Want to win a free, signed copy of Hill 406?

I’ve got a little bit of news I wanted to share.

I know that not everyone is on Goodreads, but for those who are, there’s a free giveaway I’m taking part in.

If you live in the U.S., you can enter to win a chance at one of ten free copies of Hill 406. (Book link below to the Amazon edition so you can read about the title if you’re unfamiliar with it.)

If you are a resident of the United States, and you’re on Goodreads, you can enter the giveaway at the link below:

And even if you’re not a Goodreads user, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d share this news to your facebook page or other social media outlets. Heck, you can even email an old friend about it.

I’m trying my best to get the word out about this book, which I think is really good. I also think the story that describes the conditions there helps honor and educate Americans about the sacrifice of so many who have served in that country. (More than 800,000 have served there; many for more than one tour. And I did loads of research for the book, including talking to Marines who served there.)

Best of all, by sharing this link, you’re helping out a vet, who’s a really cool dude. You can quote me on that.

Thanks in advance, and good luck to those who enter!

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

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About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I write fast-paced novels. No, I mean blistering fast. With great suspense & twists. To date, I’ve written ten books. You can find them here: amazon.com.  #USMC #SemperFidelis

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

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.

Honoring two veterans on Memorial Day; add your special name, too.

Hey guys,

Since it’s Memorial Day, I wanted to honor two special people who gave their lives in service of our country.

The first one was a big reason I ended up joining the Marine Corps.

Bobby Fisher, who retired as a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps, was a man I looked up to as a young boy. He was probably the only Marine I really knew before joining, and I recognized and respected how different he was. He was a quiet man, who always stood tall and pulled his share of the load, while never boasting or talking big.

Gunnery Sergeant Fisher served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm and while he survived the combat, he’d struggle with and eventually succumb to a blood disease related to Gulf War Syndrome. (Some may quibble and say he didn’t die in service or combat, but this man left Grainger County a strong man and upon his return, soon found himself struggling with an undiagnosed disease, losing weight and strength and unable to work or do anything physical. He’d die at the young age of 47, and believe me when I say his last years were miserable. I don’t care what anyone says, this man was killed by the war no differently than someone who took a bullet over there.)

The second man I’d like to honor is Lance Corporal Andre Foster, who I served with in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. Lance Corporal Foster died in a dangerous stream crossing we were doing as part of our training at the Jungle Warfare Training Center in Okinawa.

Lance Corporal Foster died on April 10, 1999, while Alpha Co., 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment conducted highly dangerous jungle training in Okinawa. Foster drowned while crossing a roaring stream in full combat gear.
Lance Corporal Foster died on April 10, 1999, while Alpha Co., 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment conducted highly dangerous jungle training in Okinawa. Foster drowned while crossing a roaring stream in full combat gear.

I’ll post a tribute one of his close friends wrote about him below. But just like with Gunnery Sergeant Fisher, I can say I knew Lance Corporal Foster and he was a great man.

Finally, I wanted to end by saying that one of the reasons I felt compelled to write this post is that a quick Google search barely turned up anything online for either of them. (In fact, I happened to search them both after thinking of them on this special day, which is what led to this last-minute, Memorial Day blogpost.) As such, I wanted to write this small tribute to them so that anyone who searches their name in the future will easily find information about their service and sacrifices.

Furthermore, it’s worth noting that though there’s not much written about either of them, both died within the past couple of decades, when the internet was fully alive and should have captured more. But there are thousands and thousands who died in previous wars, whose names probably aren’t recognized or easy to find online.

Therefore, I wanted to offer everyone the opportunity to honor peopleLCPL Foster they knew who died in service to our country. Thanks to the support of so many, this site is ranked well with Google and all the other search engines. Thus, if you know someone who’s sacrifice may have been forgotten, or perhaps their information is online but difficult to find, you can post a comment with their name and branch, as well as rank if you know it. Also, feel free to talk about them some.

It’s not much, but this will help preserve their great sacrifices online, in a way that will benefit future relatives and friends.

I know that Gunnery Sergeant Fisher and Lance Corporal Foster are without question no different than the other nearly two million who have died defending our country, all of whom deserve our gratitude and respect. (Note: Please be respectful in the comments. Any inappropriate comments or political statements will be deleted, and you can be rest assured that I will continue to monitor this page for years to come as a small way of keeping a living memorial up for my two great friends, as well as any others honored in the comments below.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell