"Once a SEAL, Forever a SEAL"
Reviewed by Helen Williams
Posted December 23, 2015
A SEAL FOREVER is about a potential Olympian and a Navy
who both suffered injuries that changed their career path.
One of them makes the necessary adjustments when
changed, while the other has difficulty in
accepting the changes. A SEAL FOREVER shows how life-
injuries can change your whole perspective and
how when your world as you know it blows up, you can find a
Parkour instructor Maura Maxwell finds herself attracted to
her bachelor neighbor, SEAL Team Five Master Chief Declan
Swifton even though she is bothered by the number of women
she sees going in and out of his apartment. But after
being rescued by him during a storm she looks at him
Right when Maura and Declan start getting to know each
his team is dispatched on a dangerous ops mission in the
Middle East. Because of the injuries Declan suffers on this
returns home a different person. Declan can't imagine
not being a SEAL any longer. With the help of Maura, Declan
gains perspective and adjusts his attitude. Seeing the kids
she works with makes him appreciate the opportunities he
Maura and Declan give each other strength and
When reading A SEAL FOREVER you get unbelievable
when you see that despite the adversity dealt you can make
through it. Anne Elizabeth delivers a well-written novel
showing what our military men and women go through and how
they always have each other's back. Even though Declan is
injured you will see that once a SEAL you are A SEAL
EVEN A HERO NEEDS SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN HIM
Parkour instructor Maura Maxwell has always denied her
attraction for her
bachelor neighbor because she's seen his revolving door of
doesn't want to become another notch on his belt. But the
man who rescues
her from a sudden storm isn't the one she thinks she knows-
Chief Declan Swifton of SEAL Team Five, and he literally
sweeps Maura off her
Just as his teasing and tenderness start to work their way
into Maura's heart,
Declan and his team are called in for a dangerous op in the
Middle East. The
man who returns is facing the toughest fight of his life,
and he needs Maura
by his side more than ever...
ExcerptMaster Chief Declan Swifton of SEAL Team Five rolled over
the side of the Rigid-hulled
Inflatable Boat and slid soundlessly into the Pacific
Ocean. The RIB took off without even a
comment from the operator, leaving Declan to sink farther
into the drink.
The temperature cooled as he swam away from the surface.
Fish skirted the edges of his
thighs, small shimmers of movement against his skin. He
scissor-kicked his way forward. The
ocean currents caught him, dragging him in the direction
they wanted to go, toward shore. He
lay with his arms at his sides, frog-kicking only. Above
him, he could see the afternoon
sunlight glistening and frothy foam chasing away the glassy
surface. Down here things were
differentâ€¦calmer. Peaceful, in a way few souls would
understand, and yet he knew that even he
would have to surface soon.
His lungs would start to ache and burn, his gut would begin
to feel as if it would cave in,
and that would force him to either head topside or drink in
the salt water. But there was
still time. This was the water in front of Imperial Beach
and the apartment he lived in. He
knew it very well.
Scanning the ocean floor, he gauged it would be about
thirty seconds until he reached one of
the many rocky sandbars out here. Heâ€™d have to pull up
before then, or the force of the
current would smack him against the side.
As his body began to complain, he used both arms and legs
to draw himself upward. Breaking
the surface, he opened his mouth and drew in air like a
thirsty man would gulp water.
The waves bounced him like a buoy. The tide was coming in
and the wind was picking up
Looking at the sky to the east, he could see that there
would most likely be a storm today.
Over his should, to the west, he spied a wave coming his
way large enough to take him to
shore. It would reach him in about thirty seconds.
Dec took a long, slow breath and appreciated the sun
dropping into the horizon. The colors
were extraordinary; orange and gold dappled the horizon as
the blazing ball of light
attempted to sink before the moon lifted higher in the sky.
His hands flexed, cupping the water. It had been a hot day,
and the sunâ€™s rays had heated the
top of the ocean, making the surface feel like a warm bath,
loosening his muscles. Three
months ago, heâ€™d been in waters so frigid, with actual ice
capsâ€”the memory still made him
cold. But here, the Pacific Ocean off Californiaâ€™s Imperial
Beach, was a slice of heaven.
Coming in from the east were some nasty-looking
cumulonimbus clouds. Seeing the lightning arc
way off toward the distant desert, he decided it was time
to go in, and right on cue, here
came a perfect wave.
Swimming at top speed, Declan pushed his way through
another changing current, one that
sought to drag him into faster-moving waters. He went over
a higher sandbar, having no
intention of going to Mexico today, and increased the reach
of his stroke. With single-
mindedness he worked his way into the more placid surf as
he homed in on a large stretch of
The SEAL felt a few sea lions swimming around him, and one
nosed him in the gut and another
in his back a few times, assessing whether or not heâ€™d
play. Not this time, my friends. He
continued swimming without engaging. If he stopped to play,
heâ€™d be out there for hours.
Switching to the breaststroke, his arms protested. His
platoon had switched their training
this month to desert-warfare techniques, and heâ€™d been
sweating his balls off in the heat. He
managed to learn a thing or two, even now, after all of his
years in the Teams. But it felt
good to be back in the ocean, his element. Heâ€™d live in the
deep blue like a Jules Verne
character if he could.
What do you think about this review?
1 comment posted.
Re: Once a SEAL, Forever a SEAL
Wow! I love reading about our military men & women. Seal's
are awesome and Declan & Maura is a story that must be read.
Review makes you want to read more; it gives you just enough
to tweek your interest & hunger for more.
(Lois Imel 6:41pm January 19, 2016)
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