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Synbat (The Green Berets Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Mayer
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Book Description

Written by West Point Graduate and former Green Beret, Bob Mayer.

Dave Riley and his Green Beret A-Team must defeat a threat shockingly inhuman. Set in the shadowy world of genetic research, Synbat, stands for Synthetic Battle Riley is called up for 'damage control' at a lab in the deep woods of western Tennessee. The research conducted there, under the Pentagon's secret Black Budget, is Top Secret. Until the subjects of the experiment escape. The Synbats are now roaming the countryside, acting out what they were designed to do: kill.

Riley follows the deadly trail to Chicago, long abandoned tunnels beckon the Synbats to do what could well spell the end of mankind: procreate at incredible speed. It's a race against time as Riley must destroy mankind's greatest threat-- our own genes spliced with that of another species.

From Publishers Weekly
SYNBATs (synthetic battle forms) are large mutant primates created by a secret genetic engineering project in rural Tennessee and, in the best thriller tradition, they escape, wreaking gory havoc on anything in their way. Massed against them are Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer Dave Riley and his troop of Green Berets. In lesser hands, the plot might seem tawdry, but Mayer, a Special Forces veteran and author of Eyes of the Hammer , keeps story and characters firmly under control. Even his scenario is chillingly plausible, given the fluid parameters of scientific ethics in a technological and political climate in which dollars must show immediate results. As the plot progresses, Riley and crew find themselves battling not only the vicious animals, but also government officials intent upon keeping their secrets (and funding) intact. The venal motives of the scientists and military bureaucracy are tellingly contrasted with the idealism of the soldiers--a treat for military fiction readers.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
This new Dave Riley novel (following Eyes of the Hammer) blends elements of war, horror, and science fiction. An elite special-forces team is sent to intercept biologically contaminated monkeys from an experimental lab complex in Tennessee. Led by Chief Warrant Officer Riley and accompanied by scientists from the mysterious lab, the soldiers eventually discover that they are in fact chasing genetically engineered killing creatures--Synbats. Tension mounts as the creatures leave a trail of destruction from Tennessee to downtown Chicago, the action climaxes in an underground tunnel system. Mayer's personal experience in the special forces gives authenticity to the novel's military action. Recommended for public libraries, this book will appeal to a variety of horror and military fiction readers.
- Jim Cunningham, Illinois Mathematics & Science Acad., Aurora
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Green Beret Series:


Eyes of the Hammer
Dragon Sim-13
Synbat
Cut Out
Eternity Base
Z

And Introducing Horace Chase in:
Chasing the Ghost
Chasing the Lost


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

SYNBATs (synthetic battle forms) are large mutant primates created by a secret genetic engineering project in rural Tennessee and, in the best thriller tradition, they escape, wreaking gory havoc on anything in their way. Massed against them are Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer Dave Riley and his troop of Green Berets. In lesser hands, the plot might seem tawdry, but Mayer, a Special Forces veteran and author of Eyes of the Hammer , keeps story and characters firmly under control. Even his scenario is chillingly plausible, given the fluid parameters of scientific ethics in a technological and political climate in which dollars must show immediate results. As the plot progresses, Riley and crew find themselves battling not only the vicious animals, but also government officials intent upon keeping their secrets (and funding) intact. The venal motives of the scientists and military bureaucracy are tellingly contrasted with the idealism of the soldiers--a treat for military fiction readers.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This new Dave Riley novel (following Eyes of the Hammer , LJ 7/91) blends elements of war, horror, and science fiction. An elite special-forces team is sent to intercept biologically contaminated monkeys from an experimental lab complex in Tennessee. Led by Chief Warrant Officer Riley and accompanied by scientists from the mysterious lab, the soldiers eventually discover that they are in fact chasing genetically engineered killing creatures--Synbats. Tension mounts as the creatures leave a trail of destruction from Tennessee to downtown Chicago, where the action climaxes in an underground tunnel system. Mayer's personal experience in the special forces gives authenticity to the novel's military action. Recommended for public libraries, this book will appeal to a variety of horror and military fiction readers.
- Jim Cunningham, Illinois Mathematics & Science Acad., Aurora
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2163 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1621250423
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (April 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XWFW7M
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rise of the Baboons! But spell check PLEASE! June 24, 2011
By Coach D
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading Synbat by Bob Mayer ($2.99). A darn good action thriller. Another special forces story featuring Chief Warrant Officer David Riley. This was my 2nd Kindle book by Mayer with Riley, the first one was Eyes of the Hammer ($0.99). There are a few more with this same character, and I will probably get them all sooner or later.

I love this book, which features Chief Riley & his special forces soldiers tracking down a group of genetically altered baboons. Think Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But Bob Mayer is not cashing in on this upcoming movie, because he wrote this thriller back in the 90's.

While I love the story, it REALLY REALLY needs an editor. I normally do not pay attention to small editorial type mistakes, but there are a whole bunch of them in this book. One character's name keeps going back and forth between two different spellings of his name. Is it suppose to be Gen Trailers or Gen Trollers? At first I thought they were two different characters, but then it dawned on me they were the same guy! Plus many many other spelling mistakes. I would have posted a 4 star review, but I will only give this book a 3 star review. It is a shame as the book is really good otherwise. If this book was written over 12 years ago, why hasn't the author or publisher taken the time to edit this novel? The sloppy mistakes in this book reflect bad on both.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 15, 2013
By Cjcheb
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I was used to the past two books where a little fiction was not too bad. But this book was a little far fetched. The writing was good , but the amount of grammatical errors was driving me crazy. Example, a character named General Trollers was called Trailers too. Don't know which was the real name. Got kinda confusing at times.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Careless errors February 23, 2012
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This was a pretty good book. The action flowed well, the characters were developed adequately and the logic was right. It was worth an afternoon's reading and if you enjoy military fiction I think you might like this book.

That was the good stuff. I read the kindle version and none of this might apply to the printed version but caveat emptor. There were misspellings in places such that meaning had to be taken from context. A word or two was left out completely. The word if was used in place of it in a number of places. Not terrible errors but enough to be annoying.

What really annoyed me though was that late in the book a small section was repeated word for word. The section was simply repeated immediately. It bespeaks a certain carelessness on the part of the author or (I think non-existent) editor. And one name kept changing between two spellings.

It seemed to me that the author had good writing, spelling and grammar skills and casually read over what he had written perhaps once and let it go at that. The book would have been better for good editing. I might have been upset if the book had not been free.

This review also appears on LibraryThing.com.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs Good Editing August 4, 2013
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I have enjoyed the other books by this author that I have read so far. This book is nicely paced and has an intriguing (if - hopefully - too far-fetched to be real) plot, was definitely not edited worth a hoot. One character keeps changing names (Trailers or Trollers??) and there are numerous typos and formatting errors. Not at all what one would expect from a quality book. I was noting the content errors for submission to Amazon, but gave up after Chapter 12.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure thriller about Special Ops December 8, 1999
Format:Hardcover
The third novel in the Dave Riley series is suberb. A splendid mixture of a government science project gone wrong, Special Forces operations, the CIA and the army. When genetically enhanced creatures, Synbats, escape from their creators and raise havoc with anyone in their path, Riley's team is assigned to clean up the mess. Terrific plot, great characters, nifty dialog, plenty of explosive action and some really creepy scenes with the creatures lurking in the shadows and sewer tunnels in Chicago. A good blend of action, dialog and comradeship. This would make a great action movie if handled right. Find this series if you enjoy action adventure books with a twist. The books are hard to find in some cases, but they are out there. Check out Mayer's other books, The Gate and The Line (written as Bob McGuire) for more splendid action novels. More Dave Riley.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SYNBAT ROCKS! December 3, 1999
Format:Hardcover
This is a fast-paced and easy-to-read action thriller with a hint of sci-fi which could well become science fact! Escaped convicts break into a biotechnology lab and unintentionally release two genetically-altered creatures bred to be the ultimate fighting machine. Sounds familiar? Well, this is better than PREDATOR! As the creatures prey on unsuspecting campers, Civil War re-enactors and Special Forces personnel brought in to stop the Synbat(synthetic battle form) creatures, it is up to ongoing hero Dave Riley, a SPECFOR commander, to stop the Synbats. And it seems, they're heading for Chicago . . . This would make a rockin' movie as well!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of my favorites. April 30, 2013
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While this was just as detailed as we've come to expect from the author, it wasn't as engaging as his other books
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Synbat March 31, 2014
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I know I'm unusual as I'm a woman of 61 years who enjoys Action, Adventure, creature books. It was raising our son who hooked me first on these types of movies then books.

The plot moves at a snails pace. It was more a how to on what weapons, people required for the job, & the intelligence from the people who needed your help namely the government. I believe the scenario I think there are a lot of projects being done without the public's knowledge & if it comes to defending our Country then I can see why secrecy would be required. However almost the whole book is this. You couldn't feel a kinship with the hero simply because being a woman I don't understand how men can follow orders without information nor after some of your team are killed still soldier on with a bit more information but again not enough to really help your mission. I guess this is why women aren't in many combat units cause they aren't this gung ho to be accepted my the military to just march into Hell thinking it's for a Heavenly cause!

At almost the last 5 chapters our hero meets a woman cop & then the book gets interesting. Her years being a cop & his years being in the service worked well together. I sure wish she could have come in much earlier in the book! I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the book after her entering into the fight. Hope the author will add her to the next book about this man together they make a good team & are fun to read about.

There were a few typos, some small words left out like the or a but overall the book was better than most E books I read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a little science fictiony
Not my favorite of the series so far. I don't really care for science fiction futuristic type stuff. It's alright
Published 11 days ago by Kenneth Soule
4.0 out of 5 stars good read. Will read the rest of the series ...
Action packed.good read . Will read the rest of the series eventually.
Published 14 days ago by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was the best book ever !!!
Published 14 days ago by PLR
4.0 out of 5 stars In this case a monkey's uncle would be formidable.
It was a fun read. Would make an interesting movie with the right CGI enhancements. Pulls you into the storyline quickly and keeps you guessing for awhile. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 19 days ago by Ricky E Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read for someone near Fort Campbell
A fun read for someone near Fort Campbell.... All the locations were accurate and familiar... But it was really sci-fi
Published 24 days ago by Jim Ashby
5.0 out of 5 stars Another thriller from Bob Mayer
Another good read from Bob Mayer. Love way he hold your attention and makes you in the scene at all the terrifying moments.
Published 24 days ago by Kenney
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Read
Published 1 month ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-moving story about Special Forces hunting created life-forms gone...
Very good mil.scifi, from the VERY near future, maybe tomorrow! What happens when scientists screw around creating a new life form as the perfect soldier and can't control it? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gordon L
3.0 out of 5 stars Army Apes?
This sci fi story of an Army program ( super classified of course ) centers around a company of Rangers who are sent after an escaped group of apes without the knowledge of just... Read more
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Bob Mayer is a NY Times Bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret (including commanding an A-Team) and the feeder of two Yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He's had over 60 books published including the #1 series Area 51, Atlantis and The Green Berets. Born in the Bronx, having traveled the world (usually not tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife, and said labs, at Write on the River, TN.

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