Arklight’s Mission Director
Meet the Chief. What makes Arklight special, in the sense of it’s military affiliations, is that the unit is comprised of the best and the brightest minds tier 1 units have to offer. Former Navy SEALs, like Boomer, USMC MARSOC, Army Delta Force, and USAF Pararescue comprise the bulk of Arklight’s operators. The Chief represents the mission coordination and planning unit, travelling the globe in advance of the operational teams. This career enlisted man served on a DevGrp squadron (ST-6) for many years, but age catches up to even the very best. Arklight offered him an opportunity, and he took it.
The Chief enjoys cigars, smoking them, and smoking them often. He’s rarely too far away from a zesty Cuban rolled bit of deliciousness. Few men still know him as Boomer, but his history dates back to the SEAL Teams with Captain John Steadman and Chappy. That past relationship certainly helped in the creation of Arklight, and John depends heavily upon the Chiefs detail-oriented contingency planning. Of course, at 58 years of age, the Chief might be the most prepared of all the operators. He has an uncanny ability to understand objectives, even beyond the mission.
Read Arklight: Operation Nightfall and look for Arklight: Force Interdiction COMING SOON!
In Nightfall, you learn that the Nazi spy, Dr. Clarke, was in pursuit of The Storm on the Sea of Galilee. After a very tense moment in Morocco, he fails to complete his quest, and Ian learns of the Knights Templar conspiracy. A few references are made later in Nightfall about the existence of this priceless work of art. In Interdiction, you will find out what happened to the painting, and better yet, why it was stolen.
The infamous history of this Rembrandt is scattered at best. In 1990, it was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and has never been located. The FBI has been investigating the theft for 28 years, and has yet to solve the crime. Maybe Arklight will be able to track it down, #whodunnit!
Hello everyone! I wanted to announce that Arklight: Operation Nightfall goes into full worldwide release starting today! It spent 3 months with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, for a limited release, and over five hundred of copies were downloaded! The book has received excellent reviews thus far, and that was just the first draft edition. That release allowed me to iron out a few bumps in the road, in order to produce a truly professional body of work.
Prior to the worldwide launch, I was able to secure a wonderful new editor, Leah Vahjen. She took the already story edited version and helped turn it into something I am truly proud of. The story jumps from the pages and the characters got some great TLC to solidify their voice. Thank you Leah, for your council, ideas, and literary prowess!
Book 2, Arklight: Force Interdiction, is almost ready for editing. Hopefully it will be ready for release in March! Thank you for all the support!
ARKLIGHT: OPERATION NIGHTFALL started the journey!
Excerpt from Nightfall:
Chappy slowly peered around the corner to discover one of the terrorists standing outside the back door talking on the phone while the other was inside apparently asleep. The guard shack duo didn’t appear concerned about much.
Zip said, “This is not even close to a fair fight.”
“Since when do we make things fair, bro?” Chappy asked.
“I have sleeping beauty,” Zip whispered.
Chappy instinctively moved his sights on the guard talking on the phone. “When he hangs up, follow up on my lead shot.”
Arklight: Operation Nightfall finds the world’s most elite unit on the heels of terrorist Ibrahim Mohammad in Bizerte, Tunisia. A conventional mission to capture him turns into an epic adventure connected to the legends of the Knights Templar. A powerful force uses the team for their ultimate purpose exposing the true nature of their existence. A powerful foe is discovered through hidden weapons of Christ that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Start reading Nightfall today!
Two half-tracks opened fire on the machine gun nest and the Raiders covered down while rounds chewed up the sand around the pit. Rico loosed another 40mm round and struck one half-track with flames enveloping the interior. Few German troops remained, but it was four against many. Heavy fire erupted in the direction of Rico and Zip’s position. The Raiders were overwhelmed. Zip took aim on another soldier running toward one of the half-track’s guns and pulled the trigger. The German hit the ground stopping instantly in the sand. Rico reloaded the launcher and hit the other half-track. He watched a fireball erupt from the passenger compartment and debris scatter in the air.
The armored unit erupted in flames and smoldered with oily black smoke. The intensity of fire on their position continued to grow and punch through the bricks in the wall. Rico could see their cover was eroding and yelled, “We got to displace!”
Zip nodded under the withering enemy fire and moved to the stairway running downstairs. Rico turned to move and a round struck him in the lower right arm. Part of the shrapnel knocked the 40mm grenade launcher out of his hand denting the barrel. He winced as the shot impacted him, picked up the weapon, and continued moving down the stairs despite the pain.
The real battle begins:
BOOM – The shaped charge cut through the brick sending micro-pulverized particles exploding through the air. Most of the debris shattered into dust, but some pieces escaped destruction. A rectangular flash of light was the last thing Magnus saw before the blast fragments caused him to close his eyes.
He felt the familiar concussion of an explosive breach to his front. The force threw him backwards through the brick Murphy door collapsing him on his backside. Debris impacted him all over, but two places in particular burned with the sting of punctures. Magnus rounded his back flipping over to his hands and knees still facing the new threat. His formative British SAS training took hold despite the intense pain felt on his body and the deafening ring in his ears. The burning sensation on his face was quickly followed by a steady stream of blood.
The hope of an easy heist faded away as his mission now became infinity more difficult. Magnus struggled to reorient himself and focused through the distraction. His head throbbed from the concussion while the sting of injury pestered his senses. He instinctively reached for his twin pistols staggering upwards to his feet. The dust floated thick in the air and his confusion built into a dangerous rage.
Rico created another perfect doorway and Chappy stepped through the breach followed by Zip. The dust was hanging thick in the air while John moved his jaw about to ease the ringing between his ears. The over pressure was almost nonexistent and the team cleared inside. John entered the breach point walking behind Wisp on the right side. On the wall to the right was the painting, still perfectly intact.
John gazed upon the artwork for an instant before hearing shots ring out from the next room straight ahead. He swiveled his head to react, seeing Chappy disappear into the dust cloud. “I’m hit!”
- In Force Interdiction, the team will come face-to-face with a savage and determined enemy. Stay tuned for more as book two gets closer to completion.
It’s heating up in Nashville…
Zip scaled a large tree not far from the bank of the Cumberland River. Once on his perch, he assembled the Desert Tactical Hardened Armor Interdiction (HAI) .375 Cheytac sniper rifle. An advanced bull-pup design, the HAI served as a purpose built platform capable of 1500 yard accuracy through the integrated suppressed heavy-barrel. The night-vision with thermal coalesced optics proved capable in Bizerte, and tonight the team needed them once again. The assembly took Zip only a minute, as he quickly powered up the scope adjusting his dope for the heavy short range subsonic round. The Navajo warrior and former Marine Recon sniper quietly radioed, “Steady, I can see the longboat – 200 yards ahead… I see seven, no… nine men.”
I’m in the final rewrite before beta release and things are starting to get interesting.