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They say, “write what you know,” and for former tactical naval aviator Captain Kevin Miller, that means writing detailed and engrossing military thrillers.

Miller, who lives and writes in Pensacola, has just released his second novel, “Declared Hostile.” It is the second in a series that began with “Raven One,” an Amazon.com Bestseller.

"Declared Hostile," the second novel by retired U.S. Navy Captain Kevin Miller. (Kevin Miller/Special to The Pulse)

“Declared Hostile,” the second novel by retired U.S. Navy Captain Kevin Miller. (Kevin Miller/Special to The Pulse)

His books bring readers into the cockpit, the ready room and to the skies to experience the pressure and precision involved in aircraft carrier operations. Miller illustrates details drawn from his own experiences in combat. “I spent many hours circling the skies of Iraq and Bosnia during No-Fly Zone patrols,” Miller said. “The aircraft I flew the most in my career is the FA-18 Hornet; it’s the same aircraft the Blue Angels fly.”

A third generation naval officer, Miller graduated from the University of Mississippi, earned a Master of Science in Business Management from Florida State University and a Master of National Security Policy and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

During his 24 years in the Navy, he flew the A-7E Corsair II and FA-18 Hornet operationally and commanded a carrier-based strike-fighter squadron in combat, logging over 1,000 carrier-arrested landings. He deployed overseas six times throughout the 1980s and 1990s aboard the aircraft carriers Nimitz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Enterprise.

Miller finished his naval career in the Pentagon serving on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy, retiring in 2005. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, the Air Medal (with combat “V”), and two strike-flight Air Medals.

After retirement, he went on to work at two Washington DC defense-consulting firms. In 2010, he joined the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in Pensacola as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was instrumental in the launch of the National Flight Academy.

Today he works as a defense consultant and author.

Then-Lieutenant Commander Kevin Miller in front of his F/A-18 Hornet aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf, November 1991. (Kevin Miller/Special to The Pulse)

Then-Lieutenant Commander Kevin Miller in front of his F/A-18 Hornet aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf, November 1991. (Kevin Miller/Special to The Pulse)

“My novels may be characterized as action-adventure military thrillers, but they are also stories about flawed men and women who do not always get along, but must work together to defeat a common enemy over the horizon,” Miller said. “The setting is carrier aviation where I spent years of my life underway on the other side of the world, with other great Americans, and supported by strong families backs home. All of us began our journey in Pensacola, as do today’s fledgling Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard fliers.”

Miller’s two novels have sold more than 20,000 copies. Fans can also purchase his short story “High Desert Reflections” through Amazon.com. The digital version of Declared Hostile is found exclusively on Amazon Kindle for only $4.99. The trade paperback costs $16.99 at the CreateSpace store or Amazon and is delivered to your door. “Raven One,” and soon “Declared Hostile,” may also be found at Barnes and Noble.

Miller is now working on his next novel.

For more information on Captain Kevin Miller and his writing, visit his page on Amazon.com.

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