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Raymond Fiore is a former Marine Corps officer and a former law enforcement officer. Besides writing, he enjoys photography, kayaking and travel with his family. He is a native Californian, who now resides in the greater Sacramento area. For the latest updates on new books and promotions: www.RileysRogues.com Twitter: @rayfiore Facebook: /RaymondFioreBooks
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470041553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470041557
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,318,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond Fiore is a former Marine Corps officer and a former law enforcement officer. Besides writing, he enjoys photography, kayaking and travel with his family. He is a native Californian, who now resides in the greater Sacramento area.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wildwily VINE VOICE on September 7, 2012
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Riley's Rogues follows a fresh Academy graduate as he becomes the new officer in charge of a spec-ops team. Lt Riley personifies the new officer syndrome - a child with more power and less ability than he thinks. In short order he meets his new team and begins training with the team followed by a deployment and subsequently engages in a combat drop. When the mission goes wrong (due to his failure to follow clear orders), he redeploys with his team and strives to salvage the situation.

Interesting premise; bad writing. This junior lieutenant makes so many leadership mistakes...but worse: nobody calls him on it. First he complains about his new assignment, and doesn't get ripped by a senior officer for being a baby. Then he mouths off to a different senior officer; again, no problem. Then this boot nobody screws up his mission, throwing away the hard work of his team. Result? Go get 'em son! To make it worse, he is given permission to expand his actions. Other officers who likewise can't follow orders are also ignored.

Then we get to character development. Not that any of the cardboard cutouts actually change. The author simply moves them around so it seems they might have grown.

Some gun-porn and some fun ideas for a universe combined with a complete lack of depth to the writing all add up to a mildly amusing but ultimately time wasting book. The offer to donate some of the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Foundation may take the sting out of paying for this book, but there is still a very good reason why this is being published independently instead of by a publishing house.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2013
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Sometimes, critics of a book describe characters as being two-dimensional.

When the characters fade down to one-dimension, you have a problem.

Even supporting characters ought to have -some- rational reason for doing what they do.

vague but minor spoiler example: a deep agent needs a -reason- to blow his or her cover other than simply to allow the protagonist to be the hero.

My advice for the author: give your characters more depth and your plot fewer holes and the execution of the story will catch up with your excellent concepts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teafran on January 1, 2013
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John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, David Drake, et.al., don't have to worry about Fiore's "Riley's Rogues" displacing them in the pantheon of great military scifi writers. This is simply horrible. And it's not the writing which is competent enough. It's the whole concept that just doesn't make sense.

To start with, it would seem highly unlikely that a raw fresh out of the military academy lieutenant would be placed in charge of an experienced Special Operations squad with a bad "reputation". It just doesn't make sense that any commander, no matter how qualified the lieutenant was in school, would be put in this position.

Second, and this is the most egregious part, Riley and his commanding officers are the most incompetent bunch of SpecOps officers ever placed into print. Every single scenario Riley is placed into does not work out - and it's usually due to Riley's reluctance to do what needs to be done. Fiore also writes Riley into some ridiculous decisions that no experienced SpecOps officer would make. For instance, leaving your highly experienced sniper behind when heading out into situations in which a sniper would be invaluable. And he makes Riley lament about the lack of a sniper - it's just stupid.

The book is filled with these kinds of scenarios and it quickly becomes a struggle to read.

I wish Mr. Fiore well, but this is not good military scifi. It's not even good scifi.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book with the expectation that I would provide an honest review.

Enjoyable quick read. Former Marine Corps officer and new author Raymond Fiore gets the squad dynamics right, and writes some inventive squad tactical engagements.

Fiore is smart and broadly educated, and it shows in his historical/philosophical references, varied settings and capable prose.

I hope future books will show growth in character development, my only real criticism.

Interesting note: Raymond Fiore's daughter Ryann contributed the cover art.
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The author has a good idea but, doesn't seem to pull it off well. Things are a little too cut and dried, not awfully believable. The story has a newly graduated academy graduate, (a lieutenant) being place in command of what is really nothing more than a rifle squad of apparently unconventional soldiers who are battle hardened (the rogues) and mean as hell. Without any reason detailed in the book our hero is accepted by these hardened veterans. To start with, the position as head of a rifle squad is a Sargent's position,not an officer. He would be posted as a platoon leader, with several rifle and heavy weapons squads under his command. His struggle to establish respect from a group of veterans would be a story in itself, and an interesting one at that. The author just skips over that problem and our hero is suddenly accepted. He leads his men into combat displaying great combat knowledge, with none at all. Everything goes really well for our hero. No problems, no tension, no suspense and no excitement. Just kind of dull reading.
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