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Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders: A Military Thriller by [Miller, Mitchell R., Miller, Phyllis Zimbler]
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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.

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: 1078 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Miller Mosaic, LLC (July 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CD5OH4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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This book is certainly full of action, a page turner, most entertaining and a quick read. The authors have taken this female Naval officer, daughter of a well known Naval commander, and like the "James Bond" series, throws her into extreme situations where she excels in everything she does. Included are good descriptions of how military tactics work and the military technical instruments available, even though the heroine has either been trained to be top dog in using them or has actually created them. She excels as a sniper, been thoroughly trained in body defense, is a computer expert and extremely intelligent. Nothing she performs in this story are beyond the scope of women who are in those fields, except that in this instance they are all wrapped up in this one good looking woman.

There is animosity between the sexes in the military in real life and it comes out all of the time, including at the military academies. So it is truthfully included in the plot. As a woman, I feel that the way she reacts in the story is the only way she can as an officer and maintain the authority she has. She shows weaknesses in that she is stubborn and defiant many times, is aware of her skills and abilities, and yet, she makes a couple of mistakes in the story and the first fighter pilot she was a second for, shows his skills in an emergency. Not every man in this story is denigrated.

The descriptions of the various military actions are sufficient for those of us who are not military and might have disappointed readers who are, but this novel is not a manual for warriors but a fast moving, entertaining, action read in controversial areas that women are now entering. I loved it because it was different, vastly diverting and perhaps a little bit like Superwoman. I heartily recommend it on the merits I have set forth.
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