Authors Showcase: Sentinel’s Choice by Michael E. Witzgall

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The Book: Sentinel’s Choice

The Author: Michael E. Witzgall

The Story: As a member of the elite U.S. Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance teams, Renee LaFleet learned hard lessons about survival. This is where he met the brother of his heart, Navy SEAL commander, Richard Shannon, under the harsh conditions of hand to hand combat.

But nothing he experienced in Iraq prepared him for the evil he would face as a homicide detective in Dallas, Texas. At least in battle you know the enemy.

When bodies start turning up, all murdered in the same manner, Ren is confronted with the unthinkable possibility that his best friend Father Richard Shannon might be involved.

Ren must decide where the bonds of brotherhood end and his duty as a Texas Peace officer starts.

About Michael E. Witzgall:

Michael Witzgall
Michael Witzgall

The son of a career military officer, Mike spent 12 years on active duty as a noncommissioned and commissioned officer (mostly carrying a rifle, rubber boat, and dive equipment running up and down the beaches of sunny California). While in the military, Mike served in the Marine Corps elite Force Reconnaissance teams and then later as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Infantry and Military Police Corps.

In 1988, after numerous deployments around the world, Mike left the military as a Captain and joined the Dallas Police Department. During his tenure with Dallas, Mike earned forty-eight written commendations, two lifesaving awards, one police commendation bar (for valor), two Certificates of Merit (for valor) and the Medal for Valor (43rd Recipient). Mike served as a patrolman in south Dallas and as a member of a Tactical team (SWAT).

Published in his field, Mike has written numerous articles for law enforcement magazines and has published eight tactical training manuals. Mike’s career with Dallas ended after a severe line of duty injury forced him into early retirement. This injury eventually led the amputation of his left leg above the knee. Currently, Mike is co-owner of Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. specializes in teaching courses such as, but not limited to;  Hazardous Warrant / Apprehensions, Basic and Advanced SWAT, Basic and Advanced Police Rifle, Hostage Rescue, and Counter Paramilitary Operations. Through Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. Mike has also been contracted as a consultant to review and assist in upgrading security at Independent School Districts and private corporations.  Since its inception in 1998, Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. has taught over 1,500 officers from as many as 225 different agencies.

In addition to teaching SWAT, Mike is a specialist in underwater salvage and recovery operations of small to medium-large size water craft. Several of these “recoveries” have led to insurance investigations and the conviction of the claimants for arson and fraud.  Through hard work and dedication (and with his wife Shelly always at his side) Mike has earned a reputation as an expert in Underwater Crime Scene Reconstruction, Evidence Preservation and Watercraft Recoveries.

Mike loves a good mystery and Sentinel’s Choice is his first novel. He lives with his wife and an assortment of large dogs just south of Dallas.

Review by Harriet Klausner; 

In Dallas, a serial killer targets religious leaders. Assigned to lead the investigation is DPD CAPERS/Homicide Unit Sergeant Detective Renee LaFleet. A Marine Force Reconnaissance Officer veteran, Ren quickly concludes this case may prove tougher than his combat experience in Iraq as the body count mounts by a perp who knows what he or she is doing.

As he begins to see the pattern emerge, Ren fears his BFF, retired Navy SEAL turned Catholic priest Father Richard Shannon, may be the culprit. What eludes Ren is why and how to prove his buddy Rick has become an avenging angel when even the cop disbelieves his own assertion and circumstantial evidence that someone he has known for so long could be this murdering bringer of death.

Sentinel’s Choice is an exhilarating police procedural that grips the reader from the surprising prologue to the stunning climax. Ren is a terrific protagonist who refuses to accept his own theory as his mind stubbornly insists no way leading to his rejecting what his senses insist is the truth. With a great twisting finish to a strong investigation, fans will relish Michael E. Witzgall’s refreshing serial killer novel.

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