Wait. We fought the Russians in World War 1?! You’re kidding me, right?

I was reading a book about the early days of the FBI today and learned a pretty incredible thing, which was just a minor footnote to the book I was reading. But I was so floored by this detail in the book that I had to fact check it. And then I had to read more about it, just to make sure I wasn’t crazy. (Or that I hadn’t slept through history class.)

Anyway, did you all know that Americans actually fought and killed Russians in World War I? Like, we had troops IN their country? Like, quite a few troops in their country? (13,000.)

Yeah, I didn’t either.

If you have a couple of minutes, go check out this article: The Forgotten Story of the American Troops Who Got Caught Up in the Russian Civil War. Even after the armistice was signed ending World War I, the doughboys clashed with Russian forces 100 years ago.

Americans were outnumbered 8-to-1 in this fighting and lost some good men. Additionally, it was kind of a pre-cursor to the Vietnam War, as the article mentions, because none of the troops deployed there (or Amercians back home) really understood why we were there.

Go check it out, and as always: never forget all of those who served and sacrificed in far-off shores for our country.

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell


About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I write fast-paced mysteries and thrillers. To date, I’ve written ten books and been really fortunate to have sold more than 70,000 books. If you’re one of those readers, thank you.

Some of my favorite authors and influences are Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Robert B. Parker, and Stephen Hunter. If you enjoy reading them, then more than likely you’ll enjoy my writing.

If you’re looking for one of my ten books, try looking here: amazon.com.  #USMC #SemperFidelis

Writers are crazy, and I’m crazier than most.

Happy New Year 2021

Hey guys!

Here’s to a new year, along with a quick message from me and the family.

Hope you enjoy!

Until next time,

Stan R. Mitchell


About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell, and I write exciting, fast-paced thrillers. Both military action and mystery whodunnits. Ten books penned. 70,000+ sold. Some of my favorite authors and influences are Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Robert B. Parker, and Stephen Hunter.

If you enjoy them, then more than likely you’ll enjoy my writing.

I also share great writing (from others) on my website, so consider subscribing for that. You can find all ten of my books here: http://amzn.to/1brrc37. (Note: by clicking this link or others, I get a small commission. See below.) #USMC #SemperFidelis

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Killer writing by Truman Capote

I really enjoyed this spectacular description and opening by Truman Capote in his book “In Cold Blood.” (Commissions earned from links.)

The true crime novel was one of the first of its kind and its still the perfect example for how it should be done. See if this writing from Chapter 1 doesn’t just grab you:

 “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote. (Commissions earned from links.)

THE VILLAGE OF HOLCOMB STANDS on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.” Some seventy miles east of the Colorado border, the countryside, with its hard blue skies and desert-clear air, has an atmosphere that is rather more Far West than Middle West. The local accent is barbed with a prairie twang, a ranch-hand nasalness, and the men, many of them, wear narrow frontier trousers, Stetsons, and high-heeled boots with pointed toes. The land is flat, and the views are awesomely extensive; horses, herds of cattle, a white cluster of grain elevators rising as gracefully as Greek temples are visible long before a traveler reaches them.

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