Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Guest Author Tonya Burrows

Five Things A SEAL Never Leaves Home Without

As with professionals in any other field, a Navy SEAL like Gabe Bristow, the hero of my debut novel, can only be successful if he has the right tools. So let’s take a sneaky peek in his pack and see what he never leaves home without.

A camera. Durable and able to fit in a shoulder pocket, a simple point and shoot from Best Buy can capture hundreds of high res shots of enemies, helping with documentation and reconnaissance during a mission.

Tourniquets. These are cheap and able to attach right to body armor. Since everyone has two femoral arteries, Gabe always has a couple tourniquets on hand. In fact, SEALs are so well trained in the use of tourniquets that they often apply their own before a medic can do it for them. 

A multi-purpose tool. These things come in handy, used for everything from stripping wires, to pulling shrapnel out of flesh, to opening MREs out in the field.

A fixed-blade knife. SEALs work in silence. In some cases, even a firearm suppressor isn’t quiet enough to dispose of an enemy.  

And, finally, a SEAL never leaves home without his team. These men are trained to function as a unit, to trust the man standing next to him unconditionally. They form a tight brotherhood, which is part of the reason they’ve always interested me as a writer. That kind of forged-in-blood-and-sweat brotherhood isn’t found in any other profession on Earth.
But what happens when a SEAL no longer has his team? What happens when he’s forced into a new group of men that he has to trust as implicitly as his old team? Those are the ideas I wanted to explore when I wrote my recent release, SEAL OF HONOR. Can Gabe find that same bond with his new team of ragtag mercenaries?

 It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.

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  1. Love his 'tools'! Can't wait to read Seal of Honor.

    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Karen!