Author: M.L. Buchman
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Five nations surround the Caspian Sea, five nations desperate for the vast resources there, and willing to go to war. It will take all of Claudia and Michael's ingenuity to avert disaster. As they discover how right they are for each other, it will take even more to breach the walls they've so carefully built around their hearts...
5 Things You May Not Know About Being Stationed In a War Zone by M.L. BuchmanThe challenge as a writer crafting books that take place in a war zone, like my latest romantic suspense novel BRING ON THE DUSK, is to take the realities of war and find a way to make them feel “realistic enough” to serve story without making them so realistic that it feels more like a documentary and less like a romance.
Here are five things I have learned about military life while researching my Nightstalkers series.
5. Military bases in “dry” countries, including Muslim countries like Iraq, are themselves “dry.” Don’t go looking for a beer when you’re off duty, you won’t find one.
4. In modern warfare there are a lot of forces at work that you will never see. For example: the Iraqi cell phone network barely existed before the Iraq War, so the U.S. installed one. One that also happened to feed directly into intelligence agency monitoring computers where they could do real-time intercept, location, and dispatch of attack forces.
3. Just because U.S. forces have “left a country” doesn’t mean we’ve actually left the country. Special Operations Forces often remain in an area as part of a withdrawal, with the country’s cooperation. Teams like Delta Force and the Night Stalkers can be found forward deployed as advisors, trainers, and even as action teams in countries that no longer publicly welcome a standard U.S. military presence.
2. You are under intense surveillance, typically 24 hours per day. In a war zone, the U.S. has the ability to deploy the “Unblinking Eye” (yes, kind of like Sauron’s in The Fellowship of the Ring). Drones and satellites create a high-resolution composite video of whole sections of a country. If a car bomb goes off, they can “rewind” the unblinking eye, trace the car backwards to where it was loaded, and send in an attack team to take out the origin of the problem, often within minutes of the bomb itself going off.
1. Most of being a soldier in a war zone is about waiting, not about fighting. Even in the worst zones, battles are far from continuous. And the waiting is hard. There is plenty of work to be done, enough to fill long, hard days: training, maintaining skills and equipment. But even while doing that, you are in a sense sitting there and wondering if the next bomb or bullet is about to find you.
M. L. Buchman has over 25 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year” and Booklist “Top 10 of the Year.” In addition to romance, he also writes contemporaries, thrillers, and fantasy and science fiction.
In among his career as a corporate project manager he has: rebuilt and single-handed a fifty-foot sailboat, both flown and jumped out of airplanes, designed and built two houses, and bicycled solo around the world.
He is now a full-time writer, living on the Oregon Coast with his beloved wife. He is constantly amazed at what you can do with a degree in Geophysics. You may keep up with his writing at www.mlbuchman.com.