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Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders: A Military Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Mitchell R. Miller , Phyllis Zimbler Miller
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Book Description

Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders is a U.S. Navy officer who has striven to
be the best even if it earns her enemies. A graduate of the Naval
Academy, she is an electronic weapons officer tasked with coming up with
new weapon designs.

When she gets assigned to an aircraft carrier as a Navy fighter
pilot's backseater, a missile attack on her plane leads to a mission to
try to save the port of Los Angeles from a suspected terrorist attack.

She must channel her overwhelming competitive drive in order to
work as a team with other Navy personnel and the Coast Guards to find a
needle in a haystack.

From there a twist in the mission takes her to Alaska, where the
anti-missile defense site may have been compromised.

Next she bulldozes her way into being the first female assigned
to a sub smaller than a boomer. She wants to be the one to test the new
defensive weapons system she designed as the sub undertakes a
reconnaissance mission to the hotly contested South China Sea.

She is unaware that her past is about to catch up to her present in a bizarre situation she could never have foreseen.

This U.S. Navy submarine sea adventure is a fast-paced thriller.

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Editorial Reviews


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.

From the Author

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: 447 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Miller Mosaic, LLC (July 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CD5OH4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Captain America redux 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
2.0 out of 5 stars superwoman, james bond and rambo 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing to this female military soldier 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Supergirl in a USN uniform? February 12, 2012
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This is way over the top. There seems to be very little Mollie Sanders does not excell at. A little is one thing but this gal apparently could handle the defense of our country singlehanded. After less than halfway thru the book I just had to give up. Couldn't handle any more. I'm glad the book was free.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, Could Use some Work 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced September 13, 2011
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Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders is a sit on the edge of your chair ride. The Millers keep the pages turning to and always guessing what the next page will bring. A wonderful read that is accurate and believable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by BRYAN GREEN
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get through
Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders is a female version of the typical military badass that seems to dominate the genre. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John M. Vizcarra
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Very well done. Hard to put down. First time I have read a book from this author. Would definitely read others.
Published 17 months ago by Darlene
2.0 out of 5 stars Pooch
One of those super-hero stories; a supposedly "real" person possessing all these unrealistic human abilities. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Da Commentator
5.0 out of 5 stars ros20rev
Very good read couldn't put the book down. Good action and story line.
Characters realistic. Looking forward to reading another book by author
Published 21 months ago by ros20
3.0 out of 5 stars Realistic? No. Entertaining? Mostly
The idea behind this book was amazing. The book itself fails to deliver.

First and most importantly, as other reviewers have said, Mollie is a Mary Sue. Read more
Published 22 months ago by E. L. Sapp
5.0 out of 5 stars An officer to be reckoned with.
Action fiction interest me. A great fan of Phyllis Zimber Millers "Mrs.. Lieutenant" I was very anxious to read her newest release.

This book was different. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Judith M. Silvasy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders is an over achiever. Reminiscent of Hawaii Five-0's Steve McGarrett (old and new version), the woman is brainy, brawny, and bold. Read more
Published on May 11, 2013 by Joyce Faulkner
2.0 out of 5 stars Wonder Woman
Just a little too good to be true. Mollie is expert in everything. Never makes a mistake. This was two stories not very well put together.
Published on March 31, 2013 by Jim W
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful. Terrible
Terrible. Not worth the price. No flow. Ridiculous plots. Sorry I spent the money. Should not be published in any form.
Published on March 17, 2013 by norman e kuzel
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