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Larry Bond , Jim DeFelice
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May 1, 2004 Bond, Larry
The New York Times bestselling author of the classic technothrillers Red Phoenix and Day of Wrath, Larry Bond has won praise for the gritty authenticity of his military-political adventures as well as for his matchless talent at generating edge-of-your-seat suspense. Now Bond debutes an exciting new series that rockets straight from the cutting edge of America's war on terror . . .

Officially designated the Joint Services Special Demands Project, "The Team" is a unique unit created to address unconventional threats in an unconventional manner, beyond the beurocratic restraints of either the U.S. intelligence or military establishments. With an almost unlimited budget, the Team, consisting of a CIA officer, two Special Forces commandos, and one outnumbered Marine--is authorized to track vital intel and then take immediate action.

A radical response to perilous times, the Team has never been more needed than this very moment: a quantity of radioactive waste, being shipped across the former Soviet Union, has gone missing. In the wrong hands, the stolen material can be converted into a "dirty bomb" capable of rendering any American city uninhabitable for centuries. With time running out, the Team must locate and neutralize the threat--unaware that their unseen enemy has already chosen a target: the island paradise of Honolulu.

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From Publishers Weekly

The troops of the small Special Ops force in this latest novel by Bond (Red Phoenix, etc.) spend about equal time bantering with each other and blowing up stuff: buildings, vehicles and even thugs who stand in their way. Aside from its inherent entertainment value (which is considerable), this is a good formula because it allows Bond and coauthor DeFelice to smoothly fold in an enormous amount of exposition and to introduce, over the course of a hundred or so short chapters, the individual members of Joint Services Special Demands Project Office, known to insiders as simply the Team, for the novel is the kickoff of a projected series about the new war on terror. Smooth, shrewd Bob Ferguson leads them, engineering their escape from a tricky trap in Kyrgyzstan early on. The MacGuffin: a planned meeting with Russian wheeler dealer Alex Sheremetev in Kyrgyzstan goes awry when Ferg finds Sheremetev's murdered corpse. Before you can say frameup, local police have arrested Team member Jack "Guns" Young (a Marine and language expert) for the crime. It's up to Ferg, Connors (the old man and explosives expert) and Rankin (the young hothead) to rescue Guns and find the real killer-and that's just for starters. Back in Washington, Corrine Alston, chief adviser to the new president, disdains the maverick modus operandi of the Team and Ferg in particular, so much so that she flies to Russia to confront and control him. Her slow journey from skeptic to supporter is the novel's most entertaining and mainstream plot thread, the reader on her shoulder as she's immersed in the rough and tumble adventures of the Team. This is a solid series debut.
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From Booklist

Bond, the author of a string of best-selling techno-thrillers, has achieved the sort of status that lets a writer stick his own name right in the title of his book. This is the first installment of a series of novels spotlighting twenty-first-century warfare: wars fought not by armies, but by small groups of highly trained experts, in other words, by intelligence not firepower. At the center of this novel is the First Team, a small unit created by the CIA to "address unconventional threats in an unconventional way" and currently operating undercover in the former Soviet Union, tracking radioactive waste that could, in the hands of a particularly clever terrorist, be used to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world. The team is an entirely fictional creation, but Bond and cowriter DeFelice (who's also collaborated with Stephen Coonts and Dale Brown) combine research and imagination to make the whole premise seem completely plausible. The team itself--a CIA officer, a marine, and two Special Forces commandos--is a lively quartet of characters, trading witticisms and good-natured insults as they try to save the world from an evil villain. In fact, Bond may finally have learned how to create characters who feel like people, not stick figures or functions of an overly complicated plot. Fans of his muscular techno-thrillers will thoroughly enjoy this new novel, and clamor for more First Team adventures. Readers who've tried a Bond novel, and failed to find much to enjoy, ought to give this one a try; they'll be pleasantly surprised. David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Series: Bond, Larry
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1ST edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765307111
  • ASIN: B000E6UWBC
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars gritty and edgy February 19, 2005
A lot of people did not like this book. Folks you could do much worse. This book moves quite fast and you need to pay attention otherwise, you will lose the plot.

The writing style for this book reflects the anxiety of the main characters as they track the components for a dirty bomb through Central Asia. If that was the intent then the authors achieved their goal.

However, I think they missed an interesting subplot by not playing up the friction between Corrine (the lady lawyer) and Ferguson (who is trying to get killd before he dies of cancer).

This is an average thriller against the back drop of the War on Terror.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I beg you not to read this book. June 10, 2004
I have a new "worst book I've ever read" on my list after trudging through this garbage for the last three weeks. First Team has two things going for it. First, the book summary on the jacket because that is the only hope you have of following the plot, and second, the captions beginning each chapter that indicate where the characters are.
Larry Bond's books have all been high quality novels, even though the last one he wrote wasn't as good. But he hasn't written anything in awhile then returns with this effort with co-author Jim Defilice. I don't know who wrote what, but somewhere along the line, they really botched this book up.
The story involves a team that operates outside the law tracking terrorists. It has CIA man Fergeson, two special forces memberts Rankins and Connors and a marine called Guns. They are on the trail of terrorists trying to prevent a dirty bomb being set off in the USA.
I seriously considered quitting this book after about 100 pages. At this point the problem wasn't the storytelling, but the horrendeous dialogue among the "First Team". I guess the authors were trying to add character to these people, but every other word was a joke or a lewd comment. This detracted from the story because it often seemed forced and out of place and incredibly unrealistic. I doubt soldiers trade crass jokes in the heat of battle.
The horrible dialogue tapers off somewhat and then the horrible story takes over. The authors can't describe scenery at all and do a horrible job of telling the reader why characters are in Iran, then in Russia, then split up into teams, then together. Why are they following a train? Why do they stop? How do they get to a US airbase from following a train? Those easy questions are never answered.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but nothing new. June 15, 2004
By Slick
First off, Larry Bond and Tom Clancy are my favorite writers for fiction. However...
This is not like any of Larry Bond's first three books: Red Phoenix, Vortex, and Cauldron. It does resemble his latter two of Day of Wrath, and Enemy Within.
I found it a good book and easy to follow, but not to the level of his first three. It is fairly typical of most terrorist plotted techno-thrillers out today. It is worth buying, but only in the bargain bin or paperback.
I highly recommend Michael Farmer's "Tin Soldiers"
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful June 1, 2004
Just plain awful. The dialog is a non-stop string of wisecracks and one-liners; hardly the stuff that makes you believe you're reading an alleged thriller. And certainly nothing that makes you believe these characters are believable.
Oh yes, there are endless descriptions of all the weaponry and high-tech gadgetry this imaginary CIA and Special Forces combination team carries. Unfortunately it's difficult to believe they cart all this stuff around in a truck as they do their "secret" missions in places like Chechnya.
I've read other Larry Bond books and generally he's not bad.
But "Larry Bond's First Team" is just plain awful. No plot; no believable characters; no suspense; no fun. By the end of this novel - if you get that far - you may well wonder as I did, why you wasted the time. My own rationalization is that it's like getting hooked on a really bad movie. It's so bad that you can't believe it gets worse. In the case of Larry Bond's First Team. The only believable thing about it is that does keep getting worse and worse.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment from Larry Bond May 27, 2004
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I have been an ardent Larry Bond fan from "Red Phoenix" on and have all of his previous books in my home library. I immediately purchased this new novel as soon as available with great expectations. Alas, was not to be. This book was terribly disappointing, and a hard to finish reading. The story was choppy, the characters only cardboard cutouts that you could care less about. Nothing was in-depth and read like a book thrown together overnight by a couple of buddies over a beer. Even the hero, Ferguson, seemed more of an accident waiting to happen, and inept to say the least, to be leading a special forces strike team. Sorry Mr. Bond, but if this is the first book in a planned series, I surely hope that more thought and depth goes into the sequels. Try reading some Vince Flynn novels with hero Mitch Rapp to get the right idea of some great action stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Over 450 pages of wisecracks July 16, 2012
By Rusty
I picked this book up because of the interesting premise on the back. Terrorists, spec ops, and action. What more can one ask for?

Well at first the book starts out interesting in the first few chapters and seems like it will be a promising read. It all breaks down by the time the lead, Ferguson starts talking. When he and his team start talking it is nothing but wisecracks and misogynistic filth spewing out Ferguson and his team's mouth. The characters seems like cardboard cutouts. Devoid of life.

On a side note when members of the team call a member named "Connors" who is neither the team leader nor over the age of 40 the nickname "dad". It is something that was super awkward whenever I read and bothered me a lot. That is not how normal people talk. I can't imagine anyone calling someone who is perhaps no more than 8 years older that. Just another example of the horrible dialogue.

I especially despise the character Ferguson, he ruins the book for me. Somehow he is allowed on highly dangerous deep cover operations despite the fact he has thyroid cancer. It is barely explained (at least not where I made it to. I never finished) what he is doing about it. It just makes him unbelievable as a character. The fact is random and barely affects his personality. Other than he gets shaky when he doesnt have his pills.

I could complain so much more about this book (such as the 26 year old lawyer who made it through special forces training just for the hell of it, uh I dont think thats possible) but I'd like to highlight one more thing. Things aren't explained well in this book. For example The Team goes to Iran. Its never really emphasized why or what importance it has to the plot. Events that happened are hardly explained why they're happening.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for Techno-Thriller fans.
Great Techo-Thriller. Love the Larry Bond series. This is the start of my third series by this author and he doesn't disappoint. Great read.
Published 3 months ago by William H. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Ray C. Weimer, Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book
Good story, kill the bad extremists wanting to set off a dirty bomb, CIA and SF working together in environments most people couldn't dream of working in throw in some humor and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Cline
4.0 out of 5 stars Give me a second to take my bloodpressure medicine
Good, exciting read. Almost non-stop action, as is the case with all of Bond's books. With Ferg's medical problems, wondering how he gets all of his energy?
Published 13 months ago by Cloudwalker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but slow to develop
The story line is a bit difficult to follow at times. Overall it packs tons of action and "characters". Very interesting premise.
Published 21 months ago by R. Getty
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
fast moving and hard to put down the characters were created well and it was easy to get into the story from the first page
Published 21 months ago by Bob Sidell
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good theme though it got a bit confusing at times. Plot was good just a bit too much jumping around, had to take notes, almost.
Published 22 months ago by Ken Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read!
To those of you who reviewed this book with an eye towards a Clancy novel and were disappointed let me say that this is the 6th book I've read from this author and personally I... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gary Sloan
4.0 out of 5 stars Larry Bond's First Team
As with all his works, the characters are so enjoyable, the action exciting, the technical explanations are a bit tedious, the proof reading (or lack thereof), creates... Read more
Published 24 months ago by mizjay
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Book
I've discovered myself to like Larry Bond's books. Buying books, Larry Bond's and others, by way of is the cheapest and easiest way to find a good book. Read more
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