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Z: The Final Countdown (The Green Berets Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Mayer
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Book Description

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

This military action thriller set in the war-torn jungles of Africa, finds SF veteran Riley on the most dangerous mission of his life.

Reference Mayer’s Thrillers
“Mayer had me hooked from the very first page.” Stephen Coonts
“Exciting and authentic. Don’t miss this one!” W.E.B. Griffin
“Fascinating, imaginative and nerve-wracking.” Kirkus Reviews
“A pulsing technothriller. A nailbiter in the best tradition of adventure fiction.” Publishers Weekly.

From Kirkus Reviews
Although retired from the US Army, Dave Riley is not out of the action as he battles crafty villains and a deadly pestilence in southwestern Africa in this sixth installment of Mayer's absorbing and well-written series (Cut-Out, 1995, etc.). Now a civilian security specialist hired to protect Satellite News Network correspondent Conner Young, the ex-Special Forces warrant officer accompanies his comely charge to Angola, where she's covering a multinational mission to end the civil strife that's racked the onetime Portuguese colony since it gained independence in 1975. After overrunning rebel strongholds and establishing a base camp along the Zairean border, the Green Berets in the UN's vanguard are stopped cold by the outbreak of a virulent plague. Quarantined with Conner and a handful of soldiers who have also been exposed to whatever's in the air, Dave apprehensively follows the unavailing attempts of epidemiologists who have been flown in from the States to deal with the highly contagious disease they refer to as ``Z.'' Released from hot-zone confinement to escort the medical team on a fact-finding mission, he helps determine that man, not nature, has unleashed the lethal virus. With an assist from the National Security Agency, American commanders soon identify the likely culprit as Pieter Van Wyks, head of the syndicate that effectively controls the world's diamond trade. Aware that the avaricious mining magnate has stockpiled vaccine that can reverse the invariably fatal course of Z, the Pentagon details Dave to lead a small band of nothing-left-to-lose troopers in an airborne assault on the cartel's strongly defended headquarters on the Namibian coast. Though on his last legs and facing die-hard adversaries, the old soldier will manage to beat the odds. A ripping good biotech/military thriller that plausibly depicts the high costs (psychological and otherwise) of combating unseen enemies. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

The Green Beret Series


Eyes of the Hammer
Dragon Sim-13
Synbat
Cut Out
Eternity Base
Z

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


Editorial Reviews

From Kirkus Reviews

Although retired from the US Army, Dave Riley is not out of the action as he battles crafty villains and a deadly pestilence in southwestern Africa in this sixth installment of Mayer's absorbing and well-written series (Cut-Out, 1995, etc.). Now a civilian security specialist hired to protect Satellite News Network correspondent Conner Young, the exSpecial Forces warrant officer accompanies his comely charge to Angola, where she's covering a multinational mission to end the civil strife that's racked the onetime Portuguese colony since it gained independence in 1975. After overrunning rebel strongholds and establishing a base camp along the Zairean border, the Green Berets in the UN's vanguard are stopped cold by the outbreak of a virulent plague. Quarantined with Conner and a handful of soldiers who have also been exposed to whatever's in the air, Dave apprehensively follows the unavailing attempts of epidemiologists who have been flown in from the States to deal with the highly contagious disease they refer to as ``Z.'' Released from hot-zone confinement to escort the medical team on a fact-finding mission, he helps determine that man, not nature, has unleashed the lethal virus. With an assist from the National Security Agency, American commanders soon identify the likely culprit as Pieter Van Wyks, head of the syndicate that effectively controls the world's diamond trade. Aware that the avaricious mining magnate has stockpiled vaccine that can reverse the invariably fatal course of Z, the Pentagon details Dave to lead a small band of nothing-left-to-lose troopers in an airborne assault on the cartel's strongly defended headquarters on the Namibian coast. Though on his last legs and facing die-hard adversaries, the old soldier will manage to beat the odds. A ripping good biotech/military thriller that plausibly depicts the high costs (psychological and otherwise) of combating unseen enemies. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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.

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  • File Size: 916 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z1TUW4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Moving along...ZZZZzzzzzz September 3, 2011
By WillH
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The book was like read reading a history lesson with a political motivation. Too many loose ends combined with then endless typos, that plague all Mayer's ebooks, make this attempt at entertainment luke warm at best.

Save your money.

Will
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The writing needs re-routed and redeveloped June 17, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
David Riley seemed to gradually become a side-tracked stand-by player instead of a main character since ETERNITY BASE. This book has also become so boring for its tranditional writing format of sectional cuttings/pasting technique. The Reader has to digress from lot of scenes and incidents to and fro, and Riley himself has also become a vague shadow and/or a bystander. Using Conner(another shadowy character who reader won't be too impressed or appreciated)to wipe out the identity of Riley, and using a non-gender name CONNER for a female character, also jeopardised a more possibly vivid background. B.M. should focus more on Riley instead of on other characters as well as too many unnecessry, over-described, interwoven military incidents. This book made me feel like reading a military briefing, and it was very boring! All the characters were lifeless like cut-out carboard figures who looked back at you with dead eyes. Let's go back to enjoy his more focused CUT-OUT or SYNBAT. This one and the former ETERNITY BASE, both were out-of-focus downhilled writings. Neither is recommended. Sorry, no cigar again
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dave Riley bogs down in middle age July 10, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Bob Mayer has converted his Dave Riley novels from techno action adventure to plodding political narrative. In this latest novel the real action is limited to the final 20 or 30 pages. A far cry from the almost non-stop action in eyes of the hammer and dragon sym 13.

Riley's removal from the military is also less then effective. Why would the actual military personnel involved allow him to do what he does? Another question unanswered is what happened to Sgt. Lorne? He was just dropped in mid story.

Mayer, who I have always found to write an enjoyable book, may be just searching for a new direction or a new main character. Hopefully his next work will once again earn a "ten"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A n informative warning in disguise June 23, 2014
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I hope that this story isn't a harbinger of things to come I am having nightmares of drinking water with germ warfare injected into it Mayer gets better with every book This one will make you think
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5.0 out of 5 stars scary story can't put it down June 1, 2014
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Great story and a bit scary, perhaps too close to real given the greed in our world today, scary stuff
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book April 27, 2014
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Bob Mayer can really weave together a story. Buy it, read it, and be happy. Mayer can really crank out many good book. and this is one of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars moves well April 21, 2014
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Slow in the beginning but moves well as time goes on to become a good read. Definitely worth the time spent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Zombie novel - ONLY BETTER! April 20, 2014
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Ok, when I first saw the title I thought, "here goes another zombie apocalypse novel." Nope. I rated this novel high because it does an outstanding job of describing special operations and what goes into planning as well as honing in on the human aspects of soldiering. This was a quick read and the pace was fast. The novels voice through the main characters was believable and well orchestrated. This is the first novel I've read of Bob Mayer and I look forward to reading his plethora of novels. I would recommend this author ofr those who have read Jeremy Robinson or those who like the military/sci-fi genre.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Bob Mayer has crafted a superb sequence of storylines in this series and this mission along with its predecessors is fast paced and action packed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MG
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Mayer & the Green Beret Series
I can't say enough good things about this series. Bob Mayer really knows how to keep you guessing. He manages to create a visual picture of what these guys are doing and what... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Beverly
4.0 out of 5 stars fast paced
Although some of the situations and happenings are pretty far-fetched, I really enjoyed Z and am now planning to read the earlier books in the Riley series.
Published 3 months ago by mombo
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I like Bob Mayer books and this one didn't disappoint. I won't hesitate to buy more of Mayer's books as they come out. Matter of fact I think I'll get the entire series.
Published 3 months ago by W. Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the series!
This novel investigates another terrifying scenario in the realm of what might be... biological warfare. Read along as Dave Riley takes on his biggest challenge yet!
Published 4 months ago by Xander
2.0 out of 5 stars Z The Final Countdown
Ho hum. I don't see how anyone could give this 4 stars unless they were in the service and were familiar with all those Departments, Weapons and factions in those countries. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Faye
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting science fiction
This an interesting science fiction interspersed current reality. I definitely recommend the book to other Bob Mayer fans. It is good story.
Published 4 months ago by RICHARD W. ENZ
5.0 out of 5 stars The Z has nothing to do with zombies
But this book is still loaded with action. I am happy with it. Strong characters and a decent story, combined with military action and a lovely new virus... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JaxonD
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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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