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Hell and Gone Paperback – April 27, 2011
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A man's book through and through. - Jack Silkstone, author of PRIMAL
Highly recommended. - Midwest Book Review
An action novel that hits you like a brick through a plate glass window. - Post Modern Pulps
From the Author
Action adventure and realism blended together is a tall order, because war is 90% boredom punctuated by flashes of stark terror, stupid mistakes and confusion. Same in elite units, though there's a higher percentage of good planning, capable execution and decisive adjustments on the fly.
This is a tale of exceptional men.
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Top Customer Reviews
On the surface the plot appears to be standard-issue for the genre, Islamic whack jobs with a suitcase nuke, but characters carry the story and the plot turns out to be anything but what we expect from "techno-thrillers" or "men's adventure." As a former soldier I was also impressed with the authors attention to detail and general accuracy in regards to weapons and tactics. Every time I thought he slipped up I was proven wrong with what was described a few lines later such as the security situation when the protagonist arrives at his safe house in Sudan.
I liked the descriptions of the mercenaries and found them accurate and true to life. This was particular true of some of the more unsavory characters who had a garrison mentality or bragged about ruining some lower enlisted kid's life. I've crossed paths with guy's like that to be sure. The disenfranchisement of some of the mercenaries also rang true, particularly Scarred Wolf's comment about officers viewing their soldiers as "assets at our disposal" rather then "warriors on our team." The protagonists comments about how shallow rich kids are exactly the type of fodder the military wants as officers was also dead on, thankfully a few good ones sneak through the cracks.
The author does wear some of his politics on his sleeve regarding US-Israeli relations but that is his prerogative and generally his political views are well spoken throughout the novel without bashing the reader over the head with them.Read more ›
In an action thriller it would be very easy for the characters to resemble cardboard props waiting their turn to become cannon fodder, but Brown doesn't go that route. Each of his characters has a story and Brown gives each one the time to tell it, although with the sheer number present some get more time than others. And they're a diverse, fractious lot. Yes, they're all dark-skinned (Caucasians would be a dead giveaway in the Sudan, where the action takes place) ex-military or mercenaries loaded up with testosterone, but the similarities end there. They're distinct individuals with their own sets of skills and shortcomings. They're men, not superheroes. You'll hate Mai for his arrogance and bigotry, but you'll admire Scarred Wolf's ability to execute his bloody job with honor and integrity.
The villains in "Hell and Gone" are truly evil. I don't say that lightly. The manipulation that the Jihadist leader, Ali, and his Chinese consultant, Chin, put fifteen-year old Bassam through is nothing short of diabolical. The scary part is, none of it comes across as far-fetched.
Brown, a veteran himself, uses his characters to address a range of issues. He explores veteran alienation through several men. We get to see how each dealt with feeling disconnected from friends, family and country once they were "back in the World." There's also the matter of American foreign policy.Read more ›
This is a realistic story about a teenager recruited by a terrorist training camp for an attack, and a group of elite ex-military men sent to prevent the use of a nuclear suitcase bomb strike upon Israel. Great writing creates scenes so well crafted that I felt like I was in a strange land in the middle of the action.
One of the parts of the story I found most interesing was the the author's descriptions of the physical effects on the men following a firefight. I think this author's work can compare with any of the more famous thriller authors today. I am very pleased to recommend this book to anyone that enjoys thrillers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. The premise was entirely believable, the weapons and tactics well-described and the action compelling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Duke of Earle
Good story about a region you never read about in the media.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Hell and Gone is an enjoyable military/mercenary thriller. It reminded me of Forsyth's Dogs of War, or The Wild Gease, though updated to more modern times. Read morePublished 11 months ago by NewJerseyThomas
As a fan of the military thriller sub genre, Henry Brown came highly recommended by other authors in the independent scene. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Viper
There are certain books I've read--few and far between, admittedly--that rekindle and re-energize my reading habits. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Nate Granzow
Just finished this book today. I was alittle worried it would suck but DAMN it was awesome. Highly recommend this novelPublished on May 1, 2013 by Jonathan S. Eldridge
I decided to try something new from Westerns and the Executioner etc. I read the first book in this series. Entertaining but slow and sometimes tiresome. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
In the tradition of "The Expendables" and "The Dirty Dozen", Hank Brown delivers rock solid military action with just a hint of techno-thriller. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Winston Crutchfield