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Gave this a try after reading the feedback here and was pretty happy with it. I am a spy/ mil fiction fan and have read tons in this genre going back to Ambler and Deighton. This is more grunt and less intrigue but still entertaining and well told and narrated. Compared to Rapp and Wells books, this needs a bit more editing and character dev. It most reminds me of the Dewey Andreas books but those are better I think. I care more about the characters mentioned above. Bit deeper maybe, not sure. Good first try and I would buy another.
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This is an excellent and believable mystery, thriller, terrorist, espionage book. There is tons of action throughout the entire story right from the very beginning. The protagonist Jack Kemper is a SEAL on a mission when his entire team is ambushed and slaughtered, he escapes with his life but is badly burned. Jack then joins another alphabet team and becomes John Dempsey, our hero on a mission of revenge for the team he lost. The rest of the book deals with his training, information gathering and how, loss of comrades and ultimately the shocking discovery of who was behind the initial ambush and why. For me the who and why was a shocker that was totally unpredictable but believable.
One thing I did like about the way the authors wrote is in taking into consideration that not everyone has been in the military and doesn't always understand some of the specific meanings behind coded language the authors have Dempsey decoding in his head as the conversations take place.
Ray Porter did an excellent job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, I can only hope that a sequel is on the way! If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
118 of 121 people found this review helpful
This isn't a bad book, just badly edited with a very curious story-arc.
The first couple of hours has seemingly hundreds of people flitting through and it totally confused me who was who. I hung in there. In the event all those people, bar one or two, are never heard of again. So don't stress if you can't remember all the names.
There are then two long sections - maybe five hours in total, or more - setting up the fact that the main guy was a Seal and has a grudge. Then there are another 4 hours covering the section where he joins a super secret organisation whose aims apparently coincide with his own, grudge-wise. Much training and bickering. Eventually, a mission comes their way. There is a bit of dashing about and lickety split the whole thing is wrapped-up. Hooyah! As the Seals apparently say.
It is easy to imagine this book being written by two people. Each of them adding in yet more detail and background and overlooking the fact that this is kinda supposed to be an adventure story with thrilling bits. Somehow none of the main characters never quite grabbed me emotionally. I didn't really care what happened to any of them. Not a good sign.
What totally saves the whole experience is the fabulous narration by Ray Porter. He is right up there at the top of the narration tree. I immediately searched for other books narrated by him. Great work.
I can see these two have written another book. I imagine that one must be better as they might be able to get down to the action a bit more briskly. Of course, they may spend the first three quarters of the book recapping the previous story. Which wouldn't be a total shock looking at the self-indulgent story telling in this one.
I couldn't really recommend this book to anyone. There are better books in this genre to be had.
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