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Martin Roy Hill spent more than 20 years as a national award-winning staff reporter, investigative journalist, and editor for newspapers and magazines before becoming a Navy analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations. His freelance credits include Reader’s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more.
Much of his freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, “From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War,” published by the Retired Officer Association. He also contributed to the American Civil War anthology “Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States,” published by I-5 Publishing.
Martin’s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, ALT HIST: The Journal of Historical Fiction and Alternative History, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Crimson Streets, Nebula Rift, Devolution Z, and others. His first book, DUTY, was named the Best Short Story Anthology/Collection by the San Diego Book Awards Association (SDBAA). His novel, The Butcher’s Bill, a Linus Schag, NCIS, thriller, was named the 2017 Best Mystery/Suspense Novel by the Best Independent Book Awards.
A veteran of the Coast Guard and Navy reserves, Martin finally retired as a military police major from a component of of the California National Guard. Martin also served as a tactically-trained medic with his local Sheriff’s wilderness search and rescue unit, and as a medic and security specialist with a federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team.
Martin is a professional member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers.
They call it simply “the object.” It sits at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, waiting. Waiting . . . for what? An American research ship disappears in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea only to reappear a few days later. When a special U.S. Coast Guard unit boards the vessel, they find it deserted, its power… [Read More]
A killer lurks beneath the waves of the western Pacific Ocean. The USS Encinitas, the first attack submarine crewed by both men and women, stalks the Crescent Moon, a renegade Iranian sub armed with nuclear-tipped missiles. But another predator hides aboard the American sub, a murderer who has already left a trail of dead women… [Read More]
Iraq, 1991: Operation Desert Storm. In a terrible friendly fire incident, an U.S. helicopter massacres a small convoy of American MPs. Among the dead: a mysterious American civilian engineer discovered by the soldiers behind enemy lines. San Diego, CA, 1993: A freelance journalist is hired to write a story about a wrongful death lawsuit filed… [Read More]
A collection of previously published and new short stories by author Martin Roy Hill. In the title story, “Duty,” a Cold War soldier faces the prospect of starting WWIII. In “Something Far Away,” a former Coastguardsman must face his ghosts from the past. A Navy investigator faces a different kind of ghost aboard a nuclear… [Read More]
“If this is Paradise, how bad could Hell be?” A sandstorm uncovers a long buried secret in the Iraqi desert, an ancient Sumerian temple dating back at least 6,000 years to the beginning of civilization. An American army patrol sent to investigate the ruins is trapped inside the temple’s eroded walls, first by an insurgent… [Read More]
He warned her. People die in lonely and empty places. She didn’t listen. The year is 1987. Battle-scarred news reporter Peter Brandt returns from covering the proxy wars in Central America to bury his brutally murdered ex-wife, Palm Springs TV reporter Robin Anderson. When Peter discovers the local police refuse to investigate Robin’s murder, he sets out with an… [Read More]