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SEAL Strong

(Silver SEALs)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  123 reviews
The only easy day was yesterday, and no one knows that better than Lieutenant Commander Silas Branson.

He may have taken several kicks to the gut but once a Seal always a Seal. He’s never backed down from a hard fight and he doesn’t intend to start now.

Silas lost the love of his life years ago but now he’s back to fight for what’s his.

ebook, 150 pages
Published January 15th 2019 (first published December 16th 2018)
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Sep 20, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Maree Repa
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Amazing Stars

Memories Of His Past

I was absolutely thrilled to receive the Prequel of the Silver Seals. Another most outstanding series of the most outstanding members of Seals. Written by the wonderful Cat Johnson. Such an unbelievable book. I simply couldn’t even put down once!!

Silas Branson could never forget Maggie, who was the love of his life. Now many years had passed now. But he simply could not forget her beauty. How she was always laid back. He
Linda Carlson
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is sad and gutwrenching - no parent should ever have to go through what Maggie and Silas have had to endure. But then, there is hope.

This story sucks you in deep right from the beginning. I was committed from page one and couldn’t put it down. I loved every page.

Silas has to climb back up from his depression and despair by the tips of his bootstraps. Maggie is dealing with hers the only way she knows how - distance - from Silas. They both are liv
Karen Roma
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dealing with devastation has been a part of Silas Branson’s life since joining the Navy and more so since advancing to the teams, but the fallout from his personal trauma has left him reeling. Throw a physical injury into the mix, and life just became a comedy of errors, that no one, especially Silas, is laughing about.

SEAL Strong is a powerful start to the brand new, multi author series, Silver SEALs. In this prequel story, Cat Johnson has penned a heart-wrenching account of personal loss and
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While Silas and Maggie deal with not only the grief of losing their son but each other, they struggle to navigate the healing process as well as their new dynamic. Just as things are beginning to look up, they are thrust into a life-threatening situation from which only Silas’s years of SEAL training can save them.

This starts with an emotional punch and then takes you on a roller coaster full of action, drama, suspense and passion. Its an engaging beginning to the new Silver SEALs series, and a
Marion Lent
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!

I'm a huge fan of Cat's. That being said there's always that one book that has the reader scratching his/her head wondering if the author was having an out of body experience while writing it. I am happy to report that this isn't that book!!!

I was drawn in and couldn't put the book down until it was over. I'm really looking forward to this series collaboration. It's shaping up nicely.
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
Seal Strong is the start of a new Silver SEALs series and introduces the new Bone Frog Command. It is a novella that is short in length but not skimping on story.

“Of course. Only a fool wouldn’t listen to the man who, unarmed, took out three terrorists single handedly.” Chavez grinned.
“I wasn’t unarmed. I had a knife and a pack of matches.” Silas laughed.”

It is a super emotional second chance romance that breaks your heart then puts it all back together. It will have your hear racing with sus
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cat Johnson has written a powerful love story about a second chance with the person you never got over and still loved with all your heart. Silas and Maggie had divorced when they lost their son. When trouble comes calling, Silas has to protect the woman he still loves. Can he do it and then walk away? Or will Maggie let him back in her heart? After all, she's never stopped loving him either. Great prequel story to start off this series!!! Can't wait for the rest of the books!
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
arc review I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. This is a story of lieutenant commander silas after the death of his son . He feels that after his divorce ,his job in the seals and now not knowing what to do that he lost his identity . This is a second chance romance and second chance at life. Awesome story
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart felt emotional read

Silas had lost it all. He was a Seal but that had cost him his son and wife. Headed down a dark road he found that he needed back on a Team. He was given a chance.....maybe even a second chance wth the only women he ever loved. Cat Johnson has written a very emotional heart wrenching journey onlovevhappiness loss grief and finding happiness all over again but..... everything has a price can he pay the price will he have love and happiness again with the amazing Maggie b
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Romance Is Ageless

I’ll get straight to the point. SEAL Strong broke my heart, it’s just that simple. Life handed Silas and Maggie some really painful, life-changing slices of reality. They once had a happy marriage, a deep love that stood the test of time and Silas being away on SEAL missions. But they could not survive the loss of their son. Or the fact that Maggie blamed Silas, even though he was thousands of miles away on another mission when the accident happened. Silas barely
Sandy Kelly
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the book to get the Silver SEALs started. Lieutenant Commander Silas Branson was married to Maggie Branson and a SEAL until something horrific happens and everything in his personal falls apart. He may have lost Maggie but he doesn't want to lose the only thing he has left. His career. But when the worst happens on that front as well, he doesn't know exactly where to turn or what to do. Until Maggie gets him a job with DHS and he figures out how to at least survive the changes. Enough ti ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Review with spoilers)

Great story. I loved it.

Silas and Maggie had a terrible experience. She blames him, he blames himself. Instead of getting closer, they have separated (what their son wouldn't want, he would blame himself for it). She can't have him around, he can't bear to hurt her any more. He will do whatever it takes to stop her from suffering. It hurts to leave her, but he will, even if his heart breaks.

Silas seems very realistic to
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the moment this series was announced at the end of Sleeper SEALs I have been waiting impatiently for it to begin. It's finally here and the wait was worth it!

Lieutenant Commander Silas 'Si' Branson has gone through one of lifes worst tragedies. The death of his young son Jonas while he was deployed also ended his marriage. His wife Maggie blamed him for not being there when the original plan had been for him to be home.

He returned to his team once the divorce was fin
Emily Pennington
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Silas and Maggie’s marriage ended when their son was tragically killed. Silas threw himself into his Navy Seal job to get through his grief and pain. But when he is injured and severely messes up his back on a mission, he loses even the job that gave him a reason to keep going.

Unexpectedly, Silas bumps into Maggie on a pizza run, and he responded to her general comment by admitting he was on forced medical retirement, permanently, because of the back injury. She invites him to join h
Lisa Gibbs
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first in a new series from the Suspense Sisters. Ms. Johnson got the ball rolling with this book about second chances and making the most of life.

Lieutenant Commander Silas Branson has lost his son and his marriage. Lack of love wasn't the problem but they divorced none the less. A loss like he and his ex-wife Maggie suffered can either bring a couple closer or tear them apart. It tore them apart. Maggie asked for the divorce even though she hadn't stopped loving him. ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful start to the new Silver SEALs series

I love how the Suspense sisters were able to get together and continue their Sleeper SEALs series with a new set of recently retired SEALs who are recently retired and older (More my age).

SEAL Strong: A Second Chances Romance starts off the series with Silas and Maggie who recently lost their son who drowned. She blames Silas for not being there and always deployed both are dealing with grief in their own way but when Maggie asks
Rachael Bromley
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was excited about this book.

I was so excited to read this book and I wasn't disappointed either. This is the prequel to the silver seals series by various authors and sets up how the main operation was set up. Silas is in the seals but is grieving the loss of his marriage and the death of his son as his wife, or soon to be ex wife, blames him for their sons death. As he makes his way back to the teams for his job, a major injury puts his career on the line for good but what will he do next? A
Donna Ferriola
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SEAL Strong

This really sets the stage for this unique series by multi authors centering around Silver SEALs and the formation of the Bone Frog Command. It gives you the background of Silas and Maggie and how she got the ball rolling for him to work for the Department of Home Land Security after he was medically discharged from the Navy. Maggie and Silas got divorced after the death of their seven year old son and her blaming him. Now a year later and after therapy she realized that no one was
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh man. Guys are you ready? Talk about shooting first and ask questions later. One action packed, fast paced, nerve racking, hard hitting, nailbitng, heart pounding, smooth flowing, page turning bombshell that's as riveting as it is captivating. They're so realistic it hooks you from the start with qualities and traits that play off one another perfectly. The scenes are so graphically detailed and descriptive it really pulls this little gem together flawlessly.
Debbie Caswell
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the lead in novel for a wonderful new series called Silver Seals all of the books are by various authors who excell at this genre. While this book has to be read first after that the books can be read in any order though you are prable best to read in the order the aithors recommend

This is Silas Branson's story a recently rtired Lietenant Commander from the Seals and his battle to find a cause for the rest of his life Silas's marrige to Maggie broke down when their son was ki
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SEAL Strong by Cat Johnson

Lt Commander Silas Branson is a warrior, a Navy SEAL who goes into the darkness to protect others, to keep his country safe and free. Maggie Branson is a warrior's wife, keeping the home a safe and warm place for family, for building life memories, for love. Until life breaks their foundation much as an earthquake breaks the earth.

Both Silas and Maggie are struggling to pick up the pieces, to make themselves whole again and to see if they still f
Jennie Fortna
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seal Strong is the prequel to the Silver Seals series by various authors and a great start!!

Maggie and Lt. Commander Silas Branson have a wonderful life and son until the son dies and their marriage implodes...divorce happens, their relationship becomes unbearable, he’s hurt on a mission, ends in desk job then back to the teams only to discover he is not as good as before due to his injury and now must figure out the rest of his life...

Maggie works for a DHS division and
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is dramatic, heartbreaking, suspenseful and unpredictable. Silas is caring, stubborn, brave and broken. Maggie is selfish, stubborn, unforgiving and naive. They had been married for 10 years when tragedy struck, and Maggie put all of the fault on Silas and divorced him. Later, after he leaves the SEALs, she gets him a job at the DHS. He had tried to get her back, she shot him down, he tried to forget her, but he couldn't. Things comes to a head when they have to go on a trip together, them ...more
Tami Laplante
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silas and Maggie were married but when their son was killed, they both withdrew and the Silas went off to do his Navy Seal job. Maggie files for divorce and that is the end for them. But on a mission, Silas hurts his back and since it isn't up to Seal standards, they offer him a desk job but he doesn't want that. Back home he runs into Maggie and she invites him back to chat over beer and pizza. Maggie recommends Silas for a Homeland Security job and he gets it. While on a mission he saves his t ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 Stars

I love these romances that focus on fractured married couples that find their way back together again.
In this case, Silas and Maggie have been divorced for a year, but estranged about a year prior to their divorce. It’s clear from the beginning that Silas still loves Maggie and had never stopped. A crippling tragedy and unresolved guilt and loss was the reason for their emotional and physical separation.
I really loved the way the author brings this couple back together w
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silas's world falls apart at the death of his son but a Seal stays strong and so he rebuilds.
Navy Seal Silas is devastated by the death of his young son then his wife divorces him and he goes back to what he knows his SEAL team but it soon is taken away when he injures his back and ends up medically retired. His ex-wife Maggie suggests he apply to Department of Homeland Security where she works and when he agrees she sets up an interview for him. He finds he enjoys his new job and gets adv
Samm Lynn
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the intro to the Silver SEALs and as one of my favorite authors is participating in the series, I felt I should read this one, as it is the set up for the whole series. I am pretty sure this is my first Cat Johnson book.

I have to say that I really was sucked into this story. Even though it is short, the author puts so much emotion into the relationship between Silas and Maggie. The loss of a child is never easy and these two characters struggle to put their lives back on trac
Cindy Montgomery
Second chance for love.

A tragedy tore apart the marriage of Silas and Maggie. Silas sustained an injury on a mission and ended up stateside. Maggie thought with his qualifications she would recommend her former husband for a job and Silas was hired. His training and skills as a Navy Seal came in handy as he thwarted a terrorist attack on his group. He saved his ex wife and they began to see they were still in love. He also saw a need for a group within the organization to solve problems as n
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really awesome read, that pulls you through a huge range of emotion, despair, grief, loneliness, regret, forgiveness and joy. The life of a SEAL after war and service never takes the training out of the man. And for Silas he found his footing again. The characters are amazing and the story sucks you in so dont read just before bed cause you won't want to put down. Cat is an amazing story teller that must do her homework to make the stories so reflective of military life and training cause the ...more
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