My Dad was in the Army in the South Pacific in World War II. His younger brothers were in the Army and Coast Guard in later years. My late husband was a Marine. I have two nephews who are Air Force fighter pilots. Nothing but respect and appreciation for the military in our household!
In my science fiction romances the heroes are usually Sectors Special Forces operators (the far future version of SEALs, you see) and they almost always have a sergeant working alongside. The sergeant is also a medic and all around badass. I have great respect for sergeants.
In Wreck of the Nebula Dream, my hero Nick Jameson is on his way to be court martialled for the loss of his entire team, on a mission gone really bad. When the civilian ship he's on has its catastrophe, his allies are a D'nvannae Brother (a deadly assassin/bodyguard serving an alien goddess) and one determined businesswoman who isn't waiting around to be rescued. Help her or get out of her way, you know? His team expands as they fight to survive and get off the ship. I deliberately wrote Wreck of the Nebula Dream in classic disaster movie style. (This book isn't referred to as "Titanic in space" for nothing!)
In Escape From Zulaire, Captain Tom Deverane and his sergeant get pulled off their regular mission She doesn’t feel she’s in any danger…until war breaks out and they’re on the wrong side of the enemy lines, cut off and trapped. They have to reach the capital hundreds of miles away through occupied territory, with vital information that could change the course of the civil war. AND Tom is keeping a dangerous personal secret.
In Mission to Mahjundar, Mike Varone and his cousin, Sgt. Johnny Danver, are just trying to complete one final mission before taking early retirement. The job was supposed to be a pretty straight forward search and recovery, of the remains of the crew from a ship lost in the impenetrable mountains of the planet. Before Mike realizes what’s happened, he’s saved the life of the blind Princess Shalira during a terrorist incident, she’s gotten the Emperor to assign him to escort her to an arranged marriage and of course they fall in love along the way…
So, a lot of action and adventure, rooted in the reality of similar missions here on Earth, in various wars, but with the twists and turns only science fiction can provide.
My favorite science fiction military man is Corporal Hicks from the movie “Aliens”. Soft spoken, deadly with a pulse rifle, kind to children, sexy (if only there’d been more time for Ripley and Hicks to get to know each other!)….
Here’s the book trailer for Escape From Zulaire: