Surface To Air

“Kev! Up!” Wade had pivoted, bringing his MCX up as the second helo made a pass at the stern. Bullets smacked into steel and fiberglass around them, and both Blackhearts ducked, Curtis throwing himself flat just below the lip of the helipad.

He rolled over onto his back as the bird went by, wrenching the EVOLYS around and sending a burst at the receding aircraft’s tail. He couldn’t tell whether he’d hit it or not.

Levering himself to his feet, he hauled the EVOLYS up and searched for the helo. It was nose down, making tracks fast, banking off to the west, far astern of the yacht.

I still might be able to hit it. He shifted to the aft rail, bracing the machinegun and tracking in on the fleeing helicopter. He squeezed off a burst, but his range was off. Red tracers arced just beneath the bird, which jinked hard to avoid the fire and dove even closer to the water, turning away from the Dream Empire and banking violently from side to side to avoid the gunfire.

He fired one more burst, but between the helicopter’s motion, the widening range, and the yacht’s own rolling ride, he missed off to one side. Finally, with a blistering curse, he came off the gun.

Wade clapped him on the shoulder. “You’ll get another chance.” He nodded toward the north, where the remaining speedboats had now come about and were heading away from the yacht as fast as they could. “They got a nasty surprise, but if they really want this boat, I think they’ll be back.”


It is release day! Brannigan’s Blackhearts #11 – Marque and Reprisal is out!

Ships are disappearing on the high seas…

…And no one knows why

A new threat darkens the waves

When ships with valuable—and often secret—cargoes begin to vanish far from the usual choke points and trouble spots, authorities are at a loss. Yet something must be done.

Brannigan’s Blackhearts have a new job.

Maritime security hasn’t usually been their bailiwick, but when Hector Chavez comes to Brannigan with the task, they take it.

They’re not ready for what they’ll meet out there.

A new, sophisticated pirate menace has emerged.

Will they defeat it? Or go down with the ship?

Marque and Reprisal is out now on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited! (Paperback is available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon to come once some technical issues get fixed that are currently outside the author/publisher’s control.)

Terror and Corruption: Marque and Reprisal is Out!

Peter Nealen

Peter Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. Since he got out, he's been writing, authoring many articles and 24 books, mostly Action/Adventure and Military Thrillers, with some excursions into Paranormal Fantasy and Science Fiction.

4 thoughts on “Terror and Corruption: Marque and Reprisal is Out!

  • July 25, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Yo, man, when do we get a Brannigan’s Blackhearts patch? I need one to go with my Triarii patch on my manpurse…uh, I mean “tactical shoulder bag”.


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