I’m dismayed by the recent news that a 33-year-old American citizen went to fight for the Syrian terrorist group, ISIS, the same group that murdered American journalist James Foley. Now Douglas McCain, who was born in Chicago and lived in San Diego, is dead, and his posthumous fame provides a sick example to other disenchanted, radically minded Americans. McCain was a convert to Islam, which he called “the best thing that ever happened to me.” At some point in his life, he roomed with another convert named Troy Kastigar, who was killed in 2009 while fighting for Al Qaeda, after posting a terrorist recruitment video. This is what radical groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda want. In fact, they are actively recruiting fighters here in America, with a focus on ex-cons who have converted to Islam. My second Taskforce book, THE GUARDIAN, addresses this national security problem. All across America, young, disillusioned citizens are being fooled into thinking that Allah wants them to join the jihadist movement and strike back against their own country. True Islam preaches love and tolerance for all. Yet our government is aware of around 300 or so Westerners currently participating within ISIS. How did this number get so high? Clearly we are not addressing issues of poverty and ignorance within our own borders. We are letting young people grow up with a mindset of violence. Many are gang members. Most, if not all of them, listen to hip hop that disseminates messages of revolt and revenge. America has the largest prison population of any nation in the world. And each year, an estimated 35-40,000 prisoners are converted to Islam, making it the fastest growing religion in the United States. In jails and in hip hop music, it is radical Islam that’s being taught—the kind Islam that drives a young man from Chicago to change his name to Slave of Allah and join the jihad against all Westerners. The only way to stop this horrifying trend from continuing is to reach into our poorest neighborhoods, bringing education, preaching tolerance, and providing young people opportunity and therefore hope. Without anger and resentment, radical Islam has nothing to feed on. Starve the beast and it will grow weak and die.by
A hero’s nightmare….. Gabe Renault doesn’t know why he was in a prison camp. He has no memory of the past three years or of the Navy SEAL mission that went wrong. Only two things kept him going, thoughts of his wife and the certainty that he must escape. A sudden homecoming….. After Gabe is …Read more
DON’T GIVE UP… It’s love that keeps teacher Jordan Bliss up at night.the lost love for a Venezuelan orphan named Miguel-and the memory of a Navy SEAL tearing him from her arms. Now in the U.S. and longing for her child, Jordan vows to somehow, some way, bring Miguel home. DON’T LOOK BACK… To Navy …Read more
Hannah Geary wants revenge. A rogue SEAL commander had her Defense Intelligence partner killed, he threw her into a Cuban prison, and he’s still trafficking stolen weapons. But to catch a bad SEAL, she needs a good one. Lt. Luther Lindstrom is used to calling his own shots-in combat and in the bedroom. He just …Read more
After four years of fear and isolation, Skyler Dulay has had enough of being in WITSEC, the federal witness protection program. Uprooted every few months to stay ahead of her father’s murderous associates, she fears they will stop at nothing to silence her damning testimony, and now . . . they’ve found her again. Suspecting …Read more
Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Joe Montgomery did not die for his country, but he almost wishes he had after returning home the sole survivor of one of the worst disasters in SEAL history. As he embarks on the long road to forgiving himself, as well as recovering from a severe fall, he has the help …Read more
“SEALed by Fate” by Marliss Melton in the SEAL of My Dreams (Anthology) Lieutenant Sam Sasserville is on an operation he’s dubbed “Dumb Broad.” If it wasn’t for this crazy Senator’s daughter, he would be on an important mission instead of dragging her butt out of danger. Madison Scott lives to help others. As an …Read more
Top choice for a rescue mission to Colombia where American hostages are held deep in the jungle by rebel terrorists, CIA operative Lucy Donovan is thrilled to take on the undercover assignment. The danger doesn’t faze her…until she hears that Navy SEAL Gus Atwater will be her partner on the mission. Gus is the only …Read more
AN UNDERCOVER AGENT When Crossroads, a highly esteemed prisoner-reintegration program falls under suspicion of being a terrorist training ground, the Taskforce sends Special Agent Jackson Maddox undercover to investigate. Soon, he discovers he’s being watched by a sexy reporter. A CRIME JOURNALIST Lena Alexandra has her own reasons for investigating Crossroads. She’s determined to catch …Read more
TARGETED BY TERRORISTS Eryn McClellan teaches ESL in Washington, D.C., until the day she’s targeted by terrorists avenging her father’s actions in Afghanistan. The FBI has stepped in, but when it looks like they are using her for bait, General McClellan enlists the aid of the only man he knows he can trust: former Navy …Read more
One Chance . . . Sara Garret thought the military lawyer she married would be the perfect husband and father. But he has become her worst nightmare. Now, one vicious act has driven Sara to take their young son and flee. And she discovers that the only thing more frightening than running away… is trusting …Read more
Ellie Stuart’s life ended the day her children were stolen from her. Driving on a Virginia backroad, Ellie was ambushed by two men who violently pulled her from her car and drove off with her three sons inside. Devastated, Ellie begs the police to bring her babies home. But the authorities wonder if this stressed-out …Read more
SHE CAUGHT A SEAL’S INTEREST . . . Dr. Libby Granger, professor of British Lit, is flattered by the attentions of the new graduate assistant, Bruce Kimball, a decorated veteran and a former Navy SEAL. Or is he? The authentication service VeriSEAL says that Bruce Kimball perished in a helicopter crash three years earlier. THE …Read more
A short story based on characters from previous Marliss Melton books. Connor Donovan devoted his adult life to advancing his career in the FBI, but he lost his wife and marriage in the process. Now the mobster he just incarcerated is out on bond and holding Karen captive in a scheme of revenge. Maybe it’s …Read more
Aug 27 2014
Aug 14 2014
Is there anything a SEAL can’t do? The only answer I can come up with is “give birth.” No SEAL has done that yet, but once women are permitted to try out for the Teams, starting in 2016, that could definitely happen.
Where regular people see limitations, a Navy SEAL sees challenges. Take Navy SEAL Tom Hruby, for example. Tom is a reservist SEAL instructor at Great Lakes Naval Station in northern Illinois, as well as being a husband and a father of three. He gets the urge to attend college, so he treks thirty miles to the south to Northwestern University, where he piles on a full course load and tries out for the football team. Walk-ons are rare enough in the land of college football, but Hruby, who is 32 years old, secures a position as a defensive end. (Easy day, as the SEALs would say.)
How does he do it all? The 6’3”, 230-lb. Hruby says, “Stick to what’s important, stick to what you know and just kind of have an attitude.” It’s this mention of an attitude that I find so intriguing. I believe he must be talking about SEAL confidence—the kind of certainty-in-oneself that comes from having survived the most rigorous military training on the planet, not to mention hair-raising missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Southeast Asia. Hruby’s coach, Pat Fitzgerald, calls Hruby “relentless, absolutely relentless, like you would suspect from a SEAL.” Well, yeah!
So, this is what we love about Navy SEALs—they can do anything, which makes them seem like superheroes. And everyone loves a superhero. However, this type of alpha male, the classic Navy SEAL, wants to do it all. I can imagine that if Hruby is that “relentless,” he might be a wee bit difficult to live with. Speaking of which, his wife and family are staying with her parents while he attends school. That must put a strain on all of them and cut down on the time he can spend with his family—something to keep in mind as we delve into the attributes of heroism. There is a trade-off that can’t be overstated.
If all men were superheroes like Hruby, there’d be a lot more lawns that needed mowing and dogs that needed walking, or women who’d have to take up the slack on the home front.by
Aug 08 2014
There’s a pup in my house–a husky/blue-heeler mix–who sparked my imagination and led me to write Look Again, A novella featuring a wounded Navy SEAL veteran and the dog (and woman) who changed his life for the better.
Researching the use of therapy dogs taught me about dogs used in military service (See my last blog post–”Navy SEALs can be dogs, too”.) A reader pointed me to the following YouTube video highlighting the tremendous bond between the soldier and his dog. How heartbreaking to view photos of a canine companion lying next to a coffin or a headstone. And yet, how heartening to see soldiers sleeping with their dogs or gazing into their loyal companion’s eyes and sharing a special connection. Military dogs are everything we want our soldiers to be–fearless, tireless, unflagging, and utterly loyal. If this link doesn’t move you, nothing will!by
Jul 12 2014
I love incorporating dogs into my stories, and my readers clearly enjoy the addition of a canine. My heroine in The Protector owns a golden-retriever/German Shepherd mix named Winston, who helps protect her from the bad guy. Milly, the black Labrador retriever in The Enforcer, went from a bomb-sniffing dog to a therapy dog for my heroine with PTSD. And recently, I’ve incorporated a service dog in my latest novella, “Look Again,” about an injured Navy SEAL. Readers can’t get enough of these dogs!
I write mainly about Navy SEAL heroes, and as luck would have it, dogs can be Navy SEALs, too. I’m not kidding! The only named member of the DEVGRU SEAL Team that killed Osama Bin Laden was Cairo, a Belgian Malinois—a breed of dog that resembles a compact German shepherd. Belgian Malinois dogs are “faithful, fearless and ferocious,” just like their human counterparts.
The Navy takes their dog warriors very seriously, fitting them with super-strong, flexible body armor and high-tech equipment that includes specially designed and fitted dog goggles, called “doggles,” complete with night-vision and infrared capability! These dog warriors are trained to do almost everything the SEALs do, with the obvious exception of underwater ops. They can parachute out of planes in tandem with their handlers or alone, if the jump is into water. One dog named Cara and his handler, Mike Forsythe, have set the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment. They jumped from the same altitude as a transoceanic passenger jet, more than 30,100 feet up. Like their human counterparts, SEAL dogs are “highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts” ).
I haven’t incorporated a SEAL dog into any of my stories, yet, but I’m sure that’s in the works. My peer and fellow-author, J.M. Madden, touches on the bond between dog and a handler in her short story, “SEAL’s Lost Dream,” featured in the SEAL of my Dreams Anthology. The love relationship between a man and woman is essential to romance, but when stories are layered with that special bond between people and their dogs, that makes for a truly satisfying read, especially when the dog proves to be as valorous as the hero.by
Jun 05 2014
These days the relationship between man and dog has evolved into something truly special. Service dogs transform the lives of psychologically and physically injured veterans of war. They bring quality of life back to young people who have had it snatched away from them, as service dogs can perform tasks frustrating for the injured or provide emotional support and comfort to those with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries. These dogs are truly a blessing to those who need them. That’s why I decided to devote my upcoming short story, Look Again, to the importance of service dogs. Look Again is slated for release in late June and serves as a prequel to my upcoming Echo Platoon series, introducing you to characters you will soon fall in love with. While the cost of this 50-page short story might seem high at $2.99, proceeds from the sale will be donated to this nonprofit organization: Hero Dogs. Be sure to check out their website here and watch the video at the bottom of the first page. Buy this short story and do your part to pair up a wounded service member with his newest best friend.by