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Hunter of Gunmen (Friends From Damascus Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Cliff Happy
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Weaponized anthrax. So deadly a mere gram has over 100 million lethal doses, and terrorists are now in possession of it. When the world's intelligence agencies are unable to locate the extremists before they unleash their pandemic, governments turn to the Friends From Damascus. This rogue counterterrorist team will go anywhere and take any risk to deliver their form of justice to extremists. But this time the team faces an unexpected challenge from within its own elite ranks.
Their newest member, Katya Petrova, has lost all faith in humanity - the world's and her own. Her bleak and ravaged past as a Russian agent has destroyed her sense of self-worth. Before the team can hunt down the terrorists and the toxin, Petrova must learn to believe in herself again. Then she must earn the trust of the team's sniper, Joe Proffitt.
Outcast, mercenary, convict and founding member of Friends From Damascus, Proffitt's brutal life has taught him that all people are either hunter or prey. This former Marine and lone wolf trusts no one - so why should he trust scarred and hardened Katya Petrova?

Product Details

  • File Size: 580 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Cliff Happy (June 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008A8W4NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Befriending one's favorite author has its perks. I received an e-mail earlier tonight (now yesterday) from Mr. Happy stating that "Hunter of Gunmen" was (finally-- little dig at author) available. Well, I've been down this literary road before: meeting the new characters, getting reacquainted with the old ones, noting the hints of what lurks down the road... all precisely (and seemingly effortlessly for the author) laid out over several introductory chapters. At any moment... I know the action will ramp-up and off we go non-stop at warp speed.
Ha! but the clock keeps circling around and midnight approaches and i have places to go, things to do tomorrow! But how does one simply put this book (like the two that preceded it) down? ONLY with difficulty. I have had the experience of staying up all night once before reading its predecessor, so I now know I simply must put the book aside for the night and start again tomorrow... ha. If it were only that easy... It's tempting to keep nibbling away chapter by chapter risking the sun coming up as I race through the chapters. But not this time, Mr. Happy! I'm going to bed (but keeping the kindle close by... just in case). So, when's book #4 coming out?
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“Hunter of Gunmen” by Cliff Happy is the 3rd in his “Friends from Damascus” series. In each book the author includes long introductory background episodes about one or more of his small group of rogue killers of terrorists. In “Hunter of Gunmen” (in my view) the excessive and detailed background stories about some of the newer members of the group almost ruined the entire book. The story really begins at about Chapter 31. Thus, the previous 30 chapters are primarily to set up the main story, although within these early chapters, the “training” episodes in the Congo are quite good and often exciting.

Make no mistake: Mr. Happy’s stories are always very good, well-written, contemporary and often filled with serious personal combat – lots of fatalities among the bad guys. However, the bad guys, more often than not, are paper-cut-out-stick-figures with tons more negatives than positives and prone to unrealistic stupidity. Thus, the good guys (i.e., the Friends from Damascus) are set up to succeed, but not without trauma, serious injury and miscalculation of their own. And the reader must suspend judgment only about a half dozen times.

One of the more entertaining features of this story takes place in Zurich, where the anti-terrorist group actually breaks into a Swiss bank to get information about the bad guys, primarily a soured Indian bio-scientist who has plans to develop an aerosolized version of anthrax, as revenge for the killing of his family in Mumbai by Pakistani terrorists. The scientist is bankrolled by a manipulative Indian woman who is the brains behind the entire anthrax operation. The Zurich bank “heist” may be the first you read wherein no money, gems or art is stolen: just information. Ah, the modernity of it all!!!

So, we have, as stated by Mr.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And the hits keep on coming July 9, 2012
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So I might be a little biased, seeing as Joe has been my favorite character since the beginning,couple that with the cliff hanger ending of the second book- I could not wait to get my hands on this book and I was not disappointed. The Hunter of Gunmen kept me reading late into the night, I just couldn't put it down. With the addition of a new member to the team we get to see the relationships that develop between the team members and get a sense of who they are. I believe that this series could captivate any type of reader and keep them wanting more. I for one am excited to see what Cliff Happy comes up with next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Happy. March 24, 2014
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Just one solid well written book.

This one starts with Katya Petrova. Petrova is an ex Russian agent. An agent who's done time in prison when the Govt she faithfully served threw her under the bus.

She now fights on the streets and in alleys as a MMA fighter. She routinely gets beaten up but dish's out just as much as she takes. She's scarred, bitter and has no faith in anyone or anything.

She's contacted by Brett Morgan and asked if she wants to join the Friends from Damascas. Brett has done this because he and the major feel the team needs a second sniper. Another sniper to assist the team sniper, Joe Proffitt.

The Friends of Damascas are a team who take out jihadists, gun dealers and anyone else the team designates as a bad guy.

They answer to no one and are controlled by no one. Brett Morgan is their leader and he plans the missions. The team is on the hit list of every official agency out there.

Profitt is a quiet guy who survived a horrific childhood. A childhood that taught him how to fight, hunt and survive. He never says much but is loyal to Brett Morgan his only true friend. He's one hell of a sniper and a man who will do whatever it takes to protect his team.

Proffitt is an ex marine. A marine who was court marshalled for taking out bad guys in Iraq.

To Proffit it was very simple. The bad guys were killing marines. He killed them. The ROE didn't mean squat to him but did to the military court system.

Brett Morgan, a US Navy SEAL and the holder of two silver stars, was the only one to step up and speak for Proffitt. A Proffitt he'd met and befriended.

Proffitt served one year instead of twenty and became the sniper for the Friends from Damascas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
Cant get enough of this author, he hits it out of the park once again. Hope he keeps this series going.
Published 4 days ago by CarolfromCentral65
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, great series. Can't read them fast enough!
Published 15 days ago by B. Uchwat
5.0 out of 5 stars Another GREAT read!
This book followed the tradition of greatness I have found in all of Cliff Happy ' books. I have read the whole series of FoD, and my only regret is that I wasn't able to read them... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JoI
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the Friends of Damascus series books. Well written & lots of action.
Published 5 months ago by Wayne R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars friends From Damascus
This is a specific series of stories with a group of rogue characters as a team.
This is my third Friends From Damascus book.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fred Auerbach
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunter of Gunmen is a riveting member of the Friends of Damascus...
I am addicted to this series of books, you cannot put them down. It's one of the best military/spy books ever written.
Published 6 months ago by Mike Rolband
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Another great read of the Friends from Damascus. This is a story line that should be true on how to handle world affairs today.
Published 6 months ago by John D. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars I feel his words
I am almost finished reading all of cliff happy's books. I like that he always has a heroine!!!
I am anticipating his next Seawolf book,,,
Published 8 months ago by joseph Hojnacki
4.0 out of 5 stars A blast to dive in to.
The premise requires a little suspension of disbelief. But this series is great fun to dive in to. Im really looking forward to the next installment.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic
Love this read, challenging, captures the imagination immediately, a book you can't put down, accurate fabulous new author waiting for the next book.
Published 9 months ago by Baligroove
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More About the Author

Cliff Happy was born in 1963, and joined the Marine Corps right out of high school where he spent twenty-two years with the infantry. He served all over the world in a variety of billets including five years with the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team where he participated in operations in Central America, West Africa, and Europe. He has a master's degree in History and Political Science and currently teaches both at a National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology for academically gifted students. He currently lives in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas with his wife. They have three children.

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