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Five Stars for PROMIS: Vietnam

I found this really nice review of PROMIS: Vietnam today on Amazon, thanks Thomas!

The PROMIS series is an on-going issuance of short stories written by Jack Murphy, a United States Army Ranger and Special Forces veteran. It is the background of the author that gives the books their authenticity and feeling of immediacy and intensity.

Sean Deckard is a Studies and Observation Group (SOG) Team Leader, the one-zero of Reconnaissance Team Key West. The book starts (as do most Murphy books) right in the thick of things with a hot extraction of a downed pilot. The mission is going from bad to worse, and several casualties are suffered before success is achieved. This is a hallmark of the PROMIS series, quick hits of action that flow from one to another to build the story. Murphy has a way with violence that reaches closer and closer to Stephen Pressfield and similar masters of the genre.

This is not like Reflexive Fire, which spends pages developing background characters, describing things in detail, outlining the deep plans of other actors. The book focuses entirely on Deckard, and you can feel him running ragged around the edges as he hops from mission to mission, doing his best to win the war single handedly. When he eventually participates in striking a decisive blow, he is sorely disappointed by the reaction, and things close with a bang.

The book is best described as “special operations without cool toys,” in that the soldiers are all superb warriors, but do not yet have access to the technology that we so associate with top tier SOF units. It is a quick read, and well worth it. I own a Kindle and could have loaned it out for free, but the product that Jack Murphy produces is well worth paying for.

.99 cents on Amazon!

Sergeant Sean Deckard has been running recon with America’s ultra secret Studies and Observations Group for over a year, taking part in cross border operations into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam. Coming off a mission that nearly decimates his entire team, Sean is given yet another suicidal task. It is a mission that could end the Vietnam War, a mission that powerful forces will do anything to prevent from happening.

Issue One in an exciting new military fiction series.

Short Story / Approx. 45 pages.

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Poll Question about the PROMIS series:

Issue Two is running a little long so I’m wondering if people would rather see a the novella length issue split in two.  On one hand you get the material faster, and the second issue a month or so later, on the other you pay twice to get all the content when the novella is split up like that.  What do you think?

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On PROMIS and other subjects, my first interview.

Click on the cover to buy at Amazon.com

I’ve been doing a few interviews for other writer’s blogs, hopefully this will help draw some interest to the PROMIS series.  I’m not trying to get rich off a 99 cent e-book, I’d give the thing away if Amazon would let me.  However, I do need to draw some attention to the series so that action-adventure fans know that it is out there to begin with.

Today, you can read an interview I did for David Burton’s blog, Random Musings.  My interview can be found on the front page or by clicking right here.  David had some interesting questions and it was great of him to give me this opportunity.  Here is a taste:

What do you think is the general perception of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Most Americans try very hard to ignore that we are even fighting a war, or if they do, have no idea how it impacts them. I can understand the second point because I’m not sure that it does. Sadly, I have to say that the US military has put career advancement ahead of victory in Afghanistan and Iraq. The bureaucracy and risk adverse attitude of commanders, even in Special Forces units, is completely unreal. That’s a message you won’t be hearing from the mass media anytime soon.

Check out the rest at davidhburton.com

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PROMIS Issue 1: Vietnam

As you can see the main page here at Reflexive Fire has been hit with a shotgun blast from my new short entitled PROMIS.  It is the first in a series that will follow Sean Deckard, the father of the protagonist in my novel, Reflexive Fire.  The first issue revolves around Sean’s time running recon with Studies and Observations Group (SOG) and taking part in cross border operations during the Vietnam War.  You will also be introduced to Leon Petraska, a CIA funded scientist with some big ideas that the brass isn’t quite ready for.  Remember, you can sample the first five pages right here on the website before buying PROMIS for 99 cents at Amazon.

Click the picture for the Amazon link.

Sergeant Sean Deckard has been running recon with America’s ultra secret Studies and Observations Group for over a year, taking part in cross border operations into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam. Coming off a mission that nearly decimates his entire team, Sean is given yet another suicidal task. It is a mission that could end the Vietnam War, a mission that powerful forces will do anything to prevent from happening.

Issue One in an exciting new military fiction series.

Short Story / Approx. 45 pages.

Also, don’t forget to check out the preview of Issue 2!

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