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Don Mann & the SEAL Team Six "Hunt" Series
Guest Columnist: Elise Cooper

Don Mann with Ralph Pezzullo writes a series of novels about Seal Team Six. These “Hunt” books are based on a warrior’s point of view. Readers are left to wonder if it is really fiction since the circumstances of the mission appear realistic and probable.

It is obvious that the author draws upon his experiences considering Mann was a member of Seal Team Six for over eight years and a SEAL for over 17 years. He worked in countless covert operations, operating from land, sea, and air, and participated in highly classified missions all over the globe, including Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He noted to, “The stories are based on small top secret ops where a handful of people participate in a clandestine covert war behind enemy lines. Everything we put in our books are things that could happen. I made sure that all the Seals in the book are based off of friends of mine who I worked with in the Seal Community.”

The main character, Tom Crocker, is a patriot who loves his country and hates the enemy. He is emotionally tied to his teammates and when one of them dies so does a part of his soul. He regrets having to leave his wife and daughter, yet believes the missions take precedence and is unwilling to retire. What makes the books even more believable is that Mann includes how the spouses of the Seals must endure long absences, being single moms, and being alone, which leads many times to

Recently published is the fourth book, Hunt the Jackal, and the fifth book, Hunt The Fox. The authors over several books focus on either Islamic terrorists or the drug cartels. The former has Crocker and team sent into Mexico to hunt down a dangerous cartel that has kidnapped a Senator’s wife and child. The latter has the Seal Team Six sent to Syria to secure canisters of Sarin before they fall into the wrong hands.

Mann is hoping that readers will get a feel for what the Seals must go through. He emphasized his belief with the quote in Hunt The Jackal, “Aren’t the terrorists we fight against the same as thieves who are trying to steal our freedoms and liberties?” He directly noted to, “Before the War on Terror there were obvious enemies and threats. Arab terrorist groups like ISIS and the drug cartels use the same tactics: thriving on chaos, beheading, and cowardly putting innocent women and children into the conflict.”

Similar to Dalton Fury who writes Delta Force thrillers Mann and Pezzullo created a series of stories surrounding Seal Team Six. The “Hunt” series allows readers to get a glimpse on the missions and experiences of America’s elite fighting force. They give real insight into the hurdles, practices, and lives of this band of warriors regarding black-op missions.

The Series

SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Fox
SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Falcon
SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Jackal
SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Scorpion [audio review]
SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Wolf

Nonfiction titles by Don Mann

How to Become a Navy SEAL
Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors
The U.S. Navy SEAL Survival Handbook

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