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.

‘Afghan Storm’ makes must read list for 2015 at The REAL Book Spy

I was pumped to see “Afghan Storm” made the list of must-read books for 2015 at The REAL Book Spy! (Link here.)

It’s really stunning to see my name alongside a list that includes names such as Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, Nelson DeMille, Brad Meltzer, Daniel Silva, Brad Taylor, Ben Coes, and several other big-time names! (In fact, I am one of the few on the list who isn’t a New York Times Best-Selling author.)

Thanks, as always, for all of your all’s support. Especially the core group of you all who I jokingly refer to as Mitchell’s Militia. Your encouragement and help has been tremendous!

Hope everyone has a great Christmas! (And if you’re chasing your own dream, try to carve a couple minutes out during your time off in the coming days!)

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.

I don’t rate to be on this list

I was floored today when one of Audible’s staff alerted me that I had been “selected to be part of the Audible’s ‘Fall Books Preview’ — a promotion that highlights soon-to-be-released books our Editors are most excited for.”

Only twenty books were promoted with cover images, and that list of twenty included Stephen King, John Grisham, James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, and Michael Connelly. Oh, and Stan R. Mitchell.

Are you kidding me?! lol

Wow. Just wow.

Here are the images exactly as they’re highlighted. (I’m correctly placed on the last row!)

New Stand-Alone Books

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories (

UNABRIDGED) by Stephen King Narrated by To Be Announced Rogue Lawyer (

UNABRIDGED) by John Grisham Narrated by Mark Deakins

The Murder House (

UNABRIDGED) by James Patterson, David Ellis Narrated by Therese Plummer, Jay Snyder Pretty Girls (

UNABRIDGED) by Karin Slaughter Narrated by Kathleen Early

Here’s the link to the landing page, which looks even more impressive than what I’ve displayed above because the book covers are four wide instead of two. The Audible employee said the fall promo would be used on the Audible homepage, their targeted email list, facebook page, twitter, and other forms of outreach.

I’m still a little too stunned to say more, but I wanted to thank each and every one of my fans and friends who took a chance on me and have supported me with your reviews and word of mouth when my name most certainly wasn’t making lists such as this.

If I’m ever famous, I’m going to find a way to thank my early supporters who stood by my side when there was nothing to gain by doing so!

Oh, and while I’m at it, let me hit you with a few quick other updates.

First, Afghan Storm should be done in October. (For those that don’t know, this is the third book in the Nick Woods series.)

Second, I’m making pretty good progress on my second Little Man book, and have much of it outlined.

Third, I’ve started a new detective/police series that I think will blow you guys away. : )

I know I’m probably dreaming, but the members of Mitchell’s Militia who have been here from the beginning know that I’m crazy ambitious, and it’s my honest-to-goodness, crazy goal to have the second Little Man book and the new detective/police book done by the end of the year.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I write military action books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior USMC Sgt with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business — 9 of them with a newspaper that I started. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you.