As some of you may know, my debut novel, 'Red Sky at Morning', recently received a 5 Star rating on www.thechristianmanifesto.com, and once again, the characterizations of the book's protagonists were a big part of that. Interested readers of military/espionage fiction can view it here:
Author: Richard Whitten Barnes
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Joyce M. Gilmour
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1613099037
It's 1941, and Riza Manceda, a beautiful American intelligence officer, needs someone to impersonate a Japanese officer for a dangerous mission to her homeland of the Philippines. Her search uncovers the ideal man in Daniel Suhiro, a first generation Nisei with perfect credentials for the job...but maybe not so perfect. The mission is to prevent the Japanese from discovering the Allies have broken their "unbreakable" Purple code. This secret could shorten - or lengthen - the war by years, and is known by an officer captured in Luzon. Riza and Daniel train to either rescue the officer or, if necessary, assassinate him. The compelling story of their harrowing venture meticulously comes to life as the pair becomes drawn closer to each other and then thrown headlong into incredible peril.
Title: No One Else to Kill
Author: Bob Doerr
Reviewer: Terry Shoptaugh
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1590954238
In this book, Jim West travels to a small, remote hunting lodge in the Pecos Wilderness area in New Mexico to rendezvous with an old friend and do some hiking. His friend stands him up, and Jim is about to return home when a murder occurs in the lodge. Law enforcement jumps in, and Jim’s early departure plans are scrubbed. When a second murder occurs less than twenty four hours later, things really start to get dicey. Both crimes were intricately planned to mislead the authorities, no one appears to have a motive for the killings, and everyone has an alibi. Up against a wall with time running out, the deputy-in-charge asks West to be their man on the inside, but West is adamant that this is not his case to solve. Since his retirement from the Air Force, however, Fate has had her own plans for West. Why should this be any different?
Title: Mystic Dancer
Author: Frederick Rist
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Lee Boyland
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1469904926
The daughter of an Air Force pilot tracks down an elderly priest to learn the story her father will not tell her. The story of the only surviving priest from the secret war in Laos and now in hiding, the pilot, the brutal drug lord Khun Rhah and the Hmong mountain people who fought America’s war, rescued downed American pilots, were caught in the struggle between powerful drug lords and the greed of those in power and suffered greatly when finally abandoned by the Americans. Set against the background of the US involvement in Southeast Asia, Mystic Dancer spans a generation of time and takes us through the flood of violence, betrayal, insanity, drugs and the friendship of people who need each other to survive and to prevent tragedy for those who befriended America.
Big Mother 40: "A great read on Navy helicopter rescue operations in the Vietnam era. A very well-written, exciting, fast moving book about the life of two Navy lieutenants. A Navy Helicopter pilot and a Navy Seal and their teams performing their duties in extremely hazardous conditions. Although fiction, Marc's knowledge of Navy Helicopter and Navy SEAl operations and the planning it takes to complete these types of missions is evident throughout the book. His understanding of the overall concept of joint and naval operations and the specifics of both Special Forces and helicopter missions during the Vietnam era makes this a very believable scenario. I personally know that Marc lived the life of a Navy rescue helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War."
Ken L. Fisher Rear Admiral USN (retired) Naval Aviator and fighter pilot
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1611792312
The U.S. Navy entered the Vietnam War prepared to fight either a conventional, or God forbid, a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. In the mid-sixties, as the Vietnam war escalated, the U.S. found itself without significant aviation capability to support special operations or combat search and rescue (CSAR). To support SEAL operations in the Mekong Delta, the Navy created a Helicopter Combat Attack Squadron that was eventually split into four squadrons tasked with combat search and rescue and special operations missions. Its call sign was the Sea Devils, but over time, the matte-black Sea King helicopters became known as the "Big Mothers." BIG MOTHER 4O is about the life of a Navy helicopter pilot, a Navy Seal, and their teams performing under extremely hazardous combat conditions and includes the women they loved.