Former Navy man Gary Chase sent me the following email in response to my blog post “Developing a Tough Skin to Inaccurate Reviews re the Military” and then gave me permission to include his email in a blog post:
My wife Elaine [Raco Chase] forwarded your “Developing a Tough Skin to Inaccurate Reviews Re the Military.” I read your [novel] LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS a while ago and enjoyed it very much.
Back in the 60’s when I was assigned to the USS Shangri-La I was 18 and did not have a driver’s license but as a radar operator sitting directly behind the captain of the Shang I learned a whole lot real quick — including piloting an 889-foot-long aircraft carrier.
So when I went back through the reviews of your book I had to laugh at the one guy’s review saying the protagonist was over the top. I rather doubt he was ever near the water much less in the Navy. Teenagers running multimillion dollar systems and ships are a commonplace thing in the Navy. So I suggested he “Join the Navy and See the World” before criticizing the commonplace.
You write a damned good book much in the style of W.E.B. Griffin.
I would like to see a few more of this type of book — for example the life of a sailor during the Cuban missile crisis stationed on Gtmo (as I was — they haven’t gotten that story right yet!). Be that as it may, [LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS] is a good book. Keep ’em coming and ignore the “technically challenged” ignoramuses!
I am very grateful for this lovely email from Gary Chase. It certainly made my day!
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks, including the military fiction MRS. LIEUTENANT: A Sharon Gold Novel (2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist) and the cozy mystery CAST THE FIRST STONE.
She also has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is the co-founder of the online marketing company www.MillerMosaicLLC.com