By: Kelly A. Harmon
Publish Date: September 15, 2013
Format: Print, 20pgs
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Stand-alone short story
Recommendation: A quick evening as a Navy SEAL, who is more seal than others know, when things go terribly wrong.
Kennedy never envisioned a Navy SEAL like him.
1967. Vietnam. Fat-boys and comp-B bombs explode aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Livingstone killing thousands. Everyone dies if the carrier sinks, unless one SEAL – one selkie – puts the lives of humans ahead of his need to keep his secret.
Inspired by the true story of the U.S.S. Forrestal fire of 1967, award-winning author Kelly A. Harmon weaves alternate-history and fairytale into this action-packed and emotionally charged story.
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My Thoughts and Summary:
Cade is a SEAL, in more ways than one, looking for adventure and more to life as it's become boring with the numerous years he lives. The threat of war among humans is looming around them all, and it's drawn his attention. Cade over hears an argument over the artillery being put on the ship. The bombs are of a state and age to cause great alarm. From what Cade can see, he understands that.
Cade is on deck, while his friend took his shift at port steering, when everything goes wrong. He needs to decide if he simply takes on his true form with his skin around his neck and leave this burning mess behind, or honor his commitment to the Navy along with trying to save his friend. How far would you go for a fellow soldier and friend?
The burning, fuel, and bombs are a terrible combination on the ship. Dangerous! And we see that full tilt.
This is a quick read, one you could finish in no time flat. I enjoyed the small ocean references and comparisons the author made. And the courage in the characters here. They are strong and amazing people. The military all are.