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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2004
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
on 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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
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
on 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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
on November 3, 2013
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
on January 27, 2014
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
Comparing this to what the real Ludlum or Clancy, or (looking back) MacLean gave us, there is a shortage of complexity and plot turns. Not BAD, actually a page-turner that I enjoyed, but not up to even Mayer's Atlantis or Area 51 plots.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
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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