by Mike Krentz
September 17, 2016
Available in: e-Book
Broken warrior. Estranged daughter. Audacious flight.
Roy and Justin became best friends as they advanced through the naval aviation pipeline from Annapolis to the Persian Gulf. Neither Roy's failed marriage or Justin's untimely liaison with an admiral's daughter could spoil their intimate bond when soaring on mighty Tomcat wings. . .until the night an engine caught fire.
From adolescence to adulthood, Rachel Rogers strove in vain to build a filial bond with her seldom present father. Even after his solemn promise to reform near the end of his naval career, descent into alcohol assisted self-desecration made him all the more unreliable. At the limits of her resolve, Rachel pushed him out of her life.
Bereft, Roy straddles a blurred line between reality and fantasy. He plans a daring final flight to kill the pain of losing his best friend and his only child. Rachel must overcome her anger in a desperate effort to save him. Too late?
FINAL LEG is a 60-page novelette that describes the lives, flaws, conquests, and challenges of two naval aviators before and after mid-air tragedy. If you like realistic human drama and complex, believable characters, you'll love Mike J. Krentz's suspenseful story of life, conflict, and love in naval air.
Mike Krentz writes medical suspense, psychological thrillers, and military fiction featuring complex characters. His medical suspense novel, DEAD ALREADY, transports the reader into the stressful environment of emergency medicine, where life battles death amid terrified screams, plaintive whimpers, and shouted orders; where fallible humans strive to postpone death, restore life, or eliminate misery. These would-be heroes sometimes fail. They suck it up and move on to quiet a frightened child, relieve pain, straighten a broken limb, repair a laceration, or reassure the worried well. What evil might lurk amid such chaos? His psychological thriller, ANGELS FALLING, is in press for publication by TouchPoint Press in late 2021. The ritualistic murder of a Catholic archbishop scrambles the lives of an ex-seminarian criminal profiler, a renegade priest cult leader, and the former nun they both desired. Shakespeare, Poe, and Donne add commentary. Mike’s MAHONEY & SQUIRE SERIES, under contract with TouchPoint Press, portrays the lives of servicemen and women, their challenges, and interactions; and their wounds—physical and emotional—that evolve into professional and personal conflicts more daunting than combat. Can essential human relationships survive such brutal demands on hearts and souls? Born and raised in Arizona, Mike earned a classical degree in English from the University of San Francisco, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Master of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins University. Following a civilian career as an emergency physician, Mike rededicated his professional life to serve America’s Navy and Marine Corps heroes and their families, and to honor their sacrifices in defending our freedom and way of life. His last active-duty assignment was as 7th Fleet Surgeon on board the flagship, USS BLUE RIDGE. After retiring from the US Navy, Dr. Krentz continued his service as a consultant supporting the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center. Upon completion of that mission, he returned to his earliest life passion as a full-time writer.