Reading Mark Twain’s Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County at an early age made a lasting impression that set the stage for my writing style. Amp up the pace, throw in some high-tech gadgets and weaponry, substitute the frog with a man-eating shark, wrap it around an invincible hero and you have Trouble on the Straits. I’m in my comfort zone writing action adventure thrillers using life experiences to create the main character, Charley Manner. One memorable example is an encounter with something very big while SCUBA diving. The fish was not clearly visible in the murk sixty feet below the surface but imagination filled in the blanks. I combined a fish-fighting chair, a bottle of tequila, a great white shark and a swash-buckling, ass-kicking former Navy SEAL for the opening of the story. Charley is larger than life and loves to tell tall tales. Caution. After reading Trouble on the Straits, you might get hooked on the series.
Charley Manner is separated from his SEAL team during an ambush in the Khyber Pass. His war dog is wounded and one mate is killed. The rest of the team is extracted under heavy fire, leaving Charley behind. Captured and tortured by the Taliban, he is left to die in a hole filled with human… [Read More]
Charley Manner’s retirement in the Florida Keys is full of surprises. A shark sinks his boat. A dead man with a treasure map bobs up from nowhere. And a Cuban drug lord shows up demanding the map. Charley battles the drug cartel to rescue family and friends caught up in the drama, leading him across… [Read More]
All comments welcome. Is the subject interesting or just another “warfighter” story? This is designed as a prequel that follows up on a few brief paragraphs in book 1, TOTS, to provide a deeper look at what drives the MC, Charley Manner, as he leaves the SEALs and retires to the Florida Keys.
Note from the Author
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