Praise for the Real SEAL Stories--
“Mick Haven is the real deal. Like Phil Klay and Kevin Powers, he has both the real-world experience and the finely honed writing skills required to capture the boots-on-the-ground reality of men sent into harm’s way. ‘Operation Road Warrior’ crackles with power and authenticity. Don’t miss it.” -Tyler Dilts author of A Cold and Broken Hallelujah
“Mick Haven's ‘Operation Road Warrior’ is bang-bang, edge of your chair kind of prose. Saddle up. This is good stuff.” -Dan Fante, author of Point Doom and Chump Change
If you liked American Sniper then the short story Operation Bear Claw: A Real SEAL Story is for you.
SEALs are more like Vikings, pirates or bikers than Knights of the Round Table or Boy Scouts with guns.
But meet some for yourself in Operation Bear Claw which picks up where Operation Road Warrior left off.
“I don't know if I needed another mission, but I wanted one. And it was coming fast, a real choice one. When it was over, I'd wish it never happened, but I'd still want another,” Floyd says at the end of “Operation Road Warrior” while he’s riding the adrenaline high of his first successful combat mission in Afghanistan.
Operation Bear Claw is that mission, his second, the one he needed but wished never happened:
“The explosion pushed back the night with an incandescent white column that filled the world in front of me.
Like a piece of Plexiglas, clear but solid, the shock wave slapped against me, and I blacked out. I never even heard the blast.”
The Real SEAL Stories are not romanticized or anti-war, they're just war stories: stark and unrelenting.
Published by Hold Fast Press