Sons of God
Siege? Bomb threat? Terrorist alert? Shooting spree? The Sons of God are who Australia turns to in times of extreme crisis. The SOG's top-secret methods, advanced training and incredible bravery have made them the ultimate urban warriors in the war against high-level crime and terrorism. This book details the birth of the 'Sons of God' and revisits 12 dramatic incidents: the Port Arthur Massacre, the bombing of Victorian Police headquarters, a wild gun battle with Neo-Nazis and more. All are told in the voices of the 'Sons' who were in the maelstrom, did their duty and somehow came out alive. Author Heath O'Loughlin is the son of a 'Sons of God' commander. He watched his bomb technician father leave the house on 'calls outs', never knowing where he was going or if he would return. Heath has been given exclusive and privileged access to SOG case files and interviewed 19 'Sons', all of whom are going on the record for the first time, narrating their hell-raising and heretofore secret adventures in high-octane recollections guaranteed to give readers a feel of what it was to be there.
Heath O'Loughlin began his journalism cadetship at the Seven network in Melbourne in 2001 and worked as a general news and specialist police reporter. In his time there, he covered some of Melbourne's most infamous crimes including the underworld killings and other high-profile cases. He crossed to the Nine network in 2006 to report on sport and co-anchor the weekend bulletin. After eight years in television news, he became General Manager of Media, Communications and Marketing at the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL), where he has been since 2008. Under his lead, the club's media department has become an industry trailblazer, winning several nationwide awards for excellence and innovation. In 2016, Heath collaborated with North Melbourne Football Club legend Brent Harvey on his acclaimed autobiography, Boomer (Macmillan). Sons of God is Heath's first book.