Brannigan’s Blackhearts doesn’t have an official patch. They don’t have an official anything. But after the Burma mission, some of them worked up a logo, anyway.


The Blackhearts group was easy to pick out.  They were, by and large, more fit than anyone else in the room, and at that moment, also considerably louder.

Aziz, Jenkins, and Wade were arguing over a war story, specifically who had been where at what time.  Childress immediately identified the place as the village in northern Burma where Doc Villareal had been killed, and they had gone into a system of tunnels after the North Korean advisors to the Kokang Communists/drug runners.  It sounded like they were avoiding actually getting specific about the place, but this was bad enough.

Santelli stalked toward the table, murder in his eyes.  Jenkins looked up as he and Childress approached.  The former SEAL looked a little glazed; he’d clearly had a few already.

“Hey, Childress, check it out!” he said, pulling his sleeve back.  He’d gotten a new tattoo, still under a wrap of clear cellophane.  It was a black heart, with a fighting knife through it and crossed rifles behind it.  “We’ve got a logo, dude!”

Santelli was suddenly, despite his height, looming over Jenkins.  “And what the fuck made you think that that was a good idea?” he hissed.  “Hey, why don’t we do merchandising, maybe get a movie deal?  That sound good, too?  Then we can have all sorts of government agencies looking at what we’ve been doing lately!  Sounds fucking great!”  He looked around the inside of the bar.  “You been having fun, regaling complete strangers in public with stories that can’t possibly have any repercussions for any of us?”

“We haven’t said anything specific, Carlo,” Wade said quietly.  The former Ranger NCO was a big man, clean-shaven and brown haired, with pale blue eyes and an intensity that was coming out in the form of a growing anger at being dressed down this way.  “We’re not stupid.”


Now you can join the team. The patch doesn’t say “Brannigan’s Blackhearts.” But if you know, you know.

The twelfth adventure is out soon, too. Concrete Jungle comes out on Nov 22 on Kindle and Paperback.

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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.

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  • November 18, 2022 at 7:33 am

    Great quality, makes a great gift for shooting buddies.


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