Monthly Archives: July 2012

Marines and Navy Seals, all in a single blog post

Want to be a biker and shoot people for a living, before high-tailing it to the next town?

The job exits.

Marine Special Operators are now using motorcycles to hunt down Taliban members in Afghanistan. The article discusses the advantages of riding motorcycles, which is something I’ve never considered. (Story here.)

And while we’re on the subject of warriors and tough guys, you need to check out the video below. In it, Navy Seals recount a hilarious, almost unbelievable story of a drunken brawl that happens in the middle of a combat zone in Afghanistan.

Your first thought when you watch this — if you’re  a civilian — is that it can’t possible be true. Wrong. Things like this happen far more than you’d ever think. (And warning, video contains profanity. No shit, huh? They’re Navy Seals, people, not Scout leaders.)

Video link.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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Leadership Lessons from Dwight Eisenhower: Always Ready

I didn’t know the story of Dwight Eisenhower, the former President and four-star General.

My main knowledge of him was the whole D-Day thing, and of him having to make the decision “to go” or “not go” on that fateful day. I also knew he somehow managed to handle the hothead Gen. Patton, which is an achievement of epic proportions in itself.

Anyway, his background story is incredible, as I learned after reading this article. Take a look at it when you’ve got a few minutes and if you feel your life is stuck, I guarantee you that you’ll feel better afterward. Story.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. And don’t forget to check out Sold Out if you’re interested. It’s already gone as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War. (Link to be uploaded soon.) You can learn more about both books here.

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Breaking into the Top 100 again with my Western novel

Wow. So proud that tonight my book “Little Man and the Dixon County War” broke into the top 100 Amazon UK Paid List again.

That’s the fourth time this has happened, and it always just blows me away that my first book could climb that high when it’s competing against so many great books out there. And amazingly, I’ve now got it priced at $4.99 instead of $2.99 when it made it before.

Thanks to what are apparently my fans in the UK, most of whom will probably never see this! (I can see where my visitors come from, and I don’t get many from the UK, so the book must be spreading by word of mouth.)

And thanks again to my awesome wife Danah for all her support and encouragement, and for designing an incredible cover for the book — one that literally blows away those from some of the best book cover designers in New York.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. And don’t forget to check out Sold Out if you’re interested. It’s already gone as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War. (Link to be uploaded soon.) You can learn more about both books here.

 

 

 

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Call it now: Will Tim Tebow be the Jets starting QB this year?

The Tim Tebow articles are increasingly pessimistic about his chances of becoming a starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

Most these days state he won’t be the starter. Many of the most recent ones talk about him doing lots of special teams work. Some discuss the muscle he’s added in the gym — at the coaching staff’s request — and say if they wanted him to be a good passer, then the coaches would have never been saying that.

It’s been pretty dark days for a Tebow fanatic like me. So it was nice to see a ray of hope this week, even if it was from his hometown paper. Here’s the link.

As I’ve said before, I still think he’ll be the starter by the fifth or sixth game.   (And, no, I’m not one of Tim Tebow’s religious fanatical fans.)

Let’s hear it from those who are out there. Before the pre-season games begin and more analysis emerges, put your stake in the ground and call it — with a date and time stamp by your name. Bottom line: Will Tebow be the Jets starting quarterback this year at all, and if so, beginning when?

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn. P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. And don’t forget to check out Sold Out if you’re interested. It’s already gone as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War. (Link to be uploaded soon.) You can learn more about both books here.

 

 

 

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Navy Seal on what to do in a shooting massacre

After the Colorado movie massacre, there have been lots of people asking, “How would I have reacted? Or, what could I have done?”

A Navy Seal has come out and answered that question in this article: Navy SEAL Lessons Learned From Aurora Colorado.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn. P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. And don’t forget to check out Sold Out if you’re interested. It’s already gone as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War. (Link to be uploaded soon.) You can learn more about both books here.

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