Andrews & Wilson
Military Thriller Author Brian Andrews
April 18, 2024

Jeffrey Wilson has at one time worked as an actor, a firefighter, a paramedic, a jet pilot, a diving instructor, a Naval Officer, and a Vascular and Trauma Surgeon. He also served numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Navy combat surgeon, deploying with an east coast based SEAL Team as part of a Joint Special Operations Task Force.




Brian is a US Navy veteran, nuclear engineer, and former submarine officer. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology, holds a Master’s in business from Cornell, and is a Park Leadership Fellow. He is a principal contributor at Career Authors, a site dedicated to advancing the careers of aspiring and published writers:

Interview by Elise Cooper

Q: What inspired the concept behind your book “Four Minutes”?

Brian & Jeff: It will probably be a limited series but is open ended right now. We like our stories to start with these ‘what if’ questions. Both of us have backgrounds with the military and other government services. What if someone had a crystal ball to look into the future that can say what can happen? For example, what if days beforehand people knew about 9/11? Then we tied it to the cover Special Forces grounded in real math and physics. We did not want it to be a sci-fi book but rather a techno-thriller.


Q: Could you elaborate on the fundamental premise of the book?

Brian & Jeff: If someone could look forward and anticipate consequences then in the present it is possible to act. It is about gaining intelligence and coming back to the present to stop the event. They do not get a do over and do not know if the mission will really work. This technology could be invented soon. The questions we want to ask: can there be technology that goes into the near future; if so, how could someone manipulate it; what would the limits be? We put these limits where the team could go into the future 28 days and only stay for four minutes. They must use that information in the present to solve the problem.


Q: What implications does the phrase from your book, “everyone wants to see us fail,” carry?

Brian & Jeff: It was not meant to target a real-world administration or political organization. Yet, the powers external to the US: China, Russia, and Iran, want to see us fail. They want to tear us down piece by piece, trying to destroy us from within, and trying to destroy us from outside. America needs to be united because when we are divided, we are weak, and our enemies realize it. They cannot beat us in the Cold War, economically, and militarily so they are trying philosophically and politically.


Q: How would you characterize the character Moody in the story?

Brian & Jeff: Confident, charming, smooth, secretive, and the rest of the team do not trust him. When we first started writing him, we were not sure if he was a bad guy or good guy. He is apologetic for lying to his team, but not when it will help them complete the mission, safeguarding the country. He sees the need to make compromises and hard choices.


Q: Does your personal military experience influence the portrayal of command decisions in the book?

Brian & Jeff: Yes. This is what it is like when in command. Some people must put themselves in danger. Brian says, for instance, as a submarine officer, I had to wear a radiation monitor. This team is making a big physical sacrifice. Our combined military service is what drives the engine of a lot of our work including the missions.

Q: Can you describe the role of Tyler within the team?

Brian & Jeff: Man of action, direct, and intuitive. He embodies the Special Operations officer being dedicated and committed. He is a natural leader and motivator. He is like Dempsey in our “Tier One series.” He has courage, honor, and integrity.


Q: What role does Zee play in the team dynamics?

Brian & Jeff: She is a perfectionist and takes her intelligence analyst role very seriously. She feels as an outsider. Moody wants her to be a “spy.” She immediately tells Tyler because she wants to be a part of the team, not considered an outsider. Zee is the moral compass, the emotional glue, to keep the team grounded and not dysfunctional.


Q: Can you provide insights into the other team members: Ben, Martin, Stan, and Adela?

Brian & Jeff: We wanted to create a colorful cast. They are all dynamic. Stan is the fact checker and the researcher. Ben is the optimist. Adela is the Devil’s Advocate.


Q: Without focusing solely on the mathematical and physical aspects, what exactly is Spooky Time as mentioned in your book?

Brian & Jeff: Conservation of time. When the team jumps the present is still moving by four minutes. When they return from their jump, they will always return to the present four minutes after they left. But what if they jumped two minutes into the future? The present would have moved by four minutes. We put in the Einstein quote, “The past, present, and future is an illusion.” There is a diagram in the book that explains it.


Q: Since you are also writing in the Tom Clancy universe, could you discuss your new book “Act of Defiance”?

Brian & Jeff: This, our first installment in the Clancy Universe come on the 40th Anniversary of The Hunt for Red October. We feel Tom Clancy invented the techno-thriller genre with that book. We are updating this story with the new technology and the new warriors.


Q: Were you able to incorporate actual military technology in your portrayal of modern submarine warfare?

Brian & Jeff: The navy gave us unprecedented access to the modern submarine force. We were able to go on the USS Indiana, a Virginia class submarine, and toured the Black Fish. We were able to see what a day is like for this current submarine officer. We are indebted to the navy and the admiral in charge of the submarine force. The US Navy should have been listed as a co-author since they supported this project.


Q: Do you agree that the Russian submarine captain, Ramius, would not have been able to disappear today considering social media and drones?

Brian & Jeff: We agree completely. This is why we went in another direction. Konstantin, the new Russian submarine captain, has motivations completely different and far more dangerous.


Q: You recreated an iconic scene from the Jack Ryan series in your book, but with a twist involving his daughter, Katie. Could you explain this choice?

Brian & Jeff: This scene was not in the book but was in the movie. We wanted to play homage to the book and the movie by picking out some key, super cool incidents that we wanted to replicate in this story. This was an iconic scene in the film. We used a tightrope to put just enough of the nostalgia without alienating people who never read the book or saw the movie.


Q: How do you describe the character Katie, who seems to embody traits of her father, Jack Ryan?

Brian & Jeff: This series has two dozen books. She is an original character, but readers do not know much about her. We can build up her character. Katie is sensitive, confident, thoughtful, analytical, and she has studied Konstantin just as her father studied Ramius in the first book. She is literally Jack Ryan’s DNA because she is his daughter, very similar to her dad. Yet, she does not see it. Just like the hilarious commercial that says, ‘you turned into your parents.’


Q: What can you tell us about the antagonist, Konstantin?

Brian & Jeff: A warrior, stoic, unyielding, motivated, tenacious, and is a Russian patriot who hates America. He is also an angry guy and bitter about his father’s past, his wife’s illness, and his own disease. He is seeking vengeance and is self-destructive.


Q: What are your future plans for the “Four Minutes” series and other upcoming books?

Brian & Jeff: The next Four Minutes Book is dependent on the screenplay because it is optioned for television or the movies. Since the first book is left with a cliffhanger our intention is to figure out what happens to Moody and some of the other characters.

The next Clancy book is titled, Defense Protocol, coming out in November/December of this year. The plot has a what if with China making moves on Taiwan. Katie is trying to prevent having American and China in a shooting war.

The next “Tier One” book is titled Ember, coming out in July of next year. John Dempsey is back with his team. But the team must handle another new threat. There will be more of the team dynamics.


Brian & Jeff: Sons Of Valor IV will come out in summer of 2025. It has not been written yet

Review by Elise Cooper

Four Minutes by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson is a new techno-thriller series.  It is different than most futuristic novels in that it does not alter the timeline completely as in the first Superman movie when Lois Lane lived instead of died.

The premise allows for intelligence gathering in the future to be used in the present to prevent an event from happening. Pat Moody leads a new elite squad, Task Force Omega to jump into the future for a short period of time, four minutes.

Another of their books is a Tom Clancy novel, Act of Defiance, to be published in May. It is a sequel of sorts to The Hunt for Red October. Instead of Jack Ryan trying to stop a Russian rogue submarine, it is daughter Katie who must put the pieces together. 

As with all their series, Andrews and Wilson never seem to disappoint their readers.  The plots are riveting and action-packed with premises that are mind boggling. Suspense is ratcheted up and the characters are compelling.

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