By: Melissa Nelson-Gabriel

Originally published by Pensacola News Journal 



Former Navy SEAL Kevin Lacz talks about his new book “The Last Punisher” at his office in Orange Beach on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Lacz is currently a Physician Assistant with offices in Orange Beach and Pensacola.

A former Navy SEAL who played himself in the blockbuster movie “American Sniper” hopes to take readers beyond the Hollywood lens in his new book, “The Last Punisher.”

Kevin Lacz served in SEAL Team Three with Chris Kyle, portrayed by Bradley Cooper in the 2014 movie. Lacz, who consulted with Cooper and director Clint Eastwood during the filming of “American Sniper,” said he hopes to give his readers a more in-depth and realistic look at combat and military service.

“There are so many inaccuracies in a Hollywood movie, even if you have technical advisers or people like Chris, who was part of the screenwriting process,” Lacz said during an interview at his office in Orange Beach, Alabama, where he is a physician assistant and partner in a lifestyle performance medicine clinic. The clinic also has an office in Pensacola.

His book is selling out at area stores and climbing bestseller lists; it is listed by the New York Times and USA Today.

The book, focusing on the 2006 battle for Iraqi city of Ramadi, was co-written by combat correspondent Ethan Rocke and Lacz’ wife, Lindsey.

Read the original Pensacola News Journal story here.