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Nick Morrow is a convict conscript assigned to 47 Echo - a suicide squad. No one cares whether they live or die, as long as they complete their missions. Under the command of a Marine Corps with nothing but contempt for its squadron of felons, they are on a mission to defend what's left of war-ravaged Russia.
A half-Chinese drifter, much isn't expected of Nick. Like the other members of 47 Echo, he's viewed as little more than cannon fodder. However, Nick's sense of honor, analytical mind and skills on the battlefield just might be what the squad needs to survive the meat-grinder that is the front lines of this bloody war. But can Nick himself survive the brutal crimes that haunt his past?
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By Tracey on 01-15-13
Greatly surprised by author's debut novel
I stumbled across this book awhile back and it has been waiting in my library. I wasn't expecting much (a few good battles, a spot of suspense) but I was immensely surprised. The action speeds along and the characters aren't completely 2 dimensional. I found myself rewinding at times to catch bits I had missed.
I didn't find the soldier-convicts referencing each other (including the team leader) by first names as odd, given that they are essentially a group of convicts ripped from prisons to serve on a suicide squad. They have no military training and are outfitted with subpar equipment and uniforms (the book opens with newbie Nick being presented with boots taken off a corpse, one Size 12 and one Size 11.5.) Using first names seemed a logical reaction to the dehumanizing way the "true" military referenced them with numeric designations. I did find it unlikely that the "real" military officers would also accept this breach (as did occur in the book), but I was enjoying it too much at that point to be bothered.
The narrator, Bevine, does a fair job of moving the action along, but he doesn't really differentiate the various characters all that well. E.g, there is a character from the South who sounds little different from the other characters. Although this lack of character signatures didn't bother me greatly, more uniqueness to the various voices might have served to avoid a bit of the confusion when the action sped up.
This isn't brain candy and doesn't delve into the world dystopia (we get only glimpses), but if you looking for some "light" military action, I highly recommend this volume.
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By Linda Turner on 03-21-11
I loved this book most of the way through. I wish it had been a little longer with a few more trials for the guys. I felt like I was just getting to know a few of the characters well enough to want to know more. I normally won't buy a book unless it is over 10-12 hours long. I heard about this one through a friend though and decided it would be worth the listen. It was worth it and I'd love to hear more from Shawn Kupfer. The narrator was brilliant and I will be looking for more of his work as well.
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