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Eyes of the Hammer: The Green Berets Kindle Edition

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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.

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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.

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  • File Size: 1026 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (October 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TXOK46
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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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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Eric on June 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ironmike on December 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Elias Chapelle on May 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T Ron Davis on 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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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Forker on October 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dannette Elaine Calderin on 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Willmore on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Jim Yearsley on January 27, 2014
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I enjoy Mr. Mayer's Green Beret series quite a bit. They are written with a fine attention to detail - when it comes to Army in general and special operations in particular. For that reason, I was a bit dis appointed with the lack of accurate research in this book as he unrolled te tactical evaluation exercise at Plattsburgh AFB early in the book. He seems to have "mailed it in" when describing teh challenges faced by Riley and his team. For example only:

* There are not now (nor were there at the time frame being written about) any such thing as "Air Police". In the time frame he was using the force he was describing were known as "Security Police" and had the multifaceted functions of law enforcement, nuclear security and air base ground defense.
* The description of the active defense measures was woefully underplayed. In a storage are such as he described there would have been no less than 12 personnel on duty divided into security response teams, and fire teams.
* the passive defense systems were (are in fact) much more comprehensive and technologically advanced than described, capable of detecting, motion, electromagnetic changes, fence disturbance, etc.

USAF Security Forces (as they are now known) are routinely tested and evaluated by everyone from DoD - DoE.

Other than that quibble, this is another very good book in the series.
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