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Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders: A Military Thriller Kindle Edition

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Length: 196 pages Age Level: 12 - 18 Grade Level: 6 - 12

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5 star review by Brad Nelson -- "real page turner": While the story line ... stretches reality, it's fun reading. One of my favorite authors, James Patterson, stretches reality as well. This is fiction, with a lot of real intelligence experience mixed in. As an X-Air Craft Carrier based veteran, I found the story fast moving and entertaining.

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Women in the Military (Including Serving on Subs):

The novel LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS that I wrote with my husband features the first woman serving on a sub.

When Mitch and I originally wrote the story, women were not yet serving on subs in the U.S. Navy. So we came up with a story reason for LCDR Mollie Sanders to be the first woman. (Note that a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy is the same as a major in the U.S. Army.)

On May 29, 2012, the White House's Council on Women and Girls posted Brad Cooper's article "Women Chart a New Course Onboard U.S. Navy Submarines":
In 2009, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that for the first time in Navy history, women would be assigned to serve aboard Navy submarines.

Yesterday, the first contingent of 24 women who completed the Navy's nuclear submarine program met with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. They were joined by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mark Ferguson.

Now I understand that not everyone knows that women are now serving on U.S. subs. So when LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS was free for one day on Amazon thanks to the KDP Select program, I did not get overly upset when I got this message on Facebook from a man about the novel:
This really stretches reality. Women have made great advances in the military, but submarine duty isn't among them.

I sent back this Facebook message:
When Mitch and I wrote the story women weren't yet on U.S. subs and that is part of the point of the novel. BUT ... women are now on U.S. subs.

And the man actually thanked me for "correcting" him.

He did go on to wonder how billeting would be arranged on the sub, which Mitch and I deal with in our fiction story.

On the same day I read the Military Times news story "Female military members sue to serve in combat" by Paul Elias of the Associated Press

To summarize the article, women are suing because, without access to certain combat positions, their chances for promotion are hindered.
[M]ore than 144 female troops have been killed and more than 860 have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars began, according to Pentagon statistics. Roughly 20,000 of the 205,000 service members currently serving in Afghanistan are women.

The article goes on to say that the lawsuit "alleges that women are already serving unofficially in combat units. Air National Guard Major Mary Jennings Hegar sustained shrapnel wounds in 2009 when she exchanged fire on the ground in Afghanistan after her Medevac helicopter was shot down." (She received a Purple Heart medal for her injuries.)

In conclusion, it is a brave new world for women serving in the U.S. military.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1077 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475258887
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Miller Mosaic, LLC (July 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CD5OH4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2012
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I really loved the premise of a really exceptional female in the military. Maybe she is a little too good to be true, but this is a work of fiction not a biography!
Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders can take what ever comes her way and in the end she wins the respect of all around her. She takes chances and sometimes bucks the system, but her heart is in the right place and she is 100% American. This was a nice change of pace from the male military action hero type books that are available. The authors did a great job and I hope there will be more books with Mollie!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By alex wilson on November 9, 2011
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No question a page turner and got my four stars for constant action but this work is not without its flaws. Molly Sanders might as well have been issued a cape and tights. Comic book suspension of disbelief required. Two novellas back-to-back with unsubtle transition. Tom Clancyesque military argot and mil-tech. Surely an editor could have done something about the annoying penchant for the protagonists to 'glare' with unrelenting frequency in the first 'book'. Nonetheless, it kept me reading and I got my entertainment money's worth.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By EMC Paul Schmidt on September 23, 2011
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I am in the military, and really enjoy well written books about military life. I really wanted to enjoy this story.
Unfortunately, this story has no reality to it. The main character is never developed. She is the absolute master (mistress) of radar intercept officer (guy in back) of a fighter, design engineer computer system and maybe a air defense laser) combat expert (pistol, rifle and hand combat) Intel genius, spy (with bugs, tracking device and blackberry). Never makes a wrong move, always one step ahead of bad guys. Always fighting anti-woman prejudice in the military. There is action aplenty in this book, but its like a bad movie, never getting the reader a understanding of a plot to pull things together.

If you want a good military story about a woman in the navy, try James H. Cobb's Amanda Garret series.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Garridon on March 10, 2012
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When I saw this book, I was excited to read it. The first chapter looked pretty good, and it had a woman Naval officer as the protagonist. Early on, there's a very well written aerial action scene. But the main character of Mollie Sanders is a Mary Sue. She can do everything, and everything better than everyone else, particularly the men. I'm former military and thought the character acted rather childish for an officer of that rank. I really disliked the way Mollie treated the males -- it spoke of her, and not in a good way.

I also had suspension of disbelief problems with the Mollie being assigned missions. It seemed to be more of a plot convenience than something that fit in with the logical flow of the story.

The story also suffered from structure problems. Instead of having peaks and valleys with deepening conflicts and crises, the book just zooms from one crisis to another. It's non-stop, and after a while, it made the story impossible to read. I'm disappointed to say this was a book that needed more work before publication.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kirkus MacGowan on October 10, 2011
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Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders is a military thriller in which the main character, Mollie Sanders, travels abroad while testing military equipment and fighting terrorists. Originally written as two screenplays, Phyllis Zimbler Miller and Mitchell R. Miller adapted them into a novel.

Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders is a badass, the only description that does her justice. The novel is written as two stories wrapped into one. In the first half, Mollie is assigned as a backseat pilot (sorry, not much for military terms!) on an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy.

In the second half, Mollie is assigned to a submarine to test top of the line military technology designed by Mollie herself. Mollie's bullheaded nature combined with ingenuity allows her to discover a plot that isn't what it first seems. She fights her way through a male-dominated world of submariners to eventually gain friends and join her in her hunt.

The elements I enjoyed.

The story was fast-paced and packed with excitement from beginning to end. As I mentioned earlier, Mollie is a firecracker and her actions leave most of those she meets in awe.

The details about the military and the submarine were great. It's obvious the Miller's have experience in such areas. Both halves leave the reader wanting to learn what happens next. The characters throw quips at each other throughout and gave me a laugh here and there as well.

Aspects on the bottom of my list.

In the first half, the high action scenes ended too abruptly. There would be a grand build up to a scene, only to be told how it ended in a few paragraphs rather than be shown. The second half was much better in this aspect.

While grammatically correct, changing a few things would blow the reader away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Polley on August 20, 2011
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If you're looking for a well-written novel filled with adventure, romance, intrigue and plenty of gripping, gritty action involving the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, bureaucratic turf wars, Russian spies, terrorists and submarining, this is definitely a novel you will want to read. No nonsense Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders, an exceptionally bright officer young who gets her way because she's the most qualified knows very well how to handle herself, and in this adventure, she has a whole lot to handle. Prickly, she has her vulnerable side, like all of us do. In my book, she's the kind of officer I'd be proud to serve under. I sure as heck wouldn't want to end up on her "S" list.

The story is cinematic, which is not surprising, as it is an adaptation of two screenplays written by the authors. I look forward to reading their next adventure ... and perhaps seeing this one on the Big Screen or TV.
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