TALON by Dale Mayer Exclusive Excerpt


Talon by Dale Mayer

(SEALs of Steel Series Book 4)

Release Date: Aug 7, 2018


Talon Lore, a former SEAL, has spent the last two years recovering from the damage done when his squad’s truck drove over an antitank landmine. Six other team-mates were also badly hurt, the seventh dead, in what their team leader Badger Horley realized later had to be a trap set to take them out. After his best friend is run down, Talon realizes his murder ties in with the original incident that drove him and his squad hell-bent for revenge.

A year ago, Talon walked away from his girlfriend, Clary Witcher when she’d given him an ultimatum he couldn’t win. Clary is the sister of his best friend killed in the hit-and-run. Determined to tell Clary in person that her brother’s death was no accident and keep her safe from those now targeting her, Talon struggles with the haunting prospect of a reunion.

Clary has never forgotten and never forgiven herself for chasing the man she loved and still loves away with her stupid, take-it-or-leave-it threat. Her brother’s death is a tragedy she’s barely dealt with when Talon shows up with answers that only beg more questions. He won’t leave her side, certain her brother wasn’t the only target. But Clary has learned one thing from her time away from him: Love–not trouble–needs to be Talon’s reason for staying with her…even if sending him away means jeopardizing her own life.

Exclusive Excerpt

Deplaning in San Diego, Talon grabbed his bag off the luggage cart and hefted it over his shoulder. He knew exactly where he was going. It had been almost eleven months ago since he’d been here. Almost another year of additional pain, another year of additional growth, another year of additional physical struggles. But he had survived. He had been here before, after his best friend had died a year ago. At the time Talon had considered it a senseless accident, one of those things that cut down the good people without care, without worry, striking without thinking about who the person was, individually and to others.

And now Talon had recently found out that Chad, his best friend, had been murdered. The news hadn’t settled easily. Talon thought potentially this was just another bad joke in the Life isn’t fair context. Instead it was yet one more horrible puzzle piece in a game someone else was playing to systematically take out family members and friends of the remaining members of his former SEALs unit.

Talon didn’t have any close family. He knew his birth parents must be out there somewhere, but he had no idea who they even were. He had never had any inclination to seek them out. And they had never sought him out either. As far as Talon was concerned, that was fine by him.

Consequently Talon had been in and out of the foster care system and had joined the navy as soon as he could. It had been straight upward for him after that. But, while in high school, he’d met Chad. And that had been a relationship that he had managed to keep ever since. Until Chad’s murder a year ago. Talon hadn’t made it for the funeral, having been in and out of the hospital from his own traumatic experience. He’d tried hard, but the doctors had refused, stating that any long-distance travel like that would set back what little progress Talon had made after yet another surgery. He was not doing well at all. The news of Chad’s death had sent Talon into a tailspin. So the doctors had returned Talon to intensive care to block out the wider world until he recovered, knowing that any more bad news would potentially put him in a permanent downward spiral.

Still, he should have contacted Clary after Chad’s death. When he had finally been released from the hospital weeks later, he’d made the trek alone to Chad’s grave site. Against doctors’ orders. But to hell with that. Chad had been the best buddy Talon had ever had. In fact, Chad had been family to Talon. Chad and Clary both. It stung like hell to have Chad ripped out of Talon’s life when Talon had been at his lowest ebb yet. Even lower than when he and Clary had broken up. Or maybe it was as low as that, just doubled. Regardless the total tally of those three huge stressors in his life was more than Talon could take, one on top of the other on top of yet more. If not for the remaining members of his unit, he’d feel very alone.

 


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About the Author:


Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She’s best known for her Psychic Vision Series. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in different genres.

To go with her fiction, she writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system.

She has recently published her Career Essentials Series.

All her books are available in print and digital format.

And then there’s her poetry…

My Path

As I walk forward on my path to the future,

I choose laughter, love, and light as my sutures,

stitching together my lifetime of choices,

as the essential fabric of my being rejoices

in the love, friendships, and faith that follow

the steps I take as I flow into my tomorrow.


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