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

Bob Mayer
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Book Description

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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 51 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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24 of 27 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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23 of 26 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 28 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eyes of the Hammer September 18, 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review - The Eyes of the Hammer. April 12, 2014
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I liked the story outline, although I found it a little boring learning how the green berets conducted briefing. Those parts were a little long. All in all it was a good read!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Fiction With Redeeming Elements November 3, 2013
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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 Good for the price August 3, 2013
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If you are a serious military afficionado seeking details and depth then stick to Tom Clancy. If you just want a decent story with a military flavour then this book will probably work for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 17 hours ago by Dan Swantek
2.0 out of 5 stars Conflicted
I really wanted to like this book as it had a plethora of 5 star ratings· Sadly I had to give it a 2 star rating. This plot moved along slower than molasses in the winter. Read more
Published 4 days ago by manna man
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyes of the Hammer
Good fast paced action story. Somewhat predictable in the outcome, but I enjoyed the story and action. Looking forward to reading the next book of the series.
Published 6 days ago by B G Willis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good choice.
Good read lots of action and would read another of the series.
Published 8 days ago by Jim M
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Page Turner
After Colombian drug cartel members assassinate a Colombian judge on US soil killing a bunch of schoolchildren in the process, Colombian President Alegre authorizes the US to... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Hillel Kaminsky
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
Lots of suspense, intrigue, and kept my attention. Couldn't put it down. Great for a long trip. Good for military jargon
Published 1 month ago by Mary Horkey
3.0 out of 5 stars to many up front details
To many up front details that have nothing to do with the plot. I will not be reading another of his books.
Published 1 month ago by Martie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by rzski
3.0 out of 5 stars Eyes of the hammer
The actual story itself was good, and it was action packed. However, almost every page in the book left off where it shouldn't have, then started later than it should have. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Case
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like stories about black ops, this is for you.
If the rest of the green beret series is as good as this, I am hooked. The details regarding the prep work to get a team ready for a silent incursion mission are outstanding. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Hollenbeck
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Bob Mayer is a NY Times Bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret (including commanding an A-Team) and the feeder of two Yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He's had over 60 books published including the #1 series Area 51, Atlantis and The Green Berets. Born in the Bronx, having traveled the world (usually not tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife, and said labs, at Write on the River, TN.

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