There’ve been several reviews online of Joe Ledger: Unstoppable, but until this week, I hadn’t seen any that even mentioned my story “Ganbatte,” except for a couple of quick kudos on Goodreads.
But my buddy Bethany Kesler reviewed the book for her “Writing from Neverland” blog, and she singled out my story and that of Mira Grant for praise.
Ganbatte features a member of Joe’s team, Lydia Ruiz who is one of the first members of an all-female SEAL fire team. She is easily one of the most badass characters in the series and this story gives us a snippet into how she got to be a member of Echo Team. Lydia is a hell of a martial artist and Keith’s own expertise in that field shows in this story. It also touches on a sensitive topic around one of the people in Lydia’s life and while the situation is an all too real one, the outcome was one that I appreciated the hell out of as much as I simultaneously wished that situations like that would really end that way in actual life. Just like with Mira’s story, you don’t read this one so much as you experience it. You feel the wind in your hair, that smell you only get when driving on the overseas highway. It’s easy to get into Lydia’s head, to see what she sees. Ganbatte deepens your understanding of Lydia Ruiz as a character and a person.