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Cut Out (The Green Berets Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Mayer
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Book Description

Another great military thriller from NY Times Best-Selling Author, former Green Beret and West Point Graduate, Bob Mayer.

Chief Warrant Officer and Green Beret Dave Riley returns in a contemporary thriller set in the shrouded, secret world of the federal witness protection program, where he discovers once again that no one can be trusted and the stakes are life itself.

Mayer's Green Beret hero, Chief Warrant Officer Dave Riley, returns to take on the mob and corrupt government officials in a well-paced but didactic tale about the compromising of the Federal Witness Protection Program. When Philip Cobb, former mob money launderer and current government informer, is murdered just as he is about the enter the Program, his wife, after calling an emergency Program number only to be nearly gunned down herself, turns for help to her brother, who contacts his old girlfriend, Donna Giannini, now a Chicago cop. Giannini in turn asks her old pal Riley to keep Lisa alive while she finds out what went wrong. The rest of the narrative pits the warrior skills and state-of-the-art special-ops technology of Riley and his men against two groups of professional killers and the heinous federal officials behind one of them. With its maximum quotient of action and violence, this entry should appeal to fans of the series.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Green Beret Series:


Eyes of the Hammer
Dragon Sim-13
Synbat
Cut Out
Eternity Base
Z: The Final Countdown

And introducing Horace Chase in:
Chasing the Ghost
Chasing the Lost


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Mayer's Green Beret hero, Chief Warrant Officer Dave Riley (SYNBAT), returns to take on the mob and corrupt government officials in a well-paced but didactic tale about the compromising of the Federal Witness Protection Program. When Philip Cobb, former mob money launderer and current government informer, is murdered just as he is about the enter the Program, his wife, after calling an emergency Program number only to be nearly gunned down herself, turns for help to her brother, who contacts his old girlfriend, Donna Giannini, now a Chicago cop. Giannini (who appeared in SYNBAT) in turn asks her old pal Riley to keep Lisa alive while she finds out what went wrong. The rest of the narrative pits the warrior skills and state-of-the-art special-ops technology of Riley and his men against two groups of professional killers and the heinous federal officials behind one of them. While Riley's high-tech gadgets are interesting, neither he, the rest of the characters nor the story line rises much above pulp level. Moreover, too often Mayer uses his characters to voice political opinions (of Vietnam, one says, "I spent three years fighting a war that no one even talks about anymore. A war that some assholes in Washington started and then pissed away.") Still, with its maximum quotient of action and violence, this entry should appeal to fans of the series.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

West Point Graduate, former Green Beret and NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has had over 50 books published. He has sold over five million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins concept. He's been on bestseller lists in thriller, science fiction, suspense, action, war, historical fiction and is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll. Born in the Bronx, Bob attended West Point and earned a BA in psychology with honors and then served as an Infantry platoon leader, a battalion scout platoon leader, and a brigade recon platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division. He joined Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A Team. He served as the operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and with Special Operations Command (Special Projects) in Hawaii. Later he taught at the Special Forces Qualification Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, the course which trains new Green Berets. He lived in Korea where he earned a Black Belt in Martial Arts. He's earned a Masters Degree in Education.

Product Details

  • File Size: 871 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1621250482
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X27PJA
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A taut suspense adventure thriller December 8, 1999
Format:Hardcover
The fourth Dave Riley book and well worth the wait. This one has Riley assisting a lady friend from the previous book, a Chicago police detective, with a Mob member who goes into the Witness Security Program. Things go wrong as people are murdered, hired killers pursue Riley and company across the wilderness to a terrific climax. No one can be trusted, phones are tapped, ruthless professional hit men and government agents are using all their skills and power to stop the witness and his wife and whoever they are with. Then Riley enters the picture and with his military skills and courage tries to outwit the killers. Great storyline, the plot is filled with turns and corners. Fresh dialog and smooth action scenes propel the reader into this nebulous and dangerous world. Good stuff, Bob. More Dave Riley. I am currenly waiting for Eternity Base and I cannot locate a copy of Z anywhere. Keep up the great work, Robert, the ending to this one sizzles. Also, check out The Line and The Gate (written as Bob McGuire) for more adventures with a twist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars For a Lean Mean Dead Ahead Guy Story September 17, 2011
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Let's face it, these are guy "romance novels". In times of personal stress, lawsuits by ex-wives, psychic attacks by a world out to bash middle aged men, these books are necessary for sanity.

So they must be streamlined, easy to read, have great action scenes, involve one man heroically against the odds, saving the world. It is fascinating to see in these books a reflection of our current societal myths. No longer do we see the one lone man, aided by a loving woman, saving the world with the help of America! Now it's America itself that needs saving, by one man and a woman who is his equal in cunning and violence.

So, when I pick up a book, I want to be lost for a few hours, immersed in another world. This book does not disappoint, it is excellent for what it is.

Melvin Morse
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Bob Mayer puts together plots that make you squirm with
anticipation and revel in their culmination.
The obligatory comparisons to clancy and his ilk will come
up (doubtedlessly) but Mayer writes a unique book that skips through
the grandstanding and posturing typical of the genre.
Instead of simply glorifying warfare he tells it like it is:
The reader is left satisfied with a hearty, real serving
of military thriller without the sugarcoating.
His wry digs at government screw-ups are delicious -- and reek
of accuracy.
I anticipate the (soon to be released) next book to come from this great, and still developing author.

This book, Cut-Out, strings a complex, rich plot of corruption in the U.S. Witness Security Program, a topic that hasn't been beaten to death by the other writers in this market. Mayer has a knack for choosing issues that no one has explored, and exploits them to build books you finish, put down, shake your head and grin.

--Synbat is a close tie with this for his best work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read. August 17, 2013
By eGrumps
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Five stars for this book. Fast paced. Well written. Believable characters. And - a great story. What more could a thriller reader ask for. My only complaint, I couldn't put it down. So -Don't start until you have time to finish, and I suppose that really isn't a complaint at all. Thanks for the good read, Mr. Mayer.
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This is one of the best books I've read in along time, it keep my interest going from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars constant cliff-hanging suspense June 26, 2014
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Exciting and breath-taking from the earliest pages. It was so intense, I'd have to take a breather now and then.
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4.0 out of 5 stars better than expected June 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book kept me reading. The action and suspense were fun, well placed. The hero is a bit too amazing, hard to believe action at times. But the surprise twist was good and kept me guessing. I also found the basis for the plot intriguing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read, But Not Anything Special June 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I assume the military training session in the opening (Chapter 2) was supposed to remind us who Dave Riley was, but it had nothing to do with the main plot. That section could've been cut down by at least fifty-percent, maybe more, and nothing would've been lost.

I couldn't help but laugh at the glitch in storytelling that took place on page 30 of the Kindle version. She (Jill Fastone) pulled the silenced pistol out of her purse and aimed it squarely at his (Philip Cobb) chest. "You first and then your wife when she gets back." But only two paragraphs later, Jill Fastone tells Philip Cobb that he first needs to tell her where the money is before she kills him. Trying to get information from someone after you've already told them you're going to kill them would seem to me to be highly counterproductive. Maybe the writer just wanted to show how stupid Jill Fastone was. Unfortunately, the scene played out in a different direction before I was able to see if Philip Cobb was as stupid as Jill Fastone.

The story moved along at a very nice pace, with interesting twists and turns, until about two thirds of the way through the novel, and then the pace slowed dramatically. There was a lot of time and words (many chapters) spent getting both the protagonists and the antagonists from multiple Point A's to a singular Point B in the Smoky Mountains. At times it read like a travelogue. I didn't think it added anything to the story, and thus a whole chunk of the book was very disappointing to me.

The final action scenes between the good guys and the bad guys were fun to follow and they were enjoyably exciting. I thought those final action scenes were the best in the whole story.

However, the ending was a huge disappointment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This man can write
Like this Series enjoyed the read
Published 5 days ago by Steve Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Really enjoyable book. Look forward to next in series.
Published 13 days ago by Ken R. Snead
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Holds your attention from page one - and I hated to put it down. Rushed back to reading every time was interrupted
Published 2 months ago by Jerry Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut Out
This is another great book from the Green Beret series. This story is about the mob, the personnel in the witness protection program, and the governmental agencies that ran the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Prolific Thriller
Chief Warrant Officer Cave Riley returns in the Cut Out. Bob Mayer blurs the line between fact and fiction in this story. The FBI does use a cut out for various operations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by marilyn sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut Out --the story moves fast
A lot of action from several directions there is always a surprise lurking around the corner.
The finish is abbreviated but the job gets done.
Published 7 months ago by J Jaeckle
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action
This is a sure-fire action story not of the pulp fiction variety in my opinion. It is more original than formula although there are elements that are common to the genre as in all... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Krueger
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series
Wonderful reading..this was a real page burner. I enjoyed this series so far. I finished it in two days, Great
Published 7 months ago by Mountain Wanderer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Action Read
Dave Riley is one of my favorite characters. To best understand this story, the reader should read the story immediately before this one too as the main characters carry over... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marshall Estes
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More About the Author

NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer graduated West Point and served in the Infantry & Special Forces. He commanded recon teams, a Green Beret A-Team and held other positions in Special Operations, where many of his bestselling ideas were formulated.

Mayer's obsession with mythology and his vast knowledge of the military and Special Forces, mixed with his strong desire to learn from history, is the foundation for his science fiction series Atlantis, Area 51 and Psychic Warrior. Mayer is a master at blending elements of truth into all of his thrillers such as The Green Beret Series, The Shadow Warrior Series, The Presidential Series as well as his historical fiction, leaving the reader questioning what is real and what isn't.

Bob has lived all over the world, but has settled down on Write on the River with his wife and 2 yellow labs, 'Cool' Gus and 'Sassy' Becca. He spends his free time running with the dogs, biking, kayaking, and watching or reading whatever his much smarter wife tells him to. She controls the remote. He has a grandson, whom he is training to be the leader of the resistance against the machines.

For more information about Bob Mayer, his books or his consulting business, Who Dares Wins, please go to http://bobmayer.org or http://coolgus.com

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