Why should I buy one of your books? This is the unstated question Marc is asked at book fairs, book stores, book signings and speaking events. What follows are eight reasons why you will enjoy reading the Josh Haman series.
One, the hero is a helicopter pilot (not a more glamorous fighter jock) who flies missions in the not well-known, nitty-gritty world of combat search and rescue and special operations. Many of the scenes were based on Marc’s career in the Navy as well as flying general aviation airplanes. Both Cherubs 2 and Big Mother 40 put you in the cockpit during these types of sorties. All the rest have several white knuckle flying scenes.
Two, the novels are operationally and historically accurate. In each book, historical events of the time drive the plot and affect what the characters do. For example, Inner Look takes place in the aftermath of the arrest of the traitors John Walker and Jerry Whitworth in 1986. No one really knows the damage these two men did to the United States and the Navy.
Three, in each story Josh Haman is teamed with a Navy SEAL by the name of Marty Cabot who plays major roles in Cherubs 2, Big Mother 40, Render Harmless, Inner Look and when it comes out, The Simushir Island Incident. No other series has this unique pairing.
Four, the events are told from both sides so you get an understanding of the motivations that drive the antagonists and protagonists. Cherubs 2 takes place amid anti-war demonstrations in the U.S., the service’s ongoing struggle to promote minorities to the officer ranks and Nixon’s historic trip to China.
Five, many of the characters are unconventional. For example, in Render Harmless, there is a German paratrooper from World War II who loses his moral compass along with a Luftwaffe ace who has not lost his puppy love for Adolph Hitler. In Forgotten, the wife of one of the POWs becomes a freelance assassin. And, in Moscow Airlift, a general in the KGB wants to help Josh Haman find the killers of his first wife and his in-laws.
Six, they’ve won awards. Two – Forgotten and Inner Look – were actually submitted and they both won prestigious national awards for excellence. Big Mother 40 was selected by the readers who buy books on Amazon as #48 of the top 100 war novels of all time.
Seven, all received rave reviews from magazine editors and four stars+ from readers.
Eight, one doesn’t have to read them in sequence or even all of them. They are written as discrete novels and there’s enough backstories in each one so that you will understand what has happened in prior novels.
When asked, which one should I start with, my answer is always the same. Pick one and dive in… You’ll enjoy the read.