This December starts off with a bang as M.L. Buchman releases TARGET ENGAGED, the first in his brand new (and action-packed) Delta Force series! To celebrate his new release, Sourcebooks Casablanca is sharing the first six chapters of Target Engaged for FREE! Click here to download the first six chapters and check out a special note from M.L. Buchman below.
Target Engaged (Delta Force #1)
by M.L. Buchman
A Suspenseful Romance
From Sourcebooks Casablanca
Releasing December 1st 2015
Book 1 in M.L. Buchman’s thrilling NEW Delta Force series
Delta Force: The most dangerous elite counter-terrorism force on the planet
- The deadliest shooters
- The most out-of-the-box thinkers in any military
- Will die to get the mission done
Sergeant Kyle Reeves: The premier soldier of the new recruits
Sergeant Carla Anderson: The first woman of Delta Force
If the training doesn’t kill them, their passion may—but Kyle Reeves and Carla Anderson blast right in. Show no fear. Have no fear. Then they get the call. The most powerful drug-smuggling ring in Venezuela needs a takedown, and Delta’s newest team leaps into the deep jungle to deliver. Giving their all? Not a problem. Giving their hearts? That takes a new level of courage.
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A Note from M.L. Buchman
Welcome to my newest series: the first women of Delta Force. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun this was to write.
Most of us know little more about Delta Force than the Chuck Norris movies (which leave a lot to be desired) or perhaps we only know the name. In researching my Night Stalkers series, I kept running into these guys. They are the elite of Special Operations Forces. They are at a level of SEAL Team 6, and most would argue they were even beyond that. They are the ghost and shadow warriors who helped take down drug lord Pablo Escobar, capture Noriega, were undoubtedly behind the locating of Saddam Hussein, and are the main reason that Al-Qaeda abruptly stopped being a topic in the Iraq War when over three thousand of their leaders were swept off the board.
Yet the Pentagon states that they don’t exist. Fascinating.
And while they often work with undercover female operatives, no woman has yet managed to kick in the front door on one of the most arduous selection programs in the military.
I decided to change that.
Carla Anderson stepped forward to take the challenge. She is a not a woman out to prove she can match any man, she’s out to prove that she can beat them at their own game. And that was the first thing that I loved about writing this series.
In the Night Stalkers, the women were strong, excellent, and determined.
To be a Delta Force woman, Carla had to add enough attitude and drive to plow through all obstacles which just made her so much fun. Nothing was off the table when it came to her attitude or her actions.
And that was the second thing I came to love about this series launcher, Target Engaged. Being Delta Force, they really do operate outside so many bounds. They are sent to do the tasks that no one else can. To that I added the additional challenge that Robert Ludlum gave to Jason Bourne (though I’m quoting the movie): “I don’t send you to kill. I send you to be invisible. I send you because you don’t exist.” I’m pretty convinced that this is part of Delta’s mission.
It is occasionally said by retired Delta Force operators (as the on-duty ones never speak): “If we’d been sent in to take down bin Laden, you still wouldn’t know how it was done.” To bring that to life gave me a permission as a writer to run my characters into hard and strange places and be just a little gonzo doing it.
But writing is a give and take, and I can’t begin to tell you how much the characters I created shaped my telling of this story. I like to think that they had as much fun as I did bringing this story to life.
I hope that you enjoy the reading even half as much as I enjoyed the writing!
M.L. Buchman (the Oregon Coast, November 2015)
Get to know the Carla, and the entire Delta Force team by reading the first SIX chapters of TARGET ENGAGED for free! Just click here to download them!
Carla Anderson is not only a woman, she’s a warrior. And one determined to make it as a Delta Force. Smart, strong-headed and confident in her abilities, Carla is not intimidated by the big alpha males she encounters during the elimination process. Not even Kyle Reeves, the man ahead of the herd at every turn.
Kyle Reeves has always trained to be the best. He has also worked alongside the best. But never has he been as intrigued by a fellow soldier as he has been about Carla. It’s no wonder he wants her–on his team and on his bed. It seems she has it all–fantastic looks, great stamina and a kick-ass attitude that has carried her to the top of the pack.
But with training over, they find themselves deeply immersed in their first mission. Soon Carla and Kyle will learn that none of the training they endured to become a Delta will come in handy when it comes to guarding their hearts.
I have to say, it’s been a while since I’ve read a book of this magnitude. As this was the first book I’ve read by this author, I didn’t know what to expect from the story. I’ve read my share of suspenseful romances, so I came into the story with some expectations and I am happy to say that this book surpassed them all.
Action-packed scenes, detailed training exercises and missions, intriguing characters and one hell of an intense romance has made Target Engaged one of my favorite read of the year.
As the first book in a series, Target Engaged served its purpose to the max. The author spared no expense in immersing the reader in what it takes to be a part of Delta Force. Although I found the book riveting through its entirety, I count the first half of the book as the most enjoyable, since it details the training exercises the candidates must complete to progress in the program. Not only did I get to know Kyle and Carla and what drove them, I got to see an exceptional group of individuals give their very best. So when they went into their first mission, I was already invested in these individuals. I wanted to see them in action, see what set them apart and revel in their success.
I also enjoyed how the author went about bringing the romance element to the page. Yes, the chemistry between Kyle and Carla was intense and jumped off the page, but to my surprise that wasn’t what kept me glued to my tablet. I was fascinated by the intricacies of the mission and the way the author went out of his way to make me a part of it. But although the romance took a back seat to the rest of the story, I appreciated the way Buchman presented Kyle and Carla’s struggles in coming to terms with their emotions as the mission ran its course.
All in all, a fantastic start to a series. I will definitely be looking for more from this author!
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
About the Author
M. L. Buchman has over 40 novels in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the Year,” nominated for the Reviewer’s Choice Award for “Top 10 Romantic Suspense of 2014” by RT Book Reviews, and twice Booklist “Top 10 of the Year” placing two of his titles on their “The 101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” In addition to romance, he also writes thrillers, 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 making his living as a full-time writer 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 by subscribing to his newsletter at www.mlbuchman.com.