Monthly Archives: September 2013

Get my short novel “Soldier On” for free

I’m giving away for free my short novel “Soldier On.”

The book is 72 pages long and I think it’s a pretty good story about WWII. And if you’ve ever wondered about how bad it sucks to be in the infantry, you’ll definitely enjoy it.

The book is free all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

And if you don’t have a Kindle but would like to read it anyway, you can go to this link and download a free Kindle reader for your computer, laptop, ipad, phone, or other device. (Honestly, the Kindle reading device for your computer is a really sweet program. You might be surprised how much you use it.)

Here’s the book description:

As World War II enters its final stretch, the last elements of the German Army struggle to survive and end the war with honor.

The German soldiers know the war is lost, but have no idea how many days (or weeks) remain before capitulation. The weak and unlucky are gone. Now, only the strong remain, a ragged band of men determined to maintain their prestige and respect. They are the sons of indomitable veterans from the World War I — men filled with too much pride to quit or surrender.

But food resupply is a problem. Ammo, too. And each day, with its increasingly absurd set of orders, begins to test the men in ways they could have never imagined. These days are tough for the men, and tougher for the leaders.

Hemmed in by Nazi SS units, waiting to arrest or shoot retreating troops on one side, and hordes of well-supplied American troops advancing mercilessly on the other, the men pray they must only endure the freezing weather of the last days. And that their supplies won’t run out. And that they won’t lose the honor and dignity they’ve spent years creating.

“Soldier On” is a short novel. [Approximately 72 pages long.]

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. I really appreciate everyone’s support of my books. Sold Out, the Marine Sniper/CIA thriller about Nick Woods, has gone as high as No. 64 in its genre. And Little Man, and the Dixon County War, a Western thriller that moves super fast, has gone as high as No. 57 in its genre.

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The length of time you should carry a sword

I turned 36 this weekend, and my early mid-life crisis — which I thought I had beat down over the past year and a half — returned.

Some friends and I, along with my wife, even went out dancing so that we’d all feel young, but it had the opposite effect. We didn’t know some of the new songs, there sure seemed to be a lot of 21 year olds, and by 11:45 we felt tired and ready to go home. : )

Orange Belt promotion

Here’s a recent photo following my promotion to Orange Belt. Style is Isshin-ryu Karate.

This morning, I read a passage that further pushed down my negative thinking. It comes from the once-secret book titled, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai — The book was written between 1709 to 1716.

And the passage reads:

“The resolution of the men of former times was deep. Those between the ages of thirteen and sixty went to the front lines. For this reason men of advanced years hid their age.”

So, by that reasoning, I still have 24 more years that I can expect to go to the front and swing a sword. And with that thought in mind, I’m going to go hit the pull up bar in my doorway.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. I really appreciate everyone’s support of my books. Sold Out, the Marine Sniper/CIA thriller about Nick Woods, has gone as high as No. 64 in its genre. And Little Man, and the Dixon County War, a Western thriller that moves super fast, has gone as high as No. 57 in its genre.

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Trying to keep up with your mentors…

Quick update on tonight’s Isshin-ryu class… (It’s late, so this must be brief…)

The upside to tonight’s sparring? Blocked a punch for the first time. (Normally, I just evade… Or, uh, eat them on purpose!) Not really… : )

The downside? Dislocated my left shoulder. It’s been probably six months or so since it’s gone out like that. Unfortunately, it took me a few seconds to get it back in, so we had to stop the fight. It would have been bad had it been a real fight — normally I can get it right back in.

But, I hid the pain like a champ, jumped right back in, and even sparred a later opponent. And I don’t think anyone even knew I dislocated it, just that I hurt it or tweaked it a bit. Captain Eaton would be proud.

Sigh… Well, maybe not. He was around gunfire the other day. Unarmed. And with his kids. (Not by choice, mind you, but he still got them down and to safety, and once police arrived, had them get back to practicing tennis… No joke.) Dang it… Keeping up with your mentors is an impossible thing to do…

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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