The ‘Mexican Heat’ in real life may exceed my own imagination

Terrible reports drifted north this weekend, as news emerged of a battle in Mexico that almost defies comprehension.

Mexican forces arrested one of their biggest targets: El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzmán Lopez, who they planned to extradite to the United States. So far, so good.

But then the Sinaloa Cartel responded before the government forces could exfiltrate the target area. The Sinaloa Cartel captured eight members of the military and reportedly even took families of some of the soldiers hostage, according to The New York Times.

The Washington Post summed the battle up brilliantly: the operation proved that “in parts of Mexico, the government can be outmanned, outgunned, and outsmarted by drug cartels.”

In the end, the Mexican forces released Ovidio Guzmán Lopez and retreated from the city, running for their lives. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suffered a humiliating embarrassment with the raid and it’ll be interesting to see how he responds.

For now, his response seems (to me) absolutely ridiculous.

“You can’t fight fire with fire,” he said of the decision to hand Guzmán back to his cartel. “We do not want dead people, we do not want war. And this takes a lot to understand.”

In the end, seven people died, including one civilian, and sixteen others were injured, the Times reports.

I only share all this because it brought up some old (sweet) memories of a fictional book that I wrote a few years back. The book begins with a simple plot of the United States sending armed forces to deal with the cartels. Initially, it’s a group of Navy SEALs. This attempt fails badly in my hypothetical book (almost like the raid described above), and America is at a loss for what to do.

In the end, the U.S. President sends in a contractor, off-the-books force led by my infamous character Nick Woods, who first showed up in Sold Out.

When I wrote the book (Mexican Heat), I worried I pushed the limits of believably. I describe the cartels attacking police stations, the presidential palace, you name it. I even have them led (through part of the book) by a vicious, Uzi-toting character who likes to hack up prisoners with a katana (Japanese sword).

The book boasts huge amounts of action and tension, and is epic in scale, in my opinion. (Almost Tom Clancy-like in scope, in fact, as the Mexican government is on the verge of collapse and the entire economy is on the brink of disintegrating.) Not to mention, there are loads of battles and probably two-hundred-plus folks killed in small unit action.

Really awesome stuff if you’re into action books like me. 🙂

But as time has gone by, since I published the book in 2014, I’m no longer convinced that the book is outlandish at all. Or at least not by much.

In my book, there’s an escape from the “country’s most-secure prison,” as I call it. Yet in real life, El Chapo escaped from a federal maximum-security prison TWICE.

In my book, the Mexican President is paralyzed by the violence and threats to his government. Yet just three days ago, the forces of the Mexican President surrendered to the cartels and fled a city of more than 785,000. Did I mention above that Culiacán is also the capital of the state of Sinaloa? (I know, it’s almost impossible to believe.)

At any rate, it seems the ‘Mexican Heat’ in real life may exceed my own imagination. Or maybe not. Judge for yourself, if you choose.

Okay, here’s my sales pitch so I can pay the bills. If you want to read a really fun book, that’s a hell of a ride (and where no one really dies), pick up a copy of Mexican Heat. Or if you want, just keep up with the news coming out of the south in real life and it might be just as entertaining and hard to believe.

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

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Stan R. Mitchell is the author of nine, fast-paced novels. He’s sold more than 70,000 books and writes military action and mystery genre, mostly. He’s also a prior infantry Marine, who LOVES writing!! Click the link at left to check out his books.

My small political rant

As my long-time readers know, I do my best to avoid political posts. Lord knows, I can’t afford to lose half my readers. (Not now. And probably not ten years from now.)

But having said that, I can’t help but address a certain topic this week. No, I’m not talking impeachment. I’m not talking Trump, or Dems, or Left versus Right. I’m simply going to talk about the abandonment of the Kurds in Syria.

I’m not going to get into the weeds of it. Like, whether it’s just the “Kurds” or simply the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which were Kurdish-led. Or who’s to blame or why. I could do those things, but I don’t want to make this political.

The bottom line is I think MOST agree it was a really shitty thing to do. To abandon our allies like that. And thankfully, even Republicans are bucking the President on this.

I’m really hoping that Congress (in a bipartisan fashion) stands up to the President on this one. For the good of the Kurds, who lost a ton of people fighting ISIS (partly for us). And also for the good of our country. (What I mean by this is that I feel strongly that our country works best when our government operates as three co-equal branches, each with a system of checks and balances; just for a situation like this.)

If you feel as I do, sent a line or email or tweet (or something) to your Congressman and/or Senator. Let them know that we shouldn’t be abandoning our allies. And that we shouldn’t allow ISIS to reconstitute because the Kurds can’t pressure the terrorist group (because a feakin’ NATO ally, that we mostly helped arm, is whacking the crap out of them).

Okay, that’s the end of my rant. Don’t hate me for it.

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

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Stan R. Mitchell is the author of nine, fast-paced novels. He’s sold more than 70,000 books and writes military action and mystery genre, mostly. He’s also a prior infantry Marine, who LOVES writing!! Click the link at left to check out his books.

 

My next book…

Hey guys!

Hope everyone’s had a great week! I teased last week in my blogpost about the Marine Corps using Artificial Intelligence to find new spec ops troops that I’d reveal this week what I’ve been working on.

Well, I’m sure you’ve all been just dying, waiting to find out this big news. (Odd that it isn’t trending on Twitter or my inbox has lacked any requests from official media asking for an interview about the news… Haahaahahahahh.)

At any rate, the project I’ve moved to after finishing Hill 406 is my follow-up book to Take Down,  My fervent readers will remember that Take Down introduces prior Force Recon Marine Danny Acuff.

Take Down by Stan R. Mitchell at Books2ReadAcuff, a badass Marine, has become a hotshot detective in Memphis. And after establishing a name for himself, he’s forced to move a small, quaint town. Except it isn’t so quaint.

So, he eventually finds himself tangling with tough hombres from up in the hills and two Army Special Forces guys. They’re just part of a cartel that controls the town, and they’re not happy with the newcomer asking all the questions.

Needless to say — in typical Stan fashion — there’s lots of action and suspense (including quite a bit of hand-to-hand fighting), and there’s even a bit of romance. (Some of my readers say Danny Acuff is the greatest character I’ve ever created.)

Regardless, I’m working on the follow-up book to Take Down, and I’m well over half-way done. 🙂 I’m holding down a day job these days, but I’m still pushing on it as hard as I can. So, I think you can expect it faster than you’d guess.

And for all those who I’m sure are going to ask about the next Nick Woods book, let me preempt that question by saying that I’ll probably write my fifth Nick Woods book after that. I’ve got it roughly outlined already.

If you have missed any of the four earlier entries, here’s their links:

 

At any rate, thanks everyone for all the support you’ve shown me. Please continue to spread the word about my books. Share links, tell friends, write reviews. 😀 All of these things help me greatly, and I’m enormously appreciative of everything each and everyone of you do.

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

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Stan R. Mitchell is the author of nine, fast-paced novels. He’s sold more than 70,000 books and writes military action and mystery genre, mostly. He’s also a prior infantry Marine, who LOVES writing!! Click the link at left to check out his books.