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In the last few months I have listened to three different tier one operator novels, Dalton Fury’s Delta novels and Seal Team 6 Outcasts and now this novel. It is not only my least favorite but more than once I thought about turning it off. I am not sure why. Maybe because the author felt the need to provide a complete resume of the lead character rather than let it dribble out over a number of novels or that it felt pushed on the listener/reader? Or may because it seemed less like a ‘team’ and more like the lead (Tom Crocker) was ‘doing it all’ and didn’t need the other members of his team? While the author tried to provide Croker with traits that would connect with the reader, they felt cold. And while some text was given to other Seal Team member characters, there wasn't enough for the reader to connect with them. There was action but it didn’t create suspense. It isn’t a bad novel but it just didn’t connect with me; drive me to want the next book or to hear more about the characters like the Outcast and Delta novels did.
Plus, while all authors have personal views and feelings towards various issues, at times it felt that the author was too close to certain issues - too passionate or close to the issue – that his anger and energy came through so that it felt like an arguement rather than 'simply telling a story'.
Added together, it felt like the auhor needs to take a step back, buffer himself so that he can tell a story that more quietly leads the reader rather than forcing the reader down a path.
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