Failure to Fire

Derek Almer is encouraged to start a small think tank by a friend in the CIA to research the threat of man portable, shoulder mounted surface to air missiles known by the acronym. MANPADS.



In England, Jaco’s friend Darren Smythe is now caption of Gladius, a frigate armed with twenty 12-pounders. When Dilletante fails to crush Scorpion, Smythe is given command of a small squadron. His sailing orders – sink or capture Scorpion.


Flight of the Pawnee

Al Qaeda sends its top bomb maker to the U.S. His mission – kill at least 10,000 Americans in one attack!


Raider of the Scottish Coast

The Continental Navy is born and its captains are ordered to disrupt British commerce. To do so, they have fight the best trained, equipped and experienced Navy in the world, the Royal Navy. 


The Simushir Island Incident

A missile fired by North Koreans from a Russian island by North Koreans who are protecting an illegal drug factory owned by a Hong Kong company shoots down an American spy plane. Josh Haman has to shut down the factory without starting World War III.


The Josh Haman Series

From the Vietnam War to the post-Cold War era, Josh Haman is tasked with difficult, if not impossible missions. Many of the enemies he encounters are known but often the more dangerous ones are within.

Marc Liebman - Author

Marc is an experienced pilot and writer whose career as a Naval Officer and Naval Aviator, business executive, consultant and entrepreneur helped him fulfill his dream of becoming a novelist. He has five books in print with more coming. In the novels, Marc created stories with rich, interesting characters and puts them the proper historical and operational context. His books are memorable, exciting and fun to read.


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Josh Haman Book Series

In the series, Josh flies combat search and rescue and special operations missions during the Vietnam War; hunts terrorist in Germany; rescues POWs left behind; chases a spy in the Pentagon; is sent to the Soviet Union as a independent set of eyes and ears; and struggles to keep WWIII from starting by shutting down a North Korean base on a Russian island.

Jaco Jacinto Age of Sail Series

This series follows the careers of two men, an American in the Continental Navy and an Englishmen in the Royal Navy. They start as mortal enemies but meet and become friends. Later in the war, they are mortal enemies and throughout their careers, their lives intertwine testing their friendship because sometimes they are looking at each other over a gun barrel.

Derek Almer Series

Derek Almer faces challenges common to second decade of the 21st Century. He hunts terrorists; puts drug dealers out of business; and holds corrupt officials in the U.S. government and industry accountable.

From the blog

Alexander Hamilton, Continental Army Officer

May 14, 2022

Captain Hamilton’s battery made the trek to the winter camp at Valley Forge and on the night of December 24th, it was ferried across the Delaware River. Hamilton positioned the battery so it could fire on the German soldiers as they tried to form in ranks. His guns rapid and accurate fire killed many German cannoneers and prevented them from firing on the attacking Continental Army soldiers.

H.M.S. America(s) as in Plural

May 8, 2022

Launched in 1777, the third H.M.S. America had 64 guns – twenty-six 24-pounders on her lower gun deck and 18 on its main deck. The ship participated in the Battle of the Chesapeake in September 1781 in which the Royal Navy’s defeat paved the way for Cornwallis’ defeat and ultimately independence.

America’s Birth Certificate

May 1, 2022

The Ringmann/Waldseemüller chart was made from 12 sections using wood cut blocks that have amazing detail. Only 1,000 charts were printed today, only one original copy survives housed in the U.S. Library of Congress.

Political Hot Buttons from the 1790s

April 24, 2022

When the United States of America was founded, there was no book or instruction manual on how to run a republic. Yes, most of our Founding Fathers schooling had included studying the Greeks and Romans. There was John Locke and 17th and 18th Century philosophers. Back then, our Founding Fathers couldn’t go to the local Barnes & Noble and browse the shelves for books on how to run a republic. Our Founding Fathers were, to use two overworked platitudes “breaking new ground” and “creating it on the fly.”