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Echo Six: Black Ops - Raid on Somalia [Kindle Edition]

Eric Meyer
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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They are an International elite unit created by NATO to carry out missions where no other could hope to succeed. A mix of Seals, Delta Force, British SAS and French, German and Polish SpecOps operators. Led by a former Navy Seal, Lieutenant Abe Talley. This is Echo Six. Even before they finish training a crisis develops that requires their unique and bloody brand of soldiering.

Hostages are about to die, facing execution at the hands of the scourge of the seas - pirates. The objective is inside Somalia. Al Qaeda has taken piracy under its control to fund their worldwide quest for terror and death in the name of Islam. Talley’s unit is hastily transferred to a nuclear carrier patrolling the Arabian Sea. Echo Six is to go ashore, kill the pirates and rescue the hostages. Exfiltration will be via the advanced, super-silent Black Hawks of the secretive 160th Aviation Regiment. Yet plans can and often do go wrong. And this time is no exception.

Fighting with an ill-prepared yet expert squad of operatives, Talley has to control the bitter rivalry of his own men as they close with the enemy. An enemy who is well equipped and well prepared for the coming attack. Behind him, his own commanders are riven by political infighting and personal agendas that threaten to tear his unit apart almost before it has got off the ground. And the mission rapidly expands to take in new and larger, more dangerous objectives. Echo Six:Black Ops is an exciting and bloodthirsty story of the fierce, no-quarters fighting of a NATO SpecOps unit.

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  • File Size: 290 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Swordworks (September 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GJB3BQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Meyer writes an entertaining enough story, serving the role of "popcorn military thriller" decently enough, I guess. His attempt at creating conflict within the Spec Ops teams to add drama beyond the "good guys vs. bad guys" comes across as a cheap plot line more suitable to some cable TV show. Are we really to believe that a NATO organized group of handpicked Spec Ops operators would include such a blood thirsty, disorganized, and undisciplined group of soldiers? The attempt to add depth to the story ended up demonstrating the shallowness of his writing.

One star for the make up of the teams, three stars for an enjoyable enough plot line. Average = two stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ginger bird January 1, 2014
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The characters were thin and written as bad imitations of bad military film characters. The entire story was predictable and implausible. At one point the author was describing the jungle in Somalia. The only jungle in Somali is near kismayo and the Kenyan border. The author also used the tiring quote of "diplomatic immunity" but it seems that he didn't bother to read the Geneva convention on it. So much of the book feels like it was written by a twelve year old.

The only good thing to say about this book is that I learned a valuable lesson: don't buy from this author again.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Abe is a weak, ineffective Hound Dog February 4, 2013
By Coach D
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Oh my, this is a very poorly/crudely written thriller. If you check out my reviews you will see this type of book is usually right up my alley: Action and Special Forces. I was expecting so much, but was so highly disappointed. I was less than 20% into this book & I was rolling my eyes and groaning. Not because it was good, but due to the poor quality of writing (plot wise & characters) and the editorial mistakes. I would have quit reading this clunker very early on, but I paid $3.99 (wasted part of my Christmas Gift Card) for it and I was determined to read it all the way to the painful ending. Agggggh!

The main character Abe Talley is a Lieutenant (Lt.) in the Navy SEALS. Sometime in the book he gets a battlefield promotion to a Captain. Only thing is, in the Navy the rank right above a Lt. is a Lt. Commander, then Commander, THEN you get to a Captain. The Navy officer structure starts off with an Ensign (O-1), then Lt. Junior Grade (O-2) and LT (O-3), a Lt. Commander is an O-4, with a Commander as an O-5, and a Captain in the Navy is an O-6 (equal to a full Colonel in the Army/Marines). Now a Captain in the Army and in the Marines is an O-3, which is the same rank level as what Abe Talley was when the book started. This tells me that the author did no research at all into the ranks of the U.S. Navy (and it seems no one caught this in all the reviews). It appears as if the author just made stuff up he saw on TV or in the movies I guess.

And oh yeah, ole Abe is a hound dog who has sex all the time (after a battle, before a battle, while planning for a battle, I lost track of how many times.....) with this hot female pilot. I know Pat Benatar said that "Love is a Battlefield" but come on Abe, try thinking of the mission FIRST, then think about sex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I read Echo Six: BlackOps by Eric Meyer and found the book somewhat entertaining with an interesting concept, cardboard cutout characters, a story was not gripping that made me want to turn the next page, and many errors from overall military structure to technology. ** May contain Spoilers**

1. Interesting Concept - the creation of a multi-national elite force drawn from European and North American UN countries to conduct "Black Operations" against high value targets and high risk mission profiles called NATFOR.

2. Cardboard Cutout Characters - For the most part, the author really did not flesh out his characters and treated many of them as disposable shadows that would suffer wounds and capture against the Somalis. The main players of LT Talley, CPT Walker, ADM Anderson, and COL Hakim received some fleshing out but the real "what made them tick" was very brief in my opinion. The reason I used the description as 'Cutouts' was the author left me scratching my head when he choice to depict the German Special Forces in NATFOR as all racists (with possible Nazi ties) when it came to the Somalis. The author also felt a need to include a psychotic Frenchman that loved to kill and did not hide his desire. In reality no Western nation would allow military personnel the freedom to freely kill and openly display the psychotic desire to continue to kill without medical examination/board, and/or removal from the military. The Officers and NCO's of such military personnel would responsible for reporting any behavior that could put fellow personnel, mission, services, and national prestige at risk. I felt (and please forgive me I do not give details) that the NATFOR was being undercut by members of the UN.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome October 7, 2013
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This was a good read, fast paced, brilliantly written with few editorial mistakes. I would highly recommend this action packed series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! September 7, 2013
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The story is a good one. Makes me wish there really was an Echo Six group. There is a target rich environment in the world right now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
go's in line with the other books top reading
Published 4 months ago by allan harris
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Wonderful read. Eric myer is one of my favorite writers.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book about our special forces
Just one point. An Admiral does not command an aircraft carrier, a Navy Captain does. An Admiral Commands the Battle Group of which the Carrier is the central component
Published 8 months ago by TOPGUN ONE
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast, action-packed book.
Terrific writing. Moves at a fast pace. Everything a reader wants in a novel. Travel around the world; excellent in every way!
Published 9 months ago by Greg Nichols
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun stuff but some inaccuracies
The author is supposed to have been in the military but he has a Naval Lieutenant being promoted to Captain, one would think he should know that, in the Navy, Lieutenants are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Nisbett
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Meyer delivers in terms of excitement, plot twists and enjoyable reading. The only small issue I have is the Brit terminology (ie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Patrick Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Written Well
I have read all the books in this series and found the tactics are in keeping with what our military are deploying at this time. Well written and keep your wanting to read more.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I read all of Meyer's books.
Quick and easy read. Holds attention until the last page. All of Meyer's books are fun to read. One of my most enjoyable authors. I read all of Meyer's books.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Mac
Before I got through the first chapter I thought it was shit if you know wat your talking about you will pick up the mistakes that a former marine should never have made reserve or... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ryan mcdonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Read
If you like war stories and "Shoot-um up, Bang Bang" type books, I heartily recommend all of the Echo Six series, and they are cheap. Regards to all: Mike
Published 20 months ago by Michael D. Setzer
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More About the Author

Eric Meyer is UK author of over thirty books. He is a graduate of University College, Cardiff, where he studied politics. He served part-time in the Commandos, the Royal Marines Reserve, reaching the rank of Colour Sergeant. During his service he took part in a number of sensitive missions. He also undertook instructor assignments with Special Forces. Later he pursued a full-time career as an independent coach and consultant, working with blue chip and other organisations. As a motivational coach, he drew heavily on his military experience to give his clients the tools required for tools for leadership andinitiative. Tools that are the mark of the small unit commander.

Working with a number of authors and experts, he has been co-writer on a number of self-improvement and motivational titles. As an author, his books are sold all over the world in paperback, hardback and ebook format. He writes mainly in the genres of military thriller, and detective thriller. Indeed, his first novel, Devil's Guard, The Real Story, is a fact based novel based on the French IndoChina war in what is now known as Vietnam. With a number of novels set during World War II on the Eastern Front, as well as novels of the Vietnam War, his military experience is reflected in a range of war fiction titles. The detective thrillers are based on an NYPD detective, Gabriel de Sade, a Special Forces veteran.

He has also presented a number of documentary films, mostly exploring historical subjects ranging from early Christian history to the mystical brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci.

Eric is married with three children, and still pursues his military and historical research in his available spare time. He is also a keen runner, and has achieved success in a number of road and off-road races, including fell-running, the challenging sport of competitive running across hill ranges in the countryside. Throughout his career he has combined his extensive and growing knowledge of military affairs with his zest for the latest motivational tools to produce novels that will both thrill and entertain the reader. Current projects include research into the causes and progress of the war in Afghanistan. Currently, Eric Meyer is a full-time novelist.

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