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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New front page graphic 2Stan 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!!

If you’re looking for an independent artist to support, look no further. You’ll love Mitchell’s books. Click the link at right to check out his books.

The latest news on the Nick Woods series

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is doing well! Wanted to give you a quick update on the Nick Woods series. I’m nearly finished writing the next book, which would be the fourth in the series.

Nick and the members of Shield, Safeguard, and Shelter (S3) deploy to Nigeria to tangle with Boko Haram in the fourth installment of the series. (For those who don’t know about Boko Haram, the group “has killed 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million,” according to Wikipedia. You may know them best for all the young girls they’ve kidnapped, which even garnered the attention of our First Lady.)

The working title is “Nigerian Fire,” which should tie in fairly nicely with the titles “Afghan Storm” and “Mexican Heat.” Having said that, we’re still brainstorming, so if you have something better, please share it!!

Sold Out_CoverAnd for goodness’ sake, if you haven’t started the Nick Woods series, you seriously need to start here: “Sold Out.” Like, today.

Matter of fact, if you have any doubts about whether you’ll enjoy the story, you can click the image of the book cover at left and go to a really cool embedded preview of the book, where you can read an extended sample and adjust font size to make it easier to read.

As of the last time I checked, “Sold Out” has earned more than 320 reviews and spent most of its life in the Top 100 on Amazon, alongside the likes of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. I know I’m biased, but I really think you’ll enjoy it and the rest of the series, if you’re a new subscriber and haven’t tried it.

That’s it from here! Can’t wait to get you the next book before too long. (And, no, I’m not saying when! lol. Have played that game once before, and I don’t intend to again!)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

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Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which has remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series has also been picked up by Audible.com for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thriller, detective series, and World War II story.

Sold Out and Mexican Heat now available as audio books!

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is doing well. I wanted to pass along that my audio books are now available on Audible.com.

For those who don’t need the sales pitch, here are the links:

They are narrated by Jay Snyder, who has narrated numerous James Patterson books besides having quite a career in, well, everywhere. He’s an actor/director who’s appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatre, and on television, and has been doing voice-over for over ten years.

He has voiced for feature films and has been heard on Nickelodeon, WB, Cartoon Network, Fox TV, the SciFi Channel, EWam, and the new CW4Kids. His bio says he’s best known for his work on Saturday morning cartoons like Yu-Gi-Oh! (lead), Viva Pinata (lead), Sonic X, and Pokemon, but he has also worked on many other animations and can currently be heard in Gogoriki, Pat and Stan, and Chaotic. His other voice-over work includes several audiobooks, documentaries, promos, and commercials.

I’ve listened to his voice on a couple of the James Patterson books and it’s pretty incredible. I’m super pumped he was selected to narrate Sold Out and Mexican Heat, and again more than honored that Audible saw fit to publish the Nick Woods series.

Nick Woods just went to a whole new level, and I’d tell him, but he’s off hunting bad guys and wouldn’t care anyway.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About meStan R. Mitchell writes some of the most action-packed, fast-moving gunfighter novels around. Tired of slow-paced, investigative novels that take 50 pages to excite you? Look no further! Stan is the best-selling author of 5 novels in 3 different time periods. He’s also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a former journalist who spent ten years in the newspaper business, learning how to hook the reader, cut out the filler, and just tell the story. In short, Stan is knowledgeable, he’s fast, and his books will blow you away. Don’t forget to subscribe for email alerts to keep up with his latest works.