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Are you intrigued by the inner workings of war and militaristic styles? Fascinated and appreciative of the arduous lives of military professionals? Do you often wish you had a front-row seat to the behind-the-scenes events that underlie real-world events? If yes, then this 129-page fictional expository work, Rosehips in June by Mike Bennet, is uniquely tailored for you.

The story begins by introducing us to a dynamic, fearless, and smart-thinking soldier known as Ryder Beaton. Beaton is a WWII soldier who excels in his military career because of how committed he is to growth. As the story unfolds, we see that he is called to higher duty from retirement when he is chosen to become the warlock during the Reagan administration in the heat of raging cold war politics. A tale of espionage, strategic intelligence, tactical training, and nuclear weaponry, Rosehips in June details a fictional telling of the world's most influential and intelligent operative who is dedicated to the destruction of dangerous alliances and terrorism as he brandishes computerized innovations, powerful teamwork, leveraging on human intelligence, powers of observation, and the intricate threads of special operations. The warlock is spirited, patriotic, and innovative, dedicated to the core values of national interest. Do his values align with the powerful political structures in place? What does he do when the presidential administration displays a shocking betrayal that is incompatible with who he has become? Read up to find out.

In this thrilling collection of military escapades, Mike Bennet does a fine job of interweaving war experiences from the WWII era to the 2000s through impressive storytelling. From Thailand to Vietnam, Chechnya, and Iran, the author intersperses technical military concepts with brave and compelling characters who go toe to toe with death through risky missions like dangerous extractions, covert operations, morbid assassinations, and shootouts. Characterization is the lifeblood of this book. The soldiers assigned to the most chaotic parts of the world over several decades are smart, committed, forward-thinking, focused, and intelligent, meeting danger and obstacles head-on with impressive tenacity. The author’s vast and wide-ranging firsthand knowledge of military terms, tactics, strategies, and terminologies shines through in every sentence. Exposition, rich wordplay, and vivid descriptions are the grand strengths of this book, as they reveal the stealth, clandestine tactics, multiple covers, and layers that are integral to several operations intermixed with real-world occurrences. The actions of the characters play vividly across the mind’s eye of the reader.

My favorite characters were Bill Casey and Ryder Beaton. Casey is an innovative thinker, while Ryder is a tenacious doer. Their collaboration on WARLOCK proves that these are the two kinds of people the world needs the most if it is to become a better place. Ryder’s growth process is continual, which proves that we can always transcend into better versions of ourselves because the growth process never truly ends as long as we stay committed to it. He is true to his beliefs, dauntless in the face of challenges, and built for complexities. Additionally, he is a staunch patriot who is invested in his nation’s national interests. While Rosehips in June is undoubtedly a remarkable piece of work, I felt it could have been better edited, as several errors impeded my reading process. This is my predominant reason for giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

I recommend this book not just for military enthusiasts but also for skeptics who question politics from a partisan and stereotypical perspective. While it is true that they might find justification in some of their political beliefs, I hope that the compelling character of the warlock can make them understand and appreciate the sacrifices several operatives and soldiers make to protect the nation from external threats.

Author James Davison's Review of 'Moths to the Flame'

Sir: thank you for allowing me access to your incredible book! Truthfully, this is by far your best work ever. It's engaging, clever, chock full of details, and gets an enthusiastic five stars from me. Only concerning note - the font color is different in some places. It looked to me like, in some chapters, the color was very light. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. No bullshit.


Feel free to use any of what I am sending. When you publish, I'll buy the Kindle version so that my review appears as a verified purchase.


Fucking well done!




How does a clandestine operative become legendary? You’ll find out in Moths to the Flame (MTTF), the new book by US Army Colonel Mike Bennett (ret.). MTTF provides the reader with the long-awaited backstory for “Warlock,” a spy recruited into the intelligence world because of his daring missions during WWII. If you’re already a fan of Bennett’s “Warlock” series, this is the penultimate book for you! Its seamless blend of action, intrigue, and suspense sets this book apart. Beginning with the Warlock fighting the Nazis in World War II, it soon zooms through the many intelligence issues he touches such as the fall of Iran, our action in Grenada, the USSR’s Chernobyl disaster, the first World Trade Tower Bombing, Chechnya, Bin Laden and 9/11.


Bennett’s extensive knowledge and experience in the intelligence community shine through, lending an unparalleled authenticity to the narrative. The meticulous attention to detail in describing the intricacies of spy craft, counterintelligence tactics, and the challenges faced by the men and women in the world of covert operations make this book a standout in the genre.


In conclusion, Moths to the Flame is an excellent book that immerses readers in the enthralling world of espionage. With its impeccable storytelling, rich character development, and authentic portrayal of the life of a spy, Bennett has created a masterpiece in the genre. This book will leave you pondering the price that must be paid to bring harm to our enemies as we protect those in the shadows—a must-read for any fan of spy thrillers or those fascinated by the mysterious world of intelligence operations.


James Davison is the author of Trinity 3.11, I Am Lazarus, Bottom Feeder, and I Am Sarah.

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