Michael DiMercurio is an American veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarine force, bestselling author, commentator and humorist. DiMercurio graduated first academically in his U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) class with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1980 despite the expellable offense of parking his hotrod in the admiral’s space. In the face of Navy misgivings, DiMercurio was a National Science Foundation scholar to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating in 1981 with an S.M. master’s degree in mechanical engineering. DiMercurio joined the crew of the Cold War-winning nuclear fast attack submarine USS Hammerhead where he earned the nuclear Navy’s coveted “qualified in submarines” gold dolphins, allowing him to stand command watches as officer of the deck submerged. DiMercurio rose to become the “bull lieutenant,” the most senior of the eight junior officers aboard. Hammerhead conducted numerous top secret North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea operations, including “snapping up” and trailing three Soviet nuclear submarines and crossing the Gulf of Sidra’s “Line of Death” to hide under a Russian nuclear cruiser to catch a targeted incoming Soviet attack submarine. While DiMercurio was a rebellious practical joker of an officer, invariably violating the captain's direct orders not to smoke cigars in the control room, he was undisputedly a tactical genius at detecting and trailing Soviet submarines. After DiMercurio and Hammerhead won the Cold War and defeated the Soviet Union’s sweeping octopus of world communism, DiMercurio authored nine USA Today bestselling Navy submarine fiction novels such as Vertical Dive, Emergency Deep, Attack of the Seawolf and Threat Vector and the satirical non-fiction work, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Submarines. He was a commentator on Fox News during the 2005 Russian submersible AS-28 rescue, personally calling out Vladimir Putin to man up and accept Western rescue efforts rather than deliberately letting his sailors die as he did in 2000 during the Kursk sinking. Suitably chastised, Putin gave the green light to British and American rescue divers and equipment, and the sailors lived. As a commentator and columnist, DiMercurio writes essays on topics as diverse as international politics, conspiracy theories, the humorous side of divorce, military and civilian office politics, modern electronic-aided dating and even such wildly ambitious topics as grammar and understanding women. DiMercurio hangs out in an underground bunker in an undisclosed location. When he isn’t writing, providing incisive content on social media sites, annoying the females in his life, masterfully leading complex projects or inexperienced project managers, he can be found lazing in a mellow cloud of cigar smoke, sipping Kentucky bourbon or riding his obnoxiously loud Harley. DiMercurio’s website is http://www.terminalrun.com and his twitter is twitter.com/MikeyDiMercurio. He can be liked on Facebook at http://facebook.com/michael.dimercurio.author.