Thursday, August 22, 2013

Straight Browsing at the Library: Necessary Retribution

Today's spotlight is on Necessary Retribution, an action-adventure novel by Mike McNeff. Mike will be awarding an ebook (international) of his book GOTU at each stop to a randomly drawn commenter, along with a grand prize of a paperback (US only) of GOTU to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tour here:


“We don’t need you guys for easy missions.”

Those words set the stage for the entry of Robin Marlette and his team of ex-cops into the world of covert operations and counter-terrorism. After two years of intense training by the best special ops teams in the US military, The CIA and the world situation propel the team into dangerous and complex missions that threaten the world’s balance of power and tests the team to the ragged edge of their abilities.

Author Mike McNeff continues the saga of the Guardians, first introduced in his first novel GOTU and takes the reader on another action packed roller coaster of a story. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as Robin leads his men while they capture international criminals, rescue hostages and fight terrorists all over the globe...with the help of unlikely partners. Mike’s research into the historical background is evident and adds frightening realism to the plot.

If you like to be swept away with tense and exciting action, this book is for you.


Upon hearing the gunfire below him, Mark was torn. He wanted to go to Robin, but he knew he had to protect at least one of the RIBs they saw on the tween deck. He ran to the ladder and slid down to the second deck of the superstructure, seeing a man come out of the bridge as he did so. Mark hit the bottom of the ladder in a crouching position and fired at the man. At the same time he saw the muzzle flash of a pistol in the man’s hand and felt a searing burn on the top of his right shoulder. The man fell back against the rail at the door of the bridge and crumpled down against the door. Mark then heard a loud bang on the port side of the ship.

He ran for the ladder to the weather deck balancing against the roll of the ship and wind. He heard a yell behind him and a shot. A heavy blow hit his right buttock spinning him around and off of the second deck onto the weather deck twelve feet below. He landed on his left foot and heard a snap as he slammed onto the deck sending a sharp shot of searing pain from this ankle to his hip that felt like someone stuck a red hot fireplace poker up his leg. For a moment his whole body knotted in pain. Another loud bang reverberated throughout the ship. Then he rolled over on his back in time to see a head come over second deck rail and he fired a four round burst. The head disappeared in a red mist carried away by the wind, but the body folded over the rail and then slipped down.

Mark crawled to the door leading to the stairwell to the tween deck, pulled himself up to the latch and opened the door. The wind caught the door and flew it open and he crawled inside to the top of the stairs. The intense pain again made his body taught and lightheaded, causing him to vomit. He heard footsteps and turned to see Robin coming through the doorway.


Mike McNeff is a cop who writes about cops. He was born in San Angelo, Texas to an U.S. Air Force family. His early years saw much travel across the U.S. and the Far East. Mike attended Arizona State University and Arizona State College of Law (now Sandra Day O'Connor Law School).

He began his law enforcement career in 1969 with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He also served with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department in Washington State. He has worked patrol, criminal intelligence, narcotics, and has been a SWAT team leader and commander as well as a hostage negotiator. Mike has instructed at the Arizona Highway Patrol Academy, Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy, the DEA Narcotics Commanders’ School and DEA Marijuana Eradication School, the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, the Chandler/Gilbert Law Enforcement Academy and has lectured in many other law enforcement training venues around the country. Mike retired from law enforcement in 2009 as a Police Legal Advisor and an officer with the Chandler Police Department in Arizona.

Mike has also been a Deputy County Attorney for Maricopa County, AZ and the Prosecuting Attorney for Okanogan County, WA. He is an experienced trial attorney in both criminal and civil cases. He has successfully defended police officers accused of civil rights violations in federal court. He is a member of the Arizona State Bar and the Washington State Bar.

Mike started writing after he retired. Necessary Retribution is his second novel. He is currently finishing a western and working on the third installment of the adventures of the Guardians. Writing has become Mike’s new career.

Mike is married to his wife Linda, has four grown children and seven grandchildren. He likes to cruise on this boat, fish, crab, bike, play guitar, shoot and of course write.


  1. Thank you for hosting, Judith.
    Mike McNeff

  2. Thanks for such a great post!

  3. Wow, intense excerpt. Thanks for sharing!