Top five reasons to buy Hill 406, plus a look at some of the reviews

Hey guys,

Hope everyone is doing well. I pulled together a little promotional video about “Hill 406.”

Check it out below, if you’ve got a few moments:

And I appreciate everyone’s support, and all the emails and tweets that people have sent me. I know I’ve been a little absent of late, but I’m working on a MASSIVE new book and series that’s coming together beautifully.

It’s about a new CIA operative/counter-terrorism agent named Jake Lyle.

Lyle, a prior SEAL operative, is a badass, who speaks Arabic, who’s about to go hunting behind enemy lines. I am absolutely loving writing this and it’s going to totally blow you guys away.

I’ll talk more about it in the future.

As always, you keep buying my books and I’ll keep writing them.

Big shout out to my fellow Marines, and a big thanks to all the military members and first responders across the country. I really appreciate what all of you all are doing.

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

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About me: If you like Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, or James Patterson, then I’m your man. I write exciting, fast-paced thrillers. Both military action and mystery whodunnits. Ten books penned. 70,000+ sold. I also try to only write about positive things on my blog, so please consider subscribing. Or, you can sign up for my new release mailing list, where I will literally only email you when I publish a book. And obviously, if you’re looking for a quick, fun read, then click the link to check out my books. #USMC #SemperFidelis

Want more? You can also find me on Twitter and YouTube.

 

Detective Danny Acuff, and the art of Karate and the Makiwara Board

As many of you know, in my detective books (Take Down and Gravel Road), Danny Acuff does quite a bit of hand-to-hand fighting. As an author, there’s almost nothing I’d rather include in my books than an incredible hand-to-hand fight scene.

And this probably results from my long history (addiction?) of training and studying martial arts of various styles.

In the Detective Danny Acuff books mentioned above, I refer to the Makiwara Board and how he trains with it. I know many westerners are not familiar with it, so I wanted to share a video about it so you can see for yourself the kind of results you can achieve through diligent practice with it.

I’ll paste that video below, but for those who don’t know, both Take Down and Gravel Road have some pretty amazing fight scenes in them. (And I’m not even talking about the gun play.)

In Take Down, Danny has to fight four men outside in a parking lot. And then later, he ends up in a brutal fight with one of the main bad guys: a retired Special Forces badass.

And then in Gravel Road , I may have taken it a step farther. I won’t give away how it happens, but Danny may end up in a 12-on-1 fight, that spans multiple chapters. He’s fighting brutal, tough felons, and in my opinion, this drawn-out fight (war?) is worth the price of the book alone.

Okay, if you haven’t checked out the two Detective Danny Acuff books (Take Down and Gravel Road), give them a try. I think you’ll enjoy them.

And here’s the video I promised:

 

And here’s another one if you thought that one was amazing. This is technically the first one that was filmed prior to the video above.

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

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About me: If you like Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, or James Patterson, then I’m your man. I write exciting, fast-paced thrillers. Both military action and mystery whodunnits. Ten books penned. 70,000+ sold. I also try to only write about positive things on my blog, so please consider subscribing. Or, you can sign up for my new release mailing list, where I will literally only email you when I publish a book. And obviously, if you’re looking for a quick, fun read, then click the link to check out my books. #USMC #SemperFidelis

Hill 406 gets a new foreword

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is doing well!

I’m writing because I wanted to share the new foreword that I recently wrote for Hill 406.

The book has been doing well — thankfully! — but I’d been wrestling with a foreword for the book for some time. (It originally published without one, because I didn’t’ want to hold up publication any longer while waiting on it.)

But it was one of those situations where I was too close to it, and there was so much to say, and so little space to say it. Plus, most readers — including myself!! — are like, “Just let me get to the story!” when they’re reading most forewords.

So, with all those thoughts in mind, I finally came up with something that I think works. And as I said, I finally completed it last night, so here it is:

Author’s Note

This book is dedicated to all of those who have served. Especially those who did their hard time in Afghanistan. To date, nearly 800,000 have served there. Of that number, nearly 30,000 have served more than five tours there. 

Also to date, almost 2,500 have died, and 20,000 have been wounded; many losing limbs or worse.

Finally, over 100,000 have reported having PTSD problems. 

A few things about this book…

I’ve obviously written a work of fiction about the Marine Corps and the war in Afghanistan. It’s (hopefully) both enjoyable and fast moving, and also real and harsh, like coarse sandpaper rubbed across your skin. 

It should be a lot of fun; a fast read. But it should also seem deeper and more real than a lot of those light military fiction books, where the good guys kick ass and go home unscarred.

With that being said, a few quick details about the book.

Camp Leatherneck is real.

The stats on deaths and the state of danger in Helmand Province are real. The terrain in that province is real. The tactics and weapons are real. 

On the other hand, the towns of “Alim Nuaz” and “Gorahumbira” are completely made up. Also, there is no Hill 406. All characters are made up. And all Marine Corps units are made up. I felt I needed to use these fictional elements because I wanted the freedom to have a little flexibility with the story. 

And with all of this out of the way, I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. Oh, and if you do, please spread the word.

 Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

SGT, USMC

A/1/8,1995-99

Hopefully, that foreword helps capture what I felt needed to be said about the book. For those who’ve already read it, and reviewed it, THANK YOU!!

And if you haven’t taken a look at it yet, please consider giving it a try. You can read the short book description and even a long sample on Amazon at this link: Hill 406. (Or click the book cover at right.)

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

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I write exciting, fast-paced thrillers. Both military action and mystery whodunnits. Ten books penned. 70,000+ sold. I try to only write about positive things. If you’re looking for a quick, fun read, then click the link to check out my books. #USMC

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