Gen. Zinni and I go way back…

Wow! Just saw this link below!!!

Yes, yours truly is being quoted as part of the editorial reviews for this hardcover book that was just published out of New York. If you flatter me enough to look, click on the link and scroll down to “Editorial Reviews” and I’m the fifth one down. And for those keeping track, that’s only:

[ ] Three down from Gen Anthony Zinni, former CENTCOM Commander.
[ ] Two down from Small Wars Journal.
[ ] One down below War on the Rocks, an influential magazine for analysis, commentary, and debate on foreign policy and national security issues.

Then, there’s me. Yes, little ole’ me. They quoted from a book review I wrote a couple months ago.

Now, I could pretend they asked me to quote that, or orchestrated the words I wrote, or even, well, even just informed me they were going to use it because I mattered that much! lol : )

But the truth is they didn’t. So, I’m not like VIP, big shot yet, but man, quoted on the same page as Gen. Zinni?

Or, even quoted at all as if I matter?

I’ll take it!!!!!

And in all seriousness, I owe you guys.

My book sales have set an all-time record this month, and there’s still like five days left to go and I haven’t even dropped my next novel Mexican Heat down yet. So, a super huge (SUPER, SUPER HUGE) thank you to all those who have believed in me, supported me, read me, touted me, and shared me!

Thankfully, my sales and fiction career continue to climb nicely and I’m as hungry and motivated as ever. Look out fiction world! The little engine that could is about to bust out onto the scene big time!

Thanks again everyone for letting me jabber on about this. And I apologize for being so dad-gone excited about it! I feel as excited as the time I talked back and forth with a Three-Star General in January of last year!

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.

11 thoughts on “Gen. Zinni and I go way back…

  1. Stan – good stuff.
    Zinni was the Company Tactics instructor when I went through TBS in 1969. He was fresh back from a tour in Vietnam and very impressive – even more so (30 years later) when he was carrying those 4 stars.

    Semper Fi Brother


    1. Oh, wow! I swear, it’s such a small world in the Marine Corps!

      One thing I learned is that shortly after this website began making a few small waves, some of the officers and SNCOs in the Corps these days wondered just who the heck I was, and had I done what I said I’d done.

      So, they started making a few calls and I later learned from a Marine that I served with that folks had asked him about me (since he served in 1/8 when I did).

      And this small little investigation of me is one reason that I think there aren’t as many high profile Stolen Valor fakers, who claim to be Marines.

      It’s what helps make our Corps great. You truly have to earn the title and back it up by serving out your full four years. Because as you know, with the way folks rotate, you can literally with just one or two phone calls find out whether a Marine actually served, what kind of Marine they were, etc.

      Back to your point though, huge props for having crossed paths with Gen. Zinni. (I always tried to steal from great officers, SNCOs, and NCOs that I crossed paths with, and if you managed to serve under him for even a little bit, I’m confident you were all the richer for it.)




      1. The TBS staff in 1969-70 was pretty impressive. Ollie North taught patrolling tactics, Harvey Barnum hung around and did whatever he wanted, Don Carpenter and Jim(?) Bender were platoon commanders in my company (appeared with North on William F. Buckley’s “Firing Line” show) Ray Davis was on board (but I forget what), McGinty was around – usually at the Globe & Laurel…
        I’ll try to remember some of the others, but do recall that Friday afternoon parades usually included the award of a Navy Cross or Silver Star to someone. Rubbed shoulders with some pretty impressive Marines.
        While on recruiting duty, the guest of honor at one of our Birthday Balls was Duane E. Dewey. Read that citation if you want some chills up and down your spine.


        1. Oh my word!!! You were beyond lucky!!!

          The amount of sheer talent in the Corps and other services at any given time is just impossible to measure. Even those without a big name in the service often go on to become Congressmen, Senators, Presidents…


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