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Larry Bond's First Team: Fires of War Hardcover – November 14, 2006

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After crisscrossing the Middle East to fight the war on terror in 2006's Angels of Wrath, Bond's elite operatives turn their attention to the North Korean part of the Axis of Evil in this suspenseful thriller, the third in the First Team series. After the North Koreans suddenly and improbably vow to give up their nuclear weapons, inspection teams-infiltrated by First Team member Thera Majed-uncover evidence of missile material in both North and South Korea. It doesn't help that the CIA doubts the reports, leaving team leader Bob Ferguson out on a limb. Majed aids the defection of the North Korean scientist Dr. Tak Ch'o, who alerts the team to a secret alliance between North and South Koreans determined to reunite their country and take nuclear revenge on Japan. Disguised as a Russian arms dealer, Ferguson angles to prevent international disaster. A large cast means numerous shifts of viewpoint, which slows the pace at the beginning, but also helps capture the mutual suspicion and paranoia of covert intelligence operations.
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 "The technothriller has a new ace and his name is Larry Bond."--Tom Clancy
 
"[A] fast-paced, complex thriller."-Publishers Weekly on Larry Bond's First Team: Angels of Wrath
 
"Action on every page. Maybe in every paragraph." -Kirkus Reviews on Larry Bond's First Team
 
"Technothriller fans rejoice! Larry Bond is good---very, very good."--Stephen Coonts
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Product Details

  • Series: Larry Bond's First Team (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765307138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765307132
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,739,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I try to read novels dealing with nuclear weapons, the genera I write in.

The plot is built around extracting Pu-239 from spent nuclear reactor fuel rods. Uranium-235 or U-238 is used to make fuel pellets for a nuclear reactor. After a period of time, the fuel pellets are removed from the reactor and placed in a cooling pond, as the authors describe in the book. A small portion of uranium-238 in the fuel pellets capture a neutron and become plutonium. Once cooled the pellets can be dissolved and the plutonium extracted--a very complex and dangerous process.

The story is technically feasible, and the authors do not tread into the highly technical area of nuclear weapons physics, yet they manage to tell an interesting tale.

I cringe when authors and media announcers use "bullets" instead of cartridges. A pistol, rifle, submachine gun, etc., is loaded with cartridges (brass case, primer, propellant, and a bullet). When the powder ignites, the bullet is propelled down the barrel.

FIRES OF WAR is a good read for fans of action heroes. Bob Ferguson is less of a superman than some others, which makes the Fires of War an enjoyable read.
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I really struggled to get through this novel - the fact that it was raining and there was literally nothing else to read was really the only reason I persevered.

I like technothrillers - enjoyed the first 5 or 6 Tom Clancy books until he ran out steam - but this is very much a half-baked effort. The plot itself has potential but the story development is weak, the characterisation not much above one dimensional (especially the President and his advisor, that whole plot and writing is just weak, no sense at all that the author has even seen the West Wing, it's so one-dimensional and flat), and as one of the other reviewers noted, it ultimately fizzles out with a very unsatisfying ending.

Had I paid to read this, I would have been pretty annoyed.

And the bit with the folding bicycle? Please!
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I found this book incredibly slow and lacking any kind of real action that Mr. Bond was known for in his earlier books. This books story line was interesting, but in the end nothing really happens. I really enjoyed Bond's Vortex, Red Phoenix, etc., but this First Team series dosen't come close to comparing to the action and page turning excitement those books gave you. I don't know if hes just "lending" his name to Jim DeFelice's books or not, but I can't recommend this particular series to anyone.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book has a very interesting and exciting plot but what I liked most after reading the others is we begin to really understand the charectures better. Also, we see a more human side of Ferg as he is put through the ringer for the better half of the book. Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice have a great story line going here. Read the series. The stories flow well and the charectures are down to earth and at times antagonistic. What else would we expect from Ferg and Rankin anyway...
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I read all four books in this series and enjoyed them. The characters and their relationships were complicated enough to keep me very interested. Bob Ferguson was a great character and even though he operated on the edge, I was always rooting for him. Very good series and I would like to see more of Ferg.
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The Story line is credible and well thought out. This is part of a series. This is a story teller that has understandable technical knowledge and people characters that seem real. I could not put this one on the table till I finished, I can 't wait to get the next one.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this pretty quick and felt it was better than other First Team books, for the most part a "page turner". It seems more like Bond actually wrote a good bit of the book. In the others it didn't really seem like his writing. I could keep up with plot better than in other First Team books. It left me waiting to see what happens in the next one in series.
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