Her film credits include BJ's Mobile Gift Shop (official selection of the Sundance 2021 Film Festival), and Noodles and Incense (directed by Rey Tang). Harmony loves watching the Star Wars films and The Mandalorian with her husband, as well as playing with her three cats.  www.harmonyzhang.com