Six Days to Zeus

About the Author:

Samuel Hill was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York on July 4th, 1959.  The son of a Foundry worker and stay at home mom, Sam was the middle child of six brought up in the Catholic faith.  A diet of ketchup sandwiches for breakfast and macaroni-milk-and butter dinners, he learned at a very early age what gratitude meant.  The son of a violent alcoholic, Sam, at age 8 was shot by his father in a fit of rage and distinctly imprinted into his mind what it felt like to be afraid and helplessly vulnerable with no chance of anyone coming to help.  That pre-disposed him for his future life in the military.

At age 15, Sam moved out of the house and camped in the woods, showering in the school gymnasium and living on his own which taught him valuable skills about survival and ingenuity.  If you wanted comfort, you had to work for it. If you wanted “things”, you had to find a way to either make the money to buy them or build it yourself. The most important lesson he learned was to never trust anyone, no matter how close they were to you.  All of these early lessons in life molded him into a life of Top Secret, Special Compartmented Intelligence (TS-SCI).

He enjoyed sports, participating in Lacrosse, wrestling and football. By age 17, the future looked dim so he enlisted in the military in the delayed entry program, leaving for boot camp at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri in the fall of 1976.  Follow on training moved him rapidly to Ft. Hauachuka, Arizona for the Advanced Cryptologic and Communications School, Ft. Devens, Ma. School of Morse Code Intercept and Direction Finding, Defense Language Institute/Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey California, along with many other courses and schools, some of which are still classified, including many tactical military training course meant to instill those very lessons he learned as child.   

In 1977, as a young enlisted man, Sam served 110 miles behind the Iron Curtain in the walled in city of West Berlin for the National Security Agency (NSA) targeting Soviet Illicit Agent Operatives, operating in the Western World and specifically, Soviet Military Special Operations forces, (Spetznaz) operating throughout the East Bloc nations of the Warsaw Pact.  The frustration of the Wall providing “safe haven” for illicit agents conducting sabotage missions in the West, then sneaking across the border to be protected by the KGB and East German Stassi, led Mr. Hill to volunteer to move into deeper, darker and more classified missions in the East Bloc behind the Wall in Berlin and neighboring countries of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, East Germany and Russia.  His success led him to become known as the “go to guy” for other Intelligence Agencies. 

Operation Eagle Claw in the desert of Iran was his first “public tactical mission” and upon the disastrous conclusion, was tapped to brief then President Ronald Reagan about the “soldier perspective”.  At the completion of the briefing, Samuel was given a direct appointment and lateral transfer into the Army Chief Warrant Officer training program.  Returning to the U.S. for training, “Chief” as he was forever more known,  upon completion of the complex and brutal training, returned directly back to Europe to become the “Current Intelligence Operations Officer” and Deputy Director for Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Europe until 1989 when he returned to Ft. Bragg, N.C. and deployed as the Special Operations Liaison Officer for the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Group during Operation Just Cause in Panama.  Immediately upon completion and after losing 8 Navy Special Warfare Operators on Toccumen Torrijoes Airfield in Panama, Chief and his Team were deployed to Monrovia, Liberia for a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) to provide direct intelligence support to Special Operations forces missions to remove civilian dependents and non-combatants from the U.S. Embassy prior to a full blown civil war outbreak.  The immense successes of these two operations lead to an Operational Tempo that set the standard for all future operations in Bosnia, Haiti, Bogota, El Salvador, Guatemala, Zaire, Rwanda, Somalia, Egypt, Sinai Peace Keeping Force, hostage rescue operations and combat operations in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to name just a few.

 “Chief” was seriously injured by a friendly fire incident in a non-disclosed location, which is documented in the book series, Six Days to Zeus”.  Book one, titled Alive Day, has been optioned by Phoenix Pictures with executive director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games et.al.) to become a block buster movie.  The eight-book series, currently undergoing the Pentagon Pre-Publication Security Review Process, will continue to become available to the public on a bi-annually.  A list of awards and recognition for Intelligence Operations and Excellence is listed inside the back cover of “Alive Day”.