Today, I’m spotlighting a Military Suspense/Thriller series co-authored by two former Navy SEALs, Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin. I haven’t had the chance to read the series, but it’s now on my reading list. In fact, all four of their books listed below look like excellent reads.
About the Series
A group of outcasts who take on those who threaten U.S. security but without the support of the government. (from Goodreads)
Genres: Military Suspense, Thriller
SEAL Team Six Outcasts ( #1)
Published May 29, 2012
Publisher: Gallery Books/ 352 pgs
They are the Outcasts. Because people don’t want to know what they do.
Alex Brandenburg: SEAL Chief Petty Officer and Outcasts Team Leader. Disobeyed direct orders by refusing to let a deadly terrorist live to kill another day. Francisco “Pancho” Rodriguez and John Landry: SEAL Petty Officers First Class. Took the pursuit of justice into their own hands with explosive results. Catherine “Cat” Fares. Navy Petty Officer. Holds an unbeatable record for pissing off the top brass with her strongly stated opinions on the combat readiness of women.
The team’s mission: Take out the seven terror merchants vying to take Bin Laden’s place. The team’s status: Expendable.
When America’s controversial Phoenix Program was buried during the Vietnam War, a new program rose from its ashes. A top-secret Special Operations unit, with a core mission to combat terror wherever they find it, Bitter Ash grew ever more necessary in a new world of Islamic fanaticism. Now, Bitter Ash is forming a special team, a SEAL Team Six with a difference. It is Tier One, on par with SEAL Team Six and Delta, but it will report directly to Bitter Ash, and its fight will take place under the cover of dark.
With Bin Laden dead, the petty leaders within al Qaeda struggle to assume his role at the top. The president of the United States doesn’t want any of them left to dominate . . . and that means he has only one choice. But doing what’s needed without political repercussions will take a small team flying under the radar. A team capable of finessing the U.N.’s distinctions on national sovereignty and acts of war. A team like the Outcasts.
With no official support from their government and no one to rely on but themselves, the Outcasts must track down each target. Hot on the tail of the third, Brandenburg and the team start to realize that they are closing in on a larger plot, one that puts the security of the United States in dangerous jeopardy. The terrorists are threatening American territory once again, and the Outcasts will have to do what SEALs do best. Whatever it takes to keep their country safe.
Buy from Amazon: Outcasts: A SEAL Team Six Novel
Easy Day for the Dead (#2)
Published: December 2013
Gallery Books/ 320 pgs.
They started as soldiers. They became elite warriors. Now they are The Outcasts: The heroes the world will never know. . . .
Alex Brandenburg: Smart, steady, and facing a crossroads in his life and career. The SEAL Chief Petty Officer is the Team Leader—leading his team into a living hell. . . .
John Landry: The quiet Cajun believes in God and fights like the devil. He’s making a high-altitude jump with a nuke strapped on his back.
Catherine “Cat” Fares: Fluent in Arabic. Fluent in feminism. Fluent in warfare . . . and stuck working with a bunch of savages. . . .
Francisco “Pancho” Rodriguez: Even if the world catches on fire, he figures it will just have to wait . . . until this laughing Mexican-American shows up to save the day.
Their Mission: Blow up a secret Iranian biological warfare site with a suitcase-sized nuke. The Catch: Getting out alive . . . then going back for more. . . .
Drawn from the elite SEAL Team Six, these men and women are working deep in a program called Bitter Ash: taking on the kind of missions that, if they were exposed, will always be denied. For these warriors, every op is the highest possible risk and any moment could be the last. So they deal with it. And then wait for the next call.
Now the call has them parachuting into a harsh desert on the border with Afghanistan, meeting a beautiful agent who will lead them to a top-secret Iranian site that must be totally destroyed. For Alex Brandenberg and his fellow SEALs, this mission is like most others: Nothing goes according to plan. And when they’re done, they’ve only just begun.
Going back into Iran for a second time brings Brandenberg and his team face-to-face with a maniacal Revolutionary Guard officer who knows Alex’s identity and is hot on his trail. The SEALs must free a hostage in Lebanon. Then the fight takes them halfway around the world—in a frantic battle of courage and fighting skill that America cannot afford to lose. . . .
Buy from Amazon: Easy Day for the Dead: A SEAL Team Six Outcasts Novel
About the Authors
Howard E. Wasdin
Dr. Howard E. Wasdin graduated with Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) Class 143. He was a member of SEAL Team Six and one of the best snipers on the planet. After the Battle of Mogadishu, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Wasdin medically retired from the Navy in November 1995, after 12 years of service. He lives in Georgia. He is the co-author of Seal Team Six, with Stephen Templin.
Steve completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, and blew up things during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. After the Navy, he became a missionary then tenured professor at Meio University in Japan for 14 years, where he practiced the martial art aikido.Steve won the silver screenwriter’s award at the Houston International Film Festival, has appeared on many bestseller lists, and has been translated into thirteen languages.
His PhD is in education, and he teaches university courses on English, education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), applied linguistics, and intercultural communication. Steve lives in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Watch the Book Trailer
I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier