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SEAL Team 666: A Novel Hardcover – November 27, 2012

Book 1 of 3 in the Seal Team 666 Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Seal Team 666 (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250007356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250007353
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monster Librarian: Ochse's pacing is fast, and gives the reader a real sense of Walker's experience of being thrown into an operation, and quickly getting whisked away on mission after mission, with very little downtime between them. Highly recommended.


Horror World: "A thrilling, fun ride that will not disappoint."

*New York Post Required Reading Selection*

“SEAL Team 6, the real-life elite team that killed Osama bin Laden, has never seen the kinds of things that confront its fictional counterpart.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A fan of Tom Clancy-ish military thrillers would be as engrossed in this book as a fan of Jim Butcher’s novels about Harry Dresden.” —CriminalElement.com

"Even the supernatural has its own division of terrorist. Thank goodness we have our defenders - SEAL Team 666." —Joe R. Lansdale

"Weston Ochse has always been a wised-up, clued-in, completely trustworthy writer of high-action fiction that deserved a wider audience, and SEAL Team 666 is his breakthrough book. Here, every story-line is as taut as a gunfighter's nerves, and individual scenes pop like firecrackers. I raced through this novel and when it ended, I wanted more." —Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of In the Night Room

"SEAL Team 666 is like X-Files and Torchwood written by Tom Clancy: ingenious, creepy, and entertaining." —Kevin J. Anderson, #1 international bestselling author of Death Warmed Over

"A wild blend of nail-biting thriller action and out-of-the shadows horror. This is the supernatural thriller at its most dynamic.  Perfect!" —Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of Dead of Night and The King of Plagues

“What we have here is a massively exciting and fast paced story that really flies along at a cracking pace. In fact, I would even say it doesn't even give the reader a chance to breathe, instead it makes them turn page after page to see what is going to happen next.” —Curiosity of a Social Misfit

“An action packed and well written first story in what I see becoming a great and popular series; which has a strong lead in the form of Jack Walker. Seal Team 666 has enough military jargon and weaponry to keep military lovers happy and enough horrible creatures and gruesome deaths to keep fans of the supernatural happy. Plus, I’m really excited to see which new creatures Ochse throws our heroes way in the next books.” —Nerd Like You

“All in all what you have here is a multi-genre horror/military fiction with very likable characters, a strong mythology, and a giant pile of source material for further stories. That I would definitely read.” —Following The Nerd

“The action is heavy and the violence extreme as the team battles monsters and man yet Weston Ochse is a strong enough author that he does not have to rely on gore to keep the reader’s attention. His military background shows as well as the way his characters act in combat is very believable.” —The Examiner (UK)

SEAL Team 666 affords the same pleasures as Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series or Christopher Farnsworth’s Blood Oath and its sequels: namely seeing supernatural beasties receive a good old military-grade beating…. Ochse’s army background lends authenticity to this snappy, fast-paced thriller.” —Financial Times of London (UK)


Praise for Weston Ochse:

“Weston Ochse is to horror what Bradbury is to science fiction — an artist whose craft, stories and voice are so distinct and mesmerizing that you can't help but be enthralled.”—Dani Kollin, Prometheus Award-winning author of The Unincorporated Man

"Make way for a new powerhouse on the block. Hard work and formidable skills have already shot-gunned Ochse to the front of the genre's exciting new pack of writers. With creative brawn, brains, and balls, the guy's locked, loaded, and switched to full-auto, blazing away with his unique and original brand of modern horror, one of the few new writers, I'd say, who will help re-define the field for the future."—Master of Dark Fiction Edward Lee on Weston Ochse

“Weston Ochse is a mercurial writer, one of those depressingly talented people who are good at whatever they turn their hand to.”—Conrad Williams, August Derleth and International Horror Guild Award Winner

“Weston is one of the best authors of our generation."—Brian Keene, Bram Stoker Award-winning author The Rising

"Weston Ochse is perhaps the fiercest and most direct of the latest generation of dark fiction writers. I watched awestruck year by year as the bright candle of his talent grew into a roaring bonfire of brutally honest output, matched only by his deep empathy for the human condition."—Rocky Wood, author of Stephen King: A Literary Companion

“Horror fans will be drawn in by Ochse's cool, collected writing style and then blown away when he peels back reality's skin to uncover the supernatural terrors lurking just beneath the surface."—Publishers Weekly 

From the Author

News from August 2012:  Metro Goldwyn Mayer (aka MGM), who brought you Gone with the Wind, Ben Hur, The Wind and the Lion, as well as a whole host of amazing films, including the upcoming Hobbit, bought SEAL Team 666 (written by me). I'm flabbergasted, honored and amazed.

Here's the industry news so far -- Book-to-film news! Weston Ochse's SEAL TEAM 666, recently sold to MGM, with Brendan Deneen and Peter Joseph attached to produce for Macmillan Films, by Sylvie Rabineau at RWSG Agency on behalf of Thomas Dunne Books.

Customer Reviews

Recommended for anyone who loves action/adventure with a supernatural twist.
pj_girl
I found I didn't care about any of the secondary characters and even less about the ones that seems central to the story line (the main character: Jack Walker).
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The story and character development were well done, the story moved along at a good pace for me, and kept me interested to the end.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nick Cole on October 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Evil exists... I once asked the Director of the Exorcist what the Catholic Church thought of his film. He said they loved it. Why, because it made the point that evil exists. Weston Ochse acknowledges that evil does indeed exist, and that it needs to be put down with shotguns, sniper rifles and guts. Lots of guts. This Military SciFi Thriller hands out action like cooked off grenades, tense and urgent. The writing is top notch and the accuracy regarding tactics, weapons and the military is eyes on target. Weston Ochse departs from the known, ups the ante from medieval to Roman, then goes upriver into that supernatural Coppola was afraid of in Apocalypse Now. It's all that... And more. I tore through this book and had what every reader wants, a well told tale that didn't flinch. This should easily be a movie, but you'd really want a TV series done AMC-style because this is something you want to explore. I highly recommend this book for an unexpected adventure into the heart of darkness. I had a great time.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By scot16897 VINE VOICE on September 1, 2012
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Weston Ochse's novel, which promised to combine a military techno-thriller with the supernatural. What I got was a fun surprise.

This book follows Cadet Jack Walker as he is plucked early from SEAL training and inserted into the most elite of fighting forces, a tam that battles supernatural forces threatening the U.S. (or the world). Jack has a history that makes him uniquely situated for the job,and finds himself immediately thrown into some strange missions. How are these threats related? What is the endgame for the unseen enemy? It's a fun ride finding out.

Ochse writes a fast-moving adventure, and populates it with familiar feeling characters readers can relate to. They are reasonably stock characters, but that doesn't make the storytelling less fun. The only character with any real depth is Walker himself, but this is pretty common in adventure thrillers.

Ochse's imagination powers this, and the fusion of the genres works well. I'd tried a similar mix of spy and supernatural by reading a Charles Stross novel, the Atrocity Archives. While Stross writes more humorous adventures, I liked this book better.

This seems clearly to be the first in a series, but having read this one, I had a blast, and I want to read more of these adventures.

If you want a fun, fast read, this is a great choice for an airport or a long weekend.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Golomb VINE VOICE on August 31, 2012
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The Seal team bursts into a high security compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. After reaching the second floor, they find their target: "It stepped forward. Glowing eyes. Taloned hands. Dark skin stretched tightly over elongated bones. Demon." And that's just on page 4.

Weston Ochse starts what should be an amazingly creative, well-thought-through and multi-layered action/horror series with his "Seal Team 666". It's a simple concept: Seal Team battles the supernatural. It's Men In Black, but the Men wear body armor and fatigues and battle demons instead of aliens.

SEAL Team 666 is a secret unit of the Navy SEALs. The team's sniper is killed during the raid in Pakistan, and a rookie SEAL, Jack Walker, is assigned to replace the fallen soldier. Walker is at the heart of Ochse novel, and he deftly uses Walker's introduction to the team as the reader's introduction to the concept of badass warriors deployed across the world to take out supernatural baddies.

Ochse has a military background and his in depth knowledge of weapons and operations is on full display. I'm not, by any means, an experienced reader of military fiction, and Ochse's detailed descriptions of weapons and use of military terminology tethers the supernatural to the realism and believability of the novel.

Ochse does a terrific job writing the characters with a subtle introduction of their back-stories and personality traits interspersed within the narrative, providing context and motivation for their actions. He doesn't hammer you over the head with clichéd characterizations and language. What clichés do exist fit well within the military theme and work well with the overall plot.

I don't actually know if this is a planned series, but it could be.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2012
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I put off reading this book for a few weeks because I didn't want to begin reading and find that the author had allowed silliness to creep in. Thankfully he kept the novel completely serious all the way through which kept the project on enough of a might-really-be-possible level to sustain my interest. I think the fact that Weston Ochse is retired from the military lends his jargon so much credence that it made the entire novel more enjoyable. I enjoy reading mixed genre novels, especially those which involve the military and government departments as do the novels of Christopher Farnsworth with his Cade, vampire protector of the President stories. This novel takes a highly regarded military unit, the Navy SEALs, and has one team of them fighting all things demonic, evil, and paranormal.

Evidently the main character,Jack Walker, has some supernatural ability which has been unearthed by the leaders of SEAL Team 666, but which hasn't quite been made clear to me in this first novel. Otherwise I can't totally understand why he was specifically removed from his SEAL training before completing the entire course in order to join this hyper-elite group. Jack is impulsive and seems to have trouble following direct orders yet he is allowed to stay on the team. Perhaps other novels will better explain why this specific man is vital for the group.

The plot is stretched a little thin in spots, but the team missions are extremely imaginative and original which made them interesting and attention grabbing for me. I do hope the author will settle on a more or less fixed group of team members though. I'm a little wary now of getting to like anybody except Jack because they may not be around long.
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Weston Ochse is the author of more than twenty books, most recently two SEAL Team 666 books, which the New York Post called 'required reading' and USA Today placed on their 'New and Notable Lists,' and his military sci fi novel Grunt Life. His first novel, Scarecrow Gods, won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in First Novel and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work as appeared in comic books, and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune.

His work has been lauded by Joe R. Lansdale, Peter Straub, Kevin J. Anderson, John Skipp, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, and many more, including the New York Times, New York Post, Washington Post, Denver Post, The Financial Times of London, and The Examiner (UK).

His last name is pronounced "oaks." Together with his first name, it sounds like a stately trailer park. He lives in the Arizona desert within rock throwing distance of Mexico. For fun he races tarantula wasps and watches the black helicopters dance along the horizon. He is a military veteran with 29 years of military service and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan.

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