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THE HORN [Kindle Edition]

Michael Burns
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A top secret elite SEAL team and other U.S. Navy personnel, including highly selected women, sail on board a luxury yacht equipped with high tech weapons. Their mission—to hunt a dangerous group of Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa. But they are in the tropics, and the All American crew aboard this yacht likes to mix a little fun with the action.

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From the Author

"Oh God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small."

Breton Fisherman's Prayer

I came across this quote when I was researching John F. Kennedy for my short story Northwoods. Kennedy was given a bronze and wood plaque with this quote inscribed on it by Admiral Hyman Rickover. Kennedy always kept the plaque on his desk in the Oval Office. It was one of his favorite quotes.

Kennedy, commander of a PT boat in World War II, would have probably enjoyed reading The Horn, a story about American sailors on a small boat in a sea of pirates.

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  • File Size: 814 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055WYPTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling! April 22, 2012
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A book about the Navy Seals is not a typical choice for me, but it was recommended and I decided to give it a try. I was immediately caught up into the action and adventure of the story after what was a brutal, but likely accurate portrayal of Somali pirates commandeering an American yacht. I especially enjoyed the variety of characters and their development throughout and am pleased to note that the author allowed the women to remain strong and important characters throughout the story. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes a fast moving page-turner that is well thought out with all the details tended to. After getting to know the characters I would like to read more about them and am hoping for a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down March 5, 2012
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This book was great with an interesting concept for going after the Somali pirates. The story puts highly skilled women into a battle and shows that they can hold there own. It even mentions one of the women out shooting the special SEAL team. I read this via my Kindle app which the formatting was not that great too many blank pages.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! March 28, 2012
By L J
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I'm not usually a great fan of action, but this was definitely a page turner. I liked the character development, and the action kept me hooked. I even found myself doing some Internet research to learn more about the area and the types of boats. Definitely a book that I would recommend to friends!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story line June 27, 2014
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Good story line for those who like suspense. Not believeable, but still a good story.
It's a man's book, wouldn't recommend it for women.
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4.0 out of 5 stars got left wanting more April 7, 2014
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Really liked this book. Full of action and also had its personal side. Kept me on the edge of my seat.. The only complaint I have is that the ending left me hanging. Could have used a more action packed final confrontation. Also would have liked to left the door open to perhaps another episode of this team in action. But as a wholly did enjoy the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my first burns' read, won't be my last! December 22, 2013
By DOBBER
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what a great read this was. i really appreciated all of the details, story and believable characters. it is amazing what our great country has to deal with. enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good October 27, 2013
By LG
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Excellent. A little predictable but very entertaining. A clever story. Enjoyed. The military is very capable. The book takes you on a thrill ride !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read July 25, 2013
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good fast read, good summer day at the beach book. Story is a little far fetched at times but well worth reading for the enjoyment of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Fantastic book from start to finish. A real page Turner I recommend this book to everyone. I really enjoyed it.
Published 4 months ago by william
3.0 out of 5 stars coffee anyone? everyone, at every opportunity?
I have never seen coffee, and to some extent food and wine, used as a literary device. Also, while the fundamental premise of the book is arguably invalid, there are some good... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Michael Devine
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom D #6
This book, as others by Michael Burns, grabs you by the throat at the prologue and doesn't let go until the epilogue. Hard to put down. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Thomas A. Dwyer
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but terrible execution
The idea behind this book was to lure Somali pirates to a heavy armed decoy luxury yacht and blow them to smithereens. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a writer
Just couldn't stop reading tell I finished this book. Too bad the writer isn't making this the beginning of a series, it could go on for years. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wilma Morgel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Horn Hooked Me
At first I thought there was going to be a bit too much testosterone in this book for me. I have a hard time with shooting, war, conflict, but it was a fun read. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Norma V booth
5.0 out of 5 stars more please
Once again Michael Burns has given us a real page turner. This book is well written but also well documented. The man knows his stuff! Read more
Published 23 months ago by danab90
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Central
The fascinating aspect of Michael Burns' work is that he has the gift of writing adventure stories that are easy to read and quick to digest;however, behind the stories one can... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Patrick Quinn
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I was born in Monroe, Michigan and grew up in Monrovia, California. Michael Burns is my pen name. My mother's grandmother was Elizabeth Burns, who was related to Robert Burns, the Scottish poet and songwriter. When I wrote my first book, Hot Planet, I thought Burns would be a fine name for a writer and my mother was thrilled with the idea.

I also write songs. When I was younger, I actually looked like Robert Burns. Sometimes I wonder if I am his reincarnation.

My parents bought me a piano when I was eleven and I started practicing one or two hours a day, soon four hours a day, and then, on weekends, eight hours a day. I became obsessed with the classics: Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Debussy. And Gershwin. When I was at Northern Arizona University getting my bachelor's degree in business, I found out that Leonard Pennario was coming to town, and I told my friends that it would be a splendid concert. I was the first one in line and I got tickets for all of us, in the very front row. The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is one of the finest in America. Pennario and the orchestra performed Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F. Pennario was playing a Steinway concert grand piano. Wow!

Although dead now, Pennario is considered to have been the best pianist in America. I would have to agree. It was a fantastic concert. I'll never forget that night. A year later, Van Cliburn came to town and he played Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor with the Flagstaff Symphony. I'll never forget that night, either. My date was a girl named Jenny, from Austin, Texas. Jenny was five feet tall, and after the concert she insisted on meeting Van Cliburn, a fellow Texan. After I shook hands with Van Cliburn, I stepped aside and watched the two of them talk, for like five minutes. Van Cliburn, at six, six, stood in marked contrast to Jenny.

I love classical music, but I also love rock and roll. The best concert I ever saw was at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. It was my birthday, May 19, 1968, and my girlfriend, Linda, bought me a wonderful birthday present: tickets to see Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Janis gave an amazing performance. Big Brother and the Holding Company was the best rock band I have ever seen, and I've seen quite a few. I still think about that night, so many years ago.

Although while in high school, I loved music, I also liked sports. I played varsity football, but being a pianist seemed to irritate the coaches because to protect my hands, I wore gloves. I was most likely the first football player in all of Southern California to wear gloves while playing football. Now, of course, everyone wears them. But then, it was considered unmanly to try to protect your hands. To this day, I have bad memories of my football coaches, even though we were the Pacific League Champions in 1965.

In 1969, despite my protests, I was drafted and sent to Vietnam. I spent fourteen months in a combat zone--Vietnam's Central Highlands. I spent the last eight months of that tour on our battalion civilian affairs team. Our team's mission was to win the hearts and minds of the local population. Driving in a small, three-quarter ton truck, our team went out into isolated villages to provide medical aid and to distribute food and other goods that had come from charities back in America. Looking back, I've decided I was crazy to volunteer for that mission. But, today I savor the memories of that experience.

At some point, I can't remember exactly when, I decided I was going to be a writer. It must have been the Robert Burns in me. As you can see by my list of novels, I don't stick to one genre. I'd be bored out of my mind if all I did was write war novels, or mystery novels, or romance novels. I think writers who do that tend to get stale.

That's not to say I don't like mystery novels or war novels or romance novels. I do, but by delving into different genres, it forces me to do research to ensure I get the content right. Research leads to learning and learning leads to knowledge.

Education is important, too. I noticed my writing improved significantly after I got my master's degree. I became more analytical in my approach to storytelling. Getting a higher education honed my critical thinking skills, and so I went back and revised all of my prior novels. And no, I didn't attend a paper factory. My master's degree in education is also from Northern Arizona University, considered to have one of the finest teaching colleges in the nation. For the last nearly twenty years, I supported myself by teaching in the state of Arizona, and for the last nine years of my teaching career I worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, teaching at a remote reservation in Southern Arizona. During this time, I wrote THE HORN, POLICE STATE, and NORTHWOODS AND OTHER SHORT STORIES.

The reservation was so remote I had to live out there during the week. It was too far from home to commute daily. In the evenings, I had plenty of time to reflect on what is and what isn't good fiction. My goal was to write compelling stories that would keep a reader's interest. Last year, I quit teaching, and decided to devote all of my time to being a writer.

I usually write in the third person, but THE FIRST MIRACLE was written in the first person. Making that seemingly minor change caused me to seriously analyze perspective and in the end it made me a better writer. At the time, I had to make a choice. Writing in the third person would have been easier, but I wanted to try something new. This novel is now my favorite. I think it is an amazing story.

In early September, 2013, I finished a 122-page screenplay based on THE HORN, and during this project I found a number of things in the novel that needed to be changed. I didn't write the screenplay only to make money. I wrote it because I wanted to see if I could do it. Call it a personal challenge. But my philosophy is to constantly challenge myself. Without challenges, we don't improve. In fact, just the opposite--we stagnate. So by challenging myself by writing a screenplay, THE HORN became a better novel--a lot better. If I never sell the screenplay, at least I've got the satisfaction of getting a much improved version of this story. Consider the current edition of THE HORN to be the second edition.

NORTHWOODS AND OTHER SHORT STORIES is my collection of short stories. I discovered that it is actually more difficult to write a short story than a novel, because you have to tell the story in a concise format, and it's almost impossible to get all the necessary elements of fiction (exposition, rising action, climax, resolution, and falling action) crammed neatly into such a short space. So the challenge is doing it and getting it right. Recently, a friend confided in me that one of my short stories, THE HYPNOTIST, is the most erotic thing she's ever read. I was very glad she told me that. It made me realize I must have got the story right.

My latest novel is SANCTUM SANCTORUM, and it's the result of lengthy, extensive research. I hope people will like it. Given the hatred in the Middle East for the Israelis, I'm glad I decided to write this novel. I'm already thinking about writing a sequel.

Finally, I want to say that I am still involved in music. I have a baby grand piano and I write songs. I keep a close eye on today's music industry, but there doesn't seem to be the excitement that existed in music during The Sixties. Maybe, an artist or a band will come along who will really shake things up.

If you decide to read any of my novels, please keep in mind that I am an independent author. I live or die based on your reviews.

To be contd.


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