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Product Details

  • Series: Rogue Warrior
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atria; First Edition edition (July 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743422481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743422482
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Marcinko and DeFelice deliver another high-octane entry in the long-running Rogue Warrior series (Vengeance, etc.), starring a fictional Dick Marcinko, who battles and wisecracks his way through the world's bad guys. At a NATO conference in Vatican City, "Demo Dick," in his role as CEO of the Red Cell International security firm, delivers a get-serious-about-terrorism speech. Distracted by a waiter at the back of the room about to lob a grenade into the assembled dignitaries, Dick interrupts his remarks to nail the guy with a single pistol shot through the forehead. Shortly thereafter, Dick is caught up in a running battle with a dozen submachine gun"firing terrorists (minions of the shadowy Arab warrior known as Saladin) who are trying to seize St. Paul's Cathedral. The action"also featuring female Delta Force fighter Trace Dahlgren"catapults to Sicily, Cairo, Shanghai and the Thailand jungle, continuing almost nonstop to the final climax back in Rome. Once again, Marcinko and DeFelice's iconoclastic hero takes no prisoners while kicking terrorist butt in this breezy techno-thriller. (July)
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From Booklist

The Rogue Warrior's second gig with his new coauthor (erstwhile SEALs commander Marcinko is his own hero) is a gripping thriller involving a conspiracy reaching to the highest (or lowest) levels of the Roman Catholic Church, which Marcinko gets to deal with after embarrassing high-ranking NATO officials by pointing out the sloppiness of their antiterrorism measures. Sent into discreet exile in Italy, Marcinko starts building a picture of the emerging menace and tracks it to Thailand, where he faces a lady and a cageful of tigers, from which another lady, lethal but willing (the sort Dickie always seems to find in his chain of command), rescues him. By then, the RW team has assembled for the final showdown with the bad guys on the Vatican's front steps. The usual felicitous, fun RW combo of fast action, high-tech weapons, and some real insights into counterterrorist tactics. Roland Green
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Customer Reviews

His book reads like a typical preachy hollywood movie.
Someguysomewhere
It is sad to watch/see a series end this way, but I will not waste my money or time buying and/or reading another RW book, unless there are some MAJOR changes.
Donald Hunt
Being a former SEAL only helps add to the action in the book.
Jim Kinney

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey S. Stanley on October 12, 2006
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Well, I have finished reading this book and I have to honestly say that I think the Rogue should pack it up and enjoy his retirement. I hate to say that cause the old Rogue was one of my most favorite authors. I have literally read his original books 8 to 10 times apiece, Red Cell 2, Green Team, Option Delta, Designation Gold and Seal Force Alpha. These were great books and I read them over and over because they are written to make me feel like I am there with them in the trenches. You grow attached to the likes of the old Rogue, Stevie Wonder, Bommerang, Gator, Duck Foot, Doc and the others. Where are they now? Yes, Doc has been reintroduced to the new team but I miss the action that the old team mustered up. I have had enough of Trace Dalhgreen (sp?). As I read through this current book, I kept hoping that the next page would bring the end of Trace. Again, Dickie is running with a team that is half his age, if that. The old books, it was great to read when the team would meet up at a restaurant and read the descriptions of the meals. I could almost taste the food they were eating.

I can see that short comings of these new books now after reading from my other favorite authors Vince Flynn and a new author I am reading named Brad Thor. (Takedown, great reading so far). In this book, I wondered why every time Marcinko made a reference to his sea daddies, he never names them. Before it was always Roy Boehm or Ev Barrett but now he just states sea daddies in general. I always wondered after Weisman left if Dickie was not able to use anything from the previous books due to legalities. It is just a haunch. Well, if Dick can get rid of the kids and bring back the plankowners, I will get back to his books. As of now, unfortunately, I think I will have to find another author to read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Furious Screed on November 3, 2006
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I too am one of the readers here that have consumed all of Marcinko's books to date, including the business manuals. The latest installment in the series just isn't as good as the books that got me interested in his books in the first place. None of the "dweeb editor" interjections are present, none of the POV descriptions of the action are to be found. I remember one of his early books having an outstanding description of tachypsychia (tunnel vision, in layman's terms) and the physical effects of surviving a fight. That style and panache are long gone between this tome and his previous one. The only real saving grace is that this book is miles more professionally written than Vengeance was. That book was almost as bad as those hack Mack Bolan novels. This one is a step, and probably two steps, above Vengeance, but it doesn't come close to equalling the first several novels. I have to agree with the sentiment that this series is doomed unless they move A LOT more towards the style that worked when Weisman was co-authoring them.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The General SODMC on May 29, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This, and all Marcinko's earlier works, are pure mind candy... but that's why we love it! However, this book (and the previous one with the same co-author) lack the pop and detail of his books with Weisman. We do not get as clear a view into Marcinko's mind (re: tactics, insights, opinions, etc... the stuff that really MADE the previous works), the action sequences are drawn out, and the insights into SpecOps are almost non-existent.

I still like "Demo Dick", but wish the Sharkman would partner-up afresh!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on August 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Politically incorrect Marcinko is a riot but this is a tedious book with an outlandish plot. I'll keep reading the Roguester because he is @ 600 pages shorter than Clancy per book and I keep hoping things will improve. His witty asides are alone sometimes worth the price of admission but the series has reached a stage of predictability. The bad guys rotate in and out. Not terrible but not great, either.

DOOM ON YOU, DICKIE!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Harper on August 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
To borrow the TV idiom, the formerly great Rogue Warrior series "Jumped the Shark" about a book ago. This book is filled with unbelievable action sequences, implausible dialogue and miraculous rescues. The series has taken a definite downturn since John Weisman left it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lobo on October 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Written more like a script for a bad video game (remember Duke Nukem?), this is implausible as a storyline. I feel like each chapter is more like a jump to a new and disjointed level:

Here is some of the narrative. You can see for yourself, I think:

"Someone slammed a rifle butt into my head from behind, and the world went dark...[please wait while the next level loads]...I do know what woke me up, though: the purring of a kitten. Three of them in fact... Then again, four hundred pound pussies have a way of doing that..."

and (after a tango called "Turbanhead" ducks into an airport restroom)

"As I started to leave, I discovered a third option: a [locked] janitor's closet...Guns drawn [we] pulled the door open, revealing...one very suspcious waxer...'The [ceiling] tiles are missing' said Trace....'He got into the ceiling'...I started climbing...Ordinarily, this wouldn't have been strong enough to support anyone, but a double row of steel cables had been added to the straps... and plywood had been laid over the runners to form a crude walkway...[please wait while the next level loads]...A small backpack sat on the edge, I found a pair of night goggles [beep, the night goggles have been added to your inventory]. There were also six big magazines for the weapons [beep, the magazines have been added to your inventory]...[more inane story line while Duke, er, I mean Dick, wonders through the ceiling]...I spotted another knapsack 10 feet to my right. i went to it [beep]... and below the knapsack found a Minimi [beep, the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon has been added to your inventory]..." (Must have been a damn big knapsack to hide an M249!)

Well, I'm near the end of the book and thought it would be good for a cross country flight. I am disappointed.
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