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Eyes of the Hammer (The Green Berets Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Mayer
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From NY Times Bestselling Author, Amazon top 25 Author, former Green Beret and West Point Graduate, Bob Mayer.

“A scorcher of a novel. Mayer had me hooked from the very first page.” Stephen Coonts

What if US Army Green Berets led by Dave Riley must take on not only criminal drug traffickers but also betray their own government?

A US Army Special Forces team carrying sterilized weapons and unmarked uniforms is on its way to Colombia. The mission: conduct covert, unilateral raids to destroy cocaine processing laboratories.

Of course nothing is as it seems especially once the CIA gets involved. Throw in an Israeli mercenary, betrayal and double-dealing in Washington and the team soon finds itself wondering what the real mission is.

“Exciting and authentic! Author Mayer, a Green Beret himself, gave me a vivid look at the world of the Army’s Special Forces. His portrayal of Green Beret operations and techniques takes you deep into the world of Special Operations.” W.E.B. Griffin.

“If you want action, you’ve got it.” NY Times.

“A thriller that delivers in all areas—plot, suspense, authenticity and pace. A masterpiece of technology and suspense. The climax will have the reader yearning for more nails to bite. Not to be missed by fans of the genre.” Library Journal.

The Green Beret Series:

Eyes of the Hammer
Dragon Sim-13
Eternity Base

And Introducing Horace Chase:
Chasing the Ghost
Chasing the Lost

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

When Colombia secretly requests U.S. aid against the drug cartel, a Special Forces A-Team becomes the "eyes" guiding gunships and helicopters--the "hammer"--against jungle cocaine-processing labs. Then treachery leaves four Green Berets dead and one in the hands of the "Ring Man," deadliest of the drug lords. Special Forces warrant officer Riley and CIA agent Kate Westland are sent in to kill the Ring Man and rescue the prisoner. Their slim chances sink to near-zero when Washington pulls the plug on the mission. But before his people are abandoned, a veteran Special Forces colonel still has a few cards to play. In his first novel (launching a series), former Green Beret Mayer successfully establishes the nuanced differences among U.S. Special Operations units: rangers, Delta Force and Special Forces. But his story line jumps unconvincingly from covert infiltration mission to secret agent-type assassination to commando raid. Descriptions of the tools of unconventional warfare are static, and characters, with the exception of agent Westland, never achieve full dimension.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A thriller that delivers in all areas--plot, suspense, authenticity, and pace. Riley, a Special Forces man, is sent to one of a series of invasions of Colombia to destroy cocaine processing plants. After two successes and one failure, he is assigned to terminate a drug lord. His companion is a woman, Westland, a CIA agent. The intrigue and plotting of the military and various government agencies, in the United States and Colombia, and the incredible Colombian corruption are interwoven into a minor masterpiece of technology and suspense. The climax will have the reader yearning for more nails to bite. A first novel by a former Green Beret, this is not to be missed by fans of the genre.
- Robert H. Donahugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1026 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (October 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TXOK46
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This makes Clear and Present Danger... June 7, 2004
By Eric
look like a comic book. Of course Clear and Present Danger was longer, and Clancy yacked about how powerful a rifle is, and how big a ship is, Eyes Of The Hammer ignores ALL OF THAT, and gives us the full action. Eyes Of The Hammer is about Special Forces that sneak into Columbia and to destroy the drug labs.
Bob Mayer of course was a former Special Forces soldier, and the action felt real, and was quite exciting. The plans and the tactics felt real and how the soldiers fought very realistic. Eyes Of The Hammer ignores all of the CIA business, and it just deals with the military operations. The thing I had a problem is that some of the writing was kind of poor, but still I felt this was a strong book. Worth reading.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding special ops adventure December 8, 1999
Bob Mayer has created a unique series featuring a very real hero in Mr. Dave Riley. The story is well written, with tight descriptions and an active plot, plenty of nefarious villians, twists and turns and enough shoot-'em up action, crips dialog and a lot of heroics. Find this book as well as the rest of the series, they are worth reading. Great treat on a rainy afternoon. I hope HBO picks up the series and does something good with them.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hits the nail on the head May 20, 2002
Military action novels are usually not my cup of tea. To often military writers pad their novels with detail and plot devices that speaks 'never been there, never done that'. Such is not the case with Bob Mayer's 'Eyes of the Hammer'. Highly recommended.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great. October 14, 1999
Yes, Mayer is former SF, and it's apparent. Lots of fun going through the parade or Spec Ops equipment with him. And fun seeing into the mundane workings of an SF detachment. He knows that. And tells of it. But this story has too much set up. The story really did not grab me and get going until the last 200 pages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eyes of the Hammer September 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent read. Starts off similar to Tom Clancy 's Clear and Present Danger. The character development of the two main characters is super. BOB Mayer is a combination of Clancy and Lee Child
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Fiction With Redeeming Elements November 3, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For a work of fiction, it's okay. The chief "bad guy" has an unrealistic name (unbelievable to me that intelligence wouldn't have the name of the leading Colombian cartel leader). Characters in the book are a bit superficial and not well crafted. Some plot developments seem wildly unrealistic given how the Pentagon operates. The plot (spoiler alert) seems cribbed from Clancy's "Clear and Present Danger". But the trade craft and details for a US Special Forces ODA back in the 90's are pretty spot-on and accurate. If you're interested in a dated but detailed fictional account of special forces mission and deployment planning, you'll find this to be an entertaining read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hang in there! November 1, 2011
By carryon
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Is this a manual for a military video game? Well, no but you have to hang in there to get to say 35% through before Mr. Mayer grabs you by your mental images and yanks you into the story. I don't know how much of the story is based on reality in Columbia, but I would say everything seems to point that way. Recent history points toward insight by Mayer on Columbia and Venezuela. Also, the raid portrayed in his story brings to mind how the Navy Seals took out O Sama. The reader ends up with a hero worth rooting for and a heroine to save his "bottom".

No regrets on your book Mr. Mayer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book was a good read April 9, 2014
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I enjoyed the book. Wouldn't say it was a great book and it was a little dated. Enjoyed the character development and intrigue. With so many other books out there, I probably will not read another one in this series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, kept me up until wee hours.....
Thank for such a thrilling and entertaining book....being from Colombia is hard to believe how low my country has come. Amazing what a devastating thing like cocaine can be. Read more
Published 38 minutes ago by Mydrumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ooo good.
If you like military intrigue you will not be disappointed!! I'm a Navy brat and thoroughly enjoyed
this. Good job, Bob Mayer.
Published 10 hours ago by Connie L. Scheible
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Well written and I enjoyed the story line.
Published 10 hours ago by Harold D Pelton
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading!
Great reading. I had a hard time putting it down. Wanted to read it continuously until done. If you like action and war stories you'll love it.
Published 13 hours ago by slousie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read.
Page after page of drama and deadly action. Maybe a little too much of military abbreviations but a great story!
Published 15 hours ago by R.G. Sciandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story line. Kept me guessing.
Published 1 day ago by dgp1952
5.0 out of 5 stars Great action book
Great action book, very difficult to put down. Will continue to read the series as long as Mayer writes them.
Published 1 day ago by Ralph Harloff
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lots of action and moves along quickly
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving.
Excellent plot, fast moving with interesting action and twist.
Published 1 day ago by Edmond Humm
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read
Bob has a way with story and character development that is hard to match. This story is captivating and exciting. It is well worth your time to read this book.
Published 2 days ago by Steven Kellar
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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 or

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