My guest today loves research as much as I do. Thrill Writing, her blog, is a rich resource for crime writers. Be sure to check it out if you’re not already following her. For her new release, WASP, she needed to research Marine Raiders. This piqued my interest because I need to write novellas for two military Kindle Worlds, Brotherhood Protectors and Special Forces. The first book due in June, the second in August. Yikes! While I get back to work, I’ll leave you in Fiona Quinn’s capable hands.
Welcome to Murder Blog, Fiona!
And you know what? He was right! Sort of.
You see, the Marine Raiders were developed as an elite unit back in WWII. The Marines didn’t very much like the idea of an “elite” unit and the effort was ended in 1944 when they were considered “no longer necessary.” And then, yup, America decided they were pretty darned necessary.
You may know about Army Rangers and SEALs. You may know of the difficult selection process and the rigorous super-human training that they go through. And this is the same for the Marines. The Marines were faced with establishing their own brand of super-hero. They began by building on what they knew from the other branches, but as the Marine Raiders’ role clarified, so did the selection and vetting process as well as the training.
“Raiders’ capabilities are a unique blend with more emphasis on amphibious operations than, say, Army Rangers, but less than SEALS. And they offer something else, that aggressive can-do Marine ethos.” (NPR, 2016)
One of the reasons that Marine Raiders are not well known is that they keep a low profile. There are some Raider units that are not even discussed officially. This anonymity is part of their mystique and perhaps partly because they are a small group of operators.
“…the Raiders say their size is also a strength because it means a tighter team. They have only about 3,000 Marines. That’s little more than a tenth of the number of troops in Army special operations and less than a third as many as Navy special ops. Arkin [Military analyst William Arkin] says a big question is whether their identity will be distinctive. He thinks they should lean heavily on the traditional Marine expertise in brief, hard-hitting missions and coastal fighting.”
In WASP, Gage’s skills are put to the test – good to know he had the background and the intensive training so he knew how to get the job done.
Zoe Kealoha is a military research scientist. Her work with microrobotics is meant to save lives. But she’d kept her work a secret to protect her from just this kind of scenario. As footfalls outside her bedroom door stalked closer, Zoe knew her quiet world was about to be upended.
Unlike Zoe’s orderly world of hypothesis and laboratory controls, Gage Harrison loved the rush he got from his high-risk job as an elite warrior with the Marine Raiders. He was a Marine in every sense of the word. His soft spot was Zoe.
When Gage hears Zoe’s screams from inside her home, his instincts and training switch from lover to guardian. He’ll stop at nothing to protect her from those plotting her abduction. Gage and his team are willing to risk everything to guard Zoe and her top secret military research. Zoe and Gage work together to untangle the sticky web of intrigue that traps politicians, schemers, spies, and lovers and those willing to put money over loyalty.
This article is based on an NPR article found HERE
Canadian born, Fiona Quinn is now rooted in the Old Dominion outside of D.C. with her husband and children. There, she homeschools, pops chocolates, devours books, and taps continuously on her laptop.
She is the creative force behind the popular blog ThrillWriting. Which shares the interesting behind the scenes research, interviews, and hands-on experiences of suspense writing. www.thrillwriting.blogspot.com
Quinn writes the bestselling Lynx Series including: Kindle Scout winning novel WEAKEST LYNX. and the Kate Hamilton Mystery Series. She will be debuting two new series in 2017 – Uncommon Enemies (Silverheart Publishing) and Strike Force. All of her novels are part of the Iniquus World of high stakes national security. www.FionaQuinnBooks.com
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