James F

James F – Editor

Copy editor with experience at multiple publishing agencies. Specializing in national security, foreign affairs, history and travel.

Overview

Thanks for visiting my Reedsy profile. I am a former Naval aviator, and FBI Agent, with over 25 years of National Security experience. I have a master's degree in International Affairs and have written a university textbook: Theory and Politics of Terrorism. I teach courses in terrorism, and edited numerous books on same from Oxford, Routledge, and Lynne Rienner Publishers. With expertise in international security, law and the Middle East, I enjoy speaking and writing on history, terrorism, current affairs, and “useless male trivia," to provide a unique appreciation of the world.

After graduating from university, I opted to forgo the normal route of getting a job and joined the U.S. Navy were I went to flight school and was assigned to the EA-6B “Prowler” - the navy’s carrier based electronic attack aircraft. After flying in Desert Storm and other "adventures" throughout the world, I resigned from active duty to become a Special Agent for the FBI, where I became a founding member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force in Norfolk, Virginia. Needless to say, after 9/11, I was gainfully employed. In 2007, I was recalled to active duty to establish the international outreach office for the Office of Global Maritime Situational Awareness, coordinating information-sharing among Federal agencies, foreign governments, and the international shipping industry to increase maritime safety and security.

I have taught courses in terrorism and national security, as well as "enrichment speeches" on cruise ships. In this capacity, I have lectured throughout Asia, Europe and the Caribbean on topics that range from military history, the rise of the Vikings in Scandinavia, "Pirates of the Caribbean," and the culture and cuisine of individuals nations.

Recently, I just completed the "Race of Your Life" from Clipper Race Around the World...finally! We started in 2019, and by 2020 we were making our way to China when the COVID Pandemic started. Diverting to the Philippines we had to suspend our race while COVID ran its course. Ironically, the Philippines was the same country where Magellan died in his circumnavigation around the world five hundred years ago. Our race finally re-started in 2022 and completed in August of 2022. Now I am back from a journey that lasted 1062 days, and ready to edit again.

Feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.
Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime
Non-Fiction
Geography History Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Political Science & Current Affairs Travel
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Reedsy

Jun, 2019 — Present

Since joining Reedsy, I have provided copy editing, developmental editing and editorial assessment for projects ranging from military history, national security, action and adventure, as well as espionage genres.

Fiction

Title: Soft Targets
Author: Jude Raspino
Genre: Action/Adventure, Espionage

Title: Jerusalem Gambit
Author: Jak Levi
Genre: Military and Espionage

Title: Deathbed patriots, Last Full Measure of Devotion
Author: Thomas Paine
Genre: Action/Adventure

Title: The Builder
Author: Nawzad Othman
Genre: Espionage

Title: Mind Games: A Sasha Silver Story
Author: Lisa Boyle
Genre: Romance, Adventure

Title: Blood Revenge
Author: Carmen Cady
Genre: Crime

Non-Fiction

Title: The Thirteen Year Old Sailor
Author: Cherie Smith
Genre: Military History

Lynne Rienner Publishing

Mar, 2019 — Apr, 2019 (about 1 month)

Reviewed and edited university text book:

When Religion Kills - How Terrorists Justify Violence Through Faith

Rutledge, Taylor and Francis Publishing

Jan, 2018 — Jan, 2019 (about 1 year)

Reviewed and edited university textbooks:

No One is Born a Terrorist

Countering Radicalization

Rehabilitation: A Game Changer in Fighting Terrorism

Georgetown University

Jan, 2017 — Jan, 2018 (about 1 year)

Developed curriculum for MPAI-760: Unconventional Threats and Counterterrorism

Oxford Publishing

Oct, 2016 — Dec, 2016 (2 months)

Reviewed and edited university text book:

Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies

Jones and Bartlett Publishing

Jan, 2015 — Mar, 2015 (about 2 months)

Reviewed and edited university text book:

Counterterrorism

Cognella Academic Publishing, 2013

Dec, 2013 — Aug, 2014 (8 months)

Author/editor new university text book:

Theory and Politics of Terrorism

George Mason University, George Washington University

Jan, 2008 — Jan, 2017 (about 9 years)

Instructed comprehensive course developed by author on theories and politics of terrorism. Innovative course covers causes of terrorism, history, motivations, and objectives. Class explores military, law enforcement and geopolitical concerns affecting U.S. national counter-terrorism policy.

James has 5 reviews

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Thomas P.

Thomas P.

Dec, 2021

Great to work with. Thanks
Jude R.

Jude R.

Oct, 2021

Mr. Feldkamp provided professional insight into my novel on many levels. His knowledge of plot, pace, timing, and word use was fantastic. I was most impressed with his knowledge of military jargon and weapons specifications. Right up my ally for this military, terrorism tale. Jude Raspino
Cherie S.

Cherie S.

Aug, 2021

Very nice working with him.
Bill S.

Bill S.

Jan, 2021

Unfortunately I was very disappointed with my collaboration with James Feldkamp. I have no way of knowing what his understanding of our arrangement was. Perhaps it was a bad time for him to participate in this, don't know. From the beginning, communication and punctuality were almost non-existent. James 1st response was basically a proofread, which took weeks, and seemed to appear when I asked...
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James F.
It is a shame that Bill was disappointed by our collaboration. But the facts don't support his assessment. Having requested developmental editor, I sent the initial review of his novel, and was ...
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Carmen C.

Carmen C.

Sep, 2020

James helped with developmental edits for my fiction book. His suggestions definitely created a better product. He was timely and easy to work with. It was a great experience and I'm excited about the final product.

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