Ward Larsen is an award-winning author whose debut novel, The Perfect Assassin, garnered numerous awards and accolades, including top honors in the Royal Palm Literary Awards, the Gold Medal in the Military Writers Society of America Book Awards, the Silver Medal in the Florida Book of the Year Awards, and the Silver Medal in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. The Perfect Assassin was also named an award-winning finalist in the National Best Books 2006 Awards, as well as the 2006 Indie Excellence Awards. Born and raised in South Florida. Larsen graduated from the University of Central Florida. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served seven years as a pilot in the 95th and 75th Fighter Squadrons. Ward traveled widely across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, and flew 22 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm.