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Brady Hawk is an ex-navy seal now serving as a black ops assassin in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is tasked to take down terrorists quietly, making it look like they were killed accidentally, in hopes of not creating more sympathizers or more terrorists. The project is led by Senator Blunt, who will do anything to protect his power and pet project, including blackmail and murder.
When Hawk gets captured, he discovers a plot to bomb an American base. If he can’t escape, kill the bomb maker or warn the US, hundreds will die. With the help of his handler, Alex, the beautiful ex-C.I.A. operative, he is able to infiltrate deeper into the terrorist network. Now it is a race for time to foil the plot and stay alive doing it.
There is a fair amount of action, Hawk gets in tight jams, but always escapes with his extraordinary skills and an enormous amount of blind luck. Unfortunately, the escapes seem forced and way too easy. The terrorists are easily fooled and bungle their captures. For example, Hawk fakes an epileptic seizure to get taken to the infirmary, too bad they don’t think to tie him up or post a guard. Really?
It is an entertaining listen, but doesn’t bring too much originality to a very full genre of military/Muslim extremist/terrorist novels. The characters aren’t that interesting and tend to get pulled by the plot rather than the other way around. An easy light read if you enjoy this genre and don’t mind some less than believable escapes.
The story is performed by Dwight Kulman who does a good job. He has a pleasant voice. The characters are easily discernible and the voices are pretty good. His Middle Eastern accents could use a little work but aren’t distracting. There are production problems at the last third of the novel as chapters are repeated. An easy fix for the producer, but extremely distracting for the listener as he has to fast-forward to the next chapter to continue the novel.
First Strike is a generally entertaining assassin novel with little to make it standout in a crowded field.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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Good book. But please fix the chapters. They repeat close to the end. Otherwise good book