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REVIEW: DANGER CLOSE by Marliss Melton

Danger Close by Marliss Melton




Genre: Military Thriller/Suspense


Source: Received for an honest from the author.


  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (July 31, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English



Book Description(Courtesy of Amazon)


July 31, 2014
Navy SEAL Sam Sasseville resents being called upon to repeatedly rescue Madison Scott—an oil tycoon’s daughter—from trouble of her own making. Just weeks after extracting her from drug-riddled Mexico, Maddy disappears into the terrorist-threatened region of El Chaco, Paraguay.

Dedicated to protecting the world’s last agricultural frontier from her family-owned oil wells, Maddy knows her long-dead activist mother would approve of her work, even if that blasted Navy SEAL doesn’t.

But between the terrorists trying to nab her and the shadowy assassin intent on snuffing out her life, Maddy and Sam discover a common goal—keeping her alive—while Sam faces a difficult choice: love Maddy just the way she is, or walk away with just his pride for company.

Danger Close
Hard Landing

The Protector
The Guardian
The Enforcer

Bestselling Author Marliss Melton uses her Spec Ops and Intelligence communities to pen realistic and heartfelt stories featuring America’s elite warriors. The daughter of a U.S. foreign officer, Melton grew up in various overseas countries, and now resides in Williamsburg, Virginia with her husband and family.

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DANGER CLOSE by Marliss Melton is another exciting Military Thriller/Suspense. #1 in “THE ECHO PLATOON” SERIES set in Mexico and El Chaco, Paraguay. However, there is a prelude/Novella to this series, “Look Again”. I would suggest reading for your pleasure as well. But it is not a necessity to enjoy and devow  “DANGER CLOSE”, which I must say I did. Couldn’t put it down, once I started reading!

Meet, Navy SEAL Sam Sassevile and tycoon daughter, Madison Scott. Sam is constantly rescuing Maddy from her follies. So when she disappears, he is off once again to save her, if he can. But what he finds is so much more than even he bargained for in this rescue.

Fast paced, heart-pounding tale of suspense, intrigue, danger, pride, terrorists, passion, romance and love. What more could you ask for in a riveting story? The sparks flies off the pages, as well as the danger. Ms. Melton knows how to write an awesome Suspense Thriller, using her Military expertise, her knowledge of what readers enjoy, and her awesome storytelling skills. I have not read a book yet, she has written that I was disappointed in reading. The characters are engaging, passionate, and compelling. The storyline is intriguing and suspenseful with twists and turns along the way. And the sensuality is an absolutely wicked. Has just the right mixture of romance, danger, sensuality, and suspense to keep the reader involved and turning pages. An absolute delight to read! A keeper as well as a job well done! I look forward to the next thrill-seeking suspense in this series. Bring it on, please, hurry, if you please!! Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Hot

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More




REVIEW: LOOK AGAIN by Marliss Melton

Prequel to the Echo Platoon Series by Marliss Melton





Genre: Romantic Suspense(Military)

Series: Echo Platoon #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.


  • Series: Echo Platoon
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: James-York Press; 1 edition (June 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938732154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938732157


(From Amazon)

Tyler Rexall never considered being anything besides a Navy SEAL. But a mission-gone-wrong has ended his career in the Teams, leaving Tyler handicapped, his self-identity obliterated. Returning to his hometown of Louisa, Virginia, Tyler wallows in despair. He has no idea that the young woman showing up on his doorstep with a dog holds his future in the palms of her hands. Katie Crowley’s lifelong crush on the formidable “T-Rex” hasn’t waned one iota in the last decade. Seeing him beaten down and handicapped arouses her determination to help him, even as she’s being terrorized by a desperate man who is getting bolder by the day. Can Katie convince a proud man like Tyler to accept that a service dog can change his life? Unfortunately, she may not get the chance or the time to heal him as her heart demands, not when her stalker returns for a final encounter.

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LOOK AGAIN by Marliss Melton is an exciting Romantic Suspense.

#1 in Echo Platoon series! A quick novella. Navy Seal and his canine what a story and what a beginning to a new series. This is sure to be an amazing and exciting new series, from author Marliss Melton. Ms. Melton has combined her knowledge of NAVY S.E.A.L.s, Military service canines with romance and suspense. A very satisfying, awesome read from the first page to the last! I look forward to the next installment in this what is sure to be exciting new series. The characters are engaging, and enduring. The storyline is well written with an intriguing and satisfying end. Well done!

Rating: 4.5
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



When I Grow Up I Want To the U.S. Navy! | www.WhenIGrowUpBooks.comWHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE…IN THE U.S. NAVY! :NOAH TOURS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER!


Genre: Children’s/Educational/Careers/Military

Series: When I Grow Up I Want to be… series #

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Series: When I Grow Up I Want To Be…
  • Paperback: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Wigu Publishing; First Edition edition (April 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939973023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939973023

ISBN Paperback: 978-1-939973-02-3

Library of Congress Control Number: 2014901052



Noah is excited for the chance to tour a real aircraft carrier with his Grandpa Ed, a proud Navy veteran. He is not excited that his little sister, Marina, is tagging along. Still, Noah tries to be patient. Readers chuckle and follow along as the siblings learn that each deck, each crewmember, and each piece of equipment adds another chapter to the history of the U.S. Navy and its mission to protect our country. Noah and Marina’s curiosity helps introduce readers to the complex and exciting work of an aircraft carrier and how each crewmember plays a vital role in its functioning.

“A thoroughly enjoyable, readable adventure aboard a Navy flattop for any boy or girl. A fitting tribute to the U.S. Navy and to the men and women dedicated to serving our country.” – Captain A. Stewart (USN Pacific Fleet, Ret.)


When I Grow Up I Want To the U.S. Navy! |Wigu Publishing

About the Author

Wigu Publishing is a collaboration among talented and creative individuals working together to publish informative and fun books for our children. Our titles serve to introduce children to the people in their communities who serve others through their vocations. Wigu’s books are unique in that they help our children to visualize the abundant opportunities that exist for them to be successful and to make a difference. Our goal is to inspire the great leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.

Wigu’s newly released children’s book series, When I Grow Up I Want To Be…, features vocations many children dream about – a firefighter, a teacher, a soldier, a doctor – all combining engaging elements of storytelling with real world facts and information. Both educational and fun, the fully illustrated book series takes its readers on a journey of discovery, exploring how one finds their career, learns the necessary skills, and how they excel and grow within their chosen field.
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WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE…IN THE U.S. NAVY!: NOAH TOURS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER! by Wigi Publishing is an interesting children’s book/educational/career/military. #4 in the “When I Grow Up I Want To Be…”, these are stand alone titles.

I absolutely love this series! It is very educational, informative, and lots of fun, with wonderful illustrations. A learning experience for not only children but for adults as well. In This one, we learn exciting details about an aircraft carrier and each crew member’s vital role.

I would highly recommend this title, to not only young readers, but to educators, school libraries, parents, teachers, and grand-parents. Anyone who enjoys learning more about the U.S. Military is sure to love this title. I look forward to the next installment. Coming soon from Wigu Publishing. An educational  and fun read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW: RAPTOR 6 by Ronie Kendig….HDX giveaway

Raptor 6



Twitter: @roniekendig

Genre:Christian Military Suspense

Series: The Quiet Professionals #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley

  • Series: The Quiet Professionals (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616260408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616260408


*Amazon*Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military s secure computers and networks isn t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart a move that might come at the highest cost.



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RAPTOR 6 Ronie Kendig



RAPTOR 6 by Ronie Kendig is an exciting, heart pumping Inspirational Military Suspense. #1 in “The Quiet Professionals” and what a beginning! WOW!!

Fast paced, filled with action, romance, faith, secrets,hackers, a disappearance, danger, suspense, a bit of romance and lots of high-octane military-stye action.

Meet, Zahrah Zarrick, a missionary teacher in Mazar-e Sharif,she teaches Afghan children and Captain Dean Waters(Raptor 6), ex-military Special Forces team.

Engaging characters, high-octane action, and a plot to die for, literary with a sweet romance on the side. Just one reminds me of the “Nightshare” series, which I loved, by the way.

Ms. Kendig, will grab you on the first page and not let you go, even on the very last page. She has done the Military proud with her true to life stories, and the way she honors their heroism, and their fight for freedom. I can’t wait for the next installment. You know by the ending, this is NOT the ending, just, the beginning! A must read Military Suspense! Well done, indeed! Received for an honest review.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More




Genre: Suspenseful military/Political thriller

Source: Received for an honest review from the publicist.

Pinnacle, an imprint of Kensington

Publication: March, 2014/Fiction/mass market original

$9.99 ($10.99 CAN); 528 pages

ISBN: 978-0-7860-3421-5

ISBN-10: 0786034211

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In the pitch-black cargo hole of the Pakistani airline freighter crossing the Atlantic, a wooden crate filled with levers for a weaving machine also had another object buried inside. If it makes it to its delivery point, an American city would become uninhabitable for a century. In this chilling thriller, Retribution is more than the story of a deep-cover mission to stop a terrorist with a core stolen from an Islamabad nuclear weapon. Here, the operative does much more to flush out the target than a hunt and chase. He becomes a carrier of a highly contagious strain of a deadly disease. In this oh so authentic story, author Andy Harp draws upon his experiences as a Marine who has served across the globe to create a uniquely real novel filled with breakneck thrills and plot twists. With action that flies from New York to London, from Peshawar deep into the mountains of the Hindu Kush, and from Islamabad to Chicago, Retribution weaves political conspiracy and a perilous, intelligence operation, hi-tech military technology and deadly current events, all with the crucible of a determined Jason Bourne like character in conflict with just as determined a killer, into a classic “mission” thriller that delivers the kind of nail-biting suspense, realism and a kicker surprise at the end that is in the style of Ludlum, and the best of Thor and Flynn. The story is engrossing, the hero is remarkable, and the personal cost he pays for both his survival and success changes the man.

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RETRIBUTION by Anderson Harp is an action- thrilled Suspenseful military/Political thriller. Oh my what a thriller!

“A shattering debut thriller in which an unstoppable force of destruction is about to strike at the heart of America”.

This is just the beginning of this fast paced, action packed, scary thriller! Mr. Harp has written an impressive story of intrigue and disaster of catastrophic proportions. What if???

Filled with suspense, intrigue, military expertise, terrorists, and  shocking relevance to the dangers in today’s world. 538 pages packed full of truth, justice or injustice, suspense, and terror.

If you enjoy Tom Clancy, than RETRIBUTION is just up your alley. A very complex, but compelling story with lots of twists and turns. If you are a true thriller/mystery/ military lover than do not hesitate to pick up RETRIBUTION. Move over Tom Clancy here comes Anderson Harp! I can’t wait to see what Mr. Harp will have in store for his readers next. Way to go!

Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or author.


HEAT RATING: HOT due to violence

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


Stories in Uniform: A look at the Heroics, Laughs, and Sacrifices of Our SoldiersSTORIES IN UNIFORM: A LOOK AT THE HEROICS,SACRIFICES,AND TRIUMPHS OF OUR SOLDIERS


Genre: Non-fiction/History/Military/United States

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (May 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621450635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621450634

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Stories in Uniform is a chronological retrospective of the best military pieces Reader’s Digest has run; pieces that will make you weep, make your heart sing, inspire you, enrage you, and make you laugh. Beginning in World War I and continuing though to the war in Iraq, readers will follow soldiers into the trenches, peer in on emergency surgery taking place in the depths of the ocean, watch heroes carry the bodies of fallen brethren, trail Eisenhower for the three days leading up to  D-Day, and be inspired as men and women rise above and beyond normal human limits to preserve our rights and save  their friends.
Stories include:
• A moving memorial to D-Day
• A tribute to one of the first African-Americans to serve as a Naval Officer
• A pilot rescued after his F-16 is shot down
• A soldier returns to the front after losing his foot in action
• An American soldier who takes a big risk to save a dying Afghan girl
This book gives a complete perspective on the hell that is war, the love that grows from camaraderie, the pride from accomplishing the impossible, the humor that springs from the military bureaucracy, and more.


STORIES IN UNIFORM: A LOOK AT THE HEROICS, SACRIFICES,AND TRIUMPHS OF OUR SOLDIERS created by Reader’s Digest Association is an intriguing History/Military/United States/Non-Fiction. A collection of stories of bravery,courage,sacrifice,heroes,and the Military of the United States.  It is filled with emotion and strength of our Soldiers. A must read! If you only read one non-fiction book this year, it should be this title,especially, if you enjoy reading the history of the military,its heroes,its legacy and the courage of the American people. Be warned you will need tissues. Moving stories of the military.This book is about someone’s loved one,written by someone’s loved ones and read by someone’s loved one.  Loved it!A must have in your library and a great gift! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS by Mike Ritland witht Gary Brozek,read by Jeff Gurner…

Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL CaninesTRIDENT K9 WARRIORS




Genre: History/Military/Pet & Animal care/Afghan War

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427233527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427233523

Book Description(Amazon)

Release date: April 16, 2013

As a Navy SEAL during a combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he’d found his true calling. Ritland started his own company training and supplying dogs for the SEAL teams, U.S. Government, and Department of Defense. He knew that fewer than 1 percent of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units, and began searching the globe for animals who fit this specific profile. These specialized canines had to pass rigorous selection tests before their serious training could begin.

The results were a revelation: highly trained working dogs capable of handling both detection and apprehension work in the most extreme environments and the tensest of battlefield conditions. Though fiercely aggressive and athletic, these dogs develop a close bond with the handlers they work side by side with and the other team members. Truly integrating themselves into their units, these K9 warriors are much like their human counterparts—unwavering in their devotion to duty, strong enough and tough enough to take it to the enemy through pain, injury, or fear.

For the first time ever, Trident K9 Warriors gives readers an inside look at these elite canines—who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake saving countless lives, asking for little in the way of reward. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and most highly skilled working animals on the planet.

–This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS written by Mike Ritland with Gary Brozek. Read by Jeff Gurner is an interesting history/Military/Pets & Animal care/Afghan War. “My tale from the training ground to the battlefield with elite Navy Seal Canines”. What an interesting and informative story of K9’s and the man they work with in the Military field. These Military canines are highly intelligent,very motivated,brave, risk takers,smart, and very powerful. A wonderful history on Military working canines and the Navy Seals. “Trident K9 Warriors” is very educational,informative,and great to listen to. Animals lovers,Military Enthusiast,and every day heroes will enjoy this audio. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

*Be warned does have profanity throughout*


HEAT RATING:Mild: Due to profanity.

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

LAST MAN STANDING by Cindy Gerard…review…



Publisher:Pocket Star (January 31, 2012)


ISBN-13: 978-1451606829

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: January 31, 2012
A deadly mission.
A thirst for revenge.
One headstrong alpha hero and one daring woman will settle the score.
Special operative Joe Green has gone vigilante. His mission: avenge his Black Ops, Inc., brother’s death during a bloody ambush years ago in Sierra Leone. He refuses to drag the BOI team or his lover, Stephanie Tompkins, into the hunt for the man responsible, so when he finds himself beaten, starving, and alone after being falsely imprisoned for the murder of a Freetown priest, he knows he’s as good as dead. Joe meant to protect Stephanie when he walked out on their relationship, but he can’t stop her now from executing his escape. Breaking him out of prison is the easy part. After Joe’s explosive theory pans out and his cunning enemy emerges as the front runner for a high-level presidential appointment, he and Stephanie must race to derail the traitor’s conspiracy if they are to save their loved ones, the nation, and each other.
LAST MAN STANDING by Cindy Gerard is an exciting romantic suspense set in present day Freetown,Sierra Leone,West Africa and Washington,D.C. This is book 7 in the Black Ops,Inc,but can be read as a stand alone. See, SHOW NO MERCY – Book 1 Black Ops Inc.,TAKE NO PRISONERS – Book 2 Black Ops Inc.,WHISPER NO LIES – Book 3 Black Ops Inc.,FEEL THE HEAT – Book 4 Black Ops Inc.,RISK NO SECRETS – Book 5 Black Ops Inc.,WITH NO REMORSE. What a series with a team of hunky Black Ops guys and their feisty ladies.
“Last Man Standing” is the the story of Joe Green,a Special CIA operative on a mission to find the traitor who had his brother team member ambushed and killed. And avenge his Black Ops,Inc. brother’s deaths. And Stephanie Tompkins, a Cryptrolist in NSA’s Signals intelligence Division,Joe’s lover for two years, and her brother(Bryan) was killed fifteen years prior during the deadly ambush. Joe doesn’t want his fellow BOI team dragged into his mission or the love of his life,Stephanie so he walks away from them all for his final mission. When he goes to West Africa,he is captured,half starved,and tortured for the information he knows,who the traitor is and he intends to bring them down. That is if he lives long enough. Enter, Stephanie, who is determined to save Joe and take him home. Together, Joe, Stephanie, a few orphans escape Joe’s tormentor. ” Last Man Standing” is a fast paced, action filled, heart thumping story of love,sensual tension,passion,revenge,a traitor,life as a Black Ops operative,suspense,romance, miltary life,death,betrayal,and conspiracy. The hero will learn that his heroine is not as meek as he thought,but a tough lady on a mission of her own,to save the love of her life. A must read for anyone who enjoys Military type stories,romance,suspense,adventure,and fast paced from beginning to the last page. Ms. Gerard has written a wonderful story of love,sacrifice and justice.Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Pocket Star Books, a division of Simon & Schuster,Inc. and My Book Addiction an More/My Book Addiction Reviews.

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