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SEAL Team 666: A Novel Hardcover – November 27, 2012
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“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)
“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
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.
More About the Author
His work has been lauded by Joe R. Lansdale, Peter Straub, Kevin J. Anderson, John Skipp, Brian Keene, Jonathan Maberry, David Gerrold, William C. Dietz, Tim Lebbon, and many more, including the New York Times, New York Post, The Atlantic, 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 30 years of military service and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. He's traveled the world, been more to 50 countries, and blogs at Living Dangerously. You can google him under 'Literary Stuntman,' 'Superhero for Rent,' or 'Yakuza of the Written Word."
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great novel and incredible beginning! Sold on this series and can't wait to read the next one! Seal Team 666 rocks!Published 16 days ago by Eca275
I chose this book because, well seal team and 6(66) go together like mom and pumpkin pie. I was not disappointed.Published 1 month ago by Rodney L. Parham
I picked this book up on the recommendation of another author, and I really enjoyed it. Great fusion of modern military action thriller with a touch of the supernatural. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Hocieniec
I don't know what goes on in Weston Ochse mind, but I am grateful he has committed it to paper. A great writing style combined with a wicked sense of humour and deep inside... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mick Hahn
Great book. Its part of a series, but has a beginning and ending. Thankfully. Some have commented that the description of guns and other military devices can stunt the narrative. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brett Grossmann
Fantastic read with great characters that you really feel for. Each mission builds to a great conclusion.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good military detail with accurate descriptions of weapons and tactics. Supernatural context needs enriching. Moral depth ok but could see more character developmentPublished 7 months ago by Angus Brown