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The Line (Black Ops series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Mayer
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Kimbell turned back and faced Hooker. “Every few years we are going to select someone—someone special—among the Corps. Someone to do a different sort of job that will be very important.” Kimbell paused and Hooker felt his heartbeat slow down and time seemed to stand still. He felt on the verge of a great destiny. One that had been written just for him.

They killed Patton when he opposed them. They’ve cowered Presidents into going to war. For more than half a century, a secret organization of Army officers known as The Line has been covertly manipulating US Policy. Now, in a political climate rife with dissent and unrest, The Line has ordered a pivotal top-secret operation that will let the world know who is really in charge: take out the President on Pearl Harbor Day. But The Line didn’t count on Boomer Watson, a member of the Army’s elite Delta Force and Major Benita Trace, both West Point graduates, staying true to their oath of allegiance and willing to fight The Line with their lives.

From The Ukraine to Pearl Harbor to West Point to the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia, it’s a race against time to stop The Line as December 7th looms.

Written by a West Point graduate, former Green Beret and NY Times Bestselling author, Bob Mayer, this book crackles with authenticity and action.

Over four million books sold. Translated into over a dozen languages.

Reviews for The Line:
“Mayer has crafted a military thriller in the tradition of John Grisham’s The Firm.” Kirkus

“So convincing, that by the last page, readers may doubt the official version of the last 50 years.” Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews


Bob Mayer has crafted a military thriller in the tradition of John Grisham's The Firm --Publishers Weekly

Sizzling, first rate war fiction. --Library Journal

Will leave you spellbound. --Book News

About the Author

Born in the Bronx, Bob Mayer attended West Point and earned a BA in psychology with honors and then served as an Infantry platoon leader, a battalion scout platoon leader, and a brigade recon platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division. He joined Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A Team. He served as the operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and with Special Operations Command (Special Projects) in Hawaii. Later he taught at the Special Forces Qualification Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, the course which trains new Green Berets. He lived in Korea where he earned a Black Belt in Martial Arts. He's earned a Masters Degree in Education.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2273 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (November 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00342VHZS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Has Bob Been All My Life? August 23, 2011
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1) I bought this book from Amazon for my iPad because I like the subject and it was cheap ($2.99)

2) I got into the story very quickly because the hook was so good. We all don't want the military to run things and would be horrified to think they were pulling the strings in the background.

3) However, it is really cool to experience the horror and read a fictional account of how they were doing it.

4) I was interested to the end and appreciate the effort the author put into making the people and places so realistic.

5) Where has Bob Mayer been? I had NEVER heard of him before. I have read hundreds of books in this genre but feel gipped that I haven't run across this author before.

6) I jumped back on Amazon and now own 5 more of his books
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Alarming Premise December 15, 2010
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Imagine an America where a few select graduates of the armed forces academies have clandestinely joined together to influence foreign and domestic policy toward their own ends. For example, feel the need to train young officers in a hot war, but peace has broken out all over? Just find some corner of the world with internal strife and nudge it into... the war in Viet Nam.

This scenario and several others, equally chilling, form the premise of The Line, a reference to The Long Gray Line of officers who have graduated from West Point. Could friendly fire actually be a tool to discredit the administration? Is that superior officer working for the good of the nation or the good of The Line? The unbelievable quickly becomes the plausible.

There is a lot of jargon that periodically disrupts the flow of the plot, and which isn't always interpreted for the reader. However, the story is compelling, and I, um, soldiered on to the satisfying conclusion.

Unfortunately, there are flurries of irritating typos, grammatical errors, spell-check nightmares and sentences missing vital words. This book was released months ago. Did nobody read it? These are very serious annoyances and are truly inexcusable. Surely the author had an editor, or at the very least a literate friend who would proofread the manuscript. Even so, try not to let these distractions overwhelm the story, which is worth reading.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Bob Mayer October 25, 2011
By ilbob
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This book is titled Black Ops so you might be inclined to think it is part of the Black Ops Cellar series, but it is a completely different cast of characters and a different universe.

As others have mentioned there are some editing errors.

The characters are well developed and there is a good amount of suspense in the story which centers around the idea that a small group of military academy grads have developed more influence than they probably should and engaged in all kinds of inappropriate conduct including murder to influence US politics.

Its more or less plausible, but like virtually all these kind of conspiracy thrillers, its not really believable so much as enjoyable. Its a roller coaster ride of thrills and chills.

You probably won't be surprised to find that the special forces side of the military is cast as more or less the good guys while some military academy grads (mostly West Pointers it seems) are cast as the heavies. The author sort of misses a major ethical/moral point in the whole story. There really are no good guys in the mess he portrays. If the guys portrayed as the "good" guys were really good, they would have exposed the plots long ago instead of having some kind of simmering war over them with another part of the military for 40 years.

Forgetting the minor quibbles I mentioned above, it is an enjoyable read, and at $2.99 for the Kindle edition, its an inexpensive read as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read - excellent conspiracy October 24, 2011
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This was my first exposure to Bob Mayer and I have to say that I was impressed! The story line was good. His Special Ops characters weren't super-invinicible ninjas either. Instead, they were highly trained combat operators with flaws. Thus came across as more genuine than similar heroes from other titles in the same genre. The story was gripping and fast-paced, which immediately sucked me into it

Finally, let's talk about The Line. There was enough history wrapped around the conspiracy of The Line to make it seem plausible - in fact, it wouldn't surprise me at all if The Line joined the ranks of "real" conspiracies like Roswell aliens and faking the moon landing. This is not to say either are real, but this one has all the ingredients of a conspiracy that could take a life of its own.

The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because the wrapping up of the major plot lines seemed a little hurried and therefore came across slightly contrived.

All in all, you should enjoy this book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time. April 12, 2012
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My first inclination that I was not going to like this book came several pages in when they were talking about a hand held GPS like it was the latest high tech item. When I purchased it in the Kindle store it showed a release date of 2/11. After my purchase I discovered it was a re-release of a 1995 book. The plot was extraordinarily far fetched and the quality of the writing was so so. Worst of all, the editing was terrible, especially considering it was supposedly updated. For a book that has a conspiracy about the attack on Pearl Harbor as a key to its plot, you'd think they could get the date of the attack correct (it's set at Dec. 7 1945 near the end of the book). Mayer should be embarrassed to have the book for sale.
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Published 1 month ago by Raymond Stout
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but unrealistic plot.
An interesting but unrealistic plot idea. Author appears to have not liked West Point. Noted at least one technical error... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great job describing West Point with the updates and physical surrounding areas. Good story
Published 1 month ago by John McKechnie Jr
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Great book and story line. Had me hooked and I had a hard time putting it down.
Published 1 month ago by Tim Eckhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
My first Bob Mayer book, but it won't be my last. Well done. Great plot, well paced and excellent characters.
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i really enjoyed the book. it was really easy for me to get into
Published 2 months ago by packrat
4.0 out of 5 stars The Line
Very good book. Very compiling story line. The kind of story which makes you look at things a little different..
Published 2 months ago by Ace 34
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great plot. did not want to put down. only drawback way too many acronyms,
Published 3 months ago by denny
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Scary! Believable and scary. Well written as what we should hope is fiction. Great characters, great plot, good twists. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer - jdeand2
3.0 out of 5 stars mjl
Not bad, a few holes but good read nonetheless.
Looking forward to checking out more of his work.
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More About the Author

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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