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Delta Force #2

August 2016
On Sale: August 2, 2016
Featuring: Richie Goldman; Melissa Moore
384 pages
ISBN: 1492619256
EAN: 9781492619253
Kindle: B01G5UCXM6
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Also by M.L. Buchman:
Havoc, May 2021
Chinook, April 2021
Target of One's Own, February 2019
Nathan's Big Sky, June 2017


I sometimes think that it would be healthier if my characters and I had slightly different ideas about what made up an ideal weekend. Now my characters are somewhat younger than I am, so maybe I’ll try winding back the clock and seeing what happens with the heroes and heroines of my first two Delta Force novels.

Perhaps I should preface this:

  • I’ve never served in Delta Force.
  • The team that kicks ass in my latest Delta Force novel, HEART STRIKE... well, that’s their gig.

  1. Team Leader Kyle “Mister Kyle” Reeves
He’s the steady hand at the very core of the team. But his idea of an ideal weekend is to curl up with his wife, preferably somewhere that no one is trying to kill them. Maybe go for a ride in the country. A sleeping bag beneath the stars by a quiet campfire is right in the sweet spot for him.

My wife and I have lived most of our lives rural (often in communities well under a thousand people). The woods is something that draws us both. Almost twenty years together and I still think that a weekend curled up with my lady is one well spent.

  1. Carla “Wild Woman” Anderson
Carla hasn’t learned how to slow down yet. Her idea of a casual weekend probably includes a ten mile hike up into the Colorado Rockies.

I hiked a lot as a kid. The Whites and Presidentials of New Hampshire, Adirondacks in New York. As I grew up I ranged into the Rockies in Colorado and the Cascades and Olympics of Washington. I just always moved a bit slower than Carla.

  1. Richie “Q” Goldman
Richie is the ultimate geek, who also happens to be a warrior. He’s always watching the news for the latest developments. You need something jury-rigged, fussed with, or completely rethought, he’s your man. His idea of a great weekend is time to study everything…or going out on a sailboat. That’s his one true love of the outdoors.

Geeks unite! In his geekiness, Richie is probably the closest character I’ve written to an autobiographical character. I’m always fixing things, I spent years working as an efficiency expert (which still makes my wife a little crazy every time it spills into the home). When I was younger I owned, rebuilt, and learned how to solo sail a fifty-foot ketch (two-masted sailboat). I took her out in forty-knot storms and quiet sunny weekends. I miss that boat every single time the winds blow fresh.

  1. Melissa “The Cat” Moore
An expert in nothing, but a generalist in everything. She knows how to create the impression that something is real when it isn’t. Her sports are extreme mountains, bicycles, and flying small planes.

I was a jack-of-all-trades. It didn’t matter which industry I was in, I could figure out how to manage their projects. I did a few winter mountain hikes but never went to the extremes Melissa did. However, for over twenty years I never walked or drove if I could ride my bicycle. I did charity rides for 300 miles across Washington State. I covered a seven hundred miles in New Zealand, and eleven thousand on a solo around the world bicycle tour. I haven’t ridden much since that tour, short commuting runs and so on, but I still have that bike hanging up in storage along with all of my touring gear. And if I ever pick up a weekend sport again? It will be to renew my old pilot’s license and see where the next flight takes me.

  1. Duane “The Rock” Jenkins

Well…his is the story for the next novel, Delta Force #3, coming in 2017.


Win a copy of HEART STRIKE, just tell us below what your favorite weekend would be!

HEART STRIKE by M.L. Buchman

Delta Force #2


DELTA FORCE: The deadliest elite counter-terrorism unit on the planet
• A precision strike force
• The most out-of-the-box thinkers in any military
• Will die to get the mission done

SERGEANT RICHIE "Q" GOLDMAN: The smartest soldier on any team
SERGEANT MELISSA "THE CAT" MOORE: Newest on the team, determined to be the best

Rescued from an icy mountaintop by a Delta operative, Melissa Moore has never met a challenge she can't conquer. Not only she will make Delta Force, she will be the best female warrior in The Unit, and woe to anyone who says otherwise. Technical wizard Richie Goldman is Bond's "Q" turned warrior. A genius about everything except women, he takes point on the team's most dangerous mission yet. When the Delta Force team goes undercover in the depths of the Colombian jungle, surviving attacks from every side requires that Richie and Melissa strike right at the heart of the matter...and come out with their own hearts intact.

Romance Military | Romance Suspense [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: August 2, 2016, Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492619253 / eISBN: 9781492619260]

About M.L. Buchman

M.L. Buchman

L. Buchman has over 35 novels and an ever-expanding flock of short stories in print. His military romantic suspense books have been named Barnes & Noble and NPR “Top 5 of the year,” Booklist “Top 10 of the Year,” and RT “Top 10 Romantic Suspense of the Year.” In addition to romantic suspense, he also writes contemporaries, thrillers, and 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 a full-time writer, living 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 at www.mlbuchman.com.

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20 comments posted.

Re: M.L. Buchman | An Ideal Weekend

This series looks interesting, esp. as you've put in so
many personal conections! I'm always up for a new to me
author! Even if I don't win...I'll look for one to read!
(Sharon Shearouse 2:04pm August 8, 2016)

Kicking back with my son and his family. They've been my rock
since I was widowed. When my sweetie was still on this side of
the sod, we hung together and did whatever struck us as fun.
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:59pm August 8, 2016)

WOW my favorite weekend would be to just curl up and read and not make dinner....just read and relax!!!! Heaven!
(Bonnie Capuano 6:29am August 9, 2016)

My weekdays are so busy with going or taking to appointments : dentist , eye doctor , x-rays , exams , or keeping grandchildren . On the weekend I'm ready to 'do nothing'. Just relax and curl up with a good book . That doesn't work on most Sundays since I go to church , then company starts coming in the afternoons . Well , I'm not complaining , thank God I'm able to do all of this and enjoy it also . Thanks for the chance to win your book , it sounds like a very exciting read .
(Joan Thrasher 10:45am August 9, 2016)

My perfect weekend is cooking up a storm, enjoying it with
family, chatting and laughing with them, and also to sit
down in the evening to read a good book with a pot of tea.
(G. Bisbjerg 12:10pm August 9, 2016)

My perfect weekend would be with my husband of 46 years
enjoying peace, tranquility and enjoyment at a beach. Since
that is rare a nice walk in the foothills is lovely which I
would cherish.
(Sharon Berger 1:35pm August 9, 2016)

My perfect weekend...Two Kilts Porter on tap, sun out, 77
degrees, comfy lounge chair and your series on my tablet
while "my pool boy" (ha) grills steaks on the BBQ! Heaven
(Lenna Hendershott 2:05pm August 9, 2016)

Curling up with a mug of tea & a good book. Thanks for the
(Jana B 6:59pm August 9, 2016)

My favorite weekend would be sleeping in late and reading on my deck with a cocktail
(Joanne Pezzuti 9:42pm August 9, 2016)

My favorite weekend is sitting out with family and friends
and enjoying a cook out.
(Debra Guyette 5:22pm August 10, 2016)

Favorite weekend starts with a beauty shop appointment and then lunching
with friends in an eatery overlooking the ocean then shopping ...I love to
shop. Resting up on a Sunday then for all the activities for the coming
(Jackie Wisherd 2:08pm August 11, 2016)

Favorite weekend, starts with a visit to the Farmer's Market
to visit with my friends in that little community, then
spending time with my family, ending with Sunday worship. I
want my weekends to be a relaxing oasis in a sea of
(Marcia Berbeza 1:02am August 12, 2016)

Oh I love your books and I look forward to reading this one. My favorite weekend would be just to be left alone and read. When I read I just really get into the book and seem to live it. It's a great way to just get away!!
(Bonnie Capuano 7:50am August 12, 2016)

My perfect weekend is when we can spend time with our son, just eating together or some fun activity. Doesn't happen as often as you like once they leave home.
(Connie Sahn 5:30pm August 13, 2016)

I'd love to spend the weekend at a beach house with a pool -
sitting in the shade with a good book to read, a tall cold
drink, and taking dips in the pool every hour.
(Diane Sallans 7:06pm August 13, 2016)

any weekend i can spend with my family is a favorite!
(Dianne McVetty 2:01pm August 14, 2016)

A perfect weekend would be to sleep in with my hubby, have a nice
brunch, and a quiet day, unless family is visiting which is always
fun, especially with 3 young grandchildren. Finding some time to
read is always a plus.
(Nancy Luebke 3:07pm August 14, 2016)

My favorite weekend would be going to see a well known band live at the beach. Atlantic City is doing just that this summer and it's awesome.
(Nancy Marcho 5:48pm August 14, 2016)

My favorite weekend would be relaxing at home with family.
(Carrie Edmunds 2:32am April 30, 2017)

Looks like a good read!
(Diana Leanne Roberts 6:30am August 12, 2020)

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